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FxSarge

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So the next nexus is a S4
« on: May 16, 2013, 05:23:00 AM »
How do you guys feel about this? I'm not very happy with Samsung build quality so I think ill pass.

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Re: So the next nexus is a S4
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2013, 03:52:24 PM »
I don't know if I'd call it a Nexus.  I mean it's an S4 that will get Android OS Updates immediately but I think it was more a tip of the hat by Google to both Samsung as well as their developer base, many of whom design apps with the Galaxy S series in mind since it is the biggest installed base for Android. It'll be interesting to see if Google continues with the S5, S6 etc the same way and giving them pure Android as well.
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Re: So the next nexus is a S4
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2013, 05:44:42 PM »
I wonder if its a worthy upgrade to the nexus 4.

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Re: So the next nexus is a S4
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2013, 06:59:03 PM »
I think it all depends on your view point...

It's most definitely not a Nexus device and if you watched the Keynote you'll see that Google didn't call it a Nexus, they called it a Google Experience Samsung Galaxy S4...

Is it worth $650? Okay, so let's compare them.

The N4 has an Snapdragon S4 Pro (S4 haha) and the GES4 (Google Experience S4) has a Snapdragon 600 so that's an upgrade albeit small if your upgrading devices over a period, say contract context, 18 months-2 Years.

The GES4 has a 1080p display over the Nexus 4's 720p but although this appears to be an ongoing tend, is it necessary? Can the human eye really tell the difference between 720p and 1080p display on screen of this size?
The Nexus 4 has a 4.7" screen whilst the GES4 had a 5" screen, again another trend sweeping the phone market. Personally I'm not offended by a 5" screen, phones and phablets are becoming one but I'd say this would be my personal maximum size for a phone.

A removable battery, and.... I'm neither here nor there about this. I'm not bothered by the Nexus 4's non-removable battery, at least not until it needs replacing but then if it's under warranty I simply return it and if not then I'll open the phone up to replace the battery myself because my warranty is over...

Hardware buttons, this does bother me. I like the Navbar keys on my Nexus 4 and I don't like the big ugly Home button on the Galaxy series, when I had my S2 I always envied the US S2 owners that had the small touch buttons. I couldn't go back to hardware buttons anytime soon.

The two biggest additions the GES4 has over the Nexus 4 are of course, LTE and expandable storage. LTE is an easy answer for me, it's only available on one network here in the UK atm and costs a fortune. I've not had it so I don't miss it.
Again expandable storage has been a big issue for many and honestly when I got my S2 and a college a Gnex, I took the mickey it of him for his lack of storage. Roll forwards 1 year and my decision to invest my own cash in a new device, one that didn't have expandable storage (N4), I wasn't hesitant but I did wonder how I'd get by... I've managed it though, okay so I juggle things around, save to the cloud, have large games on my 32GB Nexus 7 and can only have a couple of nandroid backs on my phone at any one time but it's manageable and I've gotten use to it so expandable storage doesn't bother me. I wouldn't mind a little more storage, a 32GB N4 would be great but an SD Card I can live without.

Finally I draw your attention to the sensors, the S4 has an array of sensors on the front including eye detection and it has an IR blaster. Are those sensors Samsung propriarory software operated or is Samsung going to open source the code for these with developers because otherwise your paying for a device that you can't fully use anyway...

There's nothing there that would convince me to pay twice that of the Nexus 4, yes the N4 is subsidised by Google, albeit only on the Play store but I have a device I am happy with and although this is a US only device, if it wasn't I still wouldn't upgrade my 5 month old Nexus 4.
Another point I'd like to make is, BFM, I think that your point about developers developing for Samsung devices is a mute point when this device is an AOSP device. If it was running Touchwiz with an unlocked bootloader like the HTC One developer edition then I could understand but a developer cannot develop apps specifically for Touchwiz on a non-Toichwiz device...

EDIT: My opinion as to why Google did this is because they can't or don't provide a device with LTE and expandable storage.

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Re: So the next nexus is a S4
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Re: So the next nexus is a S4
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