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  1. FreakyLocz14's Avatar
    Which one should I get, and why? Assuming that money isn't an issue for me, compare and contrast the specs for each. If anyone owns or has experience with the S4 Google Edition, please share your experiences with me to help me make my decision.

    Thanks in advance!

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    10-14-2013 06:35 PM
  2. Aquila's Avatar
    Larger Screen +GPe (by .05")
    Better screen +Nexus
    More internal storage +Nexus (32 vs 16)
    SD Card +GPe
    Battery Life +Nexus
    Removable Battery +GPe
    Camera +GPe (probably, on MP it wins but we haven't seen pictures taken with the Nexus yet)
    Speed of Updates +Nexus
    Processor +Nexus (SoC permits active listening, much improved battery efficiency and theoretical 4k video capture)
    Wireless Charging +Nexus
    RAM -Even
    Buttons +Nexus (subjective, but the Nexus follows Android standards, while the GPe does not)
    Accessory Availability +GPe (same accessories as the TouchWiz versions)
    Custom development community support +Nexus
    Expected Price +Nexus
    Expected Resistance to Obsolescence +Nexus
    Size +Nexus (smaller form factor)

    More categories can obviously be made, but so far my count is 11 Nexus categories to 5 GPe categories with 1 tie. There are many areas where they'll be approximately even, but as far as which one is the best value per dollar it's obviously the Nexus, and as far as which is a better device overall, unless you NEED 16GB with an SD card and/or a removable battery, the Nexus is clearly the better device (on paper) as well.
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    10-14-2013 06:47 PM
  3. UJ95x's Avatar
    Larger and better screen +Nexus
    More internal storage +Nexus (32 vs 16)
    SD Card +GPe
    Battery Life +Nexus
    Removable Battery +GPe
    Camera +GPe (probably, on MP it wins but we haven't seen pictures taken with the Nexus yet)
    Speed of Updates +Nexus
    Processor +Nexus (SoC permits active listening, much improved battery efficiency and theoretical 4k video capture)
    Wireless Charging +Nexus
    RAM -Even
    Buttons +Nexus (subjective, but the Nexus follows Android standards, while the GPe does not)
    Accessory Availability +GPe (same accessories as the TouchWiz versions)
    Custom development community support +Nexus
    Expected Price +Nexus
    Expected Resistance to Obsolescence +Nexus
    Size +Nexus (smaller form factor)
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    You mind if I borrow your template for this? :P
    Larger screen: GS4
    Sharper and brighter screen: N5
    Internal storage: Even
    SD Card: GS4
    Battery Life: GS4
    Removable Battery: GS4
    Camera: Probably the GS4
    Speed and Number of Updates: N5
    Processor: N5
    Wireless Charging: Even
    RAM: Even
    Button: GS4 (I prefer hardware buttons vs software buttons)
    Accessory Availability: S4
    Custom development community support: Probably N5 even thought S4 has a lot as of today
    Expected Resistance to Obsolescence: N5
    10-14-2013 06:52 PM
  4. Aquila's Avatar
    You mind if I borrow your template for this? :P
    Larger screen: GS4
    Sharper and brighter screen: N5
    Internal storage: Even
    SD Card: GS4
    Battery Life: GS4
    Removable Battery: GS4
    Camera: Probably the GS4
    Speed and Number of Updates: N5
    Processor: N5
    Wireless Charging: Even
    RAM: Even
    Button: GS4 (I prefer hardware buttons vs software buttons)
    Accessory Availability: S4
    Custom development community support: Probably N5 even thought S4 has a lot as of today
    Expected Resistance to Obsolescence: N5
    Not at all. I'd strongly disagree with battery life though. 3000MAh on a Nexus with a S800 should be quite a bit superior to 2600MAh with the S600. I need to edit mine, you're right the S4 does have a larger screen by .04" That and 32GB internal storage on the Nexus is much better IMO than the 16GB on the GPe. Given the expected 4-5GB reduction for the OS, etc, it's about an 145% increase in available internal storage.
    10-14-2013 07:04 PM
  5. UJ95x's Avatar
    Not at all. I'd strongly disagree with battery life though. 3000MAh on a Nexus with a S800 should be quite a bit superior to 2600MAh with the S600. I need to edit mine, you're right the S4 does have a larger screen by .04" That and 32GB internal storage on the Nexus is much better IMO than the 16GB on the GPe. Given the expected 4-5GB reduction for the OS, etc, it's about an 145% increase in available internal storage.
    It's supposed to have 2300 mAh though and I didn't know the GPE was only available in 16 GB, thought it would be like the others. Although he could get a 32 GB version and flash the GPE ROM
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    10-14-2013 07:12 PM
  6. FreakyLocz14's Avatar
    Larger Screen +GPe (by .05")
    Better screen +Nexus
    More internal storage +Nexus (32 vs 16)
    SD Card +GPe
    Battery Life +Nexus
    Removable Battery +GPe
    Camera +GPe (probably, on MP it wins but we haven't seen pictures taken with the Nexus yet)
    Speed of Updates +Nexus
    Processor +Nexus (SoC permits active listening, much improved battery efficiency and theoretical 4k video capture)
    Wireless Charging +Nexus
    RAM -Even
    Buttons +Nexus (subjective, but the Nexus follows Android standards, while the GPe does not)
    Accessory Availability +GPe (same accessories as the TouchWiz versions)
    Custom development community support +Nexus
    Expected Price +Nexus
    Expected Resistance to Obsolescence +Nexus
    Size +Nexus (smaller form factor)

    More categories can obviously be made, but so far my count is 11 Nexus categories to 5 GPe categories with 1 tie. There are many areas where they'll be approximately even, but as far as which one is the best value per dollar it's obviously the Nexus, and as far as which is a better device overall, unless you NEED 16GB with an SD card and/or a removable battery, the Nexus is clearly the better device (on paper) as well.
    If I'm not mistaken, I believe that the GPe has a Super AMOLED display. Doesn't that make it better?

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    10-14-2013 07:15 PM
  7. UJ95x's Avatar
    If I'm not mistaken, I believe that the GPe has a Super AMOLED display. Doesn't that make it better?

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    Depends on what you like, I prefer the SAMOLED screen but others like IPS. IPS is brighter and more color accurate while AMOLED has darker blacks and deeper reds but is a lot more saturated
    10-14-2013 07:21 PM
  8. Aquila's Avatar
    Agree, it's not like either objectively sucks. It's more of a preference thing.
    10-14-2013 07:26 PM
  9. alexlam24's Avatar
    I'll just go out with a simple answer. If you like something that'll be future proof, Nexus is the way to go. If you want delayed updates and less software support, go with Sammy

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    10-14-2013 07:40 PM
  10. UJ95x's Avatar
    I'll just go out with a simple answer. If you like something that'll be future proof, Nexus is the way to go. If you want delayed updates and less software support, go with Sammy

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    How is it more future proof? Future proof would be like having an VoLTE capabilities or 64-bit processing. A S800 doesn't make it more future proof
    10-14-2013 08:04 PM
  11. Aquila's Avatar
    We have no idea of how long gpe devices will be officially supported.

    XT1060. Through spacetime.
    10-14-2013 08:05 PM
  12. UJ95x's Avatar
    True, Google might not support it for as long a period of time but there is a lot of dev support on xda and other rooting/flashing forums
    10-14-2013 08:08 PM
  13. alexlam24's Avatar
    Google will be guaranteed to support their devices until they die from spec limitations, but the GPE won't.

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    10-14-2013 08:09 PM
  14. thirdeye7's Avatar
    OP says money isn't an issue, so the "future proof" angle is probably irrelevant to him. He probably won't be sitting on either phone 2 years from now hoping for continued updates.

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    10-14-2013 08:16 PM
  15. FreakyLocz14's Avatar
    I usually keep phones from 6 months to a year. I currently have the Nexus 4, so I'm looking to upgrade to the Nexus 5 or the S4 Google Edition. I only need 1 year's worth of "future proofing" at best.

    Posted via Android Central App
    10-14-2013 09:12 PM
  16. UJ95x's Avatar
    I usually keep phones from 6 months to a year. I currently have the Nexus 4, so I'm looking to upgrade to the Nexus 5 or the S4 Google Edition. I only need 1 year's worth of "future proofing" at best.

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    Then either should be fine. They won't stop dev support in 1 year.
    10-14-2013 09:13 PM
  17. Aquila's Avatar
    Was the 32GB version having a 3000MAh battery disproven and I missed it?

    XT1060. Through spacetime.
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    10-15-2013 09:04 AM
  18. MrSlippery519's Avatar
    Was the 32GB version having a 3000MAh battery disproven and I missed it?

    XT1060. Through spacetime.
    No one proved or disproved it as of yet.
    10-15-2013 09:19 AM
  19. JonK's Avatar
    Cameras can't be compared until we see samples but N5 has OIS which should make snapping good pictures easier. There is much more to a camera than MP count.
    10-15-2013 11:01 AM
  20. JRDroid's Avatar
    If I'm not mistaken, I believe that the GPe has a Super AMOLED display. Doesn't that make it better?

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    Its really an opinion thing. In my opinion IPS>SAMOLED>Standard LCD. The exception is Nokia's OLED displays with their ClearBlack polarized filter. You can see those displays outdoors in direct sunlight better than an LCD. That is the number one thing I miss from my Lumia 900.

    Also, this thread is pointless until we get hands on time with the Nexus 5. There are certain things you simply cannot tell from the spec sheet. Given the different processors and screen technologies, we cannot make a definitive call on battery life based on the difference in battery size. We cannot compare cameras, Google said after the launch of the N4 that they were committed to making Nexus devices excellent cameras going forward and this is the first phone since then. OIS can make a huge difference in photo quality in low light situations. We simply cannot make a call until we see the photos both cameras produce. We cannot decide which display is better till we see the N5 display in person, and even then it is likely to be a subjective thing.
    10-15-2013 01:59 PM
  21. Google_Superuser's Avatar
    I went with the S4 GPE because I basically never need to worry about battery life or wear since I can just pop another in. I also prefer hardware buttons since they free up screen real-estate even though the screens are close in size. It's also nice to have a phone that has a ton of case accessory options.

    I am however a little worried about update speed but with Kit Kat being the first major update of the S4 GPE we will see what happens.
    10-15-2013 02:03 PM
  22. planoman's Avatar
    I have a S4 GPe and is a superb device! I am switching between it and a moto x right now and I always miss the screen on the S4. Having said that, I just do not know how I would resist the Nexus 5. Depending on how sweet it is, I may sell my S4 GPe and Moto X and just keep my ATT S4 as a backup in case someone in my family needs it.
    I could go with 32GB and no micro SD card. I also hope it has the moto x camera because it is better after the update than the stock Nexus camera.
    10-18-2013 12:08 AM
  23. joe767's Avatar
    As far as I'm concern, until the N5 is released all the rumored specs are exactly what it is.......RUMOR.......Wait for the release then make a decision.
    10-18-2013 07:49 AM
  24. Newblackelit3's Avatar
    So I guess my question is, does Google present all these "leaks" on their own/allow them to happen or are they really this bad at keeping their new device under wraps until its launch? We pretty much already know almost everything about the phone. Do they do it to create buzz or can they just not contain the leaks? Anyone?
    10-18-2013 08:13 AM
  25. alexlam24's Avatar
    So I guess my question is, does Google present all these "leaks" on their own/allow them to happen or are they really this bad at keeping their new device under wraps until its launch? We pretty much already know almost everything about the phone. Do they do it to create buzz or can they just not contain the leaks? Anyone?
    Since they pretty much own the internet, they probably do it on purpose

    Sent from the last HTC device with a removable battery on T-Mobile
    10-18-2013 08:36 AM
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