Hello Guys. I bought the maxx almost a week ago. As soon as I got it, I rooted it, used TiBackup to remove all the bloatware and crap on the phone. I loved the phone!!. I am one of those qwerty lovers, so this was a difficult, but almost necessary transition, as not many cutting edge qwerty phones are coming out on Verizon. So I got this badboy all souped up but something nagged me from the very get go. The yellow hue on the screen. I've read oodles about super amoled display downfalls such as their color accuracy. Also oodles of articles on other technologies and they problems. I am not here to start ANOTHER screen debate but I have to tell you this.. Irregardless of what people's eyes perceive and /or what people prefer, the bottom line is white should be white. It is no where near white. So I got ScreenAdjuster (as well as a few others) and thought I could beat this thing, cause the phone kicks butt, and screen adjuster seemed to work pretty well. Now aside from not continuing to compare the phone's color accuracy to my gf's droidx I think I could love this thing but there is one problem. Originally the yellow hue is noticeable dead on, but when viewed from an angle it looks beautifully white. So when I added blue to neutralize the yellow hue dead on, the angled view looks blue. This serves only the purpose of reminding me constantly that my phone display sucks. Yes I look at it from an angle probably 1/3 of the time, from when in bed to when its sitting on the table and I wanna check the time. I have heard some people not having this yellow hue at all but I bet its just there eyes. I have seen this complaint rampant on the internet. Once again I am not trying to start an arguement, so please don't I am just saying that I really don't like the display.
So here is what I'm doing... I'm returning this thing but what do I choose? I am mildly comfortable with going without a qwerty phone. The rezound looks decent, but have heard the battery sucks, and while there is an extended batt, it makes the new back of the phone rather curvy and I heard its a pita when u use it on a flat surface cause it rocks around. I do this alot and it would tick me off. Other than that I havent really looked into the rezound. Here is what I'm looking for guys...
Originally I wanted the best specs phone (4g, best cpu, ram, display, etc) so that when my new 2 year contract is up I dont have to buy a new phone for a while. Now I have come to terms with my unreasonable expectations from current verizon offerings and have narrowed my requirements.
Here is what I'm looking for now...
Dispaly must have good color accuracy. I understand lcd and super lcd have good color accuracy but their contrast isnt as good as super amoled display. I can accept this. I live with an insignia TV that has awesome color but blacks arent quite black, but that is fine by me. Color accuracy is far more important to me. As far as outside viewing, unless its got electronic ink (ebook reader style) I understand that no current displays are very good in direct sunlight. Thats why I have 2 hands, one for phone, one for shade, haha.
CPU and RAM. I would like a dual core if possible as it is the current trend (soon to be quad core jeez!) Would like at least 512megs of ram, more is better here of course.
Storage: onboard flash isnt very big for me. Anything over 2 gigs is fine by me, but it really needs to have an sd slot (unless its got like 32gigs of internal memory).
Should be 4g. I may consider 3g if the phone is on par with everything else. 4g is ok, but noticed on the razr when it switches to 3g it kills my data and pisses off programs for a minute. Also 4g does no good if you dont have many bars anyways.
I would like to tether. I currently use foxfi which works good.
It would be nice if the phone is expected to get ICS but it is not required.
Battery life needs to be decent. If its questionable, would like good aftermarket extended battery alternatives.
Should be an android phone. Iphone well maybe when the 5 comes out but I still don''t like apples head up butt attitude and their grip on your property. Windows phone, while I do admire microsoft's efforts, they just dont have the market or the proven track record of android. sure its fragmented, but you can find about any android phone has a good support community.
Video taking has to be at least 720p. The better the video recording (no blur when moving and pixelation) the better. I do intend to take videos with the phone of family events and don't want a grainy mess on a dvd seems pointless =p
I currently have an LG ally rooted and using Velocity rom o/c to 844mhz. It sucks, noflash, small screen (has good contrast and color accuracy tho!). no ram to speak of, and no internal memory (like 128 or 256mb, forget which).
Phones I'm looking at or have considered currently but have reservations...
Rezound -heard the display is pretty good but battery issues as mentioned above worry me.
Lg's offering, lucid and spectrum. Heard stories about their software being buggy.
Droid 4. Heard the battery life isnt too good and the pentile display has noticeable ghosting. this doesnt bother me too much, have looked at it in store its tolerable, about the same as the razr but better color accuracy for some reason? Also possibility of extended battery seems unlikely due to the unremovable battery. I am quite handy with a soldering iron (electrical engineer here), but I doubt anyone has aftermarket kits...
Bionic. Seems like a decent phone, but its been around for a while so it seems it should be rather outdated, tell me I'm wrong?
Samsung stratosphere. Display seemed ok. The razr really has me tuned to focus on the color accuracy next time I visit the store because I know I want my whites to be white. The lack of dual core and only 1ghz worries me about it being obsolete alot sooner then the others.
Galaxy nexus. Well its got that super amoled display. I will check it out when I go in. But the lack of an sd card sucks, it does have 32gig internal tho. I've heard the galaxy nesux IIS has a super amoled plus display which I guess has better color accuracy.
I dont claim to be an expert on any of this and I am probably wrong with some specs or what have you. Feel free to correct me. I am just so trying to avoid another $35 restocking fee =(. I also can't wait much longer for phones to come out because you all have heard about the total elimination of unlimited data which I currently have and would like to get in contract so I might be good for 2 years...