On December 15, Odette Velarde of Samsung Electronics Philippines informed me that the Galaxy Nexus will be exclusively available to Smart subscribers. Since then, I’ve been checking my email for any invite to its official launch in the Philippines, assuming that the local outpost will be holding an event for that—and assuming that I’ll get invited, of course. Well, guess what? Earlier today, fellow InterAksyon columnist Carlo Ople confirmed with his sources that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will finally be available starting January 28 and that reservations will be accepted from January 21-27 (update, January 21, 1:12 p.m.: Smart’s pre-order form can be found here). In fact, he got a copy of the official Smart postpaid plans for the Nexus.
If the info is correct, you can get the Google’s flagship smartphone for free for as low as Plan 2000 (same as the Samsung Galaxy Note’s case). The package supposedly includes unlimited data, 200 text messages, and 150 call minutes. I don’t have information about the other postpaid plans’ details yet, but I’ll update this entry as soon as I have them.
Now let’s take a look at Smart’s pricing for Apple’s counterpart of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the iPhone 4S (16GB).
It appears that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus postpaid plans are more attractive than those for the iPhone 4S considering that the two devices cost about the same in the United States (iPhone versus Nexus). For the same Plan 2000, you still need to shell out P2,500 for the iPhone.
Is a better user experience worth the extra P2,500? Or are you after the specs (check out the specs comparison chart below)?
If you’re still on the fence about everything, I suggest that you take the two for a spin. The Apple iPhone 4S has been in stores since last month, and a demo unit of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is already on display at Smart’s Jump Experience Center in SM Megamall.
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