Smartphone newb seeks new Verizon phone. Likes: high-quality cameras. Dislikes: iPhones, spending money.
posted by badgermushroomSNAKE to technology (20 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have a dumbphone. I have always had dumbhones. I'm cheap like that. However, events have conspired to make me reconsider this choice.
First, Verizon (my carrier of choice and the only one that works in my hometown) is increasingly requiring data packages even for dumbphones (any phone with a keyboard, according to them, is "smart" enough to need a data plan). I will never go back to a dumbphone without a qwerty, and I've long been pondering making the smartphone jump after my current phone goes to the great upgrade in the sky.
Second, my ancient (3MP, Kodak, circa 2004) digital camera just bit the dust.
It occurs to me now that if a) I'm going to be shelling out for some sort of data package anyway and b) these newfangled smartphones, I hear they take pictures, then c) hey, maybe I'm better off doing the smartphone jump now and having a camera and phone rolled into one rather than spending a hundred or two on a new camera and then again on a phone later on. My research seems to say that right now, the HTC Incredible is "the best" (for some definition of "best") Verizon android phone, but I don't know what's coming down the pipeline to challenge the best, and there's just so much information out there on so many phones in general that I need an organic processor, namely you guys, to help me sift.
So, let's run with this. AskMe, help me find a smartphone that fits my requirements:
1. Run on Verizon. Switching is not in the cards right now, and frankly I prefer Verizon's service.
2. Have a camera that can rival a standalone camera. Not a fancy one that a camera geek would spend hundreds of dollars on or anything, but a decent enough one that I will be able to zoom and that my photos, even in low light, won't come out too grainy. Decent enough to be The Official Camera of someone who's not a photo geek, basically.
3. I think I prefer Android phones, just for the ideology. Definitely no on the iPhone. If there's a blackberry that doesn't have that horrific squeezed-narrow keyboard that they all seem to have, I'm open to hearing about that. I'm also open to hearing about the new Windows phones, which I don't know much about.
4. Decent battery life. I'm willing to charge every night and during hard-use days, but regularly running out of battery before I get home from work is going to be a problem. Yes, I realize this is largely dependent on background apps. Try to generalize for me.
5. Touch screen. Yum, modern technology!
1. I use social networks, but not obsessively. I don't need my phone pushing an update to me every time someone tweets, but a Facebook-accessing app, for example, would be useful. Someone mentioned to me that I should avoid MotoBlur if I don't want a constant bombardment.
2. I'm curious about but not dedicated to the notion of rooting. If the phone comes with a reasonably un-terrible interface, I probably wouldn't bother rooting it. If the phone has a proprietary interface of fail, though, let's give some extra weight to the ability to root.
3. I'm trying to do a mental balancing act between "oh god the MONEY" and "well shit, if I'm making the leap to a smartphone-as-multitasker, I might as well get the best one." In a perfect world, I'd spend less than $100 (after New Every 2 discount) for this phone-of-all-work. In the real world, I expect it'll be closer to $200, and if it's the most awesome phone that ever awesomed, I might be able to talk myself into going up toward $300.
Give me ideas. Give me suggestions. Ask me questions about specifications I forgot to mention. Just for the love of Cthulhu, help me pick a phone!