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Should I get one of the Nokia Lumia's or the Galaxy S4?

by Slick1of2 / July 19, 2013 11:26 AM PDT

So I'm a Verizon customer and I'm looking to get my first smart phone. I'm looking at the Nokia Lumia 920,925,928 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. I'm having trouble choosing a phone and thought I would ask the nerds around here.

A little about me that might help:

I find every OS easy to use and the "sex appeal" on either of these phones is the same to me.

I use Office programs (Word, Excel, OneNote) for school and personal use.

I don't play games.

I hacked my Nook e-reader to use a full version of the Android OS thinking I was going to use a butt load of apps. Never did. All I use is Gmail/Hotmail, Nook reading app, Kindle reading app, Weather, Calendar and Facebook app.

The only app that I can see myself downloading and using a lot that is "recreational", is the one where you have your phone tell you what song is playing around you.

I also dig the whole voice search these phones have. Which OS has the better one?

Photography is also a hobby of mine. And I don't mean that Instagram crap. I have a DSLR camera and even use film on occasion (I know, what nerd).

All input is greatly appreciated!
Thanks guys,

- Ricky

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Android provides a lot more flexibility
by Pepe7 / July 22, 2013 5:23 AM PDT

Especially if you are a photographer. Windows Phone does not. Great and varied app choices.

You will primarily be viewing documents and not editing them on your handset, which means having Office for editing is a moot point. Android devices/apps can read/edit and integration doesn't mean much when you have cloud services for sharing, etc.

Voice search quality is a tossup, but again, more choices w/ Android.

You gain the option to add/start using an app later on as it becomes available. Not gonna happen w/ Windows Phone if their marketplace is still so far behind, and history has shown they soon stop supporting handsets that aren't too old even ;(.

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Good Points
by Slick1of2 / July 22, 2013 12:02 PM PDT

Yeah, I certainly don't want to end up with just a pretty brick on my dresser. Especially after hearing about their whole tablet debacle, I more inclined to go with Android now.

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Samsung S4
by birdmantd Forum moderator / July 22, 2013 6:05 AM PDT

Great phone and I use one myself. The Windows based devices are not even in the same league, don't waste your time.

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This is what I've been hearing
by Slick1of2 / July 22, 2013 12:04 PM PDT
In reply to: Samsung S4

I've been hearing this a bit from a lot of people. So now I'm becoming more inclined to go with the S4. I might be getting it this week.

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Nokia Lumia 1020?
by Firardgirard / August 4, 2013 4:01 AM PDT

Really based on your usage habits the weaker Windows Phone appstore should do fine, because from what it sounds you just use some basic stuff, and office should be a nice touch vs quickoffice on android. The question is: do you want the features that android offers? I find the features on the Galaxy S4 a bit gimmicky but some people like that sort of thing. Also Google Now wipes the floor with Bing voice search so if that is a big thing then don't do Windows Phone.

Of course, it all depends on the amount of dough you want to put down and your carrier. But from what it sounds like, the Nokia Lumia 1020 would be a perfect fit. The 41 Megapixel camera is just RIDICULOUS. In fact, it might give your dslr's a run for their money. The only problem is: you have to be willing to put down $299 with a 2 year deal, and you have to be willing to be on AT&T. If not, the Galaxy S4 should suit you very well as it is the best camera out of the 4 you mentioned, really Android has more features you would enjoy, and really you get to pick your own carrier. Plus it's $100 cheaper than the Lumia 1020, and may actually get even cheaper as more devices come out like the Moto X, and holiday season approaches.

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