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Samsung I9505G Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition review: Purified

Samsung I9505G Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition review: Purified - read the full textWe’ve got something special at HQ today. The perfect Nexus phone has arrived and it looks like a Galaxy S4. This shameless poser embodies everything worth admiring from both worlds – timely updates, the unblemished stock Android...

 

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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-08-03 15:11 from B{2F - click to readBought mine from the States using ebay! Noticeably faster and smoother than the touchwiz'd S4.

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  • 2013-08-21 23:30
  • nFYv

No commands...

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  • 2013-08-11 15:57
  • updX

> In reply to Bunyip22 @ 2013-07-15 01:00 from 2G5f - click to readYeah 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...

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  • 2013-08-08 17:34
  • wg01

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.

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  • 2013-08-08 17:26
  • wg01

What are the chances of getting samsung galaxy s4 google edition in UK?

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  • 2013-08-03 15:11
  • B{2F

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.

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  • 2013-07-29 18:49
  • jejH

The FM radio is still avaible?

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  • 2013-07-25 10:38
  • mEAe

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)

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  • 2013-07-19 21:22
  • QAfk

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?

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  • 2013-07-18 19:22
  • 9CnN

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.

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  • 2013-07-18 15:53
  • nFKI

No comment on using google wallet? Did you guys try it out?

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  • 2013-07-16 20:17
  • 4ZFx

> In reply to zamroni @ 2013-07-16 06:20 from txq1 - click to readThis way you'll still get to keep features that google seems to think are unnecessary like smart-dialer, codec support, and color settings. Plus, a custom launcher gets rid of the couple places that stock TW slows down sometimes. Best of both worlds in every sense.

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  • 2013-07-16 11:26
  • YbjT

The JavaScript performance is lame compared to Samsung's customized version. To feel stock Android, you better try to replace the launcher with stock launcher that you can take from Android SDK.

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  • 2013-07-16 06:20
  • txq1

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.

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  • 2013-07-16 03:32
  • 4ZFx

> In reply to chocowii @ 2013-07-15 06:39 from t7Xk - click to readYou 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...

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  • 2013-07-16 03:28
  • 4ZFx

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-07-15 09:42 from 6wkn - click to readOr 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.

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  • 2013-07-16 03:26
  • 4ZFx

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!!!

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  • 2013-07-15 21:48
  • utBx

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'.

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  • 2013-07-15 15:50
  • MA@n

no native video call?
touchwiz is better.

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  • 2013-07-15 15:04
  • KxqC

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