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So, upgrade time is coming in less than two weeks for me. The choices are vast and deciding which carrier to go with is the least of my concerns. The two choices I am contemplating... staying with AT&T or switching to Verizon. Both have pros and cons like the various phone models they both offer to the public. Any suggestions over one vs the other? I do get a bit better discount from my employer with Verizon. Though the current plan I use is cheaper with AT&T. Yet with the advances made on phones over the past 4 years, I am not sure keeping an outdated plan is worthwhile.

Phones, I had posted a message back in may about the various phones available and much of that has not changed. I have seen several I phones, several examples of the Samsung phones, mainly the G3, G4 models which people say they are excellent... yet, I am still not sold on purchasing another Samsung phone unless they have better control over the updatability of the products. I have not heard good nor bad over the HTC phones. Same goes for the droid phones.... then again I have a limited circle of associates and friends and 30% have the Galaxy phones 20% the Iphones.... and the other 50% is everything else.

Current phone Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket
Carrier AT&T

If it is possible, please give pro's and cons over the top 3 phones out there currently.

In no order I think they are as follows
I phone 5
Samsung G4 or Note
HTC
If this is incorrect feel free to share your response and why you think it would be a better choice.

thanks
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I like the Iphone 5s, and the MOTOX, HTC ONE MAXX.
     
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I'd advocate get a Nexus 5 off contract and use AT&T's Go Phone service(If you local T-mobile service is terrible like mine, otherwise Tmobile's $30 off contract plan with 4GB of data can't be beat). You can save $35+ per month and can upgrade phones whenever you want to. It trades punches with the 5S/GS4/HTC One(I used both GS4 & HTC One for months and switched to Nexus 5, liked it most of the 3).

Nexus 5 gets the most up to date Android update directly from Google, so if you are concerned about Android update being late on Samsung phones, then a Nexus would be the best option.

Same service (unlimited call & text + 2 GB data) Go Phone gives you for $60+tax vs on-contract 's $95+tax+fees, The price difference of a $199+$36 activation fee on-contract Iphone 5S/MotoX/Galaxy S4 vs a $349 off contract Nexus 5 gets wiped out in 5 month and the rest 19 month is pure gain($665 gained over a 2 year contract).

Note 3 costs significantly more than Iphone 5S & other flagship phones, only get it if you want a phone of that screen size and/or need its stylus to take notes and draw. I considered it, but in the end decided Nexus 5+ a Nexus 7 tablet is better $ wise than tying myself down to a Note 3 on contract.
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Your first choice should be the Galaxy Note 3.
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I for one also votes for the Nexus 5. Android in its purest form is always a welcome. You also get the latest updates unlike Samsung or any other phones though its battery is too small in capacity in my opinion. The phone I would like to try now is the LG G2 which packs a 3000mAh battery.

As for the Iphone I like how smooth their OS is and how premium the phone feels plus its resale value is outstanding compared to droid phones but somehow I feel restricted on what I can do with the phone.

As for Sammy, I just got tired of all that bloatware and touchwiz interface.
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