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Old 02-15-2014, 11:45 AM
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It is with great trepidation that I start this thread... Keep it positive and helpful. Or else.

For a variety of reasons, I'm considering switching to an Android for my next phone. (In the interest of positivity, I'll just say I'd prefer not to give my dollars to Apple this go-round and leave it at that.)

For other reasons, I'm really hesitant to switch. I'm generally pretty happy with the iPhone's user interface, it's been stable and reliable for the past couple years, and I love iMessage. I get virtually no cell service (from any carrier) where I live, but I do have fast WiFi. iMessage is the easiest way I'm aware of to communicate with most of my friends (nearly all iPhone users) when I'm at my house. This is not insignificant- it's a PITA to drive into town to make a 30 second phone call.

So:
-Are there any one-sided Android apps to allow me to recieve SMS text messages over Wifi? I realize there are many two-sided WiFi texting apps, but I am asking about ones that do NOT need anything installed on anybody else's phone. Verizon, or possibly ATT, would be the carrier.

-The only problems I've had with the iPhone are mediocre antenna strength (I spend a lot of time on the fringes of cellular service; far worse than most people believe exists in the US in 2014) and very weak phone speaker. What Android phones might improve these weak points, while maintaining strengths like a good camera, good touch-screen, all-day-plus battery life. Mil-spec would be a plus; I'm getting a little tired of using a Ziplock baggie when I'm motorcycling in the rain.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:10 PM
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I don't think your going to see a vast improvement in switching from iPhone to whatever. If your on the edge of signal, well, your on the edge of signal. The only thing that I know of fixes that is a cel phone booster.

As far as the ziplock bag, life proof, and be done with it, no matter what you buy. They work and work very well, my wife and I have tested all of the things they say it will protect against, and yep it sure does, from rain, to mud to continual drops against edges. (foot pegs ect.)
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Yeah, I figured. I don't care enough to get a booster...I just don't want to accidentally buy the one phone with a 10% weaker antenna.
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Have you looked into the Casio Commando? Have friends that have it and they are all happy with it afaik. Waterproof, drop resistant, etc right out of the box.
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Ian, there are plenty of one sided text apps that use wifi signals. My grandmother uses one on her work phone to curve complaints from her boss.

As far as signal strength, let me get some info off of you first -

What model iPhone are you using?
What is your current carrier?

There are plenty of much-more capable devices out there today. Two devices you could look into are the Motorola Droid Maxx or the Samsung Galaxy S4
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My phone allows me to use WiFi for calling, so I can't imagine it would be a big leap to have it do SMS messages either. I'm on Android 4.0 and it doesn't even require an app, you just toggle on WiFi calling.

I'm on a Samsung using T-Mobile.

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I've used both, prefer the Android. Currently have a Sony Xperia. Dust and waterproof, great signal, pretty stout.

Next phone will probably be a Samsung though, like their user interface vs the Sony.... T-Mobile as well.
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Get a motorola phone they have great reception. The s4 is weak in the reception area in comparison to the Moto phones.
My electrify/photon picks up in areas other phones can't get a bar. I pack a extra battery with me but normally I get 12-16 hours per battery with semi heavy use.
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Droid Maxx here.. and the 48 hour battery life ad, is no claim. its 100% true.. and not even on WiFi. just cell signal. with a good bit of use.. lasted me around 44 hours.. so standby is easy 48.

use is easy. cell signal is awesome..
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Get a motorola phone they have great reception. The s4 is weak in the reception area in comparison to the Moto phones.
My electrify/photon picks up in areas other phones can't get a bar. I pack a extra battery with me but normally I get 12-16 hours per battery with semi heavy use.
Never had much luck with Motorola phones, they always tend to break in some fashion. I'll sacrifice some signal for durability...
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