Hey everyone, sorry to skip the welcome thread with my first post but this looks like a great forum. I can't quite make up my mind about the Bionic though, so I figured I'd toss my questions out to a community here that seems well equipped to answer it.
As as I presume will be displayed under my username, my current phone is a state of the art Audiovox CDM8940 from 2005. I've been mulling the smartphone craze since the original Droid, and I think I'm about ready to take the leap. Verizon's offer to exchange my pile of rusted dumbphone circuits for $100 makes me want to pull the trigger by 9/30.
I like to make my phones last and clearly can be content without bells and whistles. However, I love technology and tinkering. So here's my question.
The idea of LTE + full web, dual-core, a decent camera and decent battery life all in one package makes me think I could be really happy with the Bionic for a long time. But I am just deluded by marketing? I mean, I'm upgrading from a clamshell... am I a fool to pay upwards of $250 (upgrade price) when I could get the Charge for half that much, or even the (sorry, non-droid) Pantech for free? Or any of a number of 3G phones?
I assume many of you have used a variety of different smartphones and Droids. I know it comes down to personal taste, but that's what I'm asking about. Anyone recently in my shoes? Or when you upgraded from a basic phone to something way worse than the Bionic in the past, were you blown away? Or is getting the Bionic a smart way to future-proof my phone, so that it can stay relevant for years longer than these other phones?
People often use the relative-costs argument, so I'll add that I'm on a family plan, meaning that a smartphone will add $720 to my bills in the next two years... and the up front $250 vs $100 or free makes a dent.
Thanks for your help and thoughts!