Stock Android Samsung Galaxy S4 is almost like a Nexus experience, but not exactly
posted by Victor H. / May 16, 2013, 2:51 AM
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Yesterday, Google made a huge step towards that in two ways. The first one is that it did not announce a new Android version. The second one was the most exciting news of the night for gadget lovers - the 'Nexus' edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 was announced with pure stock Android and without Samsung’s TouchWiz skin.
But at the same time, this was also a step down in terms of uniformity. This was touted to be a “Nexus experience” in a non-Nexus device. However it is not exactly that. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a great device but it differs from Nexus devices in one key area - it does not use on-screen buttons. Right now all current Nexus devices have on screen button - the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are all without physical navigational button.
Introducing the ‘Nexus’ Galaxy S4, though, Google breaks that uniformity. The lack of on screen buttons is not a major segmentation in anyway - it mostly makes accessing Google Now harder and changes little besides that. But it is segmentation, a slightly different ‘Nexus’ experience.
Will we miss the quick access to Google Now? For us personally, the freed space from the missing on-screen buttons is welcome news - we love every pixel and don’t want it go to waste for on-screen buttons. For others it might be different. But now that Google sells the ‘Nexus’ Galaxy S4 on the Play store, it will finally have a way to tell which one users prefer.
- Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
- Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)
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Sorry S4 Nexus 4 still better.
posted on May 16, 2013, 2:55 AM 18
Nexus s4 mo better 13 mp photosphere and mo free space...
posted on May 16, 2013, 3:12 AM 11
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N4 is better value for money...S4 rocks latest hardware.
posted on May 16, 2013, 3:17 AM 27
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dont tell me that .....in my country N4 sells for $600.....So Nexus S4 is my ultimate choice .bang for the Buck ...Now i can have SD Card support & Get Fast Android Version update like Nexus devices ...Woooo Hooooo !!!!
posted on May 16, 2013, 3:35 AM 12
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You crazy? Its not even comparable. S4 over N4: - a 0.5 inches more of the effective size of sharper, far superior screen. - much better camera. - longer battery endurance - removable battery - SD card slot - better processor - loads of sensors - glove sensitive screen - superior sound quality output(external source, not the speakers)..in fact is has the CLEAREST AUDIO OUTPUT EVER MEASURED IN A SMARTPHONE(check out GSArena review) and can give you a true audiophile experience if you use a high end headsets
posted on May 16, 2013, 5:01 AM 17
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The problem is, by the time it's out, the TouchWiz version will be sub-$600 so a Nexus coming more expensive than the regular will very hard to swallow. Pure Android is half of the Nexus charm, price point is the other. This would make sense around... well $500 at the highest.
posted on May 16, 2013, 2:57 AM 4
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Even though the 'Nexus' Galaxy S4 has no on-screen buttons, it's okay, what's the big deal, at least we still have a physical home button and two capacitive buttons, and this is not a full Nexus smartphone, it's just a (half-Nexus)Galaxy S4 with stock Android. And we won't miss the quick access to Google Now, because there's a Google search widget on the home screen, just tap the Microphone on the right side and you can access to Google Now.
posted on May 16, 2013, 2:58 AM 9
What about the usable free space?
posted on May 16, 2013, 3:00 AM 6
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victor let me inform you a little about the gs2 series on. that button... yes that squarish one can be programmed. in other words if a developer or if google wanted they can simply allow pressing and holding the button down for 2 seconds to go straight into google now. this technique actually makes it easier to access the feature. i used it all the time when i had a gs3
posted on May 16, 2013, 3:04 AM 2
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