Which Android for Jan 2011?
My 2 year Tmobile contract on the G1 expires in 2 weeks. I'm eager to upgrade my Android hardware. But I'm caught in the usual catch 22. Do I buy the best hardware specs in two weeks OR wait a reasonable amount of time to catch the next gen of hardware?
Any carrier but ATT is fine.
Seems CES (JAN 2011) would coincide with Android next-gen hardware releases.
After suffering with this ancient G1 for so long, I want to make sure I don't buy a phone and miss out on a very important hardware rollout upgrade.
For ex: next gen networks. I'd like LTE, or 4G, or Wimax or whatever they want to call it.
WHAT DO I BUY IF I CAN HOLD OUT UNTIL AFTER CES?
- 11-06-2010, 05:16 PM #2
In Verizon's court you've got the Droid Incredible HD, which according to a recent rumor will have LTE. The Droid Olympus (AKA T2 or Terminator) looks to be another LTE phone on Verizon, but may very well be destined for all four, in the same manner as the Galaxy S, and should have the Nvidia Tegra2 processor in it. There's also the rumored Nexus 2, made by Samsung this time around. Sure, Samsung has publicly stated "are you effing kidding me?"*, but we all know that means nothing these days.
I've only been really paying attention to Verizon releases lately, but those are the big ones I'm looking out for.
*Pretty sure that's a direct quote.
- 11-06-2010, 06:02 PM #3
I'm just trying to anticipate what hardware changes there might be between now (when I can end my Tmobile G1 contract) and buy a new phone AND CES (Jan 6th).
All the info on the T2, the incredible HD, the G2 is all speculation. Not a single reputable source is even predicting the specs on these.
And with all the Android Tablets about to hit market, I think some of the phone specs are getting mixed with the tablet specs (like the Tegra2 processor).
Have to upgrade this 2 year old G1. Want a phone with a nex-gen network speed cell radio in it. Not ATT.
If I had to pick now, even though I like the Droid X - there's no LTE in that phone. So I'd have to go with Sprint's 4G(?) Evo or Epic OR with Tmboile's My Touch 4G (think the G2 is dead).
Need RELIABLE specs on the Motorola Terminator, Increible HD and the Olympus! Wait? or Buy now?
- 11-06-2010, 09:34 PM #5
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- 11-08-2010, 11:45 AM #10
Rather than focus on hardware, I'd focus on providers with the best service plans, and especially on who has best 4g service in your area.
Once you have figured that out, go with best hardware from that provider.
I love my EVO, but by January it may be superceded by something brighter and shinier.
- 11-08-2010, 12:02 PM #11
Waiting it out (for now)
I am with a lof of you guys (and gals). I have heard and read the rumors of the new Droid and the new Fascinate (S2) that are supposedly coming out in the spring. I am due for an upgrade and I think waiting at this point is going to allow the Froyo 2.2 to get the "bugs" fixed and allow the other phones to hit the market and be reviewed. Once fixed or released, I am all done with the Blackberry.
- 11-08-2010, 12:29 PM #12
At this point with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) supposed to release soon. I think it would be advisable to wait until after that release at least so you can see what hardware requirements it has. It would suck to buy a phone now, even one that appears to be next gen hardware, and have it not be capable of upgrading to Gingerbread.
My original G1 maxed out at Donut (1.6) because it lacks the hardware to feature anything above that. Want to make sure the next phone is maxed out in hardware so it can keep up with OS rollouts.
CES Android LTE Phone releases
This is EXACTLY why I plan to hold on to my G1 until CES hoping for new hardware.
"Verizon LG 4G LTE device makes appearance, can be Tegra 2"
Verizon LG 4G LTE device makes appearance, can be Tegra 2 | Droid Mobile phones
"Rumor: Motorola to create a dual-core Tegra 2 superphone gingerbread"
Rumor: Motorola to create a dual-core Tegra 2 superphone gingerbread | Digital Gadgets Details
- 11-10-2010, 02:26 PM #16
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I was still holding on to the G1 with Tmobile like you, until last weekend I opted to get the new Mytouch 4G. I was eligible for an upgrade but decided to buy it full price so my contract will just expire. Then, come CES/Jan/Q1, if something I must have comes out, I am then eligible to switch to any carrier and get any phone I want. I am VERY happy with the Mytouch with reliable 3G & HSPA+ in my area. Coming from a G1, I feel like I have hit the jackpot. I never liked Sense before, but it's what makes this phone great IMO. The G2 with mostly vanilla just looked too much like my G1 and I wanted something new with top-end hardware. I've found it. Just my 2 cents of course.
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- 11-11-2010, 10:34 AM #19
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Like many members here I also have the T-Mobile G1. Early February 2011 my 2 year contract expires.
I like T-Mobile as a wireless provider and would like to stay with them, but I like the 4.3 inch size even more.
Are there any rumors of T-Mobile getting a 4.3 inch screen Android phone soon?(Not interested in Windows phones...)
- 01-27-2011, 08:21 PM #20