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Nexus 4 Vs. CAT B15

Discussion in 'Android Help' started by Jim1348, May 4, 2013.

  1. Jim1348

    Jim1348 Newbie
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    I currently have the Nexus 4 on T-Mobile and I am generally pretty satisfied with the Nexus 4. However, I do some fairly risky activities as far as cell phones go. For example, I love to go horseback riding and ATVing. I do have a Ballistic case, do I still worry. Thus, I am consdiering handing down the Nexus 4 to my wife or oldest son and switching to a CAT B15. I am just wondering what I will lose by switching. Will apps be slower to load due to a slower processor? Will I still get HSPA+ or would I only get 3G or3G on T-Mobile?

    Nexus 4 Tech Specs - Google

    Cat B15 Phone

    NEXUS 4

    4.7" diagonal
    1280 x 768 pixel resolution (320 ppi)

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  2. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Android Expert

    The CAT B15 will be slower than the Nexus 4. Slower processor and probably less RAM, though RAM spec is not given. Much less internal storage but it does have a SD card slot.

    The CAT B15 does have T-Mobile's 1700/2100 data frequencies plus 1900, so 3G will be no problem. But it does not specifically say it is HSPA+ (aka 4G) capable so one must assume it is not.
  3. Jim1348

    Jim1348 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Good catch. Thank you!
  4. Mostly Harmless

    Mostly Harmless Android Expert

    I kiteboard and mountain bike with my phone, while it's not a Nexus 4 is still handles a lot of abuse. If you protect I don't think you have too much to worry about, except if you run it over with the ATV (even that I think it will survive.
  5. dartmar

    dartmar Member

    I was looking into the CAT, no 4g...no dice.
  6. awev

    awev Newbie

    The Cat B15 has asmaller screen, and can only do 720HD, not the 1080HD of the Gnex 4. As mentioned, 512MB RAM vs 2GB RAM, so just being able to download and install software is a bit limited on the CAT. The expandability via MicroSD card is in the CAT B15's favor. The Cat does NOT have NFC, so you can't just tap phones and share info (would be useful on a construction site for sharing the latest orders for the day, changes to a plan, etc), nor could you use the Google Wallet app because of it.

    Yes, the GNex 4 is newer, more powerful, more stylish, and so much more. Yet considering that my first smart phone fell out of my pocket and took a swim, my second one had the screen bazzel falling off, and the last one the screen cracked on me, I think the CAT B15 is the right choice for me. I hate giving up the added RAM, while there is no 4G service where I live and work so that is not a concern for me. The added speed of a quad core vs dual core, and 1.7Ghz vs 1.0Ghz would make a difference if I played games on the phone, yet I don't, not even Angry Birds.

    I think you have to decide for yourself, and if 4G is that important, then go ahead and take the chance, wrapped in a hybrid case. I would love a Google LG Nexus 4, and I may get one yet, just save it for personal use, while the Caterpillar would be for work only. Just don't like having to spend $700+ to get both, add a second wireless plan, and keeping one near by while carrying the other (I am on-call in case of broken water pipes, etc).

    Yes, if you look at the specs then the GNex 4 is more powerful, while the CAT B15 is the right choice for hostile conditions.
  7. trollis

    trollis Lurker

    For the last week I have been really tempted to get the B15. All I lack is real user feedback (yes, I know it is still a relatively new phone out there). Can anyone here owning a B15 provide me with a good usage review?

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