Mired in a sea of cell phone choices, 2013 edition
January 21, 2013 3:09 PM Subscribe
I need a new phone! However, in looking at the available options, I am finding myself mired in analysis paralysis (not to mention a lot of "junk" websites full of keyword matches but zero useful content). Help narrowing down my selection, or even just finding a reliable source of sincere, information-dense reviews would be greatly appreciated.
posted by aecorwin to Technology (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My current cell phone (an LG Optimus V, via Virgin Mobile) has been flaking out on me in various annoying ways for a while now, and I would like to identify and procure its successor before it actually becomes a paperweight.
I switched my carrier from Verizon to Virgin Mobile about two years ago, and have overall been very happy with VM's "Beyond Talk" plan. That said, I am open to switching plans/carriers but for now would be happy just to get a sense of whether there is something currently available from VM that would suit my needs.
Here, in no particular order, are my primary Wanted Features and Attributes for whatever my future phone ends up being:
- Decent-sized, highly responsive touchscreen. The Optimus V's screen is a mite smaller than I'd prefer and overall its responsiveness is mediocre compared to, say, that of my iPod Touch.
- Reasonable battery life (the Optimus V actually does reasonably well in that department; with my use patterns I need to charge it once every 1-2 days). Considering I use my phone more in "screen on" mode than "screen off", something like 5-8 continuous hours of screen-on time would be nice.
- Internal storage of 4 GB or greater and/or an SD card slot that permits cards of 2 GB or greater. SD card options should be able to support easy/seamless storage of things like photos, archived texts, and apps without complaining. One of the biggest annoyances about the Optimus V for me is its paltry internal storage and finicky, non-user-friendly behavior as far as letting me move stuff to the SD card. I have been running out of space unacceptably often lately.
- Durability / longevity: I hate buying new phones and want my next purchase to last as long as possible, both from a hardware standpoint and a relevance/obsolescence standpoint.
Operating system is really not a major consideration...I would probably be happy enough with an iphone, but I am comfortable using Android as well, so recommendations don't need to be restricted along OS lines.
Price is a minor consideration...I am a notorious cheapskate when it comes to most things, but I would be ok paying up to $500ish if I knew I was getting a phone that I'd still be using 3-4 years from now.
For obvious reasons I'd prefer to look beyond the reviews posted on the Virgin Mobile site, but thus far my Web searches seem to be mainly leading to utterly useless results. So in addition to specific phone recommendations, if anyone knows of unbiased/third-party tech blogs wherein people who actually know what they are talking about post detailed reviews of new phones, I'd greatly appreciate links! Thanks in advance, folks.