January 17th, 2014, 07:33 AM #1
Need advice on a new phone
I'm due for a new phone in a few weeks, and I need some help deciding on a new phone. I'm with Sprint, and between the iPhone 5S, Galaxy GS4, LG G2, and HTC One, I can't decide. Does anybody have any experience with any of these phones? Please, no android/apple bashing.
January 17th, 2014, 08:45 AM #2
I have the Galaxy S4 with Sprint as my provider, and I'm very happy. I moved up form the S2, and it seems like everything that I wished the S2 would do has been added to the S4. Great camera, fast response, and I really like being able to set selective blocking of calls and notifications after a certain time. It is a large phone, but very light and thin, so fits easily in a pants pocket. Hope that helps.
January 17th, 2014, 09:34 AM #3
I've been with AT&T since it was Cingular, and since Cingular was PacBell. That being said I had an iPhone 3, an iPhone 4 and was underwhelmed with the iPhone 5 so I gave the Galaxy S4 a shot in June. I haven't had one lick of buyers remorse at all. Yes it was weird at first and took some getting used to, but I love the S4.
January 17th, 2014, 10:14 AM #4
Thanks for the responses guys! The GS4 was my first thought. Then we bought my daughter the iPhone 4S, and I kinda like it, so I started thinkng about getting the 5S. I have an EVO LTE, so that's why I have the htc One listed. Even though I didn't really want another HTC device, I keep reading good things about it.
January 17th, 2014, 11:07 AM #5
Even though you can't get a feel for every feature on a phone in the store, I now think it's still helpful to be able to go in, hold a model in your hand, and navigate the OS as much as you can. Sometimes, one or the other will just feel right. Then, the gaps you can fill in via reviews and such. I did this with my uncle, who was trying to decide between a couple of Android phones, and was surprised when he ended up with an iPhone.
Personally, I have only owned iPhones, but I think I've upgraded in the best ways with them. I went from original iPhone to 3GS to 4S and now to 5S. The 5S has been great so far. I'm a fan of iOS 7, and I am finally impressed by the camera. Like, very impressed.
I have also worked with Android on some of the Motorola phones, but that was a while ago.
January 17th, 2014, 11:52 AM #6
I'm due for an upgrade in early March, and in proper geogirl fashion, have been researching new models for a month or so. I was tempted by the HTC One (I currently have a HTC Rezound, which has been a great phone), but ultimately I've decided to go for the S4. There are plenty of rumors that the S5 will be out in the next few months, but Samsung has not said a peep about it.
I did have an LG phone some years back, and it was a giant pile of steaming dog poo. I swore I'd never go back to LG after that phone. Not sure their products have improved all that much, but I honestly didn't look into the LG all that extensively.
Good luck, whatever you decide!
January 17th, 2014, 11:58 AM #7
Fast, light, powerful, screen is amazing, camera front and back are awesome. This device does it all, and extremely well. A great GPS and mp3 player in the car. Perfect companion for productivity and contact apps in the office. Handles with ease any gaming, social, shopping, streaming content apps on the go. The S4 powerhouse with the ever evolving Android OS is my pick from your list. No comparison IMHO.
The biggest drawback to the S4 design (along with it's predecessor, the S3) is the beveled glass that makes the touch screen. If dropped, even from the smallest distance, onto it's corner edge, the screen cracks. Typically, with most phone models, you can get a replacement screen and even a replacement service for not much money. The S4 (and S3), the glass is "welded" to the AMOLED digitizer. So you need to replace the $280 AMOLED with the glass, which should only be about $20. There are some specialized services that will replace the glass by itself for about $150 (labor and parts), but this involves using a heat gun to melt the "weld". A laser thermometer has to regulate the heat. Get the rest of the device too hot, and ruin crucial components, don't get it hot enough, and the "weld" remains too tacky and breaks the AMOLED when separating the glass. Overall, a costly repair either way and extensive if going the "cheaper" route.
The moral of the story, if you're going to be carrying around a $600+ computer in your pocket...don't drop it! Really though, get a good case.
January 18th, 2014, 02:25 PM #8
S5 is coming out anytime in the next few weeks to a month or so, I need a new phone too and can get the new every two right now but I'm gonna wait for the latest and greatest since I wont get another one for at least two years.
Rule of thumb w all electronics get the best you can afford cuz it's already out of date.
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January 18th, 2014, 05:09 PM #9
Im really digging my G2 and since you are Sprint, the Spark update is coming soon. I suggest that. The HTC One is pretty sweet. Not a Samsung fan.
January 19th, 2014, 12:55 AM #10
I am going to be in the minority here with the S4. I think it is only ok for me. It does have a larger screen but that is good and bad. The good is that it has a bigger screen. The bad is that sometimes you need two hands to operate the phone. Your thumb can't reach the other side like on smaller phones. I find that can be a pita.
Samsung puts bloatware on the phone that you can't permanently delete. You delete the Samsung app and it will automatically download it again in the background. The Samsung apps take up too much memory.
The phone can be complicated. The are so many setting (too many?) that it can be confusing and somewhat irritating. I even consider myself to be somewhat tech savvy.
When I was looking for a new phone, it was between the S4 and the HTC One. Maybe I should have gone with the HTC. The S4 is not a bad phone but maybe not a right fit for me. Also, maybe look at the Motorola X.