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I'm having a hard time deciding between these 2 for my next phone...

iPhone 5:
- LTE
- Still pocket-sized and usable with 1 hand
- Apple service and support (nobody else in the smartphone market has same-day service AFAIK)
- Better app ecosystem

Nexus 4:
- Cheap (note that I'd be getting an unlocked iPhone 5 should I choose that route, so no carrier subsidies either way)
- Real maps
- More freedom

I don't think either iOS (outdated UI) or Android (lacks hardware-specific optimization) is great, so other than the things I mentioned above I have no preference for one or the other.
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Nexus 4 just because it's stock android. I'm getting it one as soon as it's available again in the play store.
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Do you like iTunes which you would have to go through?

For my Galaxy S 2 vs my iPad, media transfers have always been easier with the GS2... as MxPlayer simply plays any video format I throw at it, even at 60FPS...
Handbrake is good for video conversions, but I still use iTunes to sync everything which is my biggest down annoyance on it...

What do you currently have or have worked with in the past?
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Do you like iTunes which you would have to go through?
For my Galaxy S 2 vs my iPad, media transfers have always been easier with the GS2... as MxPlayer simply plays any video format I throw at it, even at 60FPS...
Handbrake is good for video conversions, but I still use iTunes to sync everything which is my biggest down annoyance on it...
What do you currently have or have worked with in the past?

When I said "more freedom", being free of iTunes was part of that wink.gif

I started out with iOS (or iPhone OS, as it was called back then), switched to Android in the early 2.x days and switched back a couple months later because I was so disillusioned with the jurisdiction squabbles between the carrier, handset maker, and Google (which is why I'm getting a Nexus this time), the poor UI performance (which I've heard has been fixed), and the fragmentation (which AFAIK is still an issue).

I guess I'm back at the tipping point where Apple's walled garden and arbitrary decisions have annoyed me enough that I'm willing to look elsewhere once again.
Edited by Peon - 11/13/12 at 2:50pm
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yeah, don't forget 20+ services just for iTunes to work.
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Definitely the Nexus 4. Much better software and the screen is also arguably better. The Nexus 4 also comes with NFC, which the iPhone 5 doesn't have.

The iPhone 5 uses buggy iOS 6. You'll have to deal with Apple's crappy map software which doesn't even give you the right directions and locations of cities. The iPhone 5's camera also has a purple tint in sunlight conditions.
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I would pick neither for myself. But if I were to choose. N4 all the way. Useability, no itunes, freedom of vanilla android. Haven't been a fan of LG in a long while, but mostly because of their software. Vanilla android should solve this.
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I almost didn't post this as I am quite NOT an Apple fan. I can, however, admit when they do something well.
For the most part, iPhone is good. It typically is a smoother OS experience, even if it is extremely constrained. My wife has had iphones for 4 years now so I am fairly familiar with them....especially how to fix the broken parts of them.

Strictly for what you get and the every day life with them, I would go with the Nexus 4. The price, OS support being a Google device, and the open flexibility you have with it in comparison to the iphone make me choose it.
The iphone's camera is better, and it is a smooth device, for now.
I would just have a hard time paying more money for something that I have less "control" over, you know?

I hope that helps you out! GL!
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post #10 of 72
Personally since Ive had LTE for the past two years that would be a major deal breaker for me. The Nexus 4 is still very usable with one hand btw. I have small hands and have no trouble using any of the Android based phones with one hand (save for maybe the galaxy note). Honestly though by the way your wrote everything out it seems like you want to go the Android route but arent sure, so I would say go that route. I just couldnt because I wouldnt want to lose LTE but I wouldnt be looking at the nexus 4 anyway. I would probably get the gs3 or similar.
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