[SATLUG] OT: Android phone recommendations

Alan Lesmerises alesmerises at satx.rr.com
Sat Jul 16 09:48:02 CDT 2011


On 7/15/2011 9:39 PM, Nate wrote:
> Al,
>
> If you have waited this long I would wait a couple more months so that 
> you can get one of the new dual core phones about to hit the market. I 
> only know of one Motorola (Droid III?) that is currently on the market 
> and they are on Verizon. In the near future almost all the phones will 
> be dual core.

My hand is being forced because my wife's phone is not working right any 
more.  I don't think she'd wait a couple of months not being able to 
have a working phone ...

> And is there a reason why you are only looking at Android phones? The 
> Pre2 and soon the Pre3 run webOS which is essentially a web layer on 
> top of a linux kernel. In many ways it is more open than Android. 
> While there aren't any dual core phones in the pipeline, yet, the OS 
> is certainly worth considering by the crowd on this list. They can 
> also be used as modems on the VZW network, FYI, albeit at 3G (solid) 
> speeds.

I wasn't aware of the Pre2/Pre3 being Linux-based.  Good to know.

> Besides the phone, when buying into a contract for a phone you have to 
> decide which network you want to go with. Sprint has the best, by far, 
> pricing models in the industry for smartphones, and they have the best 
> 4G service at the moment. That said, VZW also has a real 4G network 
> worth considering, and their 3G service is very stable. Their prices, 
> however, are about the same as AT&T, which is to say very high. It 
> will cost you the most per month to go with VZW or AT&T. But you 
> should stay away from AT&T, at all costs. Everyone I know has problems 
> with dropped calls and slow data. I left them about a year ago in 
> favor of VZW and the change in service quality is very noticeable. And 
> AT&T doesn't have 4G either, even though they claim to. Their 4G 
> service (HSPA+ is actually high-end 3G) is affectionately called 'faux 
> gee' and won't give you the speeds that LTE will.

That's another question I had -- thanks for the info.

> Pretty much all the smartphone platforms will connect to the desktop. 
> iOS devices use iTunes, obviously, but Android and webOS phones can 
> sync with iTunes using DoubleTwist and HP has put together their own 
> version of songbird as part of their 'HP Play' service/system.
>
> I hope that helps. Like I said, I would wait for the industry to ramp 
> up for the Christmas season (September-ish) for all the new hardware 
> to come out. By then dual-core phones will be becoming the norm, 
> Android will be moving to Ice Cream Sandwich (the merger of 
> Gingerbread and Honeycomb), and the Pre3 will be out. Of course 
> they'll be another iPhone by then, as well.
>
> Good luck.
>
> ~Nate



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