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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorAddicted2DVD
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Hey all...
I am about to get a pre-paid Android phone from work. I have 2 choices on phones that I think I can manage but don't know what I should get between the 2.

The problem is that I like the phone from one company.... but don't know much of the company and what I heard of them (albeit years ago) isn't that good. The other one I know and like the company... but the phone itself isn't as good.

Here is the choices I have and what little I know about them at this point.

Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread)
Company: Verizion
Deal: $50 per Month
        Unlimited Talk
        Unlimited Text
        2 GB Data

Or....  $60 per Month
          Unlimited Talk
          Unlimited Text
          4GB Data

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Company: Net10
Deal: $50 per Month
        Unlimited Talk
        Unlimited Text
        Unlimited Data

I know and like Verizon as a company... I already know they have good service in the area. I don't know much at all about Net10... but I never heard much good about their service. Although I haven't heard anything about them in years... and all I did hear was about their service in Maryland...not here in Kentucky.

So that is the info I have at this point. With this info what would you suggest? Is there any info I should try to find out before making a decision?
Pete
DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorLewis_Prothero
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Which Android version to pick depends very much on the device it is supposed to run on.

A Device with 2.3.x usually is either an older model or has a "slow" CPU.
A Device with an "Ice Cream Sandwich"-kernel doesn't necessarily have better hardware than a device with 2.3.x .
No matter which version you pick, choose a device with exchangeable batteries, low budget devices usually don't have this, it even gets more common on High-End devices these days.

Which contract to pick depends on what you expect to do with the phone.
If you expect to travel a lot pick a provider that covers most, if not all, of your targets.
When just needing it in your hometown pick a provider with a good net there.

If you do not expect your Android device to replace your computer for all online activities a data-volume of 2GB should suffice.

Customer service is nothing I care too much about, in my experience it varies from bad to awful no matter which company you pick.
It all seems so stupid, it makes me want to give up!
But why should I give up, when it all seems so stupid?


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Registered: March 29, 2007
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First, what Lewis said.

What kind of phones are your talking about, company, model? That and what Lewis said about your kind of usage should help you decide.

Good phone, poor coverage wouldn't be much fun. Lousy phone, good coverage wouldn't be much fun either. Decent phone and coverage would be a good combination.

When you find out the kind of phones they are talking about, look up user comments on each. They can be a big help in the decision-making process.

My 2 pennies.
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Thanks guys... been reading a bit about Net10 this morning... and not thrilled with what I been reading.
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If you think about running DVD Profiler on your phone, you'd better get one with Ice Cream Sandwich.
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Hmmm... well definitely want to run Profiler on the phone... so may have to see what the next model up for Verizon is... won't be on special... but think it may still be doable.
Pete
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Quoting StaNDarD:
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If you think about running DVD Profiler on your phone, you'd better get one with Ice Cream Sandwich.

Why?
The Android App runs just fine on my Galaxy Ace 2 (Android Build 2.3.6).
Even worse, when Samsung offered a Firmware-Update to Build 4.1.2 I noticed a severe decline of performance while at the same time a battery charge lasted significantly shorter.

After a week or so I downgraded again.

More important than the version of the OS are the capabilities of the hardware and the batteries.

If you have the choice pick a phone with (at least) a Dual Core CPU and sufficiently capacitated Li-Io batteries. A fast CPU with too small batteries is no fun since it will spend more time on the charger than in your hands.

If in doubt check out for user reviews for your specific phone (as already suggested by Marty).
If you do so you will learn a lot about your new phone (e.g. that a Galaxy S4 is to be avoided, because it obviously has severe problems with its display).
It all seems so stupid, it makes me want to give up!
But why should I give up, when it all seems so stupid?


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Quoting Lewis_Prothero:
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Quoting StaNDarD:
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If you think about running DVD Profiler on your phone, you'd better get one with Ice Cream Sandwich.

Why?
The Android App runs just fine on my Galaxy Ace 2 (Android Build 2.3.6).

Well, I can only speak for my Huawei Sonic (2.3.7) and DVDP wasn't running without problems on this one...
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Quoting StaNDarD:
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If you think about running DVD Profiler on your phone, you'd better get one with Ice Cream Sandwich.


I can only speak for myself. I ran Oliver's DVDP project until the official program came out, and I've run the beta from about the beginning on a HTC Droid Incredible 2 running stock rom and Gingerbread 2.34 without issues (except issues do to the program being a beta).
Just my experience. 
HTC Droid Incredible 2, not rooted, Gingerbread 2.3.5, 768 or 1gig internal (?), 32 gig SD card
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Both Android versions are pretty outdated by now.
How much would you pay extra for the phone?
Have you thought about getting a phone off contract and getting a cheaper plan (at least net10 had the option with $40)?

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I would only be paying about $30 for the phone itself.
Pete
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Wow, looking though the unlocked phones with CDMA at amazon left me a little bit shocked. The phones are either very expensive or very old (and sometimes both)...
I'd recommend a cheeper contract with something like a Motorola Moto G ($200 for 3G/$220 for 4G off contract), but it is a GSM-phone...

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I think I will just stick with my current phone (old time flip phone) for a while... till I can afford something nice.
Pete
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Today I got an Android phone (older one - 2.3.6 Gingerbread)... and bought the Android app. Installed it with no problem... but trying to download my collection from the online collection... just seems to be having trouble getting it downloaded... seems to time out well before Downloading Profiles completes. Don't even get to downloading the cover arts. I do have a rather large collection... 7,101 profiles.

Any suggestions to get my collection into my phone? I have it running right now... and seems to be getting a little further. Looks to have gotten about a quarter of the way. Maybe it will work this time? I dunno... looking forward to having my collection on my phone.
Pete
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It does seem to be working now... but boy is it downloading SLOOOOWWW!!..... it finished downloading all the profiles and just barely started to download the cover art.
Pete
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It does seem to be working now... but boy is it downloading SLOOOOWWW!!..... it finished downloading all the profiles and just barely started to download the cover art.


Suggestions:
1) In my opinion, and experience, the PC to phone works fastest. Granted I only have around 1K titles since my daughter went to college!

2) As for the timing out: be sure there isn't some setting on the phone that automatically shuts it down. Probably a power saver setting. If I doing a full database sync (something blew up, etc.), I usually do the sync with my phone plugged into the charger. In that way  it can't  go to sleep.

If you need help setting the desktop sync up, this is the place! 
HTC Droid Incredible 2, not rooted, Gingerbread 2.3.5, 768 or 1gig internal (?), 32 gig SD card
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