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Android Authority Q & A – August 14, 2013

This week we field questions regarding the Galaxy Note 3, whether it's better to wait for upcoming phones or just buy one now, and the difference between the Xperia Z Ultra and the Nexus 7.
August 14, 2013

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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Fred says: I am waiting for the second generation Nexus 10. Any news about it? When will it be released? Will it have Key Lime Pie?

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There isn’t much yet, but we can basically expect a lot of news to come out in the coming weeks. What has been speculated, however, is that it might not be developed by Samsung like it was last time. Originally it was thought that Sundar Pichai name dropped Samsung as the developer, but this turned out to be false. A couple of details point to this being the case; mainly, that the company originally commissioned to make the video for the Nexus surround sound feature listed it as for the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. As far as Key Lime Pie goes, the general idea for Android 5.0 will be out by the end of the year. If the Nexus 10 will be here by the holidays, it could very well come with the new version of Android.


Gagan says: Should I buy one of the current flagship phones or wait it out until later this year to see what else is beyond the horizon?


Honestly, it comes down to how patient you are. If you really need a new phone right now, you can’t go wrong with current flagships. We haven’t been overtly disappointed, really, by any of the current flagships, so check out our coverage of examples like the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One, and the Sony Xperia Z.

vs the Moto X

You can wait a little while for the Moto X, if its customization options and generally simpler outlook please you. If you are willing to wait, you actually don’t have to wait too long – the Moto X is weeks from release, the great looking LG G2 will be out within the next month or so, and by the holidays we’ll have the Galaxy Note 3. Like I said, it comes down to how patient you are.



Daniel says: Should I buy the Galaxy S4 now or should I wait it out until the Note 3 comes along?

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Well for one thing, the Note 3 will most likely sport better specs than the older S4 – that’s the Snapdragon 800, 1080p resolution in that large screen, and, of course, there is the S Pen. If you haven’t used an S Pen before, maybe try it out sometime because many people love the Note 2 solely for its capabilities. The Galaxy S4 did introduce many new sensors and navigation features and all of these are sure to be included with the Note 3 on top of all the ways you can use the S Pen. It’s hard not to get excited for the Note 3 because it could be one of the most full featured phones available. Ultimately it comes down to your those key elements – the larger screen, more power, or the S Pen. With IFA in Berlin less than a month away, we’ll have all this info confirmed – but that also means the Note 3 won’t be far from release afterward.


Ambliopia57 says: Will the LG G2 be coming to Sprint?


Yes, it definitely will be, just like the OG made its way to Sprint last year. Sprint is really pushing the G2 as the main gateway for its Unlimited plans and services. The G2 is looking to be a major release and by the end of this year, Sprint will be one of the many places you can get it.



ProudToBePinoy says: I love the Nexus 7 and the Xperia Z, so instead of having both in my pocket can I have just the Xperia Z Ultra? Does it fit for me? And is the Z Ultra better than the Nexus 7?

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As you probably know, I’m a big fan of the new Nexus 7 and the Xperia Z Ultra is just shy of stepping on its territory. What it comes down to is whether or not you want a device that big with you at all times. The Xperia Z at 5 inches is small enough and works just as it should, as a phone. On the other hand, the Nexus 7 tablet is something primarily use in an office or home. The Xperia Z Ultra just might not work when you’re out and about. For example, I tried using the Ultra while driving and let’s just say it was far from easy or safe. I think it’s a very fine device but it works best in a most controlled environment. As a tablet, it’s almost as good as the Nexus 7 – I love stock Android more, after all. But as a phone it’s just much more difficult to fathom.

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