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11 July 2013 @ 08:35 am
Phone Poll  
So as i said in my previous post, my phone is on its last legs, though it's not clear if it will be days, weeks or months until the volume rocker craps out as well, at which point using the phone will become even more difficult. (Not that the current situation is exactly rosy.)

So what should i do about it?

Poll #1923664 What to do about my somewhat broken phone

What are the good options?

Buy a Galaxy S4 - Google Edition
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Buy a HTC One - Google Edition
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Buy a Nexus 4
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Wait to see what the Motorola X ends up looking like (supposedly sometime this summer?)
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Wait to see what the Nexus 5 ends up looking like (possibly in the fall?)
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Buy a cheap Nexus One as a stopgap until something better comes along
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I've got a better idea!
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This is my better idea!

What is the best option?

Buy a Galaxy S4 - Google Edition
0(0.0%)
Buy a HTC One - Google Edition
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Buy a Nexus 4
0(0.0%)
Wait to see what the Motorola X ends up looking like (supposedly sometime this summer?)
0(0.0%)
Wait to see what the Nexus 5 ends up looking like (possibly in the fall?)
0(0.0%)
Buy a cheap Nexus One as a stopgap until something better comes along
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I've got a better idea!
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So if you want to make a (very slightly) informed choice, here's what i think i know about the phones:

Pros and Cons of phones

I'm pretty happy with my current 3.7" phone. I could see going up to 4" pretty dubiously. I've tried out the Nexus 4, HTC One and Galaxy S4 in the local T-Mobile store, and they seem rather clunky to me. Of course it's hard to be 100% sure about that since they have the big clunky anti-theft devices attached.

I definitely want something that's fairly powerful, since i want something that will last me for awhile. And i'd like something with a decent amount of space in it. The 16 GB microSD card in my Nexus One is almost full. There's definitely stuff i don't need right at the moment that i could delete to free up space, but i did need that space for at least brief periods of time, so if i get a phone with just 16 GB of space i'm going to start out feeling crowded and it will only get worse as the years go by.

And of course i want either vanilla Android, or something i can easily wipe and replace with CyanogenMod or some other decent rom.

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Nexus One
Price: $120-$150

Pros: Exact same as what i've got now, except less broken

Cons: Exact same as what i've got now.

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Nexus 4
Price: $350

Pros:
Relatively cheap

Cons:
It's huge
Slower processor
Not full HD screen
16 GB limit
No microSD slot
Has issues with glass panel cracking

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HTC One
Price: $600

Pros:
Metal body
Front-facing speakers
Good audio (supposedly)
Good low-light camera (supposedly)
Slightly better DPI for the screen

Cons:
It's huge
32 GB limit
No microSD slot
Sides are kind of flat

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Galaxy S4
Price: $650

Pros:
Best processor
microSD slot (which is why i'm not listing the 16 GB limit as a con)

Cons:
It's _really_ huge
Plastic body
Sides are kind of flat
Google Edition only comes in white

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Motorola X
Price: Who knows?

Almost nothing is known about this phone. However the rumor is that it will have pure or almost pure Android, will have a fairly robust build, and will be smaller than the Galaxy S4 (not that that's hard.)

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Nexus 5:
Price: Who knows?

Your guess is as good as mine
 
 
 
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on July 11th, 2013 04:42 pm (UTC)
I always hate the upgrade process. Sorry I don't have any advice for you.
--Beth