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HTC One Begins Arriving in Verizon Stores, No Sign of a Blue Model

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In two days (August 22), you’ll be able to buy the HTC One on Verizon, that much has been confirmed. What we were still trying to figure out is if Big Red would carry any other color outside of the silver version, which was the original colorway released months ago across the globe. Rumors of a blue variant have snuck around the tech rumormill, but according to our sources, we are likely to see only the silver model come Thursday. 

As you can see in the box above, shipments filled with nothing but shiny silver and white are arriving in stores. Even the black model for Verizon has yet to surface, so for the time being, this may be your only choice. That’s a bit unfortunate with other carriers like Sprint selling silver, black, and even exclusive red versions (that look extra tasty by the way).

Update:  Well, at least one source claims to have seen black models. There is a chance!

Update 2:  The phone is now available from Verizon and the black is no where to be seen. Probably looking at silver only for now.

With the ULTRA and MAXX hitting stores today, and the Moto X as early as August 29, are you still holding out for HTC’s 2013 flagship?

  • abid


  • CrunchyOne

    Just ordered mine online; not available in stores in the Detroit area so I have to wait until tomorrow to receive it.

  • Jill

    I have no quibble with the HTC product, but a big issue with Verizon’s treatment of the entire situation. No specs. No details on colors, memory, etc. And no information on what you can get when? That’s just disrespectful. HTC and Verizon Customers deserve far better.

  • Cory

    Who is in charge of Verizon’s marketing team. That is the ugliest branding on the box. Why could they not stick with the rounded edges. It’s all about the whole package. I know I know it’s just a box and the phone is inside of it, but jeez… look how cool this looks. http://www.technobuffalo.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/HTC-One-Review-Box-630×420.jpg Why does verizon have no sense of style. HTC why would you let verizon ruin your product. For $199 you really are shafting the people who have been waiting for this device.

    • Cory

      I almost dont even want to resign with Verizon due to how they are handling this launch. It’s pathetic.

  • Aaron

    You can preorder the one on verizon through ViVa Movil (Jennifer lopez store) for $99. Here is the link https://shop.getviva.com/detail/htc-one-4g-lte-mobile-phone-silver-verizon-wireless-/4253?navCode=M722eMzElN I just want a black one!

  • AndrewScottRox

    Really thinking that I need to drop Verizon and get on board with AT&T’s prepaid plans. Sure, it’s a hit to unlimited data, but I won’t have to worry about these delays and also have access to Nexus devices.

  • Blue Sun

    Are you sure those boxes aren’t reclaimed HTC Thunderbolt boxes?

  • Kmac

    Is there a chance of the ONE being sold out from retail stores if I arrive to buy it during late afternoon? I have work in the AM…. dammit!!!

  • Chris Van Hoose

    Anyone else noticing the VZW and LTE logo are white, instead of bold and black like the press release picture? That’s pleasing to the eye. And as long as its not etched like At&t it will be easy to remove along with the beats logo. A little non acetone fingernail polish remover and boom. Bring sexy back.

    Honestly the mobile tech hasn’t changed in leaps and bounds the last 5 months and this is still one if if not the best phone on the market. Even stacked up against the newly released droids. This phone literally has the highest PPI that I know of out of any phone in the US, and while I’m a little bothered it’s only coming in silver/white its not that big of a deal. I mean T-Mobile still only has one color too.

  • jwill

    Personally I would stay away from ALL of motorolas droid products. We have 2 different motorolas on our account right now and they are the most frustrating under performing devices I have ever used. On top of past experiences, the specs on the new droid line up are laughable. I know specs are not everything according to some people and I agree, but they definitely play a role. I will likely be getting the One or possibly even the new Iphone (not likely), but wont even consider that Motorola crap verizon trys to shove down your throat year in and year out.

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  • Nick

    Busted my Gnex last night! I was gonna keep it for a while and go play with everything, but now I just need to get a phone. I can’t decide between the One, Maxx, and X tho.

    • Tyrus

      you can go on swappa and get used to like-new phones for half the price as you could for the One, Maxx, and X, and wait for an even better phone. (this is assuming you have unlimited and want to keep it)

      • Nick

        Yea thats actually not a bad idea. I do have unlimited and would like to keep it. Thanks for the info!

  • flosserelli

    5 months ago I would have been all over this, but now I will wait for the Note 3. Maybe VZW will get around to releasing the GN3 by the holidays. Even if that really happens, my Note 2 will be fine until then.

  • jh123416

    Honestly, I am thinking HTC One or LG G2 (coming from VZW GNexus).

  • Ed Waters

    I have been waiting for some 2013 phones (besides the S4) to hit VZW for my upgrade. I am considering upgrading to either the HTC One, the Droid MAXX or the LG G2 (Hopefully VZW carriers the 32GB model).

  • Geo

    Hey Kellex, Tim, Ron, or anyone at droid-life, can you make a poll or article on what you’d get next coming from a GNex?

    I have a VZW GNex and it seems a bunch of people on here have the GNex. My upgrade is ready but I don’t know what to get and am actually wanting to wait for the next nexus which hopefully releases in October. I think the major killer for these new phones out right now is that they don’t have on screen buttons. I like that I can change the colors on mine and stuff with my ROM’s.

    Anyway, an opinion article or recommendation of what we should upgrade to coming from a vzw gnex would be nice.

    • jh123416

      Agreed. Make that poll happen, DL!

  • neo1738

    Any other “sources” see black HTC One at Verizon? That would be sweet.

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    Tell me if I am right. I’ve read virtually every article on the Moto X, Droid series, and HTC One etc and have spoken to people who know their tech stuffs. There’s mainly four things I walk away with:

    1) A 4.7 inch screen (Moto X) does not NEED more than 720p and save loads on battery life, which, for a cellphone user who might not be near a port, is uber important.
    2) Pictures taken with any of these cameras are usable and are able to be enhanced with Snapseed… I currently do so with any photos I upload off my SGS3
    3) Size matters… currently, my SGS3 is not a comfortable fit, even as a 6″1 guy with fairly large hands.
    4) Updates are more likely for a google backed handset.

    After all that, I am being pulled towards the Moto X….

    • Steve B

      1) It doesn’t need it, but 1080p is a noticeable difference. The GS4 manages quite well with a 5 inch 1080p screen in terms of battery life.
      2) GS4 is the best camera on the market. Moto X is usable, but not great.
      3) Size definitely matters, but it’s your own personal choice. I think the GS4 is an ideal form factor because I’m ready to step up to the 5 inch range of devices. Some people aren’t, therefore the Moto X might be right for you.
      4) Updates will be quicker with Nexus devices first, then closely followed by Google Play devices. Any other handset (including the Moto X) is completely unknown.

  • Greg

    I’m going for the One… replacing the cursed Moto Droid 3… had the OG Droid before that… I f’in hate Moto and their phones now. The battery on the Maxx is enticing, and I keep telling myself that its two years after the D3 and they surely have made vast improvements… but I’m still bitter over them releasing the D4 a few months after the D3.
    On the other hand, I’ve never had an HTC and I’ve heard a lot of folks like them. I think their news layout thing looks like of interesting… and I love the idea of all that Zoe stuff within their camera. I take most of my pictures at bars and concerts, so low light is important to me. If I’m ever in bright light I’m usually on vacation and have a real camera.

  • Dexter

    I heard blue is going to be a Best Buy exclusive….

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  • eleazar

    Gah, I really wanted the black version 🙁 guess I’ll settle for silver

  • ApplesNAndroids

    I do not see the hype over this phone. My friend has an AT&T variant. Sense just seems unnecessary to me. I understand launchers are available but it defeats one of the phones “selling points.” Also the phone just feels clunky and awkward in hand.

  • Unknown21

    Now when the HTC TWO goes on sale, many people will say: “This will be on Verizon from 5 to 7 months after launch…”

    • flosserelli

      You are finally catching on to Verizon’s game.

  • chris125

    So this, the g2 or x if you’re on Verizon kellex?

  • mcdonsco

    Got the maxx today…couldn’t be happier with it…though I had a note 2 for a few months before this so now this thing feels tiny…is it just me or is it really a small package for such a large battery and screen?

    As for the one…A) its HTC, so no… B) its battery is small compared to max and I need battery life, so no again…C) SENSE

    • Goodriddance183

      I had the T-Bolt and the Rezound, and I am fed up with HTC, especially Sense. Let alone Verizon and the nonexistent updates. I feel like the Moto X is just an updated GNex in fancy colors and made by Motorola. Since I don’t have an upgrade until next spring, thanks to Verizon pushing them to 24 months, I’m just going to get the Nexus 5 and go with AT&T.

      • DanSan

        had the thunderturd and i swore after that ill never go back to HTC. back in the day all my friends had the incredible and that thing was a pile o trash. once i started going samsung, i never had any issues. my gnex was awesome, just needed a better battery and now my GS4 is amazing. I still miss my OG droid 1

      • itsacardigan

        Doesn’t VZW Edge start next week? couldn’t you just get a new phone on the 25th? Not exactly sure what criteria you have to meet in order to be on the Edge plan.

  • smelb

    Nice phone

  • S.Scott Turgeon

    Saw the Maxx today and the 720P display is gorgeous! Vibrant color reproduction, Dark blacks and the whites where not grey. My problem is that its sold out everywhere in my State.
    It received a 9200 quadrant in the store,My Droid M from last year nearly identical processor gets 5500. Bloatware can be disabled, I can’t deal with HTC sense.

    • chris125

      And the one got like a 12,000 quadrant lol

      • S.Scott Turgeon

        My point exactly 3000 difference in the quadrant is not a lot considering one is dual core and one is a quad core anything over 9000 fast in my opinion

        • DanSan

          whats even funnier is people actually think quadrant scores mean anything

          • S.Scott Turgeon

            Thankfully I’m not a speck queen but I had somebody else tell me how high the HTC One got.
            Its a beautiful phone,feels great in the hand with tremendous battery life running near stock Android and it makes a good calls what more could I want?
            I own two tablets I have the Toshiba Excite Pro running Tegra 4 with 2 gigs of ram,that’s my power house I don’t need a phone that’s going to explode like a nuclear bomb!
            Just want one that’s relevant have some new features we have not seen and I want a larger screen and I hate Samsung products because I do not like touch wiz at all I think its the worse user interface possibly next to LG which is embarrassing.

    • juananon

      Sold out everywhere because Verizon has left their customers dry of new releases for so long, that everyone who’s been out of contract for months rushed at the first sign of new life in a stagnant marketplace. I’m content to wait and see some reviews after a week.

  • sauce


    This review has me buying the HTC One on thursday, best smartphone review ive ever read

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      He does go pretty indepth with his reviews

  • beaumac

    Waiting for the note 3 and one max before deciding. G2 is front runner if we can get a decent Rom on it

  • nicotinic

    You can pre-order the Silver Model through Wirefly with $50.00 off right now.

    $650.00 off contract
    $150.00 for 2yr upgrades and new 2yr contracts

    • muffnman

      Except that it’s $600 off contract in a VZW store…

      • nicotinic

        There’s no except. I stated a fact and although it may be cheaper in a Verizon retail location I was referring to the Wirefly pre-order that’s been available for a few days now.

        Wirefly also has a pre-order price match guarantee so if the price they’re offering it for decreases within 30 days of the pre-order you can obtain a refund for the difference…

        How much is it “on” contract in that Verizon store?

        Thought you were a Grizzly, now I know you’re just a circus bear…


        • Strbckboy

          Not only that, but where I live, there’s also no sales tax. So almost the same price.

        • muffnman

          That’s actually quite the useful bit of information. I didn’t think about a tax free option with price match. Kudos sir. Nice find. #circusbearOUT #peace

        • muffnman

          Do you think you can register this device for Asurion insurance if you buy it through Wirefly?

          • nicotinic

            I don’t know. I poked around a bit but only found info on Wirefly’s protection plan.

  • Sam


  • Bobby

    I have been waiting for this phone for months. I passed on the s4. But knowing it will NOT be AWS compatible is a deal breaker for me. From what I understand we are on the verge of AWS being enabled in the major markets. I work in midtown manhattan and VZW LTE has gotten considerably slower over the past couple years. In midtown it nearly unusable during peak times.

    How the phone was delayed for months on end without adding in band 4 (AWS) is beyond me, S4 has band 4 support and was released months ago.

    I guess I will go with the moto x next week. I just wish we could have had motomaker on Verizon so I could have got the 32gb version.

    • muffnman

      Respectfully, we still don’t know if this will have AWS until we get a close up on the box with detailed specification. #hope

      • Bobby

        Thanks muffnman, maybe there is still hope.

        I was going off a few FCC reportings that seemed to be missing any mention of it – Including the one on DL from a couple months ago. I thought I had noticed it on similar filings for the S4 and moto x.

        I will walk into the store on Thursday during my lunch hour to see if the store reps can confirm this!

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  • InvaderDJ

    I want the One so much. But I am going to stay firm. If Verizon doesn’t have it in black I’m not interested. Here’s hoping the source is correct…

  • M3D1T8R

    If only it were 64GB or had an SD slot, and they hadn’t screwed up the button layout. As is, my DNA is preferable to this for now.

    HTC please release a DNA+ on Verizon with 64GB internal or 32GB internal and SD slot, along with the big 3200mAh battery from the Butterfly S, everything else the same (standard Android buttons, capacitive fine), and I’ll happily buy it full retail!

    • muffnman

      We’d probably all love that device. They won’t release it before next year though. So consider your current options. That dream phone ain’t happening anytime soon.

      • M3D1T8R

        Yeah, I am fine waiting with my DNA for another year for such a device, if necessary. My only concern is HTC might standardize on their dumb new two button layout from the One.

    • Strbckboy

      It’s not happening. Sorry.

    • D.B.Evans

      Not going to happen – Verizon and Motorola announced a month or so ago that Motorola now had the exclusive on providing Droid branded phones for Verizon. As the DNA was a Droid – the DNA2 simply won’t happen. I suspect the only reason the Butterfly S was created was because they originally anticipated providing the DNA2. Now with that gone, I doubt a third-generation will be made in that family line.

  • NexusMan

    If I get a phone on Verizon this year, it will be a Moto X.

  • Sporttster

    Waiting for the One Maxx with the sd slot. Not bothering with any phone that doesn’t have one, period! Paying ridiculous amounts of $$ for the phone to keep unlimited. Going to get what I want….

  • Justin Latham

    Verizon is so slow at releasing new phones and updates that I honestly am thinking about getting the next stupid iPhone, I know its not hard to root devices but damn I dont want to root a 6 month old device thats just freaking stupid!

    • Crysmic

      iPhones are Updates directly from Apple, not through carrier which is nice, which is a pro for iOS and iPhone owners.

  • Bob F

    Finally! What a beautiful sight. Called my Verizon corporate store and they are holding one of 5 they got in for me.. Not that there will be lines for this phone but I’m gonna look for every scratch, dent, screen lift, etc before I leave that store!

  • Liderc

    If this phone had onscreen buttons and not that awful button design, I’d probably give it a shot if I could run stock. This is a nice phone, but it needs a better camera, better software, and not the weirdest button setup of all time.

  • Appleanche

    I want someone to open one up to see if the Verizon logo is laser etched or just silkscreened.

    If it’s silk screen it can probably be acetone removed.

  • BloodiedWraith

    Since we all like picking on VZW… why the hell did they have to ruin the box, too? I liked the regular box like my AT&T One came in.

    • WickedToby741

      Because they’re Verizon.


  • Tyrus

    Idk what to do…my Droid Razr Maxx which I’ve had for a year and a couple months has really slowed down and is laggy, especially since jelly bean. i have done everything (clear cache, etc.) So I’m figuring its time for a new phone, but I’ll have to pay full retail because I want to keep my unlimited data. Idk whether to get this, the Note 3 (idk if its too big), the Droid Maxx…..gahhhh. SGS4? Really don’t know.

    • Sporttster

      Not a easy decision and I’m in the same boat with the same phone. I need sd slot and HDMI out so it must have both or no go. Don’t just buy any ol thing that comes out. WAIT for the phone that meets your needs, don’t settle! If it’s not what you need, move on…..

      • Tyrus

        i agree, a lot of what i do on my phone could be done on a tablet anyways. i sold my nexus 7 last month so i might as well get the new one, it looks good. then just use my phone for texts and calls and emails, instead of for web browsing, youtube, games, etc. phone will probably speed up if i don’t do that stuff on my phone as much.

        i want to see if verizon gets the nexus 5, but by next spring or summer i definitely want a new phone.

  • speraider430

    I think it’s safe today this is a complete and total embarrassment for VZW customers at this point. Why have “America’s fastest/most reliable/most$$$$$ Network” if you have to use phones the other carries have had for half a year?

    I’m not even sure VoLTE will save us because it may require stripping of unlimited data and more basterdized VZW edition phones.

    • WickedToby741

      Verizon has gotten very smug in their dominance. Their updates to phones have slowed to a crawl, the bloatware has steadily increased, the top phones are delayed or not released on Verizon at all, and they have the gall to not only keep prices astronomically high but actually suggest we pay them more through programs such as Edge. I think I’m headed for GoPhone.

      • InvaderDJ

        Yeah, that’s what galls. I made my peace with having to either buy a phone full price or lose unlimited data, I made my peace with bloatware, but now Verizon is taking forever to release any decent phones.

        AT&T for instance has gotten every major Android release this year except for the Xperia Z. That’s it. Verizon? It got the Galaxy S4, the new DROIDs, the X (basically the same phone except the DROIDs are uglier), and now months after they should have the One.

        It’s like they just actively hate their customers.

  • Godzilla

    HTC will be gone in a year.

    • jfailing

      Um, just like every other 2013 smartphone?

  • did they really have to put that “4G LTE” logo on the back, I mean we get it.

  • Kyle Cordiano

    they are so slow getting phones it is pathetic. Whoever is in charge of sales needs to be smacked.

    • Liderc

      Yeah, this is almost embarrassing as a Verizon customer. This phone would have been great for Verizon and its customers if it had come out when HTC released it. Now it’ll be another phone late to the party that Verizon customers will be disappointed with. Luckily the hardware advances in the last year or so haven’t really done anything “real world” wise so the phone has some legs left.

      • LionStone

        Its releasing with 4.2.2 though so it makes up for some of the wait…and probably be on 4.3 by Halloween 🙂

        • C-Law

          Lol, you mean next year!

          • SkylaC90

            no, looking at the thunderbolt, he has to mean 2015!!

      • Yeah, this phone can’t make phone calls, send texts anymore, or access apps. GOOD JOB, VERIZON!

    • WickedToby741

      There are countless reasons, but only one choice: Verizon.

      Man I hate that slogan.

    • MacNificent

      *needs to be fired

  • Aaron

    hey Kellex how reliable is your source on a black version? Any idea when it will be released if it is true?

    • bholt6

      The rumor will be confirmed tomorrow when Verizon stores open on the East coast.

  • Festus Haggen

    Took these bastards long enough to release it.

    • ToddAwesome

      you calling 6 months a long time?

      • Bowen9284


      • Liderc

        lol, yes. 2 months would have been a long time. A phone needs to be released on all carriers within 30 days.

        • ToddAwesome

          Good, because I was going to say it’s a very long time.

          • nicotinic


      • Christopher Moore

        Heck yes 6 months is too long. Phones get updated every 12 months and in Samsung’s case they hit you with their mainstream S phone and then hit you again with their Note device. That’s 2 heavy hitters. Then they have their crappier phones getting released at random.
        There is no time to rest in the phone game. Just look at Apple.

      • Strbckboy

        It’s been 4 months since the other carriers released it. Ya’ll must fish or something, because you sure know how to exaggerate!

      • flosserelli

        The tech industry (particularly mobile tech) moves at dizzying speed. And a 6 month wait was indeed too long for me. I wanted this phone when it was first released, not halfway into its shelf life. It wasn’t HTC’s fault, but HTC has the most to lose by VZW dragging their feet releasing this phone. I realize that >90% of phone buyers do not hang out at DL or similar blogs, and could care less about what is coming down the pipe. But it is really a shame that carriers have such influence on hardware manufacturers’ bottom line. HTC could have had a much better year if VZW had released this phone along with the other carriers.

  • Jimmy Leang

    Didnt read thru the other comments. I would get this when theres root access. does anyone know if a root method is available for this already?

  • Inquizitor

    Who cares about that blue one, where’s the black model? Black is the only decent One color. I’m so damn desperate for a black Dev Edition to replace this GNex already.

    • Aaron

      Iam so with you on that! Has to be black! The silver is crap!

  • Gary Heller

    I was at my local Best Buy store picking up a Chromecast and I asked about them stocking the HTC One on Thursday. While they weren’t sure that they were getting the One on Thursday, the Best Buy Mobile manager told me that his HTC rep told him that the blue HTC One for Verizon will be a Best Buy exclusive. He had no idea as to the availability date.

    • Strbckboy

      Yep…and not just for Verizon…

    • aQuickBit

      Wait, Best Buy has ChromeCasts in stock in store?

      • Gary Heller

        Yep. And they are still offering the six months of Netflix for free. I went to my local store yesterday afternoon and picked one up. Went back three hours later and bought another one. By that point they had only three left in stock.

    • justin32

      Mmm when I go in to work I will have to check on this BBY exclusive >_>

  • verizonMETOOcompany

    too little too late ……………………………….. NEXT

  • Too late for me. its nexus 5 or Moto X. All depends on whether or not the 5 will work on Verizon. i’m not holding my breath though.

    • mrjayviper

      nexus 4 completely skipped Verizon. What chance do you think 5 will happen? I know everything is possible but some things are more unlikely than others.

      • not very likely. I agree. but here’s hoping.

        • WickedToby741

          Won’t happen out of the gate for sure; VoLTE isn’t ready which is a requirement for an LTE-only phone, i.e. a requirement for a Verizon-compatible Nexus. But the 5 could launch with the correct hardware to support Verizon and have it enabled with a simple firmware update down the road once Verizon is ready. The Nexus 7 has Verizon support so there’s no reason the Nexus 5 couldn’t once Verizon paves the way for CDMA-free phones on their network.

  • CasperTFG

    I’m dreaming of a Verizon One Max blue variant with on-screen navigation buttons. It feels like it’s going to end in a nightmare.

  • Bryce

    You know to be honest I know Verizon is way late on getting this device, but I would rather have Verizon get the HTC One now than never have the device at all

    • Jeff McLean

      Plus any “HTC Two” device, or One refresh, won’t even come out for 6~8 more months anyways (or 19 months for VZW)

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  • Aaron

    I have been waiting for this for what seems like forever! I am so pissed that no one can confirm if there will be a black version offered if ever? I see you threw up an update stating atleast one source has seen a black one. How reliable is this source? I so want this phone but just cant stand the silver at all! Any idea if there is indeed black ones coming will they be at launch or sometime later? If its later can anyone confirm when later will be?

    • Brian

      @vzwalbert says only silver at launch

      • Aaron

        Thanks for the heads up. i have been following there tweet page as well. But with kellex throwing up the update maybe there is hope for a black one at some point? My question is when?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    i’ll be in line first day…for the moto x

    • Josh Holtrust

      Gonna be a pretty short line ;-D

  • Mon

    I just switched to T Mobile with my Galaxy S4 from the Verizon galaxy S4. I couldnt be happier. And as far as the One goes, not sure why it took Verizon this long but it is still a top 3 phone.

  • XphoneTroll

    Nothing to see here, lets move on with more Galaxy Note 3 news 🙂

  • Strbckboy

    Verizon is only getting the Silver One.

    • Strbckboy

      Down-vote all you want. It’s true.

  • Rhino

    any word on retail cost? cant be over $600 right?

  • Bobby

    Definitely getting this over the crappy Motorola releases! HTC One dominates. The only hesitation is to wait for the HTC One Max… Hmmm…

    • muffnman

      …we don’t have to call it crappy. Just say it’s ‘not for you’. Some people may prefer a smaller/longer lasting/720p device. It’s not for me, but there is a market for it.
      Loads of us will be getting the One. It’s ok. Chill.

      • Bobby

        Sorry Muffnman. Agreed. I just get a little too passionate about my love for phones. Well said! #stupidphoneobsession

    • C-Law

      Don’t do it! You’ll end up disappointed. Everyone always ends up disappointed and whines about it on here with Verizon HTC phones saying “never again!” I know they once did it with Moto too but they are under new management now, lol

      • Bobby

        I went and got the Galaxy s4 and regret it. I miss my htc dna. I’ve always loved every htc phone I’ve ever had.

  • muffnman

    I’ll bite. If it gets too long in tooth, I’ll just resell it. My GNex is on its last legs, time for something new. Root & unlock will likely come in a week or two, and then I’ll be set.

    • justin32

      I’m feeling the same way my GNex and its extended battery and hairline cracked screen isn’t gonna make it any longer…plus this will be my first phone I buy on contract in like 4 years…and if the Blue One is true at best buy I’m definitely getting it

  • Brian

    Still torn between One, Maxx, and X to replace the Gnex. Screen and speakers vs giant battery and wireless charging vs form factor, on screen keys, and potentially fastest updates.

    • emoney

      i’m in the same boat, i’m trying to determine which features I value the most in a phone

      • ThomasMoneyhon

        factory unlocked bootloader. Too bad there will never be a nexus again on verizon. Bet they are glad they don’t have to worry about that.

        • aQuickBit

          just wait for VoLTE…then you’ll have your Nexus smartphone. Also the new Nexus 7 LTE will be on Verizon, so it’s slowly getting there.

          • Eric

            Which leads me to believe Nexus 5 will be on verizon also.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            VoLTE isn’t until end of next year

          • Eric

            Did you see me mentiuon VoLTE anywhere? The Nexus 7 can run on Verizons LTE network so I’m pretty sure so will the next nexus phone….

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            No it will not… Not without VoLTE. Verizon/Sprint phones need CDMA radios which the N7 obviously doesn’t have, which is why it JUST works on LTE and nothing else for verizon.

          • aQuickBit

            Which means if you happen to go somewhere the LTE drops off to 3G (due to being inside a huge building or out in the boonies like I am) your N7 won’t receive a signal anymore. It’s an all or nothing gamble sorta (even though their LTE coverage is amazing).

          • Blue Sun

            RE: Nexus phone on VZW
            Won’t happen this year. Probably not happening next year either.

    • Jordan Webb

      If it helps, the Maxx’s screen is much nicer than the Gnex’s. If you think the Gnex is fine, you’ll be more than okay with the Maxx’s.

      • Brian

        Yeah I’d get the One mainly for the build quality and speakers. The screen is just an added bonus. But I couldn’t care less about 1080 vs 720.

        • Jordan Webb

          The much-vaunted build quality has a lot of quality control issues. Everyone I know with a One has pieces of the body slightly misaligned and there are many reports of purple/red-tinged cameras.

          The speakers are loud, but so is the Maxx. What you should be interested in with the One is sound quality, on both speakers and headphones.

          • Brian

            Yeah I’ve read about the gaps. It’s unfortunate. I guess build quality was a poor choice of words. I was referring strictly to the materials themselves. A friend has the S4 and I’m just not a fan of the slimy plastic.

          • Jordan Webb

            This is true – the aluminum is pretty nice-feeling. Good thing the Maxx isn’t shiny, then. =P

          • KleenDroid

            People put cases over most phones.

            I would choose a phone based on almost any other reason instead.
            I owned the Droid 1 which was a tank, but now love my S4. I really like how light the naked S4 is. But I put a case on all my phones anyway.

          • joseph barrientos

            thats odd, maybe its different with my black version, the build is perfect, i just hate my crappy spring 3G lol

          • jnt

            I was in the same boat when I tried the One with T-mobile. Two different ones had slight gaps in the top between the unibody and the white plastic that could be pushed together. The first one I had actually had spots on the white plastic that were pressing too hard against the unibody and were chipped a bit. Don’t get me wrong, you had to look really stinking close to notice this stuff, and it still felt very solid. I picked up a Maxx late yesterday and it’s one of the most solid devices I’ve felt to date. I also love that you can actually feel the volume rocker and power button, and they’re tight as well…

          • Seth Hoke

            I’ve looked at like 8 HTC One’s now and looked for these issues that people are reporting online and haven’t found one. So looks like some of you guys are unlucky as hell to me.

      • Festus Haggen

        Almost any device nowadays has a better screen than the gnex.

        • Jordan Webb

          True, but the Gnex’s screen wasn’t ugly. Even 18 months later, I still thought it was acceptable. Once I realized than an upgrade from decent was enough, I could focus on other things that I wanted more.

    • neo1738

      totally agree as well. it’s so hard to choose the MAXX vs One, love the SW on the Maxx but One has so much style, build quality, and screen is way nicer. Have to hold them both and see on Friday when I get paid I guess.

    • kstrickland05

      I’m in the same boat.. Went and looked at the Maxx today and really liked it.. Felt good, looked good, and that battery is nice. I might be switching to AT&T for the X though. Can’t get a signal in my office at work (concrete basement) but there is an AT&T antenna on the roof so AT&T gets a signal. From things I’ve read the X will be worth it and the battery should be good too. I don’t really feel like I need top specs anyways and 1080vs720 doesn’t really bother me. So I think I’ll be happy with a customized Moto X.

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      • michael arazan

        I still want to know what the Battery life is on the X after 3 weeks of Use by K.

      • Kasim

        Same here, coming from a gnex. I don’t know what to get. I still want to custom rom the device I get to match my beloved gnex

    • Tyler Casilio

      My dad is getting the One to replace his Nexus.

      • KleenDroid

        Do you have any influence to talk him out of it?

    • DanielP

      I also don’t know where to go from my Gnex.

      Would be nice to have an article compare everything and explain which is the preferred way to go.

      • KleenDroid

        Nobody can tell you what the preferred way to go is for you.

        I came from the Gnex to the S4 and live it. But I got it when you could still bypass the bootloader. Don’t know if that’s important to you or not.

        Each phone has its advantage and you have to decide what fits your needs best.

      • Blue Sun

        Sounds like you might prefer an iPhone. That’s what Ron is going to get.

    • Joseph Norcott

      Same here I’m torn between the moto x, note 3, iPhone 5s or the HTC One.

      • thedonxr

        I think Ron is getting the iPhone…

      • ApplesNAndroids

        Same here although I’m not interested in the One

        • heckface

          This exactly. However, I think the Note 3 is going to be too big for my liking (never played with past versions) so I think it’s really just down to Moto X and 5s. If the reports on the X’s camera weren’t so terrible I’d get on launch date.

          • Jon

            Yeah Motorolas achiles heel is their damn crappy cameras. They really failed there. They also need at least one phone in their lineup that is 5″ or above.

          • blah

            Uh. Aren’t the Ultra and Ultra Maxx 5″ screened phones?

      • Kmac

        ONE FTW!

    • Bassdj

      Same here. I really love the build quality of the One and the speakers (good God, the speakers), but I like the minimal bezel of the Moto X…

    • C-Law

      I’d avoid the one personally bc it’s HTC and they don’t have a good track record, plus the device is really tall. The maxx will be a little larger than the gnex and have insane battery life, the x will have a similar size display as the gnex but is actually a smaller device bc it has less bezel. The battery life will also be better, probably twice as good as the gnex. My gnex was horrible in regards to battery. I could drop one to two percent a minute with 4g and the screen on.
      The x is my pick bc it’s like an improved gnex. I don’t want a bigger phone

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    • I’m another one in the same boat. I am moving to a Verizon town and have to ditch my HTC One (Developer Edition.)

      STORAGE: As Verizon is only carrying the 32Gb version of the HTC One, in terms of storage, there is no difference between the Verizon HTC One and Droid Maxx. DISPLAY: 720 vs 1080 probably irrelevant for device this size and hand-held; we are not looking across a room at a TV. However, the LCD display on the HTC One is probably better in bright sunlight than the AMOLED on the Droid Maxx. CAMERA: After taking over 800 photos on the HTC One, I can vouch for it being better than most in low light but pretty lousy in regular light situations. Images tend to not be crisp, colours washed out, and there is ghosting around the edges of people or other objects. I would hope that the camera would therefore be better on the Droid Maxx but don’t know.
      BUILD: Definitely the HTC One is a quality device/sexy. No issues on the Developer Edition I own with respect to any uneven edges.
      BATTERY LIFE: HTC One can’t get me past lunch time on a single charge. I have to keep it docked whenever possible and carry two Mophie Juice Packs to get through a normal day of only moderate use. I am not a road warrior on the phone constantly so really the HTC One is a poor choice if you need your phone to last past noon. The Droid Maxx has theoretical better battery life but awaits to be seen in the real world. I don’t believe 48hrs at all but am guessing it would get to mid-afternoon at least.
      BOTTOM LINE: Still have no idea! I would like to help support HTC as they are not doing well and the HTC One is spectacular, but the Moto Droid Maxx is looking pretty good. If the battery really can get me through an entire day, that would give the Droid Maxx the edge it needs for my use scenario even if it is uglier than the HTC One.

      • GWNewman1

        I’ve had my Maxx since Monday. I was at 65% on my battery after about 14 hours of use. That includes texting (using Moto Connect haha), an hour or so of music, some web browsing, crackbook and general screwing around. My Razr M would have been down in the teens easily. I killed my Ms battery a few times last week with 4-5 hours of music during the day along with my normal use. W/O music, I could easily get a day and some change out of my M. It looks like I could get 2 days out of my Maxx with no issues.

      • gambit07

        Battery claims are usually so subjective. I had the One as well to try out on T-Mobile and battery life was fine for me. I’d take 5ish calls throughout the day, play a game maybe for a total of a half hour, text, do some light-medium web browsing, and listen to music for an hour or two. The battery would get me through the day with around 15-20% by 9-10 PM. I know your usage was probably completely different but people should get more than one view point on that kind of stuff.

        • Wow! I lose 15% battery per hour and start the day around 6AM. I have some news feeds updating in the background. I’ve tried both with bluetooth on or off, thinking that would drain the battery most (use it for my PebbleWatch connection) but doesn’t seem to make much of a difference.

          • gambit07

            That’s terrible!! Have you looked at battery in settings to see what is consuming most of that? Screen is pretty much always at the top but take a look at the next few processes. Betterbatterystats is a good app to get a little more in depth look as well. My day started at 9 but that’s still a huge difference in total time. That definitely sounds like an app keeping the CPU cycling in the background though, there’s no way you should be dropping 15% per hour unless the screen is on the entire time. Anyway, I got rid of the one because T-Mobile wasn’t good enough in my area but loved the phone! Hope you can get that figured out

          • James

            What phone did you get as a replacement?

          • gambit07

            Sorry I wasn’t really clear, I have service through VZW and was trying T-Mobile in hopes I could switch. Their phone service was okay but data service in my area was not that great, so I am unable to switch yet. I still have the galaxy nexus on VZW but am thinking about the one, I liked it a lot

          • LionStone

            Something is definitely up with your phone. You can see I had BT on for 6 hours and barely used any power, it’s very efficient. This is a smaller battery too, 2020 mAh on my stock DNA.

      • Alex

        I’ve read that the photo quality is degraded without the processing that comes form HTC’s sense. This is the main thing keeping me interested in the One.

        Also, I thought that the Droid Maxx had the same camera as the One?

        • Alex

          Whoops, *I thought that the Droid Maxx had the same camera as the Moto X… The One is clearly on my mind haha

        • nicotinic

          That may be true but he stated that he had/has a developer edition which does use Sense.

      • ThomasMoneyhon

        That is insane that you would leave the developer edition of the one for verizon. You will never see a phone that good again once you jump on verizon.

        • I totally agree but the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has Verizon signal boosters throughout and zero ATT phone reception. I need a phone that can work:-(

          • sonicxml

            well low to zero signal can cause severe battery drain, maybe this is why your one’s battery life is so bad?

    • MikeCiggy

      The X looks awesome but the small battery puts it at the bottom of the list. The One is also nice but doesn’t have many positives over the Maxx besides the speakers. I think the Maxx and it’s huge battery are the way to go.

    • Ryan

      Oppo Find 5 (my only problem with the find 5 is that it doesn’t support 4glte yet – bit it is hands down the best phone ever made) unless you are stuck on Verizon. Then I’d personally say the s4 wins. I’ve been in the same boat as you and everything points to the s4 as being the winner.

      • marko358

        The LG G2 is supposed to be released on Verizon on 9/12. I’d get that over the s4.

        • Ryan

          I would agree with you, but I won’t until i get a chance to try out the new button placements on the rear of the phone. The S4 is also more prone to receive an OTA update than the G2 on Verizon. Who knows maybe LG is turning it around with the g2? Otherwise yes the g2 wins. It’ll be an interesting next few months to see what happens for us in the mobile market.

    • jnt

      Went from an S4 to the Maxx… I was worried the screen would be an issue, but it hasn’t – it’s brighter than the S4 and I haven’t noticed any degradation in quality. If you have them side by side and look really really close, you can tell a difference in small things like text. But it’s not noticeable unless you’re looking for it. It’s not Pentile, which really really helps.

    • Seth Hoke

      I’m replacing my Gnex with the One tomorrow if I can get one lol.

  • So uh….Where’s the humongous Verizon 4G LTE logo? :-/

    • On the back, next to the awkwardly placed 4G LTE logo.

      • ThomasMoneyhon

        They even ruined the unique packaging. Shame verizon can’t keep its dirty paws off anything.

      • Zacharypt

        Because Verizon 4GLTE “Beats” Audio… any day of the week… right? Right?!? /s

  • Radgatt

    Eh..no thanks