Looking to Move on New Verizon Phone Soon

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  1. Immolate

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    So I'm in a situation where I have an upgrade available on my son's phone, and he is more than happy to let me use it if he can get my X to replace his beat-up Rogue. I'll have another opportunity to bribe others in June and July for their upgrades as well, so I'm not stuck with whatever decision I make today. I love my Droid X which is still in factory condition, nine months after I got it, rooted on Gingerbread, but the combination of getting a new toy overwhelms me.

    Currently in the mix are the HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Charge and the DInc2.

    ..............Thunderbolt......Charge.............DInc2
    Processor.....Snapdragon 1Ghz..Hummingbird 1Ghz...Snapdragon 1GHz
    Screen type...TFT..............Super AMOLED+......TFT
    Screen size...4.3..............4.3................4.0
    Screen res....480x800..........480x800............480x800
    Battery.......1400mAh..........1600mAh............1450mAh
    OS............2.2..............2.2................2.2
    RAM...........768MB............512MB..............768MB
    ROM...........---..............512MB..............---
    Rear camera...8MP..............8MP................8MP
    Flash.........Dual LED.........LED................Dual Xenon
    Video.........720p.............720p...............720p
    Front camera..1.3MP............1.3MP..............1.3MP
    Network.......4G LTE...........4G LTE.............3G
    Memory int....8GB..............2GB................???
    Memory SD.....32GB (32GB Max)..?? (32GB Max)......16GB (32GB Max)
    Dual mike.....Yes..............No.................???
    HDMI out......No...............No.................No
    Audio jack....3.5mm............3.5mm..............3.5mm
    Weight........6.23oz...........???................4.77oz
    World phone...No...............No.................Yes
    Swype.........No...............Yes................No
    GPS...........A-GPS............GPS................A-GPS
    Hotspot.......8................10.................5
    Price.........$209.............$300...............$200


    The comparison: Processors seem comparable, though I understand that processors with similar clock speeds can yield different results--tie. Screen type is another matter. Super AMOLED+ is a definite selling feature for some people, especially those who appreciate vivid colors. I'm not a fan of over-saturation though so this isn't a decider for me. Screen size is a big deal however and in that regard, the DInc2 is the loser.

    Battery is also a big deal, especially for 4+" screens and LTE. Thunderbolt sucks in that comparison, but there is a 1700mAh batter available for an affordable price that doesn't extend the Tbolt chassis, so it's a small issue, weighing more on price for me. Charge wins this one and DInc is probably right there with it.

    OS is the same on all. The Charge has less RAM (512 vs. 768) than the others but has 512MB ROM. I have no idea how that works out from a practical standpoint so I'm calling it a tie.

    The cameras are similar, though the flash on the Charge is single and the DInc2 is described by some sources as "Xenon". Not sure if that's important to photo fiends, but it's not really to me. They all have 720p video recording and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, so the camera question comes out a draw for me as well.

    4G is > 3G, with greater speeds and talk/surf options available. It isn't everything to me but it's something. DInc2 looses this one.

    Internal and external storage is questionable because I haven't found definitive information on what kind of SD comes with the charge or what kind of internal memory the DInc2 has. I think Tbolt wins however.

    No dual microphone on Charge and not sure yet on DInc2. HDMI out looks like no on all and all have 3.5mm jacks. Noise cancellation is important to me, so the TBolt has a slight edge, although clarification may erase that when the others release.

    Weight is not a problem for me, and I like the feel of a heavy phone (Droid X owner), so the positively portly TBolt is attractive to me in that regard. YMMV.

    DInc2 is the only world phone and if that's important to you, it's probably very important. If you aren't a world traveler, it probably isn't a big deal to you and I'm not.

    Swype is important to me, and Charge is the only one that has it, to the extent I have read. I'm not sure of the practical benefits of A-GPS over plain GPS. The difference between 5 hotspot channels and 10 is small to me. But overall the Charge wins those three items.

    Finally price. $300 for the Charge? Really? I'm not that price sensitive but I don't like being ripped off. What's driving the price? Is it the AMOLED screen?

    On the intangible front, HTC has the best reputation for both updates and UI with Sense. Samsung has the worst reputation for both. This is why we hack I guess.

    More importantly is quality. I've owned Samsungs in the past. They feel cheap. My wife has a Fascinate. It feels cheap. I love my solid, massive Motorola's, but I've never owned an HTC so I can't speak to them from personal experience. I've read plenty though, and people seem to have a high opinion of HTC quality. I have to say that HTC wins that consideration hands down.

    Internalizing all of this information, I find that the TBolt comes out on top by a good margin for me. I like the big screen, the LTE, dual microphones, heavy weight and fat memory. If I had to live with the phone for 18 months, I would probably just wait a couple of months for some dual-core LTE devices, but since I can do both, I think I'll move on the HTC Thunderbolt.
     
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    I'm in the same boat. Looking at the dinc2 just because I'm not a fan of MASSIVE phones in my pocket.

    Would love to wait for the D3 but who knows when that will be.

    Sent from my GimpDroid (Installed by RZR).
     
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    What do you want out of your phone. In other words what is the big sell point. For example I wanted the ability to mod if I chose so I had to have an unlocked bootloader because coming from a locked down d2 I know the importance of true openness so that through motorola out of the picture. I needed the device to be supported so that kicked Samsung to the curve. THe battery life issue with the tbolt can be a non issue. With a lv kernel, an extended battery, turning off lte when not in use, turning off background data, not having bluetooth or gps on when not needed, and dropping the brightness back my phone last a real long time. But you must decide what feature are a must have for you.
     
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    Since you're only comparing those 3, its an easy choice for the Thunderbolt, especially since you want a high end LTE device. The Inc is nice, but you'll be paying the same price per month as the TB without being able to use 4G. And while the Charge is nice, its no better a phone than the TB and you're paying $100 more out the gate for it.

    Its a no-brainer, really.

    And yes, the LTE/CDMA thing is a big deal right now, because 3G plans cost the same as 4G plans. If you get a 3G only capable phone right now, if/when LTE comes to your area, you can't use it, yet you'll be paying for it.
     
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    Look at you. Hoodwinking your own son to get a new phone.

    I'm going to do the same thing to my fiancee.
     
  6. Immolate

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    I hear you, but this way he gets a new (looking) phone that's still one of the best in Verizon's line-up without having to pay for it. When you don't have a job, $150 is a lot of money.