I do not know where you live, but I've considered switching carriers myself, or going to a MVNO, due to Verizon's continued contracts and network compatibility issues, but in my area Verizon has the best coverage. And, in general I would only be saving $20-30 a month by going to a different carrier, not to mention I would lose my Unlimited LTE data service. So, for now, I will stick with Verizon and pay a little more for the better coverage and a limited phone selection.
Being a Verizon customer and a Droid DNA owner, I will say that I am looking forward to seeing the HTC One on Verizon. Sadly though, by the time this launches, the device will be 6 months old in it's product cycle, and considering the Droid DNA is only 9 months old now and is being shelved, it does not give me much hope for the One, as in a few short months after launch they will likely be launching a new phone. It is like the commercial a couple years ago where the guys announces the newest tablet/phone and the lady in the audience cries out, "but I just bought this one!" Add on to that fact that Verizon is in general still a 2 year contract company, means that any Verizon customer that signed a new contract in the last 18 months will not even be able to consider the One for an upgrade.
I've seen some of these apps pop up over the last week, and while I haven't used most of them, I have been able to check out Twheel.
Twheel is currently a direct port of the companies iOS app, and it shows in the design. While there are an abundance of Twitter clients out there, this one is definitely different. The wheel in the center is more like a spiral of tweets. Circling clockwise moves forward in time, while counter-clockwise moves you back in time. The tweet you have selected displays at the top, images show as a thumbnail in the lower right corner of the tweet. Besides navigation, the other stand out features of the app are VIP settings and statistics. You can mark anyone you follow as a VIP, and what this does is change the color of their tweet spoke from orange to yellow, making them easier to recognize. And while you are looking at the wheel, each tweet shows a visual represntation of the activity of the tweet as if each was a bar on a bar graph. The more activity on a tweet, the higher up the spoke the bar goes.
While it is an interesting concept. And I use it intermixed with my other twitter client, the price is a little high for what is really just a new interface and statistic tracking of twitter. If the price came down to $0.99 I could see spending the money on it.
As a current VZW customer, I would just like to have the phone. As long as the same tech is in it, I don't care if it's the Droid One, the DNA+, the Rezound 2, or the Incredible 5. What's the saying, "A rose by any another name would still smell as sweet" or in the case "A One by any other name would still rock just as hard."
A lot of good points here. But there is a further explanation for Samsung's dominance of the Android market share, and that has to do with their hardware deployment. As a whole, we like consistency in our lives, that is why a Big Mac is the same the most of the world over. And that is what Samsung has brought to the Android market.
Samsung makes one phone for all carriers, and the only thing that changes is the bloatware added by said carriers. What this means for us consumers is that AT&T subscribers, Verizon subscribers, Rogers subscribers, Orange subscribers all get the same phone and the same experience. If your friend has a GSIII on Sprint, and you are on T-Mobile and want the same phone, you can have it.
This is where manufacturers like Motorola, LG, Sony, Kyocera, Sanyo, et cetera, who make different handsets for different carriers cannot gain any major foothold. Because your buddy may have the new Droid RAZR Maxx HD, but since you are on T-Mobile you cannot get it, and you are not going to change carriers. HTC has started to embrace this philosophy with the new HTC One phone they just unveiled, despite Verizon passing on the device, anyone in the world can have that phone on any carrier.
If Google is truly concerned about Samsung dominance, then the new Motorola X Phone should be the beginning of this same 'one handset for every carrier' model. If they can bring their new flagship phone to market, offer it for every carrier, and offer that 'Nexus' style software experience, they may be able to reclaim a large portion of that market share.
Well now I know what will be in my next phone come October. But the question I want an answer to is if I should wait to get a new tablet, or go with the Galaxy Note 10.1. To be honest, I'll probably have a better idea by the end of the week after CES.
Interesting article, and being an HTC user, there are a few things I would like to comment on that others are talking about.
Firstly, even though the article states this is being tested on Sprint's LTE network, this doesn't preclude variants of the same device showing up on other carriers. Look at the HTC 8X which is on VZW, TMO, and AT&T.
Secondly, as far as an updated version of Sense goes, HTC has made leaps and bounds in their progress of UI customization. With each new version they become more hands off, and more refined, just look at stock UIs on the Inredible 2, Rhyme, Rezound, and DNA. All four are running different versions of Sense UI, and each is more refined than the previous. Admittedly, a purist would rather not have the UI changes, and run stock. But, your average consumer wants ease of use, and that is what HTC is trying to accomplish.
Spec wise, I do wish that HTC would drop the capacitive buttons in favor of on-screen. But, if they want to keep them, at least include a menu option in lieu of the running apps button. It is frustrating to get a large black bar across the bottom of the screen on my Incredible 4G when an app needs a menu button, and it hasn't been included elsewhere.
Condolences on your loss. I have had similar experiences this year with the loss of four family members since September.
Christmas Eve dinner with my wife's family. Being Catholic and Russian, they have a few traditions that we observe every year as Christmas Eve is the big celebration/dinner night.
Merry Christmas to everyone! As usual, best of luck to all, and congratulations to whoever should win.
If I win this one, the phone goes to my best friend and I get the Jambox. Best of luck to all, and congrats to the winner.
Happy Holidays to all, and best of luck.
Count me in.
A very eclectic collection of apps this week. For me, Sitegeist is the most appealing, but everyone is different and others will appeal to the. As such, I have a co-worker that is big into craft beer, so I'll let him know about Beer Citizen.
Nice companion to my Acer A200.
2 years ago in reply to Day 20: Win an Acer Iconia Tab A110
Good luck everyone.
Thanks again Nvidia and Android and Me!
While this sounds exciting, and will work out nicely for me when it's time for my upgrade in Q4 next year. All the top line phones will be running this Tegra 4 chip or something comparable.
My Phone - HTC Rezound - Android 4.0
My Tablet - Acer A200 - Android 4.0
Home PC - Custome - Win7 64 Bit
Work PC - Dell - Win XP
Ereader - Nook Simple Touch (x2) - Android 2.1 (Skinned)
Wife's Phone - HTC Rhyme - Android 2.3
Wife's Laptop - Lenovo - Win7 32 Bit
Son's Tablet - 7" Polaroid - Android 4.0
Among my friends, we are mostly Android users, so I don't get any flack about it. But in my office, as soon as I suggest an Android device to a co-worker, all the Apple Fanboys start jumping on my case. I just retort with, "be an isheep if you want, I'll take my open source, and freedom of choice."
2 years ago in reply to Versus… Real World Device Choice.