With ICS and beyond, you can freeze most bloatware natively in Android without the need for root. So that's something you're going to be able to do from here on out even if you decide not to root (although rooting will allow for more things to be frozen and for more customization options).
Not being able to do an actual battery pull isn't something to worry about at all with the M. Like all phones with non-removable batteries, there will be a series of button presses that do a simulated battery pull. While I'm not sure what they are for the M, on the RAZR/MAXX, all you had to do was press and hold the volume down and power button together for about ten seconds. As far as the phone is concerned, that's the same thing as pulling the battery out. I'm sure the M has a similarly easy process.
Many people I know root for this reason only, so with the ability to do this in the operating system rooting is not a real concern to most of them.
I had a very bad experience with the last ota to my Motorola Droid X. It was an extreme amount of work to regain root with 621.
I swore I'd never buy another Motorola phone.
HTC is nice that they officially sanction and assist unlocking the bootloader which makes rooting a breeze. It is also simple to replace the recovery with a custom recovery which does backups and can install roms.
Personally I would stay away from Motorola and look at htc and Samsung as being far more root friendly.
Also consider leaving verizon if others like t-Mobile happen to have good coverage in your area and fast data.
If my contract with Verizon was over, I'd consider the new Samsung galaxy nexus II purchased directly from Google and use it on tmobile.
I love my Rezound and I also had a Dinc2 and a Dinc before this phone so I'm partial to HTC as well. The specs are close. Stock for stock the M will have better battery life but you can get an extended battery for the Rezound. The other thing you have to consider is the Rezound has been out for a while so what few bugs there were are already known and fixed. The M is brand new so the bug issue is yet unknown. As the others have said the M will be supported for a while since it is new. To be honest it's the little things you have to think about since there is no major difference between phones other than the age and battery. As the others have suggested go to the VZ store and give both a try. When I tried the Razr Maxx I hated it. It felt too fragile to me but that's personal preference. I love the way my RZ feels with the extended battery. Even my Dinc2, which my wife now uses, feels too thin now.
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My current phone is an HTC Rezound, and again, I love it. Great, great phone.
Definitely a valid concern for a new phone. I just got my Rezound in June for $79.99. So I was about 7 months behind the launch date...but I wanted to renew my unlimited data for another 2 years before Verizon changed to tiered plans. I made it by three days.Quote:
My 2 biggest concerns are the Rezound's current age and therefore being abandoned by VZW (and it looks like I'm not alone in thinking this)
The Rezound has one of the best screens on the market (better than any iPhone currently out). It's top notch.Quote:
and screen resoloution. While both Razr M and Rezound are 4.3" displays, the Rezound is 720p vs. Razr M's 540 x 960 (a slight upgrade over my DINC2).
I have not had any experience with it.Quote:
The Razr M also is stated to come with "Corning Gorilla Glass", anyone have any experience, input on this?
I used to think the same way. I wanted to keep my music and my phone seperate...until I finally cut the cord and put all of my music in Google Music.Quote:
Beats Audio is not a buying factor, I have an iPod Classic for me music and either one of these phones won't change that.
As it turns out, it is one of the best things I have ever done...and I'll tell you why...
I always have my phone with me, and therefore always have my music with me. I stream it to my bluetooth receiver in my car, I can play a song at the drop of a hat for my kids if we are out somewhere, when I buy a song through Google Play it goes right into my account which is accessible from my phone, if I am cutting the grass on our riding mower I stream Google Music and if my wife needs to get a hold of me or if I get a text while cutting the grass I hear the ring or notification and can check the phone. I wouldn't hear it otherwise and it may be an hour or two or three before I am finished cutting. I bought the extended battery for the Rezound, so I have no concerns about playing music for extended periods of time draining the battery.
And about the beats audio headphones... If you don't want 'em, you can sell them and pretty much recoup the cost of your phone...essentially making your phone free...more or less. They aren't cheap earbuds.
I hear ya. I'm not a fan of the thinnest and lightest phones. I need a little bit of weight to my phone...it also makes the phone feel solid.Quote:
I do prefer a lil heavier phone actually, had the Galaxy SIII in my hand at the VZW store today and it felt like a post-it note in my hand...equal parts impressive and scary.
Or...if your battery goes bad. I wasn't ready to go non-removable battery yet when I bought the Rezound...having a removable battery was a big deal to me. It also allowed me to buy the extended battery. I haven't had to pull the battery for my Rezound...it's been a very stable and enjoyable experience so far.Quote:
Also, what about not being able to pull the batter on the Razr M? Should that scare me? Lord knows a good 'ol battery pull has been necessary on ALL the smartphone's I've had when the hamsters inside fall asleep.
I got that same deal back in June...$79. The price was another big deal for me. But like someone else said, you can buy used Rezounds for $250 now...which means you don't need a new 2 year contract. Do you currently have unlimited data? If so, that means you could keep it if you buy the phone outright without a new contract.Quote:
Honestly, if it weren't so old (to START a 2yr contract with, not calling it old) I think this would be a no brainer for me with the HTC...but the flip side then would be it wouldn't be at it's current $79 price then either.
Battery life hasn't been mentioned for the Rezound. If you go with the Rezound, you will want to invest in the extended battery. The stock battery doesn't get great battery life at all...especially if you are a heavy user. It will run out halfway through the day. I bought the extended battery when I bought the phone and have used it from the get go. I can get almost two full days out of it on minimal use. And a good 12-18 hours on heavy use days. I'm very satisfied with battery life on the Rezound with the extended battery.Quote:
Thanks again for all the good info and warm welcome, looks I'll be here to stay, just a matter of which subforum...that being said, time to plant my flag - Go Steelers!!
The things that were important to me were:
Welcome. And - LET'S GO BLUES! (if the NHL has a season this year) :biggrin:
- Having a very good camera
- Good battery life
- High quality screen
- Must be significantly faster than previous phone (which is always a requirement for me...if we're upgrading, let's upgrade to a faster phone)
I have never owned a HTC phone before the Rezound. I can tell you overall this phone is great. The poster above me explained it all about this phone. I'll be owning this phone until HTC releases another great phone like the Rezound.
screen of the M can still appear grainy up close, yet I've never noticed
that on the lesser display of my DINC2...something a visit to VZW will
times a day and not using drives me nuts and their removal was my main
reason to root. The process you describe for a simulated battery pull is
the same as my iPod, simple enough.
hear I would have to tiered if I upgraded (and also how my $30 New Every 2
would conveniently was a BS $30 "upgrade" fee, but that's another matter.
I'm trying to stay under $100 for my next device, so unfortunately this
option is ruled out, but a good option and thanks for the heads up. I've
tracked my data over the past year and have only exceeded 1GB 2x, but the
piece of mind for the unlimited is priceless IMO, those ba$tards, haha.
FWIW, thier 2GB shared plan is only $4 dollars cheaper than our current,
individual but on the same bill, setup (my unlimited + her non-smarty).
Also, Western Pa is dominated by Verizon
you surely get my point. The 720p display of the Rezound will probably
STILL be a top notch/elite display by the time my contract would expire. It
just looks as though ICS will be the last update for the Rezound, and the M
will recieve Jelly Bean and Krispy Kreme/Kaptain Krunch/Krueller (whatever
they call it). The more I think about it, I don't wanna spend the next 2
years with a phone that ALREADY has recieved it's last update, even with
still the biggest thing for me with the Rezound, as I mentioned earlier, I
highly doubt that display will NOT be just as amazing 2 years from now. As
for the Beats headphones, I was under the impression they weren't anything
too special, a mid-level type quality. As for the music piece, I'm still
the old-school torrent -> iPod guy. Don't wanna get into my digi music
preferences as this response is already too long, but to sum, I like NEVER
having to worry about space and having to pick and choose songs...I want em
all on there, a music hoarder! haha
Thanks again everyone for all the responses!!
I forgot to mention - in addition to new nexus devices to be announced later this year, there is supposed to be a new HTC phone coming to verizon. 5 inch 1080p screen, and latest & greatest everything.
Usually the price for a newly released phone drops after 5 month.