I have been a fan of Google’s version of Android since I got the Original Nexus 7 tablet. Being on Verizon and the Nexus 4 only being available on AT&T and T-Mobile it was the only way I could get an Android experience without having to buy a phone that I couldn’t use on my carrier. I realized early on that there wasn’t much to the Nexus 7 and that’s what I liked about it. I could make the device my own and have a good time with it. Apps were always in alphabetical order, nothing was being thrown on my home screen, menus weren’t long or drawn out.
When I went back to my phone I kept trying to make it look more and more like Google’s Android and I kept wondering why. After using many different phones it wasn’t because it kept the phone snappy, or saved battery life but it was because it was a clean slate I could make my own.
When I look at the LG V30+ I recently finished reviewing I turn it on and, although I see Nova launcher I still feel as though the device wasn’t mine. I see LG’s influences in the settings menu, the preinstalled applications from LG and Sprint, and little to no need for tutorials. With my Pixel XL it may not have the speed, great screen or amazing headphone jack the V30+ has it still feels my phone, even if I were to factory reset either device.
When I setup the V30+ I had to go through the device and deactivate, or uninstall any unwanted bloatware and find out where all my apps were as they were being installed and randomly being placed anywhere and everywhere on my device. On my Pixel they as me what optional Google services I want installed on my device and then the rest is up for me. I the only apps I get told I need are a select Google Apps that are crucial for the phone to function properly, the rest is up for me to install and find a place for on my new blank slate, with LG I find am tasked to hunt for which apps I like and which apps are clones or just garbage and find out how to get rid of them.
This has been the case with every other phone I have looked at. I have tried phone s from HTC, LeEco, Asus and other manufacturers and each time I feel as though I am being told what I want (HTC is getting better with this however it still isn’t perfect) and that’s why I stick to Google’s Android and get tired or frustrated with other phones. That is why I am happy to see that companies such as Motorola, Lenovo, and HTC are starting to give people more of a blank slate and have them find out what is best for them, not be given a myriad of applications and services that they may have never heard of before.
I want to hear from you all as to what aspects of your current daily driver you like the best. Is it the software, the hardware, your carrier, or is it just what you’re currently stuck with. Please also let us know what you would like to see in your next device.