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    Default I want to try a Nexus phone what to do?

    I really want to try the Nexus line of phones. I currently own a S3 and like the phone it pulled me out of Apple brainwashing. However I would really like to drive a true google phone as the slow updates is my biggest complaint about the S3 (ATT). So to be honest I dont really want to drop 400.00 on a phone only to find I dont like it. I have found a Nexus 4 locally for under 200.00 so was thinking of buying it and trying it out. What would you do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dumb1 View Post
    I really want to try the Nexus line of phones. I currently own a S3 and like the phone it pulled me out of Apple brainwashing. However I would really like to drive a true google phone as the slow updates is my biggest complaint about the S3 (ATT). So to be honest I dont really want to drop 400.00 on a phone only to find I dont like it. I have found a Nexus 4 locally for under 200.00 so was thinking of buying it and trying it out. What would you do?
    if u r don't have intention of buying n5 for $400 buy a Moto G.. its pure Android for $179 for 8gb and $199 for 16 Gb
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    Yeah given the existence of the Moto G the price of this Nexus ought to be heavily considered. What's the asking price?

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    Default Re: I want to try a Nexus phone what to do?

    No bad idea to get a Moto G (a lower-mid end device) if you already have an S3 (flagship device, despite not new), unless you have zero intention of ever using the camera on the Moto G at all, it lacks LTE as well.

    It's still better to get a used Nexus 4 for the same price as a new Moto G, the N4 is more powerful and is a true Nexus with unlocked bootloader therefore offers more freedom. The Moto G do have one thing the N4 lacks which is USB OTG (plugging in a flashdrive to the phone).

    Quote Originally Posted by Dumb1 View Post
    What would you do?
    I personally would stick with the S3 because I had it before (but the quadcore international version), but I guess the dualcore ATT version in term of performance it is not too bad compared to the N4. The hardware is fine, its just the Touchwiz bloat that slow it down. The S3 offer more storage than the N4 since it have microSD. With the N4, you are stuck with 12.95GB (the other 3GB is reserved for system). It also have a better camera and removable battery that last slightly longer than the N4. I would look into unlocking the S3 bootloader and install custom roms like CyanogenMod, which offer similar experience to stock Android.

    The reason I chose the Nexusis because of the unlocked bootloaders, lots more developers for it and freedom to do what I want and always getting the latest Android version. But you get downsides like less storage, battery life and not the best camera. This aspect has been true for every Nexus phones I owned, they're not phones made to be the best and compete as flagship devices (although the N5 do have the fastest cpu when it was released, it lacks in some other aspects like speaker and camera), but are great values with bootloader and sim unlocked and more freedom.

    However, if money isn't an issue, I would just go ahead and get a Nexus, but don't dismiss the Moto X as well, it have some unique features that even the Nexus 5 lacks.

    There are lots of Nexus being sold on swappa.com as well.
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    Default Re: I want to try a Nexus phone what to do?

    The price is 200.00 in mint condition. Thanks for the advice so far lots to think over for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dumb1 View Post
    The price is 200.00 in mint condition. Thanks for the advice so far lots to think over for sure.
    Go for it. You should be able to sell your s3 and make most of that 200 back. If you don't end up liking the nexus you can sell it as well.



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    Quote Originally Posted by someguy01234 View Post
    it lacks LTE
    That alone is the main reason not to get it.
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    I don't have LTE in my area so that isn't a deal breaker for me. This would be a temp phone because if I happen to like it I would upgrade to the 5 at some point. Most likely handing either my current s3 or N4 to my son.
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    Production wise the N4 is an end of life device. If we assume continuity of Google's software strategy this points to the ceasing of updates soon. Look at the GNEX. I won't presume to state how important updates are to you but depending on how long the N4 is to be in service this could be an issue. Given the price and condition (mint) of the device I'd say it relegates the Moto G to a non starting position depending on the memory configuration of course.

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    the return policy for google play is 15 days? Maybe I should just bite the bullet and buy the N5 and if I dont like it return it?
    Last edited by Dumb1; 12-21-2013 at 08:44 AM. Reason: Looked up return policy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dumb1 View Post
    the return policy for google play is 15 days? Maybe I should just bite the bullet and buy the N5 and if I dont like it return it?
    Always buy the best phone you can afford. If you've got the money, get the n5.

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    I agree with benhmadison. If you need a new phone always buy the newest tech you can afford. This helps manage obsolescence. If you want to experiment then find a gently used N4 rather than a mint one for less money.

    I have an N4 and a N7 and love them both. My N4 still runs great and is in perfect condition since I carry a Ballistic Case and a thin one and vary them based on when/where I'm going.

    I would personally consider the Moto X but its cost is high and is not a pure Nexus. My short list currently is N5, Moto X and a distant 3rd HTC One GPE.
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    I don't think the N4 is much better than the S3. You should just root it(S3) & install CM 11.
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    I have thought about rooting but I'm intimidated by it. I read so many threads with problems with this or that after rooting. If I could find a step by step for dummies i might just try it! I would be doing this on a macbook also.
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    Default Re: I want to try a Nexus phone what to do?

    You better off asking here: AT&T Galaxy S3 Rooting, ROMs, and Hacks - Android Forums at AndroidCentral.com

    Rooting and installing custom rom are two different things. Rooting give you admin privilege. Installing custom rom replace the entire operating system, to do that you need to install custom recovery like TWRP. Rooting may cause you to lose your warranty. I suggest rooting first, but if you want a really fast phone, install custom recovery and install CyanogenMod11.

    Just know that you have an ATT S3, it may use different firmware, packages, and roms version compared to T-Mobile/Verizon/international version of S3, so make sure you flash the ATT compatible version. For custom roms, the ATT S3 is referred to as "d2att".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dumb1 View Post
    the return policy for google play is 15 days? Maybe I should just bite the bullet and buy the N5 and if I dont like it return it?
    This is exactly what you should do

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    Default Re: I want to try a Nexus phone what to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dumb1 View Post
    I have thought about rooting but I'm intimidated by it. I read so many threads with problems with this or that after rooting. If I could find a step by step for dummies i might just try it! I would be doing this on a macbook also.
    If you know someone with a Windows PC, and they will let you do it, then root and flash away. It isn't that bad, most of the time it is people not reading completely. If you look into it do as much research asn ask questions before borrowing the Win PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dumb1 View Post
    the return policy for google play is 15 days? Maybe I should just bite the bullet and buy the N5 and if I dont like it return it?
    Also, if you are due for an upgrade, you can try through them.

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    Default Re: I want to try a Nexus phone what to do?

    Well, from what I've read so far I may have screwed my self when I updated to 4.3? Also the original N4 price is lowered to 150.00 which is tempting me.
    Last edited by Dumb1; 12-28-2013 at 07:55 AM. Reason: Added more info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dumb1 View Post
    Well, from what I've read so far I may have screwed my self when I updated to 4.3? Also the original N4 price is lowered to 150.00 which is tempting me.
    I would say give that a shot then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by draconianchaos View Post
    Production wise the N4 is an end of life device. If we assume continuity of Google's software strategy this points to the ceasing of updates soon. Look at the GNEX. I won't presume to state how important updates are to you but depending on how long the N4 is to be in service this could be an issue.
    The Galaxy Nexus has a Texas Instruments OMAP processor, which is why it isn't receiving official KitKat from Google. Texas Instruments isn't in the mobile game anymore. The Nexus 4 will likely receive support for a longer period of time.
    I have a Nexus 4, an iPhone 5, and a Lumia 520, and I like them all. Is something wrong with me? (I really should edit my signature sometime. I have only 1 of these 3 phones anymore, and even that one is mostly unused because it's been superseded by its big brother!)
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