Want an android phone!

sotorious

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I am in the market for a new phone (again) always close to the year mark i get this itch for a new phone.

I have been looking to see what i like out there but everything just seems outdated right now, i want to wait for the next round up sept, oct, nov. but this itch is becoming one that i need to scratch.

I had my eyes on the G3, something that bothers me a lot about the phones is the camera is really not up to par with the iphone 5s that i currently have.

I had the n4 before the 5s, and i love the stock androind. but i can go for something like touch wiz, i love the htc m8 body but cant stand the camera.

I love the G3, but cant stand the overlay its running, and especially with the notification bar with most if taken up by settings and such.

I am thinking i should wait and see what the new note brings, and the new nexus 6 brings and whatever comes out in between.


I really love the one plus one, everything is great on it again besides the camera.

What do you guys think.
 

mclld

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Several cameras are on par or better than the iphone's and have been for awhile now
 

sotorious

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Several cameras are on par or better than the iphone's and have been for awhile now
i know they come close, which close is good, but for some reason its just thee speed it takes and you dont have to be so sitll to take a pic, even at low lighting a lot of the cameras struggle.

I was always disappointed the nexus line cameras, but everything else was on par.
 

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i know they come close, which close is good, but for some reason its just thee speed it takes and you dont have to be so sitll to take a pic, even at low lighting a lot of the cameras struggle.

I was always disappointed the nexus line cameras, but everything else was on par.
Lumia 930/Icon, Lumia 1520 or the 1020. These are phones with some of the best cameras around. Not to mention the very cool things you can do like living images (which gives 1 second of video before the still picture in preview mode) and cinemagraphs.

Examples of cinemagraphs. Notice only part of the waterfall flowing and only the eyes move in these photos:


Living images:
 

jamezr

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I am in the market for a new phone (again) always close to the year mark i get this itch for a new phone.

I have been looking to see what i like out there but everything just seems outdated right now, i want to wait for the next round up sept, oct, nov. but this itch is becoming one that i need to scratch.

I had my eyes on the G3, something that bothers me a lot about the phones is the camera is really not up to par with the iphone 5s that i currently have.

I had the n4 before the 5s, and i love the stock androind. but i can go for something like touch wiz, i love the htc m8 body but cant stand the camera.

I love the G3, but cant stand the overlay its running, and especially with the notification bar with most if taken up by settings and such.

I am thinking i should wait and see what the new note brings, and the new nexus 6 brings and whatever comes out in between.


I really love the one plus one, everything is great on it again besides the camera.

What do you guys think.
There are tons of great Android phones. The Xperia Z2....the Galaxy S5....the Note 3.....Galaxy K Zoom.

I have the OnePlus one and the camera is on par with the Galaxy S5 from my experiences so far.....
 

0dev

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If a camera is important to you then you will probably be let down by a Nexus, they are known to cut corners with the camera to make them as cheap as they are. A flagship from Samsung or LG will have a solid camera but you will need to use a custom ROM if you want stock Android. If you don't mind not having stock Android officially then I say get an S5 or G3, both are very good phones and installing CyanogenMod on either is not difficult. Or if you're interested in a bigger screen perhaps wait for the Note 4 to drop.
 

sotorious

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Yea I think it's best to wait to see the next lineup of phones. I do have the G3 and the oneplusone in mind. I have an s5 in the family I really can't stand the feel of the plastic.
 

BeeGood

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Yea I think it's best to wait to see the next lineup of phones. I do have the G3 and the oneplusone in mind. I have an s5 in the family I really can't stand the feel of the plastic.
You might like the G3. The camera takes pics that are as good as the 5S, the camera is just as fast and easy to use. The only place the iphone beats it seems to be low light shots.

Definitely doesn't feel cheap either.
 

sotorious

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Yes this was one I was looking at might stop by tnobile to see if they have one In house. There was a few people complaining about the screen and brightness and battery life.
 

CalmEnvy

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If a camera is important to you then you will probably be let down by a Nexus, they are known to cut corners with the camera to make them as cheap as they are. A flagship from Samsung or LG will have a solid camera but you will need to use a custom ROM if you want stock Android. If you don't mind not having stock Android officially then I say get an S5 or G3, both are very good phones and installing CyanogenMod on either is not difficult. Or if you're interested in a bigger screen perhaps wait for the Note 4 to drop.
I just switched to Android and bought a Nexus 5. So far I'm not disappointed in the camera at all. Here is a picture I took with my Nexus 5 of my step-dads classic car.
 

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0dev

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I just switched to Android and bought a Nexus 5. So far I'm not disappointed in the camera at all. Here is a picture I took with my Nexus 5 of my step-dads classic car.
The N5 is meant to be pretty bad in low light conditions though. And it doesn't have a flash.

I mean don't get me wrong I have nothing against the N5's camera personally but I also know other Android phones have better ones.
 

Spectrum Abuser

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I'd personally go with a Nexus flagship smartphone and use your remaining budget on a nice point and shoot digital camera like the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS. Smartphone cameras have definitely jumped leaps and bounds in the past few years, but simply due to physics they won't be able to match the quality of a bigger lens found in dedicated cameras.
 

CalmEnvy

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The N5 is meant to be pretty bad in low light conditions though. And it doesn't have a flash.

I mean don't get me wrong I have nothing against the N5's camera personally but I also know other Android phones have better ones.
Yes it does have a flash. No idea why you say it doesn't.
 

ourmountain

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I'd personally go with a Nexus flagship smartphone and use your remaining budget on a nice point and shoot digital camera like the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS. Smartphone cameras have definitely jumped leaps and bounds in the past few years, but simply due to physics they won't be able to match the quality of a bigger lens found in dedicated cameras.
Same recommendation here, but with a minor tweak.

For the same price as a point and shoot, you can pick up a used DSLR - usually with a couple lenses. I got my Canon XSi for $100 - less than the lens it came with runs on its own.

Nexus phones are excellent, and really perform well. They're also a great value for your money.
 

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Whoops, my bad. Point still stands about bad performance in low light though.
Genuine question, Do people actually bother taking photos in low light actively though? I know I never think of taking photos in dim or dull areas even though I have cameras that do offer great low light performance.
 

adriatomy

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I think u should select the android because it is easy to operate.if u concern the camera then there are also many android phone with high quality ,high pixel of camera.
 

MRU

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Lumia 930/Icon, Lumia 1520 or the 1020. These are phones with some of the best cameras around. Not to mention the very cool things you can do like living images (which gives 1 second of video before the still picture in preview mode) and cinemagraphs.

Examples of cinemagraphs. Notice only part of the waterfall flowing and only the eyes move in these photos:
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I love the photos on my 1020 :) and the photos on the 1520 weren't too far behind quality wise.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubnxcpqu3rfuuqh/WP_20140717_14_48_27_Pro.jpg
 

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Genuine question, Do people actually bother taking photos in low light actively though? I know I never think of taking photos in dim or dull areas even though I have cameras that do offer great low light performance.
There is the occasional need. The other day while the sun was setting and my wife and I were indoors, we each decided to take a pic. Her with the Lumia 1020 and me with the Lumia 925. Her's is damn near a DSLR camera and mine is a simple 8MP camera with no IOS, no Xenon flash, no double flash, but does have Carl Zeiss lenses. Mine came out with a lot of noise. My wife's picture was damn near perfect. No distortion or noise until you really zoomed in to the individual pixels. So, if I have a 1020, it doesn't really matter when I take a pic. If I have another phone, I probably won't bother taking the picture, which means losing a potentially great moment.
 

0dev

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Genuine question, Do people actually bother taking photos in low light actively though? I know I never think of taking photos in dim or dull areas even though I have cameras that do offer great low light performance.
Yeah I do, especially when I'm walking around rural areas at night where there's only a small amount of light but some amazing things to see. To be fair enough even my S4 ****s that up, either I see nothing or I use the flash and it's far too bright to look nice.