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Best Metro phone choice towards the end of this year?

Discussion in 'Metro PCS' started by OcalaFlGuy, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. OcalaFlGuy

    OcalaFlGuy Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Right now I'm with Verizon and a Droid X that I'm pretty happy with. Except the $. ($85 :( ) I used an Optimus for a month a couple years ago that I think had a 3.2" screen and I didn't find that too bad but that was also before I used the Droid X for two years. Though I like the DXs screen, the phone itself actually is a little larger than I'd like.

    I am concerned the step down in Screen Size though will bother me. But, on the other hand, no one seems to complain about the size of the Motion's screen so maybe not.

    Am I correct that the Esteem is close in specs to my Droid X? Even Wirefly's $329 is too rich for me but I see there are plenty on The Bay like new for $250-275, and that's more attractive.

    My contract is up with VZN in Feb. Last re-up believe it or not I got them to give me a $400 credit for a two year reup! I DO NOT think they will do that again. (They tried to weasel out of it until I sent them the MP3 of the phonecall... ) It's probably going to be time for me to bail on them.

    Assuming they don't start selling the Galaxy S3 for $199 for Christmas :D Is the Motion or the Esteem my best Metro choices between say Christmas and Feb?

    I'd also be interested in any skinny on where to get the best deal on an Esteem if it's close to my X.

    I'd especially like to hear from those that went from a larger screen to a Motion.

    Much thanks,

    Bruce in Ocala, FL


  2. HereticSins

    HereticSins Well-Known Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Dad, Computer Engineer student, Public Service.
    Palm Springs, California.
    I had an esteem for a long while, I still do.
    But I wouldn't go back from the motion. Its so much faster and responsive.
    With the esteem, no matter what rom I used, at some point it would start lagging.
    With the motion everything is good and its stock. As soon as you press the WiFi icon, the WiFi turns on. With the esteem it would take a bit. Yeah the screen size is nice and the support you get from the forums is as well, but really the lg motion has pretty much the same support. There's no cm7/9/10 or any other ROM like that other than stock ROMs so the lg motion ain't that far behind. You get more for your money with the motion.
  3. THE W

    THE W Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2012
    i went from the LG connect with a 4" screen to the motion and it doesnt bother me a bit seeing as the motion beasts the connect in every other category.

    granted, this is coming from someone who values performance a whole lot more than screen size. everyone isnt like me.
  4. airtioteclint

    airtioteclint Well-Known Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    I also went from a dx to the esteem. I bought the connect less then a month later. That should tell you how unhappy i was with the esteem. By all accounts the motion is better then the connect. So there you have it. The motion 4g.

    But... You got untill February right? There's bound to be something even better by then what's the rush.
  5. OcalaFlGuy

    OcalaFlGuy Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    There's no rush but knowledge is power.

    I've read around and all that seems promising in the immediate future is the S3 but I'm not going that kind of money. I might go 250 for a phone but that's about it.

    My inclination is that the positives of the Motion outweigh the smaller screen. If I can get that verified (or not) now, then I know which area to search in. I do a fair amount of Fleabay searching for fountain pens so I'm there already to look for phones too.

    I also actually signed up for email from Wirefly, hopefully between now and Feb they'll have a deal on Motions.

    (Beside, if I decide to do full war with VZN again, last time, other than taping the call, my secret weapon was to call them on the Virgin Mobile Optimus I was testing out and Tell Them that was the phone I was using to discuss the re-up with them. :D It wouldn't hurt to do battle this time talking to them on a possible replacement Motion. OTOH, I'd be even more surprised this time if they come close to matching what they did last time <and I was super surprised then!> and I'm not wild about getting back in the mud with them again.)

    Bruce in Ocala, FL
  6. trigger1074

    trigger1074 Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2012
    That guy behind the counter
    In a chair somewhere in the US
    only phone Metro has and announced with better specs than the Motion is the SIII which will be way out of your price point. 150$ for what this phone is is a steal.
  7. MetroPOS

    MetroPOS Well-Known Member

    Mar 4, 2011
    South FL
    With my Esteem, ever since I moved almost all my apps to SD Card instead of internal memory, and upgraded to ZVD, the boot up and performance has gone up considerably. Those of you complaining about the speed of the Esteem should consider trying this before you dump the phone.

    I wouldn't get a Motion unless my Esteem broke or got stolen (again). Going from a 800x480 4.3 inch screen to a 320x480 3.5 inch would be a considerable downgrade no matter how you look at it. Yes the Motion will run everything faster, but the huge drop in screen resolution and display size becomes very noticeable when you're browsing, texting, watching videos, and running games.

    I'll be upgrading to an S3 most likely in the next few months cause...life's short, heh.
  8. OcalaFlGuy

    OcalaFlGuy Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    That's fine if I were a phone fiddler but I'm not. (Good on those of you who are!)

    Yeah, I like the 4.3 on my DX but almost every time I touch it I think "But it sure is a Hugh Jass Phone".

    Yeah it's a smaller screen but that also gets the phone back to more what I think the phone itself should be sized.

    Bruce in Ocala, FL
  9. robertkoa

    robertkoa Well-Known Member

    Apr 14, 2012
    The Motion and the S3 are the best Metro Phones by far.

    If LG releases a big brother to the Motion which is about 4 to 4.5 inch dual core 1.5 Gig with 2 Gig RAM

    And a higher res screen and a 2200 Mah battery-like a better version of the LG Escape-would be a very cool phone IMO.

    And LG has the LG Optimus G coming which is their answer to Iphone 5 and S3-which hopefully Metro will carry.

    But for the next month or two-

    Galaxy (soon) and Motion are the best bet by far.

    Seems like the Motion has very few problems or bugs also-extremely functional

    right out of the box.
  10. Bard

    Bard Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2011
    Fort Worth, TX
    Best of the best, budget & availability is not an issue
    Samsung Galaxy S3

    Best for the money, need phone right now
    LG Motion

    Want to play with phone, installing different roms, themes and mods
    LG Esteem (buy used one)

    05TRAILBLAZER Well-Known Member

    Apr 15, 2012
    ft worth, tx
    by the end of this month S3 baby! lol

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