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Hey, folks.

After spending 3 years on this fine, cutting-edge piece of technology, it's finally time that I get a proper phone. Thing is, I don't know nearly as much about phone hardware and features as I do about desktops. It looks like the choices that I have are as follows:
  • HTC One [$79.99 on Amazon]
  • Galaxy Note II (several friends have told me to go with this over the S4 if I go with Samsung) [$124.99]
  • LG G2 [$99.99]
  • Moto X [$99.99]

If it helps make a recommendation easier, a little about me:
  • I spend 10+ hours away from home during weekdays, so a long battery life would be optimal.
  • While I'm new with Android, I'm not adverse to tweaking my devices.
  • I don't like walled gardens, so do not recommend iAnything. If any of the above phones are super locked down, let me know and it'll make it easier to cross one off the list.
  • I'll take function over form. So long as a phone is comfortable, I really don't care about how it looks.
  • I have big hands, so size really isn't much of an issue.
  • Not a frequent upgrader. I hang onto phones until the contract is up.

A couple more questions:
1) S Pen on the Note II. Gimmick or actually useful? This phone would probably be more for browsing the internet and memos than gaming. That's what my rig is for. biggrin.gif
2) I note that the One doesn't have a removable battery pack. My gut tells me that this is a pretty major liability, but is it actually?

Thank you for all of your help! smile.gif
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First off, is your plan a grandfathered unlimitied plan? If so then youll lose it if you upgrade and will be put on one of their rip off data plans.
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It looks like that is exactly the case. Any suggestions?

I was wrong, the family gets 700 minutes of talk time a month, unlimited text, and my phone is currently on pay-as-you-go data.
Edited by PiOfPie - 10/25/13 at 4:41pm
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You didn't mention why you are on Verizon. About the only good reason is if you're on a grandfathered plan or other carriers' reception is poor as of today. Not 3 years ago. Not 10 years ago. Today. If you can get Sprint or even T-Mobile coverage in your area, those would be better. DO NOT avoid other carriers simply because they have been bad to you in the past. Also note that T-Mobile offers free data and text roaming to Canada and other countries. T-Mobile is also very inexpensive for families of 4+.

You are part of the minority who would benefit off of a subsidized phone. In this case, T-Mobile is the worst option because you will still have to pay the full value of the phone in one way or another.

As for phone selection, take the Note II off the list right now. It's quite old, and I wasn't a fan of it to begin with tongue.gif The Moto X is a great option for you. It's kind of like a blend of Apple and Samsung's feature-rich phones, but with less slowdowns attributable to Samsung's OS skin, and with MUCH more freedom compared to iOS. It's got good performance, good battery life, a good screen, and is pretty comfortable in the hand (or so I'm told). The HTC One is also nice to hold, as is the G2 somewhat. I find the G2's button placement (on the backside) a nice feature. You may not. Note that the G2 and HTC One have 1080p screens, and in your scenario, that is only a downside. The G2 does support panel self-refresh, which means less power consumption when the screen is on and nothing is happening. For a mid-sized Android phone, considering the features, the Moto X fits your use scenario best.

The LG G2 is $.01 on Verizon on Amazon. That is great for a new phone with nice specs. The HTC One is $20 on Sprint, and $80 on Verizon, both OK. The Moto X is $80 on Sprint, and $100 on Verizon. I advise visiting a store to decide between these three. The look and feel will really be the determining factor. All of these phones are designed to feel good, but the Moto X pulls it off the best.

Best of luck to you, good ser.
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You didn't mention why you are on Verizon.

I don't make financial decisions for my family. About all I have control over is what phone I get. Everyone's contract expires at a different point, so switching to a different carrier would incur a cancellation fee on everyones' line but my own, so even if I were hypothetically able to get the holders of the money bag to switch, it wouldn't be in our best interest.
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You are part of the minority who would benefit off of a subsidized phone. In this case, T-Mobile is the worst option because you will still have to pay the full value of the phone in one way or another.

Fair enough. Once I'm on an individual plan and actually have a decent phone, I could definitely see switching to it.
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As for phone selection, take the Note II off the list right now. It's quite old, and I wasn't a fan of it to begin with tongue.gif The Moto X is a great option for you. It's kind of like a blend of Apple and Samsung's feature-rich phones, but with less slowdowns attributable to Samsung's OS skin, and with MUCH more freedom compared to iOS. It's got good performance, good battery life, a good screen, and is pretty comfortable in the hand (or so I'm told). The HTC One is also nice to hold, as is the G2 somewhat. I find the G2's button placement (on the backside) a nice feature. You may not. Note that the G2 and HTC One have 1080p screens, and in your scenario, that is only a downside. The G2 does support panel self-refresh, which means less power consumption when the screen is on and nothing is happening. For a mid-sized Android phone, considering the features, the Moto X fits your use scenario best.

The LG G2 is $.01 on Verizon on Amazon. That is great for a new phone with nice specs. The HTC One is $20 on Sprint, and $80 on Verizon, both OK. The Moto X is $80 on Sprint, and $100 on Verizon. I advise visiting a store to decide between these three. The look and feel will really be the determining factor. All of these phones are designed to feel good, but the Moto X pulls it off the best.

Best of luck to you, good ser.

Thank you! smile.gif
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