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[Q] I need advice (Switching from iPhone 4S)

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14th May 2014, 03:55 PM   |  #1  
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Hey XDA! I'm new here and all, but I've heard a lot about this website and the help it can provide for everyone.

Anyways, with Apple's newest purchase of Beats by Dre, I've lost all respect towards the company and I've come to conclusion that I'd like to switch over to Android. My only problem with Android is the security (including stuff like CarrierIQ and whatnot), but I believe I can remove these things by flashing to Cynagenmod.

My biggest question here is: Is the Galaxy S4 right for me?

I'm big into customizing and making everything "my own" so that way I have total control over the whole device and what I can do with it. Including themes, tweaks, overclocking, larger batteries....the whole shebang.

I like the S4 the most because of the RAM, and the fact I can use my 32GB SDHC card with it, however I'm not sure if I've looked hard enough or if I've come to conclusion too quickly... I want something that's going to last me a long time.

My plans for it (if I chose the S4) are to flash it to Cynagenmod, get a protective case, and possibly an extended battery.

Anyways, I'm not sure if I posted in the right thread or not... But I need some help here. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm absolutely done with Apple.

Thanks in advance!
14th May 2014, 04:20 PM   |  #2  
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If you want to run CM11, you might want to consider something else. I don't know about the i9505, but the i9500 has chronic Bluetooth, audio and camera problems.

Security on Android is no problem. The CarrierIQ scandal had nothing specific to do with Android and affected iOS users as well, but that was way back in 2011.
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If you want to run CM11, you might want to consider something else. I don't know about the i9505, but the i9500 has chronic Bluetooth, audio and camera problems.

Security on Android is no problem. The CarrierIQ scandal had nothing specific to do with Android and affected iOS users as well, but that was way back in 2011.

Is there any chance these issues were fixed in a BETA release?
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No, CM11 on the i9500 only has nighties and does not get M releases. Read the last few pages of this thread to see recent happenings.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...37707&page=121
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No, CM11 on the i9500 only has nighties and does not get M releases. Read the last few pages of this thread to see recent happenings.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...37707&page=121

Ohhh... Okay.
That's too bad. Are there any other Roms you would consider using on a GS4? I've seen a few.. I just don't want to have to use TouchWiz xD I'm definitely going to stick to the GS4 though because of the hardware though. So now it's just a matter of choosing a Rom.

Thanks again!
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Ohhh... Okay.
That's too bad. Are there any other Roms you would consider using on a GS4? I've seen a few.. I just don't want to have to use TouchWiz xD I'm definitely going to stick to the GS4 though because of the hardware though. So now it's just a matter of choosing a Rom.

Thanks again!

Hi,

First let's make clear the difference between GT-i9505 and GT-i9500. The i9505 is the Snapdragon variant of S4, while i9500 is the Exynos variant. While the Exynos variant has these issues on CM11 ROM, I loved using CM11 on Snapdragon S4, it was very smooth and I had no issues (actually in the beginning I had sound issues, but I believe it's now fixed).

Also, i9505 does have Snapshot CM releases! But I'd recommend you to check other devices as well, don't only go for Samsung because everyone is using it! If you really want best development support and the most of freedom to customize then I'd recommend you going for a Nexus device .

For i9500 I don't know many ROMs, the best would be reading the ROM threads and checking by yourself what features you'd enjoy and reading other people comments regarding the ROM .

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^^^ +1

I'm glad someone with the i9505 checked in. If it were available in my country, I wouldn't have bought a Nexus 5 to replace it.
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I'm running CM11 on my I9505G and haven't encountered any real problems. There is an issue with the Google Camera app and HDR. It leaves you with a grey image. Other than that it's a lot smoother than the stock rom that installed on device.
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Hi,

First let's make clear the difference between GT-i9505 and GT-i9500. The i9505 is the Snapdragon variant of S4, while i9500 is the Exynos variant. While the Exynos variant has these issues on CM11 ROM, I loved using CM11 on Snapdragon S4, it was very smooth and I had no issues (actually in the beginning I had sound issues, but I believe it's now fixed).

Also, i9505 does have Snapshot CM releases! But I'd recommend you to check other devices as well, don't only go for Samsung because everyone is using it! If you really want best development support and the most of freedom to customize then I'd recommend you going for a Nexus device .

For i9500 I don't know many ROMs, the best would be reading the ROM threads and checking by yourself what features you'd enjoy and reading other people comments regarding the ROM .

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So I've been doing some research (an extensive amount actually), and I've come to conclusion that PacMan 4.4 Rom is gonna be my best bet. It's got all the cool features CM has and more. There's OTA updates and full customization! Plus it's stable on the i9500 so I mean it sounds good all around.

Does the Nexus have a replaceable battery and an SD card slot?
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So I've been doing some research (an extensive amount actually), and I've come to conclusion that PacMan 4.4 Rom is gonna be my best bet. It's got all the cool features CM has and more. There's OTA updates and full customization! Plus it's stable on the i9500 so I mean it sounds good all around.

Does the Nexus have a replaceable battery and an SD card slot?

Hi,

Sorry but Nexus doesn't support SD card and doesn't have replaceable battery, if you need it then you should keep away from it ^^.

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