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Article: Is the Stock Android Galaxy S4 Better Than a Nexus?
Maybe rooting the AT&T/Verizon is difficult, but the Sprint/T-Mobile isn't.
Honestly besides cost this is what a Nexus should be. I'm guessing the deal with Samsung was costly. Of course we pay in the end.
What makes the S4, the S4 are the tons of features Nature UX provides. The only thing your getting from the original S4 will be the 1080p display, removable battery plus SD card, and 13mp camera. Everything else is gone. with that said, i would called this a Galaxy Nexus 2.
Up to fate specs
Nexus devices have always been a little behind.