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  1. Uselesstool

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    Just looking to get some input from the board here as a lot of you are much more knowleadgable than I.

    I've had a piece of crap BlackBerry Storm for the last 2.5 years. Was waiting for the right moment to upgrade, was originally waiting for the Bionic to drop after CES, but there is just to many questions surrounding that phone for me.

    My other buddy just picked up the Thunderbolt last week, and I was thinking about getting that. Then I heard the DX2 was available on the 19th at my local Best Buy, I swung over to check it out and ended up leaving it. So now the million dollar question, and I realize a lot of it is just oppinion and personal preferences, however I just wanted to get some additional feedback.

    So I guess my question is, do I return the DX2 for the Thunderbolt? Is the 4g service really so much better that its worth returning my DX2 for a TB? Or is the Dual Core performance make the non 4g work out in the long run?

    For my needs, I have wifi at home, and wifi at work. I dont use the internet a TON, but occassionally I will of course in certain situations. I do use my phone a lot for business email, pdf's etc. -

    I've been going back n forth, the TB has a nice amount of RAM, 4g obviously, grandfathered into a data plan for 4g which is nice, etc. -

    While the DX2, Dual Core, and I love the build quality of the phone.

    I know I'm spouting off a bunch of crap you guys already know, but I wanmted to get some unbiased, educated feedback and thoughts on the 2. I really appreciate your guys/gals input. I have another week or so to return it or exchange it.
     

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    I've owned both, and would choose the DX2 10 out of 10 times.

    Superior construction
    More reliable (which is really saying something for a blur device)
    Higher resolution screen
    Faster
    Thinner, Lighter
    Better camera in low light
    Superior battery life


    Thunderbolt's advantages are:
    slightly prettier screen
    4g (if you have it and if it works)
    front camera
    kickstand (which can't be used while charging)
     
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    The only situation i would buy the thunderbolt over the DX2: I lived in an area with amazing 4G coverage, and I was planning on tethering through the phone a lot AND if HTC/VZW fixed the rebooting issue.
     
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    RUSiruis, and blog,

    Really appreciate the feedback. The video on the screens was an eye opener as well.
     
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    The link above appears to have a different perspective about the screen, but a subjective issue. I will not know until seeing the DX2.

    The stand also blocks the speaker when closed.
     
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    ^Thats kinda wild for the stand to block the speaker...
     
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    I have both: X2's screen is way nicer than the TB's
     
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    TB fanboys say the muffled sound adds character ;)
     
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    The TB has so much character that it's hard/impossible to hear if you get a text or email when it's in your pocket
     
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    How about bass? haha
     
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    Wife did this recently (Charge vs. TB vs. DX2 vs. DInc2) and DX2 won due to most of the comments above...4G is still a theory to a great extent in our area, and she is primarily email/text/browsing a little, very little video streaming, so that wasn't a key factor anyway.
     
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    I was hanging out with my buddy last night who got the TB again... He was trying to sell me hard on the TB.. telling me I was stupid for getting the DX2....

    The more I read, the more I like this phone. There is not even 4g avail. in my area yet.... however its supposed to be here in a few months.

    Everyday I lean more towards keeping this phone.

    Although I will say I had a random reboot today, and a few apps crashed on me last night. I would assume the software will fix these issues soon enough.

    I'm running Advanced Task Killer Froyo. Should I be concerned that the RAM gets to like 50 and lower at times? Seems like app's load up constantly without me doing anything.
     
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    Your software is fixable. Your buddy's 1400 mah battery is not. Next time he becomes critical, you should ask if it's distracting him from his "battery management checklist" that one would think you'd have to join the Navy to train for. And then compare display brightness. :)
     
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    lol, I'll let you know how that goes.
     
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    Android 2.2 and higher load the ram up and dumps stuff, as needed. My gTablet has 512mb and an even higher res display and works fine (some here know I am picky, so would whine if it didn't ).

    Contrary to some assertions, task managers can still be handy (even with 1gb like A500)- as long as you exclude system apps and tasks.
     
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    I haven't run or needed a task manager/killer since Froyo came out, and never missed it...IMHO leaving the OS to take care of things is the best approach these days.
     
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    I would agree wit the above, the OS loads the most used programs so they quickly open, by closing them out when the OS doesn't need to (no reason for the resources to be utilized elsewhere), you are just getting the OS to reload them and thus waste CPU resources.
     
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    from my rookie option, keep the DX2. but i was curious is the data package more expensive for 4G or is it all $29.99 for now?
     
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    It's the same price for unlimited 4G.
     
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    He shows them with settings maxed out. Maybe a Moto employee supplied the TB.....

    Seriously though, the TB has a good display, but comparing both today, showed the DX2 had the better display. The whites are more white on the DX, so it makes the TB seem dim in comparison.

    I have posted before that I thought the display was one of the TBs positives.
     
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    I've mentioned in several threads in different android forums how DIM the Tbolt display is. I've probably seen 50 different working Tbolts in various locations, and they are all the same. Yes, of course the display settings were set the same (cranked up) on both my DX and every single Tbolt I compared with. I personally think the Dim tbolt display sucks. I have also compared my DX side by side with same display settings to the Charge, and while I love the deep colors of the Samoled, it too is far dimmer than my DX. I really wasn't considering getting a DX2 because of lack of FFcamera and 4g, but I won't have 4G in my area for years likely (montana) and FFC I can live without. The great display on the DX2 is rather a suprise for me I expected a lackluster display ala the atrix. But the smoking fast dual core and great screen of the DX2 may have swayed me over. I love my DX but she may be soon to be used as a mini-tablet for my 10 yr old daughter as I may get the DX2 with my currently available upgrade.
     
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    It only stands out when next to other devices...... I admit that sounds silly.
     
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    I just took a look at both Charge (again) and DX2 at store myself. DX2 screen is looking quite decent than I thought it would be. Quite crisp and bright. But Charge screen is better in color richness and contrast and it's very crisp too. Black on Charge looks purely black, so it gives dark feeling often but it's actually very bright on white area. In screen/camera departments, Charge wins clearly. But I'm impressed by new blur on DX2, much improved over previous ugly blur.
     

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