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Trying to pick an Android phone on Verizon - Moto X, HTC One, S4 or Note 3 - or another

Discussion in 'Android Help' started by GadgetTravel, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. GadgetTravel

    GadgetTravel Newbie
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    I have an iPhone 5 from work and a personal line with Verizon. The personal line is part of a family plan with unlimited data and I want to get a new phone for it so I will be paying full retail for the phone. I currently have a BB Q10 on that line, I previously had Droid Incredible 2 which I must admit I was very disappointed with.

    But I want to try Android again and am thinking about the Moto X, HTC One, S4 or Note 3 but I am open to other suggestions. I like the idea of voice recognition on the Moto X and I think the bamboo back available from the Moto Maker site looks nice. I do want something that will be easy to root though, although I am not very familiar with that process. I am also considering the Moto X developers edition for that reason. Any comments among these phones or others on Verizon that I should consider. Thanks for any thoughts and insight.

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  2. Rukbat

    Rukbat Extreme Android User

    My only comment is that a lot of people think rooting is going to give them a lot more than it actually does. I have a Note 3, I like it, but that's a personal choice. (And the Verizon version is pretty tightly locked up. You can root it, you can sort of flash ROMs to it, but I don't think anyone's yet figured out a way of flashing a custom recovery.)
  3. GadgetTravel

    GadgetTravel Newbie
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    Thanks. That is a very good point. I'm not sure how much it would really matter to me in everyday use to get the developers edition for instance.
  4. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.

    All four of those phones are good choices - have you gone to a store and tested them? That can help you decide which you like most.

    For rooting - two benefits are being able to install apps that require root access, and being able to put a custom ROM on the phone. The process is different for each phone.
  5. GadgetTravel

    GadgetTravel Newbie
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    Thanks. I have been to the store to test them a bit. Tough to do a whole lot in store. I did see enough of the size of the Note 3 that it concerned me about carrying it around. I have an iPad mini I often carry in a small bag and it seems to intrude a bit there. I liked the feel of the Moto X a lot in terms of size. Seems like a reasonable compromise between screen simple and feel in the hand.
  6. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog

    If I was going to buy a phone development edition or not I would check out the forums we have for those devices and see what kind of development support they have. If you want a rooted phone you should go with the most active community for the device.
  7. GadgetTravel

    GadgetTravel Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks. Very good suggestion. I have done that somewhat and will do it more. I have been lurking here a bit, which is how I found out how sad I was with my previous Android phone, Droid Incredible 2. ;)

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