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    Android phone recommendations

    I keep seeing new posts for new cell phones/plans on this forum, but was wondering who's using Android phones. I need a new work cell (still have HTC Inspire 4G on 2.2.1), and want to stick with an Android, and go to Straight Talk/sim card based phones. What model/OS version are you using and what do you like/dislike about it? Note: while I'm very familiar with iPhones and realize they're very good phones, I have no desire to go back.
    "I'd buy that for a dollar!"

    #2
    Man, I'm the opposite of you. I love my iPhone and really sort of dislike Android, though I don't consider myself an Apple fan boy. My wife has an HTC Incredible 2 with Verizon (yes I know its an older model) that we got for her about a year ago. I *really* wanted to like it, but after the simplicity of the iPhone, I find it cumbersome to use (both the phone itself and its form factor and the Android OS). What I hate the most is the crap that is on the phone that I cannot get rid of, only hide. Though to be fair a lot of that is the fault of HTC and Verizon. Sure, Apple puts a few of its aps on the iPhone by default, but it doesn't compare to the bloat that came with my wife's phone. I understand that there are a lot better, newer models out there like the Galaxy series, but this HTC Incredible 2 has left me with a bad taste in my mouth for Android.

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      #3
      Originally posted by leandros21
      I am also adroid fun, i use sony ericsson Xperia Ray with Jelly bean OS 4.1 last updated
      I'm assuming it came with Gingerbread before. Did you have any issues with wifi, calls, camera, bluetooth after upgrading to 4.1?
      "I'd buy that for a dollar!"

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        #4
        Just read the 'Smart Phone' article in Consumers Magazine. They raved about [Samsung] Galaxy products, couldn't say enough good things. Their concern about Apple products was that components are out sourced from so many different suppliers there was no consistency. They were out and out snarky about Apple marketing. They felt Steve Job's greatest contribution was the view point that Apple was a value system, a philosophy, a personal statement about being an 'Apple' person somewhat cult-like. A 2nd article in another magazine went on about valuation of Apple stock being so distorted when compared with 'normal' evaluations applied to most investment decisions ....for what it's worth

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          #5
          My spouse and dad (& others in the family) have Galaxy Nexus. Highly researched - have heard no complaints. {JellyBean OS, waiting for 4G LTE in our city - I think we have used it in other cities}.
          Last edited by MonkeyMama; 09-26-2012, 06:51 AM.

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            #6
            My Husband is using samsung's galaxy II. He is very pleased with it and almost fully understands it, which means it must be really easy to understand and use since he is usually not very good at these things!
            It has a nice big screen which helps a lot as well!

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              #7
              samsung galaxy nexus with the new upgrade to jellybean. Love it.
              LivingAlmostLarge Blog

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                #8
                Originally posted by LivingAlmostLarge View Post
                samsung galaxy nexus with the new upgrade to jellybean. Love it.
                Ditto to this. Love my Galaxy Nexus.

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                  #9
                  Just went from a Droid X to a Galaxy SIII which I bought from ebay and I cannot say enough good things about it. Can't really go wrong with it, very easy to use and it has everything you'd need and more.

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                    #10
                    Similar to another poster, I love my iPhone.

                    I initially rebelled against the whole iPhone movement, when everyone was buying a 3GS, and that's when I opted for an Android HTC. After a while of arguing with friends that the Android was just as good, I had to concede defeat. I then purchased the iPhone 4S and haven't looked back. I find myself using my Apps daily, and that integrate with my life a lot better than the ones on Android ever could.

                    Saying that however, if you are intent on sticking with Android, I recommend the S3 or the Note 2. Just make sure you get the LTE versions, as there's no point getting such a future proof phone if it couldn't cope with 4G - which you're going to absolutely need within 12 months. Both of those phones are incredible to look at, and are pretty much the best things out there. There is more innovative technology than previous Android handsets as well, so I'd imagine life-integration is improved.

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                      #11
                      The one thing I gotta give Apple credit for is their amazing long battery life when I used to have a iPhone 3, and same for borrowing my friends 4. I eventually went with a Google Nexus 4 running Jelly Bean 4.2, which I love. Recently picked up a Nexus 7 tablet reader as a late xmas gift to myself.
                      "I'd buy that for a dollar!"

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                        #12
                        I have the HTC ONE V on Virgin Mobile. Stock, the phone is OK, rooted, its amazing. If you want something the size of an iPhone, but with Android... this is the phone to get. I get almost 3 days out of a charge with moderate use (and juice defender configured correctly). My wife has the iPhone 4S on VM as well and she loves it too.

                        Anyway, I decided on the One V because Im kinda sick of carrying around a huge phone with crappy battery life (HTC Thunderbolt). Verizon is an evil company too, so I had to give them the boot.

                        Now im paying 35/month with unlimited data, text, and 300 anytime minutes. I dont talk on the phone much, but I do use my phone for work email and games.

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                          #13
                          I've been an Mac (apple) fan for the past 6 years but I've used Android since the original Droid. Now I have the Galaxy Nexus. I enjoy Android much more than the iPhone. My girlfriend has an iPhone and I think the Android is actually a bit more intuitive. Of course I work in technology and consider myself a fairly technical person. The absence of widgets on iOS is enough for me to not want to use it. Also I think the iPhone is too small, even the iPhone 5, I'd rather see it a bit wider. The Galaxy Nexus has been awesome!

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                            #14
                            I am a big lover of Android Phones, Initially I used to hate it because they were only available for Touch Screen Phones and I hated touch screen phones until I had one, and now I can proudly say that I am in love with both the Touch screen phone of mine and the android I am planning to upgrade my Android OS 2.3 Ginger Bread to the highest possible extent because I am using the version which is a bit of old, still I have no problems with using it.
                            Oh wrote the whole paragraph but failed to mention I am using Samsung Galaxy Y duos Lite Phone and I just love it, just a one hurt that I get is I am unable to play Temple run game on it and therefore I am not finding it so much interesting otherwise I am in love with my phone.

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                              #15
                              Great information in this thread. I'm thinking of getting an Android myself. I've been a long time iphone user. I used to have the iphone 3GS on the AT & T network and it was great. Upon satisfying the 2 year agreement, I then went with Virgin Mobile's iphone 4S (paid $650 for the unsubsidized iphone 4S). The 3G speed with Virgin Mobile is horrendously slow. The only time I get decent speeds is on Wi-Fi mode. I'm at a point where I'm now thinking of buying Virgin Mobile's Galaxy 3G/4G phone ($280). I'm hesistant to do so because Virgin Mobile's 4G uses the older wimax technology (not 4G LTE) so I'm kind reluctant to make the switch just yet if Virgin Mobile does upgrade to 4G LTE.



                              Edited to add: I do like the fact that Virgin Mobile's monthly service fee is $30 ($5 discount applied for iphones on automatic debit) compared to the $80 monthly service fee on AT & T. But I have to emphasize again how slow Virgin Mobile's 3G service is. For example, a 1 minute youtube video takes about 5 minutes to view with the buffering.
                              Last edited by QuarterMillionMan; 02-02-2013, 03:14 AM. Reason: edit

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