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If a new operating system version is released, but nobody's able to use it, has it really been released?

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Both are fine
by Kancept on Tue 22nd Aug 2017 13:54 UTC
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I rock an iPhone 5S as my daily driver and maintain my Nexus 4 at home for most of my media and car diagnostics. Apple still updates my 5S, whereas I have to use LineageOS for for Nexus 4. Regardless of where my updates are coming from, however, both of these phones have well outlived their projected lives and continue to be useful to me.

I've had newer phones and sold them as the things they have added just don't justify them to me. The Nexus 5 really didn't really do anything over the 4, and a bigger screen and 3D touch of the iPhone 6S was gimmicky- I also prefer smaller screens.

These are all personal preferences of which noone else's opinions matter to me for the sake of my usage. Sure, I may upgrade to get fingerprint reading on the Nexus (Pixel now) or move to getting NFC payments on the iPhone.

The iPhone SE solves this for me Apple-side, but nothing from Google has yet to offer the smaller form factor and the other things. I'm not even going back down the road of another phone provider for the OS (yet- Essential looks nice, but seriously, I can buy a lot of other things for that money).

So, for incremental improvements, nothing really beats my Nexus 4 and iPhone 5S. Apple also continues to flat out support their older products and drag them along with the rest of the bunch, whereas Google seems to release it and then let it sit on the vine.

I love em both, though, and actually have them both with me at work today. The new LineageOS for the Nexus 4 just screams and really has given this thing a new lease on life.

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