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Haha I'm a phone afficianado tongue.gif. I usually have a new phone to play with every 4-6 months or so smile.gif. But I really likedy RAZR M, despite it's shortcomings. It would just be nice to see a powerhouse Motorola phone that's strongly backed by Google (more so than it already is).

I recently played with an S4, and it was the difference of going from an iPhone 4 to a 4S. It was better, yes, but if you told the average person it was an S3 with a software update, they'd probably believe you.
 
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Haha I'm a phone afficianado tongue.gif. I usually have a new phone to play with every 4-6 months or so smile.gif. But I really likedy RAZR M, despite it's shortcomings. It would just be nice to see a powerhouse Motorola phone that's strongly backed by Google (more so than it already is).

I recently played with an S4, and it was the difference of going from an iPhone 4 to a 4S. It was better, yes, but if you told the average person it was an S3 with a software update, they'd probably believe you.

I will admit that the S IV state side should have been more but for what it is, it's not too bad. It's got a better screen (still the battery destroying AMOLED), better cameras, better processor, newer sensors, bigger battery and supposedly better antennas. It's also slightly smaller than the S3. Now it's not as good as jump from the S II to the S III but I did want more.

I just hope the S 5 is a better jump. Granted I don't know what else we can really throw into a phone now that's not already there but I'm just hoping for some Stock Android experience. I'd freaking love it if Samsung just said, Google make my phone stock Android.
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I hope it's not true. I've been really looking forward to the announcement of this phone next week at the Google I/O.

Edit: Oops forgot to put BGR in the title. First news article lol.

But would'nt you have been dissapointed then if it was announced? Because it didn't live it up it's innovation expectations.
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I will admit that the S IV state side should have been more but for what it is, it's not too bad. It's got a better screen (still the battery destroying AMOLED), better cameras, better processor, newer sensors, bigger battery and supposedly better antennas. It's also slightly smaller than the S3. Now it's not as good as jump from the S II to the S III but I did want more.

I just hope the S 5 is a better jump. Granted I don't know what else we can really throw into a phone now that's not already there but I'm just hoping for some Stock Android experience. I'd freaking love it if Samsung just said, Google make my phone stock Android.

Yeah, I agree with you. The phone is still a great phone, as the S3 is, but like you said, the S2 to S3 was a bigger leap. Think iPhone 3G/3GS to iPhone 4.

I don't have anything against either company obviously, but I do find it quite ironic this community bashes Apple for this same 'minor' transition.
 
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Well that sucks. I went iPhone this round as well. Just waiting for a solid VZW Android device to bring me back.
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But would'nt you have been dissapointed then if it was announced? Because it didn't live it up it's innovation expectations.

Yes and no. If it comes out with the rumored specs I'll get it. I'd be happy with a 720p screen. I really loved my droid x and RAZR maxx. so i do enjoy Motorola products. If it is mostly stock Android and half way close to the rumors I'd still like to have it. Battery life is my number one priority on my next phone. So long as its decently snappy, has a decent screen, and i can unlock the bootloader I'll be happy.

Edit: i also go through phones fairly regularly. Been through 4 android phones since the droid x. I cant bring myself to go iPhone. I feel they're too narrow and that's really my biggest complaint. Visually I prefer my own android flavors too. I've had the droid x, HTC thunderbolt, RAZR maxx, and the galaxy nexus. If you gave me the nexus with the maxx's battery I'd never want a new phone. The huge battery packs are out of the question though lol.
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You should change the thread title, since the article now seems to say that the X Phone isn't cancelled. It looks like they changed titles at BGR, and now the phone is only rumored to be no longer co-developed by Google. thumb.gif
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Google just needs to come up with a "phone" that is VoIP ONLY and will work on their nationwide Google Fiber system that encompasses the entire country in conjunction with their partner, Dish. I'm sure it would also work on all existing WiFi hotspots as well.


And yes, my response is only partly in jest. I personally think that a VERY inexpensive, WiFi ONLY smart phone that used VoIP would rock. Without having to deal with independent carriers, using open sourced WiFi as your communication, you wouldn't have to worry about "minutes" or what network it would work on, it would just work. For those of us who are near a WiFi hotspot most of our days, this would be awesome if it was like $250-300 for the phone and ZERO monthly contract (because you don't need a carrier). If you wanted to be able to make a phone call when you aren't near a WiFi hotspot (and with cars coming with WiFi built in the near future, like the Doge Dart II now), that will be less frequent, and people using tablets that have data modems already built in (you could use your Tablets data plan and just piggy back on that), you could just pick up something like a Verizon Mobile Hotspot/Jetpack or AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate.
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Edit: i also go through phones fairly regularly. Been through 4 android phones since the droid x. I cant bring myself to go iPhone. I feel they're too narrow and that's really my biggest complaint. Visually I prefer my own android flavors too. I've had the droid x, HTC thunderbolt, RAZR maxx, and the galaxy nexus. If you gave me the nexus with the maxx's battery I'd never want a new phone. The huge battery packs are out of the question though lol.

There are a lot of little reasons I really like iPhones. Hopefully I can remember all of the important ones:

1. Audio quality. Apple devices have always been known to have great audio quality, whether it be the headphone out or the line-out. The same cannot be said about Android (with the rare exception you get to own a Samsung device with the Wolfson chips). The audio quality isn't bad by any means, but it has never been a priority in Nexus devices, which is rather disappointing. The biggest let down of the Nexus 4, IMO.

2. Compatibility. My graduation gift was an 03 VW GTI that was originally bought with pretty much every extra option you could get, including an iPod connection. All I needed for my iPhone 5 was a 30-pin to lightning adapter and I was back in business. While with my S3, I had to settle on CDs or the tape player method (meh). Even in my rinky dink Mazda, we put in a decent Kenwood unit, and while there was an AUX jack to use for virtually anything, it still didn't match the quality of the LOD of an iPod/iPhone. And who doesn't like to use their stereo controls to change songs, rather than dangerously navigate your phone to do so.

3. I'm probably amongst the very very very (did I say very?) few who really like iTunes. The newest version is a little...eh, but for the most part, it's clean, fairly simple to navigate, and best of all, supports a lossless codec that allows decent tagging. Not only this, but a new feature of iTunes, which I had been wishing for for so long is that you are able to convert music to smaller bit rate before syncing to your device (I.e. ALAC -> 256 AAC) to save space. It takes longer, but this is versus (on Android) copying the files to a temp folder, converting all of my music to a compressed format, then dragging them to my device, which can be painfully slow. I also use iTunes' rating system, so that I 5-star all of my favorite songs. This way, when I connect my iPhone to my PC, it syncs all of my 5-star playlist, and does so automatically every time there's a new edition to it.

4. Apps. It's a long and tired out topic, but Apple receives some the best quality apps. Android has gotten better, and while a lot of people will claim they are getting closer in numbers, what they fail to realize is, they aren't carrying as many 'quality' apps as the App Store is. However, Android does have a few games for it that I really do wish were on the iPhone/iPad/Touch. Not to mention, any Apple fan should be extremely jealous of the Humble Bundle for Android bundles.

5. Accessories were ridiculously hard to find for the Nexus 4. Specifically, the Otterbox case. There isn't one (unless this has recently changed). My girlfriend owned the phone for a month (and this is months after the device had been out) and an Otterbox wasn't out for it. Sure there were simulations and decent tries, but there wasn't any true Otterbox. Sure, this doesn't bother everyone, and even I preferred slim TPU cases for my Android phones, but for the consumer that wants an Otterbox, but has to settle for a generic version won't always be happy. Yes I realize this is more the fault of the manufacturers, but the S3 is truly the first Android phone I remember with an actual abundance of accessories. They have got to even be the first Android device that Otterbox offered a 'Build Your Own' for.

BUT, that's not even it. Nexus devices have to be the WORST among accessory support. How long have I been waiting for that pogo dock for my Nexus 7? Since Christmas AT LEAST. It's out now, I think, or it's extremely hard to find. The same went for the Galaxy Nexus. I believe they finally have a pogo dock accessory out, but it's either hard to find or it works for only one version (I.e. GSM model).

6. I promise, this is the last one. Software support. Verizon is the reason I secretly despise the Galaxy Nexus. And they have themselves to blame for me hating them. Apple said 'screw you, we will update our own crap.' And that's exactly how it went down. The GNex didn't get Jelly Bean until late 2012. Unacceptable. Google should be putting their foot down like Apple did, and there is no excuse as to why not when it comes to their Nexus devices.

/end rant.
 
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Knucklehead- I definitely would be down for that. I'd even be up to paying Google monthly if they developed a nationwide wifi network specifically for use with cellphones. Figure out some way to make emergency calls and I think it would be a pretty promising system.



Pez-Definitely not saying you're wrong pez or anything like that. I just feel like I'd get an Iphone and immediately be turned off by it because I do enjoy the custom roms and that whole scene that is android. I know Apple makes pretty good phones. If they didn't they wouldnt be where they are right now. I just know from using my fiance's Ipad that I really dislike iOS. It could be that I haven't taken the time to learn it and everything but I just really dislike it. The appstore is a so/so point with me. I guess since I've been on Android from the get go it hasnt affected me because I've never really seen what I'm missing. Most of the apps I use anyways are on both or I can find a pretty nice alternative. The Audio playback hasn't ever affected me. I live in an area where an FM transmitter actually works really well and I haven't noticed my music just sounding awful with any of my phones.

The biggest selling point for me on the Iphone is one you mentioned and that is Itunes. I have always used Itunes because I've been through many Ipods. Including an OG Itouch.


I guess we will just have to see. I'm pretty opposed to the Iphone though simply because everytime I use a friends I can barely type on it because of the narrowness lol.
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