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[Q] Has anyone thought about their next phone?

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23rd January 2013, 09:22 PM   |  #1  
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Say your MyTouch 4G Slide died, what would be your next phone?

I have a personal list of bare minimum requirements.
  • GSM
  • 1.2+ GHz Dual Core
  • 1+ GB RAM
  • 16+ GB internal or a MicroSD card
  • 4G capability (Marketing 4G, not necessarily ITU 4G)
  • Dev Support
  • Under $500

Used is ok, but I'm tired of spending time and money on cannibalizing phones for parts. Here's MY current list.

Galaxy Nexus
Galaxy S Blaze / Relay
Galaxy SII / SIII
Google Nexus 4
HTC Amaze
HTC One S / X
HTC Sensation
HTC Vivid
Huawei Ascend D / P1
Huawei Honor II
MyTouch 4G slide
Oppo Finder
Xiaomi Mi-1 S / Mi-2
Xperia ion LTE
23rd January 2013, 11:01 PM   |  #2  
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Re: [Q] Has anyone thought about their next phone?
Yes I have, and I have been called a snob by some for what I want out of my next device. But this is all I want/care about:

1. It has to be a Nexus or I won't buy another android device ill go iOS.
2. Dual Core
3. 2 GB RAM
4. Dev support for ROMS such as Paranoid-Android/CMXX/AOKP.
5. At least a biweekly update of said ROMS.
6. Not to be called a snob for wanting this stuff.
23rd January 2013, 11:10 PM   |  #3  
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Originally Posted by GoPadge

Say your MyTouch 4G Slide died, what would be your next phone?

I have to agree with Strapped, though I'll never be desperate enough for an iOS device. But, I've resolved to only have a Nexus device from now onward. They may not be the state-of-the-art or most powerful, but they are darn sure the best supported by devs AND by Google, so will always have the choice of a custom or a stock ROM that is up-to-date. Oh, and it has to be GSM since I need it for travel.
24th January 2013, 12:25 AM   |  #4  
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Re: [Q] Has anyone thought about their next phone?
I was thinking about grabbing a Relay, but not until the price comes down. I still need my hard keyboard.

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24th January 2013, 12:49 AM   |  #5  
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  • hardware KEYBOARD a must (slide-out, and would be nice to have it tilted too)
  • pure and unlocked "nexus" Android a must (never again locked or crapped-all-over Android OS for me, certainly no overpriced junk iOS or WP - but I may think about BB10 OS if it is still alive, lol)
  • at least 4-cores, more than 1GHz (CPU)
  • at least 2GB RAM
  • no more than 4'' screen (no less than 3.8'') - unless the actual screen is the entire front surface, then up to 4.5''
  • good video chipset (GPU) to play any highly-compressed HD/2K videos smoothly
  • GSM/4G of course (can't wait for all those CDMA garbage networks to die)
  • front cam (for videocalls)
  • if it must come with built-in video/photo-snapshooter on the back, it must have 2 microphones to record sound in stereo
  • don't care about built-in storage space, but must be able to effectively use 128GB SDXC U-I (and larger),
    and card MUST be accessible without removing cover (that's the biggest flaw of MT4GS imho)

That's all

Oh, add a wireless charger to my list, but I doubt this will ever catch on en masse...
I had my first Dyna-Pik electric toothbrush using wireless charger back in 1991 and I always thought it's the future, but as time passes by, I now doubt it will ever come out from a niche aftermarket phone solutions...
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24th January 2013, 12:56 AM   |  #6  
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Originally Posted by strapped365

Yes I have, and I have been called a snob by some for what I want out of my next device. But this is all I want/care about:

1. It has to be a Nexus or I won't buy another android device ill go iOS.
2. Dual Core
3. 2 GB RAM
4. Dev support for ROMS such as Paranoid-Android/CMXX/AOKP.
5. At least a biweekly update of said ROMS.
6. Not to be called a snob for wanting this stuff.

I'm right there with you on every point - the only thing I would add for my own list of wants is for the device to have a physical keyboard. There are far far too many situations where I need the speed / precision in my typing that I can't seem to get from the on screen keyboards, where I find myself frequently fighting with the "intelligent word searches" because I am using technical / engineering vocabulary that is not in the dictionaries, or I'm pecking out small bits of code that the phone thinks is my inability to understand english.

If I could wave a wand, I'd want a refresh of the Motorola Photon Q without the USA blocked GSM bands. Since the Motorola purchase from Google, maybe it will happen. I also think I read somewhere that someone found a way to flash a radio to the device that enables USA GSM, so I might do some digging into that this weekend.

If that is unreasonable, another imaginary product that would do me just fine would be a "slider/flip case" that fits on the Nexus 4, giving it an exceptional four or better yet five row keyboard.

In the end, I'd be willing to drop $500 off contract for the right phone, and I'm sure a number of other people looking for a HIGH END device with keyboard would agree... We don't need more mid-range devices that are more or less the same 1.2ghz dual core device repackaged for the last three years (No, adding NFC to an aged platform does not lead me into the future) - and they wonder why the demand is low?
24th January 2013, 03:16 AM   |  #7  
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Originally Posted by strapped365

Yes I have, and I have been called a snob by some for what I want out of my next device. But this is all I want/care about:

1. It has to be a Nexus or I won't buy another android device ill go iOS.
2. Dual Core
3. 2 GB RAM
4. Dev support for ROMS such as Paranoid-Android/CMXX/AOKP.
5. At least a biweekly update of said ROMS.
6. Not to be called a snob for wanting this stuff.

You seem to have both extremes..... Open Nexus with Dev Support or totally locked iOS.

The Samsung phones are ok, though the SIII is a bit big for my taste.
The HTC One phones looks fine, but the rest seem somewhat boring.
And I have some reservations about the Nexus 4.
The Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi have weak support here.

I still like the MT4GS, but I've been frustrated with it lately. Every time I have to take the phone apart I end up having to replace a digitizer or flex cable.
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24th January 2013, 02:55 PM   |  #8  
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Re: [Q] Has anyone thought about their next phone?
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Originally Posted by GoPadge

You seem to have both extremes..... Open Nexus with Dev Support or totally locked iOS.

The Samsung phones are ok, though the SIII is a bit big for my taste.
The HTC One phones looks fine, but the rest seem somewhat boring.
And I have some reservations about the Nexus 4.
The Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi have weak support here.

I still like the MT4GS, but I've been frustrated with it lately. Every time I have to take the phone apart I end up having to replace a digitizer or flex cable.

Yeah but my iDevice is oh so smooth. It's on my lap right now texting the wifey.....yeah yall didn't know I rocked iOS huh? And I don't think either is extreme. If wanting dev support is just to crazy then ill have to support my own device because I DON'T buy phones for what they are out of t he box, I buy them for what can be done with them after I get home and logged into xda.


When I took my DS apart the LCD was literally shot and fell apart in about 4 pieces. So I took my good motherboard and put it in cybots bricked device and it runs all this forum stuff real nice. I'm waiting to see if my new device was stolen out of the mail then I'm gonna mail a working device back to cybot,whip some ass and hope I don't get locked up for smashing this guys face. Yeah fun times in my neighborhood. But all that means is ill be forced into another phone

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24th January 2013, 04:45 PM   |  #9  
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im will be upgrading soon and will either get the note 2 or the nexus 4. im not sure which yet......i have a few friends with the note 2 and i have gotten to mess around with it. it seems there is plenty of development on the device already. but the nexus still keeps calling my name
25th January 2013, 08:43 AM   |  #10  
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I just had to buy a new one because my camera stopped working 2 mounths after the guarantee ended For me a keyboard is requirement 1. There isn't that many out there with better spec. I wanted at least a 8mpix camera. 1GB ram. dual or quad core over 1.2GHz and the right frequencies to work in Sweden. The only one that could work is Motorola Photon Q 4G. But it seemed to currupting sd-cards and had bad battery life. (worse than MT4GS), Anyway. I ended up with a new MT4GS

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