Anonymous, 21 Aug 2013What are the chances of getting samsung galaxy s4 google edition in UK?Bought mine from the States using ebay! Noticeably faster and smoother than the touchwiz'd S4.
Bunyip22, 08 Aug 2013The only advantage of "Pure" android is the quick updates to firmware. Apart from... moreYeah Lot of features but who really uses them.. No matter how much ram and cores samsung romss always lag after a while of use.. Stock android never does and there's definately a market just look at cyanogenmod downloads...
Well this is what everyone has been really asking for. How many people out there flash an asop rom.. Now you have stock android officially out of the box without voiding warranty and all those headaches. I rekon good job samsung and google.
What are the chances of getting samsung galaxy s4 google edition in UK?
Is this is google play edition, why is non of the touchwiz software a disadvantage? What would be the point of this phone if there was touchwiz.
You failed to mention 3 of the benefits of a phone that's not locked down to a specific carrier (regardless of whether you buy your phone outright).
1) No bloatware
2) Google Wallet works (not available on most carriers due to them, at some point, implementing a competitor)
3) So does internet hotspot (carriers block this feature unless you pay them a premium each month)
Wait, so you praise the OS for it being a true Android experience, but then you go and list the same thing as a con? Is it really a con that its running a real Android and doesnt gave TouchWiz? If it had Samsungs crap installed, how it would be better from the regular S4?
this is typical. and so frustrating. you go buy a phone a week later a better version comes. and so on. i wish all phones in uk/us/europe come as standard vanilla os. then if you a network version. you can ask for it.
the punter gets shafted each time.
Nice job on the review. It is the most in depth I have seen.
I like touch wiz and vanilla android. I like to switch between them for weeks at a time. Also look forward to having Google Wallet again like I had with my Nexus 4. I am looking forward to my pair of S4's! I wish the GE S4 came in Black...oh well...I will be ordering as soon as I come off vacation.
chocowii, 16 Jul 2013Nexus will always get the first updates. The 4.3 is just a ROM, with lots of bugs. Nexus owner... moreYou obviously did not have a nexus when 4.2.2 came out. Some bugs for the Nexus 4 and lots for the Nexus 7...In fact the joke was it was still in beta when they released it...
Anonymous, 16 Jul 2013Wow, I am really disappointed by the benchmarks of the stock android. Seems like Samsung act... moreOr those of us who want both models and can afford it...vanilla android has a very nice elegance to it. No crap that you do not want from the beginning.
Hey! As You know this phone and phones like nexus have a special google photosphere.
Its not available for other phones, though some "good" people have extracted it and now its available for any android device!
I downloaded it too and it works like charm!!!
I keep being amazed by how the "full price" is seen as more expensive than what our US-friends call "subsidized"; the price is exactly the same, up to the dollar, only the carrier does not give you a loan to buy it. Come on guys, get over that illusion that a phone on a contract is cheaper!
So, the Galaxy S4 Nexus Experience costs exactly the same amount of dollars and cents as the 'original'.