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DROID Prime Receives WiFi Certification, Nexus Prime Jumps Into Bluetooth SIG

I know, I know.  We all share a similar opinion that the “DROID Prime” is a pretty unlikely name for the rumored Samsung device running Ice Cream Sandwich that is headed to Verizon, but it’s easy enough to refer to.  So hang in there while we continue to use that name until we find something more suitable or semi-official.  With that said, it (SCH-I515) received its WiFi certification at the end of last week, helping us check off another launch list item.

And in similar news, the “Nexus Prime” (GT-I9250)cruised through Bluetooth SIG which is another item we like to cross off of launch lists.

Not much else was given in each of these filings, but with each having received both Bluetooth and WiFi certifications now, I’d say we should start learning additional details any day now.  Rumored dates currently have the device headed for either an October or November launch – we are leaning towards the latter.  

Via:  Bluetooth SIG, Wi-Fi.org

  • http://profiles.google.com/mechanizedapathy Shawn Brandel

    And no one thinks SCH-i515 might be the Illusion because. . .

    I want this phone badly too, but until there’s legit proof that the model number matches the Prime and not the Illusion, I’m not getting my hopes up.

  • Hicks09

    2 different phones. Droid Prime will go to Verizon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariafe.c.oneill Maria Fe Camaya O’Neill

    4.65″. ? Shit thats big. My Nexus S is big enough, just right for sliping in and out of my front pants pocket. I’ll check this out when it comes but by the time you put a case on it will it still be comfortable to walk around with it in your jean’s ? ,i hope so because it sounds sweet.

  • Buffy35f

    ok all.  I have read just about everything on the droid bionic.  But I keep hearing about the droid prime.  I have had an LG NV original for over 6 years now and would like to get a smartphone.  But I am getting freaking confused.  Do I go for the Droid Bionic or wait another month or so for the Prime.  Please tell me what is so special about waiting for the prim.

  • andrew kelly

    Ok im sorry if someone already said this but the difference between a droid prime and a nexus prime would be verizon could bloat the droid prime up with apps and verizons logo on the device and a nexus prime would be pure android no bloat or carrier branding what so ever. its sorta like the experia play it was stock android like a nexus but all bloated up.

  • Anonymous

    ..woohooo.,.I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use CentHub.cōm

  • Pete

    My main concerns for the Verizon version:

    LTE?
    HD (720) screen?
    Stock Android?  And even if it’s a Droid-branded Verizon exclusive, if it does have stock Android will the “Nexus” nature mean that Google will provide updates instead of Verizon or the manufacturer?

  • Jau1njuan1juan

    seriously why would anyone want a Nexus Prime? After the Google Voice problems with the Nexus S? I guess not many people ever do their homework when they post on forums. Just whatever is HOT, GIVE TA ME!

    • The Hammer

      I’m wanting a NEXUS like the N1 not the S.
      Not to mention i dont care about google voice i never use it tried it but didnt like it

  • Anonymous

    So will the Droid Prime and Nexus Prime both be on Verizon?

    • Anonymous

      Most likely not…

  • Dream

    Yes Now i know there is a phone worth upgrading to in the coming months

  • Anonymous

    Kellex, what do you think will be the difference between Verizon’s Prime and the official “Nexus Prime”? I’m hearing some reports that Verizon’s will have TouchWiz, but I don’t trust those sources. Do you think Verizon’s will be pure Google experience?

    • Anonymous

      It’s looking more and more likely that it’ll be a Charge 2 with Galaxy S 2 specs and Touchwiz.  Anything’s possible though.

  • Anonymous

    This is the Droid Charge 2

    Droid Charge = SCH-I510
    So called Droid Prime = SCH-I515

    Nexus S = GT-19020
    Nexus Prime = GT-I9250

    See how the codes for the phone are similar…

    Who cares about the name though…what counts is the software and hardware…

    • Anonymous

      Um, could be. The naming convention may have more to do with carrier than “successor.” The Charge and the “Droid Prime” will both be Verizon, whereas the Nexus S and Nexus Prime were originally T-Mobile phones.

    • CreeDiddy

      I was thinking the same when I first saw the model numbers. I will be disappointed if it looks similar to the Charge.

    • Dave

      Makes things a bit curious, no? I would not be surprised at all if SCH-i515 is a refreshed Charge. Unfortunately, looking at the model numbers for a pattern is seemingly futile.

      Remember SCH-i520 from back in December 2010 which seemingly turned out to be the Charge (SCH-i510)?
      http://www.droid-life.com/2010/12/22/new-verizon-samsung-sch-i520-4g-lte-device-appears-has-front-facing-camera/

  • Anonymous

    Smithers….Release the Primes.

    • EC8CH

      EEEEEExcellent

  • Anonymous

    Are your guya aure that isnt thw Samsung Stratosphere.

    • Dave

      I believe the Stratosphere is SCH-I405.

  • Jason Purp

    II’m thinking of just getting the Bionic now. There’s something about Motoblur that I like, and I dunno. I just think it be better than waiting.

    Inb4 replies about how I’m stupid and impatient

    EDIT: I can’t type for anything on my Incredible 2

    • Anonymous

      Can I have your Inc2? :)

  • Obvious Sarcasm

    Tis a sad sad day for Verizon customers…
    http://www.gizmocrunch.com/android/8275-verizon-google-nexus-prime-3
    No Nexus Prime for Verizon? Just a Droid Prime without the Google experience?! F*ck no…

    • Binglut9

      I think we all knw verizon wouldn’t get a pure google expeirence you know it will have touchwiz

      • Anonymous

        XOOM is a pure google experience device. In fact, it’s still the only android tablet that is.

        • EC8CH

          AWESNAP

          • Mctypething

            u mad bro?

          • EC8CH

            you’re doing it wrong

    • EC8CH

      I call bullshit

      “Touchwiz on top”… I highly doubt that.

      I’d buy that Verizon gets to add bloat (hopefully not though), but I’m expecting it to run stock Android.

      That article is garbage

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, but I think i’ll hold off on believing something that gizmodo “reported”. After all, they’re quoting a post from “The Android Soul” (who??), and they heard it from Droid-Life, who heard it from Boy Genius Report, who always seem to get their info from an unnamed source. The funny thing is that Gizmodo and Android Soul are the only sites in that string who are reporting it won’t be Google Experience.

      We can only wait and see what happens, but Gizmodo isn’t reporting anything.

    • CreeDiddy

      The article is crap! Articles are now written to provide intrigue and persuasion. Again the title the article has a question mark which raises red flags and speculation. No one knows for certain, but Verizon and Samsung. They are the only two companies that know what’s going on.

      ICS will not have TouchWiz right off the bat. ICS will be meant as a Pure Google Experience without custom skins. This is the naming convention of “Droid” vs. Nexus.

      Droid = Verizon
      Nexus = T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint

      SCH = Verizon Droid Charge branding
      GT-I = T-Mobile/AT&T/Sprint Nexus S branding

      Cree

      • Dave

        SCH is more generically used for Samsung phones on Verizon. Not just the Droid Charge. E.g. the Samsung Fascinate is SCH-i500

  • Anonymous

    how funny would it be if the prime was a bunch of speculative bs and was really just a charge 2…LOL

    • Anonymous

      Thats what it is going to be, the Droid Charge 2 :-)

  • http://twitter.com/James_C_L James C. L.

    I doubt that we’ll see this before Christmas.

    • Anonymous

      It will be here before Christmas if it just passed through the FCC.

  • Anonymous

    So there are two different model numbers?  So this means that Verizon will not be getting the NEXUS PRIME, but instead a Droid Prime?  Which means locked down, full of bloat.   Given the direction the droid name has gone since the original droid, one cannot easily argue that this Droid Prime won’t be at least full of Verizon’s bloat.  Is there any human being out there that is honestly saying “gee wiz fellas, I sure can’t wait to try out the Blockbuster app on that 4.5″ screen!”

  • http://twitter.com/semitex Ian ツ ✓

    “rumored Samsung device running Ice Cream Sandwich that is headed to Verizon”

    key f*cking word: RUMORED. I am SICK of sitting on my update and will be purchasing a bionic on thursday. 

    • EC8CH

      u mad bro?

    • Str8RippinEm

      same here…I just got to mess around with it at a local verizon, the thing is very very sharp looking…smooth  as hell too…I’d like to wait around to see whats coming out but I don’t have the patience anymore…if those phones are really worth getting, just ebay the bionic

  • Anonymous

    I’m trying to grasp the excitement over this phone that is making people say not to buy any OTHER phone coming out in the near future.  Other than having ICS there is nothing we know about this phone. It seems to me from reading these posts the last few months that the biggest complaint of the Bionic is the Pentile screen and the locked bootloader.  I haven’t heard enough about the Vigor to offer comments, good or bad, on that yet either.

    My question to you is does it really matter to have an HD screen that is only 4.3 or at best 4.5″ inches big (small)???  I know a lot of people are watching Netflix on their phones these days but once again you are watching it on a 4.3″ screen.  What the hell?  If I want to watch a movie in HD I will watch on my 55″ LED tv with 7.1 surround sound.  Or at the very least watch it through the HDMI port out of the phone.  Plus what will the battery life be on an HD screen?  Is it better?  Is it worse?  

    As far as the locked bootloader I wish it could be unlocked as well but Verizon will have their say as to whether a phone is locked or not.  But with that said the Bionic is already rooted.  I realize a rooted phone is not the same as an unlocked phone but it will still allow you to get rid of Blur and the bloatware if you want to.

    Believe me I am not a Bionic fanboy, or any fanboy for that matter, but I think we are forgetting that these devices are smartphones and that through its apps they are making are lives a lot easier and fun but they are not meant to replace our home entertainment systems, desktops, laptops,  stereos, cameras, and whatever else people are expecting these devices to do.  So until one comes equipped with a teleporter app I have a hard time getting too overly excited, or critical,  about any phone coming out. 

    • Must..Have…SAMSUNG

      U mad bro?

      • Anonymous

        Mad?  hmm…didn’t think my above comment could be taken as me being mad.  Are you feeling overly sensitive today?

      • Binglut9

        You know how to read bro? Didnt seem mad at all

    • Anonymous

      +1 and the internets to you my good man.

    • George Davis

      Yeah, I kind of agree with this.  Thing is, from what I’ve heard about Pentile screens, they can look pretty terrible.  One thing I still absolutely love about my OG Droid is the sharpness and clarity of the screen.  I’m due for an upgrade finally this week, but screen sharpness and clarity are important to me and I don’t want to give that up.  It’s not even watching movies so much as just simple reading, playing games, etc.  Some people are more visual than others I guess.  I will definitely be trying out a Bionic in the store before I decide whether to wait and see about this Prime (which is essentially a consulation prize for the Galaxy SII on Verizon we were all hoping for) or go ahead and jump.

      • Anonymous

        The Prime will be an LTE version of the GS2 with upgraded specs…

        • George Davis

          I hope you’re right, but at this point it’s just speculation unless you have a source to back it up….

        • EC8CH

          so in general terms it will be upgraded awesomeness.

      • Anonymous

        I couldn’t agree more.  I have an OG and I think the screen is great.  I will not blindly buy a new phone either without giving it a solid test drive.  But what I have gather about the pentile screen is that some people love it and some hate it so until I test drive it myself I refuse to comment on it.

        My original point is that I do not see the need to have a HD screen that is only 4.3″.  As you said the OG screen is excellent and it works for me so I do not have the desire to have a HD screen but if someone wants a phone with an HD screen then go for it!  I just don’t fall in that category.

        • George Davis

          Fair enough — I don’t especially want an HD screen, just one that’s as sharp and clear as my OG Droid but on a device with better specs.  The 256mb of RAM in particular is just about killing me at this point (running Project Elite with several apps locked in memory just to get by).  I don’t really care that much about 4G either at this point, but I want the latest and greatest since I’m going to be stuck with it for two years.  If the Pentile screen on the Bionic bothers me then the Prime seems like the only viable option (other than switching carriers and losing my unlimited data plan, which is a non-starter).

          • EC8CH

            The HD screen on the Prime is also rumored to be Pentile. 

          • EC8CH

            The HD screen on the Prime is also rumored to be Pentile. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Davis/1384894286 George Davis

            Ack, seriously?  I thought Samsung was still using Super AMOLED screens in their devices?  If this is true then there’s not much point for me in waiting.  The only other benefit of the Prime would be the potential unlocked bootloader, but even that’s just a rumor at this point.

          • EC8CH

            Rumor is that the first HD SAMOLED screens will be Pentile and Samsung’s next improvement will be RBG HD SAMOLED screens.

            Who knows if the that’s true, and even if they are Pentile who knows if they will look good or bad.  My guess is though that any screen coming from Samsung will be top of the line.

          • Anonymous

            pentile is the technology declaring how the pixels and subpixels are laid out on a screen. Samsung’s Super AMOLED screens (e.g. Galaxy S) are based on pentile tech (its the Super AMOLED Plus that aren’t). However, not all pentile screens are bad, its just motorola’s bad screens that have given pentile a bad rep.

          • George Davis

            Thanks for clearing that up.  It’s sad that Moto’s screens have gone from great (OG Droid) to bad so quickly.  Wonder what accounts for that?

  • Anonymous

    This and the Samsung Note are 2 devices I would actually consider paying out of pocket for before my NE2 upgrade discount pricing.  We’ll just see how much the Note is actually going to run.  (Reports were $1000 by Engadget)

  • FortitudineVincimus

    So Droid Prime = Droid HD likely? and Nexus Prime = Nexus Prime?

    • Zach

      Droid HD is a Motorola Phone.

    • TyGamer

      Droid Prime = Verizon Nexus Prime. Droid HD is a phone by Motorola and is not related in any way. Its like how the GS2 for Sprint has a different name than T-Mobiles or AT&T’s GS2.

  • Anonymous

    ..woohooo.,. I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use CentHub.cōm

  • Anonymous

    Release the Google Experience Device!!!!  LOL Sorry couldn’t help myself :P

  • ntensiv

    jokes aside, im really tired of new phones comming out. I have been a loyal Android customer since the OG Droid but, after playing around with my girls iphone… i can see the android market lacks of AMAZING apps. I can careless of the phones, they are all the same, crappy no battery life at all. If i dont see developers making good apps for android in teh comming months… IPHONE 5 will be for me.

    • I’m Kick-Ass!

      You lost me at “jokes aside”.

    • Anonymous

      Tired of new phones coming out? Why don’t you do yourself a favor and not get the i*hone5 and stick to your OG Droid?? That would be putting money where your mouth is.. or back in your pocket sir! And one extra new phone for someone else! 

    • Anonymous

      Have fun paying 10x more for those “amazing” apps and iLand tax.

    • Anonymous

      If you’re looking for a glorified feature phone (or app jukebox as Dr. Droid likes to say), an iPhon’t is the way to go. :-)

    • Anonymous

      Then I guess you and your loser gf are meant for each other..

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Travis-Erickson/563313398 Travis Erickson

      apparently you can “careless” about spelling as well, and you go ahead and enjoy a locked down phone with 9/10 paid apps that you can get for free on android. you go be a part of the status symbol that is Apple! 

    • Smartaxx

      Instead of playing with your girlfriends Iphone, I would be playing with her!!!!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Travis-Erickson/563313398 Travis Erickson

        Winning

    • The Hammer

      I carry an Android phone. But have an Ipad 2 and show my mom how to use her iphone 4. I agree the apps in the app store are good but mainly a big difference is most of the good apps on the iOS is pay apps

  • http://twitter.com/BigR00f Nick Ruffo

    Droid Prime, Nexus Prime, Incredible HD, HTC Vigor.  What is what???? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    • Blood

      Droid prime and Nexus prime are the same phone. And Incredible HD and Vigor are the same phone just different names,

  • Rangertrav

    I dont think I want to wait. Especially when there are no guarantees about the Nexus coming to VZW.

    • http://twitter.com/kepley thundercleese.

      the way i think about it is: even if it doesn’t come to Verizon, waiting would at least knock down the price of a fallback phone (Bionic).

      • chmcclellan

        Moreover, waiting lets me see what develops with the Bionic bootloader/dev community. 

  • Daniel

    One is Vodaphone and one is Verizon, but they r both nexus’

  • Rangertrav

    So is the DROID Prime and Nexus Prime different devices?

  • John

    Wait for the Nexus Prime.

  • Anonymous

    does anyone know if google has any press events scheduled in the next few months?

  • Chuckg73

    So what is the deal, are the Nexus Prime and the Droid Prime two different phones?

    • DroidzFX

      They are one and the same my son. You must look within yourself to seek the truth.

      • Chuckg73

        I hope so I will be very disappointed if VZW screws this up and does not offer a true Nexus device.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

      I think Droid Prime will be the verizon iteration of the nexus prime. Hopefully it will still be stock 

      • Anonymous

        +1. Indeed it will.

        • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

          It better be stock, and unlockable bootloader 

          • Anonymous

            +1 Indeed it won’t.

          • Anonymous

            Not true so far.

          • Jam120992

            go on…

          • Anonymous

            wish i could.

          • Adam Elghor

            lol

          • Anonymous

            Wanna bet?  NONE of the original Galaxy S phones had locked bootloader.  None, zip, zero, nada.  And unless I’m mistaken, the original Galaxy S II does not have a locked bootloader either.  Samsung is the most developer-friendly OEM at the moment.  Let’s just hope they keep it up.  Of course, if whatever the SCH-i515 turns out to be is a true Nexus device, it definitely won’t be locked, and should require nothing more than a single ADB command to root it and modify at will.

          • Anonymous

            Sammy is not locking their bootloaders any more.  I sure hope this is the Prime and will release in Oct. 

          • Anonymous

            My comment was in reference to the Droid version.

          • Root

            The Droid Charge wasn’t locked.

        • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

          You know I’m gonna cry if you’re wrong, right? I’m talking crazy scream crying where you just want to smother the person with a pillow. It’s gonna be embarrassing for everyone involved.

          • Anonymous

            hahaha you won’t be the only one. I have my pitchfork and torch ready to storm Basking Ridge NJ otherwise.

            But so far, don’t worry about crying. 

      • EC8CH

        Hopefully it will still receive updates directly from Google

        • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

          Hopefully it will have good mod support 

    • Ernest

      Hopefully it won’t be a “Droid” at all, with all the ridiculous violent, sci-fi, teenage-boy fantasy imagery that for some reason Verizon has decided to attach arbitrarily to these devices.  I’m really hoping for a no-nonsense, straightforward “Nexus Prime” on Verizon.

      • EC8CH

        that is the holy grail

      • Splinter

        Android wasn’t much of anything until Verizon and its DROID brand came along. Sure Andy phones were being manufactured and folks were buying said phones but it wasn’t until the OG DROID (with its aforementioned shenanigans) came along that the OS really started gaining momentum.

      • vivaDroid

        I disagree – those Droid commercials worked, they’re much of the reason for the success of Droids. I LIKE sci-fi, I LIKE hi-tech, I LIKE leading-edge technology. If you want touchy-feely, buy an iPhone. Preferably pink.

    • http://twitter.com/semitex Ian ツ ✓

      neither exist in my opinion, they are SCH models most likely as disappointing as the stratosphere. go with the bionic like me

    • Anonymous

      Yeah they are 2 different phones.

    • none

      It might be possible the Droid Prime will have Touch Wiz so NO if it ain’t a nexus, it ain’t a nexus. VZW doesn’t do vanilla android anymore it seems…for now.

  • ssjnimma

    so probably the #1 question here… is this worth holding off to get? Skip the Bionic launch this week and go for this glory????

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T3NRV5OOEQS5Y52QG6WG6SMTEU ML

      Yes, wait.

    • Chuckg73

      I am not.  I am getting the Bionic on contract this week and if the Prime comes out on Verizon and is Nexus, I will sell the Bionic and buy the Prime.

      • Rangertrav

        This is exactly what I’m thinking about doing.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

        Me too.

      • TyGamer

        How much extra will that cost? Assuming you buy the bionic for $300 with a contract and the Nexus is $200(or whatever the expected price is). I would like to do that but if it will cost alot, it might be worth just waiting even though my OG Droid is feeling a little slow.

        • CreeDiddy

          That depends on your buying needs. Personally, going from OG Droid to Bionic will be a huge difference in performance. I was once an OG Droid owner and went to the Thunderbolt and the difference was night and day. Speed, enhancements, etc…you will see this right off the bat. Depending on the condition of your Droid, you can sell on ebay for at least $125-$150. You can go to the Bionic for $175-$200 on a 2-year contract and if you feel the need to go to the Prime you should be able to make $450-$500 on the Boinic. This should cost you a difference of $150-$200 to get the Prime from your Bionic.
          Cree

        • CreeDiddy

          That depends on your buying needs. Personally, going from OG Droid to Bionic will be a huge difference in performance. I was once an OG Droid owner and went to the Thunderbolt and the difference was night and day. Speed, enhancements, etc…you will see this right off the bat. Depending on the condition of your Droid, you can sell on ebay for at least $125-$150. You can go to the Bionic for $175-$200 on a 2-year contract and if you feel the need to go to the Prime you should be able to make $450-$500 on the Boinic. This should cost you a difference of $150-$200 to get the Prime from your Bionic.
          Cree

      • Mctypething

        What kind of sense does that make? So, you’re going to spend $300 on the Bionic and sign a 2 year contract. Say the Prime comes out in November, how much will you be able to get for a used Bionic at that point? $200 tops? Then, you’ll have to buy the Prime at full retail since you won’t have an upgrade available, which will be around $650? You’ll be spending MUCH more than just waiting it out a little. Is it really that important to have a Bionic for a month or so? More details on the Prime will be coming out all the time. Just wait and make an informed purchase.

        • Anonymous

          sorry, but in 2 months the Bionic will be commanding much more than $200 on eBay. The Droid 3 (which came out 2 months ago) is going for over $450 on eBay used on some auctions. I’ll be doing what Chuck is doing as I can’t hold out a couple more months with my OG Droid. CM7 is great, but the random reboots and missed text message notifications are killing me.

        • Anonymous

          LOL!  $200 tops?  Reality check bud, you’re way off.  Good job pulling the $650 figure for the Prime out of your ass too.

          • Mctypething

            You’re a moron.

          • Mctypething

            Wow, genius comment there. If you actually read my comment, you’d see the details were basically tongue in cheek. Maybe I’m way off on the numbers, but my point is the same that you’d pay more doing that plan.

          • Anonymous

            Back peddle more dipshit.

          • Chuckg73

            I still do not get your comment….

          • http://www.facebook.com/Monkdn Ray Baker

            But he will also have an upgrade 2 months earlier.  Droid x’s still hit ebay at 199-299…  just figure how much a phone that is only 2 months could bring him.  

            If I hate the bionic i buy you can find it on ebay just in time for Christmas!

        • Chuckg73

          Lets see I have been holding on to my upgrade for over a year for the Bionic.  In the mean time I have owned a Droid Incredible, Droid 2, Droid X, Droid Incredible 2, HTC Thunderbolt, and now the Droid X2.  Have I spent much money, actually no.  There is a demand for phones and I typically sell and buy via craigslist.  Sometimes I get the better end and sometimes I don’t.  The way I see it is I will buy the Bionic for 249 and look to sell it for 350ish.  The Nexus Prime will probably be some where around 600 and so it will cost me about 250ish more.  I do not see the big deal here.  If the Nexus Prime is a Droid phone, I probably will not get rid of the Bionic, but if it truly a Nexus device I will buy it knowing that I will then upgrade yearly to the next Nexus device.

      • Anonymous

        Can’t hide money.  Wish I had that luxury.

      • [email protected]

        Obviously Mctype hasn’t sold a phone just to pick up a new one before.

        Full retail price means jack. Mctype really underestimated how little you can get out of a used phone. He said selling the Bionic in November, barely two months after its release, would net $200 tops but a Prime would be running $650? Your numbers are just way off. A week or two after a device launches, they usually top out at $450 on eBay, maybe $475 or $500 if it’s new in the box. It’s not that the devices aren’t worth retail, just that no one is willing to pay that so it brings it down. Likewise, they tend to hold value for a long time. When I sold my Thunderbolt on eBay at the beginning of August, a full 5 months or so since it launched, I got $310 for it.

        If someone gets the Bionic, just to sell it and buy a Prime, they’re really only looking at about a $100-$150 difference depending on how much work they put in to find the right buyer and seller. And I’m not just talking out of my ass, buying and selling phones is how I financed my tablet so I have a bit of an idea of how long it takes prices to fluctuate.

        • Mctypething

          You’re right, I’ve never done that before, so it’s possible I’m missing something. However, I guess my main point is that you’d be spending more money, which seems idiotic. Let’s say you get the Bionic on 9/8 and the Prime comes out two months later. Well, but mid-October, enough details on the Prime should be out to allow you to better decide whether to get the Bionic or wait for the Prime. So, my point is it’s stupid to spend ANY extra money to have a Bionic for one month, and have to go throught the pain to keep selling and getting new phones. Have fun with that. I’ll just wait and save myself the time and money,

    • Anonymous

      I’m waiting. Been holding off since July 7 for a worthy successor to my Droid. I think the Prime (and ICS) will be worth the wait.

      • Waiting…

        Same here.  Literally the same eligible to upgrade day.  However, I’m sporting a LG Chocolate Touch.  The GS2 was where my heart was until a week before official launch party.  Ugh!

  • Anonymous

    November.

    • Anonymous

      So… if you could only get one phone this year, which would you pick/wait for?

      • EC8CH

        PRIME!

        • Mctypething

          u mad bro?

          • EC8CH

            you’re doing it wrong

        • Anonymous

          If Nexus preceded that I would definetly agree. :-)

        • Anonymous

          I’m going to laugh my ass off if the Bionic is the best Android phone releases this year and the Nexus goes to Sprint and/or T-Mobile instead.  Better yet, the Samsung Droid Prime is a 3G phone. :-P

      • Anonymous

        Actually since money isn’t really an object, I’m buying the Bionic Thursday since it has all the minimums I want at this point and I got some actual limited time with it this morning. It’s a VERY SOLID phone. Don’t let the haters detract you. 

        Wouldn’t touch the Vigor with a 10ft pole.

        Prime seems like the obvious ‘wait for’ phone, but there’s still a few ways it can be f’ed over by Verizon so it’s too early to say hold out, I want to believe what I’m told but it still sounds eerily too good to be true.

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for the insight. Despite my vow to wait and not put any more cash in Jha’s pocket, Thursday will likely result in a trip to the local VZW store. I’m sure I won’t pass on a Prime either though…

          • Anonymous

            I’m totally with you. I don’t want to support Moto on ‘moral grounds’ of how late the phone is, the locked bootloader, the not-so-enthralling-yet-Motos-best-Pentile-screen and the slow light on the horizon of better things to come…but knowing the battery life is good and Moto’s build quality is still better than the rest, I can’t not jump in and retire my X for good. …for now.