AJerman, on 06 December 2012 - 15:53, said:
Top of the line: Droid DNA. Nothing can touch it right now with it's 1080p screen and S4 Pro CPU. And at $200 it's a good price compared to some of the top of the line phones hitting $300 right now.
If $200 is too much, there's the Galaxy Nexus for $100. Unfortunately the Nexus 4 doesn't work with Verizon, but the Galaxy Nexus is still a very respectable phone.
Of course there's always the Galaxy S III or the RAZR line, but you'd need the RAZR HD to compare to the others, and for the $200 price point of the RAZR HD, $249 for the Galaxy S III, or $299 for the RAZR MAXX HD, I don't see why you wouldn't get the DNA instead.
As for your comments on the DNA's battery, I don't think non-removable batteries are that big of a deal. Battery problems are rare, and if you get insurance for your phone, it should cover it. What's wrong with getting a whole new phone? Depending on who is fixing it, they MIGHT replace the battery, but a lot of times they'll just send you a refurb which really is typically as good as new. A lot of times it's a chance to get a fresh screen and case if you had any scratches. Besides, the iPhone has been like that forever and how often do you really hear people make that a big issue? These batteries don't usually just randomly go bad, and they can handle enough charge cycles to long last you into your next phone. If you REALLY need extra power on the go, get one of those boxes with 5000 mAh or so of battery that you can plug usb into and you can charge any device on the go. It's just my personal opinion, but I think that non-removable batteries offer more positives (thinner and stronger designs), than negatives because the negatives are rare.
Thanks for the thorough reply.
$200 is what I was expecting to pay. That was how much I paid for the Droid X, plus i'm going to purchase it at Best Buy and use some Rewardzone coupons to drop it down some more.
The battery thing is just something I have read on the forums from users as a concern. I guess personally it doesn't bother me. I have had issues where my X would lock up and it's nice to be able to just pop the battery out and be done with it. As far as getting it replaced, I typically don't purchase insurance, so my concern would be if it's past warranty date, do I have to pay for a new phone etc...