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Google G2, HTC One M8 or Samsung Galaxy S4? Which to get?

by PaulSed1 / April 1, 2014 12:58 AM PDT

First, some background info. I had until yesterday the Verizon Droid DNA. I liked it a lot overall. I had cracked the screen about a year ago. It had not affected performance in any way other than looking a little worse. Yesterday, the ear piece for the phone stopped working, I could only hear callers on speaker. I think the crack also worsened, not sure if that is why this problem happened.

Anyways, brought it to the Verizon store. They said the problem was not fixable. Whether it was or not, I needed a phone, especially because I am looking for work. They got me in a program, think it is called The Edge, where you pay full retail for the phone over time, but you can upgrade every 6 months even if the whole thing is not paid off. I think it kind of stinks economically because I have never paid full retail, but now I have no choice because I need a phone (no, I did not have insurance and I also wasn't going to go on Craig's list to find an old one - I do have insurance now).

Sorry, veering off course. So the sales guy recommended the S4, which I now have. He was hooking me up with a package deal for a Samsung tab too, small screen. I know the S4 is held in pretty high regard, but I am having trouble enjoying it so far. Maybe it's just because it is different from the DNA, which I liked a lot. I have also been reading up on the M8 which sounds pretty good too. I also spoke with another sales rep in another store that wasn't so pushy as the first one and everyone there seems to love the G2, they say it is just as good as the S4 and has a better battery life. Plus my wife is all Samsung and I always liked to be different than her lol. My whole goal when I left the house was to repair the DNA if possible, which didn't happen. So of the 3 phones mentioned, which do think is the best, also based on my personal info? Thank you!

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The G2 is four years old
by Pepe7 / April 1, 2014 2:06 AM PDT

Keep that in mind. A G2 makes little sense to me, unless the price was drastically different for you, also taking into account your employment status. Performance wise, the S4 blows it away.

This is mostly a matter of personal choice though. Head to a store and hold the M8 in your hand to see if it feels better than the S4 (which is a great phone, btw). Most new handsets involve some getting used to, btw.

If possible, I would get out of the early upgrade program. Craigslist isn't the only place to buy phones, btw.

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by PaulSed1 / April 1, 2014 2:30 AM PDT

Thank you for the input. I did not know that about the G2, good to know. You are right about getting used to handsets, it took me some time to get used to the DNA also, so maybe I should give the S4 some time. It is starting to impress me in some ways.

If it is even possible to get out of this upgrade program, I am not sure how else I would get a new phone. My normal 2 year contract with Verizon is not up until next year. Where else could I get an up-to-date phone without paying full retail?

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Don't sign any contract w/o knowing...
by Pepe7 / April 7, 2014 12:26 PM PDT
In reply to: S4

...options, especially exit strategies. Common sense here. The following thread will tell you more, but it's also on their support pages if you poke around.

AFAIK, you can return the phone, pay 50% of the set EDGE agreement price (ouch!), then purchase a new phone at 2 yr contract price (if they say you are eligible). My guess is, since it's the big 'V', they won't treat you very well. Call CS and see what they say...

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I was incorrect on the G2
by Pepe7 / April 7, 2014 12:31 PM PDT
In reply to: S4

Sorry, my brain was stuck on a much older G2 smartphone (sold by T-Mobile). You are clearly referring to the [Verizon branded] LG G2, which is a newer LTE device. That one has a larger screen than the S4, but likely still won't necessarily be doing you any favors. It seems to be cheaper though, at least online if you do need something to switch to. And it ships w/ Kit Kat Wink

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not recommend galaxy s4
by Wendy_Jiang / April 7, 2014 5:44 PM PDT

the frame of galaxy s4 painting peel off after I brought it 2 month,and its battery consumes very quickly

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Why not.....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / April 8, 2014 12:45 AM PDT

.....wait for the Samsung galaxy S5. I have had my S4 for just under a year and very happy with it.

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The battery life for you is short because...
by Pepe7 / April 8, 2014 12:20 PM PDT haven't learned how to use the Android OS. Turn off all unnecessary background apps and dim the screen earlier. Turn off all the notifications, etc., many of which you do not need to run 24/7, along with bluetooth as well. That will prolong your battery life.

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reply to Pepe7
by Wendy_Jiang / April 8, 2014 2:19 PM PDT

Thank you for your kindly advise,it is very useful for me

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Currently Samsung is the best bet
by shriganeshkrupa / April 24, 2014 8:59 PM PDT

With the options given by you,i would go for Samsung cell,currently S5 is also their for you,apart from your options i would suggest Sony Xperia Z2.

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