Samsung’s latest superphone is nearly with us – but no matter how good it is, it won’t be a patch on Google’s most recent effort.
For starters, I’m a sucker for Android as Google intended it. I’ve owned an arsenal of Nexus phones and tablets, and couldn’t care less that millions of you seem to think that Samsung’s TouchWiz is a thing of beauty. All I see is garish colours, cheesy icons and more misalignments than a dress made in the dark. By comparison, stock Android is lean and polished.
Then there’s the fact that Samsung and HTC insist on cramming their hardware with their own apps and interface tweaks. Some are theoretically useful, assuming you live the life of the ultra-fit, hyperactive fantasy folk who populate television advertising. I’ve never used a single one of them; they’re the mobile equivalent of the bloatware on an HP laptop, destined to be uninstalled the moment it leaves the box.
Lastly, there’s the little matter of price. Which is no decision at all, really, because the Nexus is simply a steal.