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einmusiker
May 3, 2012, 08:48 PM
hello. I am looking to upgrade my android phone on verizon. I am not getting an iPhone because it doesn't have LTE and I already have an iPad, so my phone is staying android to hold onto unlimited 4g data as long as possible. So my question for the mac community is which of the 4 top current android phones would you choose?

Galaxy s 3 (just released with impressive specs
HTC one x (impressive specs but I'm not sure if vzw is getting this?)
razr maxx (great battery)
galaxy note (hybrid tablet/phone)

things that are important to me are antennae reception, strong data connection, ability to tether (preferably unrooted if possible) and battery life



b24pgg
May 3, 2012, 08:53 PM
I'd go with any of those except the RAZR MAXX because of Motorola's locked bootloader. They all have little differences here and there; try them out at a VZW store and see which one you like the best.

xnickitynickx
May 3, 2012, 09:06 PM
If you are curious about an iPhone in the future, I'd just hold on to what you have now and wait for October and see what the new iPhone brings.
But if you are hooked on Android, then I'd probably go with the Nexus or Maxx. Probably the Maxx, just because I can't stand samsung

0m3ga
May 3, 2012, 09:25 PM
Specs and micro sd card - gotta go with the S3. Having 128gb (in reality more like 115gb) of space on a phone. Priceless.

I'm a bit biased though, as I currently have an S2 Skyrocket. But being able to move files easily with the micro sd card to any pc or mac, without the need for downloading any software makes this type of phone the most Mac friendly. Something to think about... because at least on a Samsung, your phone won't autoload into usb mode automatically when you plug it in via usb cable to a Mac in order to transfer files.

Additionally, if you are a poweruser, having the ability to change out batteries on the go for more power is critical. Again, gotta go with the S3 here with its 2050mA sized battery!

Jessica Lares
May 3, 2012, 09:39 PM
I too have a S2 Skyrocket, works very well with OS X. Going with the S3 is a good go. I'd say wait until October too because the new iPhone could have LTE and there'll be another S3 model by that point probably.

blackhand1001
May 3, 2012, 10:17 PM
hello. I am looking to upgrade my android phone on verizon. I am not getting an iPhone because it doesn't have LTE and I already have an iPad, so my phone is staying android to hold onto unlimited 4g data as long as possible. So my question for the mac community is which of the 4 top current android phones would you choose?

Galaxy s 3 (just released with impressive specs
HTC one x (impressive specs but I'm not sure if vzw is getting this?)
razr maxx (great battery)
galaxy note (hybrid tablet/phone)

things that are important to me are antennae reception, strong data connection, ability to tether (preferably unrooted if possible) and battery life

Add the nexus in. While the specs aren't the best (the TI omap is still very fast), they are very good and the software is amazing. 4.04 just rolled out this week as well on verizon. I've had mine for like 4 months now and I love it. It also has the sickest notification led on any phone.

ChazUK
May 3, 2012, 11:05 PM
Galaxy Nexus without a shadow of a doubt.

macingman
May 3, 2012, 11:23 PM
hello. I am looking to upgrade my android phone on verizon. I am not getting an iPhone because it doesn't have LTE and I already have an iPad, so my phone is staying android to hold onto unlimited 4g data as long as possible. So my question for the mac community is which of the 4 top current android phones would you choose?

Galaxy s 3 (just released with impressive specs
HTC one x (impressive specs but I'm not sure if vzw is getting this?)
razr maxx (great battery)
galaxy note (hybrid tablet/phone)

things that are important to me are antennae reception, strong data connection, ability to tether (preferably unrooted if possible) and battery life
the galaxy note im considering buying that phone myself a little big but the bybrid seems to open up many more possibilities .

ixodes
May 3, 2012, 11:54 PM
Depending on availability either an HTC One X or Samsung S III.

They're both stellar choices.

nigameash
May 4, 2012, 12:07 AM
galaxy nexus.

-aggie-
May 4, 2012, 12:24 AM
Galaxy Note

Lindenhurst
May 4, 2012, 06:59 AM
My galaxy note running ICS rocks.and yes I carry a spare battery with me for when I need it.

hajime
May 4, 2012, 08:31 AM
My galaxy note running ICS rocks.and yes I carry a spare battery with me for when I need it.

Considering to buy one soon. Is it the official ICS just released in Canada few days ago? Has the lag problem been fixed? How about the screen issues? I went to a Samsung showroom today. Their Note does not has the ICS yet. Some videos on youtube looked fine. However, half of them had poor quality (coarse, low resolution-like. In some cases, I could see video images made of small, square boxes). What is the cause? The staff said that it was due to the low quality of the original videos. Later he said that it could also be a feature of the AMOLED. I wonder if it is actually a problem with the Note. Your experience greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Confuzzzed
May 4, 2012, 08:36 AM
...being able to move files easily with the micro sd card to any pc or mac, without the need for downloading any software makes this type of phone the most Mac friendly.

Just out of interest, is said micro SD easily removable? I have little interest, taking phones apart and trying with my fat fingers (I am 6'3" and weigh 240lb) to tease out little tiny micro SD trays lodged into the guts of a phone.

0m3ga
May 4, 2012, 10:28 AM
Just out of interest, is said micro SD easily removable? I have little interest, taking phones apart and trying with my fat fingers (I am 6'3" and weigh 240lb) to tease out little tiny micro SD trays lodged into the guts of a phone.

I'm 6'1 and 195. I have pretty big hands, which is why i can easily use phones the size of the S3.

But it is very simple for me to change the battery, sim and sd card. The back pops off pretty easily and all the area right there in front of you. It is extremely easy.

ChrisTX
May 4, 2012, 10:49 AM
I'd say the One X. It has better form, and comparable function to the S3 without looking like a cheap plastic phone. Otherwise I'd wait till October for the next gen iPhone, or at least June for iOS 6.

stickybuns
May 4, 2012, 11:07 AM
I just bought the razr maxx for my husband for his birthday. His car doesn't have any available hookups for chargers, so battery life was at the top of the list. He also wants to do some for-personal-use app programming without having to pay $100 to be in a developer program.

At the time, Verizon's flagship phones were the galaxy nexus and the razr maxx (I'm NOT going to look at the specs for the the newest phones! That's the path to madness and regret), and we just felt that a nice screen couldn't be enjoyed as much if the battery was dead all the time!

Compared to the iPhone: screen resolution is lower, but it's only really noticeable when reading text. The camera isn't quite as nice, but we're not sure if it's the optics or the software that's the issue. He has a DSLR, so it really isn't a deal breaker.

At any rate, he is actually carrying a phone around with him instead of "forgetting" it at home all the time.

Tones2
May 4, 2012, 11:15 AM
Specs and micro sd card - gotta go with the S3. Having 128gb (in reality more like 115gb) of space on a phone. Priceless.


How do you some up with 128 GB? It's 64 GB onboard max plus 32 GB max on card which equals 96 GB, or am I missing something? 96 GB is still great, though I have serious doubts that we'll see a 64 GB variant in the USA especially since there wan't even a 32 GB variant of the SG 2 in the USA.

EDIT: Oh I see. The microSD has a capacity of up to 64 GB now. That's 128 GB if we get a 64 GB internal variant in the USA. That alone is enough to sell me on it. There is no flash based storage device that currently exists that has that capacity - no phone, MP3 player or tablet. Plus you get REMOVEABLE storage, unlike any Apple device. I'm a happy man. :)

0m3ga
May 4, 2012, 02:11 PM
How do you some up with 128 GB? It's 64 GB onboard max plus 32 GB max on card which equals 96 GB, or am I missing something? 96 GB is still great, though I have serious doubts that we'll see a 64 GB variant in the USA especially since there wan't even a 32 GB variant of the SG 2 in the USA.

EDIT: Oh I see. The microSD has a capacity of up to 64 GB now. That's 128 GB if we get a 64 GB internal variant in the USA. That alone is enough to sell me on it. There is no flash based storage device that currently exists that has that capacity - no phone, MP3 player or tablet. Plus you get REMOVEABLE storage, unlike any Apple device. I'm a happy man. :)

yep, i currently have 64gb total internal and micro sd with my Skyrocket and IF we get the 64gb version of the S3 (and there is no reason we shouldn't), i'll have more space than I know what to do with. I will be able to put tons of movies, tv shows and books onto it for travel. This and the return of the multi-colored LED notification was enough to sell me on it. Everything else it does is just gravy.

I am already saving my pennies to buy an unlocked version direct from a Samsung retailer when it is available. Plus, you can sign-up now for early news and sales info on the S3 from the Samsung homepage. Looking at around $700 WITH a 64gb micro sd card, is my guess.

Tones2
May 4, 2012, 03:00 PM
yep, i currently have 64gb total internal and micro sd with my Skyrocket and IF we get the 64gb version of the S3 (and there is no reason we shouldn't), i'll have more space than I know what to do with. I will be able to put tons of movies, tv shows and books onto it for travel. This and the return of the multi-colored LED notification was enough to sell me on it. Everything else it does is just gravy.

I am already saving my pennies to buy an unlocked version direct from a Samsung retailer when it is available. Plus, you can sign-up now for early news and sales info on the S3 from the Samsung homepage. Looking at around $700 WITH a 64gb micro sd card, is my guess.

Yes, I'm with you all the way, but I'm still crossing my fingers that we'll gt a 64 GB variant, since the USA never did get a 32 GB version of the SG2, at least AT&T didn't. I also want 4G LTE so I'm not sure if that'll be offered as an unlocked USA variant.

mberdych
May 4, 2012, 03:01 PM
I have picked up Galaxy Nexus.

0m3ga
May 4, 2012, 03:34 PM
Yes, I'm with you all the way, but I'm still crossing my fingers that we'll gt a 64 GB variant, since the USA never did get a 32 GB version of the SG2, at least AT&T didn't. I also want 4G LTE so I'm not sure if that'll be offered as an unlocked USA variant.

If you are buying a phone from a USA retailer, whether that is Samsung USA or whatever, you should get the USA variant. While my Skyrocket hS LTE capability, sadly I do not live in an LTE area yet. Supposedly, end of the year. Can't wait, because LTE is amazing.

Tones2
May 4, 2012, 04:15 PM
If you are buying a phone from a USA retailer, whether that is Samsung USA or whatever, you should get the USA variant. While my Skyrocket hS LTE capability, sadly I do not live in an LTE area yet. Supposedly, end of the year. Can't wait, because LTE is amazing.

Can you actually buy from Samsung directly in the USA? Did they have a 32GB SG2 variant in the USA? :confused:

apolloa
May 4, 2012, 04:52 PM
I would get, and I hate to say it, a Galaxy S3!!! It's more powerful then the note, JUST smaller, runs ICS out the box and has enough power for the next OS and beyond. It's battery life I would guess is better then the One X too. It also offers iOS like features too.

HOWEVER, I would state that if you do want such a big device, you try one out or see one in the flesh before you buy it.

EDIT:
Ah, sorry I just read you want battery life, forget the One X then as I have read numerous reports of it having almost pathetic battery life. I am also going to guess you are using the phone as a work tool? Well I would look at the Note too, it seems to be pretty popular and gives decent battery life. Not as powerful as the S3 as it has a dual core and not quad core chip, but it depends on what you want it for as to weather or not you'll notice.

Watch this Galaxy Note review, the guy is very good and works in the phone tech world. He gets sent phones to review all the time and he states, despite the massive size, the Note is a fantastic device:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRWJVhJsL7w&feature=plcp

mrbutters
May 4, 2012, 06:23 PM
I'd go with any of those except the RAZR MAXX because of Motorola's locked bootloader. They all have little differences here and there; try them out at a VZW store and see which one you like the best.

LOL. Why is this on an iPhone forum with people clueless about Android phones? It took me 2 minutes to root my locked bootloader Razr Maxx. Means nothing. The battery lasts 3-4 times longer than any on this list on LTE. Its build quality is also superior to any of the others on this list. That was reason enough for me.

blairh
May 4, 2012, 06:30 PM
hello. I am looking to upgrade my android phone on verizon. I am not getting an iPhone because it doesn't have LTE and I already have an iPad, so my phone is staying android to hold onto unlimited 4g data as long as possible. So my question for the mac community is which of the 4 top current android phones would you choose?

Galaxy s 3 (just released with impressive specs
HTC one x (impressive specs but I'm not sure if vzw is getting this?)
razr maxx (great battery)
galaxy note (hybrid tablet/phone)

things that are important to me are antennae reception, strong data connection, ability to tether (preferably unrooted if possible) and battery life

Well, Verizon doesn't currently offer the Note or One X, and you appear to want to stay on Verizon, so I'm not sure why you'd consider those as options. :confused:

I'm assuming the S3 is coming to VZ. If you need the battery life of the Maxx, go for it, but I don't like the phone personally.

b24pgg
May 4, 2012, 06:42 PM
Why is this on an iPhone forum with people clueless about Android phones?
I've been using Android for over two years.
It took me 2 minutes to root my locked bootloader Razr Maxx. Means nothing.
Locked bootloaders prevent us from installing true custom ROMs/kernels (regardless of root access) and having complete control over our devices.

Furthermore, open computing platforms must be protected at any cost. Companies like Apple that have almost total vertical integration on a closed censored platform, or Motorola that locks/encrypts its bootloaders and prevents administrator access to users of its consumer devices, are some of the biggest threats to free, open computing that exist today.

Frankly I don't think we should be supporting this precedent, and so I think it makes perfect sense to recommend against buying products from these companies.

Mochi Hana
May 4, 2012, 10:21 PM
If I were to buy an Android phone I'd definitely get the Galaxy Nexus.

joshwithachance
May 4, 2012, 11:06 PM
I played with/say a Note in person for the first time today, and I actually really liked it, so the Galaxy Note gets my vote(:

Broph
May 4, 2012, 11:52 PM
Galaxy Nexus.

mrbutters
May 5, 2012, 01:36 AM
I've been using Android for over two years.

Locked bootloaders prevent us from installing true custom ROMs/kernels (regardless of root access) and having complete control over our devices.

Furthermore, open computing platforms must be protected at any cost. Companies like Apple that have almost total vertical integration on a closed censored platform, or Motorola that locks/encrypts its bootloaders and prevents administrator access to users of its consumer devices, are some of the biggest threats to free, open computing that exist today.

Frankly I don't think we should be supporting this precedent, and so I think it makes perfect sense to recommend against buying products from these companies.


Really? I have a custom kernel and ROM on my Razr Maxx. Do some research. This is just one of several available...


http://androidcommunity.com/droid-razr-locked-bootloader-gets-an-early-work-around-20120414/

MuGeN PoWeR
May 5, 2012, 02:09 AM
if i have to choose an android fone(which is very difficult for me) i will surely go for Galaxy Nexus!

DroidRules
May 5, 2012, 02:53 AM
What does being a mac owner have to do with your choice? Get the phone that represents what you need in a phone and don't worry what other people are using. It's your money, spend it how you wish.

Sedrick
May 5, 2012, 06:11 AM
EDIT:
Ah, sorry I just read you want battery life, forget the One X then as I have read numerous reports of it having almost pathetic battery life.....
That's strange, every review I've seen (and that's a LOT) have all said it's got respectable battery life. Can you elaborate?

b24pgg
May 5, 2012, 06:48 AM
I have a custom kernel and ROM on my Razr Maxx. Do some research.
I said true custom ROMS. Yours is on a secondary system.

VulchR
May 5, 2012, 07:01 AM
OP forgot to add the option of 'none' to the poll.

In any case, this does not belong here. At best it belongs in the Mac forum, not the iPhone forum.

apolloa
May 5, 2012, 07:54 AM
That's strange, every review I've seen (and that's a LOT) have all said it's got respectable battery life. Can you elaborate?

This:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwxp0DPxtcE&feature=plcp

I have also read comments on forums, even this one I think, where people have said the battery life is poor. Also the battery is not user replaceable.

blairh
May 5, 2012, 08:12 AM
This:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwxp0DPxtcE&feature=plcp

I have also read comments on forums, even this one I think, where people have said the battery life is poor. Also the battery is not user replaceable.

The AT&T model gets better battery life compared to the international one.

oBMTo
May 5, 2012, 08:35 AM
The AT&T model gets better battery life compared to the international one.

Anandtech puts the dual core HTC One X's battery life on par with the iPhone 4s. And that's with LTE and 4.7" screen.

apolloa
May 5, 2012, 01:20 PM
The AT&T model gets better battery life compared to the international one.

Well that's something I haven't read about, I've only read about the quad core version.

blairh
May 5, 2012, 01:54 PM
Well that's something I haven't read about, I've only read about the quad core version.

I was interested in the AT&T One X so I've been following the reviews closely. The AT&T reviews came out earlier this week for a few sites. All speak positively about battery life and it appears to last longer than the international model. Even with LTE.

apollo1444
May 5, 2012, 02:07 PM
I chose other because you didn't list the LTE iPhone

apolloa
May 5, 2012, 02:07 PM
I was interested in the AT&T One X so I've been following the reviews closely. The AT&T reviews came out earlier this week for a few sites. All speak positively about battery life and it appears to last longer than the international model. Even with LTE.

Which makes you think why didn't they just use the dual core LTE model world wide? Battery life for most people is the number one requirement for a phone. The majority of people couldn't care less about quad core etc as they probably don't understand it or want to.

cynics
May 5, 2012, 02:11 PM
LOL. Why is this on an iPhone forum with people clueless about Android phones? It took me 2 minutes to root my locked bootloader Razr Maxx. Means nothing. The battery lasts 3-4 times longer than any on this list on LTE. Its build quality is also superior to any of the others on this list. That was reason enough for me.

Actually it means a lot. You can't run custom roms with a locked boot loader.

There is a work around for the Razr but it's a hack. Some people have issues with it and if trying to run ICS you'll find it severely limited. I even read everything will run on one core.

I run stock on my Razr because of it, however I rarely use it. But if you were really into tweaking and hacking a phone then the Razr is not the right phone for you. There are thousands of android users that won't by a device without an unlockable boot loader.

Giuly
May 5, 2012, 02:32 PM
I am not getting an iPhone because it doesn't have LTE
(...)
Galaxy s 3 (just released with impressive specs

And the LTE Galaxy S3 will be released when exactly? You mean 'introduced'. :rolleyes:

But if you want unlimited LTE, how about Sprint?

Roessnakhan
May 5, 2012, 02:48 PM
I chose other because you didn't list the LTE iPhone

The next iPhone will run Android?! That's HUGE news! :rolleyes:

einmusiker
May 5, 2012, 04:43 PM
And the LTE Galaxy S3 will be released when exactly? You mean 'introduced'. :rolleyes:

But if you want unlimited LTE, how about Sprint?

I already have unlimited lte on verizon and the coverage is superb. Looks like im deciding between razr maxx, galaxy nexus and galaxy s3