It’s upgrade time for The Droid Lawyer on one of my Verizon Wireless smartphone plans. As every good technophile knows, that means it’s time to steal the good phone and give my “junker” to the kids. So, I need some help deciding which phone to get. Here are some caveats: I’m staying with Verizon (love ’em & the coverage); I prefer 4G LTE (though one choice is a Nexus 4); and I must have 4.5″ or greater screen size.

So, there you go, and here’s the poll:

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Let me know if I should wait, go for a Galaxy S III or Note 2, Nexus 4, Motorola Droid HD, or Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD.

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+.


REvers · January 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm

It’s about time for my upgrade, too. You’re looking at pretty much the same phones I am. I’m leaning toward the S3, but not heavily since I’m a long way from making a decision. I still have some research and some thinking to do. The Nexus 4 is probably at the bottom of my list, but only due to the lack of 4G LTE. Price will play a role, too, of course.

That’s a verbose way of saying I’m not going to vote. But I will say I doubt you’d go too far wrong with any of those.

    Jeffrey Taylor · January 10, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I really love my S3, would probably get a 2nd one if some others weren’t catching my eye. Nexus 4 is appealing because of the Google aspect, though without 4G LTE it’s a distant 4th or 5th choice. Also on the horizon is a Galaxy S4, which should be announced in March. But, like any good tech addict, I don’t suppose I can wait that long.

John · January 10, 2013 at 11:08 am

Glad to see some other people in the same boat I am. My upgrade is just around the corner and I too need a new Android phone that works with Verizon.

I’ve been looking hard at the Razr Maxx HD and the Galaxy Note 2. My requirements are LTE, good specs (fast performance), and a massive battery that will easily get me through the day.

I’m a big fan of Motorola hardware, and the Razr Maxx HD’s battery is hard to beat. However, the Razr Maxx only has a dual core processor and 1GB of RAM (and a locked bootloader). I don’t want to get in a situation like I’ve been with my Droid Charge, where it doesn’t have the “oomph” to get daily tasks done in the future.

To that end, I’ve started looking at the Galaxy Note II. I’m not a big Samsung fan, but the fact that the phone has a quad core processor and 2 GB of ram along with a 3000+mAh battery is hard to pass up. Additionally, from perusing XDA, it seems that devs have figured out how to unlock its bootloader and it seems that there will be CM10 support.

So, for me, do I go with the bigger battery or the phone that’s likely to be more “future proof?”

    Jeffrey Taylor · January 10, 2013 at 11:40 am

    John, thanks for commenting. I’m actually leaning towards the Note 2, though several of the votes are for the HTC Droid DNA, which I do like. I’m not a fan of the locked Razr Maxx, though you can hack into it with some small effort.

Mark Olberding · January 10, 2013 at 11:57 am

I would be leaning to the Razor Maxx HD; if, I needed a new phone. I love my Razor Maxx; have never had a problem with it being slow to do what I want, including connect with PC Law mobility and the screen and battery are fantastic. I have no issues that it is locked since I have neither the skills, need or courage to root my phone. And, while this is a minor point because it is no doubt made in China, the parent company is American.

    Jeffrey Taylor · January 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Mark, the Razr Maxx HD is definitely on the radar. Not quite sure I want to stick with Motorola though. I love their phones, but I’m disappointed with their updates and some of the of the lacking features that other phones have standard. I think if the Razr Maxx was compatible with my current equipment, I might be more inclined to stay with Motorola. As is, I’m spread around with so many accessories that it doesn’t really matter.

Matt Davis · January 11, 2013 at 8:19 am

I have had the Note 2 now since its launch on big red. Every lawyer that sees it has 2 things to say. That is a BIG phone, and can I get one.

Size is a polarizing topic, but the stylus wins them over every time.

    Jeffrey Taylor · January 11, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Matt, thanks for the endorsement. I’m leaning to the Note 2. Right now I think my conflict is between the Note 2, Galaxy S III, or HTC Droid DNA.

      Leon Carpenter · January 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      HI Matt and Jeff – Jeff, I posted on your G+ about the DNA. I wanted to chime in here as well. If you’ve narrowed it down to the Note 2, SIII and DNA I would recommend narrowing further to the Note 2 and DNA. The primary factor for me was weighing the battery life of the Note 2 vs the specs and body of the DNA. The DNA somehow manages to make 5 inches feel like 4.5 when you’re holding it. I completely understand why HTC has gone out of their way to stop the phablet comparison – it’s a big screen ala the note without screaming HEY LOOK AT MY BIG SCREEN! The biggest knock on the DNA is the battery (aside from not being stock JB that is the ONLY other gripe I have) but what is often not discussed is the wireless charging built into the DNA. It uses the Qi standard so any of the Nokia wireless chargers work as well. Dropping my phone on a pad when I am at my desk has lead to me not “plugging in” my phone….well….almost ever. I can’t imagine not having that feature now.

        Jeffrey Taylor · January 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm

        Leon, thanks! I appreciate the review. I’m going right now to look at both phones right now.

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