I am surprised. Too surprised actually. I switched to a smartphone three years ago and all I see around me are smart ones. As I read the article, "given that I spend my days investigating and researching and writing about the latest high-tech communications products" and "But, now friends are telling me that Android phones are the way to go..", it reflects a lot on how many of our decisions get influenced by opinion and not knowing. No wonder the comments sections are always as popular as the articles themselves.
OK. So, in an effort to postpone any decisions, I ordered a new battery for $3.97 from Amazon. Charged it up last night and I'm good to go. I'll let you know if and when I ever get my own smartphone. Though, the more I read your comments and think about it, I think it will be quite some time. I already work too much!! Work doesn't have to chase me on that rare day I hit the beach...
I made the jump. Got the Atrix. I mostly love it. I have to spend a bunch of time purging and cleaning my social contact list tho before I want to connect the accounts to the device. I hooked up my Google account and had over 200 contacts, most of which were outdated emails all auto-magically imported from my gmail account.
I'm not much of a social butterfly so I need to dust off my twitter and facebook accounts before I attach them to my phone.
I love the browser tho. Now I can get news and updates right in my pocket. I just wish I could afford the laptop dock, so I could do more browsing on the go.
Usually I am a very late adopter. But I got an Android phone in December. No problems syncing email, but I have chosen not to connect the phone into to my company's email system because I've been told that the company's software rules then prevent you from being able to do certain things with your own phone. I'm not even talking about XXX stuff, just normal web surfing. I use several cool apps, the GPS works great, and overall I like it a lot. But I don't like paying for the data plan. And after my 2 years are up, I very well may drop back to a "dumb" phone to save the $30/mo. If so, I will miss it, but I won't miss paying for it.
I'm pondering the decision to upgrade as well. I do not need, nor do I want to pay for the data plan. A dumb phone and tablet might be better, but I would like to carry only one device around. If I do take this leap, than I would get an Android power phone, if only to synch easily with my google calendar and such. Oh, and Brian, I work in semiconductors and even we don't get company phones. (We do get a discount on service, though.)
Every time I needed a new battery I was informed that replacement batteries were no longer manufactured and I had to 'upgrade' for a fee. Now my latest forced phone has features on it I never bother to use, even though by today's standards it is still considered a dumb phone.
I dread what I might be forced to accept when my current dumb phone battery craps out.
Yep, here's to late adopters. No smart phone for me in the foreseeable future. Can't justify the extra monthly expense; my dumb phone has what I call the "they don't even want you to know they have it" $30/mo. plan from Verizon. Same exact phone for almost 5 years now; if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Another thing stopping me from joining the smartphone revolution is the complexity and time consumption that goes along with fiddling with yet another device with an operating system. I just know I'd be spending precious minutes or even hours a day trying to synchronize with my home and work computers.
I am just about to jump head-first into the smart phone pool. 2 phones ago (6 years) I was basic, no frills calling. With the last phone I got on board with texting when I bought a phone with a keyboard. Now I want something I can play with, tinker with, program for, and hopefully reconnect to some light social networking with.
I've felt disconnected for the past few months since we had a baby and I don't get as much (or hardly any) computer time anymore. Having something that can actually twitter, facebook, and maybe do some light blogging from would be amazing.
I'm just about to go and get the Atrix, because the thought of a dual processor system in my hand makes me giggle a little.
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