Thanks to everyone who voted and commented in the recent, “what phone will I buy” poll. The results are in, and the phone is purchased. Here’s how the voting turned out:
Of course, you wouldn’t know that because I forgot to enable a setting to show the poll, so it was basically worthless to my readers.
That doesn’t mean I wasn’t able to take your suggestions and put them to good use. As you see, the top vote-getter was the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which ultimately ended up in my top 3 choices. I was surprised by the number of Nexus 4 suggestions, and seriously considered grabbing one until I saw this:
I could have waited until Google had more inventory, but that could be months, and I’m an impulse purchaser and needed the phone now.
Choosing one and eliminating the other two was difficult.
The Galaxy Note 2 got the ax rather quickly. I thought I was okay with a larger (5+ inch) screen, but ultimately that wasn’t the case. Although Futurelawyer raves about his phone, he is slightly
older wiser than I am, and needs a larger screen size isn’t impulsive. Truthfully, the phone felt more like a tablet than a phone (and don’t even get me started on LG’s monstrous Intuition), which is not what I wanted, so I capped my screen size at 5 inches. Big enough to see the products, small enough for my carny fingers to caress. If you’re older with declining vision less naive than I am, and you’re considering the Galaxy Note 2, you won’t be disappointed in your purchase. Afterall, this phone made it to my final three.
That left the Droid Razr Maxx HD and HTC Droid DNA.
Head-to-head these phones aren’t too much different. The Droid Razr Maxx HD boasts an insane battery life, while HTC’s DNA boasts awesome sound integration, a fantastic HD camera, and a massive amount of built-in storage (16 GB).
I held, pondered, and played with both phones for quite some time. There was a Motorola rep in the Verizon store, and he sold the benefits of the Droid Razr Maxx HD, which the Verizon employee haggled over the Droid DNA by HTC.
Ultimately, I chose . . .
The Droid DNA by HTC.
Here’s why (though the Motorola guy says I’ll be back in 1 week for an exchange):
- 5 inch screen with 1080 x 1920 screen (Razr Maxx HD only has a 4.7 inch screen) – I could push the bubble and not burst it with this massive screen.
- Touch and Feel – although I’m fairly confident I’m going to snap this pint-sized phone like a toothpick, I love the narrow profile and the almost 1 ounce weight difference.
- Beats by Dr. Dre audio – Wow. I was impressed with the Rezound when HTC and Verizon introduced it in 2011, and I’m just as impressed now.
- Inductive charging – this feature is built in to the phone, and although the Maxx HD has the capacity, I read about some problems in a couple forums. Nobody seems to have complaints about the Droid DNA.
- Comments from current DNA owners – I talked to a couple friends here in OKC and elsewhere who own the DNA, and even garnered some comments on the blog (thanks Leon and Matt), which helped get some perspective.
There are a couple of things I don’t like: HTC Sense UI (I replaced this with Nova Launcher Prime ($4.00), which helps to rearrange and minimize the Sense UI), and a tiny mini-USB cover.
I’m fairly confident this will bust off in the next 30 days, and if it doesn’t, it’s annoying to have to cover the mini-USB port after each charge. I guess I’m buying that inductive charger afterall.
I also, on Futurelawyer’s recommendation, added this to my audio arsenal:
This is the Jawbone by JAMBOX. This little baby is roughly the height of two quarters and puts out the sound of a concert hall. Magnificent. We’ve been playing around with it today. If you’re looking for a way to fill your office with sweet sounds, this guy is it. There’s also a bigger version (about two times the size). The Jawbone and Beats Audio are a match made in heaven.