Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Leak Suggests a 5.7-inch QHD Display

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JCSFBAY81

I love my note 3, but coming off an iphone 5 there are still things that i miss - such as the lack of bugs that Android has,the imessage, photo stream was seamless, find my iphone was nice.. However, I do love the screen size and the phone as a whole is nice and it seamlessly integrates with my google accounts. Should I go with the Iphone 6 (large 5.5) or the Note 4?? Hmmm.

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MaximumMike

>> coming off an iphone 5 there are still things that i miss - such as... the imessage...

Seems to me that imessage has been the subject of much ire and scrutiny here lately. Even if I was an Apple aficionado, I don't think I would have appreciated Apple's underhanded tactics with trying to retain customers by breaking SMS on people's phone numbers. I don't see how anyone describes what happened with imessage as a positive experience.

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JCSFBAY81

Thanks MaximumMike, I actually experienced a good deal of hell with apple regarding the issues I was having with imessage transitioning to my galaxy. What an effing ordeal that was! It took a lot to get that resolved and my options were less the desirable to say the least.. One thing I will say is Apple couldn't have made it any harder to leave there product. Despite that, I do like the iphone better, the phone just needs to have more damn options such as expansion card slot and a bigger screen option. Despite some of iphones short comings - it really is much simpler to use and frankly has less headaches. Google being as big as it is now can't fix its Android OS on the damned phones it runs on to universally works with the usb port in all cars - WTF is that? Why the hell should I have to root my phone just to get it to work marginally well? Then there are the frequent app crashes and inconsistency of working apps - largely due to open source, but even still the standards are lower. Google could afford to implement some better QA, and fix these stupid little nuisances like incompatibility with car stereos. I shouldn't have to use my aux plug when my usb works fine on an apple device and I shouldn't have to replace my deck when the phone itself costs $800. It should just work - plain and simple! If android wants to be superior it needs to step up to the plate.

Now my rant above is my frustration with Android, not the phone itself. The little issues I have with the OS doesn't change the fact that I like it and its functional for my needs. The phone is nice and big, screen is beautiful and for the most part its a solid functioning phone. I love that I can replace my battery when its dying. Once Apple gets there shit together and makes bigger devices I may end up going back because it just plain works with everything and has less headaches.

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MaximumMike

The main reason Apple's stuff just works is because they got all the vendors to get on board early. So everyone made their stuff Apple compliant. However, with a better than 80% share of the market Android is quickly changing that. Most vendors are beginning to see that developing for Android first makes more sense. Some smaller vendors will still develop for Apple first, because there is typically only one model to worry with.

But much of that will change with the iPhone 6, as it is rumored to ship with two different sized screens. The smaller one is rumored to be 4.7" (makes me wonder if all the small screen detractors will decide they want bigger screens just because Apple says so), which would put both devices squarely in the phablet category.

This will likely mean that iOS developers will have to take varying screen sizes into consideration, something they've never had to do before. Any developers who were on the fence may take this as the queue to switch to an Android-first development model. Once you've made the leap from a development methodology that supports one hardware profile to one that supports 2, it's not really difficult to make it 3 or a dozen. Apple will need to work really hard to convince developers that they don't have to be concerned about the hardware differences.

It's very likely that you will find that iOS apps become more buggy as a result. There's a reason Apple has always had its one size fits all approach to things. And there is always a trade-off between customization and reliability. We will have to hope they handle bugs caused by the hardware differences in a mature way, as opposed to blaming the developers. Apple has a VERY bad history of denying ALL culpability when there are any issues that tarnish the customer's experience. Your recent imessage dilemma is a good example. So, this could become a problem for developers unless Apple grows up a little bit.

Much of this is speculation, but I didn't want you to think that bigger screens will fix all of Apple's shortcomings. Google is leading the way now, and it is Apple that is playing catch up. You may find that the playing field is very different by the time Apple releases the iPhone 6. I would advise that you take your time and evaluate their new offerings carefully.

Also, in regards to rooting your phone, please remember that Android IS Linux. For security reasons, some functionality is reserved only for the root user, or a specified Admin who knows WTF he's doing. Google was right not to give root access to the normal user; it is a risk. When you "root" your phone, all you're really doing is logging in as a different user - root.

Usually the benefits of logging in as root far outweigh the risks in my opinion, but that's still a choice that should be left up to experienced users, though Google could certainly have done more to make the process much less painstakingly difficult.

But in all fairness there is much you can do as a non-rooted Android user that you cannot do in iOS without jailbreaking your iPhone. And my understanding is that jailbreaking is a different and more risky hack than rooting, though I may be wrong as I've never jailbroken an iPhone.

On one final note I would be curious to know which Android device you use. Most people using an Android device with Kit Kat or Jelly Bean aren't making complaints about bugs or QA issues. Also, what USB functionality isn't working? The ability to charge the phone, or the ability of the phone to act as a mass storage device so the car stereo can play the media on it? I've never had a problem charging my phone with a car's USB port, but on a previous phone with an older version of Android I was unable to get my stereo to look at it like a thumb drive. Haven't tried with the current phone.

TLDR;
Google is leading and Apple is playing catch up. Apple may find itself sharing some of Android's issues because it is moving to different sized devices. Don't assume that having bigger screens will fix all their problems. Rooting an Android device is less risky that jailbreaking an iOS device and more functionality is typically available to non-rooted Android users than is available to non-jailbroken iOS users. Could you elaborate on your issues with the USB ports? I'd be interested in knowing what your experience was.

Edit: After rereading your post I see that you are using a Note 3 so please disregard that question. However, I am now more interested in the details of your usb issue as I also have a Note 3.

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JCSFBAY81

@ MximumMike - thanks for your comments. Good stuff!

I have 2 General motors vehicles. 2011 Suburban and 2009 Impala - both use practically the same stereo system. My stock stereos doesn't recognize the android devices due to the MTP protocol. I've read online that in order to get "some" functionality you can purchase/download some app but it requires you to root the phone. I don't know enough about a linux based OS to trust myself with that type task so I haven't done it yet.
My note 3 is using kitkat too.

For me the phones themselves is about the user experience. For as much as these phones cost, it should just work. I like the android experience though. The app issues I have are the frequent facebook crashes. The stock email app is buggy - I delete an email and the damn email shows up 3 min later. My stock messages app for texting freezes, reboots my phone and sometimes doesn't even launch. I've gotten around this using Textra and Hangouts - which work nicely. My GPS sometimes cuts out while driving too. The GPS issue is widely documented on AT&T and its still not fixed. Restoring the phone, replacing doesn't do anything. I haven't tried replacing my phone, but have seen to many forums posts from people that have said it doesn't do any good. This is where Apple devices win my vote. I agree that changes are likely to start happening but the present is all I care about. You can read up on some of the articles on the android forums - people complain about these issues all the time.

My USB functions fine for charging - a little slow but it works. But that's about as far as my USB will take me with my android. On an ios device I get full functionality with my stereo. I've had app crashes and minor issues with my prior iphones but those issues were typically resolved pretty fast with an app update

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ram1220

Geez. Before long these things will be the size of a TV.

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MaximumMike

Wouldn't have expected anything less on the screen. By the time I'm ready to update again, the Note 5 should be here. That should be an impressive device as long as Samsung continues to stay on the cutting edge.