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449 dollars for 32gb model on the Play Store.

Woops my bad, 16gb Nexus 5 is 399, which is slightly cheaper than 430 dollars for a 32gb G2
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449 dollars for 32gb model on the Play Store.

Woops my bad, 16gb Nexus 5 is 399, which is slightly cheaper than 430 dollars for a 32gb G2
Here's another reason why this whole conversation is still all subjective.... It's also about where you live in the pricing available to you...

For us in the US here the pricing for Carrier based phones are all around the same price... S5 @$150 or less... m8 @$199 or less, G2 @$50 or Free (recent change due to G3 release)

If you wait 1 more month...all phones will be either free or at max $50, since we pay higher carrier fees than most countries.

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I've got a philosophical question for everyone. Does it really make rational sense to pay premium for an S5 only to then install AOSP? Wouldn't it be more reasonable to acquire a Nexus 5 for half the price?




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For me it was excellent, I guess there's a larger variance in HW quality when it comes to Nexus devices, same situation happened for the N7.
 
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For me it was excellent, I guess there's a larger variance in HW quality when it comes to Nexus devices, same situation happened for the N7.
This is not necessarily a Nexus problem. Any manufacturer that orders the identical component from 3 different suppliers will end up building products with HW variations. Keep in mind that this issue is not only limited to the Nexus product line.
 
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AOSP is definitely great in terms of performance, modification friendliness and flexibility.

However, I would suggest that spending $699 on a phone regardless of whether it is an M8 or S5 or Note 3 just to abandon the differentiating features such as multi-window, finger print sensor and depth camera make absolutely no sense.

One could argue that just a few years ago the decision to run AOSP on a flagship device such as the HTC One X or the Samsung Galaxy S3 made for an excellent alternative strategy due to limitations in the stock software which caused issues including laggy performance, resource hogging and slow software updates. However, in the upscale smartphone market today, the vast majority of such shortcomings have been eliminated. Furthermore, manufacturers now focus on differentiation via various innovative features such as the S-Pen, dual speakers and IP67 resistance in hopes of capturing market share.

Hence, purchasing a premium tier smartphone in order to strip away the differentiating features demonstrates a careless squander of financial resources when the individual could have achieved the exact same experience on a mid-range device such as the Moto X or the Nexus 5.
That's your opinion. But each phone and each hardware is different: you won't find an external SD slot or a removable battery on the Moto X or the N5. Some people are Samsung users for these reasons only, and couldn't care less with the "features" added by TouchWiz that they find useless (that's my case).

To give a personal example, turning my Galaxy S4 into an custom AOSP phone made it at least ten times better for me. Very fast and smooth UI, nice minimalistic look, removed all the useless Samsung apps and features I wasn't using (smart screen, etc.) In fact the only thing I'm missing is the lockscreen lol, I somehow liked the Samsung ripple effect...
 
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I've got a philosophical question for everyone. Does it really make rational sense to pay premium for an S5 only to then install AOSP? Wouldn't it be more reasonable to acquire a Nexus 5 for half the price?




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