Originally Posted by cavallino
I have an N4 but I am thinking of selling it and getting the Google Edition S4, but I am a little worried about the fact that manufacturers are still in charge of updates, and this is likely to be a slow seller so I can't imagine this will be a high priority unless Google twists their arm or they just feel like having better PR.
My issue is I don't like custom roms. You either end up waiting a long time for something like a stable CM release or you roll the dice with nightlies or other roms. I have had several Android devices and while stock often had less features or more bloat it was always more stable than a cutting edge custom rom. The only one that was better was my Galaxy S2 skyrocket but that thing was so bad after the ICS update it didn't take much to be an improvement.
I absolutely hate the touchwiz garbage so a regular S4 is not for me.
The benefit over the N4 for me would be the bigger screen higher res and the big one is LTE. I went from LTE on my skyrocket, to the N4 and often times it can be a bit slow over cell data.
It never seems like Nexus phones are necessarily cutting edge or have such a wide variety of features so I don't know that waiting for a Nexus 5 with LTE will necessarily mean getting a phone with all the same hardware features I like such as removable battery, sd slot, usb host, mhl/hdmi output etc. I also really prefer plastic body phones as they are less fuss to worry about and gorilla glass 3 is good.
Google says fast updates but what exactly is fast? I mean a little slower is an ok sacrifice for the hardware but if it's a month or more I won't be happy.
You realize you can enable lte on the n4 right? Unless your on att that is, it's simple to enable it, they even have a file to flash to even on the stock rom which will enable it.
Your kind of missing the point of the nexus program, the phones aren't meant to be "cutting edge" at all. The nexus phones minus the one and gs4 are built to run android in its pure form, no bloat, nothing, and built just how Google wants it. I came from a note 2 and I'm loving the n4 a lot, not just bc it's stock Google. The curved edges of glass is pretty sweet, the phone is built well (finally) and feels good in the hand. Battery is the only thing that needs improvement on the hardware level. I thought the lack of storage was gonna be a problem, but im storing my music though Google, pics on on dropbox, I've got 9gb left with a some big games in there.
tappin from my N e x u s 4Edited by sWaY20 - 6/27/13 at 3:02pm