- Sep 16, 2009
HTC One, or Nexus 4? The build quality of the One looks much, much higher, but the N4 will have faster OS releases. What's your take on the options?
I think I could use a N4 without a case. I know I can't use a One without a case. I'm tired of using cases.
The Nexus 4 has a fragile glass back and is pretty slippery. You probably want to use a case.
Hah, yeah, I would use the One without a case way before I would use a N4 without one. When you see people crack the glass on the N4 from 2 inches or from just sitting it on a cold surface, you know that's one fragile mofo.
The N4's back glass can be replaced. The One's can't be. Looking at the in store units the back will get scratched up.
The point is that if you use the N4 without a case, then you're almost asking for the back glass to break given how fragile it is. Shattered glass is a lot more grating to see than a marred aluminum finish (to me at least) and replacing it doesn't really fix the issue of it being too fragile. I wasn't exaggerating either; You can shatter the glass from 2 inches or from gently laying it on a cold countertop. Both of those guys claim to be very careful and protective of their phones and still got the glass cracked on their N4s.
I'm not saying to get the One over the N4 though. I think I would rather have the N4 if full retail price were a factor. But I am saying if you get a N4, you should definitely put a case on it.
The Nexus 4 will be running the brand new next generation OS, where as the One and S4 will be running old outdated software from last year. No thanks.