[SATLUG] OT: Android phone recommendations

David Kowis dkowis at shlrm.org
Sat Jul 16 13:45:42 CDT 2011

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On 07/16/2011 04:45 AM, Geoff Edmonson wrote:
> On 07/15/2011 08:01 PM, Alan Lesmerises wrote:
>> It looks like it's time for my wife & I to replace our cell phones. 
>> I've been holding off getting one of the smart phones until the prices
>> came down, and it looks like they're a bit more reasonable now.  The
>> only real question at this point is, which one?
>> For reasons that should be obvious for THIS group, I want to go with
>> an Android, but what kind of experiences have you had?  Do they all
>> generally connect with desktop PCs pretty readily, of are there some
>> hoops you have to jump through to get them to connect?  What about the
>> differences between a Windows PC & a Linux system?
>> Any insight you can provide would be appreciated.  Thanks.
> There's been a lot of good information given, Alan.
> From a Spring HTC Evo4G owner, I will say that if you get a phone with a
> touch screen, get a blue-tooth device.  Avoid holding the thing up to
> your head.  Not that I'm worried about cancer, but the touch-screen, at
> least it's been my experience, when it gets wet with sweat from holding
> the thing to your ear for more than a few minutes at a time, the
> remaining DNA that remains on the touch-screen causes the phone to go
> -nuts-.    That's been my only bitch about a touch-screen phone.

I cannot say that I've ever had that problem with my Evo.

> I prefer the Evo, but the Blackberry has some advantages... and I guess
> it's my personal preference, but in -some- cases, NOT having the
> touch-screen is sometimes advantageous.

I have used the EVO and I now have an EVO Shift, both rooted, and both
work well. The Epic 4G doesn't work so well, the wife didn't like it.

The EVO and EVO shift are both easily rootable, the shift has a slightly
better Sense UI, and it has a physical keyboard.

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