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Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 16

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The last time we did a Q&A Session was back in September and we are very sorry about that. We know you have plenty of questions that you need answered, so here is your chance. The Nexus 5 is out and about, so maybe you want to get our takes on it? Maybe you need to know which prepaid carrier you should drop Verizon for? You can ask us anything! Well, almost anything. Throw your questions down below in the comments section and we will do our best to field them. 

On Friday, we’ll grab a handful of the best comments and let the team tackle them.

To see all of our previous Q&A’s, check them out here.

  • nexusonthebrain

    Nexus 5….sounds like camera takes decent pics and will have a few tweaks with an upcoming software update, which leaves the battery…is it acceptable or just not acceptable?

    • Droidzilla

      I’m not Droid Life, but I’ve been very happy with my battery life on the Nexus 5. I was able to go to the zoo with my kid this weekend and I took 212 photos and 8 videos, location set to high, location tagged everything, LTE on, poor signal area, and I saw 43% after 8 hours and 51 minutes. Are people really getting a lot better battery life than this on other devices?

  • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

    Any word on when we may see wood backs for Moto X?

    Also, any word on when we may see more color options for front plate of Moto X?

  • jmich

    Is the LG G2 the best phone out right now?

  • envoy510

    The Nexus 5 FAQ was missing one Q and A: the Nexus 5 from the Play store can be activated on any US carrier except Verizon? I think the answer is yes, but it’ll be nice to see it in print.

    • nexusonthebrain

      the answer is yesm check out the official nexus 5 site if you want it in print

  • Richard Giordano

    Ever since I updated my new droid maxx to software version 12.15.15 I noticed 2 preferred network chioces LTE/CDMA or LTE/gsm/umts. Which is the best preferred network choice? And I don’t go outside the u.s

  • fartbubbler

    ever considered having MKBHD on the Droid-Life show as a special guest? That would be epic.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Here’s an awkward Tato Show featuring mkbhd. We should actually ask him to do a DL Show with us, that would be fun!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU0bpSBp8M0&feature=share

      • rthvk

        MKBHD honestly needs to be hired to do the YouTube stuff for DL.

        But you better get him quick, them Verge peeps are trying to seal a deal :P

    • BaconEater

      What would make it “epic” ? He can make good videos, that’s all …

      • Fattie McDoogles

        He’s just a really good cinematographer, that’s all. He uses a lot of style in his videos.

  • Tod Cox

    Which Verizon (believe me I wish I could switch) phone if I want unlocked bootloader and root?

  • Droid Ronin

    Do you see curved displays being mainstream and marketable?

  • mormile

    Hey guys I have a question that I hope one of you can answer….

    I’m not eligible for an upgrade until Jan 14th 2014. I called up a rep who allowed me to upgrade early but I had to order a MOTO X and couldnt customize it on MOTOMAKER. Do any of you know a way to get my account eligible for an upgrade on the verizon website so i can use motomaker? Seeing they were going to let me upgrade early, but the guy said i had to order over the phone and it wouldn’t work on Motomaker/verizonwireless page

  • fartbubbler

    for Tim and Kellen, now that you’re on the Nexus 5, what do you miss most about the Moto X ? Do you think you’ll return to the X once the initial love affair with the Nexus 5 wears off?

  • Steveo

    I’m really curious about when LG G2 will get Android 4.4, if not 4.3. Possibly you could do a roundup of all of the more popular phones and when they will get Anroid 4.4 (if not Android 4.3)?

  • Ricky

    Where can I buy top spec phones that are for prepaid?

  • Mark Aaron Collado

    I currently have the nexus 4 on T-MO. I would like to upgrade but not sure if I should go with moto or nexus 5. I like to take pictures, play tons of games, and like to root my device.

  • David Caccavo

    will Verizon ever get another Nexus device? more importantly, will it get one soon? what could it mean that Google and verizon have been working together on some things for the new year?

  • SplashMTN

    I get paid this Friday and am having a really hard time deciding between the Nexus 5 and the LG G2. I’m a big fan of stock android and have been wanting a real Nexus phone for a long time, but the G2′s battery life and camera are making this a tough call. I also don’t know if I want to wait 2-3 weeks for my phone to show up after I’ve paid for it.

    What do you guys think – G2 or Nexus 5?

    • bd1212

      Just a heads up, I returned my G2 mainly because of the camera. It sucked, especially in low-light. It would take forever to focus. Even in daytime with tons of light, pictures came out dull and lifeless. I brought it back and am awaiting a Moto X customized through MotoMaker. After the camera update, it takes much, much better photos that are a hell of a lot better than the G2′s, and it runs nearly stock Android. Ya can’t beat that.

      • rthvk

        You had a bad unit; my friend’s G2 has an amazing camera with just about zero motion blur (cause of OIS). You might want to try the G2 again if you liked everything else about it.

        • bd1212

          It’s not motion blur and it’s not just me. Many other over at XDA reported similar things. When I put CM10.2 on the phone the camera was better, but it still took a long time to focus. Focus time has also been reported in many reviews as being quite slow at times, as well. I also received a replacement before returning, but it just suffered the same thing. Personally, the best camera I’ve used so far is the one on the S4 (and I hated that phone), and presumably, the Note 3.

          Either way, if you’re happy then that’s all that matters. Maybe I’m more picky than you are… I was probably just spoiled by the camera on the S4, but as long as you’re happy with the device then ignore my comments. I guess it just wasn’t the phone for me, but that’s why there’s other smartphones. To each their own. :)

      • BSweetness

        To put that in the context of the question asked, the Nexus 5′s camera is widely regarding as being well behind the G2′s camera. Google says improvements are coming for the camera on the Nexus 5, but most reviews have found it to be quite underwhelming.

        And yeah, it sounds like something was wrong with the GS2 that you had. Mine took some of the best photos on any Android device I’ve had yet. There were some instances of slow focusing, but nothing like you experienced.

  • MikeSaver

    Just assuming you have inside information on when wood backs for moto x will come out: do you confirm or deny??!!! and if so, will you post several michael jackson album riddles over the next few days to tease us of the release date?

  • Jawboe

    Any chance of Verizon unlocking unlimited plan upgrades close to December 15th in an effort of keeping GNEX day one adopters from jumping ship?

  • Michael Chediak

    Will there really be a Nexus 8?

  • HotRodJohnson

    I’m interested in low power modes and battery life for the Nexus 5 when you use it for music, or as a step counter. I’ve read somewhere that the battery life when used as a music player only is 60 hours. What is the reality?

  • Ryan Ropero

    Death Star Mic?

  • lilseal18

    How does Hangouts handle group SMS messages? For example, if a friend with an iphone includes me in a group message using i-message, when I reply back does it just go to the original sender or does it reply back to the whole group?

    Also, I have heard that if you are using a Google voice number you can not receive MMS messages. How does hangouts handle an incoming MMS message in that situation? Does it never show up and there is no way of knowing that you missed an MMS?

    • MikeSaver

      whole group.

  • Kree Terry

    Im hoping to get a moto x soon (coming from an iphone), i havent an android phone in over a year (last phone was a gnex). what are some apps you’d recommend to ease the transition?

    • Kenneth cox

      motorola has a tool on their site that will move things over from your iphone to a moto x. Maybe that will help a bit.

      • Kree Terry

        Oh ok, that is pretty sweet. thanks i wasnt aware of that

  • g2gsr

    Where is “Google Move” on the Nexus 5. I can’t find any information about counting steps anywhere in the phone?

  • Jeremy Gross

    is there a usb otg with charging (for my moto x since NO MICRO SD)

  • MichaelFranz

    What is on your Christmas wish list for the year?
    Are any of you (besides Tim-O-Tato probably lol) getting an Xbox One or PS4 and why?

    • HarleyGuy72

      Xbox One, ’cause my daughter kiped my 360…

    • rthvk

      Knowing Tato, he’s probably picking up both on launch day

  • Jawboe

    black Friday deal predictions for the carriers? Verizon Store told me yesterday I can upgrade, lose my unlimited and sign up for 6Gig/month(Same price) locked in for two years ( similar to the edge plan in August but this is a two year contract.)I am tempted but waiting for black friday…

    • Robert Willis

      That’s really tempting…if true

      • Jawboe

        Went to two stores in the Bay area and both confirmed the promotion but I have yet to see it advertised. They said, you must have an unlimited plan to qualify.

  • HarleyGuy72

    Does anyone know if TMO coverage is good in the Seattle/Lynnwood/Everett area? I mean real world usage, not just the coverage map. Thanks! I’ve been w/Verizon since they were AirTouch!!! I’m kind of tired of their $h!t.. :-)

  • Alex Goings

    What are the chances of a new Nexus 10 this year?
    What do you think of Marshall Mathers LP2?

    • Adrynalyne

      I dislike rap, but like Eminem.

      Weird, right? I like that album btw.

  • GI Jed

    What Android tablet would you recommend? And would you recommend 7, 8 or 10 inch?

    • JoshGroff

      Size is personal preference. 7″ is great for portability, but you can’t top a 10″ when it comes to media consumption. Note 10.1/ Nexus 7 would be your ideal tablets.

  • Damian

    Which OEM do you prefer? Motorola, Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony or other? And why?

  • MotoMan

    Any info on when the Nexus 4, 7, and 10 will get Kit Kat?? The answer “in the coming weeks” isnt doing much for me….

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    What do you think Google Now needs to be used more often? Do you think Google’s approach to direct us to 3rd party apps is the right thing?

  • sagisarius

    What ever happned to the Nexus 10? Is that thing still coming? Do you guys think the Nexus 8 is legit or not?

  • keeley991

    Nexus 10??????????????????

    • sagisarius

      Looks like we posted the same question at the same time!

      • keeley991

        Lol nice, all the talk on the interweb is about a nexus 8 instead of the 10

  • Ricky Ortiz

    How delayed do you think VZW moto x 4.4 updates will be?

    • Dorian Brooks

      The question of the year.

      • Adrynalyne

        Or next year.

    • EC8CH

      great question.

  • rthvk

    What are the first ten apps you install on Android devices?

    If Android were to suddenly stop working, which mobile OS would you hop to (Tizen, BB10, Sailfish, WP8, iOS, etc.)?

    • Tim242

      We would all jump off a cliff…

      • JoshGroff

        Simultaneously.

        • Tim242

          No doubt! Verizon would have the last laugh after all.

  • Kyle

    When do you think Google will release its first Nexus 5 update?

  • Neil Fujiwara

    Will 2013 be the year hardware plateaus and we go now to software innovations more than anything?

    • cjohn4043

      More like 2014 considering how far we are into the year already.

      • Neil Fujiwara

        Right, I mean will 2014 specs be that much different than 2013?

  • Stacey

    Will you guys do a review on the Oppo N1? I got an iPhone 5S but I miss android, and I want a big screen phone now. I really like the Z ultra, but no flash on a phone is pretty unacceptable.

    • Tim242

      If you are referring to Adobe Flash, you can side-load it.

  • Adrynalyne

    Does this dress make me look fat?

    • Tim242

      Go vegan, and you’ll never have to ask that question again. Or, you could just stop wearing dresses : )

      • http://www.gorecording.com/ Nicholassss

        I have vegan friends that packed on the pounds. But they pretty much only eat peanut butter cracker sandwich things.

        • Tim242

          Haha sounds like they are junk food vegans. I was vegetarian. After cutting the dairy and junk food, I lost 15 lbs. I went from 128 to 113 within 2 weeks!

          • http://www.gorecording.com/ Nicholassss

            Its a couple and they know nothing about nutrition. I try to help but yeah, junk food vegans sounds bout right.

          • JDub

            I hope you’re under 5 feet. If not, that’s disturbingly low for male weight.

          • Tim242

            I’m 5’6, with shoes on.

    • fartbubbler

      just hang out with BIGGER friends

  • Derek Duncan

    Why does “everyone” seem to hate the Nexus 5?

    • Kyle

      Agreed, seems perfect to me. I do want a few software updates asap though.

      • Tim242

        Perfect, but needs software updates ASAP? Hmmm

        • JoshGroff

          It’s the same way I feel about my Note 2. Just minor gripes with the software but not enough to take away from the awesomeness of the phone.

        • Kyle

          The device suits me fine coming from a Droid X with a 1500mAh battery. Kitkat just needs a few tweaks.

          • Tim242

            Ahhh. Well, I’m sure they will come in due time, or “in coming weeks” : )

    • Jeremy Gross

      litteryly every phone this year everyone hates

      • JoshGroff

        Except the Note 3! (But us Note cultists don’t count)

    • Weber

      Battery & camera. Same story every year with the Nexus phones.

      • Droidzilla

        Weird, as I get great battery life and my only camera qualm is moving object blur in low-light shots sans flash (but I don’t think anything can be done about that). Then again, I’m happy to get a day of use out of a device, so maybe people have devices they charge every other day or something.

        • Weber

          You’re getting good battery life out of the N5? I’ve heard 12 hours at best with moderate use.

          • Droidzilla

            I’ve done 3 usage “tests” so far:
            1- Mainly WiFi, second day of ownership, Dalvik runtime, location using high battery, ~2 hours screen on time. After 12 hours, I was at 53% battery remaining.
            2- All LTE, Dalvik runtime, high battery location, 2 hours screen on time, 15 hours 53 minutes, 23% remaining.
            3- Camera test. All LTE, poor signal area, high battery location, geotagging on, ART runtime. 212 photos, 8 videos. After 8 hours 51 minutes, 43% battery remaining.

            I’m doing another set of conditions today using ART runtime and location settings at GPS only (and WiFi scanning turned off). Even without the latest test, though, I’m very happy with my battery life. I’m sure there are far better ones out there, but I can get through a day no hassle so this works great for me.

          • Weber

            You’re squeezing juice out of it that I didn’t think would exist. Kudos to you, sir.

          • Droidzilla

            If the Nexus community on Google+ is to be believed, my results aren’t even that great. I’ve seen screenshots of people with 5-7 hours screen on time. ART runtime is supposed to be revolutionary for battery life, but I’ve only seen a modest jump. We’ll see how I do today as I’m taking more steps to make my device battery friendly (turned off NFC, too, since I rarely use it). So far on idle, I’m at 2 hours 26 minutes and 99% battery life remaining. That’s just on idle (at work so I use the computer mainly), but still I’ll take a 0.5% drop per hour from sitting idle on LTE.

          • Sean Elliott

            Can I ask what moderate use equals how much screen time? Also I have yet to run out of battery while using the phone. Meaning if its gotten to 5% or lower its been when I’ve been home for the night and its past at least 10pm. I don’t see why that should be an issue for people during the week. Don’t mean to sound like I’m being aggressive, just wondering.

          • Weber

            I’d consider between 1.5 – 3 hours to be considered moderate use. Maybe 1.5 – 2.5 hours. But I’m going off of reviews, so it’s refreshing to hear these sorts of things. Typically, the Nexus phones have had subpar battery life. I get 20+ hours with at least 4 hours screen-on time on my Moto X, and my day starts at 5AM and ends around middnight. I don’t always charge my phone at night if I have at least 15% when I go to sleep, and I use my phone as my alarm. Ballsy, but I trust the battery. Coming from a GNex, you can see how amazing that is to me.

          • Sean Elliott

            I see, well I’d say I’ve been getting at least 3 hours with 12-15. It’s definitely a change from coming from a maxx hd but I haven’t been in situation yet where I’ve run out of battery or not been somewhere to charge it. And when I’ve had to its been later at night or in the evening. I also don’t charge it at night on some nights, depends if I have time in the morning. I’m also in my last semester as a student so it’s a little different. I’m around outlets all the time and I’ve always kept a charger in my bag just in case. I guess what I’m saying is I’m very happy and haven’t had any worries about the battery, I definitely think reviewers are making it a bigger deal than it actually is.

          • Weber

            I guess you have to figure that when most flagships these days are giving you a full day’s worth of battery without having to worry if you’ll be near a charger, it’s a bit worrisome for some people. I’d say your battery life is average. I’d take my Moto X over the N5, though, if only due to the battery, and I’ve got my dock around me while at work. I always have a way to charge it, but I hate having to worry about if my phone will die. It’s like PTSD from my GNex.

          • Sean Elliott

            That’s mostly true, but I’d say the battery life is probably on par with the X and the only flagships with better would be the G2 and Maxx. Maybe the GS4 but not by much. I guess I just don’t feel worried about ever running out and that works for me. Especially since I’m saving 50-60 bucks a month having now switched from Verizon. It’s a whole cost benefit in my eyes. I do agree that they should have made it a 2500 or 3000 battery and I don’t see how much more expensive or bigger it would have made the phone. I would have paid more for that. Oh well, here’s looking to the nexus 6!

          • Weber

            I’m also not sure if the Active Notifications on the Moto X counts as screen-on time. That might have a lot to do with the higher number of hours for me. It DOES help that I use Motorola Connect all day at work, have the ability to do the same at home, or use Hangouts. I really don’t have to turn on my screen all that often except to look at Reddit.

          • Sean Elliott

            Active notifications definitely helps, it’s really the only OEM software future I would loooove to have on the N5. I was using the dynamic notifications app and loved it. But no more with the lcd screen.

  • Eric G Canoy

    If you have T-Mobile service in California, do you like your service or do you want to leave T-Mobile service?

    • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

      What part of California? It’s kind of a giant state.

      • Eric G Canoy

        Anywhere, I live in Northern California, but I do travel to Southern CA via plane or car

        • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

          My friends in SoCal like the service; not sure about NorCal.

        • rthvk

          SoCal’s pretty sweet with LTE in Los Angeles and San Diego (or so my friends say). I’m planning on activating my free SIM (thanks DL/Kellen) today and using it with the $30 plan for a month to see whether I get LTE where I am most of the time.

          I dunno about NorCal; I’m sure SF and Sacramento should have LTE, being in the Silicon Valley area and all.

          • Eric G Canoy

            same here rthvk, I got my free SIM, but I still need to get a phone, I thought about buying a nexus 5, but if I am just trying out T-Mobile Service, I don’t know if I want to go all out on the new phone

          • rthvk

            If you have a relatively new Verizon LTE phone, you can try out HSPA+ with T-Mo.

            As for me, I’m planning on borrowing a Lumia 920 to try out the service with LTE; unfortunately nobody I know seems to have an Android device I can borrow supporting LTE on T-Mo.

          • Eric G Canoy

            unless you are willing to fork over some dough on swappa.com

        • Tyler Rynberg

          I can tell you that T-Mobile’s reception is HORRIBLE riding BART between the East Bay to SF, which is my daily commute (I tried one of those 30-day SIMs with an old Nexus S). Not to mention, once you go inside a building, you pretty much lose data completely. As much as I hate Verizon, it’s hard to argue with getting 4G LTE in the elevator or underground when my T-Mobile co-worker has zero data signal.

          • Eric G Canoy

            thanks Tyler, so you actually get Verizon Signal in the Transbay tunnel? I still have my GNex w/ unlimited data and I still don’t think I get bars, but it’s been awhile since I rode BART through there

            I may just skip over the Nexus 5 and just go buy a LG G2 on swappa.com

          • Eric G Canoy

            wait you get a verizon signal through the transbay tunnel?

          • Tyler Rynberg

            Yes. I always can make calls. I have 3G the whole tunnel, although it is pretty slow during commute times (I’m guessing the “tower” gets saturated).

  • NorCalGuy

    What is the likely hood of Google buying out sprint and dish and making the best network ever? There seem to be a lot of things falling into place that could make for a huge change in the us major carrier race.

    • Tim242

      Not gonna happen. Japan owns Sprint now

  • Brian O.

    I haven’t been able to get the updated version of Hangouts (2.0) on my Galaxy s3 on verizon. Is this a general thing? (Not sure if this is appropriate for a QA session)

    • Adrynalyne

      General thing.

      A friend of mine on Verizon got it, but not me.

    • David Caccavo

      search Droid-Life for the update file, allow install of non-play apps, download file and you will have it. works awesome.

      • Brian O.

        Call me skittish, I prefer to use the official versions.

        • David Caccavo

          i’m the same way…i believe its pulled from the google files and is posted to sideload instead of waiting for the slow rollout. regardless, you should be getting the update soon. good luck!

  • dannyWHITE

    PS4 or XBOX One? And why? Also what games would you buy?

  • Devin

    Leaving VZW for pre-paid. Should I move my number over to the carrier or just get a new number and port my number to Google Voice so I have that going forward? Not sure what the long term viability of GV is at times.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    What’s up with the Rattling buttons on the Nexus 5? The Power Button and the Volume rocker rattles.

    • Tim242

      LG : /

  • Lawrence_Hart

    If you had to choose a Verizon phone what would it be? What would you recommend to someone not interested in tech as much as the rest of us?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Windows Phone/iPhone

    • Kyle

      Great question. I would suggest the Moto X. I haven’t used it, but people seem to really like it, and it’s cheaper than an iPhone.

    • T S

      i loved my MAXX. basically the Moto X but with a bigger screen and super nice battery life.

    • Kenneth cox

      moto x, battery life is solid, easy 1 hand use, 0 lag. You will love it

  • Jeremy Alajajian

    I just got the LG G2…Now what?

    • Backs4IU

      I’m with you. LG G2 on Verizon. What are our options?

    • Tim242

      Call me maybe. .

      • Moto X

        Tim242 wins internet toda… this morning :p

  • tkc122

    All: Nexus 5 or Moto X (with camera updates and soon Kitkat)

    Ron: IPhone 5s or 5c?

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      He went 5c. Blue. lol

      • rthvk

        He told me on IRC before they came out that he would get a 5s.

        Liar! :(

        • Adrynalyne

          I picked up a 5s last night for my daughter. Nice little phone. Not for me though.

        • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

          I was planning on getting a black 5s but then they made it space grey instead. I wrote about why I chose a 5c here: http://ronoffringa.me/post/63627114043/i-upgraded-to-the-iphone-5c

          • rthvk

            Still a liar in my book :)

            And woah, you have your own blog!

            *bookmark*

          • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

            Haha sorry to disappoint :p

          • chris125

            Not sure how the cheap fingerprint magnet plastic of the 5c looks better than the 5s though..

          • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

            I think the 5s has too many clashing colors going on, especially the space grey model. The space grey model uses a grey that I think clashes with the black. The white/silver matches decently. The gold has a rosy hue in the light, giving it red, gold, and red coloring that I don’t personally care for. The 5c models, on the other hand, have two colors that work well together. Every phone attracts fingerprints somewhere. I will say that I actually notice them more on the screen than on the chassis, myself, which would have been the case with either phone.

      • Tim242

        If only they had purple…

    • Nex

      Addition to this Nexus 5, Moto X, or something like a GN3 with asop rom. That way get the “pure” nexus experience with a bigger battery?

      • Big_EZ

        Being that it most likely won’t have the bootloader unlocked I don’t know how good AOSP roms will be. The Note 2 has an unlocked bootloader and still the AOSP roms for it have issues.

        • Nex

          I’m curious cause I’m currently on Verizon till January, and plan on switching to T-Mobile. Wanted to get Nexus 5, but with talk of inconsistent battery. I wonder if a Note 3 or G2 or something with a bigger battery and big screen (personnel preference) would be a better option. Since a few months from switch, i can wait to see if someone figures out whatever issues seem to plague previous/current GN3

    • feztheforeigner

      I think LG G2 or Nexus 5 is a much better comparison considering that’s the phone the Nexus 5 was based off of.