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#1 emma_jean

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:38 PM

I'd love to hear from anyone who has one of these. What do you think of it? Which phones have you used in the past and how does the iPhone compare?

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#2 Domestic Goddess

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:57 PM

Googles new flag ship the Nexus 4! Half the price and much better than the iphone 5! -

Unfortunately the Nexus 4 is SO popular that Google has sold out 3 times since they released the phone in November last year. So getting your hands on one can be a bit difficult.

But the good news is that Harvey Norman released the phone today and it sold out in almost all the shops due to many pre-orders. It really is a popular phone because of the price and the superior quality.
Harvey Norman says there will be more stock beginning of March. Harvey Norman sells the 16Gb version of the phone for $496,- outright. Google Play Store sells them for $399,- and $349,- for the 8GB. You do pay $20,- shipping.

Google Play Store only releases them once in a while and they sell out within hours when they do. Yet for the extra $77,- you have better warranty as you can just drop it off at Harvey Norman and they will sort it out, plus the option of getting extended warranty.

My phone got stolen 2 days ago. My parents "lent" me money to buy a new phone. I also still have my Christmas present from my aunt in Europe. I am on a plan, so not having a phone for a while is not an option, as I would be paying $59,- to Optus each month, for something I don't even use.
Lucky for me that play store restocked yesterday and I ordered one just as they went up for sale. 3 Hours later, they had all sold out.
Its already been shipped and the ETA is this Monday.

http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/12/06/ne...-than-iphone-5/

http://versusio.com/en/apple-iphone-5-64gb-vs-lg-nexus-4

http://www.knowyourmobile.com/features/176...s_iphone_5.html

Edited by Domestic Goddess, 01 February 2013 - 09:59 PM.


#3 .MrsM.

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:34 PM

ive had my iphone5 for a couple of weeks now and love it. im not a huge technology buff and find it easy to use.

ive enjoyed downloading apps and find im using the phone a lot more than i thought i would. the battery life very much depends on usage, if im playing games or looking on the net a lot, i need to charge it every night. otherwise it lasts quite well.

i had a really old samsung before this, so its hard to compare the two. i have been told by many friends who bought the competing new samsung that they don't like it and prefer the iphone and wish they had bought that instead.

don't know if any of that really helps!

#4 Domestic Goddess

Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:08 AM

Both phones are good. The N4 is just half the price and looking at comparisons online between the 2 phones, they both have their virtues. Yet the N4 beats the iphone in overall performance.
Seeing as it is a Google designed phone, you will get all your updates automatically from Google. Same with the iphone.
The Nexus 4 is also easy to upgrade to newer software versions. With the iphone you're pretty much stuck with the one you get when you by the phone. Unless you jailbreak it, but then you might as well go for a Nexus as jailbreaking voids your warranty.

I doubt you'll ever find a bad phone these days.

#5 FiveAus

Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:54 PM

QUOTE (Domestic Goddess @ 02/02/2013, 11:08 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Both phones are good. The N4 is just half the price and looking at comparisons online between the 2 phones, they both have their virtues. Yet the N4 beats the iphone in overall performance.
Seeing as it is a Google designed phone, you will get all your updates automatically from Google. Same with the iphone.
The Nexus 4 is also easy to upgrade to newer software versions. With the iphone you're pretty much stuck with the one you get when you by the phone. Unless you jailbreak it, but then you might as well go for a Nexus as jailbreaking voids your warranty.

I doubt you'll ever find a bad phone these days.



That's not true at all. I'm about to update my iPhone 4s with new software for the second time since I got it. Each time a new version is released, iPhone owners are notified through their settings and also through iTunes.

I would go for an iPhone, they are superb quality and have excellent backup service. But then I'm a huge fan of Apple products, yes there's cheaper, flasher and faster out there but I go for quality over everything else and the quality of Apple products is a cut above the rest.

#6 liveworkplay

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:10 PM

If you want something that's idiot proof but locked into the whims of the manufacturer, go iPhone. If you want a superior product that can be used and customised to suit what YOU want, go Android.

#7 Butterflyqueen

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:27 PM

I stayed with the iPhone5 when I upgraded because I love the camera taking stills while videoing ( have no idea if other brands do that) and because I have all other Apple gadgets so it makes the cloud stuff easier. I'm a bit meh about my phone to be honest and would love to switch to a Lumia 920 which my DH has because the new Windows operating system is awesome.

I not really a big fan of Android because I think Google is evil. ph34r.gif

#8 emma_jean

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:16 PM

I have an Android and have been happy enough with it, but am keen for the iphone because of some apps I want that I can't get elsewhere and also due to compatibility with my Macbook. I think the iphone will take me less time to learn than setting up Android again, and I really like the find my iphone feature. Thanks for the thoughts.

#9 Domestic Goddess

Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:48 AM

Hmmmm, well at least the Nexus 4 is finally in stock as Google has their supply problems sorted. For me it's money vs quality vs making the phone work the way I want to.

My main issue with iphones is that only apps that are approved by apple, are worthy for users to download.
With android, I am the one to decide what is worthy and what is not. Not Steve Jobs original.gif

Also, again, looking at reviews, the Nexus 4 is in general a faster phone with a better camera and bigger screen.

#10 SummerStar

Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:48 AM

I've had every iPhone since it came out and also a galaxy s3
I prefer the iPhone (though I am keen to see what they bring out for the s4)
The nexus to me is useless for my uses due to lack of space and no sd slot.
I prefer the way iPhones back up everything, if you upgrade or have to replace it for some reason you just restore the back up and everything is there.
The s3 I had needed to be restored twice (due to it not performing properly - a problem I didn't have with iPhone) and I had to put everything back how it was plus it doesn't back up app data. That has to be done within each app individually and then hope that they developer had implemented that correctly)
Apparently you can do full back ups etc if you are prepared to root the phone (much like jail breaking an iPhone)
There are good and bad points about both platforms
But for me reliability was what I went for. I had alot of app crashes etc with the Samsung.
I am quite technical and did like the customisation aspect. But at the end of the day I didn't have the time and patience to be dealing with the issues. I also find the apps unreliable and with apple they get approved before they make it to the store. With android anyone can submit anything, sometimes malicious apps make their way in. I just don't fully trust it tbh. The android equivalent of iPhone apps I liked were never as good either. Like unfinished but that's part because they have to allow for the many different screen sizes, phone specs etc.
So while the freedom for developers can be a good thing, it can also be a bad thing for it to be too open.
Really at the end of the day it's personal opinion. The android vs iphone debate is done to death all over the net and neither is right or wrong. For people who aren't technical I'd always recommend iPhone. But unfortunately you need a good couple of months with either to know if it suits.

I could actually go on for pages with direct comparisons to specific features. But at the end of the day the iPhone did the things I used better than the other and also had 64gb on board memory which I prefer for security than external sd. (But I prefer an external sd to no option at all as with the nexus)

Edited by SummerStar, 15 February 2013 - 08:54 AM.


#11 MinkyMonkey

Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:57 AM

QUOTE (Domestic Goddess @ 05/02/2013, 09:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hmmmm, well at least the Nexus 4 is finally in stock as Google has their supply problems sorted. For me it's money vs quality vs making the phone work the way I want to.

My main issue with iphones is that only apps that are approved by apple, are worthy for users to download.
With android, I am the one to decide what is worthy and what is not. Not Steve Jobs original.gif

Also, again, looking at reviews, the Nexus 4 is in general a faster phone with a better camera and bigger screen.


I'd be pretty impressed if Steve Jobs was deciding what apps are approved, considering he died over a year ago.  wink.gif

Edit to fix quote.

Edited by MinkyMonkey, 15 February 2013 - 08:58 AM.


#12 mychichi

Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:18 AM

QUOTE (MinkyMonkey @ 15/02/2013, 09:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd be pretty impressed if Steve Jobs was deciding what apps are approved, considering he died over a year ago.  wink.gif

Edit to fix quote.


Ha ha I was thinking the same thing. Yes Apple does have an approval process for their apps, its a good thing. Google doesn't even have any, they just get uploaded straight the store! Plus did you know that all the customers information is given to the developer, not very private read about it here.

Anyway, OP it really depends on your budget and what you might have already. If you already have some Apple devices I would get an iPhone. If not then take a look at the Android phones with the S3 and Nexus 4 are meant to be good.

As for what was pointed out before, the iPhone can have it software upgraded, some Android phones can't. And yes the Android phones can be modified have different software etc lots of combinations. But it can get tricky if you have something go wrong with an app and asking for support, there are lot of factors to consider when troubleshooting.

#13 gr8atshopping

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:39 PM

I've only had my Iphone 5 for a week or so now (after having used Samsung Galaxy S for years) and I am a convert!  LoVE my new Iphone 5!  At first I missed the swype function of the Samsung, but after I discovered siri, there's no going back!  awesome!

I've only had my Iphone 5 for a week or so now (after having used Samsung Galaxy S for years) and I am a convert!  LoVE my new Iphone 5!  At first I missed the swype function of the Samsung, but after I discovered siri, there's no going back!  awesome!

I've only had my Iphone 5 for a week or so now (after having used Samsung Galaxy S for years) and I am a convert!  LoVE my new Iphone 5!  At first I missed the swype function of the Samsung, but after I discovered siri, there's no going back!  awesome!



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