Please help me pick the right smartphone. I've researched myself into overwhelm and have a tendency towards terrible timing. My requirements aren't that complex, though I AM a gadget fan, and tech savvy.
Hopefully will get more responses than my last question. One answer (that was actually a question)! That may be a Ask MeFi record!
My T-Mobile contract is up and I want to get a smartphone. I'm happy to stay with T-Mobile, though I could switch to AT&T if necessary (would be nice to avoid the hassle, but I'll go wherever I get the best deal). Sprint and Verizon service at my house is marginal at best, and I work at home with no landline. Since I've only had a "dumbphone" (+ iPod Touch) until now, as I've been looking, I simply cannot figure out what's best for me, and have gotten overwhelmed by the info out there.
-working, reliable GPS function
-working, reliable internet with clean (not cartoony/junky) interface
-good volume (though my hearing is excellent, I've been dealing with a Samsung phone for the past few years that at its highest volume is very very quiet. No more of that.) with speakerphone function
-at least one keyboard (current phone has NONE)
-I do NOT want to pay $200, $300, $400+ for something because it came out two seconds ago (therefore, probably not an iPhone) when I know good phones are available for short money
-preferably not a Blackberry
-ability to integrate iTunes library somehow (not sure if this is possible)
-ability to edit basic documents
do not need:
-phones specifically set up to social network or anything else geared at 15 year olds (like the phone - I can't remember which - that comes pre-loaded with a copy of "Avatar". Um, no), or loaded with bloatware I have to remove right out of the box.
I've been researching for a while but haven't come across anything that seems right, so your help is appreciated!