I’m About To Get A New Cell Phone – Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II or Samsung Galaxy S4?

I’m about to get a new cell phone. It’s time to renew my contract. I’ve already decided that I’m sticking with Verizon.

Actually, my contract expires in September but Verizon is giving me a cellphone upgrade in May. You can get an new phone 4 months before your contract expires. Starting next year, Verizon will make you wait 24 months instead of 20 months to get a phone upgrade, making the contract expiration coincide with the upgrade eligibility.

Annoyingly, I’m going to also have to upgrade to the “improved” (i.e. more expensive) family share plan. The good news it that the new plan lets you share data, and I only use 10%-20% of my data per month, so I can save by getting a lower data allocation. I’ll probably put my sister’s tablet on it also, which is a savings. (I couldn’t do that before the “share everything” plan. With the “share everything”, a tablet is only $10/month plus whatever data you use.)

I already decided against the Motorola Droid 4. When they didn’t make a removable battery, that was a pants-on-head retarded design decision. Why is that important? Once every few months, my Android phone crashes hard. Removing the battery is the only way I could reset it. I know that there’s a key combination to force a hard reset, but that didn’t work for me.

I’m down to two finalists for my cell phone purchase. It’s the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II or the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Why the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II? I like the physical keyboard, and it’s the only choice Verizon offers other than the Droid 4.

Why the Samsung Galaxy S4? The specs are SO MUCH BETTER than the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II. It has almost double the CPU power, which matters to me because I’m doing game emulation. The Dosbox Turbo/PSX/N64/nds4droid/PPSSPP emulators should work a *LOT* better on the S4 compared to the Stratosphere II. I’ll miss the physical keyboard, but it isn’t essential. Also, it’s a newly released phone and the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II is already 6 months old.

What do you think? I haven’t decided yet, but leaning towards the Samsung Galaxy S4.

5 Responses to I’m About To Get A New Cell Phone – Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II or Samsung Galaxy S4?

  1. why the S4 instead of an S3? Everything I’ve read suggested that the S4 is a pretty minor upgrade from the S3, and the S3 is practically free on Amazon if you watch for a deal. I just upgraded a few weeks ago, and it cost me $10 for my S3. After 2 years with a droid 2, this thing is so much faster it feels like it’s anticipating what I want to open. It’s also just barely small enough to still do most basic functions with just one hand.

    I’d have gotten an S3 months ago if the sales people at the Verizon store weren’t idiots. They told me it didn’t have a removable battery, so I avoided it. Turns out they were wrong.

    • The S3 has a 1.4GHz processor and the S4 has a 1.9GHz processor. That extra 0.5GHz matters for emulation and retrogaming, which will be one of my primary uses of the phone. I don’t mind paying a little more for the phone. It’s worth it, considering how much I use it.

      I know that Verizon store sales reps are idiots. I’m sticking with Verizon anyway. Both have removable batteries. That’s important if you’re going to use it on a plane, so you can carry a spare battery. The removable battery matters when the phone crashes, so you can reset it by removing the battery.

      I’m upgrading from a Droid 3, which is 3G and not 4G.

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