[SATLUG] OT: Android phone recommendations
alesmerises at satx.rr.com
Sat Jul 16 09:48:02 CDT 2011
On 7/15/2011 9:39 PM, Nate wrote:
> 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)
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.
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