Never having been a phone guy, 2011 was my first smartphone experience. Opted for the Pantech Breakout, because it looked like it could do all the same cool stuff everyone else does, but cheaper. Well it sucks. A lot. A Bing search reveals 'memory full' as one of the first things that comes up (I'm sure it would on google too if it wasn't an android phone). So after shelling out another $30/mo for a data plan over 2yrs, I've learned the hard way that a smartphone is definitely at the top of the "things that don't make sense to buy cheap" list.
So now I'm suddenly a phone person. Obsessed with every latest gadget and its review, counting down the weeks 'till my June upgrade, determined to find the latest & greatest device so I can use it to maybe 20% of its capacity. But that's beside the point. At least I won't get burned again, right?
Some Contenders for our next purchase and some comments/questions:
Samsung Galaxy S4 - There's no way this won't be awesome right? Can someone who isn't a tech geek get a lot out of it & find it simple enough to use though?
Iphone 5 - because it's a f*****g iphone. Simple and rich with features. Do I want the same phone as everybody else though? Meh, probably not (although I do love my Honda Civic and everyone has that too).
Nokia 'Laser' - a variant of the well received 922 (which was made exclusive by AT&T) reportedly coming to Verizon this year, running on Windows. Yah it's cool to hate Microsoft and they're not as popular and they "only" have 150,000 apps instead of 500,000 but so what? Having real MS Office seems pretty cool, as is the ability to easily delete bloatware with rooting or jailbreaking, which apparently you can do.
The HTC One, revealed yesterday - looks pretty awesome. A bigger iphone aluminum build with an appealing Windows-like homescreen, running on Android. Of course it's available on every carrier except mine - Verizon, because they want to sell their comparatively crappy 'DNA' HTC phone with half as much memory at the same price in the same old boring black color. F-U Verizon. You suck sometimes.
For those of you on other carriers, how is your voice/data coverage in Philly? I'm a little scared to leave Verizon because of that, but maybe I shouldn't be?
What's say you? What's your carrier and phone and why do you like/hate it? And is there even a 10% chance we can discuss this w/out a lame Apple/Android fanboy flamewar?
Thank you that is all.