iPhone 5 to Nexus 4 switch

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iPhone 5 to Nexus 4 switch

I have owned all previous iPhone models that have existed.  I am ready to try something different and go for the Nexus 4.  The iPhone 5 is great, but it also seems behind the times as well when it comes to screen size, customization and battery life.  I am also finding that when Apple gets too big as they are now the quality of their products goes downhill.  I also don't feel like waiting in lines or spending $500 when the Nexus phone is set at a very competitive price. The Genius Bar always pushes back when I go and try and get help.  I will never own a MacBook and wil always have a windows pc so in the long run the Nexus 4 is the way to go.

 

I have owned a droid phone in the past and it was 50/50.  I heard the Nexus 4 is going to be out of this world.

 

Has anyone else gone from iPhone to Nexus p roduct lineand how do they like it?

 

What do I have to do to switch to a Nexus 4 snice I have an unlimited data plan with at&t?

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Whats the easiest way to test my current at&t hspa+ speeds?
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No lines for me I walked into the Best Buy close to the Galleria in Houston Texas and bought an iPhone 5  32gb I was in and out with a working phone in less than an hour that includes the drive time and that was yesterday at 11am.

I never buy on launch day any new popular piece of electronics as I will not wait in those lines either.


dinosaur1 wrote:
Thats the other thing. I hate waiting in lines. Another reason to get away from Apple.

 

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This http://speedtest.net or you can download the mobile app of the same thing from the App Store .Then take note if its 4G its HSPA+ if its LTE then its real 4G.

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dinosaur1 wrote:
Thats the other thing. I hate waiting in lines. Another reason to get away from Apple.

I'm not sure if this is in response to my comment about going to the T-Mobile store but if it was, I'm pretty sure that lines won't be a factor if you go on the 14th.  If there are four people in front of you, I will be shocked beyond belief. 

 

For the data speed information, you can download the Speedtest.net app from Ookla in the App store and run a speed test in your location using a local server to determine your speeds.  If you are in an LTE area, toggle LTE off on your iPhone before doing the test, so that you fall back to the HSPA+ network.

 

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4G gives me 8.89 down, 1.22

I heard that the Nexus 4 will not give me true 4G speeds though.
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You should get those same speeds on a Nexus 4.

 

As far as the true 4G speeds, I don't know who said it and what his motivations were.  There are no "true" 4G speeds in this country now, because 4G was originally defined as throughput of 100 Mbps and that won't come until LTE-Advanced is released.  The relaxed definition allowed anything substantially better than 3G to be called 4G and 8 Mbps qualifies as substantially better than 3G.

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dinosaur1 wrote:
Whats the easiest way to test my current at&t hspa+ speeds?

I already answered that questions a long time ago.

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dinosaur1 wrote:
Pinged at 153 ms
4G gives me 8.89 down, 1.22

I heard that the Nexus 4 will not give me true 4G speeds though.

That's really good for HSPA+.  Most I've seen on the HSP+ network around me is around 6 Mbps, and as low as 1 Mbps.  But I know some areas get as good as 10 Mbps.

 

8 Mbps is fine for darned near anything.

 

Nexus 4 won't give you LTE, but if you don't have LTE in your area, that doesn't matter anyway.  Nexus 4 should give you the same speeds you are seeing now.  The speed is almost always capped by the network, not the hardware.

 

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What about the backside on the Nexus 4 which can shatter easily?
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dinosaur1 wrote:
What about the backside on the Nexus 4 which can shatter easily?

The back is glass, just like the iPhone 4/4S.  Did you break that?  If you're concerned about it, buy a case.

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Sounds good. Thanks for all your help. I'll be in touch!
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Wild Banchi wrote:
No, I do not have any experience with the Nexus lineup. I still would think there would be some noticeable lag...I mean, it's the same OS...

I suggest trying a phone loaded with Jellybean (Android 4.1). There is no lag.

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Will the Nexus 4 work with Straight Talk?
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Yes, with either the T-Mobile compatible or AT&T compatible SIM card.  If you do Straight Talk, I would recommend the T-Mobile compatible SIM card, so that you can access the HSPA+ 42 network.

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Long time Android and iOS user here...just a couple things

 

1. I have no Idea what the previous poster is talking about regarding lag and android, I've never experienced this on any of my android phones and I've owned 10 different ones so far. I always buy high end models, so maybe it's only an issue with low end devices.

 

2. If you have an unlimited LTE plan you will also be able to use unlimited HSPA+, which in my opinion is also very fast.

 

3. Droid is not a nickname for Android, it's a trademark name that Verizon uses for it's Android devices. Referring to non Verizon Android devices by Droid is incorrect, and a major pet peeve. I know it's silly....

 

4. Nexus 4 is not marketed as an iPhone competitor, but they are in the same class none the less. I personally don't like Nexus devices as they run a stripped down stock version of Android that is missing many features that you ultimately have to install 3rd party apps for. I'll take a Sense or TouchWiz based Android device over stock Android any day. I'd be considering the S3 instead...or if you like LG then their Optimus G phone is essentially the Nexus 4 with LTE.

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