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:

New Phone Poll Results

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:

Nexus 4

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.

So, my top three phones ended up being the HTC Droid DNA (wasn’t on the radar at first, but garnered a lot of “other” votes), the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

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.

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.

Jeff Taylor

I'm just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I'm also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.


Nerino Petro · January 15, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Nice post. Love my HTC Evo 4g LTE got it on July 1 the same day that the Galaxy SIII came out. The HTC felt better and I preferred it’s layout to the Samsung. Also thought the screen was s bit better. HTC isn’t the player it once was but they are making some nice devices. Only time will tell if you made the right choice.

The Jambox is nice but pricey. Lincoln Mead the IT Director of the Utah State Bar pointed me to this Jensen bluetooth wireless speaker for under $60.00. It does appear to be a shameless knock-off of the Jambox and the sound quality isn’t quite as good. But then again, it isn’t anywhere near as expensive as the Jambox, so for those on a budget you might want to check it out. It also has a bluetooth speaker phone as well.

    Jeffrey Taylor · January 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Nerino, I actually looked at the Evo for my last device, but opted for the SIII instead. I couldn’t stand Sense UI. Ironically, the Droid DNA has Sense galore and I don’t mind it. Of course, I’ve “themed it out” with Nova Launcher Prime and WidgetLocker Lockscreen. So far I haven’t been dissatisfied with the HTC, and I actually love the screen more than my Droid Bionic and Galaxy SIII.

    Price on the JAMBOX is a major factor, but you can grab the Jawbone on Amazon for $138. I like the Jensen model, and it’s actually getting quite a number of positive reviews. I’m not sure about the design, since I like Jawbone’s clean form factor (not too keen on the holes in the top).

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