Recommend me a 'droid to upgrade to/best starter 'droid phone?
September 3, 2012 12:00 PM Subscribe
What Android phone should I upgrade to/where to buy *and* what's a good starter 'droid in the current crop? I am SIM only, partner is currently PAYG. Both in the UK.
posted by halcyonday to technology (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So, dual question there. I've searched the site and the interwebs but haven't found anything that quite answers my query.
I've been thinking about upgrading my 'droid phone as my current one (HTC Wildfire, about 18 months old) is approaching the end of its reliable life (battery suddenly draining with no reason - do have juice defender installed - internal memory becoming an issue and Froyo doesn't handle shifting to SD as well as later versions. have factory reset it already) and I'd like a better camera. The problem is, since I last prodded 'droid phones, a whole new crop have appeared on the market and I find myself overwhelmed with choice/confused (the Desire C is a step down, but the Desire phones were meant to be the higher end ones? whut?)
I'm currently SIM only with Vodafone - it does what I want, for the price I want to pay - so I'd be buying the handset upfront. I want to stay with Android as I have invested in quite a few apps, plus my tablet is android and I'm comfortable with it. I'm looking at £350 max budget on the handset - so mid-range with a better camera/internal memory than the HTC Wildfire.
I'm used to HTC sense's overlay (before the Wildfire I had a G1, aka the HTC Dream) but am willing to try other overlays - crap stock keyboards aren't an issue as I use swiftkey anyway. I use my phone mostly for Evernote/Calender/Email/Twitter (and occasional browsing). I don't do media on it. I could root but am happy to keep my phone stock because owning it outright means no voiding the warranty until that expires. I need google play, none of this 3rd party limited app availability nonsense.
So suggestions for handsets and legit places to purchase them from? (bonus points if they do trade in credit but that's purely nice to have)
Second question: what starter 'droid would you recommend for someone who is looking to upgrade from a dumbphone but doesn't want too many bells and whistles. I'd give my partner my Wildfire, if it wasn't suddenly draining battery but that's obviously out, so something else will have to be chosen. I don't want to land him with a dud phone from the quite wide ranging crop of starter phones out there, especially as he is likely to be purchasing the handset upfront as well.
Thank you, mefis.