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    I need some advice on upgrading from the Bionic

    I need some advice on upgrading from the Bionic

    So this past weekend, I got to try out my brother's Razr Maxx and was awestruck by it. The only advantage the Bionic has is the removable battery, if you ask me. But the spectacular battery on the Maxx negates that to an extent.

    I'm pretty much determined to get a replacement phone, at this point. I mean, the ICS OTA will pretty much have to come out the next 48-hours to sway my decision. A user should never have to employ leaked software to get the most out of their device.

    I bought my Bionic Sept 15th of last year, so I know the 1-Year VzW warranty has expired. My Bionic has seen a lot of faulty GPS and charging functionality recently. The water damage indicator has some marking to it, from moderate exposure. Funny thing is this my third Bionic, but each one has had its share of problems.

    What is my best recourse?

    A) I demand an early upgrade from VzW

    B) I file a claim with Asurion

    Either option, I'll demand at least a Rarz Maxx (I've become accustomed to using the extended battery on my bionic).

    Thanks for your feedback. Really wish it didn't come to this.
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    Re: I need some advice on upgrading from the Bionic

    You should at least try ICS on the Bionic before giving up on it. I hear the Razr implementation of ICS is less stable than the Bionic's. It really is like a whole new phone -- all the issues are fixed and it runs great. Hardware-wise the Razr is just a thinner Bionic with a non-removable battery. I would recommend installing the 232 leak, that way if you still want to trade it in you can FXZ back to 905. I agree that we shouldn't have to resort to leaks, but that's no reason to limit your options. Just my opinion.
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    Honestly upgrading is not necessary. I agree that we should not have to employ leaked software, but the beauty of this is we can. And the ICS versions are light years ahead of GB in every way. If your phone is out of warranty, what have you got to lose in trying the latest ICS version? The HoB will get you there smoothly and easily if you follow the directions, and there are folks who will help you if you have trouble.

    Don't give up before you try everything that is available to you to improve your experience. Sometimes if you want something done right, you have to do it for yourself.
    May the Schwartz be with you.
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    Re: I need some advice on upgrading from the Bionic

    Quote Originally Posted by Maddog241 View Post
    Honestly upgrading is not necessary. I agree that we should not have to employ leaked software, but the beauty of this is we can. And the ICS versions are light years ahead of GB in every way. If your phone is out of warranty, what have you got to lose in trying the latest ICS version? The HoB will get you there smoothly and easily if you follow the directions, and there are folks who will help you if you have trouble.

    Don't give up before you try everything that is available to you to improve your experience. Sometimes if you want something done right, you have to do it for yourself.
    Just a word of warning -- if you install the latest version (247) you will not be able to return to 905 if you decide to get the Razr after all. That's why I recommended 232 which you can still return to 905 from, to keep your options open. If you decide you love ICS and want to keep your Bionic, at that point you may want to go ahead and use the House of Bionic to move up to 247.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unbesorgt View Post
    Just a word of warning -- if you install the latest version (247) you will not be able to return to 905 if you decide to get the Razr after all. That's why I recommended 232 which you can still return to 905 from, to keep your options open. If you decide you love ICS and want to keep your Bionic, at that point you may want to go ahead and use the House of Bionic to move up to 247.
    That is good advice if you want a test run. I ran .232 for a while and it was good. You should at least try it before you give up.
    May the Schwartz be with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 804hokie View Post
    I mean, the ICS OTA will pretty much have to come out the next 48-hours to sway my decision. A user should never have to employ leaked software to get the most out of their device.

    I bought my Bionic Sept 15th
    I see what you're saying, but the ICS build that went OTA for the RAZR is complete and utter garbage compared to the ICS leaks for the Bionic. The complaints in the forum are staggering. The problem is, if you make the switch right now, you'll be right back to a phone where you're not getting "the most out of your device".
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    Thanks for the input and great point made on .232 and I find myself intrigued. However, this is my first Android device (last phone was a 3G S), so I have NO experience rooting or installing any leaked OS. I'm not completely illiterate from technical standpoint, but I also don't want to brick my phone. How difficult is this task, and what amount of time will it take? What's a good link for the how-to?

    Since I've had my Bionic for over a year, the warranty has expired, correct?

    My brother is pretty handy with all things computer, so I may end up dumping this on him

    I must say it's really cool how Androids can be customized in so many ways. Glad I said bye iOS last year. Still wish we got ICS as promised long ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 804hokie View Post
    Thanks for the input and great point made on .232 and I find myself intrigued. However, this is my first Android device (last phone was a 3G S), so I have NO experience rooting or installing any leaked OS. I'm not completely illiterate from technical standpoint, but I also don't want to brick my phone. How difficult is this task, and what amount of time will it take? What's a good link for the how-to?

    Since I've had my Bionic for over a year, the warranty has expired, correct?

    My brother is pretty handy with all things computer, so I may end up dumping this on him

    I must say it's really cool how Androids can be customized in so many ways. Glad I said bye iOS last year. Still wish we got ICS as promised long ago.
    Downgrade to 902 - No app or data loss

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/mot...ionic-faq.html

    Here are a couple links for you to read up on. The HoB is one way to upgrade. You could also download .232 and install it through recovery. There are many here that can help you with that process. It is not very difficult. You DO NOT have to be rooted to upgrade, and if you stay on .232, you could return to GB .905 via FXZ. I think once you taste the sweetness that is ICS, you won't even dream of going back.
    May the Schwartz be with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 804hokie
    Thanks for the input and great point made on .232 and I find myself intrigued. However, this is my first Android device (last phone was a 3G S), so I have NO experience rooting or installing any leaked OS. I'm not completely illiterate from technical standpoint, but I also don't want to brick my phone. How difficult is this task, and what amount of time will it take? What's a good link for the how-to?

    Since I've had my Bionic for over a year, the warranty has expired, correct?

    My brother is pretty handy with all things computer, so I may end up dumping this on him

    I must say it's really cool how Androids can be customized in so many ways. Glad I said bye iOS last year. Still wish we got ICS as promised long ago.
    Installing the leak is extremely easy. However, i dont know where you would find .232 at this point....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bionic_Racer View Post
    Installing the leak is extremely easy. However, i dont know where you would find .232 at this point....
    232 is in the HoB. Extract it, open the 232 file in the HoB directory on your desktop and grab the file Blur_Version.5.9.905.XT875.Verizon.en.US(67232).zi p.
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