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  1. nate91

    nate91 Member

    So I recently got my Verizon account switched over to a concession line, so I got an early upgrade(yay for not waiting till October!!). But im not sure what I should do as far as my new device. I currently have an og Razr Maxx, great phone btw, but im getting bored with it. I had decided on getting a DNA but the more I look into the potential phones coming out, the more I am second guessing that decision. With the S4, X phone, and who knows coming out in the next few months I am really torn. What would you guys do?

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  2. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

    Hello nate91!
    I moved your thread here so others can see it and chime in with opinions:)

    I don't know much about those other choices you listed as I have not researched them , so I won't be of much help :( sorry.
  3. rob316

    rob316 Well-Known Member


    Nate I am in the same situation as you. I have the Droid Razr Maxx and love the phone, but Verizon still has not pushed out JB to Razr users yet. I was looking at the DNA as well, but the HTC One has caught my eye. I may actually switch to ATT.
  4. ouch1976

    ouch1976 Well-Known Member

    The question of waiting is always a tough call...especially when you don't know exactly how long the wait will be and/or if Verizon will actually get the next greatest phone.

    It's highly likely that VZW will get the S4 because the S3 was a big success for them. But we don't know when the S4 will be released (presumably around June).

    It's unknown if they will carry the Motorola X because Verizon effed up the GNex and they don't carry the Nexus 4, so Verizon's intentions with Nexus-like devices is questionable. And again, we don't know when the phone will be released.

    We know that they will not carry the HTC One, but the DNA is remarkable close in specs, so I'm not surprised in that decision.

    And is LG a contender anymore? Their Verizon phones have been complete garbage, so I'm not expecting much from them.

    Any others?

    The more I think about it, the more it looks like the DNA is a good choice right now. You can get it super cheap at Amazon or Best Buy and if you really want a new phone in 3-4 months, you can always sell it for $400...

    I hope this helps.
  5. Adauth

    Adauth Well-Known Member

    If you're intrested in the DNA you should just wait a little longer and get the recently announced (yesterday) HTC One. It's basically and upgraded DNA. All the hardware and battery is improved over the DNA. The one is also made of aluminum not plastic. The one has a slightly smaller display however at 4.7" instead of 5.0". Although that 4.7 is packing an amazing 468ppi. So basically everything is in favor of the HTC One over the DNA. All the advantages of the One over the DNA would in my opinion make the slight. 3" display difference insignificant.
  6. Adauth

    Adauth Well-Known Member

    The X phone will be available on all major carriers including Verizon. As the biggest carrier there is no way Verizon won't get probably the most anticipated phone of the year. Also no way Google would not want Verizon to carry it as Verizon would in all likelihood sell more units than any other carrier.
    Also the HTC One will be coming to Verizon. It will be just be released at a later date than other carriers.
    Obviously to try and not interfere with DNA sales, but the One will be available on Verizon.
  7. ouch1976

    ouch1976 Well-Known Member

    Why doesn't Verizon carry the Nexus 4? Why didn't Verizon carry the HTC One X, XL, X+, etc?

    Perhaps Verizon will pick up the HTC One, but at that point the technology will be obsolete...

    I think you give Verizon too much credit. They are the most rigid of the big US carriers in regards to phone offerings/updates/bloatware.
  8. ouch1976

    ouch1976 Well-Known Member

    And while I agree that the HTC One is an upgraded DNA, it's very unlikely that it will ever arrive on Verizon due to my previously made comments.
  9. AntimonyER

    AntimonyER AF Addict VIP Member

    I think HTC all but ruled out a VZW launch of the One. I personally love my DNA, it's fast, gets decent battery life, and the best radio signal of any VZW smartphone I've had. (I'm the only one who can get LTE in my office, due to poor signal in the building.)

    You won't be disappointed in it, although I can't guarantee you won't get device envy later on. ;)
  10. Adauth

    Adauth Well-Known Member

    They don't sell the nexus 4 because it won't work on Verizon's network because it does not work on CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint.

    As for the other HTC devices you listed no, they were not available from Verizon but I think it had alot to do with Verizon trying to push other devices in their lineup. Also it might have had something to do with the fact that financially speaking HTC is in alot of trouble. If the one and dna don't do well in terms of sales ,HTC is in deep $h!t. I would be willing to bet my last dollar that Verizon will get the "X" phone. Verizon has always been a huge supporter of Motorola products , also almost every leak/info about the X phone says that it will be available on every major carrier.

    I think Verizon knows what they are doing. ;)
    They didn't get to be the largest cellular carrier and consistently ranked #1 in coverage/network reliability and customer satisfaction by luck.
  11. ouch1976

    ouch1976 Well-Known Member

    This is all just speculation. All I'm trying to do is to frame the question of whether someone should buy a sweet phone right now or wait. From what is available on Verizon right now, the DNA is one of the best, if not the best phone. It's marginally inferior to the One, in my opinion. So you can pick it up pretty cheap with a new 2 year contract and be really happy for a little while. The next superphones to hit Verizon have not been announced yet, so we have to assume that they are at least a few months away (and probably longer in my opinion). So a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

    Lastly, economically it always makes sense to buy the newest/greatest phone available at the instant that your upgrade is available. The longer you wait to use your upgrade, the longer you postpone your next benefit and next one and next one, etc. So if you're happy locking in for another 2 years, then you should use your upgrade as soon as available for the best phone possible. Again, you can always resell it later.
  12. Adauth

    Adauth Well-Known Member

    I agree with you. If I were upgrading now I would probably get the DNA/One.
    Although the battery concerns me only 2020mah/2300mah. LTE and that beast of a screen seems like it would chew that up in no time. Also I like sd slots, but seems like the current trend is not having them. I also like the Xperia Z, but no u.s. release date has been announced.
    My upgrade hits in july so I am hoping the "X" phone is released around that time frame. The S4 also.
  13. Dreamliner

    Dreamliner Well-Known Member

    I had the OG RAZR MAXX, upgraded to the MAXX HD then got a DNA. The screen is awesome and its really snappy, but my battery was dead by 4 pm.

    I was back to the MAXX HD in 2 days.

    Battery Life > Screen.
  14. ouch1976

    ouch1976 Well-Known Member

    Very mixed reviews on the battery life...2020 sounds small to me for a 5", 1080p screen...and 16gb of storage is frighteningly small...but, aside from Dreamliner, I've heard of very few people that haven't loved the phone.
  15. Dreamliner

    Dreamliner Well-Known Member

    It's because I feel zero emotional attachment to products I own. I don't defend something simply because I own it. I am also a harsh critic.
  16. nate91

    nate91 Member

    Thanks for the input guys, I really appreciate it! I went ahead and ordered my DNA yesterday and should have it tomorrow! I think Im going to enjoy the phone, but if I dont I always have the option to sell it and and just pay the difference for a newer device.
  17. timelord65

    timelord65 Well-Known Member

    I tried the DNA but exchanged it for a Galaxy S3. DNA had excellent build quality and gorgeous screen. However the battery life was bad, and the video recording was mediocre. The Galaxy S3 has slightly better battery life thus far, but the 1080p video capture is far superior.
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