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#1 +Quillz

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 03:18

I've been an iOS user since the start, but am seriously considering buying an Android smartphone now, rather than wait for the iPhone 6. I've never touched an Android device, and from what I've read, the Nexus 5 is a very good smartphone. Relatively cheap and no-frills, but, most important to me, runs stock Android. Thus, I have a few questions...

 

  1. I'm on AT&T. Once I buy the Nexus 5, can I take the SIM card out of my iPhone 5, put it into the Nexus and be good to go? I'm already paying a smartphone plan, but I'm sure as soon as I let AT&T know I've changed phones they'll try to upsell me on some more expensive plan, so I'd prefer to avoid contacting them for a new SIM if at all possible.
  2. The Nexus smartphones get Android upgrades as soon as they're ready, right? Similar to iOS smartphones? I know the Nexus 5 is running 4.4 already, and might want to give "L" a try.
  3. I've heard rumors about Samsung offering a variant of the Galaxy that will be running stock Android? Would that be worth waiting for? One of the things I like about the Nexus is it's relatively cheap, unlocked and thus I could get it as soon as within a few days.

Thanks for any help.




#2 Ironman273

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 03:29

I like the Nexus 5 but I have a feeling something new will come out pretty soon.

 

If you need a new SIM just go into an AT&T store and tell them you need a micro SIM.  They shouldn't try to sell you anything else and it's free to get a different SIM card.  It's none of their business if you buy a phone on your own.

 

As for Play edition phones you can see them all here: https://play.google....00c5_partner_us



#3 OP +Quillz

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 03:37

Hmm... What's the deal on those Google Play phones? Are they running stock Android? Would I be better off getting one of those instead of the Nexus 5?



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 04:02

Hmm... What's the deal on those Google Play phones? Are they running stock Android? Would I be better off getting one of those instead of the Nexus 5?

Google play phones promise updates in 90 days but I don't know if ghats true. Nexus is the truest stock android phone that gets updates right away. I wouldn't pickup a nexus 5 cause it released in November and we have 4 months till its November. So I wouldn't bother right now.

I have a nexus 5 and love it besides battery life. But with the right ROM and kernel you'll make it 15 hours.

You will have to go to an art store for a micro Sim and to change your plan. I didn't realize this when I went from my iphone to nexus 5, my voicemail didn't work. I went back I'm and they said I phones have different data plans that add visual voicemail to it for every phone. For att's regular plan you need a LTE device for visual voicemail and even then only a hand few are approved. I had to download the att voicemail apk. Once installed worked fine and now I have visual voicemail.

#5 Ironman273

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 04:11

Every Google Play phone I've seen a friend get gets their update as about the same time as other Nexus devices.



#6 tsupersonic

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 12:11

You'll want to be careful with the SIM. I believe iPhone 5/5S use nano-SIM. Nexus 5 uses micro-SIM. You'll either need an adapter or a new SIM card. 

 

Google Play phones are great, you get the fantastic hardware of popular phones with the stock Android experience. Some phones have additional features that enable features specific to the hardware. Ex: HTC One M7 has a Beats setting. HTC One M8 has the HTC photo app to take advantage of the cameras in the back. You also get really fast updates (compared to stock versions of the device).

 

Nexus 5 is a great device for the money. I would just suggest waiting till the iPhone 6 comes out, and if you can wait till later this year, the new Nexus phone should be announced. I suggest unlocking your iPhone 5 through AT&T and selling it for a fair chunk of change. It will help pay for most of your next phone if not all of it (Nexus 5). Android is great to tinker with - you can also try startign with a Nexus tablet to get the feel for it. 



#7 glen8

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 12:25

I was in the same boat

 

after researching the Nexus 5, I went and bought a 32gb lg g2 (look around, they are discounted heavily as the g3 is out)

 

pros over the nexus

 

Bigger screen

Bigger battery

Better Camera

IR Blaster

Headphone at the bottom (ideal for me due to my car mount)

 

it uses gorilla glass 2 whereas the nexus 5 uses gorilla glass 3.  However!!!!!  my friend has a nexus 5 and his screen is covered in scratches!!!  Just get a good screen protector.  All in all, I felt the g2 was quite a bit better than the nexus, and some retailers are selling it a bit cheaper.

 

so, the only main concern is the software.  Yeah, nexus 5 is stock android over the lgs messy rom.  I'm thinking about putting on cyangenmod 11 on it as it looks like stock android.  I assume that cyangenmod will integrate android 5.0 when released anyway



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 12:32

My N5 actually came with a few scratches on the screen (Which I didn't notice for ages, very fine and only show on a specific angle), but I haven't been able to scratch the screen myself.

As for updates, you do generally get them as soon as they're available, but for whatever reason Google stagger them, so some devices get them before others.

#9 OP +Quillz

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 15:47

You'll want to be careful with the SIM. I believe iPhone 5/5S use nano-SIM. Nexus 5 uses micro-SIM. You'll either need an adapter or a new SIM card. 

 

Google Play phones are great, you get the fantastic hardware of popular phones with the stock Android experience. Some phones have additional features that enable features specific to the hardware. Ex: HTC One M7 has a Beats setting. HTC One M8 has the HTC photo app to take advantage of the cameras in the back. You also get really fast updates (compared to stock versions of the device).

 

Nexus 5 is a great device for the money. I would just suggest waiting till the iPhone 6 comes out, and if you can wait till later this year, the new Nexus phone should be announced. I suggest unlocking your iPhone 5 through AT&T and selling it for a fair chunk of change. It will help pay for most of your next phone if not all of it (Nexus 5). Android is great to tinker with - you can also try startign with a Nexus tablet to get the feel for it. 

I promised my sister I would give her my iPhone 5 as soon as the Nexus 5 comes, though, so I can't sell it.

 

I actually went ahead and ordered it... Yes, I'm aware of the chance there might be a Nexus 6 later this year, but I've read the reviews and watched various videos and it seems like it's a really good phone for starting out with Android. Plus, if I keep waiting, I'll be stuck forever hoping for the next revision.



#10 tsupersonic

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 17:29

I promised my sister I would give her my iPhone 5 as soon as the Nexus 5 comes, though, so I can't sell it.

 

I actually went ahead and ordered it... Yes, I'm aware of the chance there might be a Nexus 6 later this year, but I've read the reviews and watched various videos and it seems like it's a really good phone for starting out with Android. Plus, if I keep waiting, I'll be stuck forever hoping for the next revision.

That's nice of you. I also give my family my older devices. I think my iPad Air will be the next to go. I think I'll get the next gen. iPad Mini with LTE or small Nexus tablet (Nexus 8?) so I can use the device anywhere when I'm on call,

 

Anyways, just remember the SIM cards are different between devices. iPhone 5/5S = Nano SIM, and Nexus 5 = Micro SIM. It's not a huge deal, but something to keep in mind. If you like technology and like customizing things, you'll love the capabilities on Android. 



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 17:44

I had it for 6 month.    Dropped it a couple of times, resulting in cracked screen.  it worked for another month, before suddenly and unexpectedly dying (while at 90%charge)       Never worked again.

Decent phone.     However:

 

1. Battery life is bad.   

 

2. Camera is terrible (after being used to iphone and htc one -   i was surprised how bad this camera was in comparison.   just terrible).

 

3. If you wear polarized sunglasses, you can only see the screen when held vertical.  Any other angle and it becomes impossible to see anything.   A problem for me in the summer!    I am back to HTC and I can see the screen perfect when rotated.

 

otherwise it is a good phone for the money....   (though I would rather get One+ One, if it is available - even higher specs for less money)

-    it comes with CyanogenMod -  agreeably even better then having latest stock android



#12 Ironman273

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 17:50

I had it for 6 month.    Dropped it a couple of times, resulting in cracked screen.  it worked for another month, before suddenly and unexpectedly dying (while at 90%charge)       Never worked again.

Decent phone.     However:

 

1. Battery life is bad.   

 

2. Camera is terrible (after being used to iphone and htc one -   i was surprised how bad this camera was in comparison.   just terrible).

 

3. If you wear polarized sunglasses, you can only see the screen when held vertical.  Any other angle and it becomes impossible to see anything.   A problem for me in the summer!    I am back to HTC and I can see the screen perfect when rotated.

 

otherwise it is a good phone for the money....   (though I would rather get One+ One, if it is available - even higher specs for less money)

-    it comes with CyanogenMod -  agreeably even better then having latest stock android

The 1+ One is very nice but holy crap a 5.5" screen is big.  I wish manufacturers would offer 4.5-4.7" screens in premium phones instead of relegating smaller screen sizes to the cheaper bargain basement phones.



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 17:55

The 1+ One is very nice but holy crap a 5.5" screen is big.  I wish manufacturers would offer 4.5-4.7" screens in premium phones instead of relegating smaller screen sizes to the cheaper bargain basement phones.

 

Yeah that is my issue too.    5"  is where I draw the line.    My HTC One (v1)  is the perfect size for my hand - 4.7 inches.    Nexus 5 was border line!   Anything bigger is too big for my liking.

 

 

I hope 1+   lives on to see another day and release a smaller premium phone at fantastic price point.   However the availability issues and marketing choices they made make me doubt their future.



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 22:09

I've had my N5 for two months. Best phone I've ever used. Great price, nice design, stock Android. I contemplated getting one for a long time before I finally bit the bullet and bought mine. Glad I did.



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 22:21

The N5 and N7 also were the first to get the developer version of L. . So they will most likely get the final release before anyone else



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