S4 Google Play Edition vs Nexus 4 (both shipped)

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  1. THE JUICEMAN macrumors 68000

    THE JUICEMAN

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    I am having a hard time deciding here. These are first world pains I know. Your thoughts and opinions are appreciated. So firstly I know the smartest decision would be to just wait 4-5 months for the Nexus 5. Unfortunately, patience is not one of my strong points.

    Both of these devices have already shipped from Google and are on their way.

    I threw together a little list of the S4 GPE advantages over the Nexus 4 and visa versa.



    S4:
    1080p screen
    Faster processor
    Bigger battery and battery life
    Removable battery (would I use this?)
    Accessories (backs, cases, batteries,etc)
    SD card (would I use this?)
    IR blaster
    Bigger screen
    Physical home button for waking
    Better speaker
    LTE
    Higher resale value (could sell for more than the Nexus 5 cost most likely. That's if I want the Nexus 5. Okay who am I kidding of course I'll want the Nexus 5)
    Lighter

    N4:
    Better build quality is much better
    On screen buttons (can be added to the S4)
    $300 cheaper (I could buy a Nexus 4 AND and Nexus 5 for almost the same price as the S4 GPE)
    I like the screen brightness and whiteness better
    Better one handed use
    Black

    What could the Nexus 5 have over the S4 GPE? Better screen (IMO), build quality, price, maybe better processor? I am trying to think what else.

    As I said before your help is much appreciated!!
     
  2. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    From my own experience with the Nexus 4, I wouldn't purchase nor recommend the Nexus 4 unless money was an issue.
     
  3. THE JUICEMAN thread starter macrumors 68000

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    You would think I would know this by now. I sent two Nexus 4's back because of touch issues and ear piece issues. I would hope those would be gone by now but who knows.
     
  4. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    If you can afford it, I would also recommend the S4 Google Edition.
     
  5. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Apparently 4.3 fixes the touch issues. If money is no issue the s4 will obviously be better. The question is.....is it $350 better
     
  6. THE JUICEMAN thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks!

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    Yes I did hear that it helps with touch responsiveness. Is it $350 better? Sigh lol I kind of hate spending $700 when I know I don't prefer this screen type or hardware. But I think I could get used to it. I already tried the HTC One GPE so the S4 is my last chance.
     
  7. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Plus it looks like in the next few months there will actually be good mid range phones coming at hopefully sub $400 contract free.
     
  8. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    GS4 GE. Especially if you are OK with spending that much.

    The Nexus 4 is an overrated POS device.
     
  9. THE JUICEMAN thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Haha never heard it quite put that way.
     
  10. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    S4 GE is the better option. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Google really needs to sell that thing outside the US. I hope that, if nothing else, they announce international availability for GE devices at their upcoming event. I'd love to have that powerhouse hardware with the TouchWiz crap removed. If not I'll just get the normal one and flash CM when it becomes stable I guess, or at least stable enough for phone calls to work properly :p
     
  11. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    poor battery, questionable build quality, poor RF performance, poor screen, and so on.
     
  12. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    I'd keep the S4 if I was sure I was going to keep it, but I definitely would have waited until the Moto X announcement - but seeing as you are within a returns period for both devices, I'd just keep whichever you prefer yourself, and then if the Moto X rocks your boat, I'd get one of them too :p
     
  13. 3bs macrumors 603

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    Definitely the S4! The only thing I like more about my Nexus 4 is the size but everything else the S4 beats it IMO.
     
  14. THE JUICEMAN thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I'm with you! Make it international!
     
  15. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    Comparing a Nexus 4 to a GE S4 is like comparing a Buick to a 7 series BMW. Of course the BMW is going to be better. It's over twice the price. That doesn't mean the Buick is bad.
     
  16. THE JUICEMAN, Jul 20, 2013
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    THE JUICEMAN thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Haha thanks. The Moto X isn't exciting me for some reason. All signs point to mid range. Not that it won't be a great phone though.

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    Seems to be the consensus! I'll give it a shot!

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    Lol I love the car analogy. You are right though buicks are really nice now. Speaking of is there a car section on this forum?? I know it's an apple tech site but still.
     
  17. King Shady macrumors 6502

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    I think the general consensus is right on for suggesting the S4, but I would point out to you - don't forget about a stock S4 (if you can buy on contract). There are literally dozens of AOSP/AOKP roms, and even Google Play 4.3 roms out there for stock S4's. And who knows, you may even like some of the features of Touchwiz :p;)
     
  18. THE JUICEMAN thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Battery life is poor. Screen is great I think. Build quality is great except for the ear piece problem that I had.

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    I'm on contract until December 2014. :-( I don't ever want to sign a contract again. Otherwise I would definitely consider that option.
     
  19. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    Good choice avoiding contracts. I've always been the same, I buy all my phones outright, it's always worth it to get the phone unlocked and unbranded without bloatware while saving massively on your monthly costs.
     
  20. bearda macrumors 6502

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    I've been using a Nexus 4 for a month or so now, and I'd say go for the S4. Build quality on the S4 is superiors to the Nexus, I hate to say. Even with the plastic back the the S4 has a solid (although lighter) I envy with my creaking Nexus 4. The nagging software issues Google has acknowledge but failed to fix haven't helped the situation either.

    If you're on a budget the Nexus 4 isn't a bad choice, but the S4 is an overall better piece of hardware.
     
  21. THE JUICEMAN thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the advice!

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    Thanks everyone for the advice. The S4 GPE delivers Monday. I'm going to give it a try. This will be my third Samsung try. (2 S3's) I know the screen is great but just different than what I'm used to. The plastic isn't my favorite but ill just throw a case on. The internals are beastly as we all know and stock android is great. I'm getting excited. I am fortunate to be able to afford it so there is no need to get last years tech. If I must have the Nexus 5 I'll sell the S4 GPE.

    My first order of business will be a case and my second order will be disabling the capacitive keys and adding on screen buttons if this can still be done. This will leave the physical home button for waking up the device, which I love.
     
  22. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    OP, if you can wait a couple of weeks, you might want the Moto X. It's supposed to be a mid-ranger so the unlocked price might fall between the Nexus 4 and S4 GE price.

    Happy medium, perhaps?
     
  23. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    What I don't get is why the nexus 4 gets much worse battery life than phones with the same battery size and processor. Even the optimus g does much better. I wish google had stuck with samsung for the nexus 4.
     
  24. 3bs macrumors 603

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    And I wish they would go back to them for the next Nexus. At least then we'll know for sure that Samsung will be able to meet the demand and we won't have a debacle like we did when the Nexus 4 was released.
     
  25. THE JUICEMAN thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Perhaps. I'll take a look at the announcement and early reviews. That will still be within my return policy. But like you said. Mid range. It kind of throws me off. But I'm not saying it won't be great. And a big question for me is if it will be sold in the play store and updated immediately. Probably a yes but we don't know just yet.
     

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