Well Crap...Which Phone? Droid Bionic, Droid 2, iPhone?

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    I was one of the first to get the first Droid and I'm sure there's several others in my position. I'll be eligible for an upgrade this summer. I am eligible for an upgrade NOW and there's so many phones I'm just itching to get. I want the Droid 2 Global! I want the Droid X! Then Verizon releases news about the iPhone and then I hear about the Droid Bionic.

    I am totally at a loss as to what to do and which to get. Are the new 4G phones global compatible? I travel abroad a bit so that would be nice (which is why I was looking at the Droid 2 Global).

    I was looking at the iPhone when it first came out but then I hear all these nightmares about their warranty - does anyone know about what warranty the Verizon iPhone warranty is going to be? I've been spoiled with being able to walk into a Verizon and having them replace my phone no questions asked.

    And of course I'm just waiting for them to slip in another phone in there that's just going to make my head explode.

    I'm not extraordinarily tech-savvy, but I do like a nice sexy phone with fun capabilities. I do skype a lot so that two-way camera on the Bionic is nice....I just am at a complete loss at all these OPTIONS!! I feel like a kid in a candy store!
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    I'm on the same boat man there's gonna be alot to choose from, and I can't really answer all your questions but I can answer some.

    As for 4g, the iPhone 4 that just got released is only 3g compatible (from what I've heard). But rumors are saying iPhone 5 should be coming out in the summer which most likely will be 4g. I have the Droid 2 and it's only 3g, I'm pretty sure the D2 Global is only 3g as well, but I'm not 100% sure on that one. The Bionic will be 4g.
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    Yes the 4G phones are Global. As far the the D2G and X go into the store and try them out. They are great phones. If you can't wait until the Bionic is released in March/April grab one of the current devices.
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    Personally getting the Iphone knowing I have no 4g coverage, and I'm not in a hurry to switch.

    Plus none of the 4g droids look great(I just don't like the look of them compared to my D1)
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    I love my Droid 2 Global and I also travel overseas from time to time. I asked Verizon to unlock my SIM which they did, and now I can just pop a SIM into the phone when I get to where I am going and no worries!

    No matter what phone you get, as soon as you do, there will be a bigger faster whatever model right behind it. So go for what works now! And then join the rest of us drooling over the latest phone when a coworker brings it in!
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    Yeah I am hesitant about jumping to switch to the 4G network without it having been out for awhile too - I'd like there to be more coverage before I do.

    And the way I look at it as well - I compare it to this: you're standing in line at the grocery store and there's only 1 line open. Another line opens up (4g) and everyone goes into that line and that one clogs up quick, but if you stay in the current line, it ends up moving faster.....sooooo if everyone moves over to the 4G, I imagine the 3G's will be nice and quick. Although I really have nothing to complain about them now. I absolutely love my original Droid and have nothing to complain (altho I would like global coverage - that's the only thing I'd add).
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    iphone 4 for me as of late my droid x is acting all sorts of buggy and i don't want to wait for the droid bionic astheticly speaking it is not very impressive although it is at the top of the line as far as hardware and capabilities go i just want to get a phone that has some of the most amazing apps out there and well iphone 4 is where it is at! plus no idea when the bionic is going to be available for purchase...
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    and also i don't ever go out of this country so it being a non global phone doesnt bother me as well as it not being able to data and make phone calls because my droid x cant do that as well...

    I compare it to this: you're standing in line at the grocery store and there's only 1 line open. Another line opens up (4g) and everyone goes into that line and that one clogs up quick, but if you stay in the current line, it ends up moving faster.....sooooo if everyone moves over to the 4G, I imagine the 3G's will be nice and quick.

    absolutly correct...:)
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    Bionic, do you want to have last years Tech? Also with the newer processors and honeycomb on tablets, Devs are gonna bring the big guns now and better apps are going to start coming out.


    If you insist on the iphone at least wait untill they find the iphone 5 in a bar again and see what else they did to it.
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    We are a Droid Forum. Let's just leave the iPhone out of the discussion.
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    Well, I'm not familiar with the DROID 2, and the DROID Bionic will be a great phone I'm sure, but I have the DROID incredible and love it! My friend has a DROID X, and I personally think the incredible is better then that. Iphone sucks!
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    I say wait till June to see the iPhone 5 and the Droid Bionic. Also whatever else is available around that time - then reevaluate the situation. But if you really had to get a phone now, I'd say get a Droid 2 Global to use when you travel, or an iPhone if that doesn't matter all that much to you.
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    Hey all,

    Let me add a little detail to what is coming, that may help you decide.

    As some said, iPhone 4 is 3G, and frankly, its a 1Ghz cpu that is comparable to Droid X and Droid 2. Droid 2 Global is a 1.2Ghz cpu. With iPhone 5 coming in June or July, it's unimaginable to me to think of going to an iPhone 4, if I was silly enough to consider an iPhone to begin with. All I can say on the iPhone/iPad front is, they better be releasing dual core, more memory, dual cameras, and a bunch of new sensors or they're going to be left in the dust with the new crop of phones coming to Android.

    Now as for Android.. two very big things have happened recently that make me not even think of iPhone. First, as some said, the new Bionic (Atrix on ATT) and a slew of other companys (HTC, Samsung, etc) are all coming out with dual-core dual-camera phones, and tablets. To me, the overall feature set of the Bionic looks to be the best coming out in the next 6 months, and that's right near my update time (I too am an original droid owner). I am also salivating at finally seeing some tablets that look do be better than iPad.. the Xoom specifically looks so impressive.

    Now, to me, the even bigger news is Android 2.3. If you don't know the details of 2.3, it should probably be a 3.0 release. It is finally adding all the native support for audio, sensors, inputs, and upgrading the graphics a bit too. FINALLY!! This means that finally, for the most part, Android devices will soon be seeing iPhone quality games and music apps. We've known the phones were coming, they always get better. We didn't know for sure when Google would gives us developers the features we need to provide users the games and music apps they have been clamoring for, for over a year now. It will still take a good six months or longer before you see games and such, especially since it will be at least that long before most of the big gun phones come out which will have 2.3 (some will still come with 2.2 but upgrade soon after). The only phone that I know of right now with 2.3 is the Nexus S.

    Even more impressive is that Android 3.0 is close on it's heals. I am not sure what else 3.0 is bringing, but 2.3 is a huge update in my opinion. So for a full release version change, other than the newer GUI that is coming, I am really looking forward to seeing what other big changes are coming for 3.0. I've heard rumors that 2.4 is for phones and 3.0 is for tablets. Hopefully they keep it all the same and just have some way of querying the hardware for what it supports, so if it's a tablet without phone, it just doesnt show the phone dialer and such.

    Anyway, for us original moto droid owners, rumor had it that android 2.3 and later would require a 1Ghz cpu, but google squelched those rumors not too long ago.. and they say 2.3 should run faster and better than 2.2. So we should be able to get 2.3 on our phones. The one thing I am not sure of is if each phone/device has to have new drivers written for it to handle the new audio/graphics/sensor/input updates 2.3 adds before we can see it work on our droid. Even so, I would guess 2.3 with all these new additions is a decent bit larger in size, so it may eat away at our precious droid small memory sizes compared to the newer phones that come with 512MB to 1GB ram. I forget, but I think the original droid only has 256MB ram. Thank God many apps can be put on the SD card now.

    So.. my opinion, for those of you that can upgrade now, or early upgrade, I'd wait. At least wait until we find out what pricing is going to be like. I'll pay $300 for the Bionic, although I am hoping it's only $200 for the updated price. I'll also pay up to $500 for the XOOM, but hoping it's a bit less than the iPad to give it some real good competition. Until the iPhone 5 specs are due out, I wouldn't even consider it if you're even thinking of going to iPhone 4 now.

    The one question I have for anyone that knows.. I hope this is the case.. if you get a phone with the LTE 4G, will it drop back to 3G if not in a 4G area.. or do you get stuck in the horribly slow old speeds? I would hope it goes back to 3G if possible. Oh.. and the other part of that question.. is it going to cost us more per month for 4G or the same $30 unlimited data plan (at least on Verizon)?
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    Wow what a post lol it was a good read though =) as for your question I've read around that yes, if you don't 4g coverage you'll drop back to 3g, but you'll still be paying the 4g price. And I think 4g is gonna see some higher prices, there's rumors of there being caps too something like 5 and 10gb data caps or something along those lines.

    That's what I've read around, nothing official yet though.

    Sent from my D2 running squidlys mod
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    Have a Droid X and love it! Don't miss my iphone that I left for it. Don't get me wrong the iphone is a great phone but I love my DX lots more. But it is only 3G, from the 4G phones I've seen press releases on the Bionic has me drooling and having nerdgasims. Just my 2ยข.

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    I have a Droid Pro with an unused upgrade on another line. I travel a lot and love my Pro but with the 4g hype, I was glad but concerned about Global capabilities. Now that CK has answered the question, I will be looking forward to upgrading (and handing my Pro to my girlfriend who has no way of keeping in touch with me out of country) to a 4G global phone. As of right now, the bionic looks good but I kinda want a physical keyboard. I like the availability of having one since I had an itouch and hated typing on it. Why is it always HUGE screens and keyboardless phones? Can't a guy be able to use the only hand he's capable of using to keep up in the world of technology? Yeah, i'm done ranting (This was more of a humorous thing for me.)
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    I'm not really an apple fan at all. I never liked their computers. I never liked the ipad. The only apple product I own is the ipod and it's still the original one believe it or not! So unless the iphones absolutely blow the Droids out of the water, I plan on going with one of the Droids. Droids have not steered me wrong yet. I'm impressed by how indestructible it is for a fancy smancy phone. I love the features it has. It really has been my favorite phone I've owned so far.

    I have the Droid with the keyboard and I can probably count on one hand the amount of times I've used it. I don't like the buttons on it at all. I don't like that there isn't an autocorrect (or is there and I haven't discovered it yet?) with the keyboard. I REALLY like the talk-to-speech feature when I'm too lazy to type anything. But for the most part all I use is the touch screen - speaking of which that's what went on mine today - the touch screen wouldn't respond. I couldn't unlock it. I tried the magnet trick, still couldn't get it to respond at all. I went to Verizon and they gave me a new Droid. They even gave me new screen covers. I saw them take them off the shelf open it up and put it on. Didn't charge me a thing - now that's customer service! This is my 3rd Droid. The other one fell in water. From what I understand, apple phones have applecare warranty and it pretty much covers nothing.
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    I'm in the same boat as the OP. I'm the primary line on my account, and I have one last early upgrade to use before VZW revokes the privilege. However, I live in an area that does not and likely wont have LTE for quite some time. This is pushing me in the direction of the iPhone. If I get the Bionic, I will have the most powerful phone, but I will be paying for speeds that I can't even use, which seems foolish.
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    One phone doesn't have to lose for the other to win. All three new phones are winners. Its just personal preference. You just got to find what phone offers you the features that you want more, and choose that one.

    There are a lot of nice things on both phones. No reason to down ether one.
    Example: I have a Ipad I wifi tether too when I want a big internet screen when I'm standing in line. Also love the pdf and comic readers it has. The Elements app is awesome. Its a great tool.

    Ergo...Android Is also great. Google Maps, Google translate, an Voice texting are all superior. Having widgets is also a great option.

    So you really just have to take a hard look at what features on each OS you would use the most, and choose wisely.
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    which phone to pick?

    I am due for my new every two here soon. I can use it now as a matter of fact.
    I bought the droid on ebay and love it but I am wondering which new droid to get. I would like a front facing camera. I saw some of the things an iphone can do and loved it but I'm not ready to give up my droid apps and the ability to hack it with different roms.
    I have the extended battery.
    So the question is which droid should i get?

    As an aside how do I get the droid to recognize I have an extended battery and show the correct battery meter?
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