Buyer's remorse

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    Hi all, new to the forum, im not too tech savvy like a lot of people on here, but I think I might have a change of heart with my upgrade. I just upgraded my phone from a D1 on the 16th, and on the 19th I hear that the DROID razr is coming out soon. How I have read how some are upset over this because they got their phones when they first dropped, but I literally JUST got this phone. I was thinking of taking it back and switching, but it seems to me that the only noticeable difference is the size. So I guess I'm asking for some FRIENDLY advice.
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    So now you do not like the Bionic?

    The "problem" with Android phones (Apple does not have this "problem" with once yearly-ish upgrades) is that a "far better" phone is ALWAYS just around the corner. I love my Bionic. Yes, the RAZR looks like a fantastic phone although I think the screen is a bit larger and I would prefer a 4.0" screen). Kevlar .... nice.

    But that does not make the Bionic any less of a phone. You've got your return window right now and if you want the RAZR then now is the time to return the Bionic. Of course a software update for the Bionic is due next month resolving most issues, and who knows what will need to be resolved with the RAZR.
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    Specwise the Razr isn't much (if at all) better than the Bionic. Depending on how you like the Bionic's screen, the Razr's screen should look better, but will take more battery life. The Razr doesn't have the ability to pull the battery, and therefore doesn't have the ability to use an extended battery either.

    There are a lot of threads floating around here about this comparison, but honestly, besides the screen and some difference in thickness, I'm not seeing the Razr as much of an upgrade.
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    The bionic is cool. Of course I'm attracted to the sleek styling of the razr. But I'm thinking I should get the most out of my money. They cost the same. The phone being sealed is kind of a turn off. Is there any release date yet?
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    Had heard about the Razr, but still settled on the bionic. Don't fret because there's a new toy coming out. I actually see the bionic as the superior model.

    Its meant to cater to a different crowd.
    You just have to decide if lighter, thinner is your thing.

    The lighter part was what killed the razr for me, that and the battery.

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    My only caution would be the battery. I think, between the fact that it cannot be removed, and the screen being termed "HD", you may see a quicker drop in battery life than you would with the Bionic. Thus leading you to carrying around a charger more often than you may prefer. Which may not be a problem for you. Personally I would still pick the Bionic over the RAZR for that reason alone. For example, I was up in Charlotte two nights this past week for concerts, and it was nice to be able to slip a spare battery in my pocket just in case I ran out of juice (I use Google Music, so I'm constantly streaming while driving). However, I ended up not needing it, even when my phone had been off a charger since 7am till roughly 3am. Still, nice option to have.

    As for the other "upgrades" between the two devices: The slight bump in clock speed won't mean much, even after ICS hits these devices. The screen, while more "beautiful" indoors, I fear will not hold up as well in direct sunlight as the Bionic does. While the RAZR is thinner, in all honesty you get used to the Bionic after a day or three with it. So unless you're considering getting some kind of case for your device, I wouldn't really call it a plus.
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    I see what you're saying. If I were to switch I'd probably get a hard case for it which would defeat the purpose of having a thinner phone. Eh, I'll see what happens at the end of the week. Thing is if I were to switch they'll probably come out with a DROID krazr next year.
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    One thing is what you want to do with your phone. You say that styling is important (function follows form), fine, for me being able to use it as a phone is more than looks (form follows function). As mentioned you can't change the battery to get the extended battery, but if you have a charger nearby that should be fine. Also you said you're not tech savvy so either one should be OK for you. The biggest problem is that you can't hold the two together so you can't compare real world information based on where you live.

    Where did you get the Bionic? If at BB isn't there a 90-day return? The release date is "early November."

    Me, I'm happy with my Bionic and do not want the RAZR, but I'm not you. Your title is "Buyer's remorse" so I'd say return the Bionic and get the RAZR. But do some research beyond asking us. A lot of what we say are subjective.
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    Best Buy allows 30 day exchanges, but has to abide by Verizon's 14 day return rule.
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    I stand corrected. That'll make the decision harder.

    The big thing for me is battery life. I don't want it to die when I'm out so I got the extended battery. With the RAZR you can't. Also, if you ever have to do a battery pull (and I have with the Bionic) you can't with the RAZR. Yes people say you can just do the "Power Volume Up/Down" hard reset but that doesn't work if the phone is unresponsive and the buttons don't work. And besides, if you do that it'll reset the phone to like it was when you got it.
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    That's what I've been told by my local BB anyway over the years (as well as last week, as I was contemplating this same game ;)). But it makes sense, as Verizon is where the buck stops.
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    +1 on that. I had to do 5 battery pulls in the past 24 hours. I finally gave up and flashed a rom. No problems yet /fingers crossed.


    sent from my liberated bionic running transparent Droid forums
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    I know I am tired of the data connection going out then back in. I'll have three bars, but can't get on the internet. If that is fixed on the razr then I might just buy it.
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    the update is supposed to fix that - and the "leaked" update definitely seems to help
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    Now how is that stuff done? Do you have to use a computer to "root" the phone? What is rooting anyway?
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    In addition to what aaf709 posted, if you want to go ahead and root your phone, take a look at this thread http://www.droidforums.net/forum/showthread.php?p=1799134

    sent from my liberated bionic using tapatalk
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    I like the way you put that. Was going to trim it for post purposes but really couldn't bring myself to trim any of it.

    RAZR definitely looks like an awesome phone.. but then again so does the Nexus Prime..

    I'll probably find a way to get the Prime (dev phone on big red...I just gotta see what the devs can do unhampered) but if it means losing my Bionic I WILL be sad to see it go. It's a fantastic phone.

    Ideally I will use someone in families' upgrade to get Prime and give them a rooted themed phone (and become tier 1 maintainer for them, lol)


    via DroidForums on a Bionic running Liberty RC1
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    Seeing pictures of the DROID 4 made me realize how true this is. Looks just like a razr with a keypad. So I think I might stick with the bionic. And, I went to the vzw store and they gave me a price adjustment.