What phone should I get

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I will use my phone for
internet browsing
watching netflix
listening to music

I want my phone to feel like quality when I hold it

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Tamir Ben-Eli

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Dennis, Mobile Master

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Nothing feels like quality like the iPhone 5s
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definitely agree. Iphone 5S = quality build :D
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iPhone for listening to music. Everything else is more or less the same on iOS or Android.
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If you're listening to music on the device itself, iPhone is no better than Android (especially if using Poweramp) or Windows Phone. If using your device for connecting to a multitude of Bluetooth players, then iPhone is your best bet for maximum compatibility.

Though I must add that the iPhone is the only one that will allow you to use inline volume control on some wired headsets.
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I would counter the excessive iPhone love with an equal if not better quality phone at a more reasonable price.:-) The nexus 5.
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I second the Nexus 5 which is a much better phone in every way and is quite a bit cheaper as well. If you don't mind waiting and arnt using the tab then buy it from Google directly at the PlayStore. If your wanting to use the tab then grab it from Koodo.
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The Nexus 5 only has a better price, bigger screen, and Qi charging. The 1st is a clear win, the 2nd is subjective, and the 3rd is a nice feature that hasn't really reached mass market.
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My vote goes to the iPhone 5S as well. Here's a breakdown (vs Nexus 5), according to your question.


I prefer the iPhone. Due to its smaller size, it's much easier to send texts with one hand (a plus for me, but not for everyone). I also prefer the iPhone SMS app over the Hangouts jack-of-all-trades on the Nexus (though you do have the option of a 3rd party app).


Again, I prefer the iPhone. Though the Nexus' call quality is almost as good as on the iPhone, it's the speaker that makes me choose the iPhone. The Nexus' external speaker's max volume is about 80% of that of the iPhone and doesn't sound as good.

Web Browsing:

I prefer mobile Safari over mobile Chrome. everything just feels more intuitive. In terms of performance though, this isn't the Android experience of 2010. Browsing on the Nexus is just as snappy. It has a bigger screen, which is a definite plus, but the iPhone will outlast the Nexus by a lot. We're talking about 10 hours vs 5 hours here. Despite the screen advantage of the Nexus, it's the endurance that makes me recommend the iPhone.

Watching Netflix:

The Nexus' bigger screen is a huge plus for video watching, but on the go the iPhone will suffice as well. Despite the bigger screen, I'll recommend the iPhone again, and for the same reason as for web browsing: you'll get twice as much watching time before your battery is drained.

Listening to Music:

I just tested both the Nexus 5 and the iPhone 5S with the same headphones (Skullcandy 50/50) and the quality (no EQ) on both is comparable, but with a slightly cleaner sound on the iPhone. The volume controls on the headphones work with the iPhone, but not with the Nexus. No distortion noticed on either, but I didn't push the volume past my comfort levels (about 50%). Again, the iPhone has a better external speaker.

Build Quality:

The iPhone's aluminum chassis just destroys the Nexus, which is impressive, considering that the Nexus doesn't feel cheap at all.

So, it seems that I prefer the iPhone over the Nexus in every category that you mentioned. Still, I bought the Nexus for ~$363 less than the iPhone. Though, if buying from Koodo (vs Google Play), that price advantage drops to ~$120.
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If price isn't an issue, then the 5S is my recommendation as well. It's a high quality device, is very fast, has a great camera, and will do all the tasks you requested. Just make sure you're willing to shell out the cash.

If you don't want to spend a ton of money, the Nexus 5 is a great device as well and has a larger screen for watching videos, but imo a little overpriced from carriers. You're better off ordering it from Google (with a wait time).

I can't recommend the Moto G only because of its low internal storage (you say you want to play music). Otherwise that thing is a beast little $200 phone and has great build quality too.

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