So I’ve been on the Android N Public Beta for 2 weeks now. So far seems pretty stable on my Nexus 6P. It is so easy to enroll your devices as long as there supported. You just have to go to the public beta site and sign in and enroll your device.
I do like the actionable notifications for messaging and WhatsApp. As well as the notification shade is editable so you can change what shows up there.
I will keep my phone on the Public Beta unless something breaks it. If you no longer want to be on the public beta all you have to do is sign back into the public beta site and in enroll your device and it will be sent the current Android image.
So as of last Friday Feb 19 2016 I moved back to Android as my main phone and mobile platform. I chose the Nexus 6P as my phone due to the fact that it’s the best all around phone. Great camera, performance, and battery life are all present on this device and the other factor is that it’s a Nexus device meaning all get all the Google Android updates before other manufacturers devices and I’ll get the monthly Security updates .
As will I bought the new 42mm Moto360 smartwatch which is a Android Wear device which means I get all my notifications and can reply and message people that message me. It’s a pretty good device overall good performance and battery life.
So I will update through the months with my thoughts on theses devices and operating systems.
Well I decided two months ago to buy a Pebble Steel and have been using it daily ever since. I really like this watch since it can work with both iOS and Android phones that use Bluetooth 4.0 and LE. Plus the hardware for this watch is very nice and you can use two different custom bands either a leather one or a steel link one ( does not allow normal watch bands as it uses a custom link.) This watch especially when you use the leather band is pretty lightweight and non obtrusive.
This watch uses a app on both iOS and Android to pair it with your phone and manage your watch apps and faces as well as various other settings. You can keep up to 8 watch faces and or apps on your watch at a time. You can still use more apps and watch faces but you would have to rotate the others into the locker. For notifications on iOS it sends every kind over that you have enabled on your phone for notifications but on Android you can configure your notifications more. The great thing with this watch is you know when you get a notification it has a very strong vibration motor that buzzes every time your phone gets a notification that you want to be notified with. Plus you can accept or decline calls with your watch and control your music or media playback that is happening on your phone with your watch.
Battery life on this watch lasts between 5 to 7 days depending on your watch face and how many notifications you receive on a daily.
Overall I would recommend this watch especially if you are looking for a cross platform smartwatch.
So to get this out of the way I have been a Android user for the past four years but this phone and iOS 8 with third party keyboards, extensibility, and the new share sheets and not to mention handoff and continuity brought me back to Apple.
This phone feels great to hold with its rounded corners and even feels better in the hand with a case like the Apple leather one. Also coming from Android the button layout is what I’m use to with the volume buttons on one side and the power button on the other side.
This phone screams with everything you normally do like general use, games, browsing the web, playing with all kinds of apps.
Again this is the best and easiest to use smartphone camera out there especially with photo apps being able to now have access to manual controls of the camera.
This phone has lasted more than 12 hours of heavy use for me on a consistent basis.
So I got my black Nexus 5 in Nov and it is super great:
Hand Feel & Screen
So this is a soft touch plastic phone that is surrounded by a 5 inch great looking 1080p LCD screen that is great to look at and use every day.
LTE & Battery Life
It’s my first phone with LTE and it is super fast when on LTE 24 down and 15 up on Telus. Battery life is pretty good I average about 9 hours with 2 hour screen on time. Using LTE and WiFi and pretty heavy use of the phone doing things like web browsing, texting, phone calls, listening to podcasts as well as social updates and some game play.
I find the camera is pretty good it does take a bit of time to focus which is my main complaint with it. Also for the extra colour depth and just plain better picture make sure you are using the HDR+ mode. Plus make sure you upload your pictures to Google+ sense it will Auto Awesome the pictures and video.
I love Android 4.4 with its Google Experience Launcher and all the other little tweaks and the Hangouts Messaging. But with that messaging app it does not combine Hangout messages and SMS in the same contact conversions which is annoying.
Is really good off contract from Google play 16GB $349CDN and 32GB is $399CDN.
It is a great phone that gives you the standard Google experience and will get updates quickly from Google.
Well I have decided to also get pack into programming which I have not done in awhile. What I plan on doing is tool around with the Windows Phone 7 series sdk. Which includes phone-centric editions of Expression Blend and Visual Studio 2010, silverlight and XNA this all allows you to easily write good looking application and games that run smooth and native on the phone. If I like this I may also try out the Android SDK.