What compromises do you put up with in your daily driver?

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  1. TechGod, Feb 26, 2014
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    When we purchase a phone we select it due to it being the best for our needs but of course every phone compromises so what compromises does your daily driver make?
    For my Nexus 4 it would be Camera and no LTE.
     
  2. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    With my Nexus 4 it was definitely the Camera, LTE and worst of all; battery life.

    With my Moto X battery is my only concern. Although it is nowhere near as bad as my Nexus 4 was. I would be a 50% at noon with 30 minutes of on screen time on some days.
     
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  4. vomhorizon macrumors 6502a

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    My daily driver is an iphone 5s.. half an inch to a inch smaller then what i would really like..And a galaxy note 3, around an inch bigger then what i would like :) .. I want a 5 inch iOS device :)
     
  5. gotluck macrumors 603

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    Awesome thread idea
    Gs4 ge
    Putting up with
    -inferior looks
    -would probably rather have ips screen
    -stock camera app is better on touchwiz
    -device is a little too big IMO
    I'll add more later too
     
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    Coming from a Note II to a Nexus 5, battery life and no microSD slot.
     
  7. appledes7 macrumors 6502a

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    As a Nexus 5 user, I believe it is all around the best phone on the market right now and I wouldn't trade it for anything else. Having said that, I am also extremely picky and sometimes enjoy pointing out the flaws of electronic devices. Here are my biggest gripes about it:

    - Battery life
    - Camera
    - Ergonomic design/feel (especially compared to the Moto X)
    - Quality control (major backlight bleeding on my first one and second one)
    - System lag (specifically with Chrome and tapping the recents button)
    - Preferred the AMOLED screen on Moto X (completely subjective as I see someone wants an IPS panel)
    - Screen size, although that sort of goes hand in hand with ergonomic feel
    - Bottom bezel is too fat, also related to ergonomics
    - Stock camera app
    - Speaker sucks
    - Play store updates pause games and video on Kit Kat it seems
    - Phone feels kind of cheap. I actually preferred the feel of the Nexus 4, especially with the curved glass edges.
    - I'd prefer the headphone port to be on the bottom
    - Still miss a silent switch on the side of my phone despite not using an iPhone for a year and a half
     
  8. Hastings101 macrumors 68000

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    I have a Blackberry Z10 which I love for the software but the battery life is the worst I've ever had on a phone and the speaker volume is very mediocre for music/games etc. Plus it's kind of ugly with kind of a matte plastic on the front.

    I bought an extended battery that has solved the first problem but I've decided just to live with the volume issue and the looks.
     
  9. vomhorizon macrumors 6502a

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    I think once this thread has exhausted itself, we'd realize that most of us on this forum are still looking for a perfect device :)
     
  10. TechGod thread starter macrumors 68040

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    That search will never end for most of us here:p:eek:
     
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    I was meant to be doing homework and while reading this started laughing, thanks a lot for getting me in trouble MRU.





    :D
     
  13. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    If we are being highly critical here:

    Ecosystem is not as vast as iOS
    Lack of timely updates
    Selection of accesories is not as vast as that of the iPhone

    I have a note 3
     
  14. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    I would counter that Android gets more updates and quicker updates than iOS, especially when it come to core apps.

    Accessories wise, seems these days all you see is Apple and Samsung stuff. Not much of anything else
     
  15. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    Software is updated more timely on iOS. Kit kat has been out for 4 months. I probably won't get it for another month or two. On iOS you get the update the day it's released.
     
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    You use Touchwiz.. it isn't funny :(:p;)
     
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    Camera. Just not as sharp and has the purple haze effect with bad lighting.

    Battery could be better too but I'm content wtih 5-7 hour screen time. Drops to 3-4 hrs playing Candy Crush or PvZ2 and it gets real hot.
     
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    Absolutely none as I have 2 top of the line/spec'd daily drivers (iPhone 5s & Note 3). I refuse to compromise so having the best of both worlds is ideal for me.
     
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    My iPhone doesn't make me breakfast or drive me to work. Couldn't really think of anything else.
     
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    Note 2:

    - TouchWiz. Nova Prime hides most of it, but the notifications menu and settings etc. are not great. Also the dialer and menu app - I know those can be replaced by 3d party apps but I don't want to resort to such means to handle these crucial, basic operations.

    - YouTube clips not opening/opening properly when embedded or from Flipboard etc. Totally hit or miss, to the point where I don't even try but immediately open the YouTube app and search manually if I see anything I want to watch.

    - The lockscreen. I just can't get it to match my homescreen clock, and I can't find any lockscreen replacements that handle notifications well.

    - Wallpapers. The positioning of these is too random, never works out to how it initially looks in settings.

    With that said, having a file browser, widgets (one-touch WiFi hotspot activation from on the home screen is just too wonderful), no-fuss WiFi file transfer & messaging through Chrome, notification LED, swipe typing and a 5.5" screen makes up for all those.
     
  21. jsdickinson macrumors newbie

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    I've been an Android user since the Galaxy S2 and generally update every 12 months or so. I'm on Three in the UK on a superb sim only plan and buy my phones sim free. Late 2012 I bought a Nexus 4 and looked to upgrade in late 2013. Current daily driver is a Nexus 5. Brilliant phone, but:

    - Battery capacity is too small
    - Camera is too inconsistent

    I tried a LG G2 for a few weeks and without doubt it had better specs. Battery and camera specifically and the screen was superb. However, LG's UI wasn't as refined as Google's (despite a few nice tweaks), I couldn't get on with the back buttons and the whole thing felt 'gross' to hold.

    I really like the look of Sony's Z2. But the device is huge, having looked at the Z1 when I decided on picking up the LG G2. I'm just not sure I live with a device quite that big. But on paper it looks a damn fine device.

    The Nexus might not have the best specs, but it's quick, fairly affordable and just sort of feels about the right size in hand with a decent texture to hold on to.
     
  22. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    Google applications that make up the backbone of Android, regardless of OS version, are updated constantly. Changes like this take iOS a year or longer to implement, because it requires a complete OS update.
    In the last month, I have seen over 15 updates to key Google Apps get updated. I have seen one iOS app get updated in that time. This is what I was referring to.
     
  23. gotluck, Feb 27, 2014
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    Slow updates, even system, are not a problem with all android phones

    Nexus, gpe, moto

    While androids apps are arguably worse, there are many apps on google play that cannot be replicated on AppStore just due to the nature of ios , like tasker, allcast, airdroid.
     
  24. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    After using Android for the better part of a year and a half, the only aspects I somewhat miss after switching back to an iPhone is the back button and more robust email attachment options.

    The back/forward gesture options in iOS have me missing the back button less, but they're not yet an ideal replacement as they're not available in all apps. The email attachment issue should speak for itself but it's not a huge issue for me as I'm generally not attaching many files via my phone.
     
  25. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

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    I keep saying that to iOS users because a lot don't seem to get it.
     

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