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Discussion in 'Verizon' started by OfficeLinebacker, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. OfficeLinebacker

    Thread Starter

    Hi, my contract is about to be up in early May and I'm starting to research replacements for my DROID X. I have rooted it but the only thing I've used it for is wireless tethering in rare circumstances where I didn't have internet and needed to look stuff up on my laptop. The main things I use the phone for is as a phone, Google Nav (best thing about Android IMO), a couple email accounts, and apps like Yelp, Facebook, Google Docs, etc. I built a little kind of ghetto mounting plate on my dashboard so I guess it would be nice if the design allows for fairly easy attachment of velcro tabs on the back of it.

    I'm partial to Motorolas because I used to repair phones and I think they are the best made phones.

    The main complaint I have about the X is that the internet speeds seem pretty slow. Like slower now than they were initially--a colleague of mine told me if they see lots of data usage on an unlimited account that they'll throttle it. The other thing she told me is that if I already have the unlimited data plan, I can keep it even though I'm upgrading and signing a new contract.

    So, any tips? I have my eye on the DROID 4 and the DROID Bionic.

    I'm sure people will chime in on tips about the upgrade/renew process itself so those comments are appreciated as well.


  2. AmneonX

    AmneonX Android Enthusiast

    A lot of people here aren't fans of Motorola... I like Motorola, but I have the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. If I were to buy a Moto device though, it would be the Razr Maxx. The extra battery life is a plus... Do you want/need the Droid 4's physical keyboard? Otherwise, Maxx is the best bet.
  3. JIMV

    JIMV Android Enthusiast

    Here is my limited experience...I bought a Droid II Global about 18 months ago. Global is a flat requirement as we have relatives overseas and spend months there every few years. As a phone it worked very well indeed. It did not, however, have a camera so as to allow skype, about our only real high tech affectation.

    About 6 months ago I updated to a Droid III (also global capable). It does have a camera for Skype BUT, Verizon pretends it will not work with Skype video. I hauled it to Charleston SC last year for a month and the Skype video worked to my home in Idaho without major problem. The phone refuses to skype in my home city though, very annoying.

    The phone supports up to a 32GB SD card and comes with a lot of built in memory. I have a lot of CD bit perfect music or better on the phone that works great! In addition, the Digital to Analogue Converter (DAC) supports files that are greater than CD quality and with bluetooth, lets me stream CD quality music to any bluetooth receiver....In short, it is a very good music player.

    I have had no problems with adding apps to the phone and like being able to manipulate files from or to my phone and PC like any windows system.

    It is 3G (4G does not exist reliably in Europe) so download times are not state of the art but when downloaded, the device works perfectly.

    I am due an upgrade in November and will move to the Droid 4 IF that device supports global service like my III does and does not backslide on the music DAC.

    Another downside is that my Verizon phone came loaded with crap Apps that I cannot remove. I consider the junk to be a scam and am offended but I know of no way short of rooting (and perhaps killing the phone) to get rid of the dross.

    So, it it was me, I would check out a Droid 3 or 4...
  4. OfficeLinebacker

    Thread Starter

    Having had my hands inside of thousands of cell phones, Motorola are the best engineered and built. I do have a problem with their policies, and how hard it is to get spare parts. But now that I'm not in the business any more, and I don't plan on having to repair my phone, I'll choose Motorola.

    I'm definitely interested in the 4G speeds--do you need a data plan upgrade to get 4G (or what Verizon is calling 4G)?
  5. MSUgEEk

    MSUgEEk Android Expert

    I would not reccommend Motorola. Best engineered and best built is your opinion, no offense. I've had a few Motorolas and had nothing but problems out of them. They do not last. My wife's HTC Eris held up better than my original Motorola Droid.

    That being said...if you HAVE to have a Moto phone, go with the Razr Maxx. The battery is big enough that when you start seeing a decline in battery life (trust me, you will...it's a motorola) you should still have enough to not have to send it off and have it replaced.

    Regarding 4G. You don't have to do anything to your data plan to get it. You just need a 4G capable phone. Verizon is using LTE, which is the true 4G. AT&T tried to get away with calling HSPA+ 4G, but they've now implemented an LTE technology as well in some cities and they are calling it 4G LTE.
  6. Itzxdjx

    Itzxdjx Newbie

    I would go with the droid razr maxx l. You si. Ply cannot beat the battery life. Like stated before, the only other phone would be the droid 4 witch i would say only get if you need that keyboard. And the maxx is slated to get ICS Soon.
  7. OfficeLinebacker

    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the clarification. I'm definitely leaning toward the RAZR. I can't see paying triple just for more battery life. Or did Motorola intentionally make a device with a weak battery so that they could release a "new and improved" version for $200 more?
  8. VoidedSaint

    VoidedSaint Resident Ninja

    lol office, i think that was motorola's intentions all along, i would honestly rather have the MAXX than the razr, but that is just me
  9. Adauth

    Adauth Android Expert

    Love my razr. No issues with it. Had it since December.
  10. Itzxdjx

    Itzxdjx Newbie

    Look online like amazon or other places. you can def find a deal for the razr maxx cheaper somewhere online. I rarely by my phones from the brick and mortar stores, with hopes of not paying full price. I understand not wanting to dish out all the foe the maxx.
  11. OfficeLinebacker

    Thread Starter

    Thanks for all the feedback, guys. I'm leaning toward the regular RAZR.

    What's the deal with battery replacement on that though? Is it like an iPhone, possible but you need tools, or what?
  12. mplevy

    mplevy Android Expert

    The Razr has a non-removable battery. Someone mentioned the "add-on apps" that come standard, ICS will allow you to disable them, I have ICS on my tablet, nice little feature.
  13. Adauth

    Adauth Android Expert

    Yes to your question.
  14. ylexot

    ylexot Android Expert

    FYI, there is someone selling a kit that will turn a RAZR into a RAZR MAXX (battery, back plate, etc). Since you've worked on phones before, it might be a good option to look it up and see how much it costs. I'm pretty sure it is less than $200. ;)

    Sent from my Transformer Prime TF201 using Tapatalk
  15. ylexot

    ylexot Android Expert

  16. Joshbear

    Joshbear Member

    Motorola really does have the best build quality. I've had two HTC's and I swore by them, then I picked up a Razr and it's fantastic. Unless you really need a keyboard, the Razr/Razr Maxx is the way to go. I recently picked up a Razr and I can easily get through an entire day, even with 4G turned on. If you don't want to put down the extra money for a Maxx, there's absolutely nothing wrong with a normal Razr.
  17. dautley

    dautley Android Expert

    Need a physical keyboard? go with Droid 4, don't need the physical keyboard and want a top notch phone cheap? go with Bionic, got $$$, go with the Maxx!:)
  18. Mike20878

    Mike20878 Well-Known Member

    I'm considering the Maxx as well. Costco has it for $289 including an accessory pack (belt case, screen covers, car charger I think) and a dock. I'm wondering how the upcoming HTC Droid Incredible 4G will compare though.

    I am itching to dump my Droid X. It can't happen soon enough. I thought it was awesome when I first got it but now there are times it won't even perform its function as a phone! I'll tap a number to dial and it won't. I'll try again and eventually when it dials it will dial multiple times depending on how many times I tried, wanting me to merge all of the calls. Then there are the random reboots. I could go on and on... :(
  19. OfficeLinebacker

    Thread Starter

    I just ended up buying a DROID RAZR off craigslist for my upgrade so I can keep the grandfathered unlimited data. Still charging the battery and I'm going to transfer it over. Now looking up how to root it.
  20. AntimonyER


    Congrats on the new (to you) phone!

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