[SATLUG] OT: Android phone recommendations

Lance Schneider schneider.lh at gmail.com
Mon Jul 18 02:22:11 CDT 2011

Hello, All.

I am going to offer very little to ultimately satisfying the quest for the
optimum recommendation but do think it worth contributing some fundamental
exploration as to the sought objectives.

If the objective of selection is for use as a PHONE, the selection process
becomes much more simple. AT&T and T-Mobile have each disappointed me in
call quality and dependability. I gave each two attempts, with contracts a
few years apart. I rooted for them, gave them the benefit of the doubt . . .
and regretted it, both times. As far as phone service reliability,
dependability, and transparent signal coverage area - Verizon has been the
hands-down winner for me. I even spent a stint as a long-haul truck driver
(long story), and that settled the hype for me about which provider really
has the best coverage.

If the phone is sharing duties pretty much equally with other functionality,
however, Verizon cheats you (not by expense) but in terms of using a
multifunction device without restricting the multifunction concept. The
Verizon network does not support running concurrent apps which entirely
defeats the purpose of a smartphone - especially something as robust and
promising as an Android device.

In this regard, the same demons that plague AT&T and T-Mobile in basic phone
service expectations extend to make the user experience intolerable for more
advanced features. The AT&T network is slow - unacceptably so in my opinion.
Both of my parents receive their pension from that company and I still must
be honest and advise others to steer clear and seek better service

No matter the choice of phone, the performance is only as good as the
network. Overall, if I were shopping right now I would want to see what
Sprint has to offer. Their network is very high-speed, the prices are
extremely competitive, and they now boast a much improved customer service
satisfaction rating. They also have the HTC EVO 4G - very attractive in
features versus ease of use. Similarly, they offer the Samsung Epic 4G.
Neither of these phones is the sexiest thing on the planet but they deliver
as promised and without hassle.

I am a bit biased as I have computers for doing my real work. So when it
comes to how many apps I can run on a screen the size of a postage stamp, I
begin to lose interest quickly. However, having the ability to respond to
contacts by having several means to stay connected, GPS, and a web browser
at my finger tips is obviously fantastic. The only question remaining is how
practical is the intended use versus how much of a novelty plaything does it
need to be?

On Sun, Jul 17, 2011 at 10:41 PM, Alan Lesmerises
<alesmerises at satx.rr.com>wrote:

> On 7/17/2011 3:59 PM, Kyle Chrisman wrote:
>> Not to start a pride war amongst snobs or anything but I would actually
>> like to know why you are throwing the iPhone baby out with the bath water.
>> I didn't buy an Iphone so I could hack it or because of some twisted
>> hatred of a carrier.  I bought one because AT&T dropped the price to what a
>> phone should cost... $50. The iphone is also really easy to use.  So easy in
>> fact my wife could use it.
>> All carriers have problems.  Seems like when you boil it down, the 3 most
>> important factors are is it easy to use, does it do what you want, and is
>> the price reasonable.
>> Everything else just seems like a big pissing contest.
>> I really would like to know what the big hang up is with the iPhone.
>>  Seems to me that it is exactly what your wife would be comfortable using...
>> And you don't have to hack it to make it work right.
>> As far as I'm aware the Devil doesn't live in an iPhone.
>> Only thing I personally can concur with in this conversation is stay away
>> from Verizon.  They will nickel and dime you to death and over charge for
>> everything by like a factor of 2 or 3.
>> Sent from my iPhone... Because that's what my phone is.  Please excuse any
>> typos.
> I don't recall anyone saying anything negative about the iPhone.   Everyone
> was just responding to my original post inquiring about _Android_ phones
> (see subject line, too).  I had already decided to go with an Android when I
> finally step up to a smart phone.  Period.
> That being said, one major reason I decided to go with Android is that I
> don't want to be locked-in to the Apple way of doing things (e.g., the App
> store, etc.), just like I don't like being locked-in by Microsoft.
> Al Lesmerises
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