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Old July 29th, 2013, 10:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am starting to look at the S4 now, since the new motorola phone don't seem to have a HDMI connection (wired). I have an App Radio 2 in my fun car and use my RAZR MAXX (non-HD) for it currently. While the RAZR works fine and I don't need to replace it, I have thought about the potential of the S4 as a replacement..

I know I will get less battery life from the S4 just due to the battery size difference. But what am I gaining/losing from the MAXX

I also saw that I will be able to root the phone which is important to me due to an app I use with App Radio.

Is it the right time to switch to the S4? or do I wait? like I said I don't need to switch if it is not worth switching

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Old July 29th, 2013, 10:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you're with Verizon I wouldn't assume you can root the phone. That's just based on what I've read here, so I'll let others verify.

Also, I've read here that others are using third-party batteries which are significantly larger than stock. I haven't had a problem with the stock battery, so again I'll let others verify.
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Old July 29th, 2013, 10:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you're with Verizon I wouldn't assume you can root the phone. That's just based on what I've read here, so I'll let others verify.

Also, I've read here that others are using third-party batteries which are significantly larger than stock. I haven't had a problem with the stock battery, so again I'll let others verify.
YEah thanks for the comments, I found a link on the rooting forum here that show the device can be rooted but that the bootloader is now locked.
There is root for vruame7

But like you said hopefully someone else can verify..

I may just end up staying the way it is, but it never hurts to look
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Any comments on those whom have come from a RAZR MAXX
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I had so many problems with my RAZR that it's probably better that I don't comment. Let's just say that Motorola contacted me and sent me what they guaranteed to be a brand new one...and guess what it is sitting in the box on my desk and I'm using the S4.
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I came from the Maxx, and had been a die hard Motorola fan. I had a Samsung Droid Charge at one point and that almost ruined me going back to a Samsung but after cruising the forums and seeing the support they give these phones I went ahead and switched. I actually had gotten an S3 first, which I was okay with because I was just ready for a change from the same basic designs of Motorola. I had rooted my Droid Razr, but when I moved to the Maxx I didn't bother and haven't since. The stock phone is great with the S3 and S4. My favorite feature of the phone is the screen, it is much better than the Razr. I have to say the batter life isn't as good as the maxx, but having a spare battery is easy and I still get decent battery life. I think I am actually on my S4 a lot more and the battery is still pretty good. I think it is a sexy phone and I'm personally glad I made the switch.
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I expect the battery like to be less then the Maxx. I mean the S4 battery is 80% the size of the maxx so is that about the difference you have seen is?
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I came from the MAXX.

Honestly, one of my favorite things about the S4 (compared to the MAXX) is that I can swap out the battery. (Understand that I didn't intentionally buy the MAXX -- it was sent to me as an upgrade/replacement when Verizon got sick of repeatedly replacing my Bionic.) So I'm glad to be back in swappable battery land. (I run out of juice on the S4, I stick a backup in. I run out of juice on the MAXX, I'm screwed.)

There are a lot of cool things the S4 does which I don't entirely use. A lot of Samsung's features are cute (or even nifty), but don't fit in with my own personal phone usage. I will admit to using the whole wave-my-hand-over-the-phone thing, to see what's going on, but since the alternative is picking it up and pushing a button, it isn't exactly an earth-shattering improvement. I'm rather happier about being able to use the phone as a TV remote. (This has been a necessity when a cat unexpectedly appears on my lap. The phone is always within reach; not always the remote.)

The screen is better. The camera is better. VZW is probably pushing Android updates to it a lot faster than it will for the MAXX. It's shiny and it's popular, which means you can find a LOT of non-OEM cases and accessories for it.

It's my first non-Motorola smartphone (Droid to Bionic to more Bionics to a RAZR MAXX) and, so far, I'm pretty happy with the switch. When I went through Bionic-not-holding-a-4G-signal hell, I briefly test-drove an S3, and the S3 held a signal like glue, compared to the Bionic. At that point, I swore I wouldn't buy another Motorola phone. I may reconsider because of the whole google acquisition, but, right now, I'm a happy Samsung user.

Bottom line, you can easily find reasons to justify the S4 now. But if the MAXX is suiting your needs, you can also justify keeping it.
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Thanks Adara,

It sounds like my world.. Bionic, then another then another for the same issues and more.. Then 2 RAZRS then finally MAXX. It all started with the Org Droid and I went through a few Droid X prior to the Bionic. My first android was the Eris, I had it for 3 weeks irt dropped calls so I swapped for the moto.

I had always thought the Motorola was a good phone, my MAXX is fine but I am seeing more lag and battery is starting to wear. My wife needs a phone too the RAZR she has is even worse for battery. I have talked to a couple guys at work and might just go for the S4 it has everything I need and is rootable which I need for ARLiberator and AppRadio2
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For a while I was a huge Motorola enthusiast. But then I had several less than acceptable experiences with a few different models including the MAXX.

As one who is totally addicted to smartphones, especially Android I quit buying Motorola. I have been so happy with my Samsung Galaxy S4 it's just incredible. I had a great S3 yet the S4 is miles ahead.
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I think the S4 will be something I will check out at VZW
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