Nexus Experience


Along with leaving Verizon we needed to look for new phones as our Verizon phones would not transfer due to being locked CDMA devices. So I decided to look for some new options. Earlier in the Summer I purchased a Nexus 7 2013 Edition tablet. Right off the bat I loved it. So it just happened to be that Google was about to release a new flagship Nexus device so I waited. Finally launch day arrived and I ordered the New Nexus 5. Once the phone arrived it was a breeze to setup. My advanced knowledge of Android helped with this very much so.

Since receiving the phone it has been roughly two months. I love the fact that the phone is running stock android along with the new GEL (Google Experience Launcher) and able to receive timely updates directly from Google without carrier interference. This phones hardware also makes the experience fluid as possible with the Nexus 5 sporting a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of ram.

Bringing the Bat with.

Now we bring up the second problem. My mother decided with me parting Verizon that she would also love to come along for the ride. After a little bit of chat we decided that it would be in her best interest to also ditch Verizon. She unfortunately did not get a Nexus 5, but she did get the second best thing to that. A Nexus 4. Granted it was last years model and after hearing all sorts of rumors, we decided to give it a go. We looked on Swappa for a gently used phone, and after looking we found a good candidate.

On arrival the phone looked fragile, I mean come on. It has a glass backing that even a six inch drop can shatter it. After removing it from the packaging and comparing it to the Nexus 5 it was clear to see what LG learned from this device. On boot we got the latest update for Android KitKat 4.4.1 (4.4.2 came a few days later). This device came with stock 4.2.2 installed so I was curious to see how it held up on this almost one year old device. Needless to say it works flawlessly and also sports GEL.

The Outcome.

After both having Straight Talk, we love it. At first we were skeptical about the coverage but I go bar for bar with my buddies Samsung S4 on AT&T in every location we go. Only downside is the support being non-american based and no physical store to go into if a problem arises. But overall for $50 and some change after tax it is one hell of a steal.