From SGS3 to Nexus 4 to SGS3
So here's my story.... This is a warning to anyone thinking of making a similar switch.
I bought an S3 a day or two after launch. I absolutely loved it - TWUX was miles better than TW4, I liked the screen, the camera was awesome and I loved having all my media sitting on an external SD. It was also the first phone where I didn't feel like I needed to flash CM on.
Then the Nexus 4 got announced, and I got caught up in the hype....
I pretty much sold the S3 on ebay for the N4 release, and eventually got one a week or so ago.
and now I've just bought another S3 and sold the N4.
This is what I didn't like about the Nexus 4:
- The camera. I don't care what anyone says but it all out sucks. It's not even close to good. If you've used an iPhone 4S/5 or S3, prepare to be hugely underwhelmed. I understand that it can't have all the best parts due to it's low price. I took side by side pics with an S3 and I honestly thought the Nexus was faulty. However, I checked out the 'post your N4 pics here' thread on XDA and realised that it wasn't broken. This seems to be a software balls up to me.... the Nexus was picking ridiculous ISOs and Shutter speeds resulting in mush.
- Battery life. Put bluntly, it stinks. After much tweaking and flashing a custom kernel, I managed to get it to idle nicely. However start using it, do anything remotely demanding and watching the battery life plummet. I don't feel I should have to flash a custom kernel to get reasonable battery life. I also had to disable Google Now and location history, which sucked.
- Storage. I was well aware that I was buying a phone with 16GB of non expandable memory. My main beef with this was how I was going to handle music. I decided to use Google Music and it seemed like the best way, however it has some huge problems when pinning music - it 1) takes forever 2)downloads at the highest bitrate - why do this on a phone which such limited storage? I have to pin music as most of my listening time is in areas with unstable or no cellular signal.
- Build quality/appearance. This phone is sexy as hell and feels super high end in your hands. I put it on par with iPhones, no joke.
- The screen. It is REALLY nice.
- Speed. It's stupid fast, I could play vice city, nova etc all maxed out and it flew. The OS is as fluid as can be. Lag is totally non existent.
- The camera (I also miss features like burst mode)
- Solid 24 hour battery run with everything on and syncing.
- I can stick my 20GB of music on an external card.
- Awesome sound quality. The wolfson DACs are top notch.