I'm looking at upgrading from my S3. BUT, I have this terrible phobia of making bad (expensive) decisions.
I'd like a phone that:
-I can use for 2 YEARS without getting too laggy.
-I can flash an VFNZ ROM onto for OTA updates (will be parallel imported)
-Has little bloatware or it is easily removed.
-I'm interested in pure android or close to it. I don't really like touchwiz.
I use my phone for:
-Google Now (tough on battery if GPS always on)
-Watching a lot of movies and TV series (from external SD)
-Listening to music
-Getting all the latest updates (which killed my S3 pretty quick)
I can't decide between Sony Z3 ($759) and HTC One M8 ($669). I'd consider S5, G3 or even Oneplus One but I'd prefer front speakers.
I'm stuck between the extra RAM of the Z3 and the nicer sound and UI of the M8.
Is it true the Z3 UI is bloated?
This all started because I wanted to get a Nexus 6 but it looks like it will be expensive and a long way off...
Sorry for the overly long post, I'm an overly long thinker.
[edit: typos and prices added]