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Bionic vs Charge - Should I trade?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by EliC, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. EliC

    EliC Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I currently have a Charge, purchased from Costco about 1.5 m ago. I have another 1.5 m to trade it in at Costco. I was hoping to get a SGSII, but thats out now. Should I trade it for Bionic? Looks like I'll have to drop around an extra $130.

    What is the resale of a charge vs bionic?

    Hoping to get the Prime in a few months.

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  2. Vihzel

    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday

    I think you should trade if you really want to get rid of your Charge. I'm quite sure that the Droid Bionic will have a better resale value but not sure if it'll make up the $130.
  3. EliC

    EliC Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    The Charge is fine. I can't say I really want to get rid of it. But I would like to get the Prime if it comes to VZW in Oct. I think the Bionic will be easier to sell.
  4. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    You're going to be pushing it to get the Prime if it doesn't drop on the stated date. Given VZW's aim to release on Thursdays, that makes it either the 6 Oct or 13 Oct.

    Better check exactly when your 90 days are up.
  5. YankeeDudeL

    YankeeDudeL Android Expert

    I should also state that after 14 days, we're only supposed to exchange the device for that same device. Does it always work like that, no. And we're pretty lenient at our kiosk (depending on the customer and the complaint). But you may want to check with your kiosk to see their view of things.
  6. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    yankee - if I buy at a CostCo in ATL, can I exchange it at another CostCo?
  7. EliC

    EliC Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    My 90 days are up at the end of Sept. I am trying to trade the charge for the bionic. I will have to sell one of them and buy the prime later.
  8. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    look a tit this way - charge will be an older phone when the Prime *does* come out - Bionic will be a newer one.

    Then again, that could be disadvantageous as well, if the locked bootloader is not rootable, or if the LTE radio turns out to be a flub, or whatever, and thus the Bionic becomes a device no one wants....
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  9. EliC

    EliC Android Enthusiast
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    I have until the end of Sept. I'll probably wait as long as possible and see how the bionic pans out. Even then, its the newer phone, better spec and the majority of people never root a phone.
  10. YankeeDudeL

    YankeeDudeL Android Expert

    Absolutely. Another convenience of Costco. :)

    Also note this: in case you did wind up getting a lemon, make sure to return it to Costco first and not do a manufacturer's warranty. This way, you get a new phone guaranteed, but also if you did the warranty replacement you wouldn't be able to return the replacement at Costco.
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  11. jroc

    jroc Android Expert

    So true. I know alot of ppl had high hopes for the Thunderbolt. I think that didnt pan out too well.

    We can go over the specs list all day...but until this phone gets out in real world use for some weeks, months....we dont know really know if the Bionic is a good phone or a flop.
  12. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    I'm still taking my chances on it. I just have a feeling...

    I'm about as ready to get this phone as I was to get the DROID on Halloween....

    This time my decision is much more informed, and yet at the same time, that much more uninformed....
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  13. WizeGuyDezignz

    WizeGuyDezignz Android Expert

    I have these words for you....GummyCharged FE 2.0, GummyComb theme, Go Launcher EX with Honeycomb theme, Voodoo Lagfix and EP1Q modems (radios).

    Put that combination on your Droid Charge and you will be happy as can be with no real reason to upgrade right now.

    It's an unbelievable combo and made this phone pretty much brand new.

    Just my $.02.
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  14. EliC

    EliC Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Went and played with the Bionic today. Seems pretty nice. I'll wait a week or two, but will probably trade it out. May sell it in a couple of months for the Prime if it does hit VZW.
  15. sean76

    sean76 Android Expert

    Charge resale value is horrible! My Thunderbolt netted me $300 when I sold it to CEX in NYC. However they were only willing to give me $185 for my Charge.
  16. EliC

    EliC Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    The question is, what is the resale of the Bionic going to be in 2 months or so?
  17. treb1797

    treb1797 Extreme Android User

    Ebay that bad boy!!!

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