What phone would you use for 2 years?

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  1. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    My sister is getting a new phone soon and I'm helping her decide on which one to get. She has a 4S right now and is tired of it and she's currently on Verizon. Out of their current offerings, which would you use for 2 years if you had to? I know it'll be hard for a lot of us to answer as we upgrade when we please but bare with me.

    Currently I have it decided between :

    Moto X

    Galaxy S4

    Droid Maxx

    LG G2
     
  2. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Any iPhone! If it's android I would not be able to live with it for two years. Last year I got an iPhone 4 and have close to exactly 1 year left and I am so much happier to have that then any android phone. Sorry I'm an apple fanboy.
     
  3. viskon macrumors 6502

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    I have an s4. No complaints with it. Should easily get me through the next couple of years.
    The G2 also should also have pretty good longevity IF LG can keep it updated.
     
  4. TacticalDesire thread starter macrumors 68020

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    My sister is a pretty casual user. If it works out of the box that should be good enough. Texting, pinterest and taking pictures and video, apps to keep the kids entertained. Basically what a mom would use a smartphone for.

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    I know an iPhone will but I'm not sure she's up for another one again. She said she's tired of her 4S.
     
  5. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    I've had my iphone 4 (work device) for for a couple of years and continue to use it, simply because it's a decent phone.

    I also own a Moto Razr HD (personal device) which I've had for some time and continue to use, simply because it's a decent phone.

    Pick the one you like & go get it.
     
  6. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Get a 5s
     
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    The problem with android OEMS is they generally don't support their devices very long. Motorola claims they will support their devices, but who knows. Only apple and googles nexus line seem to be the most reliable. Not sure about windows.
     
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    I'd probably lean towards the Nexus 5 if I had to use it for two years. Would be nice to still continue to receive updates to the latest software.
     
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    Take her to a shop and let her have a play with a few and see what she likes is the best option.

    A Nexus 5 should be on that list as well.

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    You must of had some cruddy Android based phones if you're happy with the iPhone4's performance.
     
  11. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    I would think that the Droid Maxx has the better build out of the lot.
     
  12. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    Verizon doesnt have the Nexus 5

    I'd go S4 or G2
     
  13. cynics macrumors G3

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    If she's tired of a 4S what will the 5S offer that will keep her interested in it for 2 years? A slightly bigger screen (still smaller then the other options) and a finger scanner? Doubtful
     
  14. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    I highly recommend she actually try using a G2 before buying one. The buttons on the back of the phone can really bother some people.
    Out of your list, the MotoX is the closest thing to a Nexus device on Verizon, but she may not like the camera.

    I would recommend a 5S and not Android in this particular case. She really should see the 5S in person before dismissing getting another iPhone.
     
  15. CyanLite macrumors regular

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    Since the Nexus 5 isn't an option and the Moto X has a very poor camera, I would recommend either the G2 or the HTC One. Both are great phones but if the camera is important then the G2 is much better.

    I do agree with some other people, make sure she tries the 5S before dismissing it.

    P.S. If the camera isn't very important and you find the quality of the camera on the Moto X "passable" then I HIGHLY recommend it. It truly is an amazing phone.
     
  16. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

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    I'd go with the Moto X. I owned one for a few weeks and it was overall a great experience, which I'm sure is even better now that it has KitKat. It also offers the smallest form factor of the ones you listed, so it should be an easier transition from an iPhone.
     
  17. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    You should add the HTC One and possibly Note 3 to that list.

    Of the ones you mentioned, I definitely think the Moto X would be best for right now, but am unsure how well that phone will age in 2 years. The HTC One seems like it will fare better long term, though you'll be taking a hit battery wise.

    The Note 3 would be the most future proof, but then you have touchwiz on top that and unsure if she would want a phone that big.

    I say go Moto X.
     
  18. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

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    S4... although I would think outside the box a little here and explore other options if at all possible. I wouldn't be happy with any of these phones for a year, let alone 2.
     
  19. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    If you're using it for 2 years, the LG G2 is the most future proof with those specs. Although the skin is said to be very heavy. I'm not sure how LG are with their updates either. Samsung are proving to be a better option with keeping their devices supported, I mean even the Galaxy S2 I bought my Mum has a Jellybean update.

    The galaxy S4 has such a small amount of storage available out of the box though, is she savvy enough to use Micro SD cards?
     
  20. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    Out of these four, it's the Galaxy S4 all day.

    - The Moto X came out with outdated hardware, so that's out.
    - Droid Maxx is an old model. Droid RAZR Maxx HD is the new one
    - LG G2: LG is a joke of an OEM. They've already abandoned the optimus G. They probably won't support the G2 longer.

    Samsung has the best history of all these OEMs for providing updates, and such. Even the S2 got Jelly Bean.
     
  21. F123D macrumors 68040

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    Of the choices, I'd go for the G2. Screen, camera, battery life are all positives. I think the Verizon version also has wireless charging built in. Very convenient.
     
  22. TacticalDesire thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yeah she is. She's not an expert when it comes to technology but she's far from dumb

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    I will add that software updates aren't a huge deal to most people outside of our forum bubble. As long as the phone does what she needs out of the box.

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    The X is still one of the smoothest phones out there and the Maxx is the current model. The Razr line got ditched.
     
  23. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    Even then, I wouldn't touch the X, especially when comparing it to the Maxx and S4. You can pick one up off contract for only $349 online. That isn't a phone you keep for 2 years.

    Wasn't aware that the RAZR line got ditched. If that's the current model, that's a great choice also! Battery life is fantastic. I've always wanted a Droid RAZR Maxx on AT&T, but we always get the short end of the stick.

    S4 or Maxx. Can't go wrong with either
     
  24. scott craft macrumors 6502a

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    What does the Maxx have for it that the Moto X doesn't beside the battery? They are the same as far as processors and camera.
     

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