Need help deciding... [Between phones for AT&T]

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  1. vampireszombies, Sep 4, 2013
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    vampireszombies macrumors 6502

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    Between these Android phones for AT&T:
    (All prices with a 2 yr contract from different retailers I've found)

    Note II - $200
    S4 - $100
    HTC ONE - $90
    LG Optimus G Pro - $60

    My story: so I have an iPhone 5 that I will keep as a second device. I have chosen not to upgrade to the 'S' iteration of the next iPhone. I've also tried out the S4 twice both not working well with the Bluetooth in my car so that was a dealbreaker for me in the end. But now that the price is dropped I've decided to add it into my list of choices since I did like the overall phone. I enjoy the size of the Note 2, and now seeing the Note 3 I actually prefer the Note 2 design and plus its a lot cheaper and available now but I'm still scared of purchasing at this price when it may go down even lower. The HTC One is very nice and snappy but the screen size (only .7 inches bigger than what I have now) and somewhat lack of accessories throws me off, but being claimed as the best Android phone to get and the price I just don't know. Same with the OGPro, lack of accessories and the LG brand (never used LG before) and worry about future updates, but hear nothing but great things about it.

    So taking price, likeliness of getting updates, and overall value into consideration which do you think is the best to go with?

    Thanks :D
     
  2. mellofello macrumors 65816

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    Note 3 for sure. The only two complaints I have about my note are the 720p screen, and terrible camera. Both are addressed in this iteration plus you have 32 gb of onboard storage. Once I plug in my 64 gb sd card I will have a 96 gb phone:eek:. The most underrated feature of the note is the replaceable battery. I never even plug in my phone. I bought extra batteries, and a charger for $20 from amazon, so I just pop the back off and swap in a fresh 100% battery in to start my day. When I'm traveling I have 3 100% batteries to get me where I'm going.

    I think the note 3 might be it for me. I really can't think of anything else I could want in a phone. This one will be a keeper. $100 extra over note 2 is chump change for 1080p, 16gb extra storage, and 13mp camera.
     
  3. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    I would go with the LG G2 : http://www.att.com/g2
    - Bright, colorful 5.2" IPS display
    - Able to use one handed comfortably
    - Super fast Snapdragon 800 processor
    - Good camera
    - INSANE battery life

    Anandtech, which is the absolute best review site out there, gave it a glowing review just the other day http://www.anandtech.com/show/7251/lg-g2-and-msm8974-snapdragon-800-a-quick-look
     
  4. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I like my HTC One, but it does have a poor camera. A lot of folks are also worried about getting their updates in a timely manner, which I guess is an issue on older HTC phones. I installed a AOSP ROM based on Android 4.3 and I'm perfectly happy with it.
     
  5. strausd macrumors 68030

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    If updates are a concern, wait for the Nexus 5 before making a decision.
     
  6. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    You're a mere few months away from the nexus 5. If you can wait I'd throw that on the list too.
     
  7. Fernandez21 macrumors 68040

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    Well, of the phones you named, I would say the LG OG Pro would be the best value if your into phones that large. It has a great screen, good battery life, good camera, and very good performance (its just a hair slower than my HTC One). Its hardware is better than the Note 2, I would call it the Note 2.5, but it lacks the multitasking and s-pen capabilities of the Note and works more like a large phone than a phablet. However, don't expect any updates, while it may get them just go in with the mindset you won't get any so your not disappointed.

    If that is too large, go for the HTC One. Its build is phenomenal, the screen is the best I've seen on anything, boom sound is great, and the performance is great, very iPhone like. Though the camera and battery life were shortcomings for me. Sense is also the best android skin that I have used, though I would still prefer stock. Updates are also hit or miss at this point, though HTC is promising an update to 4.3, but they also promised 4.2 and never released that on at&t.

    The S4 is also good, and if you need a removable battery or SD card slot in a normal sized phone this is the one to get. I'm not a fan of the build or touchwiz, but you may find some of those extra features useful. The 16gb storage is also something you should look at to see if you can deal with that. Samsung has also been good at getting their updates out to all carriers, so this would be your best bet at getting updates on at&t.

    The Note 2, while phenomenal when it was released, is a year old and is over priced at $200, especially with the Note 3 coming out in a few weeks. I really liked the s-pen and its multitasking features which take advantage of the large screen, something the LG OG Pro misses on. If you want those extra features and don't mind the lower specs and 16gb storage, get this phone but wait until after the Note 3 is released. This phone should really be at $99 at this point.
     
  8. iPhonemaster5S macrumors 6502

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    I'd get the HTC, but I'm biased because I like that phone a lot. Another one I'd recommend is getting the next nexus if its any good.
     
  9. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I'm really liking my HTC One. I highly recommend it.
     
  10. theman510 macrumors 6502

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    Can I ask where you found the S4 for $100? I'm waiting for Apple's announcement tomorrow before I make any decisions on what my next device will be but am considering the S4 as well.
     
  11. vampireszombies thread starter macrumors 6502

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    At my local Sams Club, at the time it was 99.88. They run occasional sales.

    Thanks everyone for the help!
    I've decided to go with the Note 3. I preordered with AT&T. ;)
     
  12. linkgx1 macrumors 65816

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    Former Sams memba here (as of a 3 months ago) and is there any difference buying with Samsclub vs ATT?
     
  13. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    Nope. Not really. Sometimes you don't even have to pay the activation fee thru Sam's Club. You do with AT&T.
     
  14. vampireszombies thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I actually work in the Cell phone area at Sams. The phone prices are a lot lower then the stores, but we dont get the new phones immediately most of the time, although we did get the Moto X on day one for AT&T which was surprising.
    Some weekends there will be waived activations. So since your a member, always check with Sams before going to the ATT store.
     
  15. mellofello macrumors 65816

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    My buddy works for att store. He makes no money on upgrades so he always encourages me to order online, or best buy since they hardly ever have sales at att stores. It is kind of ridiculous that they let third parties undercut them but yeah stay away from att retail stores.
     
  16. thecurryman macrumors 6502

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    get the note 3, it has the best processor, screen, and capabilities of a phone
     
  17. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    True. But sometimes the AT&T store might price match
     
  18. linkgx1 macrumors 65816

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    So there's no chance of the Note being on sale by November, 'eh?
     
  19. vampireszombies thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It isn't totally out possibility. I would check periodically, about 2 weeks after release on carriers.
     
  20. linkgx1 macrumors 65816

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    Ok. Thanks. Would really love to save some money so I can get a nice View case. I wouldn't mind paying full price, but I rarely do on gadgets.
     

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