Some of you might have noticed I’m an Android guy and I rarely talk about iPhones and all. My Samsung Galaxy S2 had given me opportunity to understand what Android is about. It’s cool in many ways. As long as Google is committed in providing further developments, I’m with them. I thought I must take one big step forward to both support them and upgrade to a ‘pure’ android experience – Nexus 4.
I was so worried about the 16GB without memory card slot until I loaded all the apps and music to it. I still have over 6GB left enough to load more of my music collection and shoot photos without knowing how many frames left.
You may head over to Ralf Rottmann’s ‘iPhone lover’s confession switched over to Nexus 4 completely’ read about his unbiased experience with the Nexus 4. Again, although the phone is Made in Korea and designed by LG; Google gave them the requirements they wanted to make it their own device. You see the previous version made by Samsung and current version both have similarities – no home button, LED pulse light (notification).
The camera of it is the industry standard 8 megapixel, f2.7, 30 or 33mm focal length (35mm equiv.). Not a bad complement to my X2 as it’s somewhat similar in focal length. The image result is no surprised, similar to my previous phone (great when enough light, poor in the dark).
What I like about the Nexus Jelly Bean (OS) stock camera app is that, it’s like playing a first-person shooting game. There’s the circle cross hair mimicking the point of focus. The cross hair turns as it focuses. There’s no extra button available on the screen besides the shutter, unless you can it out by holding the cross hair. I wish there’s more settings, such as ISO, focus distance etc. I must realize this is just a phone, if I wish to shoot seriously; grab my X2 instead, right?
I would like to shoot further with it and come up with series in the coming days. I found the Nexus Jelly Bean provides a very robust photo editing tool. I could literally process my photos entirely in a very well manner. It’s just one click in the photo gallery. I’m dying to see if Google would somehow brand that tool and provide even more updates in the future. As I’ve previously blogged about a photo editing app ‘Snapseed’ I use extensively on my phone, I found myself using the built-in Nexus image editor more. You would not believe there’s actually ‘Curves’ option, yes I’m talking exactly the ones we use on LR and Aperture. I could totally see myself processing photos entirely with both the built-in image editor and Snapseed without messing with my Mac.
Not to forget the fact that I could act stupid to blend in for photography, I can’t get stealthier than that. I hope I could make good use of it while I’m not with my X2 or not too motivated. This is fitting in the gap as imagined.