Linked by Alexey Eromenko on Fri 1st Feb 2013 21:52 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Many people think that all Androids are equal and it's a race to the bottom where the cheapest vendor wins. This could not be farther from the truth. For me, it all began half-a-year ago, when I bought the Samsung Galaxy S III and was absolutely stunned by it, then exploring and comparing it with other Androids. Now that Google has fired a shot across the bow with its low pricing for the unlocked Nexus 4, where does that leave Samsung and its flagship handset?
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WorknMan
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2005-11-13

It seems to me that a lot of these S3 plus points can be replicated with free or cheap apps added to a vanilla Android 4 phone. Or if you're technical, a rooted phone with a custom ROM actually provides a lot of these and a *lot* more configurability than the S3 does.


Exactly. For me, a fully-loaded custom ROM gives a lot more value than NonSense, Bloat-o-blur, etc. Plus, when Keylime Pie is announced in May and starts rolling out to Nexus devices, those of us who own these devices can upgrade to it immediately, or whenever we want. If you're using a FrankenAndroid device like the S3, you're going to be stuck with 4.x until at least January 2014, and you'll probably be lucky to ever get anything greater than 4.2. I really wouldn't mind much of vendors would give people the OPTION of sticking with stock and quick upgrade paths, but most don't.

So, yeah... you can have your shitty vendor bloatware. I'll stick with unlocked vanilla, thank you very much ;)

One thing I WILL agree with him on is the gimped hardware on the Nexus devices. (No SD card slot, no removable battery, no LTE, etc) Google really needs to step it up and give people more options in the hardware department. Can I get a Nexus 7 with HDMI out, PLEASE??

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_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

One thing I WILL agree with him on is the gimped hardware on the Nexus devices. (No SD card slot, no removable battery, no LTE, etc) Google really needs to step it up and give people more options in the hardware department. Can I get a Nexus 7 with HDMI out, PLEASE??


-Blame MS for lack of SD
-Blame the consumer for lack of removable battery
-Blame the carriers, and economics for lack of LTE

Seriously, if you want these things you're welcome to go to those phones whose manufacturers have paid the respective extorsion fees. I'm quite happy with the cheap Nexus 4, thank you very much.

Seriously what is it with people and LTE? It is only a way to eat more battery and hit your download limits more quickly. The other points I can understand griping about...

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Seriously, if you want these things you're welcome to go to those phones whose manufacturers have paid the respective extorsion fees. I'm quite happy with the cheap Nexus 4, thank you very much.


Well, that's my point... if you want the stock Android experience and updates as they come out, you do not have an option, other than what Google sells. Thus, they need more variety in their catalog.

Seriously what is it with people and LTE? It is only a way to eat more battery and hit your download limits more quickly..


It does not hit your download limit more quickly... it makes your data connection faster. If you download a 40MB podcast, it's still the same amount of data, whether it took 1 minute or 15 to download it. And the cool thing is, you can toggle back to 3g when you don't need it, saving battery life. Even still, the battery drain isn't quite as severe on newer devices/LTE chipsets.

As for the necessity of it, that depends on how fast your HSPA connection is. a 2mbps, HSPA connection (what I was initially getting) can b quite miserable, vs 15mbps+ on LTE. Obviously, the difference isn't always that dramatic... just depends on where you are, and how well you have tuned your APN settings ;) Personally? I'd rather have the option of turning it on when I wanted to, vs not having it.

Just last week, I was happy when I tweaked my APN settings and got 13mbps outsie. A friend of mine, who has an unlimited plan on Verizon, put up a screenshot of his 28mbps speed test. Between the two? I would rather have the latter ;)

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Seriously what is it with people and LTE? It is only a way to eat more battery and hit your download limits more quickly.


What download limits? Where? I must have missed them entirely!

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bentoo Member since:
2012-09-21

-Blame MS for lack of SD


What!? This I HAVE to hear.

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