Please help me decide what kind of device to get
September 3, 2013 2:34 PM Subscribe
Currently I have an extremely cheap, non-smart phone (no apps) with an excellent and highly affordable plan. But my old e-reader broke and rather than get another device which can only read, I want to get a device that has other kinds of apps. I've never owned such a device so I need help deciding. I don't know what options I may be missing.
posted by Danila to technology (37 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I've never owned a smartphone or any kind of device that uses apps but I am intrigued by what I see other people doing with them. I would like to: track buses and know when they are coming, plan running routes and track distance, read pdfs and epubs I either download or put on the device, listen to music. I don't even know but the world of apps seems endless.
Options as I see them:
1. Get a smartphone. Smartphones come with plans and they are all much more expensive than what I currently pay ($5 a month). I cannot get a smartphone on my plan. Besides, I really only want data. I really do not need texting or calls because I like my plan, I just want apps. I would consider a smartphone that is data only but I'm having trouble finding things like this (Sprint relay plan is one, but only for the hard of hearing).
2. Get a tablet. They are all quite large, 7-10. I'm not sure how well this would work when most of what I want to do will be outside, particularly jogging.
3. Get an IPOD Touch. I am not familiar with Apple products to the extent I'm not sure I've even seen an Ipod touch in person. However, when I did a search for a small, phone-like device for apps (and music I guess), this came up. I like that I wouldn't have to pay for a plan every month, but there's no internet connection and I'm not sure how to make it work or even if this will do what I want.