So scrolling through the HTC One communities on Google+ you can see the flurry of excitement people are having that Android 4.3 will soon be on their phone. People waiting patiently for their phone manufacturers to push out OS updates has now become second nature for most Android enthusiast. However, a recent trend has emerged in social media and message boards across the internet that has me shaking my head. I’m referring to the Nexus elitist.
Let’s be perfectly clear on what I’m talking about. The Nexus Elitist is a troll. A self righteous, holier than thou, self absorbed elitist that believes that the Nexus line of devices are the only real Android devices and everything else is second rate. Let me also be clear that I am not talking about Nexus owners in general (I am one), but rather the small group that gives Nexus owners a bad name. Below is an example of what I’m talking about, you just never see this go the other way around.
HTC One owner #1: I can’t wait till we get Android 4.3!!!
HTC One owner #2: Do you know when we should get it?
HTC One owner #1: Hopefully soon!
Nexus 4 owner: I’ll have KitKat before you get 4.3 LMFAO. NEXUS FTMFW!!!!!!
I’ve talked about fanboisim before and with different brands of the same products there is bound to be some. I find with Nexus Elitists it goes beyond just simple love of the brand. They think they are better than you. This stems from some misguided ideology that anything bought directly from Google is not only superior to any other device, but that you, the consumer, are part of a special group of Android enthusiast that doesn’t support the idea of tainting the purity of the Android OS with “gimmicky features” and bloatware. These people are often times the first to defend any Google products from ridicule, even if it’s called for. When Armando Ferreira criticized the browsing experience on his Nexus 10 when compared to his Surface RT, Nexus trolls pounced. Attacking him with misguided justifications for the lag and overall poor performance.
I own 2 devices. A Galaxy Nexus and an HTC One. The Nexus is running stock Android 4.3 , the One is running 4.1.2 with Sense 5.0. There’s only one thing I am missing from my GN that I don’t have on my One and that is Google Wallets tap to pay feature. Other than that, I don’t really care that I don’t have the latest version of Android. Why? Because the experience I get on the HTC One is superior to that of a Nexus phone. Let me explain. First, unless the build quality of the Nexus 5 is outstanding, the HTC One will still be the best made handset to date. Many Nexus fanbois scoffed at the iPhone 4’s glass back, but were surprising silent when the Nexus 4 came out. Second, Nexus devices are notorious for having mediocre cameras and unless the N5 changes that, the One will still be the superior shooter. Third, Boom Sound, nuff said. Fourth, third party launchers can give me the stock Android experience I want, without sacrificing Sense 5.0 features I like. Features are only “gimmicky” if you don’t use them. The camera software and IR blaster are two examples of where Android skins add to your experience. And finally, storage and hardware. The most storage you can get on a Nexus phone (with exception to the Verizon GN) is 16 GB. I’m hoping that this trend ends with the Nexus 5. The GS4 and HTC One offer 32GB or higher and with the Samsung you get the added benefit of expandable storage. Now before everyone starts telling me about the cloud, let me remind you that most carriers have capped data limits in the US and in Europe, most countries don’t have speeds fast enough to even use cloud services effectively.
Many will say that the cost justifies not having these types of features, but then the question is “is it really a superior phone?”. I believe that most phones are too expensive and that the Nexus 4 offers the consumer a great device at an affordable price. For those of us who want more out of our devices and are willing to pay extra, phones like the HTC One are a perfect choice and one that we shouldn’t get trolled for making.