Upgrading from the Motorola Razr to the Galaxy S4

Discussion in 'Samsung Galaxy S4' started by Raydee35, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. bbtkd

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    Yeah, there is always a newer/better phone just around the corner. If that bothers you, then you may be a candidate for the annual upgrade program that carriers have recently rolled out. It will cost you, but will keep you current. You might be able to refresh your Bionic by culling your apps and getting rid of some, then do a FDR. Might get you through until the S5.
     
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    Yeah. I've been removing apps and trying to make it work. I'm not the kind of person that has to have the latest and greatest every 6 months. I'm actually the opposite. I hate paying so dang much for a phone, and would love one to last me 3 years. That's why when I do buy, I want it to be the most up to date. I love the android OS, but it seems to me that about a year after I've owned any android phone an OS update comes out that basically kills my phone. The way I see it, I'm only 6-8 months away from the S4 getting screwed by an OS update. Hopefully others dont have this issue, but it has happened to both my wife and I with every phone over the last 4-5 years.
     
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    The S4 won't get screwed out of updates that soon as I believe S3 is still getting them. You want the latest but don't want to pay much, though those are contrary goals. Right now, the S4 is a current phone that should get updates another two years, and I don't believe there is anything better at this point. Even when the S5 comes out, the S4 will still be sold for a while and will remain viable, much as the S3 still is. The S3 viability has hurt S4 sales based on comments of friends. I believe that if you shop around, the S4 can be had for $99. Why continue to suffer with the Bionic? I was going to hold out for the Moto X, but when they delayed it 6 months as is typical with Moto, I knew it would be somewhat dated when it eventually did. I was not disappointed i my move to the S4 when I finally saw the Moto X come out.
     
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    You can root the device and block future updates until such time when you do want to try the update(s). And you can also create a cwm/nandroid backup, and if the device should get "accidentally" updated, you can restore the backup to revert.
    I have a 2012 Google Nexus 7 tablet still running Android 4.1.2, because I didn't want Android 4.2 or 4.3 on it.
     
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    The S4 has only been out for a few months, so it shouldn't be viewed as an old phone. As others have pointed out, a good guess is that the S4 will continue to receive upgrades for some time.

    Another thing to keep in mind is the rate of improvement of hardware and software. In the early days, the hardware and software improvements for each new version were big steps forward. Recently, however, the improvements have been much "smaller" and phones at least are becoming more future proof. For example, it's unlikely we will see significant improvements in screen size or resolution. Even battery life is getting pretty good, particularly if you purchase one of the max versions.

    So I think the likelihood of getting a phone and finding it feel obsolete in 1 year's time is smaller than it used to be.

    There are several really good Android phones currently available; the S4 is just one. I would look at them all, pick one, and not look back.
     
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    Sounds good. I appreciate the information posted here. I don't mind spending the money for quality, I've just felt kind of ripped off in the past due to software issues. Seems like those are becoming less apparent, so I appreciate that advice. Now I just have to find a decent deal on one. I don't understand why verizon's version is more expensive than others. Best price I've found on the verizon one is $179 at costco. If anyone knows anywhere else to get a better deal, please let me know.

    Thanks again for the advice. This forum has always been helpful.
     
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    Have you read the various posts in the

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/samsung-galaxy-s4/252149-best-deal-verizon-s4.html

    thread?
     
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    Yeah. I posted on that thread yesterday. I'm not sure where people are finding the prices, but it must not be at the Dallas locations. Cheapest I've found around here is at costco for $180.
     
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    I have seen the S4 as high as $249 for a 16-GB at Beast Buy and as low as $199 for a 16-GB ($249 for 32 GB) at VZW's store.

    As for the S5, I do not plan to wait for that as I am not wanting to have to wait for bugs to be fixed like I did with the Bionic. I have been called a guinea, and I have been called a pig, but I do not want to be a guinea pig. ;)

    Looks like the S4 is a generally safe bet. :)
     
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    My recent T-Mobile purchase:
    $99 down.
    $21 for 24 months for Galaxy S4 M919.
    $44 unlimited talk/text.
    $17.6 unlimited 4G + 2.5GB tether.
    And taxes.

    Sent from my rooted DroidX using Tapatalk 2
     
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    How about your local Walmart for $138? Or Wirefly for $119-$179? Or Amazon for $119-149?
     
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    Your plan prices are great.......but whew $604 for a phone.
     
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