With our return the the US quickly approaching on the horizon and it means I’m looking into everything we need to do including planning our route back to Indiana so we can see friends and family, reserve a moving truck, and new phones for us — it JP’s current US phone has a cracked screen making it a touch difficult to use. This means that we’ve begun to talk and deliberate about IF we want to “join the 21st century” and get on the smartphone bandwagon. There are of course pros and cons — pros include all the apps! (specifically German radio and dictionary access), cons include that whole technology addiction and the whole being constantly connected thing. That said, I have a feeling we’re going to be upgrading in one way or another… maybe.
The debate got a little bit harder when (on my birthday no less!) Amazon announced their brand new fire phone, because it looks freaking cool so it’s piqued my interest in potentially upgrading (though I’d want to see reviews from people who have used the phone first). The downside of the phone is that to buy it off contract it is SO expensive. So I’ve been researching the heck out of other more affordable options. Though there is a part of me that totally wants to splurge on a fire or iPhone…
When I asked JP what kind of phone he would be interested in phone-wise, and his only requirement is that he wants a full physical keyboard. He’d be ok with something like our current phones, where you have the touch screen but it flips out to a keyboard. He’s been pretty non-committal about whether he actually wants the whole smartphone, but then he’ll come out of the blue and say he’d love to be able to stream German radio or have his email. So I’m thinking a blackberry?
For me I’m thinking about going more in the route of the kind of smartphone that everyone envisions, BUT I really am not a fan of how freaking HUGE some of them are — I want to carry a phone, not a freaking tablet, though I may not win that wone… Right off the bat when I was chatting with a friend they said that I should get an iPhone for size, BUT, like I mentioned above, I’m not a huge fan of the cost to buy the phone itself. Also I’m not sure that iOS is the right operating system for me. I’ve played with iPhones (and iPads) in the past, but wasn’t necessarily wowed by it. Which means that I’ve been looking at android and windows phones — two operating systems I have NO experience with (which means that I will probably be taking myself to Saturn or Media Markt soon to play with some phones). I’m leaning more towards android due to it being more streamlined with Google, and being a gmail and drive user this seems like it’s important. Though in many ways, mostly because I have no real frame o reference, the research on what TO buy is more frustrating than buying a new computer!
All of that said, I’m still at odds about upgrading phone-wise. I worry about becoming overly-dependent on the phone. I worry about the possibility of overdoing the social networking. I worry about a lot of things. Though, I supposed I could just adhere to what my mom always said about the computer growing up: Yes it has games, but this is a TOOL not a TOY, and you should treat it as such.
In the time between, I do have a question for my readers:
If you have a smartphone what do YOU personally like about your model, operating system, etc? I really am curious!