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Hi Everyone, Christmas is just around the corner and the big question is bombarding in, what should l get? I have been getting this question ever since the start of November, and its been really puzzling, many people that have been asking me are into Android. With the release of the Nexus 4 the choose is making it even harder to choose, I've narrowed it down to three contestants Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Note 2, and LG Optimus G. I would like to know what you would prefer l would like to answer with the Nexus 4 but then no SD card slot which to me is annoying and with the Galaxy line and the LG you have to wait for the Andriod updates. Thanks for reading Blake_Cond

asked Nov 22 '12 at 02:40

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Storage doesn't bother me so much, so the Nexus 4 is a great option and also looking at the price, it's unbeatable. You can learn to live without the SD card, trust me. I however, can't have the patience to wait for updates. Some updates bring nifty new features and improvements, and that is one thing that I think shouldn't be held back because say Samsung is too lazy to push it out. If the SD card matters a lot, then go with the other phones. I personally prioritize updates, so I myself am waiting for the Nexus 4's availability to go grab one myself.

answered Nov 22 '12 at 02:46

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If you're an Android purist the Nexus 4 can't be beat.

If you're dead-set on an SD-Card then the Galaxy S3 is your best bet. I do advise that you learn the in's and out's of ROMs because it comes with a modified version of Android called TouchWiz, and personally I can't stand the sight of it. There are some pure AOSP (Pure Android) ROMs for it, which I would use.

All in all it comes down to your personal tastes and preferences and just how involved you want to get.

answered Nov 22 '12 at 02:51

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Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK54ZCQwd0s is the least annoying video I could find for installing Cyanogen Mod 10 (CM10, Jellybean 4.1) onto the GS3. It assumes you're rooted and have a custom recovery. I'll post another comment with another video on rooting it and installing a custom recovery when I find one :)

(Nov 22 '12 at 17:40) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image

Here's a video on how to root and install a custom recovery, It's a little involved so follow carefully and pause it as you go if you need to. He doesn't use any screen capture software but I found that as long as the video was on 480p I could read everything on his screen.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7N6L1neB_8

(Nov 22 '12 at 17:49) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image

I should mention that although everything both of these commentators say is technically correct I cannot be held responsible if something goes wrong, regardless of who's fault it is.

(Nov 22 '12 at 17:50) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image

@Zbob750 & AlphaMike, Thanks for the quick answers! I was told about the customs ROMs and that, but I'm unfamiliar with the Android Eco system as l am a long time iOS user but planning of giving android a try. If someone could kindly direct me to a video or a article showing how l would use AOSP ROMs 4.2 Jellybean on the GS3 that would be great. And one more question with the SD Card what is its purpose is it just for photos and videos or can you put apps and Multimedia stuff on it. Thanks for reading Blake_Cond

answered Nov 22 '12 at 03:19

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We'll need @Zbob750 for this! I too am an iOS user and going to give Android one chance since I heard of Project Butter. Haha if you're an iOS user, you definitely can live without an SD card!

(Nov 22 '12 at 03:24) AlphaMike AlphaMike's gravatar image

The only done side l have with iDevices is the lack of the SD card its terrible when your restricted with storage, if only iCloud could store apps and Multimedia content and somehow stream it to your iPhone that would be AWESOME. Besides that the iPhone is a perfect for me, and like you giving Android a try because l herd of project butter.

(Nov 22 '12 at 03:42) Blake_Cond Blake_Cond's gravatar image

Posted as comments to my original response :)

and the SD card can be used for app storage, music storage, mass storage, pretty much anything you like. Really the only thing you can't put on it are system files as the SD card is only mounted after android starts (typically).

(Nov 22 '12 at 17:51) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image

@blake_cond lol so did I...project butter was one of the reason wanted to give it a go!

(Nov 22 '12 at 23:54) AlphaMike AlphaMike's gravatar image

Same, is it hard to decide which one is the go for you?

(Nov 23 '12 at 04:57) Blake_Cond Blake_Cond's gravatar image

@Zbob750, Can you direct me were l can get information for installing the latest android on the Google nexus 4 so it could be on the Samsung Galaxy S3. This will be awesome and I've researched it a little bit and its called The Super Nexus, do you know anything about this?

answered Nov 23 '12 at 05:00

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@Blake_Cond this I now...the Super Nexus project is done by installing a custom rom on to the Galaxy S3. There is many custom roms out there but the best yet would be the all famous and I've heard a lot of impressive things on it, Cyanogen Mod 10. Just google it ;)

(Nov 23 '12 at 05:56) AlphaMike AlphaMike's gravatar image
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