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Default Anyone have both the S4 and G2 ? opinions ?

I am up for my ATT upgrade, and I did pick up the LG G2 myself over the weekend, and my wife got the S3. After having the G2 only a three days, the battery life is nowhere near advertised, I am sure it's due to the amazing amount of bloat pre-installed on this phone, which is pretty shocking, just a million ATT and LG bloat apps. My G2 only got 3h On Screen time after it's second full charge, and total of 10 hours battery life, somethings wrong. I am sure it is CIQ and apps running in background, will root and delete all those apps, after I decide if keeping this phone. My wife's new S3 was getting same or even better battery life over my G2.

Where as my Wife's S3, I know it's the outdated older phone, but the feel of it in hand with Belkin gel case, just felt so comfortable and great in the hand, i could squeeze that phone and have a solid firm grip, I am sure the S4 would feel just the same. The G2 to me is on that fine borderline of just too large for me. I also had the Note 2 for three weeks back in the winter, and I could never get used to it's size for one handed use. And the g2 is at that border for me, almost too large. I seem to like a phone the size of the S3 at the most, and I think the S4 is exactly the same size, but even thinner, with a little bigger screen.

Battery life on a the S4 ? I am sure not even close to supposed G2 battery life, but is the S4 way off form the G2 or at least close ? And for people that have had both the S4 and G2, how do they compare in hand, and comfortably in holding it, and using it daily ?

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Hi, running S4 here. Yeah, you'll certainly want to debloat and get rid of everything you don't use.

Yeah, first off, condition the battery with absolutely-full recharges and absolutely-full discharges. Cycle this over the course of the week to level it out; should be four or five cycles total. I had a battery go from what you talk about to better than my stock battery after several cycles and two weeks' usage. A pain, I know, but you have to do it in order to rule out whether or not that's the issue.

Second, root that shiz. Then get your latest good-battery-life ROM and couple it with the right kernel. This makes a world of difference, as certain kernels are "on-demand" in that they downclock the CPU to low levels when the screen is off and it's in standby mode, and they boost the CPU power as needed. Further, they often undervolt draw from the battery making it last all the much longer.

Third, Greenify: get that application and it will tell you what the heck is eating up CPU time, and stop it for you and prevent it from starting up until needed. This is not a task auto-killer.

Following these steps, my battery life went from what you describe to 24+ hours with medium usage. I absolutely never have battery issues anymore, and my backup battery? I never need it (so it's actually become a bit of a chore to swap out batteries and cycle them periodically to keep them fresh).

As far as form-factor is concerned, yeah... the S4 works alright one-handed, sure. Obviously, you have different sized hands from me, though.

My setup: LiquidSmooth ROM 2.9, running KToonSez' kernel with HIS recommended settings, plus 25mV across the board for stability (which amounts to a net -75mV undervolt). Absolutely pleased as punch.
 
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I exchanged my LG G2 for the Galaxy S4, and couldn't be happier so far. Couldn't get comfortable with the G2.

In the past year, I've had a lot of phones; HTC One X, Note 2, Nexus 4, G2, and now the S4. To me the S4 feels best in hand, just a great size, with beautiful screen. The S4 is lightweight, and feels very comfortable in the hand with a case, I like the design of the black one it looks classy and cool. Not sure why so many people call this phone cheap and lame looking ? Once you have a cool looking case on it, the phone looks fantastic.

I just rooted it last night using the Kingo method, no ROM's yet, just stock, and deleted a ton of ATT and Samsung crap bloat, also installed Greenify, DroidWall, and running Nova launcher with the Axis icon theme. We'll see how battery life goes ? Trying to install AdFree but it won't connect to the server to actually activate it, been reading that's an ongoing issue the last day in other threads.

The G2 was nice, but just too heavy and large, as lame as that sounds. The thin bezels are almost too thin, afraid to crack damage the phone too easily. Plus 5.2" is just over that borderline of screen size I am comfortable with. The S4 is as big a phone I want, that's the limit, I don't want anything larger, but also nothing smaller, I think the S4 is just the right screen size, thinness and weight.

Overall I like the S4 a lot so far, more than the G2 as crazy at that sounds. And find the S4 more enjoyable than my Nexus 4. Only bummer is that I am on the MF3 - Mother Fukker firmware, so I am limited on ROM if I go that route, but so far happy enough just rooted on stock.
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You should install safestrap along with a custom ROM you won't regret it. Did you get the 16 or 32 gig? 16 gig tends to be not that much internal space but it works out still. I'm using vision x stock ROM and couldn't be happier its way faster than stock, it also has ad-away already pre-installed and ktweaker on it along with no bloat. I was going to stay on my stock rooted rom also but got safestrap and a rom on it and couldn't be happier.

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You should install safestrap along with a custom ROM you won't regret it. Did you get the 16 or 32 gig? 16 gig tends to be not that much internal space but it works out still. I'm using vision x stock ROM and couldn't be happier its way faster than stock, it also has ad-away already pre-installed and ktweaker on it along with no bloat. I was going to stay on my stock rooted rom also but got safestrap and a rom on it and couldn't be happier.

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Thanks, I think I will take the plunge Just a little nervous on the whole Safestrap thing, but I replied to the thread with questions, it's mainly a 7 step process, looks pretty straightforward if I follow all of those steps to a 't'. I am sure one of those TW ROM's like SHO will be fast and smoother, maybe better battery life over stock ?
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Thanks, I think I will take the plunge Just a little nervous on the whole Safestrap thing, but I replied to the thread with questions, it's mainly a 7 step process, looks pretty straightforward if I follow all of those steps to a 't'. I am sure one of those TW ROM's like SHO will be fast and smoother, maybe better battery life over stock ?
There's no reason to be nervous with safestrap its easy to use and it won't mess anything up as long as your on a different ROM slot than your stock. So leave your stock ROM slot alone. I was having problems with sho's newest ROM but its a great ROM altogether I just felt since he released it, there was still going to be some bugs so I'm just waiting a little longer to flash it again. But definitely faster, better battery life and smoother. I also use nova launcher prime and it flies! Lol also I think you wanted the s4 in the beginning but since the lg g2 was newer or you heard a lot of bad about the s4 you sent with the g2?

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There's no reason to be nervous with safestrap its easy to use and it won't mess anything up as long as your on a different ROM slot than your stock. So leave your stock ROM slot alone. I was having problems with sho's newest ROM but its a great ROM altogether I just felt since he released it, there was still going to be some bugs so I'm just waiting a little longer to flash it again. But definitely faster, better battery life and smoother. I also use nova launcher prime and it flies! Lol also I think you wanted the s4 in the beginning but since the lg g2 was newer or you heard a lot of bad about the s4 you sent with the g2?

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Can you please post the exact link to that ROM you are using. Want to make sure I am pointed int eh right direction not download a ROM that won't work on MF3 firmware. Thank you

Think I found that ROM, but not digiing the heavy metal crazy theme LOL Is SHO not stable enough to run a as a good daily ? It seems SHO was last updated in September ? http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2305752
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It has a stock ROM and a themed ROM which is the heavy metal one. Stock ROM is basically like your stock with a few tweaks. It might be stable now just download and try it yourself. It won't hurt anything to try so you'll be okay.

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http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2468860
This is his newest ROM based on the international gs4 which I loaded you can try that ROM which I think is the american gs4 based I haven't tried it but its great.

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If I want to use the vision x stock ROM, and go with the stock theme, I would chose the download dated 10/01/13 ? There are two different downloads for the ATT MF3, looks like the theme version dated 09-22/13, and the stock dated 10/01, is that correct ?
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If I want to use the vision x stock ROM, and go with the stock theme, I would chose the download dated 10/01/13 ? There are two different downloads for the ATT MF3, looks like the theme version dated 09-22/13, and the stock dated 10/01, is that correct ?
Yes. But you can use shostock also. Are you using your phone or a computer? It should say att stock and another themed.

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Yes. But you can use shostock also. Are you using your phone or a computer? It should say att stock and another themed, and also to each their own on Roms one ROM would be great for one person another would be great for another person so you just have to try and see which one you like the best.

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