Okay my fellow Android lovers, I have a serious question for all of you and I would like your honest opinions. I currently own a beautiful, white Samsung Epic 4G Touch (GSII) that I really do love. Though I am not a huge fan of TouchWiz, I do like a lot of functions that it incorporates and it actually runs very smooth on the device. It has a gorgeous 4.5 inch display, a notification LED, headset jack is located on the top (which I prefer as I rest my phone in my car cup-holder while it’s plugged into the auxiliary port), expandable/removable memory, 8 MP camera, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and a top-notch GPU for all my gaming fixes.
Despite the fact that it was released on Sprint in September of 2011, many would say that the company’s GSII variant is still one of the top phones today. That being said, why on Earth do I want a Galaxy Nexus? I find myself combing eBay and Craigslist searching for a great deal on one of these bad boys, and according to my math, if I can sell my Epic 4G Touch for what I want, and then buy the Galaxy Nexus for the price that I want to pay, it will most likely just be a wash. So I guess my question is should I go through the trouble? Hit the break for more of my dilemma!
To make matters worse, I actually still own a Nexus S 4G with the Ice Cream Sandwich update which is practically identical to its big brother Nexus sans the larger, sharper screen and the dual-core processor. I just can’t seem to get away from the fact that I really love having stock Android on my phones. I have always been a huge advocate of the Nexus line of devices for that reason, and I also just simply adore stock ICS. It’s so beautiful and functional and I love everything about it. I literally have been switching back and forth between my Nexus S 4G and my E4GT for the last few weeks unable to decide what I like more. I know I would love the GNex but let’s be honest, because on paper, the E4GT seems to be the clear winner on almost all hardware fronts.
Just to recap, the Galaxy Nexus comes with a larger 4.65 inch display with slightly sharper resolution versus the E4GT. The camera is smaller at 5 MP, there is no expandable/removable memory, and the headset jack is awkwardly located on the bottom of the phone. The GNex also sports a 1.2 GHz processor, just like the E4GT, however its PowerVR SGX 540 GPU is widely accepted to be much less powerful than the ARM Mali-400 found in the E4GT. As a lover of everything games, this is a huge pill to swallow. In fact, I tried running Super Smash Bros. on a Nintendo 64 emulator on my E4GT and on my buddies GNex, and to my surprise, the E4GT completely smoked the GNex. It was choppy but playable on the Nexus, yet ran like it was the actual N64 on the E4GT. I immediately decided that this was a deal breaker and thought nothing more on making the switch. Or did I?
Again, I find myself just millimeters away from hitting “buy it now” on eBay. Then I pull away to question my intentions and true desires. Houston, we have a problem! Possibly an addiction to really awesome smartphones, but the fact you’re reading this probably means that you can relate and might possibly have some advice. I realize that the specs listed do put the E4GT in a brighter light, but is the sharper, larger display and stock ICS worth making the switch? I realize some of you may be thinking, why doesn’t he just wait for the GS3 or the Evo 4G LTE? Well for one, they are not stock ICS devices, and what I really want to know is whether or not I should stick with stock? Please feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions in the comments below. Thanks for the therapy session!