This is the week. Within the next seven days, I’ll be retiring my trusty Evo 4G which has served me so well for the last 3 1/2 years. The 3g antenna is shot. The power button is gone. The back speaker works from time to time, but not often enough to server as an alarm clock anymore.
Back when I bought the Evo, it was head and shoulders above everything else in the Android world. It was an easy call. I waited in line to buy the thing. Now? Well, now I’m spoilt for choice. It’s a nice problem to have, but, as you may have guessed, I tend to stick with my phones for a long time and I want to make sure I make the right choice. I don’t like the feel of the Samsung products, so they’re out. My choices are down to:
HTC One: It’s the oldest of the group, but I know many people who have it and they all love it. It’s the best built phone on the market. It’s got 32gb of storage, which is awesome, and the speakers are to die for. It’s also the heaviest (not a big deal) and has the lowest battery life (very big deal). But, I do love HTC phones.
LG G2: This one wins the spec wars hands down. Best screen, fastest processor, plenty of storage, and a ginormous battery. Not as solid as the HTC and it has some weird-ass LG bloatware. The price, however, is very right.
Moto X 32gb: Finally available for Sprint on Monday. It’s so weird that I have trouble comparing it to the others. Completely different hardware architecture. It’s the lightest and it’s got all kinds of weird but cool software goodies. My biggest concern with this one is that I’ve never actually met anyone who has a Moto X, so I haven’t had a chance to talk to anyone about their experience with it.
Nexus 5: You’d think this would be a no-brainer. It’s essentially a G2 but with stock android, so why the hesitation? Well, the biggest reason is that it doesn’t have the big battery of the G2. It does come with android 4.4 which is lovely and you know Google will keep supporting it, but that battery? That’s a tough pill for me to swallow. The phone’s kind of gimp too, and it’ll cost me more than the G2.
The HTC One Max is missing from my list mostly because of that doofy fingerprint reader on it. I’d take a look at it, but…that is such a horrible design decision that I’m tempted to discard it just on that basis.
So, what do you think? I’m changing my decision every few minutes, so if anyone has any insight, I’d be eager to hear it.