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BG
02-25-2014, 01:52 PM
Hey guys,

I've been on the Blackberry road for too long and am looking to upgrade to an Android-based smartphone.

I think I've narrowed it down to a Nexus 5, or a Galaxy S4.

Any advice? Any power-users out there?

When I get a new phone I like to customize it inside and out, so I'll look for ways to root/hack - any particular phone better for this?

Cheers,

BG

fergy57
02-25-2014, 01:54 PM
Not sure about the root/hack stuff, but I have friends with both, and so far for the price, the Nexus 5 is the phone I would probably pick up.

CTheBigPicture
02-25-2014, 02:02 PM
I own a nexus 4, previously a galaxy nexus, and previous to that an iPhone.

I consider myself a power user as far as available apps go that don't require rooting devices. I don't see a reason to root, where as I couldn't stand the iPhone without jail breaking it.

Note that the galaxy S5 was just announced so the S4 is close to being outdated.

Alos note that the main problem with the non-Nexus phones is that you are basically at the mercy of the manufacturers to update your OS. Nexus owners get the update months earlier (unless you want to cough up $800 for 'Google edition' of these other phones)

Also note that there are rumors that Samsung is trying to move away from Android.

also note that most non-Nexus phones build a skin on top of the stock android (Samsung uses touchwiz).

Nexus 5 though is the most raw android experience you can get. Problem however is that based on my experience these phones don't last much longer than two three years. Cameras aren't great either.

They are much cheaper and are very easy to root.


So all said and done, I'd go with a nexus 5.

TheCountofMonteCristo
02-25-2014, 02:15 PM
I have the S4, got it in August, great phone. I went from Blackberry as well.

angelfish
02-25-2014, 02:24 PM
iPhone = girls phone :eek6:

zeke
02-25-2014, 02:24 PM
they are both awesome.

Habspatrol
02-25-2014, 02:27 PM
I have the Galaxy S3 and I love it... so I'd imagine the S4 is even better. I like it a lot more than my old iPhone.

worm
02-25-2014, 02:33 PM
Isn't the s5 coming out soon? April I think. So if you can wait a few more months grab it.

http://siliconangle.com/blog/2014/02/25/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-iphone-5s-vs-nexus-5/
compares the s5 with nexus 5 and iphone


If you cant (or do not want to wait) the best bet is go with the newest andriod phone. Which is the Nexus 5.

worm
02-25-2014, 02:35 PM
and like others have said...nexus 5 is cheap too

zeke
02-25-2014, 02:56 PM
I've heard the S5 is great but underwhelming in terms of its upgrade on S4.

Kind of like that intermidiate Iphone upgrade they did. what did they call it? the S or something?

not sure I'd bother with the S5. Wait for the next one.

worm
02-25-2014, 03:02 PM
I've heard the S5 is great but underwhelming in terms of its upgrade on S4.

Kind of like that intermidiate Iphone upgrade they did. what did they call it? the S or something?

not sure I'd bother with the S5. Wait for the next one.

that was what they said about 3 to 4

have heard the opposite about 4 to 5

but all the big things are done...it is going to be tiny changes from now on

rated
02-25-2014, 03:05 PM
There's little difference between S5 and the S4. The sony xperia z2 looks sick and is way superior to the S5. Wait til march 25th to see new HTC !

Rumpleforeskin
02-25-2014, 04:24 PM
I've got the s3, but I'd grab the Nexus. They always get the newest bells and whistles first

Deckie007
02-25-2014, 04:34 PM
Tonnes of custom ROMS out there for Android devices. I'm running one on my HTC ONE S and it's amazing how much you can customize. So I'd pick the device that feels the best and has the features you're looking for. Software bells and whistles are easy to get after.

BG
02-25-2014, 04:34 PM
LG-G2 has entered the race as well.. similar or better specs to the Nexus 5 and a better digital camera.

Habsy
02-25-2014, 04:37 PM
I went from the iPhone to the Galaxy S4 about 10 months ago. I like the Galaxy S4. It's pretty powerful. I use the dual screen on it all the time. Texting (and now tapatalk) on top and either internet or phone on the bottom. Sometimes other apps like Navigation etc.

number17
02-25-2014, 07:39 PM
u should also consider HTC one in your short list.

I'm using the S4, there's nothing wrong with it, it does everything I want but I likes the HTC One more. If not for the fact it doesn't support SD card I'd have got that instead.

Leafin'
02-25-2014, 08:44 PM
Bang for buck? Nexus 5.

Great phone, have had it since launch.

Leafyblue
02-25-2014, 09:42 PM
Do any of you have or know anybody with the Moto G? It seems pretty decent for under 200 bucks.

rated
02-26-2014, 08:19 AM
It's a good cheap phone, actually really good cheap phone for what you're getting. It's just not a flagship phone so the spec's are inferior to most phones. Moto G is often called "the poor mans nexus"

Only thing I dislike is it only has max 16GB of storage with no card slot..that's like no space after you consider the software takes up a lot of that 16GB.

Leafyblue
02-26-2014, 08:59 AM
That's good to know thanks. I am a poor man. :)

That new Nokia with a mix of android and Windows looks decent too..and is really cheap.

BG
02-26-2014, 09:59 AM
Do any of you have or know anybody with the Moto G? It seems pretty decent for under 200 bucks.

Can't speak for the software, but it would seem that the cheaper the phone - the less capacity the battery and the worse the camera.

Locally the phone pricing on a 2yr plan is:

Nexus 5: $29
LG G2: $49
Samsung S4: $149

The Nexus is made by LG, and the G2 has a larger screen, better camera, and better battery.

I'm going to test them out today - the only reason the Samsung is still on the list is because of the SD-slot.

rated
02-26-2014, 10:02 AM
I got LG G2. Phone is absolutely amazing in every way, LG is just terrible when it comes to updating its software and the g2 its self is a magnet for getting dirty.

Budget phones like the mogo G never have the awesome spec's the flagship phones get.