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#2501 04101Seadog

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 10:37 AM

I just went through the same process picking between the M8, the G3, or waiting a couple of weeks for the 2014 Moto X. I'm coming off using a blackberry for the last 5 years, but am finally getting an Android and here was what I came up with:

 

G3

pros: Screen, battery promotion, camera, 3GB ram, SD card, Removable Battery, cost ($49 on Amazon/2 year)

cons: Battery Life, Overheating, LG's Skin on Android, LG updating with Android L, buttons on the back -didn't like

 

M8

Pros: Battery Life, Metal construction, Sense interface, HTC supporting next 2 Android updates, Fast - no lag I've seen, cost ($49 on Amazon/2 year)

Cons: Camera is awful, no removable battery, size is tall - screen is small compared to G3

 

MotoX

Pros: Design and construction, hands free tech, larger screen, pure Android interface, 

Cons: Camera is good not great, battery is suspect, not released yet on Verizon so no real hands on. Cost ($200 ballpark when customized /2 year)

 

When all was said and done i picked up the M8, as the camera is good enough for me, and the other factors that I was looking for it was either at the top, or #2 on my list. It just got here today, so I'll be curious to see if I made the right choice.



#2502 Boggs26

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 11:02 AM

Boggs26, your wife's coming from an LG G2, that's a pretty big phone as it is, and new stuff is even bigger, so if she's got smaller hands, it might be worth it to play with some devices beforehand.

Thanks, that was our fear. After going in and playing around with the phones, I stuck with my initial plan of upgrading to the G3 (I'll write up a review one I've played with it for a few days) and she decided to go with the slightly smaller S5. So far we are both happy worth or choices.

#2503 crystalline

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 02:53 PM

Tried switching Google Voice to use in Hangouts, but hit a problem: I use Voice to send texts from a web browser and this is buggy with Hangouts.  It's a known problem that you can't send SMS to some people in your contact list, potentially depending on how their phone number was entered.

https://productforum...gle.com/forum/#!category-topic/hangouts/messaging/aD_aHNH-_Go

I switched back to Google Voice and away from Hangouts.

 

Still not sure how group texts work, but it seems now you can send images via GV/MMS.  I just tested it and it sends the recipient a link.  Not a perfect solution, but seems better than what it used to be.

 

I thought this only now works for Sprint and T-Mobile who have negotiated MMS agreements with Google.  Did that come from Verizon or AT&T?



#2504 Fratboy


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Posted 22 September 2014 - 05:30 PM

It works for Verizon, Crystalline.



#2505 crystalline

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 06:27 AM

Yay!!

#2506 Joe Sixpack

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 11:32 AM

From my own tests I was able to exchange MMS successfully with Sprint users, but it did not work with Verizon. But that was about 2 days after they rolled this out, so maybe they've fixed it since then.



#2507 Trautwein's Degree


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Posted 30 September 2014 - 01:54 AM

Got the new Moto X on Friday. Motorola did a fantastic job with this phone. The way in which the phone manages and prioritizes notifications is outstanding. Motorola's supplements to Android are incredibly useful. The phone knows I'm in the car and reads texts to me. The voice controls are first rate. The build quality and screen are outstanding. I've found the camera to be much better than reviewers give it credit for. But so far, I'm very impressed with this phone. Happy to be the hell away from Touch Wiz. 



#2508 PortlandSoxFan


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Posted 30 September 2014 - 07:43 AM

The Nexus 6 is evidently made by Motorola, I believe I'll be getting that one closer to it's release rather than 6-9 months after like I did the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5.  My last Motorola was the awful Bionic; they have to be much better by now!



#2509 Corsi


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Posted 10 October 2014 - 08:55 AM

So my I dropped my Moto X (first gen) the other day and it completely shattered.  I asked Amazon for a replacement and instead they offered me a full refund for the phone (~$525) even though I bought the phone for $0.01 with a 2-year contract.  Anyway, I wasn't going to argue with that.

 

Aside from just replacing it with another Moto X, what's out there if I want to get a phone with a bit bigger display?  Not Note-big, but bigger than the Moto X.



#2510 FL4WL3SS


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Posted 10 October 2014 - 08:57 AM

Wait for the Nexus 6.



#2511 Seven Costanza


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Posted 10 October 2014 - 08:58 AM

Or the new Moto X?



#2512 Corsi


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Posted 10 October 2014 - 08:59 AM

Wait for the Nexus 6.

 

Is the November 3rd release date confirmed?

 

I picked up a cheap Droid Incredible for $20 to hold me over until I get something new.



#2513 FL4WL3SS


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Posted 10 October 2014 - 09:12 AM

 

Is the November 3rd release date confirmed?

 

I picked up a cheap Droid Incredible for $20 to hold me over until I get something new.

Not sure on the exact date, but it will be unveiled this month with an expected appearance on the market next month.

 

It's rumored to be based on the Moto X and it'll be a pure google experience without all of the Verizon/AT&T/T-Mobile bullshit. Probably run around $350.



#2514 Corsi


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Posted 10 October 2014 - 09:16 AM

Beautiful.  Loved the Moto X experience.  Will likely be sitting tight until this one drops.



#2515 deconstruction

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 09:23 AM

Beautiful.  Loved the Moto X experience.  Will likely be sitting tight until this one drops.

 

The Nexus 6 is rumored to have a 5.9" screen, which is "Note-big," so you might want to go for the 2014 Moto X at 5.2". 



#2516 FL4WL3SS


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Posted 10 October 2014 - 09:26 AM

I'll "Note-big" you pal.

I already talked him into it. STOP RUINING IT.

#2517 Corsi


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Posted 10 October 2014 - 09:27 AM

 

The Nexus 6 is rumored to have a 5.9" screen, which is "Note-big," so you might want to go for the 2014 Moto X at 5.2". 

 

Ah, actually didn't even realize the 2014 Moto X has a larger form factor than the original.  I'll have to check it out.



#2518 deconstruction

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 09:33 AM

I'll "Note-big" you pal.

I already talked him into it. STOP RUINING IT.

 

Hey, if he wants to carry around a fanny pack for his phone, have at it. 

 

:P



#2519 FL4WL3SS


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Posted 10 October 2014 - 09:58 AM

That might actually be amazing. I should create a case that doubles as a fanny pack.

You're onto something, buddy, you're onto something.

#2520 Fratboy


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Posted 14 October 2014 - 09:32 AM

Droid Turbo will be dropping on Verizon on 10/28, and it looks to be a Moto X size/experience device with Nexus X's internals.

 

I'm drooling.



#2521 Corsi


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Posted 14 October 2014 - 01:00 PM

Droid Turbo will be dropping on Verizon on 10/28, and it looks to be a Moto X size/experience device with Nexus X's internals.

 

I'm drooling.

 

Any word on pricing?



#2522 Fratboy


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Posted 14 October 2014 - 07:46 PM

 

Any word on pricing?

 

No word yet. I'm expecting it'll be $199. I'd be stunned if it topped that, since that's where the M8, G3, and S5 were all priced when they launched.



#2523 Corsi


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 08:27 AM

 

No word yet. I'm expecting it'll be $199. I'd be stunned if it topped that, since that's where the M8, G3, and S5 were all priced when they launched.

 

Makes sense.  When these launch at $199 on contract, what's the typical no-contract price?  $650 or so?



#2524 crystalline

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 09:23 AM

Rumor is that Nexus 6 and 9 launch tomorrow with Android L.

Edit: From Forbes http://www.forbes.co...-run-android-l/

Edited by crystalline, 15 October 2014 - 09:23 AM.


#2525 Corsi


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 11:18 AM

Rumor is that Nexus 6 and 9 launch tomorrow with Android L.

Edit: From Forbes http://www.forbes.co...-run-android-l/

 

Google just officially announced it: http://www.google.com/nexus/6/

 

Available for pre-order starting in late October.


Edited by Corsi, 15 October 2014 - 11:18 AM.


#2526 Foulkey Reese


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 11:19 AM

Def ordering the Nexus 9.

 

Not sure if I wanna pay full price for the 6, but damn...



#2527 Corsi


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 11:24 AM

From the official Motorola blog:

 

Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order through the Google Play Store in late October starting at $649. There are two colors to choose from - Midnight Blue or Cloud White - and two memory options - 32GB and 64GB. Nexus 6 will also be available on motorola.com and through carrier partners starting in November. You’ll hear from our carrier partners soon with additional pricing and availability information. In all, Nexus 6 will come to 28 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America starting later this year and as we head into Q1.

 

http://motorola-blog...linkId=10037351



#2528 Fratboy


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 11:25 AM

Hoo boy. So there's no SD card, but they'll have a 64 GB option available, and it'll be on Verizon Wireless. It's going to be a very difficult decision choosing between this and Droid Turbo, but a 6" display is a LOT of phone, and coming from the Galaxy S3 (friend of mine gave me a gently used one over the summer), 5.2" will be easier to deal with than 6".



#2529 Fratboy


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 11:25 AM

Well, I guess the days of the $399 Nexus phones are history.



#2530 FL4WL3SS


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 11:29 AM

$649 WTF?? Google was preaching better phones for cheaper cost, what is this shit?

I'm still getting it.

#2531 FL4WL3SS


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 11:43 AM

Maybe since my wife signed us up for AT&T Next, I'll be able to use that to get this phone.

#2532 Fratboy


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 12:48 PM

$649 WTF?? Google was preaching better phones for cheaper cost, what is this shit?

I'm still getting it.

 

The difference being that now they'll be available on contract with the carriers. They'll sell a lot more this way, but really, yeah, it's too bad they've gone this route. Now they're just another device "manufacturer".



#2533 PortlandSoxFan


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 01:35 PM

Yeah, that model sucks for those of us that jumped off of contracts a couple years ago.



#2534 crystalline

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Posted 16 October 2014 - 10:15 AM

 

The difference being that now they'll be available on contract with the carriers. They'll sell a lot more this way, but really, yeah, it's too bad they've gone this route. Now they're just another device "manufacturer".

 

 

Yeah, that model sucks for those of us that jumped off of contracts a couple years ago.

 

 

Interesting article on Nexus pricing:

http://www.pcmag.com...,2426636,00.asp

 

 


[The Nexus 5] is a match for any $649 unlocked device.

 

That's because it is a $649 unlocked device, of course. There's no manufacturing magic going on here. The Nexus 5 is a loss leader, so Google can seed stock Android phones out to developers, satisfy the Android faithful and maybe even get enough stock Android devices out into the world to put pressure on Google's OEM partners to accept the latest versions and features.

 

There's always a delicate dance with the Nexus, though. Nexus phones are rarely marketed heavily, because Google wants to leave room for other high-end Android phones in the marketplace.

 

And so far, Google's partners haven't been able to sell phones for Google's prices, because they need to make money on the hardware. Google can sell a limited number of Nexus phones at cost or even at a loss, making the money up from its huge reservoir of ad revenue. Samsung, LG, and HTC, which rely on phone hardware sales for their profits, can't.

 

 

The Nexus 6 is the end of the loss leader line.  Sad, but we were getting a huge deal before this.


Edited by crystalline, 16 October 2014 - 10:15 AM.


#2535 zenter


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Posted 16 October 2014 - 10:49 AM

The Nexus 6 is the end of the loss leader line.  Sad, but we were getting a huge deal before this.

 

It's part of it. Another is that contract-driven carriers will refuse to sell/highlight phones if the phone maker competed directly with them. The higher "retail price" also means carriers do device customization (e.g., good things like wifi calling and crappy things like CarrierIQ).

 

Yeah, that model sucks for those of us that jumped off of contracts a couple years ago.

 

Agreed - T-Mobile users are particularly screwed since buying off-contract is meant to be a way to save money, and now Google is properly playing ball with the big boys. That said, I'm expecting my $350 64GB OnePlus One in the next couple weeks. I'll let you know how it goes. :)



#2536 PortlandSoxFan


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Posted 16 October 2014 - 11:00 AM

I thought I was a lock to get the 6, but now I'll explore all my options.  I have a pair of Nexus 4's to sell, will replace one of the 4s with my 5, and buy something new.  The Net10 plan got better since I signed up, it is 3G of LTE a month before it gets throttled, and I'm paying a total of $86 for 2 lines essentially on AT&T's network



#2537 PortlandSoxFan


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Posted 16 October 2014 - 11:06 AM

The OnePlus is appealing...but no wireless charging is a deal breaker for me.  I've come to rely on it, with chargers at work and multiple at home.






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