This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Pass on the Samsung Galaxy S4

Then, some time in 2014, Android 6.0 will be introduced. Will the Samsung Galaxy S4 get it at all? What's Samsung's motivation to prioritize it?

The point here is that there is a better way.

A year ago that better way was called Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It continues to run the very newest Android software still to this day, and you get these updates right away, faster than anyone else.

Almost 18 months after its initial release, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be running the same Android version that the two generations newer Galaxy S4 will be running from Day 1. That's what you want from your smartphone, and that's what the Samsung Galaxy Nexus gave you and still gives you today.

So what should you do?

If the Galaxy S4 isn't the answer, how do you proceed? The answer is this: Wait until May 15 and see what Google announces in terms of a new Google smartphone that will run Android 5.0 straight out of the box.

Such a new Google smartphone could be made by Samsung itself, Motorola, LG or someone else. Perhaps there will be several. Who cares? It doesn't really matter who makes it.

Your other alternative is to pick up a used Samsung Galaxy Nexus on eBay (EBAY), possibly for $100 or less, and no contract required! If you can't find one, and if you want something that will for sure be upgradeable to Android 5.0 quickly, pay $349 and get an LG Nexus 4 directly from Google at

Lesson learned: Software trumps hardware

The hardware differences between all of today's top-tier smartphones are relatively minimal. They all get their latest chips from Qualcomm (QCOM), they all have screens of similar resolutions, and so forth. Does it really matter if that screen is 4.8 inches or 5.0 inches?

The game has moved from hardware to services. To get those services, you have to have the latest software. To get the latest software, your device must upgrade right now, not six or 12 months after the fact. This is why your Android should be a Nexus.

As I described in an article last week, Google may be broadening its Nexus strategy to Motorola and its own in-house skunk-works department. These devices may run Nexus software but not be called Nexus, just to keep people calm, avoiding in-your-face competition and conflict.

Whatever they will be called -- Nexus and/or otherwise -- those are the devices you should buy, the ones that ship with Android 5.0 right out of the box, already in May, and will be getting the software upgrades to 5.1, 6.0, etc., right away -- not many months after.

So do yourself a favor and take a pass on that Samsung Galaxy S4.

At the time of publication the author was long GOOG, AAPL and QCOM.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.
3 of 3

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
GOOG $701.43 0.82%
AAPL $93.24 -0.41%
FB $117.81 -0.21%
TSLA $211.53 -4.96%
YHOO $36.94 2.61%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,660.71 +9.45 0.05%
S&P 500 2,050.63 -0.49 -0.02%
NASDAQ 4,717.0940 -8.5450 -0.18%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs