10-29-2014 10:48 PM
So I got an VZW M8 and it's a great phone...but I continued researching about the s5 and g3 and honestly I'm not sure if i got the right phone. I have until next weekend to exchange the phone so I was wondering if you guys could help me with a decision? They're almost equal but only the small differences really separate them...
I previously come from a S3, what I need in a phone (arranged by highest priority to lowest):
-Good audio quality via headphones, speakers on phone won't really be used music for music.
-signal connection, don't want dropped calls/call quality
-nice screen/can be used in sunlight. I like a large screen but not a large phone(small bezels). I like color accuracy and a beautiful display.
-rooting and custom roms. I understand VZW is harder for this.
-Smooth and fast UI
-front camera(snapchat) and rear camera for social media. I have a dslr, but don't always carry it...
-notification LED(preferably different colors for different apps like email and texts..)
Water resistance is admirable, but not necessary. Obviously I like music! I'm under the impression the g3 and m8 produce good audio quality through headphones, though the m8 has the harman kardon mod I hear praise about. I want to root my phone and probably flash a rom, like cleanrom, to rid of bloatware and use titanium backup and such. I'm under the impression the m8 has a lot of development, the g3 and s5 not so much???
I got the m8 because it's 29.99, the g3 is 79.99 and the s5 is 99.99. I am trying to factor price into my decision too, would it be worth more to pay for another phone??
Suggestions? Thanks for your time!10-25-2014 07:16 PM
- -signal connection, don't want dropped calls/call quality
The two things that will determine sensitivity in any given class phone are how good a signal that location gets from that carrier, and whether you can hear noisy GSM or warbly CDMA better when the signal gets weak.-nice screen/can be used in sunlight. I like a large screen but not a large phone(small bezels). I like color accuracy and a beautiful display.-rooting and custom roms. I understand VZW is harder for this.
The questions here are why you want to root the phone and what you're looking for in a custom ROM. If it's just to have a rooted phone and a custom ROM, you shouldn't. You get very little for voiding the warranty. (Either one immediately voids it.) BTW, a custom ROM will be rooted. Rooting a phone first, then flashing a custom ROM, is like washing your hands before working on your car engine.-Smooth and fast UI-battery life-front camera(snapchat) and rear camera for social media.-microsd-removable battery-notification LED(preferably different colors for different apps like email and texts..)-water resistanceI want to root my phone and probably flash a rom, like cleanrom, to rid of bloatware and use titanium backup and such.I'm under the impression the m8 has a lot of development, the g3 and s5 not so much???I got the m8 because it's 29.99, the g3 is 79.99 and the s5 is 99.99. I am trying to factor price into my decision too, would it be worth more to pay for another phone??10-25-2014 09:57 PM
- That's true headphones are important, but VIA google the m8 and g3 produce audio more flat than the s5 and the m8 can power some very powerful headphones because it has a powerful output.
Good to hear they all have good signal connection and I never had issues with Verizon's connection.
I understand that I'll never get true colors, but I know the s5 has rather saturated colors and the m8 and g3 more "natural" colors though the g3 is said to be a little washed out and not as contrasty. I also want a screen that's able to been seen outside, E.G. able to produce a bright screen for outdoor use. The s5 is the winnter there, but the m8 does well outdoors. The g3 I hear doesn't get dim and at full brightness overheats easily...
I want to root to remove some stock apps and install adaway and titanium backup.. that's all really. Sense is really nice too and I used Nova on my s3. I do like the badge notifications on sense, something I envy from ios
Phone camera's suck haha, but for instagram and other social media it does the job well. I do like the front camera of the m8, considering it's wide angle and produces good quality photos. The rear is okay too, but digital zoom isn't good (and never will be...)
Battery life is definitely a concern, and my s3 battery holds half the charge it original does so I feel perhaps not having a remoevable battery on my m8 might be an issue.
the m8 notification LED is basic, and I'm under the impression the g3 and s5 will do better.
Yeah I don't really want to pay for a phone that's equally just as good but the g3 on paper seems A LOT more powerful and "future proof" for my next two years. The external speaker isn't as good on the m8, but I don't think I'd really miss it....Just nervous because I've heard of a lot of issues with the g3. Heck the nexus 6 looks good though, and I'm now considering waiting for it.10-26-2014 02:45 PM
- Is that true? The new droid turbo is coming out tomorrow...sort of eyeing it despite the heft price tag :l
Not having a removable battery is one thing , but my s3...the battery really just died for the last 6 months of use. Definitely lost more than 50 percent of its charge. That's what really worries me about the m8 and the turbo and makes me look at the g3 and s5 more. I'd like the ability to switch out a battery..but then I feel I'll only have this phone for two years and that the m8 battery won't be as fragile as my s3.10-29-2014 10:48 PM
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