1. Darasimi Makinde's Avatar
    Hey all! So I got fed up of iOS and was disappointed by the windows phone, and I finally decided to cave in and get a droid. The thing is I feel a little spoiled for choice as to which one to get. I've done a fair bit of research and seen all the benchmarks, but since I'm not quite what you would consider a power user, a lot of the big numbers don't really mean a lot to me.

    I would just like a nice, fast, premium phone that will last me a good few years (and won't crash on me) and I have narrowed my choices down to the LG Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the S4 mini. Ideally I would like something with expandable memory, since my current phone has a micro SD card that I would like to carry on using, putting the two samsung handsets ahead, but I'm not particularly fussed if the phone can't do that, as long as the onboard storage is enough for my music and podcasts. I believe all together I am only using up about 10GB on my current phone anyway.

    Battery life is quite important because while I'm not a power user, I also plan on getting the sony smart watch and ideally I wouldn't like the pairing to drain my phone's battery dead within an hour or two.

    I would actively use my phone to listen to podcasts as well during my commute to work (the ease of which was probably the one thing my iPhone had going for it) so I would like a phone that could handle that well enough, but I suppose that is down to the OS rather than the hardware. I don't really care for mobile gaming, but that was probably because I was put off by the cumbersome windows phone store and as such, I may change my tune once I get an android device, but again, I don't see myself obsessively doing so. I do however see myself extensively using the phone as a sat nav.

    The Galaxy S4's air gestures look pretty neat, but I don't see myself using that for more than a day or two to impress my friends, then forgetting the feature is even there. I'm quite a fan of large screens to make use of screen real estate on the UI, but I'm not too bothered about the camera as I never really hopped on the instagram bandwagon (although that could also be because windows phones don't have instagram and as such I never got into it), and while that may change once I get an android device, I don't see myself using all of the S4s camera features, as cool as they are.

    Lastly, I like a phone that is up to date. Again, while I'm not much for gimmicks, I like a phone that is as bug free (ergo as updated) as possible. I hear that since the Galaxy S4 is using the touchwiz variant of the droid OS, they receive their updates slower as they have to be adapted for the samsung skin, while the LG will get them as soon as they are available, which could mean that things like bugfixes and software features would hit the LG faster and who knows, among them could be something I like! Also, on that note I have a question about the Android OS in general. Is it like the iOS, in which you can update the OS on an older phone? The same way current phones can hop to iOS 7, can the current generation droids update to kitkat once it comes out?

    Thanks for reading this wall of text and I hope you all can help me out. While money isn't really a concern for me in this particular venture as all the phones are in my price range, I do acknowledge and appreciate the fact that the nexus is significantly cheaper, but that also worries me a bit as in a lot of (admittedly not all) cases you get what you pay for, and I'm afraid that a few updates down the line the nexus will slow down while the galaxy stays at top speed. So guys, what do you think?
    09-12-2013 02:46 PM
  2. Google_Superuser's Avatar
    If you are buying off contract the Nexus 4 is obviously the cheaper option. It's also the least future proof with no LTE, smaller screen and no removable battery to swap when it gets worn out. The problem with updates on Android is they are only really guaranteed and fast with Nexus devices. Carrier based third party phones are slow to update if at all, though that seems to be getting better. A compromise is the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, it uses almost stock android, and gets faster updates though with 4.3 it was about a week slower than Nexus devices to begin rollout. It is however very expensive since it's an off contract unlocked phone.

    I don't know much about the mini but I suppose it comes down to the screen size you want.

    I can't stand stock Samsung phones, love the hardware, hate the software and touchwiz. Out of those three I would be forced to pick the Nexus 4 but I would suggest waiting a couple months if you can for the Nexus 5. While it is unlikely to have a removable battery or external storage it will be a little better in every way than the Nexus 4 including a larger screen and LTE.

    Personally I have an S4 GPE. On a side note I also use a Sony Smartwatch (original not the new one) and I would highly recommend getting the augmented smart watch app. It makes it so much better and lets you send notifications from basically any app.
    09-12-2013 03:09 PM
  3. Darasimi Makinde's Avatar
    Thanks for the advice The phone I would purchase would be without a contract. I heard a lot of good things about the Galaxy S4 google edition, but unfortunately I'm in the UK and it does not appear to be available here. I am however aware of the ability to root an S4 and install the stock OS on it. I would consider waiting for the Google Nexus 5 to come out, but since I will not be getting it on contract it may be out of my price range, but I suppose only time will tell.
    09-12-2013 03:19 PM
  4. Google_Superuser's Avatar
    I am however aware of the ability to root an S4 and install the stock OS on it.
    Yeah I mean if you are ok with doing that then the normal Samsung S4 is a decent choice (I think you can even convert it with the GPE rom specifically). Some people like touchwiz etc too so you could always try that out first.
    09-12-2013 03:27 PM
  5. garublador's Avatar
    FWIW, you can change a lot about the look and feel of the phone without changing ROM's or even rooting. Different launchers are easy to find, install and don't slow down your phone at all.
    09-12-2013 03:34 PM

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