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I'm looking to get a smartphone by the end of this year. I'm thinking of either getting a windows 8 phone(not sure which one) or a Quad Core Android phone on Verizon. Aside from the Note II, what other quad core phones will be coming to verizon, and any recommendations for android or windows?
(I currently don't have a smartphone, so I don't have a specific platform need.)

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im hopeing for the htc phablet..or an htc varient with a quadcore..but i wouldnt get a win 8 phone..microsoft has them phones on lockdown..
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in my honest opinion android phones have better design.
the windows phones are all too similar.

htc one x > 8x
new lg nexus is pretty damn sexy too wink.gif
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In all honesty, I don't think anyone here can really say for sure, as the Windows 8 phones aren't out yet.

I am with AT&T so I am looking at the 920 for the W8 phones. With you being with Verizon you are mostly stuck with the 822, Ativ S, or the 8x. Verizon should have their version of the 920 roughly late spring. It will likely be called the 922.

The new quad core Android devices are very nice as well. I am kind of in the same boat as you as I am looking for one of the two phone types you listed. My personal recommendation is that if you go Android, make sure to go with a company that is likely to maintain support for at least 18 months. As far as I know, that would involve looking at Samsung, Nexus, and Sony devices (may be some others too). Motorola makes great phones, but their updates have been unreliable, especially as of late.

Moto states they are positioning themselves to maintain better support for newly released products, but time will tell. LG has a rough history with this as well (The Optimus G looks like an incredible phone though....). I don't have any knowledge about HTC.

I hope this helps!
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In all honesty, I don't think anyone here can really say for sure, as the Windows 8 phones aren't out yet.
I am with AT&T so I am looking at the 920 for the W8 phones. With you being with Verizon you are mostly stuck with the 822, Ativ S, or the 8x. Verizon should have their version of the 920 roughly late spring. It will likely be called the 922.
The new quad core Android devices are very nice as well. I am kind of in the same boat as you as I am looking for one of the two phone types you listed. My personal recommendation is that if you go Android, make sure to go with a company that is likely to maintain support for at least 18 months. As far as I know, that would involve looking at Samsung, Nexus, and Sony devices (may be some others too). Motorola makes great phones, but their updates have been unreliable, especially as of late.
Moto states they are positioning themselves to maintain better support for newly released products, but time will tell. LG has a rough history with this as well (The Optimus G looks like an incredible phone though....). I don't have any knowledge about HTC.
I hope this helps!
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HTC aren't very good with updates - I would say they're a fair bit worse than Samsung. If updates bother you then a Nexus phone is what you want.

As far as Windows Phone versus Android it's a little too early to tell with WP8. I can say that the dual core WP8 phones will most likely not feel any slower than the quad core Android phones - that OS is fantastically optimised at the very least. When you look at the Galaxy S2 era dual core Android phones at launch (with Gingerbread) and compare them to the single core WP7 devices at the same time, in terms of actually seeing sluggishness around the OS with scrolling etc. the more powerful Android phones came out worse. Things have improved with ICS and JB though.

Also, it's mostly going to be personal preference between the two platforms. Android allows for a lot of tweaking whereas Windows Phone feels a lot more closed (that's not to say you can't do any tweaking though), and I tend to say that WP is great if you just want to call, text, browse the web, check Facebook and other basic tasks for a smartphone. Once you start looking to play games, control your PC with Teamviewer, run torrent clients etc. then it's time to hand the reigns over to Android.
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HTC aren't very good with updates - I would say they're a fair bit worse than Samsung. If updates bother you then a Nexus phone is what you want.
doh.gifyessir.gif Very true...
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As far as Windows Phone versus Android it's a little too early to tell with WP8. I can say that the dual core WP8 phones will most likely not feel any slower than the quad core Android phones - that OS is fantastically optimised at the very least. When you look at the Galaxy S2 era dual core Android phones at launch (with Gingerbread) and compare them to the single core WP7 devices at the same time, in terms of actually seeing sluggishness around the OS with scrolling etc. the more powerful Android phones came out worse. Things have improved with ICS and JB though.

Also quite true. Single core, slow clocked Windows Phones were some of, if the THE snappiest phones on the market. Android is much heavier on the resources (though this has improved recently). Something to note, is that the newest Android phones are mostly coming with Qualcomm's S4 Krait CPU. And they run smoother than buttered glass with that. Windows Phone 8 is running on the SAME CPU with DRAMATICALLY less resource utilization. biggrin.gif
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Also, it's mostly going to be personal preference between the two platforms. Android allows for a lot of tweaking whereas Windows Phone feels a lot more closed (that's not to say you can't do any tweaking though), and I tend to say that WP is great if you just want to call, text, browse the web, check Facebook and other basic tasks for a smartphone.
Yup.
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Once you start looking to play games, control your PC with Teamviewer,
Plenty of games for WP7 and likely will be plenty for WP8. 46 of the top 50 iOS and Android apps can be found for Windows Phone 8. Also, PC Remote Pro for $2.99 or the slightly stripped down version for free work flawlessly and extremely responsively.
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run torrent clients etc. then it's time to hand the reigns over to Android.
yessir.gif That I will agree with.

I would take a very hard look at the Lumia 920 and HTC 8X (which is basically the windows version of the OneX). Samsung's ATIV is pretty cool spec wise too. I will be choosing one of them most likely to replace my Lumia 900 whenever it dies. But it's so stinking durable, I don't know how many times I'll have to drop it off a ladder onto concrete to do it in. (I've dropped it onto a concrete slab 4 times now. Slight chip in the shell.)
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Perhaps I didn't choose the best example (though Draw Something comes to mind - over half a year ago everyone was playing it on iOS and Android, now it's just launched on Windows Phone with exclusivity to Lumia devices for 2 months or something doh.gif)

Overall, though, Windows Phone's app selection is nowhere near as great as Android and just streets away from iOS. Granted, it has been a little while since I've properly used it, but what I found is that some apps just weren't available, some apps were available like-for-like (e.g. official Twitter app) but were just plain worse than the Android and iOS counterparts, some apps were available as an unofficial version which was sometimes good and sometimes terrible (I remember using a just awful Tapatalk alternative), etc. etc.

Now I don't mean to say there aren't any good apps on Windows Phone, but I do just find that once you get beyond the (generally pretty solid) built in apps, your experience starts to go downhill a bit. I doubt I would want to switch away from Android but it would be nice if WP8 would bring a bit more development to the platform.
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I completely agree with what the others have said about the smoothness of the OS'. A single core W7P is as smooth as anything out there, I can't wait to see what a dual core W8P is going to be like.
ICS CM7 is running on my Android device now, and I have thought about upgrading it to CM10 to get JB. My problem is that the camera doesn't work too reliably. If I want to get that, I have to go bakc to GB.....

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Perhaps I didn't choose the best example (though Draw Something comes to mind - over half a year ago everyone was playing it on iOS and Android, now it's just launched on Windows Phone with exclusivity to Lumia devices for 2 months or something doh.gif)
Overall, though, Windows Phone's app selection is nowhere near as great as Android and just streets away from iOS. Granted, it has been a little while since I've properly used it, but what I found is that some apps just weren't available, some apps were available like-for-like (e.g. official Twitter app) but were just plain worse than the Android and iOS counterparts, some apps were available as an unofficial version which was sometimes good and sometimes terrible (I remember using a just awful Tapatalk alternative), etc. etc.
Now I don't mean to say there aren't any good apps on Windows Phone, but I do just find that once you get beyond the (generally pretty solid) built in apps, your experience starts to go downhill a bit. I doubt I would want to switch away from Android but it would be nice if WP8 would bring a bit more development to the platform.

I would agree with you on the app store for MS...to a point. I remember when I got my Android device a few years ago that they were in the same situation vs Apple as MS is now.
Even then I didn't have a problem finding anything I was interested in (granted that is just me) and with as hard as MS is pushing for app development I can only see them greatly imporving their app store over the forseable futuire.

You are right about the maticulous customization. Android is far and above the best at that. I love how open the platform is for you to be able to do that. Spending $200 on a phone plus being tied into a 2 year contract....I want to be able to do what I want with my phone.
The consumer is in a great position right now, I think. Three great OS' to choose from and BB10 is around the corner. If you haven't looked at that, you owe it to yourself to check out some of the latest teasers about the phone. It really, really looks good. Last I saw, it was slated to have the S4 quad with 2g of RAM. It is basically a Optimus G spec'd phone running blackberry OS, whish is nicely optimized as well.

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I completely agree with what the others have said about the smoothness of the OS'. A single core W7P is as smooth as anything out there, I can't wait to see what a dual core W8P is going to be like.
ICS CM7 is running on my Android device now, and I have thought about upgrading it to CM10 to get JB. My problem is that the camera doesn't work too reliably. If I want to get that, I have to go bakc to GB.....
I would agree with you on the app store for MS...to a point. I remember when I got my Android device a few years ago that they were in the same situation vs Apple as MS is now.
Even then I didn't have a problem finding anything I was interested in (granted that is just me) and with as hard as MS is pushing for app development I can only see them greatly imporving their app store over the forseable futuire.
You are right about the maticulous customization. Android is far and above the best at that. I love how open the platform is for you to be able to do that. Spending $200 on a phone plus being tied into a 2 year contract....I want to be able to do what I want with my phone.
The consumer is in a great position right now, I think. Three great OS' to choose from and BB10 is around the corner. If you haven't looked at that, you owe it to yourself to check out some of the latest teasers about the phone. It really, really looks good. Last I saw, it was slated to have the S4 quad with 2g of RAM. It is basically a Optimus G spec'd phone running blackberry OS, whish is nicely optimized as well.
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Yeah, I mean it's not as though you won't be able to find any apps to do what you want, but a lot of the time the ones on Android and iOS do seem to be better. Like you say, Microsoft are trying their best to get developers on board and this also extends to Windows 8, which may have a positive effect on the number of apps in the Windows Store.

I actually know next to nothing about BB10 but I'm so used to Android and I can't really see BB10 taking off in an already saturated market. I'll still check out some of the previews though.
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on verizon? i would get an android

att? i would get wp8

here's why, the only good w8 device vzw has confirmed is the nokia 820, which is a great device, but, i would rather have the 920 due to pureview camera. i know the 920 is supposedly coming to vzw, but it's still unconfirmed.

keep in mind that a quad core android will last 1/2 as long battery wise as a dual core
 
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