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General Foolish to get S4 now or wait for S5?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Markus729, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. anoniemouse

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    The G2 doesn't have an sd card slot, so no problems with the kitkat update on that front
     

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    Oh, so it's like the HTC One and the iPhone in that regard. Bummer.

    Kills it on the spot for me.
     
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    I replace my battery every couple of days, not because there is anything wrong with it but because it runs out and I carry a spare.

    Having a replaceable battery is a very useful feature and was one of the key selling points of the S4 for me.
     
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    What phone besides the HTC One currently offers it?

    Personally I think hardware features are important, because if your phone doesn't have them and you find a use for them later, that means a new phone or doing without.

    But I will say I was disappointed with the IR in both the S4 and HTC One. It apparently isn't the same as that in the old Palm devices, but instead more transmit only.
     
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    Well first, that's likely because of the rate of change in technology. Phones became technologically obsolete after a year. That's changing.

    But second, don't assume your use is the same as everyone else's use. Some people need to carry a spare because they aren't always near a charging source. Some people like to install an optional larger battery.
     
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    Samsung has announced that they will upgrade the S3 to KitKat, so you don't need to worry that the S4 will be orphaned in a year. It will, however, likely be orphaned a year before the S5! I'm not sure that alone is worth the extra money, but again, that depends on what money is worth to you.

    And FWIW, a year ago I was doing these same calculations with the S3 and S4, and went with the S4 even though I had to buy two.
     
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    I for one, don't like a sealed phone. Being able to replace the battery in the S4, was one of the must have features for me. I have another stock battery that I keep fully charged just in case. (I've only had to use it a few times.) I switch between the batteries every weekend. (To keep them fresh.) Also, I'd rather replace a defective battery, then the entire phone, when it starts to go bad. (Can't do that with a sealed phone.)
     
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    Since the OP is with Verizon, a 32GB S4 is a moot point since they don't sell it. They sell the 16GB version. Also that phone will only support up to a 64GB sd card. Right now it's $100 with 2 yr contract.

    :smokingsomb:
     
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    I had the S4 and had an upgrade coming up. Didn't know if I wanted the Note 3 or wait for the S5. I bought a Note 3 from a private party like new. This way I can check it out without using my upgrade. If I don't like it will most likely do the S5 upgrade when available. (I've had 4 different phones in 10 months) Really like the Samsung's.

    Always meet at your provider and have them check the phone before purchase.

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    You can get a 32GB S4 for Verizon wireless. I bought my S4 via Staples Mobile online for $99, my Wife's phone came from Amazon for $149 back in October both for 2 year contract renewals. At the time, Verizon wanted $199 + tax + $30 upgrade fee per phone in the store or on their site.

    These companies are supplied by WireFly, so one thing you must keep in mind - If you decide to cancel the service contract for whatever reason (aka jump to T-Mobile) they will charge you a $400 fee if you do so under 181 days (about 6 months)...it's in the fine print.

    Verizon never charged me a $30 upgrade fee on either line as well, not sure why not as it stated they would when I was in the check-out process....but who am I to argue saving $60?


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