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Old January 10th, 2013, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm tempted to upgrade from my SGN to a Note II but I'm holding off. What phones that are rumored to be coming out (on Verizon) sound good? What phone do you plan on upgrading to (if you're even considering it)?
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I'll use my G-Nex until it's showing signs of breaking down, and then I'll heavily research for an upgrade. Right now I cannot justify the cost of an upgrade unless the phone is just not working properly anymore. Cash is too hard to come by these days.
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I'm in no hurry. I Love my G-NEX.
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I don't know when, but whenever it is, it will be a nexus.
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The Galaxy Note 2.

This device is way cool. I played with it yesterday for the first time.
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Im planning to not upgrade b/c nothing is worth it on Vzw. If you are here then you know/like to root and rom so nothing they have is really a must........................at the moment...
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I'll use my G-Nex until it's showing signs of breaking down, and then I'll heavily research for an upgrade. Right now I cannot justify the cost of an upgrade unless the phone is just not working properly anymore. Cash is too hard to come by these days.
Ditto.

I just got my Gnex 2 months ago. I wish I could get the Gnote2 or the GS3 but money's tight. Still loving the Nexus experience.
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I don't see myself leaving Verizon unless there is some huge upheaval. So I guess I won't be switching to anything until Verizon gets another nexus... and who knows if they will. I just can't see myself with anything else unless I'm desperate and some mfg releases a nexus-like vanilla android.
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Whatever is out in about a year. My GNexus is outlasting my Eris' useful life by far.
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good question. nothing out right now that's really compelling. sticking with my gnex for the foreseeable future.

i do have an ear/eye open for the device code named "xphone". not much really known about it right now other than a google/moto collaboration that should hit vzw if/when released.
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Is indeed a good question. I'm in that dreaded situation where a subsidized upgrade means loss of unlimited data. I'm not sure if I can handle that and I KNOW I won't accept 2GB of data. So unless they offer a better deal in the future, I'm really in a holding pattern. Either wait until some random person is ready to sell the next best thing and buy one outright, or stick with the Gnex until the cows come home, or switch carriers and buy GSM Nexi from here on out.

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Satisfied for now with my GNEX.....hopefully Motorola will get the Nexus branding....that will be my next phone.
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Yeah... If having a nexus device on Verizon is the most important thing for people... They might be stuck with the galaxy nexus indefinitely. The Motorola X phone might be the closest thing we'll see.

By the time the SGS4 comes out... That might look like a very appealing choice. I want a nexus phone and if I can't get one... I'll get a phone that will be popular enough to have an extremely song Dev community so I can get my AOSP on
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Is indeed a good question. I'm in that dreaded situation where a subsidized upgrade means loss of unlimited data. I'm not sure if I can handle that and I KNOW I won't accept 2GB of data. So unless they offer a better deal in the future, I'm really in a holding pattern. Either wait until some random person is ready to sell the next best thing and buy one outright, or stick with the Gnex until the cows come home, or switch carriers and buy GSM Nexi from here on out.

I am in a similar situation, but honestly, I only have 2 smart phones (out of 4) on my plan and between us we use between 4 & 5 gigs a month. I'm thinking of going the 10 gig route which would be a very minor increase in my bill. I'm certainly not happy about it, but I also don't want to pay $600-800 for a new phone to keep unlimited data that I am not getting all the usage out of to make it worth it.

That said, I have no immediate plans to do this. I have an upgrade available, but I will probably pull the trigger on a Galaxy S4 or a Note 3 (whenever they come out).
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I am in a similar situation, but honestly, I only have 2 smart phones (out of 4) on my plan and between us we use between 4 & 5 gigs a month. I'm thinking of going the 10 gig route which would be a very minor increase in my bill. I'm certainly not happy about it, but I also don't want to pay $600-800 for a new phone to keep unlimited data that I am not getting all the usage out of to make it worth it.

That said, I have no immediate plans to do this. I have an upgrade available, but I will probably pull the trigger on a Galaxy S4 or a Note 3 (whenever they come out).
What's the 10 gig route entail? I haven't been keeping up with the latest.
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Probably the next nexus
Wife just got the nexus 4 and tbh its not that big a jump forward

Don't flame or hate I know it has better specs in many areas but usage wise its not that much different
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Probably the next nexus
Wife just got the nexus 4 and tbh its not that big a jump forward

Don't flame or hate I know it has better specs in many areas but usage wise its not that much different
TI OMAP 4460 with PowerVR SGX540 GPU in the Galaxy Nexus pales in comparison to the Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320 Graphics found in the Nexus 4...and I'd be lying if I said I could care less about the spec differences between the two phones.

Having said that, I still love my GNex and despite the occasional lag...it more than does the job. In my opinion, Android phones have reached a point where most people can be happy for a full 2 years with the same devices.

I'm going on two years with my Asus Transformer TF101 and have had the Galaxy Nexus for a year now.

Here are the things that I will be looking at when I do upgrade my devices:
  • Battery life!
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  • Unlocked bootloader is a must!
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Is indeed a good question. I'm in that dreaded situation where a subsidized upgrade means loss of unlimited data. I'm not sure if I can handle that and I KNOW I won't accept 2GB of data. So unless they offer a better deal in the future, I'm really in a holding pattern. Either wait until some random person is ready to sell the next best thing and buy one outright, or stick with the Gnex until the cows come home, or switch carriers and buy GSM Nexi from here on out.



This^^

I'm planning to follow this path.

A. wait for a phone that I want to come out
B. Compare "current" data plans at that point.
C. Probably buy the phone outright(either new or second hand) Because they can drag my unlimited plan out of my dead cold hand :P
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If I was buying a new mobile today I would get either:
- Note II: No longer my excuse that it would look odd holding it up to my ear since I rarely do that
- Nexus 4: Always gotta love pure Android and guaranteed upgrades

What I will do: see what is announced at Google I/O
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Probably the next nexus
Wife just got the nexus 4 and tbh its not that big a jump forward

Don't flame or hate I know it has better specs in many areas but usage wise its not that much different
yea, ive been telling ppl that 4.2 is an excuse of an update from 4.1....next one should give us all boners tho lol
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I found it strange the update schedule and namunhb

2.1 was eclair
2.2 was froyo
2.3 gingerbread


Yet
4.0 ICS
4.1 jellybean
4.2 jellybean
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I found it strange the update schedule and namunhb

2.1 was eclair
2.2 was froyo
2.3 gingerbread


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4.0 ICS
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4.2 jellybean
they kept jellybean cus 4.2 couldve/shouldve been more like 4.1.3 lol
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My upgrade is in June, so I'll probably get the iPhone 5S, Galaxy S4, or the Moto Nexus if it comes to Verizon..
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I found it strange the update schedule and namunhb

2.1 was eclair
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2.0 was also éclair. So they have done this before.
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My Nexus was getting quirky, so with two upgrades in hand, I just grabbed a DNA. For a change of pace it will totally hold me until my next upgrade this summer.
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I'm looking into the Droid DNA. I've got the VZW GNex with 32 GB, so 16GB is really going to cramp my style. 11 GB usable is what I'm reading.
Even if I switched off Verizon for the phone I really want, the Nexus 4, I'd be limited to on device storage with no expandable memory.
But then I'm hit with the reality of the reason I stay with Verizon despite their prices. I get service EVERYWHERE.

So by March, when I'm up for upgrade, my personal options are Droid DNA or Galaxy S3.

Edit: when does the S4 come out, and will it have an unlockable bootloader?
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I'm looking into the Droid DNA. I've got the VZW GNex with 32 GB, so 16GB is really going to cramp my style. 11 GB usable is what I'm reading.
Even if I switched off Verizon for the phone I really want, the Nexus 4, I'd be limited to on device storage with no expandable memory.
But then I'm hit with the reality of the reason I stay with Verizon despite their prices. I get service EVERYWHERE.

So by March, when I'm up for upgrade, my personal options are Droid DNA or Galaxy S3.

Edit: when does the S4 come out, and will it have an unlockable bootloader?
Given what happened with the S3 and the Note 2, I imagine that the bootloader on Verizon will come locked. Whether it gets cracked like S3 and Note 2 did, we'll have to wait an see. I'm sure Adam Outler will give it his best shot.
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ha, i just went back to 4.1.2 b/c 4.2.1 is not ready for payperview just yet to me...
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Given what happened with the S3 and the Note 2, I imagine that the bootloader on Verizon will come locked. Whether it gets cracked like S3 and Note 2 did, we'll have to wait an see. I'm sure Adam Outler will give it his best shot.
Well, I might wait for the S4 and hope Samsung leaks the unlock for the bootloader like they did for the S3.
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Well, I might wait for the S4 and hope Samsung leaks the unlock for the bootloader like they did for the S3.
It's a pitty, because I don't think there many if any smartphones available at subsidized prices that were brand new on Verizon in 2012. It seems they finally got every oem to offer locked down versions of their devices for them. At least certain phones have dev versions available, but I can't imagine a lot of people buy them. I would like to see how many dev S3s, Note 2s, Razr M and/or Razr HDs were sold.
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I'm not paying $600 for a phone. You can get a fully functional computer for less than that.
And after having a phone with an unlockable bootloader, the Galaxy Nexus, I never want a locked down phone again. So yeah, I might just sick with this phone until it's obsolete.
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And after having a phone with an unlockable bootloader, the Galaxy Nexus, I never want a locked down phone again. So yeah, I might just sick with this phone until it's obsolete.
Carrier subsidies might be starting to become a thing of the past. T mobile is dumping them, and I've seen reports of Verizon at least contemplating the same. I'll look for one and update this with a link.
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Carrier subsidies might be starting to become a thing of the past. T mobile is dumping them, and I've seen reports of Verizon at least contemplating the same. I'll look for one and update this with a link.
I'm hoping this leads to lower phone prices as people learn just how much they are actually paying for their phones, and also having various retailers compete on phone prices.
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Whenever a Nexus phone, that is also 4G, becomes available on AT&T, I am going to switch. And pay whatever termination fee is due at that time.

I've had it with Verizon.
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Old January 13th, 2013, 12:10 PM   #35 (permalink)
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1. developer edition phones are a bunch of BS for the stat sheet! Release a dev ed S3 4 months after then regular release, really, it took you months to do that when we unlocked it in literally no time, gtfo with that lol.

2. Phone prices wont go down for years i think. If a phone is $100 on contract and $400 full price, then im sure you can expect something like $300 price for it. They wouldnt do it if they werent going make money off it.

3. Sad to see companies put out marginally better phones every few months. Rarz < Razr Maxx < Razr Maxx Hd < Razr Maxx Hd2 < Razr Maxx Hd 3D < Razr2 Maxx Hdx Quattro Plus. just an example for those wondering what i meant lmao.
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Old January 13th, 2013, 12:11 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Would these be similar to sim only deals here in the UK
They seem to be getting more common place now
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Old January 13th, 2013, 12:13 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Whenever a Nexus phone, that is also 4G, becomes available on AT&T, I am going to switch. And pay whatever termination fee is due at that time.

I've had it with Verizon.
I never wanted to be with vzw, but they bought the market. I think a lot of ppl feel the same as you and I. Vzw is just a run the well dry monstrosity now seems like.
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The Sony Xperia Z looks pretty freakin cool. I'm in absolutely no rush to swap phones though, my nexus feels like a brand new machine.

I'm still running with my Unlimited Data plan, but I'm not using even close to 2GB... If the Galaxy S4 comes out and knocks me off my feet, I'd consider making the jump.

Like it or not, they WILL get us off our Unlimited Data plans eventually.
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Old January 14th, 2013, 03:14 PM   #39 (permalink)
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The Sony Xperia Z looks pretty freakin cool. I'm in absolutely no rush to swap phones though, my nexus feels like a brand new machine.

I'm still running with my Unlimited Data plan, but I'm not using even close to 2GB... If the Galaxy S4 comes out and knocks me off my feet, I'd consider making the jump.

Like it or not, they WILL get us off our Unlimited Data plans eventually.
OH yea, the unlimited days are limited...!!!!!!
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Old January 14th, 2013, 05:48 PM   #40 (permalink)
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The Note II if they don't release a 32GB Nexus 4 or the next Nexus is gimped like 4.
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I'm not paying $600 for a phone. You can get a fully functional computer for less than that.
And after having a phone with an unlockable bootloader, the Galaxy Nexus, I never want a locked down phone again. So yeah, I might just sick with this phone until it's obsolete.
Except that our phones are fully functional Linux systems running Android, so it IS a fully functional computer. Short of power oriented tasks like CAD or professional video editing, there is very little these phones can't possibly do (and they are more limited by the form factor then hardware capabilities).

Either way, $600 is still plenty cheap (relatively speaking). In some countries, phone's are worth somewhere near a grand or more in US Dollars.
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I'm sticking to my Galaxy Nexus until the GS4 or the Note 3 comes out.
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the note 2 is a nice phone the screen and camera are beautiful, but its a bit to big by 5/6mm to hold comfortable for me with my medium sized man hands.
if your going that big you way as well look at the upcoming phalkets, lg, huawai etc.
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Either Nexus 5 or a Oppo 5
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Actually this is first phone where I don't have a desire to spend another couple hundred bucks. It works great for all I need. And also don't want to lose my VZ unlimited plan any sooner than I have to.
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I'll probably wait on the Nexus 5 and leave Verizon. My contract is up in August and the N5 will probably be released around October/November.

I'm dissatisfied with Verizon's delayed updates for my GNex. I don't thing their coverage is really that much better than the other service options to justify the extra monthly cost and frustration with them meddling in what was supposed to be a pure Android phone. I've had almost all vanilla Android phones (MT3G, N1, and GNex) and intend on keeping with that trend. Most likely getting every other Nexus that comes out, unless other vanilla phones start coming out.

Hopefully the low cost, off contract pricing for the N4 will be the same for the N5. I would love to be contract free and have the flexibility to choose my service anytime I want. Cell service is a commodity now, and the carriers are fighting like mad to stop the average consumer from recognizing it. I love the fact that Google offered the N4 as a reasonably priced option to empower the consumer to have freedom. With any luck, the concept will catch on.
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I'll probably wait on the Nexus 5 and leave Verizon. My contract is up in August and the N5 will probably be released around October/November.

I'm dissatisfied with Verizon's delayed updates for my GNex. I don't thing their coverage is really that much better than the other service options to justify the extra monthly cost and frustration with them meddling in what was supposed to be a pure Android phone. I've had almost all vanilla Android phones (MT3G, N1, and GNex) and intend on keeping with that trend. Most likely getting every other Nexus that comes out, unless other vanilla phones start coming out.

Hopefully the low cost, off contract pricing for the N4 will be the same for the N5. I would love to be contract free and have the flexibility to choose my service anytime I want. Cell service is a commodity now, and the carriers are fighting like mad to stop the average consumer from recognizing it. I love the fact that Google offered the N4 as a reasonably priced option to empower the consumer to have freedom. With any luck, the concept will catch on.
Me, too. My plan is stay with the Nexus line, and get off Verizon. So whenever I can get a 4G device on AT&T that is Nexus, I'll probably do it.

I'm not sure they're going to call it Nexus 5 -- I think the 4 is signifying the size or something. The way Nexus 7 is the small tablet and the Nexus 10 is the big tablet.
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Nexus 4 wasn't a big enough move forward for me to ditch the GNex. I'll wait and see what this years Nexus brings to the table.
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On VZW, it might be a bit of a wait... really digging the GNex 13 months on. Hopefully motorola/google will come out with some cool stuff within the next year or so and will have a good VZW device to upgrade to.

I'd like to have this phone for another couple of years if the hardware lasts.
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I'm holding out hope for the Motorola X, Nexus X, whatever it's gonna be called. Just give me a way to unlock that bootloader and I'll be in high clover for a couple of years with it
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