Which Smart-Phone to buy?

Come January 27 and I will be out of the never-ending 2 year contract with AT&T. I have been a faithful customer of AT&T since the time it was called Cingular back in 2006 and have maintained 3 contracts with them. But enough is enough now, it is time to taste the fruits from other trees, i mean vendors, i mean service providers..or whatever they are called.

My wife got herself the Motorola Droid-X and she has been liking it since then. The only issue she has with it is the bigger size and it doesn’t fit well into any of her jeans pockets, but I am sure I will like the 4.3 inches screen for my phone after having the iPhone for >2 years now.

After some initial reading and analysis, I have the following 3 phones in my shortlist. I am not hell-bent on going with iPhone now, so want to switch to Android phones for a better change. So do let me know if you are having any of these phones or want to advise me of reviewing any other smart phones that you feel is worth looking into. Another important factor to my buying is that my wife is under a 2 year contract with Verizon and if i switch over to Verizon and upgrade her plan to a family plan, i will get lesser monthly bills 🙂

1. HTC ThunderBolt from Verizon on 4G network– Priced at $99 when i upgrade my wife’s plan. Some of the specifications of this phone are as below:

  • Verizon 4G LTE Network
  • Integrated Social Networking
  • Front and Rear Cameras
  • Simultaneous Voice and Data
  • Flash 10.2 Google Web Browser
  • Immense 4.3″ screen

 

2. Motorola Droid RAZR from Verizon on 4G network – Priced at $249 for a 32GB phone after upgrade. Compare these specifications with others and you will surely like it:

  • Ultra-slim Design
  • Verizon 4G LTE Network
  • Processor 1.2GHz
  • 4.3″ Super AMOLED Advanced Display
  • Reinforced Case
  • Remote PC Access with MotoCast
  • Smart Actions App
  • HDMI/Mirror Mode

3. Galaxy Nexus by Samsung from Verizon on 4G network – Priced at $249 after upgrade. The specs of this device are as below:

  • Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Dual-Core 1.2GHz Processor & 1GB Ram
  • HTML Web Browser
  • 1.3MP front-facing Camera
  • 4.65″ HD Super AMOLED Contoured Display
  • Verizon 4G LTE Network
  • Camera 5.0 Megapixel

Getting into another contract for 2 years is what i am thinking over and over. I can get any of these phones on Amazon or eBay at a much higher price without having the obligation to stick to a provider. Has anyone bought one of those unlocked smart phones and been using it? At the end of 2 years I think we are paying much more than what you can get it for now. Are these service providers ripping us off with their contract obligations? What do you tihnk? Do leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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7 comments

  1. I don’t have one of these, but I do have a Droid 3. Here’s what I would ask:
    Is it easy to dial on these?  I find the interface for the phone my droid a pain – somehow, it doesn’t like the number 1.  How is the camera?  Even if you don’t think you will use it much, one finds oneself in situations where your phone is your only camera and you want to take a picture.

    There’s tons to download on the droid. Lots of toys out there…

    Also, I got a crack on day 2 of owning my phone when I put it in my purse without a case.  Now I always use the case – no way that would fit into a little pocket.  It’s much heavier than my old non-smart phone.

    1. Leora – Thanks for sharing these experiences. I agree taht the Droid is big to fit in the pockets, but i think with the razr the body of the phone is rather flexible and made of a different material that will not crack or break. 

      Of course Android has more apps and free games to download than the iphone, that is one thing which made me think of this switch.

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