My initial impression after experimenting with the redesigned Play Books was pretty positive but I didn’t like the way it stops dead to load pages from the cloud every few page turns and it takes a fairly long time doing it, that on it’s own made me realise just how inadequate the cloud actually is for storing media, ebooks are small files and the downloading was taking longer than my e-ink reader to turn pages.
Fabrik Reader doesn’t experience this issue and my complete ebook collection is fed through the cloud from a folder in my Google Drive account.
I feel like iOS exclusivity is forcing me to purchase an iPhone 5 this morning. I’m literally buying a fucking iPhone right now (to be clear: I’m adding it to my account, not replacing my Android experience).
I’m somewhat of a design snob but I also want to experience new ideas in their infancy. Apps like Vine, Paper, Over, Mailbox, etc just aren’t on Android and have no equal. This is disappointing.
Android has proved it can be a fertile space for great apps in both functionality and design (looking at you Expedia, Robin, 7×7, Pinterest, Tumblr, Expense Manager, Shape Shooter, etc.).
I’m not really sure what Google can do to alleviate the issue. Until then, I’ll be using a Nexus 4 + iPad + iPhone 5.
Check out Louie Lacap on Instagram. All his photographs were taken using the Galaxy Nexus. Really shows you what’s possible in the right conditions and great editing.
When I owned the Galaxy Nexus, Android’s photo editing tools weren’t as robust (Snapseed was a pipe dream back then) and high quality shots were a dice roll. Still, my Instagram set is all Galaxy Nexus until I switched to Nexus 4.