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    Default What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    I'm ready to upgrade from my Bionic which has served me very well.

    I can't decide which to get.

    Help!

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    + on the S4
    Removable Battery
    Expandable Storage
    Better Screen

    - on the S4
    Touchwiz
    Buttons
    Bloatware
    Radios

    + on the Maxx
    32GB internal storage
    Battery Life
    Software
    Radios
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    - on the Maxx
    Bootloader (not confirmed)
    Not out yet
    Less accessories than the S4
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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    Of those choices, I'd take the MAXX for sure. Samsung's radio issues are no joke. I'm torn between the HTC One+Mophie vs Droid MAXX.
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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    Samsung. Touchwhiz is great. Moto needs to break out of their shell. No % on battery, enclosed storage and battery.

    Now add samsung with 32gb internal + a 64gb SD. Wow

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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by NothingIsTrue View Post
    + on the S4
    Removable Battery
    Expandable Storage
    Better Screen

    - on the S4
    Touchwiz
    Buttons
    Bloatware
    Radios

    + on the Maxx
    32GB internal storage
    Battery Life
    Software
    Radios
    Kevlar

    - on the Maxx
    Bootloader (not confirmed)
    Not out yet
    Less accessories than the S4
    You can get an s4 with 32 GB of internal too

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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    ^Touchwiz is absolutely awful. Play with a S4 for 5 minutes and you can see what a stuttering nightmare it is. Yuck.

    Who cares about a removable battery. It's so silly to carry around an extra battery...then go through the hassle of charging 2 batteries every night and fumbling around with de-casing the phone to put a new battery in every day...no thanks.

    Agree on Micro SD though. But Google wants cloud storage...which is really stupid when a HD digital copy is 5GB+.
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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by Serial Fordicator View Post
    You can get an s4 with 32 GB of internal too

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    Good call, I didn't play with the color selection on Verizon's site. On the default one it's 16GB only but if you select black or white 32GB is an option. Thanks!
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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamliner330 View Post
    ^Touchwiz is absolutely awful. Play with a S4 for 5 minutes and you can see what a stuttering nightmare it is. Yuck.

    Who cares about a removable battery. It's so silly to carry around an extra battery...then go through the hassle of charging 2 batteries every night and fumbling around with de-casing the phone to put a new battery in every day...no thanks.

    Agree on Micro SD though. But Google wants cloud storage...which is really stupid when a HD digital copy is 5GB+.
    I'd have to disagree. I prefer it to blur for features.

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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    From someone that has the 32GB S4 I can recommend it. The screen is really
    nice...as is the expandable storage and swappable/upgradeable battery. It just seems like there's more to love for less $$ with
    the S4.

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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamliner330 View Post
    Of those choices, I'd take the MAXX for sure. Samsung's radio issues are no joke. I'm torn between the HTC One+Mophie vs Droid MAXX.
    I second the notion about Samsung's radios. I've had an original SGS and an GNex. The radios/GPS on the SGS were horrible (especially the GPS). The GNex was a big improvement, but literally every other phone on Verizon seems to do a better job. Voice quality is also pretty crappy. I know most phones are pretty crappy, but through the years of cell phone usage, the only manufacturer I've seen that can hold a candle to RIM's radio's is Motorola. Motorola also always seems to have really, really awesome speaker phones.

    I'm leaning towards the Maxx. I'm really happy with my GNex still, for the most part, but if I can't get another Nexus on Verizon then I'd rather have something as close to stock as possible. 4.2 + Touchwiz just makes for a laggy experience. I'm hoping that the new Droid's don't suffer from 4.2's bloat. As far as the bootloader thing goes, I'm hoping that there's a change in how Motorola does their locking. It's not likely, but it's worth hoping for. In the end, if I can get a polished version of CM on it, I'd probably be happy with it.

    The big pluses for me on the Maxx are: Battery, 32GB Storage, Call Quality (hopefully), Stockish Android, All the voice stuff. 16GB's of storage is a total joke to me. I need the extra storage for all of my music, audio books, etc.
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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    I've had no issues with my AT&T's radios. What should I be looking for?

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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    Samsung's radio's are typically weaker than, well, everyone's. Typically you can only tell in rural/fringe area's. It's a huge help (sarcasm) in the battery life department.
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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by KWKSLVR View Post
    Samsung's radio's are typically weaker than, well, everyone's. Typically you can only tell in rural/fringe area's. It's a huge help (sarcasm) in the battery life department.
    It's a good thing I have AT&T and live near Washington DC. The signal is always strong with me.

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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by KWKSLVR View Post
    I second the notion about Samsung's radios. I've had an original SGS and an GNex. The radios/GPS on the SGS were horrible (especially the GPS). The GNex was a big improvement, but literally every other phone on Verizon seems to do a better job.
    I had the Verizon GNEX 2 hours before my first dropped call.
    Quote Originally Posted by KWKSLVR View Post
    Motorola also always seems to have really, really awesome speaker phones.
    Agreed, Samsung really used to struggle with an echo problem on their speakerphones...
    Quote Originally Posted by KWKSLVR View Post
    I'm leaning towards the Maxx. I'm really happy with my GNex still, for the most part, but if I can't get another Nexus on Verizon then I'd rather have something as close to stock as possible.
    This is why I'm contemplating the HTC One, with a Google Edition ROM, its stock Android.
    Quote Originally Posted by KWKSLVR View Post
    In the end, if I can get a polished version of CM on it, I'd probably be happy with it.
    The S4 is way way way more likely to have a stable version of CM, its already in the works. The RAZR/RAZR HD has never had a stable completed version of CM because of kernel issues. I don't see that changing with the DMAXX.
    Quote Originally Posted by KWKSLVR View Post
    The big pluses for me on the Maxx are: Battery, 32GB Storage, Call Quality (hopefully), Stockish Android, All the voice stuff. 16GB's of storage is a total joke to me. I need the extra storage for all of my music, audio books, etc.
    How Google ever thought cloud storage was the answer is beyond me. With HD movies being 5GB+ a piece, music collections being huge and carriers charger per GB, cloud will never work.

    I don't understand why phones haven't hit 100GB+

    Quote Originally Posted by Haalcyon View Post
    I've had no issues with my AT&T's radios. What should I be looking for?
    If you don't have any issues with AT&T or Samsung, then you're like a unicorn..or Yoda. I'd stay put. I've had major issues with AT&T and Samsung (separately).
    Quote Originally Posted by Haalcyon View Post
    It's a good thing I have AT&T and live near Washington DC. The signal is always strong with me.0
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serial Fordicator View Post
    Samsung. Touchwhiz is great. Moto needs to break out of their shell. No % on battery, enclosed storage and battery.

    Now add samsung with 32gb internal + a 64gb SD. Wow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serial Fordicator View Post
    I'd have to disagree. I prefer it to blur for features.

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    I use Nova launcher so I don't really care about either of these. I do wish they would get the battery % up there so I don't have to get a separate app for it. Everyone else has it. The info is obviously in the phone. Just put it up there for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamliner330 View Post

    Who cares about a removable battery. It's so silly to carry around an extra battery...then go through the hassle of charging 2 batteries every night and fumbling around with de-casing the phone to put a new battery in every day...no thanks.

    Agree on Micro SD though. But Google wants cloud storage...which is really stupid when a HD digital copy is 5GB+.
    I cared a lot about the removeable battery when I was still on my GNex. The battery would never make it through a busy day. On vacation I'd always bring 1-2 extra batteries since I wasn't near a charger throughout the day like I am at work. I had chargers everywhere because I needed them everywhere. Because of those experiences I told myself I'd never get a phone without a removeable battery. Its one of the things that kept me away from an iphone. But now with my RMHD I have no need for a removable battery and that's what will get it to pretty much only consider the new Maxx.
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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    I just don't think I can ever go back to a phone with less than 320ppi and preferably not less than a 5" screen. I'm hoping the Note 3 bests both of these specs and keeps the removable battery. If so, sold my S4 will be.

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    I have the original Droid Razr Maxx (flashed to cm 10.1.2) and its been great to me but I got an updgrade in August... Im debating the Droid Maxx or the Galaxy S4....

    Im really leaning towards the Galaxy S4. I have a 64gb sd card with about 50 gb of music. The Droid Maxx not having an micro sd slot is a super negative for me.

    I think im going to end up getting the Galaxy S4. And the whole battery thing, they have a 7500 mah battery for the S4 which is basically double the Maxx battery. Thats the great thing about the S4. You have options to put whatever battery size you like and microSD card slot.

    I have heard bad things about touch wiz though... but if your able to flash a rom then it should be okay right?
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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nelson Guerrero View Post
    I have the original Droid Razr Maxx (flashed to cm 10.1.2) and its been great to me but I got an updgrade in August... Im debating the Droid Maxx or the Galaxy S4....

    Im really leaning towards the Galaxy S4. I have a 64gb sd card with about 50 gb of music. The Droid Maxx not having an micro sd slot is a super negative for me.

    I think im going to end up getting the Galaxy S4. And the whole battery thing, they have a 7500 mah battery for the S4 which is basically double the Maxx battery. Thats the great thing about the S4. You have options to put whatever battery size you like and microSD card slot.

    I have heard bad things about touch wiz though... but if your able to flash a rom then it should be okay right?
    And just how fat and heavy does that make the phone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snareman View Post
    And just how fat and heavy does that make the phone?
    Heavier but nothing uncomfortable to most I'd imagine, it's nice to have the option.

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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nelson Guerrero View Post
    I have heard bad things about touch wiz though... but if your able to flash a rom then it should be okay right?
    Touchwiz is awful. But with CM or the Google Edition ROM, it is excellent.
    Quote Originally Posted by Snareman View Post
    And just how fat and heavy does that make the phone?
    It's a Zero Lemon battery and comes with a tpu case. It's actually a pretty nice concept, but reviews say it negatively affects signal strength, which isn't strong to begin with.
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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamliner330 View Post
    Touchwiz is awful. But with CM or the Google Edition ROM, it is excellent.

    It's a Zero Lemon battery and comes with a tpu case. It's actually a pretty nice concept, but reviews say it negatively affects signal strength, which isn't strong to begin with.
    Play with both at the store. I like touchwhiz and will continue to use Samsung due to the features. See which phone you prefer.

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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    Everyone talks about lag, but I just don't notice it. I have rooted and flashed all kinds of ROMs but there was always something wrong with a feature or the phones would just reset. I guess to each their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serial Fordicator View Post
    Everyone talks about lag, but I just don't notice it. I have rooted and flashed all kinds of ROMs but there was always something wrong with a feature or the phones would just reset. I guess to each their own.

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    I have no lag, however I'm on the GoldenEye ROM running off the latest international base. I really want to like the new droids (judging from how I'm here reading) but I just don't get why the phone ships with a 720p 5" display. It's as if they are on the same path of having a good phone with a sub par screen and sub par camera. Both versions of the last had the same problem. The S4 only loses to the droid maxx in on board battery size. (However I love my swappable battery)



    Why 720p Motorola. Why!

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    Default Re: What to get - Maxx or Galaxy S4?

    My issue with the Google Edition phones is cost. $600 for a stockish device isn't worth it to me when you can grab 2 N4's for the same money. The Nexus 4 is still an awesome device.

    Part of the price you pay for a device that has TouchWiz, or Sense or Motoblur is that you're paying for that company's "enhancements" to Android. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the options are out there. But paying that much for a device that is just "mostly" stock essentially just get an unlocked bootloader is too steep for my checking account. I'm glad they're there, but personally, I'll pass.
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