Tmobile android phone recommendations
December 27, 2012 11:01 PM Subscribe
Jumping into smartphone world for the first time.…..i) I would like advice on an android phone that works on T-mobile 4G for email/websurfing/productivity.
ii) Would also like advice on buying used phones in general.
I have the tmobile value plan which is cheap and requires me to bring a smartphone of my own...I want an android phone.
Phone advice - In order of importance
the phone must:
0) Be reliable hardware*
i) Run smoothly, without crashing, on at least some version of ICS (Android 4.0+). Don't need highest graphic speed/gee whiz, do need RELIABILITY and SMOOTHNESS (would rather have a basic visual interface that works quickly than one with the most cool UI w/beautiful animations). Can't deal at the moment with uploading/beta testing nightly builds.
ii) Is possible to use with 1 hand: I have a long thumb(!) and would like to be able to use w/ one hand. Either swiftykey's new gizmo or swype look like I could actually type on it with the thumb too.... so no giant 5" phones.
iii) Is international - works with UK sim cards and frequencies for phone
v) Has removable storage and removable battery
vi) Has a decent camera
Buying used phone advice
Advice request: I'm a little paranoid about buying an unlocked GSM phone off ebay or swappa (or craigslist!) only to find that IMEI is locked, or about to be locked, or the phone is a dud.
I have an active tmobile sim….
If you buy in person off craigslist, what simple tests can you do on the phone in person?
If buying online, what can you look for?
Bonus: Have the galaxy S3 handset death rumors been put to bed?