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Hey guys!

First of all, I DO NOT want to start an iOS vs Android war. They each have their ups and downs and I need to make a decision pretty quickly on this. So, ever since phones were invented, I used Nokia, until Apple came out with the iPhone. Currently, I'm using an iPhone 4 and a BlackBerry.

I want to know whether I should go for the Nexus 4 since it's in its glory and I heard from Chris Pirillo that it is a fine and dandy Android powered device compared to the many others. I've had hands on with a lot of phones and I tend to steer clear from Android phones because they are VERY foreign to me. iOS has been with me for a long time and I am most comfortable with it.

Now, I'm running into dilemma. Nexus 4 is a quarter of all smartphone prices Android or iOS, and I heard it's a great phone. However, its OS is foreign to me and I'm a fish out of water when it comes to Android, but not saying I won't adapt, because I surely can. iOS has been my faithful buddy, and I love its flaws and its great feature, but the iPhone 5 64 GB is far more than double the price of the Google Nexus 4, and even for the 16 GB it's double the price.

I would be swimming in the deep ocean if I get the Nexus, but then again it'll save me money. I am extremely comfortable with the iOS, but that would be a pricey option. I would like to know your input on my scenario and which would be the best path to choose. I am opening a window to give Android a chance, but iOS is perfectly synced with my work and what I do.

I'm hesitating on both. Should I go with the Nexus? Or should I suck it up, save, and wait for the next generation iPhone which many believe would be a great improvement to the iPhone 5 similar to that of the iPhone 4 to 4S?

Cheers, Aaron

PS. I don't mind using my iPhone 4 until the next generation iPhone, I just thought it's about time to upgrade it. Please don't start a war either. I just want an opinion from you guys.

asked Nov 17 '12 at 06:29

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edited Nov 21 '12 at 18:00

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How invested are you in the iOS ecosystem? How many paid apps? That may change your opinion :P

(Nov 21 '12 at 14:57) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

@jrdn Not a whole lot. Yes I do have paid apps, but not a deal breaker. Now the problem is the Nexus 4 is sold out...

(Nov 21 '12 at 20:46) AlphaMike AlphaMike's gravatar image

Hi Aaron,

I'm going to give you a short, simple answer if the answer to the question I am about to ask you is yes. Have you used both operating systems? If were talking about the Nexus 4 vs iPhone, the hardware is really not the comparison. It's more do I like iOS or Android.

Hopefully I helped you respond.


-- Cameron

answered Nov 17 '12 at 09:08

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Moreover, I would choose the Nexus 4.

(Nov 17 '12 at 09:09) Cameron Cameron's gravatar image

At that price and with the hardware specs on it, the Nexus 4 is hard to beat. If it's more do I like iOS or Android I would say I prefer iOS more than Android. I have used Android only for a short period of maybe a month in the past. I've grown to love iOS and it's been with me far longer than any other OS, with the exception of ancient Symbian of course. With the financial issues I'm facing, I can get the Nexus 4 at no cost (by selling my iPhone 4 which I am hesitating) and at the same time gain an upgrade of sort. I would wish for an iPhone 5 or maybe the future 5S but again I can't come to a conclusion to what I should do. Thanks Cameron for your opinion, I'll put more thought to it and see how I go about settling this issue.

(Nov 17 '12 at 09:36) AlphaMike AlphaMike's gravatar image

I don't know much about the iphone 5 and I, myself, hunger for the nexus 4. That said, I've been using Android from the start. My answer to your question would be to take the money out of the equation. If you use your phone as a "life-tool" as if were a part of you, then stick to the familiar. For me some things are more important than money, and my comfort/familiarity, habits, preferences are some examples. Now, this answer is based on your need for a "quick decision." if you had more time you may want to play around with android to see what you think, how it would work for you. But if the decision HAS to be made fast then stick with the familiar and save an OS change when you have the time to play around with something else.

answered Nov 17 '12 at 12:31

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I wish I could have time to play with an Android device more, but there's a time constraint for me to get a new phone. Thanks for your opinion! Appreciate it.

(Nov 17 '12 at 18:57) AlphaMike AlphaMike's gravatar image

Nexus 4 hands down (Full disclosure, i don't like any thing apple)

Nexsus 7 is packed full of features, Android is a great platform and has came a long way, no it is not perfect, neither is iOS.

If you are a power user and like a full featured packed phone with lots of options the nexus is where you want to go.

However, if you just want something that "Just Works" the iphone might be best for you.

I agree to WildCats to a point, take money out of the equation... assuming you can afford both, if you cant afford one or the other, well then you cant afford it... Then look at what one is the best fit for you. find out what features you need for both, what you dont need, and what you can live without. find the phone that has everything you need (should be both of them) then look at what you want. figure out if one phone has a feature you might be able to live without, and it saves you some money then factor that in. but don't base it soly on price, people who do that often tend to buy junk, to get good quality you need to spend good money.

answered Nov 17 '12 at 13:54

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Well I wouldn't qualify myself as a power user, but I do use my phone an awful lot throughout my day. Most of the things I do I need my iPhone. It has served me well as a "Just Works" phone. Thanks for your opinion, I appreciate it and hopefully can get my hands on another android phone to get another feel for it before buying the Nexus.

(Nov 17 '12 at 19:13) AlphaMike AlphaMike's gravatar image
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