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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Should I Buy the Nexus 4 or Wait for the Galaxy S4?

Recently I have found that many people are asking such a question: Should I Buy the Nexus 4 or Wait for the Galaxy S4? Yes, it is also the question bothering me lots. The Nexus 4 is currently one of the best Android smartphones on the market and the device has won countless hearts of the fans. While Samsung Galaxy S4 is the most anticipated high-end mobile in 2013 and it is an extremely viable option for someone looking to buy a smartphone now. So, which phone to buy? No decision? Maybe below reasons could help you make a stand! 

Reasons to Buy the Nexus 4

  • Cheap Off-Contract Price

Certainly the most attractive point on Nexus 4 is its unlocked price through Google Play Store. While most high-end phones are tagged with $500+ off-contract price tags like iPhone 5, Google just sells the Nexus 4 for $299 for an 8GB and $349 for a 16GB model.

Those prices of Nexus 4 are virtually unheard of in the world of unlocked smartphones and that is also the big reason why the mobile flew off the shelves soon. If you are unwilling to break the bank and sign up for a 2-year agreement with a carrier, Nexus 4 is the solid choice. The Galaxy S4 will almost certainly come with an expensive off-contract price point.

  • First to Updates 

The obvious benefit of a Nexus phone is that the device will receive major Android updates and Android bug fix updated before devices not called Nexus. Galaxy S4, just like its brother S3, will get the update quite later. 

  • Vanilla Android 

Another benefit is that the Nexus 4 comes with a stock version of Android, meaning that the device is a pure Google Android experience, untouched by a manufacturer. Instead, the Galaxy S4 will likely be outfitted with Samsung's Nature UX software. Anyone looking for the cleaner software experience will want to look closely at the Nexus 4. 

  • Premium Specs 

Nexus 4 sports a large 720p display, which delivers great experience while watching all kinds videos on it. It also comes equipped with a camera that is on par with iPhone 5's, a quad-core processor which bodes well for use in the future and a battery supplying high quality battery life.

Yes, Galaxy S4 will likely blow Nexus 4 out of the water from a specs standpoint, but for you don't care about next-gen tech, the Nexus 4 definitely works as an option.

  • Built-In Wireless Charging 

Beyond the basic hardware specifications is one smaller feature that should be enticing to you. The Nexus 4 comes equipped with built-in wireless charging, which means that you could use it in conjunction with a dock to charge without wires. It’s not confirmed yet but it’s looking like Samsung will not be offering built-in wireless charging with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and will instead look to sell a wireless charging kit separately from the device. Those looking to wirelessly charge with less hassle will want to look closer at the Nexus 4.

  • Easy to Customize 

The last component of a Nexus device is the fact that it comes easily rootable and with an unlocked bootloader. The Nexus 4 is extremely easily to customize with ROMs, skins and more. Samsung is generally good about keeping its devices rootable and unlockable, however, those looking to snag the phone on Verizon will likely come into contact with an encrypted bootloader. So, those looking for personalizing their smartphone easily may want to consider the Nexus 4 route. It’s the easiest route and safe travels are guaranteed.

Reasons to Wait for the Galaxy S4

  • Better Display 

Rumors point out that Galaxy S4 will come with a 4.99-inch 1080p screen with 400+ppi and touch less gestures. Personally, the 1080p 400+ppi screen is enough to convince us to wait for the Galaxy S4 and the addition of the touch less gesture rumor make it even more appealing. Just think about waiting for the Galaxy S4, if you want a better display.

  • 4G LTE 

Galaxy S4 is surely a 4G LTE smartphone, while Nexus 4 comes with no 4G LTE feature. If you don't need the faster 4G speed, you will be comfortable with Nexus 4. However, when you using 4G LET for an extended period, I bet you will finally choose to wait Galaxy S4.

  • Camera 

The Nexus 4's rear camera is good, but it isn't top-of-the-line. If you want a fantastic camera experience, you will come closer to galaxy S4. Rumor has it that Samsung will pack a 13MP rear camera on the Galaxy S4. 

  • Expandable Storage 

One of the hallmarks of Samsung's Galaxy devices are their MicroSD card slot, which allows us to expand storage easily. The Nexus 4 comes with no MicroSD card slot and only comes in 8GB and 16GB form. So, if you fill up your phone with ease, why not wait for the Galaxy S4.

  • Removable Battery 

Another staple of Samsung Galaxy devices are their removable batteries, so that you could get more battery life for Galaxy S4. In contrast, the Nexus 4 owners does not feature a removable battery. 

  • Samsung Software 

Those looking for features outside of Android will likely want to wait and see what the Galaxy S4 delivers, as it will have some new unique software features aboard that separate it from the rest of Android pack. I mentioned that Galaxy S4 will likely come with a version of Samsung's TouchWiz UI, which offers delivers more interesting features like Eye Scroll, Eye Pause, Multi-Window View, etc.

With all that said, the Galaxy S4 is shaping up to be a monster smartphone release and it will be out tomorrow 14, March. Then, I bet you could make your choice soon! So, which one is your final wait? Let me know below!

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