What's your next phone going to be?
So what are adding to your gdgt list? Let everyone know what you're lusting after -- or if you're going to sit this round out and wait to see what else gets announced later this year.
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A Pro 7 with a 32Gb SDHC (if confirmed working by a sizeable number of people) might have to fit the bill - but down the line I'm also probably looking for something from Nokia, as the N900 had *blazingly* fast (i.e. microSDHC cards couldn't hold a candle to it) transfer speeds so they clearly know what to do with built-in flash. However a Nokia keyboarded WP7 will likely have a 4-row keyboard, which still bugs the hell out of me. So in all likelihood, I will probably be picking up the Pro 7 in a few months time barring any major change in the market / forthcoming stuff news.
iPhone - As I probably said before, I think current developments might be a good time to bug mostly out of iOS - decommissioning / getting rid of the iP4, keeping solely the iPad in regular use while not bothering to upgrade it. If the new iPhone is hugely improved - especially in terms of the radio - I might look at it later.
Android - I got the Desire HD as a test platform for a couple of things I'm doing but as an everyday-use platform, it still has comparatively little attraction for me in the same way that the Droid/Milestone left me quite nonplussed overall despite the nice hardware - I still feel that if I'm going Android, I am actually better off going iOS. Unlikely that I'll be upgrading the HD anytime soon. Raw specs don't interest me as much as what I can do with the platform, well. And IMO, Android still does nothing particularly well and the openness is overwrought, once again IMO.
The Veer is a curveball I could be persuaded to explore for the elegance of WebOS, along with the form factor to make it a much handier daily *phone* (as in talk) than anything else I'm considering. If its radio is decent, I might look into it.
Hopefully Windows Phone 7's stability as a platform, with Microsoft's deep pockets and Nokia's hardware prowess, will be enough to attract developers. Similarly WebOS should garner more developer support with HP's backing, but that has yet to be seen. Again I prefer both of these OS's but stick with either Android or iOS because of their more well formed ecosystems.
In the mean time, here's to hoping for a larger screen, dual-mode, slide-out QWERTY iPhone. Right.
I used to think the same way as you do about switching from iOS to Android until i HAD to do it and I love Android so much more than my old IP3GS.
BTW I am using a Samsung Galaxy S and answering Peter's question, I probably will get a Galaxy S II
What I'm hoping will improve is battery life 'cause i only get about 12 hours out of my current Galaxy S I'd love to see at least a 15% improvement.
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> The Pre 3 looks (and feels) amazing, but the ecosystem around Palm devices still isn't
> there, and likely won't be in force for another couple of years. I think Android also has
> another 1-2 years to go before it's polished to the point I'd consider switching
I'm curious what type of polish you're looking for. If WebOS has it but lacks the app ecosystem, and iOS has the apps, it seems like Android would be the perfect in-between.
IMO, iOS is quite primitive by today's standards. Just a grid of icons with almost no customizability, no standard "back" button, soft or hard. No widgets. No os-level web service integration. Some really good apps and games for sure. I used to think my iPod Touch was the end-all-be-all until I used Android 2.1. Now it just seems like a toy... which is what I keep it around for: games and music. As an information/communications device it's not even close.
I also find it interesting that people think getting a non-Apple PHONE somehow precludes their ability to partake in the Apple ecosystem. You can have both. This is what the Touch and iPad are all about.
So - the new iPhone will be my next phone, but only if it a significant jump functionally from the 4. Otherwise it will probably be the next iPhone after that one etc etc etc
300K apps in iOS mainly tells me that I need to spend a lot of frustrating time wading through garbage to find what I really want.
In everyday life webOS provides for me:
-Synergy for unified contacts accross Exchange, gmail, facebook which is brilliant.
-notification system is wonderful.
-Excellent web Browser
-multi protocol chat client
-ereader (could be better, but at least it does ePUB)
-Angry Birds (my only game...)
I don't think that webOS has too many gaping wholes in the apps available and the webOS experience is so nice for me that I am totally happy with the platform. Ill get a Pre3 on release day.
iPhone is a media player that also happens to have a phone in it.
webOS is a messaging system that also happens to run apps.
It's quite possible that I might sit this year out and see what happens this time next year. The mobile phone world is moving FAST and I can't even begin to imagine what sorts of phones we're going to be seeing in the next 12 - 18 months.
(Not to mention, switching phones or carriers will result in non-subsidized prices or even ETFs, making if cost prohibitive.)
I held a Nexus S and it just doesn't feel as good as my N1. This phone has everything I currently want and it is honestly the best build quality consumer device I have ever experienced.
There isn't much that could convince me to upgrade at this point. Maybe if NFC were useful (I want to be able to buy credit on my phone and swipe it to get on the subway). Maybe if hardware accelerated graphics get better support and an upgrade is necessary (Android manufacturers seem to be trying to solve problems by just throwing more CPU power at them).
I suppose if my N1 exploded or disappeared today I'd replace it with a G2 which I would immediately root and overclock to N1 equivalancy. As for next year when I MIGHT upgrade (especially if the N1 winds up incapable of Ice Cream at reasonable speeds), I don't think that phone exists yet. Whatever 3.1-sporting, dual core, keyboard slider NOT from Samsung or Motorola that winds up on T-Mobile (or whoever at the time has the best data plan bang/buck), I guess.
I don't want/need a subsidized phone, so here's what I'd pay for:
What I'd like is an unlocked HTC or Nokia-built Android, pentaband GSM, 4G/LTE, FFC, 4 inch Super AMOLED (or "+"), 5 row thin qwerty portrait slider, with replaceable battery, memory card and unlocked bootloader. Dual SIM might be nice too.
But, of course, I like pigs that fly, cheap, clean, abundant energy and hot girls with a sense of humor who like gadget nerds. So, you know.....
The doubleclick – slide – tap is reasonably elegant in theory, except that it turns into doubleclick – slide – tap, oh, Home, doubleclick-slide-tap, whut, Home, doubleclick-slide-hold, tap, youlittle******, Home, slide, slide, slide, tap, taptaptap fingers waiting for app to start…
… all too often. I find myself wishing for iOS3 on a pretty regular basis despite the (important to me) advantages the limited multitasking brings – at least back then I knew where I stood.
In all honesty, I have to say Windows Mobile was less annoying and even Symbian – despite the slight additional button presses required to accomplish the same thing – works better / more reliably. And yes, we’re talking prominent third party apps.
I just hope Microsoft doesn’t get it as wrong as Apple when they bring out this fabled update – they can’t afford to, as they don’t have anywhere near the drooling fanbois who just blank out any inconsistencies / problems from their experience.
Disclaimer: longtime nokia fanboi + wp7 early adopter
Forget the specs, forget the speed, forget the super amoled plus screen, those impressive on paper specs are not what makes this phone special, the thing that wins it for this phone can be summed up in three words:
Superb User Experience.
The combination of Android 2.3 and this hardware has resulted in something special. You need to play with one to fully appreciate what I'm trying to explain. If its released where you live, go try one.
Mine gets delivered on Monday :)
By the way, in case you are wondering, I currently use two phones, a Galaxy S1 (which is nowhere near as good as the S2!) and an iphone4 (work phone provided by my employer).
Preference will be HTC.
I see myself with a couple of something like the size/utility equivalent of a Veer and a 5~7" slate with a 1440x900-class (provided my eyesight remains as it is) resolution for everyday walking about in ~3 years time.
But I have said that before, tried that before with devices around at the time and have been back to laptops every time... hopefully technology has finally caught up with my hyper-jaded wants.
If iOS 5 is announced by that time with better notifications and the option for widgets on homescreens I will seriously consider the iPhone. Probably shouldn't hold my breath for the latter though.
I'd go back to the iPhone if Apple updated its dumb notification system.
Even the design of other devices isn't attracting me to them. What does a guy have to do to get some simple, non-hideous industrial design?
Little feature that is the best for me about Android over iPhone: when my navigation gives me verbal directions while driving or a notification for a message comes on, it pauses the podcast or audiobook I am listening to, rewinds it about 1/2 a second and starts playing again. I remember having to rewind audiobooks all the time because iPhone wouldn't do this.
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I'm stuck with my BlackBerry until April anyhow, so we'll see if this changes when more information comes out about the Pre 3 (I'm digging a lot of what I hear about WebOS, but unless it's on T-Mobile, I'll forego it) and the Galaxy S II pricing.
Even though Gingerbread has been out a while, Samsung is still working on delivering Froyo, which is laughable to me. Now that Windows 7 has been on the market a while, would you buy a computer today with Windows XP, with the promise of a free upgrade to Vista sometime in the future?
Now ironically, the Mac connector for WP7 works pretty well and also does two-way metadata syncing - so it's kind of become like finding that someone has suddenly parked a truckload of methadone in your yard when you're preparing to go off heroin.
As I said before elsewhere, in order to actually move to a better networked media consumption experience overall - i.e. go fully Windows for home entertainment along with mobile experiences consistent with what Windows offers - I will probably have to ditch all my iPods and probably likely the iPhone, otherwise I'll likely never wean myself off iTunes. I don't listen to music on the iPad, so having iTunes running standalone for that is unlikely to be an issue - hopefully.
Samsung seems to have given up resolution increases for a product cycle, which is disappointing. I've had WVGA phones for a year and if my next phone is going to feel like an upgrade it has to have a higher pixel density or at least more of them I've never been a videophile who cared about contrast ratio on a phone, after the screen res has stopped going up I might start to care more. The rest of the specs look good. I'm also not happy with Samsung's software, I'm always driven batty when I use my Dad's Epic.
Nokia is clearly taking the year off, I'd be surprised to see anything before September. When they get some hardware in the US I'll take a look.
LG is banking on 3D, tech I'm reserving my judgement on until I have played a marathon Pokémon session on the 3DS, which might not happen properly until spring 2012. I also want to see more specs from the LG Revolution.
I was expecting nothing really compelling out of Sony Ericsson. They did make the best QWERTY phone that I saw at MWC, but I'm as interested in the Xperia Pro as I am of the Play which is to say just about zero, of course it remains to be seen how the Snapdragon MSM8255 performs compared to its multi core competition.
The Pre 3's hardware looks like the Xperia Pro's which is to say it may not be able to specs. WebOS is killer, but their not winning me over until they hit the same type of app critical mass that Android has. I don't want to be stuck in a situation like I had back on my N900 with an OS I really like and decent hardware (I miss that phones ability to pull down signal.) but no app support.
Dell is on the cusp of making something I'd like but their strongest play has been the Venue Pro which has had issues. Dell needs to work out their kinks before I trust them.
HTC is the company that disappointed me the most. They seem committed to rehashing the Nexus One and Evo for another year. The Thunderbolt would in some ways feel like step down from my G2. It seems like HTC gave up there innovation to be first to 4G on the US carriers. To be fair this seems like a wining strategy given the success of the Evo and the huge adverting effort behind the MyTouch 4G. As best as I can tell they have a couple of months of Verizon LTE exclusivity too which will win them a bunch of sales.
Motorola is the real frontrunner for devices in my mind. Given the poor network performance that Engadget and other posted about the Atrix 4G it looks like AT&T has failed it. The Droid Bionic is the phone I'm looking forward to the most. They look like the Verizon LTE phone to beat.
But really nobody seems to have announced my perfect device. Is it so hard to make a media powerhouse with a 5 row keyboard?
Phone companies have alienated me so much in the way they conduct themselves that I have lost interest in this category (almost) entirely.
That said, I'd probably consider the HP Veer if I needed a phone. I like the smaller form factor. Kin One caught my attention, too, for the same reason.
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I have an Android phone now (this one is rooted running GB), and I really like Android, so I'll probably stay with a Droid. That said, I'll look at iPhone, WebOS and WP7 just to see - but I'm pretty sure that I'll stick with Android. Hopefully they'll have something with a decently-sized screen rather than these 4.3" monsters that seem to be what everyone else wants.
The plan is so cheap that the phone is paid for in a few months and I get to test drive the Sprint network, which I was thinking of switching to anyways. I know it's not the most powerful Android out there, but it gives me something new to play with for a bit.
In the real world, it'll either be another feature phone, or whatever smartphone looks least like a walled garden when my current phone wears out.
Also heard the iphone nano will obviously have a smaller screen and that will make smaller resolution. Just another thought
Apple will either announce a nano to be released soon and the iphone 5 for late summer or a nano now and a 4s or 4gs etc etc now and iphone 5 for fall-ish..
just guesses and speculation but that is kind of how they work
I like the Palm phones and WM7 really intrigue me but I have to wait and see what the ecosystem develops into before making a jump into either platform.
For me, Netflix streaming and some sort of app or built in OS facility for downloading podcasts without the use of a computer and have the podcasts available very soon after they are published by the maker (unlike iTunes which sometimes takes days to make podcasts available).
This, for me, makes WIndows Phone 7 my most likely OS to jump to from iOS if I don't just stick with the iPhone.
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