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Old 09-10-2013, 02:00 PM   #1
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Which phone

would you buy unlocked?

iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, or Google Nexus 5 (supposed to be out in Oct). Any other suggestions?

I was expecting the 5C to be a bit cheaper but the unlocked version starts at $549 per apple.com & the 5S starts at $649. The current Nexus 4 unlocked is $199 8gb (sold out forever - they're not restocking) or $249 16gb. The Nexus 5 will probably be $299-399 range. And since it's a Google phone you normally get the Android updates first.

I will never sign another 2 year agreement. Right now I get 100 minutes & unlimited data for $30.00 through T-Mobile. That's fine for my day-to-day needs. I have a Google Nexus 3 right now & since it's unlocked I get tethering for free also.
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:53 PM   #2
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None of the above.

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It's an Android AND it's water resistant?! Yes, please!
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:02 PM   #3
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:47 PM   #4
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I can't decide between a 5S and a GS4.
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:59 PM   #5
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You already know my recommendation mikey
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:02 PM   #6
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Driod Maxx a Google Phone by Motorola.
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:32 PM   #7
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Since I'm already indoctrinated in the cult I would go 5s. But since you aren't already tied into apple it really just depends on whether you want your information or data to be tied into that system
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:41 PM   #8
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Only one choice. iPhone!
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:02 PM   #9
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:06 PM   #10
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I would say the 5C is just a plastic iPhone5, I would rather have a refurbished 5 than a plastic 5C and it would probably be cheaper too
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:13 PM   #11
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I would say the 5C is just a plastic iPhone5, I would rather have a refurbished 5 than a plastic 5C and it would probably be cheaper too
Agreed. I'm getting the 5S
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:33 PM   #12
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The 5s is pointless. Why get a phone that has barely caught up to the latest tech when the GS4 had Haag it for quite some time now?!

My vote: GS4 or the new Note 3
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:40 PM   #13
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I'm pretty happy with my new Droid Ultra.

Our next work phones are going to be GS4s.
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:41 PM   #14
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Since I'm already indoctrinated in the cult I would go 5s. But since you aren't already tied into apple it really just depends on whether you want your information or data to be tied into that system
That's my problem. I have a Macbook Pro Retina, and an iPad 2, and a 4S that work so well together. I'm not super impressed with the 5S, but I really don't want to give up all the functionality that I have right now.
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:50 AM   #15
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That's my problem. I have a Macbook Pro Retina, and an iPad 2, and a 4S that work so well together. I'm not super impressed with the 5S, but I really don't want to give up all the functionality that I have right now.

Me too, plus Time Capsule,two Airport Express and Apple TV. Im in deep. 5S for me please. I didnt drink the Kool Aid, I swim in it.
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I'm so glad I broke out of the Apple camp.
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:11 AM   #17
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I'm so glad I broke out of the Apple camp.
Its like a cult.
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:22 AM   #18
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get anything thats not apple. Swappa.com is a good place to find used phones if youre trying to keep a data plan (XDA recomends it as their place to buy/sell).
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:27 AM   #19
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If you get an iPhone, just remember you'll have to spend a LOT more money. New phones mean a whole new set of cables. They have a non-standard charging cord that won't work with any other phones, and regularly change them so you have to spend more money constantly to keep up.

On the other hand, Androids and Windows phones all use a standard data and charging socket.
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If you get an iPhone, just remember you'll have to spend a LOT more money. New phones mean a whole new set of cables. They have a non-standard charging cord that won't work with any other phones, and regularly change them so you have to spend more money constantly to keep up.

On the other hand, Androids and Windows phones all use a standard data and charging socket.
I wouldn't say you have to regularly change them - they provide you with one when you buy the phone and it will continue to work for years (I've never had an apple cable break or fray on me which I can't say for any other phone charger) and I wouldn't say they change it regularly - they kept the original design for 5 years. And since when is $20 for an extra cable a 'LOT' of money? This was the most overblown 'crisis' when they released the iPhone5. Was it annoying? Yea. But really not that bad
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I was going to get the new Iphone, (just because of work) but now that I see that Apple is totally useless without Steve Jobs I'm going to most likely start searching for something different. I'm due for a new phone in a month. I guess I better start searching. GS4 most likely.
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I was going to get the new Iphone, (just because of work) but now that I see that Apple is totally useless without Steve Jobs I'm going to most likely start searching for something different. I'm due for a new phone in a month. I guess I better start searching. GS4 most likely.
GS6 will be out in a month! lmao
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If I get a new one I'm getting the next gen unlocked Google Nexus (from Samsung). Straight from them so the phone is 100% unlocked for all functionality, first to get Android updates (supposed to have Kit Kat from what I've read), and cheap(er) month-to-month rates w/o a contract from different carriers.

The only caveat to the Nexus 3 & 4 (might be in 5, not sure) is that it doesn't support LTE. However I've had no issues watching a movie, downloading a good sized attachment, or any other media I've wanted without LTE.

My other option was a Note II, but I can't justify the extra $250-300.
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Its like a cult.
It really is.

I'll admit Apples have decent build quality (usually) but after owning one (and paying for it), I can't justify spending that kind of money on performance that is at best, mediocre.
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If I get a new one I'm getting the next gen unlocked Google Nexus (from Samsung). Straight from them so the phone is 100% unlocked for all functionality, first to get Android updates (supposed to have Kit Kat from what I've read), and cheap(er) month-to-month rates w/o a contract from different carriers.

The only caveat to the Nexus 3 & 4 (might be in 5, not sure) is that it doesn't support LTE. However I've had no issues watching a movie, downloading a good sized attachment, or any other media I've wanted without LTE.

My other option was a Note II, but I can't justify the extra $250-300.
The Nexus 4 w/o LTE was a bummer. I got my current Note 2 for $400 from swappa, already rooted/romed.
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