My New Phone – Options

There’s a lot of hubbub about the up-and-coming flagship phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. I’m really rather excited about it myself. There’s a trend in the current S-series devices that suggests that the new Note could move away from a removable battery and memory card slot. I recall when 4.4.2 prevented many of my apps from using the SD card the way they had previously and I had to root my phone in order to fix this issue. I was annoyed by this. Additionally, I haven’t performed a physical battery pull on my phone at all that I recall. I’ve had it since…. October maybe… It used to be a very common occurrence, but it doesn’t seem to be anymore. So between being able to get the phone with up to 128 gb internal storage (the current S6/S6 Edge option) to deal with the external SD card issue, and the fact that I care not to pull the battery on my phone these days, this seems like a reasonable move. I am not dissuaded by this trend.

That said I’ve seen that today was the announcement that the OnePlus One is no longer requiring invites for purchase. It’s a very good price and is running Cyanogen. It’s not quite as big as my Note. Not sure how I feel about that. Additionally, not even sure if compatible with Verizon and I’m in no rush to leave Verizon given my current perks and geography.

I’m also interested in the HTC One M9, but I’m not impressed with its size. I don’t know how I feel about the UI. Having been so used to TouchWiz (even dressed up with great launchers), I just don’t know. I’d have to see it in action.

There’s also the Nexus family of phones. Also small. Not huge in terms of internal storage. And I suppose there’s the Sony Xperia… the new generation of these phones is being announced, currently, or will be soon, I believe. I think I read about the one being sold exclusively in Japan.

I’ll do all of this research and comparison, and I will probably end up with the next Note. I really have loved all of my Samsung devices so far. I am thinking though that I may end up with the Dev edition straight from Samsung rather than the commercial version from Verizon. We’ll see. 🙂

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