Buying a phone outright is not an option as in Canada the carriers soak you for their plans and it’s only $20-$30 more depending on the phone for 2 years. $30x24 months=$720 CAD which is about $575 US greenbacks interest free.
Thanks in advance
Can’t answer your question, indeed should not answer your question, because your priorities are not our priorities, but i can give you a method:
Ignore any particular phone, go amnesic.
List in sequence your most important features. This is not a sequenced list, just a list, move these around to your specific priorities:
LTE band support for your area, coverage.
size, seems the manufacturers have decided this for us is about 5.5", harder to get smaller now.
use replaceable battery (as swapping a battery is smaller faster cheaper) Note: this would defeat likely waterproofing
SD card slot. Note: this often defeat waterproofing but less than battery replacement.
performance. Performance is a function of minimalism (so closer to stock Android with only install what you need) with hardware.
price. The only option you have is to buy through carrier so you’re paying more but you still have a varying balance to contribute I see between $0 and I see $249.
Once you added what matters to you from what I missed above, resequence.
Then mathematically give each a relative weight, say a weight of 10 for the top going down. Say battery life was your most important and give it a weight of 10, say then wateproofness was 9, say LTE coverage was 8, etc. Do it for your priorities.
Then score each phone for this.
Then multiply each score by weight, to get a weighted score, then total up to get total weighted score.
You’d then get this long long list down to two or three, then go deeper, try to play with one if you can.
So I in this method got a different choice than my wife than my daughter than my mother.
Mine is HTC one M7, 4 years old… Wife’s is HTC one M8 We will be upgrading both at the same time and I hope we both select the same phone as it is just easier for me when I have to help her.[quote=“joshuad11, post:6, topic:53954”]
I wouldn’t decide until you’re ready to switch
Good point. looking at Mar-Apr upgrade but I usually don’t go with the very latest as the contract rates are higher in the first quarter. That’s why I am starting my research now as it will likely be one of the current offerings but who knows.
do you have a case on it and if you do does it interfere at all with the infinity display? I agree the 8+ would be too big for me but the 8 would be a perfect size. I am familiar with the galaxy as me wife had the S4 a few years back until it found it’s way into a hot tub so I am familiar with Samsung launchers. I usually install Nova Launcher right away anyway
I handled one (played with it) in a store a couple weeks ago and my first impression was that it was so much better than I thought it would be. I loved the way it felt in my hand. Slippery, but I knew that a case would solve that problem. The images when I took some photos were unbelievable.
This is the problem I run into when something new is better than what I have. First thought is I can’t live without one or I must buy one
Few weeks go by, I am still alive and I don’t have one, The thrill is over.
I would personally say wait til the S9 since you’re waiting til 2018 anyways, but since you have a upgrade plan I’d go with the phone that’s free. That would be the S8, it’s certainly a great phone and the M7 is really old now so you’ll enjoy the S8.
S8+ if you want to pluck down the 99 bucks. Don’t go for G6 since it has a last-gen Snapdragon 821 rather than the current Snapdragon 835 that’s in the S8 and S8+ and soon the Note 8 as well.
Good to know and the case likely cuts down some glare as well. Does it still wireless charge with that case? I don’t suppose you have tried to use it with a magnetic base with the otterbox commuter like this one
I heard rumors that the Note 9 would have the fingerprint sensor under the display, but not the Galaxy S9. Still very early to tell…well ANYWAY, back to the recommendations.
it seems like S8 is free 2 year plan…hmm
I personally would tell you to get S8, or even S8+ (my hands are quite big). A couple of my friends got the S8 and it’s a great size on the hand and great feel, but i would love the S8+ more. My friends had cases too and it doesnt take anything away from the screen. Lovely stuff. I personally dont need a case because i havent dropped my phone in the 8+ years i’ve owned a phone O.O
You mentioned you get the nova launcher. Samsung has vastly improved their UI so maybe you should try their UI out for a few days before changing it
Also, if the UI is an imoprtant factor for you, maybe look at Pixel, it is extremely smooth. However, if this phone will tie you up for 2 years, S8 or S8+ will be a smarter choice to last the 2 years before the next switch (the phone is extremely fast and is running the latest snapdragon processor)
You can also stick around a few months until the S9 launches around march of 2018. Or you have the Note 8 to explore as well.
Let me know if you have any other questions! i’ll be happy to help.
hmm you can eliminate at least 4 of those phone if you need SD card if you need to take a lot of photos or video’s and don’t want to put it all in cloud storage. But yeah it’s hard to say which one since everyone have their own taste and of course usage. If you watch video a lot you might want a bigger screen and if you want the most current update you will have to go with Pixel or the iPhone.