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Am coming up on my early renewal for my phone. Currently I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket and I have to say I am very disappointed with it overall. Some of the issues.... sorry if it is boring to some or most... It is totally useless in direct sunlight and outside. (Yes I have the brightness turned all the way up and my case is not tinted) Inside it is pretty good, if I can get reception. About the only things it has going for it is a larger screen and the ability to run PDF files somewhat. I get my payroll through the internet and sometimes I can read my paystub, but most times it is not worth the time or effort. I log on with my wifes phone a cheaper model Samsung and I have no problems at all as a comparison. Utilizing the Company software KIES.... What a JOKE... I upgraded from GIngerbread to ICS or whatever it was last November and when they came out with a upgrade a few weeks later, I have continued to get a incompatible with phone so cannot upgrade this phone message. I realize I can get a ROM or utilize some other software, but.... I am not hardcore into changing up my phone or using it for much more than occasional games, and storing a bunch of music, which I could store on a SD card or flash drive.

That being said, I am really not sure if I would be comfortable with another Samsung phone unless they have worked out the upgrade issues (which I have read still continue to this day). The ability to use the phone in direct sunlight is a must. The skyrocket is barely capable outdoors in partly cloudy to cloudy, not sure if this is just relative to the skyrocket or not, I will check this closely when reviewing new phone choices.

I am curious about the WIndows phones.... and I must say I am also leaning a bit towards going back to Apple... It just sucks that no matter which phone you get there will be a trade off one way or the other..... of something.

Any suggestions of potential phones which might fit my criteria...

IE work in direct sunlight,
Larger screen
Battery life
SD card slot (micro SD)
Efficient upgradability. Not the unreliable KIES program.

My current carrier is AT&T and I am one of those people grandfathered in with the "Unlimited" data plan. Which is a joke since if I go over 2 gig my phone is a brick. Though I must confess I am on avg utilizing 750-850 megs per month data so not a biggie. I am open to Verizon or staying with AT&T.....Sprint and T mobile service is not a option for me.

thanks
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I can't recommend Windows Phone 8 enough. I usually get a new phone every 6-8 months so I've had quite a few - hands down Windows Phone 8 is the most efficient, enjoyable mobile OS I've ever used. Especially for email, text and internet - really, really stellar. I've been using it since November. Recently I dropped and smashed the screen on mine (while doing my latest build) and while waiting for the replacement I activated my Samsung Galaxy S3 and used it for 4 days - I wanted to throw it out of the window - I absolutely can't stand it after using WP8. What once felt like an amazing device truly now feels like a downgrade in the highest regard compared to WP8.

Sometimes more is more, sometimes more is less, sometimes less is more. Windows Phone 8 walks a perfect line.


Visit AT&T and play with a Lumia 920 or HTC 8x for a bit (I have an 8x)
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thanks for the info, was hoping there would be a bit more than 1 response to this, but ya get what you pay for so to speak. I have had one person also tell me the Win 8 phone is really good overall. I kind of liked how they put it.

Windows 8 phone might not have all the apps Apple and android has, which means it has less garbage to sort through overall. Apple offerings over the years have been less than stellar and Android phones, you never know what OS your going to encounter or which build for this manufacturer or that. While it may be a draw to some, it is not to me. Just tells me that while some things work, most is unstable. See original post, if a manufacturer does not support its product or cares enough about it, hell if I am going to spend my money on it. Referring to Samsung KIES software. Upgraded using recommended software 1 time, now am told I have a non upgradable phone that it is not supported by the software. Amazing considering I downloaded from them. Which tells me they do not support the products they sell.
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Agreed, the lower app count means nothing to me except less garbage also. I mean do I really need half a million apps or whatever the numbers are? - Nope. I'll take an efficient, fast OS any day over apps. Plus when it comes down to it WP8 does have most of the essential apps that are actually useful.
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My wife and I are really enjoying our Lumia 920s after coming from android.

As far as apps go, there are now no apps that I used regularly on android that I can't on WP8.
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I think I am sold on the Nokia 920. Just need to verify how it holds up for outdoor viewing. Then again I will be checking the HTC model as well and might be changing carriers from AT&T to Verizon.
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Well... If you are leaning for apple, I really want to suggest the HTC one. I know, I know, no SD card slot, but there is a 64gb model on att, the screen is great in sunlight from what I hear, way better in light than the galaxy s4, its screen is 4.7 inches and 1080p, and its battery life is also supposed to be good.

Although, this is coming from me, who has a htc one in the mail for me.

64gb should be PLENTY for music, tmobile only has the 32gb one so I am probably going to buy this bad boy if I dont just play my music from the cloud(I have 20gb of music and growing very fast so I will get a 64gb one of this widrive)
http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Wi-Drive-Pocket-Sized-WID-32GB-A/dp/B00B20MA5K/ref=pd_sim_e_5

AND it has ***beats by dre!!!*** lol
 
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