So, I've decided that I probably need to upgrade to a smart phone for business use. The thing is, The Marital Unit and I both HATE his Droid! It's an older model - don't know which one. He's with Verizon, and his 2-year contract expires in March, so it's from spring 2010. We went pre-shopping, I liked the LG - smaller, fit my hand better, etc. But the salesman said I should get the Samsung Stratosphere. It does look like a nice phone - sleeker and more rounded than our old sharp-cornered beast. But as much trouble as we have with the old Droid, I'm not sure I want one at all. To wit: Phone powers down and locks itself. When it rings, it's a mad scramble to unlock with the slide and answer B4 it goes to voicemail. Also, the volume keeps getting adjusted. How come the screen locks, but the volume button doesn't? And sleek as it is, would it kill them to add a button to answer the phone? The whole phone is just so wonky and tetchy. I want the physical QWERTY, since trying to use the touch screen is such a nightmare with my short, fat fingers. It takes me minutes to compose a text; it keeps switching to different screens, when I'm sure I didn't touch the other keys. I can't enter anyone into my contact list unless I already have the phone number on the list - and it's still an ordeal then. My little T-Mobile prepaid cheapie is much more functionaL It's great to be able to access Google and Mapquest and all that; but how do you keep the screen from disappearing for no discernible reason? And call me a Luddite; but a lot of the time, I want to use my cell phone TO MAKE A FREAKIN' PHONE CALL!! Granted, the phone has fallen out of his pocket a few times - it won't turn off any more. But from the very beginning, straight out of the box, we had these issues. What I'm really asking, and can't find on the Web, is: Are the newer Droids more stable, user-friendly, and idiot-proof than they were 2 years ago? Or is it the Nature of the Beast to be temperamental, hard to navigate, and generally Crazy-Making for those of us who don't live online, but just want to be able to check the news or look up a restaraunt location between calls? Are they the same old box of aggravation in a new case, with more bells and whistles? Or have they become more usable for regular, middle-aged humans? Not sure where to post this, so I figured I'd start here. Thanks!