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Buy now or wait?

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by thehirsches, May 18, 2010.

  1. thehirsches
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    If you had a BB and were within your upgrade period, would you buy a droid or incredible or would you wait for the summer when, supposedly, newer models will be arriving?
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    There will ALWAYS be new models just around the corner. Unless you're considering leaving VZW and going to Sprint for their new 4G phone or to AT&T for the fourth generation iPhone, no new models from Verizon for the next few months will significantly outperform/outfeature the models now available.

    If you want a physical keyboard, go with the Droid. But be prepared for the fact that it probably won't measure up to the physical keyboard on your BlackBerry (depending on the model you have.) If you want an easily "rooted" phone, go with the Droid.

    Otherwise, the Incredible follows the standard rule of thumb...Always buy the latest technology.
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    I was on a BB Tour and had the same dillema. I figured I'd use the 30 day trial and try the Moto Droid, picked it up Saturday. Boy am I glad I did. It is SO much better than the BB all the way around. It took me a couple days to get use to the Droid but WOW what a great phone.

    Don't wait, go get one. Any new models will require time to hack these are hacked and only getting better.
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    id buy a droid
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    That one. If you waited until there was nothing better coming, you'd never have a phone.
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    I came from the Tour to the Moto Droid back in December. It was a big change, getting used to the new OS, etc. BUT - I can assure you that the Moto Droid or the Incredible will both have way more options and features than any of the current Verizon BlackBerries.

    About the keyboard issue - the Droid keyboard is quite different from the Tour keyboard, but it will still do the job. I haven't had a problem with the Droid physical keyboard, nor the touch screen keyboard - both work well for me.

    The Moto Droid is easy to hack - IF you know what you are doing. I would make sure that I watched several of the rooting videos on this site, and read up before attempting. Otherwise, you shouldn't have a problem rooting, and yes, it is an even better phone if you root it and put a good ROM on it. I personally like the ROM I am currently running, called Simply Stunning.

    If you need a physical keyboard, obviously you would want to go for the Moto Droid. If you can handle a touch screen keyboard and want the latest software and best of the line phone with Android - go with the Incredible.

    Hope this helps.
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    I like all the bells and whistles of the Incredible, but its hard to beat the Droid for $20. Anyone want to weigh in on this?
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    Wait for summer. Around July Motorola is releasing 2 phenominal phones. The Shadow and Droid 2.

    If you can't wait jump on the current Moto Droid. The developer community behind it is phenominal. Just on these forums alone you can see the amount of developer support and customizations available.

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
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    cereal killer,

    You say to wait for the newer phones to come out, but from what I can find, there is no scheduled date for release yet on the Droid 2. Have I missed finding the date?
    I don't mind waiting till July-ish, but one poster said it could be november-ish and I am not sure if my PoS Storm 1.0 will last that long.

    Thanks.
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    Have they said the difference between the droid and the droid 2 if all the phones get the upgrades, or is the outer shell the only real difference?
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    I would probably get the Droid or N1, depending on the carrier I was looking to go with as I'd want a Google experience phone over one with an OEM UI. However, what I'd do doesn't really matter. What you want/need is what is relevant. That's really the problem with any of these types of threads IMO. Not all former BB users are the same in what they're looking for. Selecting a smartphone is about finding what suits you best so please share what you're specifically looking for besides "Android" and "cheap".


    This. Waiting just means that there will be different newer models on the way.

    Is the Incredible going to have the latest software (specifically the Android OS) in the future, considering that it has Sense?

    Another reason to consider your needs/wants instead of those of other people. Personally, I don't count on rumored release dates as they're unreliable and can slip. YMMV, of course.
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    ^^^true that....those dates are never accurate.
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    Cheap is not one of the requirements. The good deal on the Droid was a bonus, but I want something with enough power to not become a paperweight within the next year.
    My storm has served me well for the past two years and before that I had AT&T 81XX Windows based phones that did OK.
    I am not a power user and am not even sure what rooting is or why everyone thinks you have to do it. I will download a bunch of random games and other app to enjoy, but mostly I want a great phone, good web surfer, good emailer, decent texter, a good video player (cartoons for the kids make for good eating out experiences), digital camera replacement and something I can put ebooks on. If I get into the Android culture, I may get more into all the hardcore stuff I see discussed here, but that's not the key.
    Does that help with a requirements list?
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    I got the Droid and March and I couldn't be happier. Then I rooted and it got even better. I really like the physical keyboard and I have large hands (not sausage fingers, just big hands), I have the htc on screen keyboard and while it is growing on me I would not want it as a replacement for the physical keyboard.



    Where did you get this information? Everything I have read says fall at the earliest for the Droid2. The Droid isn't even a year old.
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    I just checked Verizon, and BOGO FREE

    At least for today (who knows how long) Buy the DROID by Motorola and Get One FREE! (with 2yr activation per phone)

    So, thats TWO Droids for $199 after all is said and done. Its like cars and golf clubs-unless you buy two per year, you WILL be a little behind the curve. NO ONE is going to release a device that is the end-all, do-all for two years to come. Technology move steadily forward, and waits for no one!
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    I got two Droids on Amazon for 45 bucks when I activated my new account. That was in March.
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    AND the new update will send it into overtime

    2.2 will improve almost all aspects of the MotoDroid, and by the time THAT gets old, (very late 2010, or early 2011 ?) THEN look for the Droid2, or Shadow, or whatever its gonna be called
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    My philosophy on phones: buy the best tech available unless there is an actual release date out there (not the rumor mill) for something better.

    I bought my Droid when there were rumors of the N1 and/or HTC Desire coming to VZW "in the next few weeks".

    I am extreemly happy with my purchasing choice, and wouldn't trade my Droid for an Incredible even if it were offered to me for free. Well, ok maybe if it was free :)
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    You should know this is a lie. It's buy one get one as long as both are within their upgrade times or the second one is a new line.

    You should also know that verizon does not share its yearly upgrade dates with 3rd party dealers like Wirefly. They will only see the date for the "One every two" upgrade date.

    I know this because my purchase with wirefly was canceled by them due to not being within my upgrade date (the one every two date) and when I called to do the buy one get one, they told me I was not allowed to get the deal since the secondary phone was not within its "one every two" upgrade time.

    Its rather funny that I can't seem to give Verizon my money or an additional 2-year contract without them expecting me to bend over then thank them afterwards.

    Yeah, I am angry...
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    Here is the way it is.....

    Both of your existing phones/contract have to be within the 1 every 2 time frame, in which case you AND YOUR WIFE can get the 2 fer 1 phone deal.

    Now, I called the 800 # for verizon, and told 'em I was going to go to the local VZW store, and pay the ETF, just to get rid of 'em, because they wouldn't let me upgrade early. (My 1.5 year was in October 2010). At that time, I got put on hold, and when the VZW rep came back, and said because I was a great customer, they would allow me a special deal and allow for an early upgrade. (They also put me on the nationwide 450, which is $49, and the family plan allows the extra line for $9.95 for a ttl of $59.90 + all of the BS fees.

    If you are within the right time frame to do so on ONE phone, but NOT OK on the other phone, you CAN still work it out. You can go to eBaY, buy a cheapo (like LG VX8300 -I bought one for the same reason-got it for $38 included ship) have your local VZW store rep program your wifes ph number to the cheapo, THEN sell her existing unit on eBaY, which should even offset the cost to you even more, then add a 3rd line on the Family plan for $9.95 + the $29.95 (for internet services) and activate the droid, port in her number, and wait for the term of her original contract to run out so you can then sell the cheapo, kill the service agreement (the two years will be up on her phone sometime) and at this point, you should both have new Droids, a viable two year contract, no third line, because as soon as its month to month, its a goner, right?.

    Now, typing that all out, in a hurry, looks like a lengthy ordeal, but it only took about 45 minutes on the phone with VZW Cust Serv (800 number) and another 45 minutes at the VZW store wiping data off the old phone, and energizing the new Droid.

    It worked for me, and I bet it would work for you.
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