iphone 5s vs samsung galaxy s4

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Which one is better overall?

  1. iphone 5s

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  2. samsung galaxy s4

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  1. dParis

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    But will it play tennis with you? And if it does, you can't play outside when it's sunny or he will disappear on you. :(

    Otherwise, this looks to be one heck of a device. I wouldn't call it a phone though. It's more like a tablet that makes phone calls. I believe the popular term is "phablet".
     
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    I'd take the s4.
     
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  4. Nostradamus

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    this Amlet screen blows away LG g2 screen. picture and video is so clear, you can video conference your girlfriend and it will be like she is right there with you.
     
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  5. dParis

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    Ah, so you were finally able to compare the Omelette screen and the superior IPS-LCD side by side? You are one of the few that prefer the Sammy display after they compare it to the G2, but that doesn't mean it's a bad screen - especially if the screen is as sentive to touch when you video call your girlfriend as you suggest it is :grin:.
     
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    I'm almost pulling the trigger on the G2 but just holding off a little bit to make sure that I don't miss the Nexus 5.
     
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  7. TennisAddiction

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    I'm currently using the 5s and am thinking about switching to the S4. I'm tired of the 4 inch tiny iPhone screen. iPhone hasn't changed much despite all of the incrimental changes over time. Its just stale right now.
     
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  8. guitarplayer

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    Me too. Love my S3 still. Can't wait for the new Note!
     
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  9. dParis

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    My interest was piqued by the excitement I read many express for the upcoming Nexus 5, but after reading tons of articles and user comments regarding Nexus 5 rumors, leaked information and basically all things Google/Nexus, I decided the G2 is the right phone for me. The Nexus line's strongest asset is its accessibility and pure Android software. I'm not knocking (nor knock-on-ing ;) ) the Nexus hardware, but while the blank Android canvas is a playground for developers, it's not my bag. I've waited a long time to upgrade my phone so I'm going to treat myself to the baddest-@ssed device currently available. I'll probably end up using a lot of the so called "junk" that LG loads on their UI. I've read several reviews critical of LG's take on Android, but even they admit, despite the G2's heavy software, the device performs smoothly and smoking fast.
     
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    Still loving my 5s.

    I do LOL @ Apple for modeling the white 7.0 UI after Microsoft Office 2013. It's a complete rip off.

    5s is hands down the GOATfoan.
     
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  11. dParis

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    Great to hear people still love the phone they bought. It's always breaks my heart when the bloom comes off the rose and what was once an inspiring life companion become just another glasstic, silicone posting on eb@y or Craigslist.

    How to make love last?





    Besides Viagra.
     
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    If the Nexus is not meant to be a high end phone, it's not worth waiting then.. I had the G2 in my hands the other day in store. Screen is absolutely gorgeous. The phone is quite maneuverable with one hand too. The tap to turn on/off thing is pretty nice.
     
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    Cialis is the real deal.
     
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    Sure it is, if you're easily satisfied.
     
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    I've been surprised by both how well it works, and how much more convenient I find it. Before using it, I thought it wouldn't be a big deal - typing in my passcode really wasn't that tough. Now I've got it, I've realised it really is the next step.
     
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    I currently have a 4s with a cracked screen

    So far, iOS 7 has completely messed my entire family's system up, as I get someone else's text, they have my contacts, I have no contacts, etc.

    I was thinking of switching to Android

    What would I be better off with, the Galaxy Note 2 (not paying $300 for a note 3), HTC One, or 5S
     
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    Note 2 or HTC one is real good. also LG G2 is real good too. NOte 2 is insane fast and screen quality Is best or better than any Iphone
     
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    one of my friends said samsung will be releasing s5 soon (before xmas), anyone know about this
     
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    I am really excited to hear of the Samsung Galaxy 5. But I think that there won't be any big new features. It was the same issue with the last two Galaxys. Some new nice feature but nothing to really give me a reason for buying myself a new phone.
     
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    No it won't. Samsung is like Apple where the only release one flagship device per year. Won't know anything about an s5 until spring. I'm guessing they won't call it an s5 though, way to easy to confuse it with the 5s from Apple.
     
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    I got the 5 last year and am happy with it and don't feel the need to get the 5S. If you have an S3, why do you feel the need to get the S4? Does the S4 have features that the S3 doesn't? My current laptop is from 2008 and it does everything I need it to do just fine so I just keep using it.

    On the iPhone for work: I check emails and have VPN set up so that I can check engineering project reports, bug reports, test failures, code reviews, etc. I can also use the iPhone as a hotspot so that I can use my laptop to work from the beach or while waiting for a family member at an appointment.

    I have a 5 and a Nexus 7. The iOS ecosystem is a lot nicer in that stuff works and there are more and better apps than on Android. Android is nice in that you have much more control. I prefer simple and works most of the time and more control sometimes.

    On the iPhone's small screen - if you wear glasses, change the focal length of the reading glasses to two-thirds of normal reading distance - your iPhone 5 will then have a bigger screen than the S3/S4.

    My wife needs a phone and I will be getting her the Nexus 5 when it comes out soon. Great price, great functionality - but someone will have to provide her with tech support - hopefully not me.
     
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    A bit of a surprise to see the Nexus 4 in 4th place but it is a fantastic value.
     
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    When you have finished playing with both of these runner ups, get a Sony Xperia Z!
     
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    Hasn't that been replaced by the Z1?
     
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    Z in the same league but better.

    Z1 way out in front!
     
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    It's definitely catching on and multiple companies (including apple) have had designs for this.

    I think it happens by next year as the biggest problem with smart phones are shattered screens.
     
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    Definitely! If you like going swimming with your smartphone... ;-)

    [​IMG]

    Noticeably heavier that the S4 though. What happened to thin and light? Powerful hardware specs and good camera, though they should have included a high FPS mode - would be useful for analysing tennis strokes. It is a good phone though.
     
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    Thin, light AND flexible will be the criteria for my next phone.
     
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    Took mine for a 400 metre swim to try it out. No problem. :)
     
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    Not interested in curved displays. Seems like another fad like the 3D smartphones were. Can't see the advantage to this. If anything the Samsung curved phones looks more practicle than the LG.
     
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  35. MichaelNadal

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    The LG-G2!!! I got it yesterday. Best phone I've ever had by leaps and bounds and the battery life is staggeringly good. Read up on it. I did research and played with it at VZN last week before deciding. In many categories it's got the strongest stats in the game. Amazing camera, extremely clear screen and 10-15 hours battery life with heavy use. Many have gotten 2-3 days with light/moderate use. I'm at work now in my 8th and last hour here and have been playing with it most of the time here and I'm still at 36%.

    http://www.droid-life.com/2013/09/16/lg-g2-review/
     
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    I *think* I saw a few deals of the G2 with ATT at 99 dollars a few days ago. But when I tried to place an order yesterday, it was 199 everywhere! :shock:
     
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    Bought three Nexus 5's. Right when hydrogen was on the website They had only black so I ordered two 16gb. Later, there was a white one and all of them were out of stock besides a 32GB so I got one of that..
     
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    Are you going to resell them?

    I ordered the 32 GB as all of the 16 GB models were sold out. I was out of the office for part of the afternoon and saw the email and went to place the order and just grabbed what I could get. I didn't notice the color option until after I placed my order. I could cancel but I think that I'll just leave it there. My wife should be pretty happy with this thing.
     
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    1 for me, 1 for my dad. The other is just left there for me to decide. Might resell.
     
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  40. TennisAddiction

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    I'm def gonna pick up a Nexus 5 once the hype dies out.
     
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    Mine is schedule to arrive tomorrow. I have my doubts though. Seems like a great phone from what I've heard from people that have received them.
     
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    What is the big deal with this phone? Does everyone who buy it use a cheaper, pre-paid carrier? I don't really get the hype for a second tier phone.
     
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    Your disconnect is in describing the Nexus 5 as a second tier phone. There's not a single review that shows it as anything but just as fast if not faster than the iphone 5s - and that's without yet moving to 64-bit processing.

    Look at the internals in terms of GPU and memory performance and it's just as quick as the latest high performance tablets.
     
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    Some people use prepaid and some use carriers other than AT&T and Verizon with it. My wife generally has WiFi available so she will use it as a phone with data on WiFi. Cost for service is $100/year.
     
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    There are a lot of fast phones out there and the difference in speed between them can be measured in 1/10s or 1/100s seconds. I'm sure the Nexus 5 is a fast phone considering it has the latest chipset inside, but compared to the other manufacturer's flagship phones, it most definitely is second tier - whether it is a lesser camera, battery life, lack of IR support or stripped down OS (which I understand is appealing to a small segment of the market).
    Don't misunderstand me - I'm not saying the Nexus 5 is a bad phone at all. I just think it is too hyped up considering what you get, and what you can get with other devices.
    That is 10x less than what you'll pay with even the cheapest of the four major carriers post paid plans. Wow. I didn't even know you could use a dumbphone for $100/year. There must be some restrictions on minutes and/or texts with that plan.
     
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    > That is 10x less than what you'll pay with even the
    > cheapest of the four major carriers post paid plans. Wow.
    > I didn't even know you could use a dumbphone for
    > $100/year. There must be some restrictions on minutes
    > and/or texts with that plan.

    You basically get 400 minutes/year which is fine for our use. The addition of smartphone functionality means that she can make WiFi calls and texts (both send and receive) using Google Hangouts for free. So the minutes are only a factor when she doesn't have WiFi. This can work out well for college students or people that almost always have WiFi. Data is available but it is relatively expensive.
     
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    Even if I grant you that it's a second tier phone (and I don't - maybe there's a slice of daylight between it and...what exactly? Certainly not the 5s. Moto X? HTC One? Galaxy S4? Nope, nope, nope - besides, if you want serious photography why are you dicking around with any smartphone, at all?), it's easily half the price of those other phones when you account for off-contract or amortized pricing over the course of a two year contract. With a more current and more frequently updated OS. And no carrier bloatware.

    Factor is the fact that being off contract opens up all sorts of money saving plans domestically AND internationally and the difference in price/performance/value is even more stark. Maybe those other phones are "better" (debatable, at best), but the degree to which they might be better is minuscule compared to the additional cost represented by the phone itself, and especially so compared to the contracts you're generally stuck with for the unnamed "better" alternatives.
     
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    This ++1. I would add to that "no impediments introduced by manufacturer UIs like Touchwiz, Blur, Sense, Optimus, etc."

    If I didn't have an unreasonable liking for a physical keyboarded phone, the Nexus 5 is the phone I would buy.
     
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    wouldn't this smell like goldfish from now on ?
     
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  50. PaulFCB

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    Comparing my Galaxy S2 to Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 which are both newer, the Nexus are terrible photo takers. If friends with iPhones and Nexus struggled a whole night to take clear pics, mine were with no effort pretty good.
    Since I don't want to sign any contracts, I keep the pre-paid for 7 Euro/month with unlimited minutes in Vodafone, 150 for Orange and others + 300mb on 3G ( I usually just use the wireless ) is more than enough thinking I don't like to speak too much on the phone, then Nexus is still an option if I want a NEW phone.
     

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