Well, after having my ENV2 for almost two years, it's on the verge of breaking..literally. It's worn out.
Anyway, that's not important. It's time to move on to a new phone, and I'm almost certain it's going to be a Droid. One thing I do not keep up with is cell phones. Sure, I'll see the name of the phones being released, but as far as specs, operating systems, functionality, etc. go...I really don't take the time to keep up with that, and now it's coming back to bite me after almost two years of not paying much attention.
Today, for the second time in the past week, I went to Verizon again to browse through the phones...except this time I think I actually narrowed down my choices.
I -think- these are my final choices:
- Droid 2
- Droid Incredible by HTC
- Samsung Fascinate
- Droid X*
*Now, the Droid X...I really don't know about that one. It at least caught my attention, but I'm really turned off by how big it is. I'm barely considering that one, so just pay attention to the top three that I listed.
I'm going to list my concerns and what I see as pros/cons to each of the three. Someone here can hopefully help me out and help me make up my mind... lol. Keep in mind that, on the first day I went to Verizon, I hadn't narrowed it down at all and I was messing with almost every phone within 45 minutes...today, though, I was in there for about two hours messing with 3-4 phones (although I still felt kind of pressured and rushed, wasn't able to fully grasp each phone's capabilities and functions). Alright, here are my initial thoughts:
Buttons: I don't know if it was just the display phone or if all models are like that, but is the camera button on the side of the phone rather difficult to push? I had to push it rather hard to switch to the camera.
Display: I thought the display looked nice, but had second thoughts later on (you'll understand why after reading more). It obviously has a great display, I don't have any complaints, it's just a matter of being blown away by another phone..
Functionality/Smoothness: It seemed to function well, and was mostly smooth...but again, when compared to another phone, I felt like it was just laggy afterwards. Maybe it's a psychological thing.. xD
The keyboard: This is one of the main things I'm concerned about. If I choose this phone, I'm afraid the keyboard could break eventually or something...a part of me wants to just move on to complete touch-screen, but another part of me is accustomed to my ENV2 and feels as though the keyboard could be useful. If I got one of the other phones, I may end up regretting not having the keyboard...but I don't know. Honestly, it may be the keyboard that's making my decision so difficult.
Buttons: The buttons seemed to be nice, much bigger than on the Droid 2..but that's minor. The trackball (is that a trackball or a small sensor? xD) seemed to be kind of annoying to me, I'm not sure if I can see myself using that.
Display: The display on this phone seemed much more crisp and had brighter colors than on the Droid 2. Since I've been using an iPod Touch for the past two years, I'm a sucker for sleek, smooth functionality and colorful applications and just an overall great display. As you can imagine, the Incredible (the Samsung Fascinate as well) just blew me away with the display...
Functionality/Smoothness: The Incredible seemed to scroll much more smoothly than the Droid 2..but I'm not sure.
This one really had me in awe.
I had very similar thoughts on the Fascinate as I did on the Incredible, except it seemed to be even more crisp in the display, and smooth in its functionality..so instead of making a list on this one, just look above to the Incredible and multiply that by 2..
One thing, though, that peeves me (about the Samsung Fascinate)...is the automatic Bing search on the Fascinate. I've been using Google for years now and it's just what I'm accustomed to using and enjoying. Another thing is the fact that the Fascinate (from what I've read) apparently gets the latest Android versions late. I think it's still on 2.1 and the latest version is 2.2 or 2.3, right?
Sorry for the lengthy post (my first post on here!), but I'm completely new to the Android-based phones and I think it would be a great experience to start. I would appreciate any help, advice, suggestions, etc. that I'm given. Thank you if you've read this far!
edit: another thing I was wondering, is I've read that these phones come with a bunch of applications that you cannot get rid of and most likely won't use (I forgot what someone called it, lol maybe crapware?)..but is that true? Basically like on some computers? I also read you can "root" into your phone and get rid of these things, is this similar to jailbreaking an iPod touch?