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    Default hello! decisions, decisions.

    hi all! I had gone to android a year ago but I found the Samsung S4 laggy, and switched to the Note 2 which had problems. (delayed texts and calls going directly to voicemail)

    I am tired of my iPhone's 4s small screen. I am a web designer and use email heavily on my phone, as well as texting, and web surfing. I don't game at all-just productivity tasks.
    I also have minor carpal tunnel, so I am not sure if I need a wider phone or a lighter one. I also need a phone that takes photos at least the same quality as the iPhone 4S.

    I was leaning toward the nexus 5 but I don't like the battery life (hubby has it), and after my experience with the note 2, I am leery of the note 3 having the same issues. the Samsungs don't seem as smooth scrolling as hubby's nexus 5.

    I am a heavy phone user, but I am just stuck on what to choose. Any suggestions? I am buying off contract so price isn't an issue. I just want a phone that I can use for 2 years and not get frustrated.

    thanks!

    Jen
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    Welcome! Have you considered the HTC M8? Seems to be plenty fast, have pretty good battery life, and I'd be surprised if you became frustrated with it too quickly. I'd say it takes photos that fit the bill, but I'll point you here:

    http://www.androidcentral.com/htc-one-review-2014-m8
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    Default Re: hello! decisions, decisions.

    I can confirm the battery life on the M8. It did take nearly a week for the battery to settle in.

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    thank you Patrick. I will look at the link.
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    Default Re: hello! decisions, decisions.

    Quote Originally Posted by JenTDOT View Post
    hi all! I had gone to android a year ago but I found the Samsung S4 laggy, and switched to the Note 2 which had problems. (delayed texts and calls going directly to voicemail)

    I am tired of my iPhone's 4s small screen. I am a web designer and use email heavily on my phone, as well as texting, and web surfing. I don't game at all-just productivity tasks.
    I also have minor carpal tunnel, so I am not sure if I need a wider phone or a lighter one. I also need a phone that takes photos at least the same quality as the iPhone 4S.

    I was leaning toward the nexus 5 but I don't like the battery life (hubby has it), and after my experience with the note 2, I am leery of the note 3 having the same issues. the Samsungs don't seem as smooth scrolling as hubby's nexus 5.

    I am a heavy phone user, but I am just stuck on what to choose. Any suggestions? I am buying off contract so price isn't an issue. I just want a phone that I can use for 2 years and not get frustrated.

    thanks!

    Jen
    I almost forgot. Welcome to the forums!!

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    Default Re: hello! decisions, decisions.

    I got my GS4 back in July 1 2013, no problem, no lag.

    But you should try a Note 3 and the Galaxy S5 just in case.
    I'm a first time Samsung phone buyer and love my GS4, especially its camera. So the camera on the N3 should be about the same and the one on the GS5 is better.

    The problems you had with the Note 2 should not be on these phones.

    Anyway, if you just don't want to give them a try then you should try Patrick's suggestion. It's also a great phone.

    I guess it would be best if you go into the store and use the phones they have there and make a better decision.

    Let us know which phone you decided on.

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    Default Re: hello! decisions, decisions.

    thank you golfdriver! I am only a bit hesitant because I had used an htc one as my replacement phone during the time my note was being sent off for fixing. I did not like sense at all. :-( On paper this phone seems ideal. in hand I am not so sure...
    it is a beautiful phone. so sleek.
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    It's worth noting that you'll probably see a decent improvement in performance after enabling ART. Five minutes on ART the new Android runtime | Android Central

    Also, don't completely trust the performance of in-store devices as representative of what you'll get if you buy one for yourself. Recent flagships seem to handle the 'display device' scenario better than those of the past, but the point still stands.
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    thanks for the link Patrick. Sense seems different on this phone. it is quite heavy though at 160...
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    Default Re: hello! decisions, decisions.

    Quote Originally Posted by JenTDOT View Post
    thanks for the link Patrick. Sense seems different on this phone. it is quite heavy though at 160...
    I was not a fan of Sense before either. It doesn't seem as bad as it might look. I have no lag whatsoever

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    Welcome to Android Central! Consider also the LG G2, which is similar to the Nexus 5 hardware-wise, except with a bigger battery. Camera is supposed to be good, and people rave about the screen. Or you could wait a bit and see what the upcoming G3 is like!

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    golfdriver, is the nexus 5 able to be a workhorse? I am worried about being disappointed in the battery. I love how light it is though! I hate hangouts and am not fond of the stock sounds. also the screen seems to have a yellow tint. And the color scheme is just drab and gray. I am. guessing all that is changeable.
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    Default Re: hello! decisions, decisions.

    Quote Originally Posted by JenTDOT View Post
    golfdriver, is the nexus 5 able to be a workhorse? I am worried about being disappointed in the battery. I love how light it is though! I hate hangouts and am not fond of the stock sounds. also the screen seems to have a yellow tint. And the color scheme is just drab and gray. I am. guessing all that is changeable.
    The N5 is OK. Other devices will be better in the battery arena. My screen shows whites as nearly pure white. No yellow. Actually comparing my N5 to the Moto X, and my old S3 and S2, the Samsung's had a blue tint and the Moto had a yellowish color. The color is actually very close to the M8.

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    I am going with the Nexus 5. I just really love the weight and feel of the device. I am usually around a charger so I am going to stop obsessing about battery. thanks to everyone for the help!
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    Good choice! Do yourself a favor and get a wireless charger, which you can often get for as cheap as $20. Just keep the phone on the charger when not in use, and battery life will be less of a problem. I know it seems silly that plugging the phone in using the actual cable would be more of a hassle than a wireless charger, but the extra few seconds it takes to get that little micro USB plug into the socket can become annoying, while placing the phone on a charging pad doesn't get any simpler.

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    Default Re: hello! decisions, decisions.

    Quote Originally Posted by JenTDOT View Post
    I am going with the Nexus 5. I just really love the weight and feel of the device. I am usually around a charger so I am going to stop obsessing about battery. thanks to everyone for the help!
    Good deal! 👍☺

    When you're around a charger battery life on a phone isn't much of a problem.

    Did you considered Diddy's suggestion?
    I know you made up your mind and the N5 is also a great choice.
    Just asking, because the G2 is basically the N5's brother.

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    Default Re: hello! decisions, decisions.

    I would add to B. Diddy's point by saying a wireless charger will also save on wear and tear on the charging port.
    When you get the new device, I would suggest using it normally, charge when needed. You might be surprised, as in your cell coverage and use might be enough where only one charge per day may suffice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golfdriver97 View Post
    I would add to B. Diddy's point by saying a wireless charger will also save on wear and tear on the charging port.
    When you get the new device, I would suggest using it normally, charge when needed. You might be surprised, as in your cell coverage and use might be enough where only one charge per day may suffice.

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    True indeed!

    I've notice that my GS4 goes from 6 to 18 hours without charging in between, depending on cell coverage.

    Sometimes I'm at places with hardly any coverage so my usage is only texts and phone calls (yes, I use my phone primarily for the stuff it was meant to do in the first place: phone calls! Unbelievable!).

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    my hubby's nexus 5 rarely gets more than two bars. is that common? quality doesn't seem affected in any way...
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    On T-Mobile in the Silicon Valley, I often have 1-2 bars with no call quality issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JenTDOT View Post
    my hubby's nexus 5 rarely gets more than two bars. is that common? quality doesn't seem affected in any way...
    That's up to your carrier's coverage.
    But if he has no problem with data and phone calls with only 2 bars than you should be fine.

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    I ended up going for the Note 3. just got it today....what sold me was the width of the phone. it is more comfortable to text on! seems like a great device. I am very excited.
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    Default Re: hello! decisions, decisions.

    Quote Originally Posted by JenTDOT View Post
    I ended up going for the Note 3. just got it today....what sold me was the width of the phone. it is more comfortable to text on! seems like a great device. I am very excited.
    Great! Glad you are liking the device.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenTDOT View Post
    I ended up going for the Note 3. just got it today....what sold me was the width of the phone. it is more comfortable to text on! seems like a great device. I am very excited.
    Great device!
    Glad you like it. 👍☺

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