Android Authority Q & A – September 4, 2013

September 4, 2013
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Kris is answering questions about possible release dates for the LG G2, whether or not to use a custom ROM on a Nexus device and what the ideal smartphone screen size is in this week's AA Q & A.

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Welcome to another installment of Android Authority Q & A. Each week we take questions from you, our wonderful readers and viewers, and answer them both here and in video form.

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Q:

R asks: When will the LG G2 come to Sprint?

LG G2 Review Hands On

A:

It looks like the LG G2 is coming to Verizon and AT&T around this middle of this month. We don’t have any official word on when it will be coming to Sprint, but it seems fairly likely that it should be sooner rather than later.


Q:

Anaser asks: If i benchmark my phone with AnTuTu and get a result, can this result get higher or lower over time? Does it change?

A:

Yes, AnTuTu benchmarks change quite a bit. It can change from test to test, which is why when I review a device, I run AnTuTu 10 times and take the average. It can also change more permanently as a result of a firmware or software update. For example I noticed that the Nexus 4 running Android 4.3 consistently got higher AnTuTu scores than the Nexus 4 running 4.2


Q:

Dolev says: Hey Kris, I’m getting a Nexus 7 HD and Nexus 4 after your recommendation few days ago for an Android phone for $250. Would you use the stock Google ROM or would you recommend replacing it with Cyanogenmod or Paranoid Android?

A:

Since you’ve got stock Android there, I personally wouldn’t bother to run a different ROM. It’s easy enough to customize the UI with a custom launcher, and since these are Nexus devices, you’ll be getting updates as soon as they’re ready. I would only go for a different ROM if it has a specific feature you can’t get without it.


Q:

Thomas and Omkar ask: Will the Moto X be coming to the UK? and When the Moto X be released internationally?

Moto X

A:

So far there is no word on the Moto X being available outside of the Americas. If you head to Motorola’s UK website, there is a message that says “We’re working on something new,” so it’s easy to assume that they’re not talking about the Moto X.


Q:

Anshul asks: What according to you is the ideal screen size of a smartphone?

A:

Obviously this is just opinion, but not that long ago I would have said around 4.5 inches. Now with bezels slimming down, I would say the sweet spot is now around 5 inches. That gets you a big enough screen to be usuable for watching a movie, for example, without being so big that it doesn’t easily fit in your pocket.


Q:

Alex asks: Hey Kris, what are your thoughts on AMD and Intel mobile processors? Do you think they will be working with Samsung, HTC and other companies?

A:

I think that we’ll see Intel start to move into this area more and more. They’re already working with a few companies and as their chipsets prove themselves, we’ll see them start to show up in more places. AMD has said they might look into doing something similar, but right now they seem to be focused on PCs, even if that might not be their best bet, given their current market position.


Q:

Shadab asks: Hey Kris, what are your thoughts about the upcoming Sony Xperia Z1 (Honami)? With its massive rumored specs, is it going to beat phones like the Note 3 and LG G2?

Sony Xperia Z1

A:

Well you’re right, it certainly looks like it’s going to be a beast of a phone. Will it beat the LG G2? Maybe. Will it beat the Note 3? Not a chance. No matter how good their hardware is, Sony just doesn’t have the buzz that Samsung does, so it’s safe to say that the Note 3 will win out there. If you’re talking performance, usability, etc., that remains to be seen.


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