Fool Me Once, Shame On You. Fool Me Twice...
Around two years ago, my sister and I were getting ready to upgrade from our OG Droids to something new. At the time, the options for good android phones in September 2011 were few and far between. I was intent on waiting to see what the rumored Nexus phone was all about – which was painful, as the Verizon release date kept slipping farther and farther away. My sister was not so patient.
Her phone was at a point where it was almost unusable, so she wanted something right then and there. In my infinite wisdom, I recommended the Droid Bionic because it was the best Verizon android phone at the time. As you are aware, hindsight is 20/20 and I have regretted that recommendation ever since.
Fast forward two years and here she sits again, with a barely usable phone and an upgrade itching to be used. Again, she has asked for my sage advice, and I am truly conflicted.
My instinct is to recommend the Moto X. There is something about it that has really caught my eye. I like the size, the stock-ness, the notifications, and the supposed battery life. Unfortunately she will not be patient to wait for Moto Maker so she’d have to deal with white or black, but I don’t think that’s too much of an issue. My only concern is because it doesn’t have beefier specs, as time goes on the thing will begin to crap out after a year or so and be a bad experience for her.
My second thought is to recommend the HTC One, which will be coming to Verizon soon. It’s obviously a well put together phone, but Sense and the battery life concern me. I also worry about its longevity, but at least it has the brute horsepower to handle itself in the future,. However, there’s really no telling of how the software will affect it.
She said flat out that she doesn’t want to switch to the iPhone, and I just can’t recommend the S4 to her because Samsung’s feature bloat annoys me, gums up the works, and she would never use any of it. She also doesn't care about micro SD cards or removable batteries. I’m also shying away from the Droids because she doesn't want to spend over $200 – so no MAXX, and I think the Moto X is better designed than the Ultra and Mini.
So what do you think? I am planning on laying out a few options for her, but I am leaning towards the Moto X. Is Moto X a good recommendation or should I steer her towards something else?
TL;DR I recommended my sister the Driod Bionic two years ago and got burned. Is recommending the Moto X this time around likely to put me in the same situation in two years? Will the HTC One be in any better shape?