My first HTC One got about a day per charge which I fixed by installing a huge aftermarket battery and back cover. Not one phone will offer such run time as it would cost too much to include such up front so tell more about this bad battery. Was it bad as in it was half the run time of other folk that had the same model?
Although "what cell phone should I buy" isn't a very novel issue, given the changes in technology, the answer could be different every month or so.
So, my situation, wants and don't-cares:
Verizon. Santa Fe which means lots of mountains and ridge-lines to interfere with service and, probably, a system that isn't able to handle the traffic. Wifi at home and lots of hot-spots; but, need/want 4G on a regular basis.
Old phone: HTC thunderbolt. Problems: bad battery, proximity sensor never worked. Liked: Nice package, decent screen, easy interface.
Want in my new phone: good at grabbing weak signals (yes, I do know that most of the problem isn't with the phone but I do NOT believe that the phone's role is zero either)
Very good proximity sensor so I don't continuously Mute or End Call accidentally.
Good battery and/or ability to add an bigger battery.
Small form factor (ALWAYS) in my pocket...
Easy to tell from the shape, which side is "touchable" and which is not
LOUD maximum ring setting
All the other factors (most of the ones I find in reviews) don't really matter.
OK! What do you recommend for me?