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  1. So, I was seduced by a telephone salesperson last Tuesday (8/14/12) at 1 AM EST into purchasing a Samsung Galaxy S Blaze. I got it Friday... and when I held it up next to my htc evo 4g (a la sprint), I was immediately disappointed. The galaxy has a brilliant screen, feels awesome in my hand (I love the curved edges and the gently roughed in skin on the back), the metallic trim is very handsome, it plays games quickly, and is very responsive and smart... but it lacks an important feature (hdmi out), the screen is smaller than the htc and motorola models mentioned in the topic title, and besides I can get a cheaper phone AND plan (as of the date of this post) from Virgin. Not to mention the ANEMIC 4gb micro SD card? Really, Samsung? I've had my Sprint based HTC Evo 4G since September of 2010 (yes this is I believe the first model released, not the 3d one), and its a great phone -- except for its glitches, such as the buttons being too close to the edge which causes me to touch them inadvertently,the fact that it has an abhorrently terrible battery life, the fact that it tends to lock up / freeze / BSOD quite often, and the processor is at times on the slow side even though it is clocked at 1ghz. On top of that, Sprint has just been a total rip off in terms of the bill for the plan. Also, Sprint's coverage is just ridiculously bad. I've _never_ been able to obtain 4g service even though Sprint charges a mandatory $10 monthly premium for 4g (can anyone say rip off). So after 10 long years, I'm just done with them, period. I'm on a monthly plan now with tmobile -- $50 for unlimited everything (100mb of 4g). So on that side, I've effectively cut my bill in half, and I can walk away with no penalty whenever I want -- a plus in this age of polynomial technological advance rates. So what is the learned opinion of members of this forum? Should I return my Galaxy S Blaze, eat the return shipping costs, and get an HTC (Note that I have until 9/15/12 to decide to return the phone in unmolested condition to tmobile)? Or get the Motorola Triumph? Should I stick with tmobile or migrate to Virgin? I'm considering Virgin's 300 minutes / unlimited data (effectively 2.5gb of 4g, I called to find out the truth) service for $35, or the next level which is 1200 minutes for $45 which would definitely be more than I need. OR, should I return to Sprint, hat in hand, tail between legs, and stick with what I have? As far as using Virgin's service -- I'm concerned that Virgin's coverage will be as bad as Sprint's since they're on the same network -- but I've heard that tmobile isn't so much better (and may even be worse), in my area -- which ranges from Richmond VA to Baltimore. By the way, my son assures me that using voice over IP (I actually found an app which I can't recall the name of on Google Play which works great), I could easily live within the boundaries of the 300 minutes plan via Virgin, and save money like Mr. Crab (Spongebob's miserly boss). Is the Galaxy S Blaze a better phone for my money (no more than $299.99, my cut off) than the others listed in the Topic Title? Thanks in advance for your answers. I look forward to hanging around this forum for some time to come, and I hope to be a helpful contributor in the future.
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