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Old December 7th, 2011, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been through 2 EVO 4g's and am possibly looking to get another used phone on ebay in January (I'm not eligible for an upgrade until Feb 2013) I just bought a Samsung Epic 4G on ebay to get out of the frustrating freeze and reboot with the 2nd Evo, and it's TINY! LOL I'm probably going to keep buying only used phones unless I'm ready for a 2 yr upgrade. It's just cheaper that way since I'm a serial phone hopper...

- I like big and heavy phones
- Option to remove bloatware would be awesome (I think the EVO 3D can do that? Not sure of any other phones) This is the only reason I root, so if the phone did it automatically it would save me the hours of frustration trying to root, load ROMS, etc
- Not too loyal to a particular brand but it has to be on Sprint's network
- I am in an awesome 4G coverage area, so having that feature would be a plus
- Ability to use a 32gb sd card
- Good camera is a must! I take tons of pics with my phone.


Don't really care if it has a keyboard or not. I do listen to a lot of music/podcasts but the 32gb sd card takes care of that. Lagginess tends to irritate me though.

So is there a perfect phone out there for me?

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I don't know if the perfect phone exists! Having said that, I am a very satisfied owner of the EVO 3D. There are some people who don't like the default settings on the camera app though. I take lots of pictures too and didn't mind changing the settings according to subject and environment, but thought I should mention it for full disclosure. There is a great camera hack that doesn't require root if you wanted to give it a try. I did because I constantly mod my phone and it does have better default settings and works very well.

I also enjoy the full phone to tv mirroring available with MHL. Since you live in an excellent 4G coverage area like I do you will like the ability to stream YouTube video or Netflix onto the big screen as well as games. You can also view 3D content on your 3D tv and if you don't have a 3D tv it will display the 3D content as 2D. I use that feature a lot and am surprised there isn't more discussion about it.

As for the phone itself, I have owned mine since pre-launch and still love it. The screen is big and the display is clear and beautiful. Very fast and responsive and the full page web browsing experience is great. If you can I would recommend you go try one instore.

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within your requirements... there are only 3 phones that meets it.

Photon, EVO 3D, Epic Touch (big ass screen)

for you.. I think the epic touch (GS2) will be your match.
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As for the phone itself, I have owned mine since pre-launch and still love it. The screen is big and the display is clear and beautiful. Very fast and responsive and the full page web browsing experience is great. If you can I would recommend you go try one instore.

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You haven't had any issues with reboot loops? HTC has me a bit leery right now. Both EVO4Gs had the same issue. Thanks for the in depth review!
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for you.. I think the epic touch (GS2) will be your match.
Is the Epic Touch is different than the newer Samsung Galaxy S2? Or are you talking about the Galaxy S2 with the awesome dual core processors... (I've been coveting this one)

Can you remove the bloatware with the Photon and epic touch?
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i have an evo 4g..and a bunch of friends that do to... no boot loops
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Epic Touch is sprints Galaxy S2 (GS2).... with a bigger screen!
go to sprint and play with it.

to remove bloatware, you have to Root it. only the E3D can remove without rooting.
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I'm sure the EVOs read a kick me sign pasted on my forehead. All it takes to really piss me off is a couple mornings of that alarm not going off because the phone is in a reboot loop. Darn lazy dogs never wake me up either!

Two phones, both did the same whether rooted or unrooted, with updated factory software, w/o any market apps installed or with apps installed,

I can only explain it as those Evo's did not like me! I have a friend who loves her and she has has zero issues since it was released. I still have one and am keeping it as an emergency back up since I just cancelled the cell phone insurance. But I will never buy another EVO 4g
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Epic Touch is sprints Galaxy S2 (GS2).... with a bigger screen!
I LOVE bigger screens! Maybe a samsung note is in my future ok so the Epic Touch is the winner so far! Now where is that Xmas bonus that is coming up?

Think I can sneak the new phone past the bf? "no honey, this isn't a new phone. Are you feeling well?"

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to remove bloatware, you have to Root it. only the E3D can remove without rooting.

You actually can remove MOST bloatware on the Epic 4G Touch and Photon just like the EVO 3D, I've used both and I have the Epic 4G Touch and I can confirm that you can remove the same bloatware that you can on the E3D. (By the way, E4GT is definitely the best phone I have ever used IMO, also the fastest. I think it'll be a great phone for you if you get it)
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Yippeee! Thanks for the info on the E4GT. I'm so excited about removing that bloatware! Sprint puts so much on!

Now is anyone on here selling a used one? Or should I just hit ebay?
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look in the classifieds on AF...
http://androidforums.com/classifieds/

I prefer craigslist: dallas / fort worth classifieds for jobs, apartments, personals, for sale, services, community, and events
local and can meet up at a sprint shop to confirm it is a good phone!!!!!!!
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I'll check out the classified. Thanks Around here whenever I try to buy a phone off criagslist all I get are scammers
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You haven't had any issues with reboot loops? HTC has me a bit leery right now. Both EVO4Gs had the same issue. Thanks for the in depth review!
No, I haven't had any reboot loops/issues at all. I pre-ordered mine before launch so I got one of the first ones. I guess like everything some people get the really good ones, and others get the really bad ones, and most get the somewhere-in-between ones. I got one of the really good ones!

P.S. I guess I got one of the really good EVO 4G's as well. No bootloop issues with it, either, and now my husband uses it.
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I've been through 2 EVO 4g's and am possibly looking to get another used phone on ebay in January (I'm not eligible for an upgrade until Feb 2013) I just bought a Samsung Epic 4G on ebay to get out of the frustrating freeze and reboot with the 2nd Evo, and it's TINY! LOL I'm probably going to keep buying only used phones unless I'm ready for a 2 yr upgrade. It's just cheaper that way since I'm a serial phone hopper...

- I like big and heavy phones
- Option to remove bloatware would be awesome (I think the EVO 3D can do that? Not sure of any other phones) This is the only reason I root, so if the phone did it automatically it would save me the hours of frustration trying to root, load ROMS, etc
- Not too loyal to a particular brand but it has to be on Sprint's network
- I am in an awesome 4G coverage area, so having that feature would be a plus
- Ability to use a 32gb sd card
- Good camera is a must! I take tons of pics with my phone.


Don't really care if it has a keyboard or not. I do listen to a lot of music/podcasts but the 32gb sd card takes care of that. Lagginess tends to irritate me though.

So is there a perfect phone out there for me?
I believe the Motorola Photon would be a good phone for you. It has the same 4.3 in screen, (not too tiny) 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processors (super fast) dual cameras 8mp, 1GB of RAM & 16gb of internal memory (supports up to 32GB), & is 4G. You can easily compare the 2 phones. Also, this is a great phone if you're a gamer!
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I've been through 2 EVO 4g's and am possibly looking to get another used phone on ebay in January (I'm not eligible for an upgrade until Feb 2013) I just bought a Samsung Epic 4G on ebay to get out of the frustrating freeze and reboot with the 2nd Evo, and it's TINY! LOL I'm probably going to keep buying only used phones unless I'm ready for a 2 yr upgrade. It's just cheaper that way since I'm a serial phone hopper...

- I like big and heavy phones
- Option to remove bloatware would be awesome (I think the EVO 3D can do that? Not sure of any other phones) This is the only reason I root, so if the phone did it automatically it would save me the hours of frustration trying to root, load ROMS, etc
- Not too loyal to a particular brand but it has to be on Sprint's network
- I am in an awesome 4G coverage area, so having that feature would be a plus
- Ability to use a 32gb sd card
- Good camera is a must! I take tons of pics with my phone.


Don't really care if it has a keyboard or not. I do listen to a lot of music/podcasts but the 32gb sd card takes care of that. Lagginess tends to irritate me though.

So is there a perfect phone out there for me?

I would go with the GS2 touch. It has the large screen, great cam, and it comes with 16GB ROM and supports up to 32GB micro SD.
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I did get the GS2 Touch, so far I'm in LOVE! and it's been about a week. Zero lagginess. I do hate how the bottom soft key things stop lighting up while the screen is still lit up. I can never remember which is the home spot and which is the back key.
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I did get the GS2 Touch, so far I'm in LOVE! and it's been about a week. Zero lagginess. I do hate how the bottom soft key things stop lighting up while the screen is still lit up. I can never remember which is the home spot and which is the back key.
You can adjust how long the lights stay illuminated for. Menu - settings - display - touch key light duration

from here you can select, 1.5s, 6s, always on, always off. In the event your battery reaches 10 percent or less, they will always be off.

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That worked! Thanks so much. Not sure why I didn't think of that. I guess I just didn't have time to dig around in the settings. It's also irritating how the pictures are being saved to the phone vs the sd card (I fixed that hopefully) I just need to sit down for 30 mins and dig around in all my settings options. and in Astro there is an SD card and an external sd card listed. Makes zero sense to me! But maybe it's a samsung thing... Took me a good 25 minutes this morning to find my music files on the external sd card! LOL

My battery life on this is SO much better than the EVO.
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I've been through 2 EVO 4g's and am possibly looking to get another used phone on ebay in January (I'm not eligible for an upgrade until Feb 2013) I just bought a Samsung Epic 4G on ebay to get out of the frustrating freeze and reboot with the 2nd Evo, and it's TINY! LOL I'm probably going to keep buying only used phones unless I'm ready for a 2 yr upgrade. It's just cheaper that way since I'm a serial phone hopper...

- I like big and heavy phones
- Option to remove bloatware would be awesome (I think the EVO 3D can do that? Not sure of any other phones) This is the only reason I root, so if the phone did it automatically it would save me the hours of frustration trying to root, load ROMS, etc
- Not too loyal to a particular brand but it has to be on Sprint's network
- I am in an awesome 4G coverage area, so having that feature would be a plus
- Ability to use a 32gb sd card
- Good camera is a must! I take tons of pics with my phone.


Don't really care if it has a keyboard or not. I do listen to a lot of music/podcasts but the 32gb sd card takes care of that. Lagginess tends to irritate me though.

So is there a perfect phone out there for me?

It sounds like the best phone for you would be the Galaxy S2 b/c it has a bigger screen than the Evo (if you like size), a great 8.0 mp camera also dual cams for great pics, an awesome Mp3 player, & it supports up to a 32gb sd card. And you're right the Evo 3d is the only one i know of that can remove bloatware, but the Galaxy s2 is a great phone in my opinion. Have you seen this phone?
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Best phone available is ET4G right now. If you're willing to wait, a white version is coming out next week.

Other than that, you can wait to see what's on the horizon for Sprint and LTE. CES should bring some news like possibly the Samsung Note.
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with the appearance of the Sprint Nexus S with LTE... I am hopeful that the NOTE will be LTE too
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Do you mean Sprints Galaxy Nexus?

Otherwise, I think so too.
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So now that I've had my EVO since Apr 2010 (I think) and have just learned of the incredible possibilities with a rooted phone, I will be eligible for an 'upgrade' in a few months. Where would I go from here? I like my EVO. Is there another (similar) candidate out there I should start looking at? I'm just curious since my EVO will do everything I need it to do (and prob more) but surely there are new technologies that are out there on other phones! Any advise is welcome!

PS - I like Sprint for their price-point so I'm not especially looking to go to another carrier. Been with Nxtl/Sprt since 199?
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PS - I like Sprint for their price-point so I'm not especially looking to go to another carrier. Been with Nxtl/Sprt since 199?
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well the galaxy nexus will be google who does not care about root. it will depend on what samsung does. but i think that it will be rooted. when? now that is the question.
I can't imagine it being that much different than the current VZW model. I would think that they would both use the same root method, etc..
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My current family plan on US-Cellular is about to get cancelled, and I am planning to switch to sprint. I originally wanted to wait for the galaxy nexus, but I have no time to wait since my current plan is gonna end any day. My question is which sprint android phone is my best bet? I want one that will definitely be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich in the future.

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Nexus S 4G will get ics and galaxy s 2.
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Nice. Looks like ill be getting the Nexus S. Can you tell me how it compares to the HTC EVO Design 4G?
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The nexus s is a pure Google device. The EVO design is sense UI. Nexus S has no memory card slot and the EVO does.
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The nexus s is a pure Google device. The EVO design is sense UI. Nexus S has no memory card slot and the EVO does.
I prefer having the stock UI. Im reading mixed reviews for the nexus S, can anybody who owns one comment on overall day to day performance?

Also any ETA on Ice Cream Sandwich update?
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the camera on the nexus s blows IMO. can't even zoom!
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I prefer having the stock UI. Im reading mixed reviews for the nexus S, can anybody who owns one comment on overall day to day performance?

Also any ETA on Ice Cream Sandwich update?
Nexus is a pretty good phone. Easy to root and install custom roms.

Radios are somewhat weak so if yo dont have good signal you'll drop some calls. Personally its not just a Nexus thing but a Samsung thing for the most part. Some will argue it's not but just check a few Samsung threads and decide for yourself.

I'd stay away from the Design. I like HTC but that phone has a lot of lag.
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Nice. Looks like ill be getting the Nexus S. Can you tell me how it compares to the HTC EVO Design 4G?
Instead of waiting for responses here, it may be quicker to review and get a more thorough comparison on this thread:
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Well after doing some more research, its seems like the galaxy S2 is the most reliable and liked phone. My only concern is the price, and the size of the device (may be too big). Im gonna drop by a sprint store to get a feel for it.
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The Galaxy S 2 is the best phone currently on Sprint IMHO. You can't go wrong with that phone.
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My current family plan on US-Cellular is about to get cancelled, and I am planning to switch to sprint. I originally wanted to wait for the galaxy nexus, but I have no time to wait since my current plan is gonna end any day. My question is which sprint android phone is my best bet? I want one that will definitely be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich in the future.

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Couldn't you just stay on US CELLULAR on a month-to-month basis until you have more time to weigh your options?
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Has Sprint even announced when their LTE Nexus will be available?

If you need a phone now, for me it would be a GS2 Epic Touch (that's what I own and am using right now).

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Has Sprint even announced when their LTE Nexus will be available?

If you need a phone now, for me it would be a GS2 Epic Touch (that's what I own and am using right now).

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They haven't announced it yet.
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the evo design is ... a med level spec smartphone.
you want either the EVO 3D or Epic Touch or Photon

go play with those 3 in the store.
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I don't think I've heard anything yet? my current phone is the Evo 4G but right now I'm looking at the Samsung Galaxy S II only thing is I haven't heard much about the battery life.
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I don't think I've heard anything yet? my current phone is the Evo 4G but right now I'm looking at the Samsung Galaxy S II only thing is I haven't heard much about the battery life.

The Galaxy S II has pretty good battery life, one of the best I've seen/used on an Android devices. However, if your upgrade is in June, you're not gonna want to make any decisions yet. There should be alot better things coming to Sprint this summer.. Including Network Vision with 4G LTE. You'll want a phone that can take full advantage of this. So far the Galaxy Nexus and another LG phone have been announced. Your upgrade timing is actually pretty good.
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Yeah I was just wondering if they had any plans for the phones.. but I wonder how long the market for LTE is going to take for it to come?

I know it took maybe about 3-4 months after I got my 4g before I saw it live.
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Yeah I was just wondering if they had any plans for the phones.. but I wonder how long the market for LTE is going to take for it to come?

I know it took maybe about 3-4 months after I got my 4g before I saw it live.
We share the same curiosity, but I'm always around a WiFi connection, so I really don't care if LTE doesn't go live in NYC immediately. I can deal with having the updated phone and waiting a little bit to use the new network.
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