Making a switch.

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  1. bullswife98

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    Thinking on taking my upgrade and picking up a Samsung gs4 I'm coming from a Droid Motorola Org. Razr... got a Samsung Galaxy S tab3 2014 for Christmas, figured I'd use my upgrade on the phone too. Would this be a good move?

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    I'd look at the LG G2, much faster processor and larger battery. I'm pretty sure all for a lower price as well!
     
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    Was wanting to stay with something to use with my tablet.

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    What do you mean by use with your tablet? Samsung specific stuff, such as their Media Hub?

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    Yep.

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    S4 is a great phone...no doubt. Great screen, if you like TouchWiz, it has all that and more. It has a great camera and captures very nice images. If you are already familiar with the UI of the tab3, you should feel right at home with the S4. It's snappy and very easy to use. It is loaded with very neat tools, and can be a very entertaining phone.

    Unfortunately my experience was not indicative of the typical owner. I had an S4, and although I did like lots of things about it, I suffered from some issues...mainly battery issues and running hot all day. It would be fully charged at 8:00am and completely dead by 6:00pm most days. This was without even using it all day long, just sitting on the desk in rest mode. I wasn't running all kinds of crazy apps, just the mainstays. I wasn't rooted or modded in any way. I even did factory restores on it but the problems remained. Still every manufacturer comes out with a lemon or two...and for certain mine was.

    When the most recent OTA update came out, my phone faithfully downloaded it, installed it and failed. Then after working with Verizon and using the suggested Samsung repair process, three times and the phone was completely dead...black screen, no activity whatsoever. Battery pull and replacement made no diff, and I had 2 other known good batteries to swap into it. Nothing seemed to resolve it, so I did a swap/upgrade to the Droid MAXX. Not as high a resolution screen, battery's not removable, no SD card slot, but the bigger battery and the very efficient X8 multiple-core processor system seems to fix the problems I was having. Oh, and I LOVE the "touchless control" - the ability to talk to it with a command and have it come to life without even having to take it out of my pocket. Another feature is the active display which briefly gives you textual and icon based notifications as they come in.

    Sorry...didn't mean to hijack - I'll get off my Motorola SoapBox...:redface:

    So, I would be very watchful for any signs of heating up or battery drain. If you experience it, I would suggest getting in touch with Verizon quickly. Hopefully you don't have these problems. There are VERY FEW claims regarding this phone and problems similar to mine, but they're out there. Good luck! :biggrin:
     
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    Ok well then to answer your original question: yes it would be a good move!
     
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    Okay, will watch for issues on that end. Been a Motorola user since original Droid. But looking to break free from moto and looking for something to pair with the tablet.

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    Thanks for all the replies and still looking for any user experience as well and tips too. :)

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    If you don't mind the extra width the Note3 works be another consideration. It's basically the S4 on steroids and you'll keep the Samsung sync stuff between the Tab and phone just like the S4 does.
    I've got a Note2, Note8 and Tab 1 and use my Note2 the most but, yes it is nice syncing my Samsung specific stuff between the devices.
    When I upgrade again it'll be another Note.

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    I looked at that. It is big. I definitely have some thinking to do. It will be one or the other just want to make the right choice got a little bit cuz waiting till billing cycle is closer to upgrade (even though I can upgrade anytime) so it gives me a little time to make an informed decision. Guess it just a matter of preference.

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    I bought the original Moto Droid on day 1, the Bionic on Day 1, and never missed Motorola in my move to the S4. I was concerned about signal strength given Motorola's radio reputation, but comparing my Bionic side-by-side with my son's S4, the S4 had a stronger signal in decibels. Since the radio was more sensitive, battery drain was less at work where coverage is lousy. Overall the S4 has been more reliable, faster, better screen, etc. That said, if I had to do it over now, I'd get the Note 3; bigger screen for aging eyes, faster, more RAM, etc.
     
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