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    Default Did anyone switch to Nexus 5 from the Galaxy S3?

    And if so what has been your experience? I have run custom AOSP ROMs on my Verizon S3, so I know I'll like the stock Android experience. Also, I'm going to lose the replaceable battery and my 64GB sd card. I'm more concerned with camera, battery life in daily use, and whether the phone feels faster/better. I don't play any games btw.
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    I made the switch and couldn't be happier.

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    I made the switch from the S3 to the Note 3 to the N5. I couldn't be happier either. Although I still have a Verizon plan with my note 3, I have all calls forwarded to my N5.

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    Same here. Came from S3 on Verizon and switched to T Mobile and Nexus 5 and couldn't be happier. The N5 is smokin fast and just flat out awesome!

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    AOSP on my AT&T S3 was ALWAYS buggy, even "stable" releases. That said, the S3 had the removable battery, microSD card, and better battery life (TW or AOSP) than my N5.

    Still, the N5 is a way better phone. I don't miss the S3's shtty plastic back cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iggymart View Post
    I made the switch from the S3 to the Note 3 to the N5. I couldn't be happier either. Although I still have a Verizon plan with my note 3, I have all calls forwarded to my N5.

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    What is your experience after using the Note 3 and working with the Nexus 5?

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    The nexus 5 is much smoother and has yet to lag during any operation. I especially enjoy the size factor, wherein the phone fits comfortably in one hand.

    Inasmuch as the battery does not last as long, it isn't a slouch and will last me all day with moderate use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iggymart View Post
    The nexus 5 is much smoother and has yet to lag during any operation. I especially enjoy the size factor, wherein the phone fits comfortably in one hand.

    Inasmuch as the battery does not last as long, it isn't a slouch and will last me all day with moderate use.

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    I ordered the Moto X and my son wants to trade for my iPhone 5S. I may give it a try.


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    Quote Originally Posted by alhadee12 View Post
    I ordered the Moto X and my son wants to trade for my iPhone 5S. I may give it a try.


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    Don't be mistaken. This is the Nexus 5 and not the Moto X. There is no comparison in screen resolution between the two. Nexus 5 is very sharp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iggymart View Post
    Don't be mistaken. This is the Nexus 5 and not the Moto X. There is no comparison in screen resolution between the two. Nexus 5 is very sharp.

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    Besides the screen, why should I take the Nexus 5 over the Moto X.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alhadee12 View Post
    Besides the screen, why should I take the Nexus 5 over the Moto X.

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    Although I have never owed the Moto X, the only reason I would, would be because the Nexus 5 is a quad-core device, whereas the Moto X is dual-core.
    Hopefully someone with Moto X experience can additionally assist you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alhadee12 View Post
    Besides the screen, why should I take the Nexus 5 over the Moto X.

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    Better camera. There are threads in both the Moto X and Nexus 5 forums for photos taken with each, if you want to compare. Some of the Moto X photos are beautiful, but I think low light photos are much better with the Nexus 5.

    I've had my Nexus 5 since the first week of November and it's still as blazing fast as the first day. I love it.

    The only reason to get the Moto X instead is if the smaller form factor difference is extremely important to you, or the touchless controls feature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iggymart View Post
    Although I have never owed the Moto X, the only reason I would, would be because the Nexus 5 is a quad-core device, whereas the Moto X is dual-core.
    Hopefully someone with Moto X experience can additionally assist you.

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    Thanks for the response. Once I receive it I'll compare it with my sons Nexus 5.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmumbles View Post
    Better camera. There are threads in both the Moto X and Nexus 5 forums for photos taken with each, if you want to compare. Some of the Moto X photos are beautiful, but I think low light photos are much better with the Nexus 5.

    I've had my Nexus 5 since the first week of November and it's still as blazing fast as the first day. I love it.

    The only reason to get the Moto X instead is if the smaller form factor difference is extremely important to you, or the touchless controls feature.

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    I would like to check out the touchless controls and the speed comparison. I generally don't take a lot of pictures, but it would be nice to have good pics when I do take them. Size is not very important.


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    Default Re: Did anyone switch to Nexus 5 from the Galaxy S3?

    Quote Originally Posted by Crispy View Post
    And if so what has been your experience? I have run custom AOSP ROMs on my Verizon S3, so I know I'll like the stock Android experience. Also, I'm going to lose the replaceable battery and my 64GB sd card. I'm more concerned with camera, battery life in daily use, and whether the phone feels faster/better. I don't play any games btw.
    My BF has a Galaxy S3 that I have used a lot. The main thing I don't like about it is the physical home button...multi-tasking is just so slow on that thing compared to the Nexus.

    The Camera on the Nexus is significantly better in every way except shutter speed. Low light and macro especially are a night and day difference. But normal daylight photos are better too. The GS3 is not even in the same league.

    Battery life is better on the Nexus with the stock battery. However the GS3 is removable. With an extended battery, the GS3 gets better battery life (know this from first hand experience).

    The nexus is definitely a faster and smoother experience overall. The UI is no contest...the nexus just kills it.

    I would miss SD as well. The Nexus does support USB OTG though, and it works. Except for SD and removable battery, the nexus is better in every way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alhadee12 View Post
    Besides the screen, why should I take the Nexus 5 over the Moto X.
    Faster CPU. True vanilla Android. The camera on the Nexus is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffDenver View Post
    Faster CPU. True vanilla Android. The camera on the Nexus is better.

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/att...ts-compare.png
    Nice picture.


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    Quote Originally Posted by alhadee12 View Post
    Nice picture.
    That is taken directly fro Android Central's own samples. These are samples they took with both phones under controlled conditions. Jerry believes that the Moto X has more realistic colors, but I will let you decide for yourself. IMO, the nexus is clearly better. Details are more sharp and colors are more vibrant. Moto X images look washed out to me (not only in this photo but in others I have seen).

    Keep in mind this is prior to the Nexus 5 camera fix...it is even better now.
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    Update - my Nexus 5 32GB from the play store is on the way!! I got the 32GB because I don't want to run out of space, and I believe it helps the resale value?

    I checked out TMobile's prepaid site, ordering a sim kit online is 99c, but instore its $10

    I'd really like Google to lower the shutter lag even more.
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    Default Re: Did anyone switch to Nexus 5 from the Galaxy S3?

    (I apologize for the length!)

    I made that switch. First... I really loved that SIII... GREAT phone. I ran Paranoid Android 3.99RC2 on it and it was about as good as it gets. At the time, all the KK ROMs I loaded were pretty unstable... rarely did a day go by that didn't see it boot a couple of times (especially switching between wifi and mobile). I noticed that the Nexus 5 was the new 'reference' phone for most all of the KK roms... and it sold at a killer price... but I was under contract with VZW for another couple of years and the Nexus 5 is sunlight to the vampires at Verizon... so it was a dream... until TMobile announced their Break UP program and the rest is history.

    First.. the worries. Storage... I admit I was a little reluctant to give up the expandable storage on my S3. But a few months later, there are a couple of things that pretty much assuaged those fears. First and foremost... T-Mobile has unlimited 4G data plans. That is the great enabler. I had already pushed my music collection to Play Music, but I only used it at my house in fear of of data overage wrath of Verizon.... With unlimited data, I can listen to my hearts content. Secondly, that allows me to not worry about bandwidth and set my pictures and videos to always backup to Google+ Photos. So everything gets backed up on a regular basis... So my music is usually always available, and I have a safe place to store my media long term.... That leaves my storage for ROM downloads... And while I'd LOOOOVE to have a big partition to store a whole mess of Multi-Rom images, that's just frivilous... don't need it.

    Now? I have enough space for a nandroid backup, a secondary multi-rom KK instance, and plenty of space for a ton of pictures.... that's all I need.

    Battery usage.... I'm running AOSPAL nightlies with a Franco kernel... I just plugged in my phone... at 25 hours, it was at 40% with 3 hours of on screen time. So no complaints there, it even charges fast.

    Performance: OK.... My S3 replaced my sturdy little Galaxy Stellar.... and I loved it. The S3 was responsive and rarely got too chunky. But the Nexus 5 is in an entirely different universe when it comes to performance. Out of the box, it's like butta.... really, it runs smooth as glass and load times are blazing quick. I've had it for over two months now and I am still amazed at how much this phone screws.

    Camera: Nexus 5 has a better camera... it's not a DSLR or anything like that, but it takes pretty good pics overall and stunning pics under the right circumstances. The stabilization in the Nexus 5 also works great, unless you've had too much coffee, videos are almost steadi-cam smooth.

    Pretty much everything about the phone is superior to the S3 (which, again, I really liked in its own right). Glad I switched.
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    I came from a rooted S3 and my experience with the N5 has been exponentially better. For my usage, battery life is about twice as long with the Nexus. I thought I would miss the hardware buttons, but I don't. I do wish stock Android had just a few more customization options, but I definitely had no second thoughts about getting a Nexus. For what it's worth, I likely would've gotten a Sony phone if they had released the Z2 stateside.
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    I have an S3 work phone and my own Nexus 5. It was the S3 that made me think that I should swap from my old iPhone 3GS to Android, but the Nexus 5 is better than the S3 in every respect.

    It's much faster, it feels lighter and smaller (even though the size is virtually identical), I like the fact that the gone button is on the screen - also the physical buttons have a more positive action on the Nexus 5.

    The biggest benefits are the battery and the screen, though - the Nexus 5 lasts easily twice as long on a charge, and the Samsung screens are terrible for photos and videos - they're over-saturated with an in unnatural colour balance.

    I'm a keen photographer, so I've never really used the camera in either phone, other than to compare them (unfavourably) with a real camera.
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    I thought I would miss the hardware buttons, but I don't
    Heh.... the lack of buttons is one of the reasons I MOVED to the Nexus 5. I jacked up my thumb pretty good in HS, and the home button on the S3 was a bit of a pain (literally and figuratively) to use.... When I loaded Paranoid Android and discovered PIE controls, it was like a light shown down from the heavens. Then I started to get annoyed at all the lost real estate due to the room in the bezel needed for the HW and capacitive buttons on my 3... I thought "Man, I wish it was like my wife's Nexus 7".... well, how about a 5 inch version then!

    Now I loves me some on screen soft buttons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeoRex View Post
    Now I loves me some on screen soft buttons.
    I'm fully converted too. They significantly improve the time it takes to switch between apps, especially with ART enabled.
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    yes.. i just switch from galaxy s3 to nexus 5, just received item ordered from amazon

    Amazon.com: Google Nexus 5 Unlocked GSM Phone, 32Gb (Black): Cell Phones & Accessories
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