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  1. kgbkny's Avatar
    The HTC One has been getting rave reviews everywhere, but something about it held me back from pulling the trigger. My main concerns were the Ultrapixel camera and how it would operate without the proprietary HTC software, the non-removable battery and the lack of an SD card slot (although 32GB of storage is more than enough for me). I always use cases on all my phones, so the aluminum unibody is inconsequential to me. For these reasons, I went with the S4. Like everyone else who ordered one of these phones, I'm now awaiting shipping confirmation!
    06-27-2013 03:22 PM
  2. quietlybrilliant's Avatar
    I'm starting to believe that none of these phones will ship before July 9. There has so far been no indication that they would. I ordered within minutes of them coming online, and my shipping status says that it will ship on July 9.

    The HTC One has been getting rave reviews everywhere, but something about it held me back from pulling the trigger. My main concerns were the Ultrapixel camera and how it would operate without the proprietary HTC software, the non-removable battery and the lack of an SD card slot (although 32GB of storage is more than enough for me). I always use cases on all my phones, so the aluminum unibody is inconsequential to me. For these reasons, I went with the S4. Like everyone else who ordered one of these phones, I'm now awaiting shipping confirmation!
    06-27-2013 03:26 PM
  3. quietlybrilliant's Avatar
    "Estimated Ship Date: July 9, 2013" is what it says specifically, and I'd be surprised if it says something earlier for anybody else. It's a bit pathetic of them to fall two weeks behind on the shipment. They shouldn't have promised the June 26 date in the first place.
    06-27-2013 03:41 PM
  4. DCad's Avatar
    "Estimated Ship Date: July 9, 2013" is what it says specifically, and I'd be surprised if it says something earlier for anybody else. It's a bit pathetic of them to fall two weeks behind on the shipment. They shouldn't have promised the June 26 date in the first place.
    Strangely, I now have a pending charge for my phone and I recall it saying I would not be charged until shipping. That may be a lie, or, they may just be testing that I have the funds. Will be keeping an eye on it, though.

    FWIW, I ordered the One.
    06-27-2013 04:34 PM
  5. maverick96's Avatar
    Strangely, I now have a pending charge for my phone and I recall it saying I would not be charged until shipping. That may be a lie, or, they may just be testing that I have the funds. Will be keeping an eye on it, though.

    FWIW, I ordered the One.
    That pending will drop off. Its normal. Everyone gets the pending for a few days

    Sent from my Nexus 10 using Tapatalk HD
    06-27-2013 05:08 PM
  6. quietlybrilliant's Avatar
    That pending will drop off. Its normal. Everyone gets the pending for a few days
    +1. I have it on my account as well.
    06-27-2013 06:31 PM
  7. wilbarger's Avatar
    My account now says "Processing", not Pending. Hope this means it is ready to ship. I will check the bank account in the morning and see if the transaction is completed.
    06-27-2013 06:34 PM
  8. quietlybrilliant's Avatar
    Keep us posted. Mine still says pending, with estimated ship date of July 9th.
    06-27-2013 07:11 PM
  9. planoman's Avatar
    I'm starting to believe that none of these phones will ship before July 9. There has so far been no indication that they would. I ordered within minutes of them coming online, and my shipping status says that it will ship on July 9.
    Just because they were available to order does not mean they were ready to ship yesterday. Why do you think they will not ship on or around 7/9? I'll bet you get it within a few days of the 9th. I do not believe this demand is like it was for the Nexus 4.
    06-27-2013 09:45 PM
  10. Coentje44's Avatar
    Can anyone with a I9505G make a back-up using CWM and upload the boot.img here?

    Ty.
    06-28-2013 03:41 AM
  11. wilbarger's Avatar
    OK, bank account still indicates "processing", which is normal for debit card activity. Actually, restaurant from yesterday also has processing beside the debit amount. One thing that I noticed from the google play store is this

    "Status
    Your purchase is processing."

    I did not see that yesterday, but could have just missed it.

    I will update if things change later today.
    06-28-2013 10:15 AM
  12. scorpiodsu's Avatar
    Here goes the madness.... constantly checking the bank accounts and order status and reading too far into every minor detail. Get a grip guys. You'll get your phone LOL.
    21stNow likes this.
    06-28-2013 10:35 AM
  13. wilbarger's Avatar
    Yes, we will get our phones. No sense in someone like you coming onto the discussion and making your little girl snide remarks. If you don't like what is being discussed, go back down to the basement. Some of us are looking forward to getting an upgraded device and you are invited to mind your own business.
    kgbkny and Notsosure like this.
    06-28-2013 10:49 AM
  14. kgbkny's Avatar
    Same here - a temporary authorization on my credit card and the "Your purchase is processing" status on Google Play. I'm not expecting it to ship until July 9, but I also don't see the purpose of making in available for sale when it wasn't ready to ship. Oh well, at least it's not as bad as the Nexus 4 fiasco.

    @wilbarger: I always look forward to getting new devices and this one is no exception. In fact, it's been a while since I've been this excited about a new device.
    06-28-2013 11:43 AM
  15. wilbarger's Avatar
    Same here. I am still using my rooted S2 Skyrocket, which is my favorite phone ever. I am reluctantly upgrading and plan on giving the S2 to my wife. I love technology and have since before the first PC's came out. I am retired, but not brain dead - yet. Keeps me fresh coming to these forums and seeing what the younger generation is doing.
    06-28-2013 01:26 PM
  16. kgbkny's Avatar
    Same here. I am still using my rooted S2 Skyrocket, which is my favorite phone ever. I am reluctantly upgrading and plan on giving the S2 to my wife. I love technology and have since before the first PC's came out. I am retired, but not brain dead - yet. Keeps me fresh coming to these forums and seeing what the younger generation is doing.
    You're never too old for tech! You'll be swapping your S2 not only for what's currently the best Android device on the market (In my humble opinion, it's better than the HTC One), but one that's free of carrier meddling and will receive timely updates. You really can't go wrong.
    06-28-2013 02:29 PM
  17. fldude99's Avatar
    Same here. I am still using my rooted S2 Skyrocket, which is my favorite phone ever. I am reluctantly upgrading and plan on giving the S2 to my wife. I love technology and have since before the first PC's came out. I am retired, but not brain dead - yet. Keeps me fresh coming to these forums and seeing what the younger generation is doing.
    +1 to our generation...60+ here and although I really am continuing to be happy with my S2, I'm very tempted to pull the trigger on this S4. Fortunately at our stage in life it's not as much a $$ thing as it used to be
    06-28-2013 10:12 PM
  18. kgbkny's Avatar
    So...anyone get a shipping confirmation yet?

    The anticipation is killing me. I'm really looking forward to getting this device.
    07-02-2013 12:42 PM
  19. quietlybrilliant's Avatar
    So...anyone get a shipping confirmation yet?

    The anticipation is killing me. I'm really looking forward to getting this device.
    I haven't (and ordered within minutes of it becoming available). However I'm thinking of canceling it. It just increasingly seems like a lot of money compared to putting stock Android a regular S4, given that the regular version is $450 cheaper when you factor in a voice and data plan with LTE. Maybe for half of that money I can pay somebody to root it for me!
    07-02-2013 12:53 PM
  20. kgbkny's Avatar
    I haven't (and ordered within minutes of it becoming available). However I'm thinking of canceling it. It just increasingly seems like a lot of money compared to putting stock Android a regular S4, given that the regular version is $450 cheaper when you factor in a voice and data plan with LTE. Maybe for half of that money I can pay somebody to root it for me!
    I agree with what you've said in the other thread - unlocked phones, Google Editions or otherwise, are an expensive habit. It is, however, well worth it. I am no longer into custom ROMs and would rather have a stock, unskinned, non-carrier-branded device. I'm an AT&T subscriber; while their service is excellent, they don't believe in updating Android devices. My GS3 is still running 4.1.1 and there's no word when 4.1.2 will be released. I'm actually flipping my GS3 on eBay, which will cover a large chunk of GS4GE's cost. I change phones about once a year, so I make sure to keep my devices in perfect condition - reselling them helps feed my gadget habit!
    07-02-2013 01:49 PM
  21. quietlybrilliant's Avatar
    I agree with what you've said in the other thread - unlocked phones, Google Editions or otherwise, are an expensive habit. It is, however, well worth it. I am no longer into custom ROMs and would rather have a stock, unskinned, non-carrier-branded device. I'm an AT&T subscriber; while their service is excellent, they don't believe in updating Android devices. My GS3 is still running 4.1.1 and there's no word when 4.1.2 will be released. I'm actually flipping my GS3 on eBay, which will cover a large chunk of GS4GE's cost. I change phones about once a year, so I make sure to keep my devices in perfect condition - reselling them helps feed my gadget habit!
    Isn't it fairly straightforward to root these phones and put stock Android on it? I'm still relatively new to Android and don't know how hard it is.
    07-02-2013 02:01 PM
  22. kgbkny's Avatar
    Isn't it fairly straightforward to root these phones and put stock Android on it? I'm still relatively new to Android and don't know how hard it is.
    Rooting is easy. However, you will not receive updates when the new software is released.
    07-02-2013 02:25 PM
  23. quietlybrilliant's Avatar
    Rooting is easy. However, you will not receive updates when the new software is released.
    So right now I would be able to put 4.2 stock Android on my S4?

    How long after 4.3 is released would I have to wait, roughly, before that stock ROM becomes available? Are we talking about weeks, months?
    07-02-2013 02:31 PM
  24. kgbkny's Avatar
    So right now I would be able to put 4.2 stock Android on my S4?

    How long after 4.3 is released would I have to wait, roughly, before that stock ROM becomes available? Are we talking about weeks, months?
    From what I've been reading, devs have already ported the leaked 4.3 to the S4. Keep in mind, this is not a stock ROM, but a custom ROM based on the stock. There's reason to believe that once a stock ROM is released, a custom ROM for the carrier variants should follow shortly thereafter.
    07-02-2013 03:15 PM
  25. quietlybrilliant's Avatar
    From what I've been reading, devs have already ported the leaked 4.3 to the S4. Keep in mind, this is not a stock ROM, but a custom ROM based on the stock. There's reason to believe that once a stock ROM is released, a custom ROM for the carrier variants should follow shortly thereafter.
    As to 4.3: Are such custom ROMs as good as stock ROMs, i.e., will performance be on par with the "Google Edition" variants?

    As to 4.2: Are these already available so I could make my S4 something virtually indistinguishable from a Google Edition (software and performance wise) now?

    Finally, could anybody point me to a tutorial showing how to do this?
    07-02-2013 03:53 PM
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