What's your pick for Android phone of the year?
What Android phone was the most important this year? It doesn't have to be the best or the most popular, just the most representative or the most influential.
I would go with the Nexus 4, for a couple of reason.
1. The hardware is the best designed Android hardware we've ever seen. Matias Durate is an artist, a product visionary on par with Jonny Ive, and the Nexus 4 is the best work he's ever done. Also, Android team is doing more to support Durante's hardware than they've ever done for a single device. Daydream and the Wireless Charging Orb aren't exactly breaking new ground, but it's the first time we've seen Google build features into Android just to support a cool, in-house hardware concept.
2. No LTE. Yup, carriers suck: but we didn't know how much they sucked until the Nexus 4 launched. Google wants to be on on a 4G network, they bent over backwards to get the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon, but they couldn't get it done with the Nexus 4. Think about that for a minute. Google is fucking crazy. In 2008 they bid billions of dollars on wireless spectrum to make sure a single rule would go into effect. They are, in their spare time, building sci-fi computer glasses and self-driving cars, and will probably bring both products to market. When Google decided the Internet was too slow they didn't just bitch about it or push out a report detailing who was doing the best job (Hellooo Netflix) they went out and built one of the fastest ISPs in the entire country. And they can't launch an LTE phone in the United States. The implications are pretty disturbing.