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Verizon’s Epic Q4 Roadmap, Which Will be Your Next Smartphone?

Over the last week or so, the holiday lineup on Verizon has really started to take shape. Most companies took to press events at the end of August and beginning of September to announce their Q4 devices for Big Red, while others have remained slightly silent. Thanks to a handful of leaks and rumors though, we have been given a clear enough picture that we can at least start to talk about it. Verizon may have introduced questionable shared data plans, however, they still have the biggest LTE network in the land, and are also about to take back the “best device lineup in the land” crown as well. Q4 of 2012 is going to be a time to remember in the history of smartphones.

How are you going to decide which phone to get? Let’s walk through the expected lineup, with potential dates, and see if we can’t help. 

HTC DROID Incredible X

HTC is possibly creating the most impressive smartphone we have ever seen, if rumors are to be believed. Industry pundits have decided to call it the DROID Incredible X, and are expecting it to have a 5″ 1080p display (480ppi), Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, NFC, LTE, and an ultra-thin red-accented body. No one has seen the phone other than in a set of blurry cam shots, but even those should be enough to get the juices flowing.

This phone is expected to hit stores in November.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung made the Galaxy Note 2 official for all 5 of the major carriers here in the U.S. This phone will sport a 5.5″ HD Super AMOLED display (non-PenTile), 1.6GHz Exynos quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD slot for up to 64GB of external storage, 3100mAh battery, and will run Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). It’s the successor to the original Galaxy Note, a device that created an entirely new smartphone segment in the market place. Who says oversized phones aren’t in demand?

This phone will launch by mid-November.


Motorola unveiled their new RAZR family at an event in early September, but at the time, would only give us a launch date for one of the devices, the RAZR M. While we are huge fans of the RAZR M, the stars of the show were the new RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD. With their 4.7″ HD Super AMOLED displays, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processors, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, expandable microSD slots, 8MP cameras, and Jelly Bean software, they are Motorola’s most powerful and appealing phones to date. The biggest selling point for both phones may end up being battery life though, with the RAZR HD holding 2530mAh of juice and the MAXX HD somewhere around 3300mAh.

These phones will launch “before the holidays.”

New Nexus?

We would be surprised if Verizon ever gets another Nexus device from Google. In fact, after the pissing matches that have gone on between Big Red and Google over updates and carrier control, this probably won’t happen. If it were to happen though, it would happen in Q4 and could be a device from Samsung, LG, Sony or maybe even HTC.

LG Spectrum 2

Last week, LG announced the Optimus G, one of the more impressive Android devices ever created. The Spectrum 2, is not that phone. The Spectrum 2 is the U.S. variant of the LG Optimus LTE2, which is actually a pretty decent phone on paper. It runs a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, has 1GB RAM, a 4.7″ HD True IPS+ display, LTE, NFC, and will run Ice Cream Sandwich. This phone is no slouch, but when compared to the big names like the Incredible X, Galaxy Note 2, and new RAZR HDs, it’s probably going to get lost in the shuffle.

This phone will reportedly arrive in October.

Samsung Stratosphere 2

The new Stratosphere 2 is the phone for those that can’t live without a physical keyboard. It should run a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, have a Super AMOLED Plus display (not HD), and connect to Verizon’s 4G LTE network. It won’t be high-end, but the keyboard should be decent and the phone will more than likely be powerful enough to satisfy as a mid-range device.

This phone will reportedly arrive any day now.

DROID RAZR M, Incredible 4G LTE, Intuition and Samsung Galaxy S3

If you can’t wait for any of the previously mentioned phones, don’t forget that Verizon already has a couple of phones out that are worth a look. The DROID RAZR M (our review) and its “edge-to-edge” display was one of our favorites of the last year. The Samsung Galaxy S3 (our review) has been out for a couple of months and will still be better than some of the phones that have yet to launch. The Incredible 4G LTE (our review) is probably our least favorite of Verizon’s recent releases, but it’s small and affordable if that’s what you are looking for. The LG Intuition, we recommend that you pass on.

Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC Windows Phone 8X

If Android isn’t in the cards, then I suggest you wait for the new Windows Phone 8 offerings from Nokia and HTC. The new Nokia Lumia 920 has hardware that matches up to almost any high-end Android phone, one of the coolest accessory lineups ever, and will be a welcomed change on the design front. The HTC 8X is up there in specs too and has a unique look, but has a slightly smaller foot print than the Lumia. Each phone will impress you in its own way. Even as an Android fanboy, I’m dying to get my hands on these new Windows phones.

These phones will reportedly arrive in November.

iPhone 5

Yep, the new iPhone 5 is already available. If you hate Android and aren’t interested in what Microsoft is doing, then this is probably the option for you. If you still like Android, going to this phone would probably be a downgrade.


If had to rank these as of now, it would probably look something like this:

  1. HTC DROID Incredible X
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  3. Motorola RAZR MAXX HD
  4. Nokia Lumia 920
  5. New Nexus (which probably won’t happen)

So now that you know what’s coming, which phone is topping your list?

  • AJA0

    Note 2. Why would anyone choose the Incredible X over it? The higher resolution? From what I’ve heard, you can’t even tell past 720p on screens that size. The processor? I haven’t seen benchmarks from HTC, and I’m sure the quad-core exynos will be able to match if not beat it.

  • moelsen8

    here’s hoping for a new nexus. buy it off contract, keep me there another year, by the time the 2013 nexi are out my contract will then be up so I don’t have to pay an ETF. or they could just not get another nexus and i wouldn’t really give much of a F* anyway.

  • droidforthewin

    Didn’t phonearena or some website have a rumor that Verizon was getting “their” version of the LG Optimus G?

  • RW-1

    None, my GNex is just fine for right now thru next year when I will consider something else.

  • Just picked up a RAZR M, first Droid since the OG. Had an iPhone 4 in between. I love the M. Enough with the big phones! If I can’t text with one hand I pass.

  • calumnium

    new nexus!!!

  • john0214


  • Ron_Swanson

    Probably gonna sell my GS3 and grab a Note 2, as long as it is under $700. The Droid Incredible X is a big fail with no expandable memory in my opinion.

  • Damu793

    Galaxy note 2 all the way Verizon real lte

  • EC8CH



    • moelsen8


    • oneillperson

      Of course Verizon will get the Nexus(es). It would severely hurt both Verizon and Google if they didn’t.

      It would hurt Verizon because lots of people would switch over to other carriers to get a Nexus device.
      And it would hurt Google because Verizon is the biggest US carrier and there would be far less people buying Nexus phones.

  • duke69111

    I know its a fall line up and I can stand the microsoft phone making the list, but the damn iphone. Lets get this off of here. I know its was just released, but unless its bad news lets keep it off the site. There is already enough sites praising/touting the second coming of the Crapple product, lets not help it out any.

    • jay_peter

      You’re a f00l.

  • Peemee

    Why do people care about GNEX updates on Verizon. I have one an it is awesome. Still the best phone out there IMO. If you are waiting for updates on your Nexus you are doing it wrong1

    • Keii Graham

      Some people want a carrier-free experience without having to jump through hoops to get it.

    • calumnium

      it’s not necessarily that consumers care, but google isn’t a fan of carriers getting in the way of their update schedule. Considering verizon is notorious for their monolithic control over the updates pushed to their phones, google may not be interested in giving them a device again

      • William_Morris

        This is why I have a problem with Verizon on this. Apple pushes their OS updates to ALL their phones at 1 time. There is no pushing it back because of carrier interference, they just push it at one time. This controlling the update schedule stuff for PGE phones is tantamount to favoritism.

  • Guest_Person

    SGS3, or better yet the next Nexus. Mostly the Nexus though.

  • MichaelFranz

    Right now the NOt 2, only because everything else is in a rumor status and hasnt been annpouced. Im sure myself, like most of us, will have our minds changed once newer things are annouced

  • I bet I am going to be the only one here that is even remotely interested in the Strat 2.

  • watchthesky

    razr maxx hd. the others are too big imo.

  • jseah114

    Considering that I will need to pay full retail for devices from here on out, in order to keep my unlimited data, I can afford to wait and be really picky and choosy before I decide which device to plunk $600+ on.

    • I have come to accept that I will be waiting a few months to try and find a used phone to keep my unlimited… I scored my GNex with a hairline crack in the screen for $80 2 months after release..

  • e_droid

    I’m happy to see that HTC is getting a chance to make a Nexus device. They’ve had some hard times recently and think this could really make them shine.

  • Capt. Crunch

    I’m getting the RAZR HD off contract and that 2530 mAh battery is plenty.

  • Michael Forte

    For all the people getting a Galaxy Note 2 and hoping for AOSP ROMs, I’d be careful because Samsung tends not to give source code for their Exynos processors, so you’ll either be stuck on whichever version of Android is official for the Note 2, or it will be very buggy.

    • Good to know. Thanks!

  • tesseract

    Still no rumors at all about the next droid slider? I have my contract ending soon, but I don’t want to get the droid 4 and then have the droid five come out a couple months later with vastly improved specs. I really, really am attached to sliders, and I love moto’s build quality and radios. I dislike some of their bootloader locking issues, but I really want a droid slider. Trying to figure out whether I should try to hold out and wait, get something else that doesn’t have a physical keyboard and try to get used to it, or get the droid 4. Meh.

    • markgbe

      sliders? what is this 1987? touchscreen mannnnn. the cool kids are doing it.

      • tesseract

        I guess the idea is just so hard to get used to. I started with the og droid, and made the mistake of getting a droid 2 (way too incremental of an update, bad moto…), but I have never really taken the time to try to learn to use the touchscreen. I guess i’ve just been spoiled/lazy, having a nice physical keyboard.

        Have you used the og droid? If so, how hard was it to get used to using a phone that has nothing but a touchscreen keyboard (if you switched to one)? Do you feel you are just as fast and accurate?

        • I personally went from the the HTC Touch (wm 5 =) to the Droid. The only time I used the keyboard was for longer things and stuff I wanted to type faster….then came Swiftkey. I love my Gnex, but having a physical keyboard is nice when using TN5250 emulator.

          • tesseract

            So you miss having a physical keyboard, but you’d say you can live without it? Even subsidized phones are a big expensive for me and I want to make the best decision.

          • @tesseract yep pretty much this, if they were to make another Slider either Nexus or unlocked vanilla, I would be all over it. AOSP>physical keyboard

        • markgbe

          i had a Treo 800, to a Palm pre, then to an HTC hero and i’ve never had a HW kb since. Treo and pre not exactly comparable to og droid but i personally just like the simplicity of less moving parts.

          i have to admit i don’t type a whole lot so an on screen kb is great. 🙂

          • tesseract

            I type very long, long posts sometimes, on my phone. I am worried that will be difficult on a touch screen keyboard.

            Is it pretty accurate for the most part?

          • markgbe

            i find it to be pretty accurate. I can definitely say I’ve never complained about having an onscreen keyboard, especially on the larger screened phones.

        • tomn1ce

          I went from the OG Droid to the G-Nexus. I originally bought the OG-Droid because of the physical keyboard, I had the LG Voyager before the OG Droid. In a matter of a few weeks I wasn’t using the physical keyboard on the OG Droid since I found myself typing faster with the onscreen keyboard. I would only use the physical keyboard to play one game (and Water) which isn’t available anymore. But if you feel that you can’t give up your physical keyboard you can always wait for the Droid 5, Moto should release that one any month now….

    • tesseract

      And the samsung stratosphere is out of the question. Too many phones are coming out with much better specs, and the build quality on samsungs sliders has never been great, their keyboards feel cheap like a tacked on afterthought. It’s too mid-range, the specs are just not there.

  • HTC DROID Incredible X

  • Jeremy Gentry

    GALAXY NOTE 2 for real! with that big screen and pen i would feel like i’m controlling space ships from the ground!

  • I’ll have to see them both, but either the DIX or the RAZR Maxx HD.

  • MikeCiggy

    nexus………. nexus…………… nexus!!

  • jimmyf101

    I’ll be moving away from Verizon after learning about the Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich rollout issues.

  • MLBeep

    Note 2

  • summit1986

    Nexus or nothing

  • jdrch

    I’d take the 2 GB RAM of the GS3 over the 1.5 GB in the DIX for multitasking reasons.

    • Jeremy Gentry

      haha you said dix

  • Adam

    GSM Nexus on T-Mo @ 30 bucks a month.

    Peace, Verizon.

    I’d just like to add I have been a Verizon customer for over ten years. It’s just not worth it anymore.

    • MFG

      Exactly what I. Doing, unless Google releases a Verizon-friendly Nexus through the Play Store.

      • Adam

        It doesn’t matter if they do to me. Slightly less coverage for ~40 bucks less a month and an unlocked phone is worth it to me in every way.

    • fixxmyhead

      yup good plan. combine it with groove ip (pro) or talkatone for free minutes using ur data

    • yarrellray

      Verizon can take leap of the highest bridge on this earth. Keep your over saturated Lte network with it’s bloatware filled devices enjoy that big red. Tmobile is pimp slapping you every day with it’s current Galaxy Nexus which is pure Google store purchase. That hspa plus 42MPS network shits all over Verizon. Future Galaxy Nexus 2 will be announced soon and will be great. Plus I love my current Galaxy S3 and upcoming Galaxy Note 2. Leaving Verizon has been beautiful..

      • LionStone

        Could yo post some screen shots of the pimp slappin the ho download speeds?

      • WCDave

        Hmm.. not sure I agree with your statement that’s HSPA+ is better than LTE, but to each disgruntled ex-Verizon customer their own, I suppose. Over saturated as you say it might be, I think Verizon does a fine job!

  • benz0slice

    Give me the Note 2!!!

  • paul_cus

    Probably nothing this year, considering I’ll have to buy at full price to keep unlimited. My DROID RAZR should hold up.

  • Question to people that are using or are going to use the Note or Note 2, do you ever use the stylus? I can’t see myself using it if I had the phone.

  • flascrnwrtr

    Galaxy Note 2 is the only phone that has even remotely made me want to move up from my Galaxy Nexus.

  • Will probably get a new Nexus on a carrier that doesn’t suck with updates and switch my Verizon Galaxy Nexus to an iPhone 5.

    • PaulB

      But move to AT&T unless you dont need data while on the phone. Me I have alot of conference calls so yes have to have both on a call

  • Benjamin Sicard

    This will be my last contract with Verizon. My next phone will be a new GSM Nexus.

  • elliot323

    Galaxy Note 2, with Android 4.1.1 AOKP

  • ogurlpls

    Galaxy Note 2 ftw

  • After their butchering of their data plans my next phone will be a long time coming. I am VERY glad I have the Galaxy Nexus, at least it will state current (no thanks to Big Red). I like my unlimited LTE (average 8GB/mon) and will be buying off contract from now on. So, I am not too concerned at what their line up will be. 🙂

    • summit1986

      Me too, but CDMA compatability is still important… an off-contract GSM only Nexus won’t work with VZW. Or at least that’s my understanding.

      • jsf6262

        Yes, and for some reason a GNex off contract from Verizon is still $650, while the GSM version is only $350 from the Play Store. Verizon is super annoying.

  • New Nexus, no question. Before I got my Gnex I bought and sold over 10-15 smart phones trying to find the perfect features. Now, instead of having to find the right features I just use whatever ROM I’m feeling and customize it up the wazoo and couldn’t be happier. I don’t see myself in the foreseeable future buying anything except for Nexus products.

    • TheRobotCow

      Same here! Once you go nexus, you never go back!!

    • TheCheapGamer

      There is question though since it will be on Verizon…

    • My thoughts exactly. I think Verizon will carry another Nexus just not exclusively at launch.

      • michael arazan

        With the amount of Nexus devices sold this year, Verizon would be an idiot to pass over any nexus phone or be an idiot for not begging Google for another nexus device. Also to date, no unlocked phone has yet to bring down Verizon’s or any other carriers network, this has to be some BS myth that an unlocked phone can bring down a network.

        • WCDave

          Whilst I personally love the Nexus, and the community here embraces it, the market as a whole did not. I work for Verizon and have moved between internal channels so I’ve actually heard this from several company perspectives. The comments have all been that most users who got it were confused by it and returned it , found it hard to use or had technical issues with it. From the understanding I had, Verizon was not too pleased with he reception the public gave this phone. That makes me wonder if we will get another this year. I hope so, but I don’t know.

          • BGRUGGER

            working for vzw, do you have any info on whether the unlimited will stay for those grandfathered in? Im thinking of buying phones off contract to keep unlimited data…whats the rumors from the inside??

          • WCDave

            If you’re a standard consumer customer (and by standard, I mean a consumer rather than, say, a government agency) then you can only keep unlimited by buying outright, which is expensive but it depends how much data you use!

          • BGRUGGER

            I use about 6.5gb data a month and my wife uses about the same…~10-12GB data a month on family plan. i am willing to pay outright for a new phone!

            tl;dr It’s Reddit’s fault!

  • Hmm….

    RAZR MAXX HD out of these, but would really like to see what the next Nexus is. Not interested in over sized screens.

  • Liquidretro

    Let’s hope for a non 5″ Nexus. Sorry but I really don’t want a 5″ phone in my pocket all day. That being said it’s not that much larger than the GS3 The HTC Incredible X looks great spec wise we will have to see about the size. Something I can put a custom rom on, runs JB, and has a nice camera and I will be realitivley happy.

  • droidify

    Here’s to hoping the Note II won’t be $800 off contract

    • KT


    • I would assume 550 or 650 for the 16gig.

  • Don’t like big phones but the HTC dlx looks mighty sexy. But if the Maxx HD has a good camera…

  • markgbe

    next phone will be the next nexus. Was thinking about going GSM if VZW keeps screwing with Google Wallet, but i’d love to stay with VZW if possible.

  • bogy25

    RaZr MaXX HD for me!

  • If it happens the next nexus device

  • Captain_Doug

    HTC. Whether it’s the Nexus or not. (not the Dinc4G, it’s too small.)

  • Note 2. That is all

  • Clint O

    HTC DROID Incredible X or the Samsung Galaxy Note 2..Would be a tough descision