Seems just like Bloatware aimed at Google+ users. Really? Does the app really need to be 26 MB's in size + processing memory? That's the best that Google/Nik could do & still not make it compatible with pre Android 4.0?
I'll stick with the Photo Editor app by Macgyver that is 1/20 th the size & which does FAR more. Photo Editor is a great app for photographers with no agenda for data mining & selling as per Google's intentions. For me Snapseed is a useless gimmick in comparison. Sheesh!
Photog23: I think the SuperAMOLED screens in the Samsung smart phones put them head and shoulders above all other smart phone manufacturers, especially for viewing pictures and reading text. If you have never seen the screens, go get a demo. You'll be amazed. I'm not so interested in the smart phone form factor, but the Galaxy 7.7 that Samsung will be releasing soon with the same SAMOLED screen is going to be REALLY interesting to photographers.
But the down side about all of these phones is people never talk about call quality anymore, which means that call quality will continue to progress in it's path to irritatingly awful. This is why I owned and rejected a high end smart "phone". I've decided that they may be smart, but they aren't a phone. For me, a tablet and a flip phone with good call quality are the best combination of technologies.
I have looked at a SA screen on the Samsung Nexus S & compared it to my eventual purchase of a HTC DHD. The non SA screen of the HTC DHD (older technology too) WAS FAR SUPERIOR FOR MY NEEDS. The non SA screen of the HTC DHD offered more accurate colors, a better tonal range & better resolution. I am a pro photographer with 25+ years experience & am very tech literate, so I knew what I was looking at & for. The HTC DHD was for my eyes as a photographer MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH better than the SuperAmoled of the Nexus S. Maybe to kids or folks looking for contrasty eye candy, it would be the opposite view?
wutsurstyle: If dpr insists on these articles of smartphones with "cameras" then we might as well feature video cams that take hd stills, binoculars that take photos, spy pens, trophy cam trail cameras, and everything else out there with a photo lens.
As a 25+ yr Pro photographer, I use my Android HTC DHD phone camera A LOT, so I appreciate the reviews by DPR, as cell phone review sites don't look at these devices from a photographer's viewpoint. I only wish that my cell phone camera had more manual controls & better image processing apps without the gimmicky effects. I am going to look into app design for pro photographer functions. All of these devices are tools that help me as a pro do my job(s).