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Have an Original Moto Droid, still stock, its actually a refurb that I got a month back (pay for the replacement through Bestbuy Mobile)

Looking at a handful of phones:

Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Droid Razr (or Maxx with the 3300mAh Battery)
Moto Droid 4


iPhone 4S (its at the bottom of the list for a reason)


Despite this being my 3rd droid in 2 years, I have always been impressed with the solid feel of the phone, the 1st had been dropped and abused and still worked well, albeit slow, until the speaker failed more than a year after I got it.

2nd phone lasted several months, and it kept locking up despite multiple reboots. restores and battery pulls. Pretty sure it was new, still had a "New" one though, no refurb sticker in it.

3rd Phone is a refurb, crashes, locks up on phone calls, locks up on several things, constantly get errors requiring force closes.

So I need a new phone soon ASAP

Another option is to bring it back, and get it replaced again... I still have the warranty. Then while waiting for something else, root the Droid I have finally.



Ive been reading reviews, like both phones feel, the camera is a downer on the nexus, as is the cheapy/slippery feel (fixed by an otterbox case) but its fast and runs ICS 4.0 already

The razr feels solid despite its slender design, has an 8 mp phone, but no 4.0, longer updates, and a built in battery.

I am almost sold on the Nexus, then I read about the Razr Maxx and the Droid 4...


Would anyone care to share their Razr or Nexus experiences before I upgrade? (as soon as Monday the 23rd).
     
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I'd get the Nexus. I used to have a Droid X and quite frankly wasn't impressed...Moto's Android phones aren't that great (locked bootloader, etc. Kinda kills the openness of the Android platform IMO.)

 

I have the 4S and the one good thing about it is ridiculously long battery life. I'm sure with a few tweaks similar results are possible on the Nexus as well though.

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I'd get the Nexus. I used to have a Droid X and quite frankly wasn't impressed...Moto's Android phones aren't that great (locked bootloader, etc. Kinda kills the openness of the Android platform IMO.)

 

I have the 4S and the one good thing about it is ridiculously long battery life. I'm sure with a few tweaks similar results are possible on the Nexus as well though.


Thanks for the input!

One of my biggest concerns with the 4s is the ability to tether to my windows laptops... Is this possible without a jailbreak/paying $30 a month for? I keep the warranty so I always have a backup, and I know jailbreaking or rooting generally will void these if discovered.

What about the lack of the 4g on the 4S? 4G LTE is not the selling point for me, although it will be nice when I tether for work (despite bandwidth caps) plus i'll have new tech in my phone as it becomes more available.

Anyone else with Razr/Nexus experience?
     
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I would go with the Galaxy Nexus. You can't beat a stock Google experience.

As for tethering without paying: I don't think Verizon let's that happen anymore. Link
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I would go with the Galaxy Nexus. You can't beat a stock Google experience.
As for tethering without paying: I don't think Verizon let's that happen anymore. Link


Well right now, I use PDAnet which uses USB tether, I paid $15 for it several months ago and it still works, my intention is to use the license on my new droid. I just don't know about the iphone at all. It does seem to have a nice UI and is very responsive.

I was just about sold on the Nexus, but seeing the Razr Maxx and the Droid 4 with a keyboard made me second guess my decision. The Iphone 4s consideration is mainly because I have several friends use them with little trouble.
     
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I've got the Nexus, my wife has the 4S, and I've got a couple friends with the RAZR. Let's see, I personally would put the RAZR at the bottom of the list.

I don't enjoy the screen that much, imo it's poor compared to the Nexus and the 4S. It's a very wide phone, to the point where you have to hold it with two hands in order to text with it. For me personally, that's too wide and I found it to be very uncomfortable. The battery life isn't great or terrible, I would say it's middle of the pack but closer to the low end. You have to turn the display up a bit especially in brighter lit environments which obviously takes away from the battery life.

The 4S does what every other iPhone does, it just works. We all know the benefits and shortcomings of iOS, so there's not a whole lot to add to this section. The lack of LTE is a little bit of a pain, but honestly neither my wife nor I really notice it unless we decide to do a speedtest between her 4S and my Nexus lachen.gif But seriously, the phone is great and has great battery life, it really is an all-around great phone that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to people. We haven't done anything with jailbreaking or wifi tethering so I can't speak to that, sorry frown.gif

The Nexus is a beast of a phone, absolutely stunning screen that is huge and can be oh-so-bright smile.gif Obviously the brighter the screen the less battery life, but I can usually make my Nexus last the entire day on a single charge, without using LTE. The screen is bright and sharp enough that you don't have to turn up the brightness all that much, I usually leave it around the 25-30% mark and I have zero issue with reading the screen unless I'm outdoors in full sunlight, then I usually turn it up to 60-75% or so. Again, LTE is nice to have but it just destroys your battery so I almost always use 3G with this phone. No tethering experience so I can't comment on that.

The biggest difference my wife and I have noticed and talked about is screen size. If you want/prefer a larger screen then you have no choice but the Nexus. The 4S doesn't have a terribly small screen, but when you hold it up next to and compare it to the Nexus it looks sad frown.gif So if screen size is important to you then the Nexus is your choice, otherwise it's really a toss-up. A bit rambly, sorry, but hope it helps a little bit!! And honestly, whether you go with 4S or Nexus I really don't think you'll be disappointed thumb.gif
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Out of those it would have to be the Nexus IMHO thumb.gif
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I've got the Nexus, my wife has the 4S, and I've got a couple friends with the RAZR. Let's see, I personally would put the RAZR at the bottom of the list.
I don't enjoy the screen that much, imo it's poor compared to the Nexus and the 4S. It's a very wide phone, to the point where you have to hold it with two hands in order to text with it. For me personally, that's too wide and I found it to be very uncomfortable. The battery life isn't great or terrible, I would say it's middle of the pack but closer to the low end. You have to turn the display up a bit especially in brighter lit environments which obviously takes away from the battery life.
The 4S does what every other iPhone does, it just works. We all know the benefits and shortcomings of iOS, so there's not a whole lot to add to this section. The lack of LTE is a little bit of a pain, but honestly neither my wife nor I really notice it unless we decide to do a speedtest between her 4S and my Nexus lachen.gif But seriously, the phone is great and has great battery life, it really is an all-around great phone that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to people. We haven't done anything with jailbreaking or wifi tethering so I can't speak to that, sorry frown.gif
The Nexus is a beast of a phone, absolutely stunning screen that is huge and can be oh-so-bright smile.gif Obviously the brighter the screen the less battery life, but I can usually make my Nexus last the entire day on a single charge, without using LTE. The screen is bright and sharp enough that you don't have to turn up the brightness all that much, I usually leave it around the 25-30% mark and I have zero issue with reading the screen unless I'm outdoors in full sunlight, then I usually turn it up to 60-75% or so. Again, LTE is nice to have but it just destroys your battery so I almost always use 3G with this phone. No tethering experience so I can't comment on that.
The biggest difference my wife and I have noticed and talked about is screen size. If you want/prefer a larger screen then you have no choice but the Nexus. The 4S doesn't have a terribly small screen, but when you hold it up next to and compare it to the Nexus it looks sad frown.gif So if screen size is important to you then the Nexus is your choice, otherwise it's really a toss-up. A bit rambly, sorry, but hope it helps a little bit!! And honestly, whether you go with 4S or Nexus I really don't think you'll be disappointed thumb.gif

That's what I was looking for, I appreciate the post. It was not rambly either, as I was able to follow it. I think If I knew I could tether without paying verizons extortion fees I probably would try an iphone out.

I think the nexus wins... Anyone else?

Thank for the posts so far everyone.
     
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Nexus. I wouldn't even consider a phone nowadays if it didn't have 4G LTE you don't realize how fast it is until you use it alongside a phone that is 3g only.

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Thanks for the input!
One of my biggest concerns with the 4s is the ability to tether to my windows laptops... Is this possible without a jailbreak/paying $30 a month for? I keep the warranty so I always have a backup, and I know jailbreaking or rooting generally will void these if discovered.
What about the lack of the 4g on the 4S? 4G LTE is not the selling point for me, although it will be nice when I tether for work (despite bandwidth caps) plus i'll have new tech in my phone as it becomes more available.
Anyone else with Razr/Nexus experience?


Don't quote me on this, but I wouldn't doubt that there's an upcoming workaround for Verizon's money-grab tethering restriction. As far as jailbreaking goes, a properly done "unjailbreak" prior to sending it off for repair/replacement should leave behind no detectable traces. wink.gif

 

LTE is nice but I'm not really that bothered by the lack of it. To me faster bandwidth seems pointless when it'll just cause you to hit your data cap sooner.

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