Are there some Android devices that are reliable

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  1. Shift Option K, Feb 9, 2014
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    Before I got my iPhone had a Samsung Note II. It was the T-Mobile model, which was made in China, unike Sprint/Verizon/AT&T models which were made in Korea and I CAN VERIFY IT ISN'T A KNOCKOFF AS SAMSUNG PROVIDED ALL REPAIRS AND ALL WERE UNDER WARRANTY. It was unreliable which was why I sold it and got the iPhone; crashed in Instagram, had a broken camera and USB port, and a broken battery meter, as well as software issues. It had to go in repair 10 times and all repairs took from a week to a month. Because of this I sold the phone and bought myself my current iPhone 4S (Note that I got my  Store job after I got the iPhone in mid-2013, so I wasn't a genius who carried around a phone made by the S-word company running the A-word OS, just what all  users and fans hate!).

    That was the end of me and Android, right?

    Well, WRONG. My dad lives in China, and occasionally comes to America to visit me, usually bringing something over. Usually it was just Chinese cookbooks because I'm a foodaholic, but last month he brought me a surprise: a Chinese 7.9" Android Tablet (Shenzhen Ployer MoMo Mini 7S if anyone was wondering) for getting back into university and getting my job back. It looked like an iPad Mini without the home button in the front, and your typical 'Droid tablet in the rear. It had a 1.2GHz quad core CPU, unknown GPU, unnown RAM, and 8GB storage, running Android 4.3, just what my old Note II ran. He also told me that he was staying for a few months so I had to use it when he was around. When I used it, it seemed like it was in a semi-rooted state all the time, and had many problems. I tried fully rooting it and unrooting using a spare Windows PC I had, and it just got completely "bricked" as the Android community likes to say. I still have it just sitting in a drawer in my room, my dad left, and it comes in handy sometimes as a paperweight or something to hit my girlfriend (JK about the latter).

    Therefore, from my experiences, Android devices are unreliable. However, are there any "reliable" Android devices or good experiences with any Android devices?
     
  2. sixrom macrumors 6502a

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    The new Android phones are very reliable.

    Yet it's important to take personal responsibility to learn how to use one, it's not the same as an iPhone, a fact that many fail to grasp.

    Huge numbers of iPhone users have no patience or desire to educate themselves, and come running back to iPhone with horror stories designed to bash Android

    I'm using both Android and iPhone, each has it's strengths. It's a good way to stay up to date on both, and enjoy the variety.
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    The HTC One, Nexus 5 and Moto X are all good devices. The Moto X is even built in the US.
     
  4. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    The Moto X is probably the most reliable Android device I have ever used. If your looking to go android, try that.
     
  5. Septembersrain Contributor

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    I've got a Note 3 and an iPhone 5c. I'd consider them both reliable. However, I use them for different reasons. I could not have one without the other at this point. It's too easy to bash one in favor of the other, I think it's just nice to explore the possibilities instead.
     
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    I'll vouch for the S4. It's very reliable.

    I had an original galaxy note, it had a lot of software bugs but hardware wise it was very solid.
     
  7. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Not being funny OP but your experience is based on two cheap knockoff devices and your comparing the experience to a $600 iPhone

    Buy a premium, genuine Android device and your end user experience will be different. You get what you pay for. End of....
     
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    Here in Manila, I have a co-worker who said all subsidized phones sold within our local carriers are Class-A types. Not the real thing. Perhaps rejects or whatever. It made me sigh of relief that I got my HTC One from the US. The AT&T logo on the back doesn't bother me anymore knowing this phone made in Taiwan is not a Class-A quality.

    With that said, HTC One is the most reliable phone I ever had. Zero hang after 9 months. Maybe a couple random restarts which happens to all phones every few months including my iPhone 4. And HTC One is very fun to use even if the camera is so-so at best. I'm addicted to updating BlinkFeed and using SwiftKey is great on this thing. Watching videos and listening to songs are all wonderful. The few hiccups generally came from the Android apps with the occasional force closes.
     
  9. Dave.UK macrumors 65816

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    I'll list the reliable Android devices ive had in order:

    HTC Desire
    Galaxy Nexus
    Samsung Galaxy S2
    Samsung Note 2
    Samsung Galaxy S3
    LG G2

    I cant work out from your post whether you actually had a genuine Samsung Note 2 or whether it was a Chinese knock off.
     
  10. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I have found my HTC One to be very reliable. I bought it in July of last year and haven't had any problems with it.
     
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    This is what I was thinking.
     
  12. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Spot on analysis.
     
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    What MRU said.

    Get an android device from any reputable android oem and your experience will differ. Cheap Chinese knockoffs are in no way comparable.
     
  14. k995 macrumors 6502a

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    So your experience with android devices is cheap knockoffs and wonder why they dont work properly?

    Daughter uses an Samsung ace that has outlasted an iphone 3g .
     
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    Moto X is extremely reliable. As is the HTC One and Nexus. Unless you have an ASOP rom I wouldn't depend on a samsung device to be AS reliable as the ones I listed. But in all honestly, pretty much any flagship you by from a major OEM (LG, Motorola, HTC, Samsung) should be fine
     
  16. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    Android can be just as reliable as iOS. But you aren't going to get that experience by using knock-off models.
     
  17. Shift Option K thread starter macrumors regular

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    The Note II was not a cheap knockoff, it was a T-mobile phone which happened to be made in china, unlike all the korean-made verizon, sprint, at&t models.

    Also, I'm not looking to go back to Android anytime soon, I'm happy with my iPhone (not jailbroken or hacked at all) as it's perfect for use with Mac.
     
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    As far as I'm concerned, the Note II isn't really Samsungs finest hour. The Note 3 looks pretty nice if you're into phones with large displays.

    Anyway, there are plenty of well designed and reliable Android devices out there. It just seems that you haven't bought one of them.
     
  20. Shift Option K thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was only wondering what Android devices are reliable in case I need to buy an Android for some reason... So I was just unlucky to have bought and received bad devices?
     
  21. MRU, Feb 10, 2014
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    Given OP's last post it seems this thread is utterly pointless and flame bait, intentional or not ....

    Asking for it to be closed....
     
  22. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    It sounds like your questions have been answered.
     
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    [MOD NOTE]
    Since the OP is not looking to move onto Android this thread is closed.
     
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