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thenexus's timeline story
I am a ♀ student from Hong Kong, now living in the UK. I look for phones mainly with good build quality, design, user-friendliness and ROM community.
My parents' phones, which I also use sometimes are at http://mowned.com/thenexus2
Phones I will not consider:
1. Over 5" which is too big for my hand. I still want to have a flagship phone under 4.5", sadly such a phone does not exist now.
2. No microSD slot. (This alone is enough for me to say Nexus One > other Nexus phones.)
3. No ROM development.
My favourite brands are Nokia, HTC and Sony.
My top 3 favourite phones are:
1. N95 - Legendary phone from 2007, everything is just perfect.
2. Nexus One - The first Android phone I used, I have yet to come across another Android phone better than it.
3. YotaPhone 2 - Elegant and simple matte design, and the second e-ink display is a brilliant idea.
thenexus, 20.10.2015, 23:58
Everything about this phone is not what you would expect from a budget smartphone. Although I bought this only as a temporary replacement for my broken Z1 Compact and I haven't used any budget smartphones before, I find it very pleasant to use and expect it to be more expensive for its quality! It has better design, better camera compared with Moto G1 which my mum used and is even waterproof. I recommended mum to buy another Moto G3 to replace her G1 and she is very happy with her G3 too.
The only one thing I don't like is the lack of notification LED. It is one of the most useful features of Android.
I never liked my Samsung Galaxy S3. Big phone is never my thing, so when Sony announced this phone I was overjoyed! (the fact that back in the days 3.7" was the norm, and now 4.7" was considered "compact" made me sad)
There were quite a few problems (like the famous flash bleeding) with the first batch. I was lucky to have bought it in April, so I have not encountered problems. However all Z1 Compacts, including mine, have camera focus issue. It often loses focus without reason.
Problems aside, this is an excellent compact phone. I hope more companies would release small phones WITH FLAGSHIP SPECS.
After a year and half of use (Oct 2015) the phone is dead.
These are my main complaints of the device:
1. Camera focusing issue as I have pointed out in April 2014
2. No glass back, just plastic back and is NOT scratch proof at all. I always use a case with Z1C, but one day I didn't and it got a lot of scratches from that particular day just because I put it in my pocket! Unacceptable!
3. The USB flab is not only annoying, but it can also wear out. In my case the flab would not close after a year of use.
4. Very low speaker volume.
Coming from the Nexus One I could never stop criticising this phone's build quality, ugly design and inaccurate colours of the AMOLED display. However the easiness of flashing ROMs and kernels outweighed the shortcomings. It also has one of the most active ROM communities ever, so everyone can find their favourite ROMs. I flashed ROM the day I received this phone so I don't care about the bloated TouchWiz UI and apps. I cannot recommend this phone to average people who don't root or flash stuff.
Best Android phone. Ever. Best build quality and design (there has not been a phone more beautiful than Nexus One IMO), with a LED trackball which no one has copied yet. Even my dad said it, "there's nothing like the Nexus One." To me, this phone represents the time when Android was really OPEN unlike now (the time when Nexus had a microSD slot, Google did not try to put Google first Android second, and did not dumb down everything in Android for the masses) and everyone customised the shit out of their phones. Google did not give 4.0 to N1 due to storage limit, but thanks to the community it received 4.4 update. I never thought about switching to another phone since I love it so much, but in 2012 I was forced to switch to Galaxy S3 when the phone became really too slow and the volume down button stopped working.
Evervolv 4.4 works perfectly on it and is even faster than iOS 7.1 on iPhone 4 - iPhone 4 was released half a year later than Nexus One.
When people talk about phones in 2007, they only remember the iPhone but not N95. iPhone might have started a revolution, but N95 is THE BEST phone of 2007, if not ever. IMO, this phone defined Nokia just like Mac/iPhone defined Apple.
Can't believe I forgot about this phone until I saw this phone in the XpressMusic series list. The white/red design is very nice. The plastic felt a bit cheap though.
After I switched to a 5610 and wanted to play with this phone again I couldn't find it at where I keep all the phones... this is the only Nokia phone I lost.