Which Android cell Phone with a Verizon account would you recomend ?


My wife's ancient AT&T cell phone is slowly dying.  We want to switch to Verizon and get an easy to use Android phone.

What would you recommend?

Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-RetiredAsked:
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Battery Life on any android stinks.

I had an HTC Aria for a week and loved it... then I got a Samsung Captivate (giving my girlfriend the Aria) because the Captivate had better specs.  

I want my Aria back.  The one thing I've learned is that BRAND MATTERS when it comes to Android because each brand customizes the user interface and some companies get it (HTC) and others don't (Samsung; can't really say on Motorola or anyone else, but I have seen people with the Motorola and a few issues so I'm inclined to say they don't get it).

Bottom line - I don't think it matters what specific phone you get, but in general it matters what brand you get - Get HTC and you should be happy... get anything else and probably you won't be (as) happy.
I may get some hate for this but. . . . I would get the iPhone, every up and coming smart phone is the next "iPhone killer" why not just go for the current leader in smart phones? If you stuck on getting an android I would go for the incredible, or the droid pro. My biggest complaint with android phones is the touch technology does not compare to an I phone and the full qwerty keyboard that the droid pro has would make this less of a hassle.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Seems Android has been killing the iPhone... Only question now is if adding Verizon will be enough to stop that or at least slow it down.  I doubt it.

I used to have a keyboard on a cell phone, I don't care about one... and Android has pretty good (single sentence) "talk" to your phone and it converts to text.  And personally, I don't have a problem with touch keyboards on Android.  I did here one motorola user state that the SWIPE method (not available on iPhone as far as I know) really is the fastest method to type... though I still prefer the predictive text of my Android.
Swype really rocks and the keyboard is fine especially if you hold it sideways; then it's huge and the word suggestion works well also.  I'm strange maybe but refuse to buy into the iEverthing mania.
Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-RetiredAuthor Commented:
ok, lets change the question.

My wife is terrible with batteries.  So i guess the Android is not a good choice.
What about a non android phone with a simple interface with good battery life?

She is intimadated by my Blackberry.   Don't know why.  I guess she sees me using
spreadsheets and IM and thinks its to complicated.  My battery lasts forever.
Doesn't the Android phones have a standby which enables the batteries last longer?

I wish I could change her mind.   But could you recommed an alternative?

The Motorola Bionic should have better battery life and is expected to be an awesome phone (Verizon Only).  It should be out soon.  Specs are fairly close to the Motorola Atrix on AT&T with the exception of 1/2 the RAM. Dual Core / HD.. yadda yadda yadda.

There are options to use less battery power during certain hours on Android Phones and you can customize it any way you can think of.. Screen brightness, screen on-time, etc. But to tell you the truth any Smart Phone is going to suck the battery fairly quickly.  The option I like with Android Phones over iPhones is the fact that you can replace the battery (Removable/replaceable).  If you are worried about battery life, have her keep a spare battery in her purse just in case.

Blackberry phones are nice and I used them for several years, but it is definitely a different user experience and one that I think is angled more toward the Corporate User.  Not sure which Blackberry that you have, but if its on AT&T and uses the 3G network, the battery will drain much faster even on BB phones to ones that are EDGE network only.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
MANY android phones can get extended life batteries (often from third party).  My Samsung Captivate lasts about 8-16 hours depending on usage.  I can get an extended life battery (alters the shape of the phone; usually comes with replacement back-covers) that will about double that.  Plus I carry chargers with me (it use a micro-type standard USB cable, so I bought 5 at newegg and keep one in the car, one in my backpack, one at my office, one extra at home, and I have a spare (well, gave that to my girlfriend for her android).  Because it charges off USB, you can charge it at any computer and even use a USB hub as your charger (with the cable).

I have NOT heard good things about iPhone battery life.  And my old Windows Mobile phone (NOT running the current new version of Windows Phone) used to get about the same battery life as the android.  It's really going to depend on what she does with it how long it lasts.

As I tell my clients, my girlfriend is a bit of a technophobe... but she saw me using my android and she had a non-android Samsung phone (we got new phones at the same time), she decided she wanted my phone and was unhappy with the one she picked out - she was going to go with the Aria to start, but when we went to the store, I found out the Captivate had come out literally that day, so she took my old phone and I traded her old new phone for the captivate.  She has really liked it since...

Otherwise... DON'T get a smart phone - smart phones WILL EAT BATTERY LIFE!
I would still go with the Android; she'll get used charging it every day.  Mine lasts several days unless I do a lot of talking and/or surfing stuff.
Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-RetiredAuthor Commented:
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Verizon stores sell large text phones and Android phones.  
Not exactly what my  wife wanted.  Thanks so much for the battery warning.

So we went back to the AT&T store.  They do cary a wide varitety of cell phones.
The best flip phone we owned was the Razor.  No longer manufactured.

We chose a Pantech Breeze II.

An excellent small phone,  long batter life,  easy touch screen menu.  Got a big
discount from AT&T.  It cost us 29.00 dollars plus  our contract renewal.
Wife is happy.  It is a light compact small flip phone.

Got to see and play with the new Blackberry Tourch.  WOW  WOW WOW.

Next August I'll get one for 50  bucks.   Cant wait.
I need all the good things about the Blacberry for my job at Lockheed Martin.

Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-RetiredAuthor Commented:
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I get to play with real toys flying in space.   Ever consider becoming an EE?

What a geat life.   And they pay me as well.  What a life!

Only took me 8 years in night school, payed by LM.  Great folks to work with.  They are the best.

Thanks again,
Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-RetiredAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys!!
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