Now you may be thinking what the hell is this about, it’s not as if there are not millions of websites devoted to this subject but the reason I am having a wee rant is that I can never find one that I like, and have been accused of having more than everyone by a certain SFA ref, he knows who he is.
I have owned 3 smartphones, yeah just 3 but I am still not happy. I use my phone for obviously calls and texts but also email, surfing the net and twitter. It’s also a toy. The 3 phones I have owned are as follows:
Blackberry Curve 8520 – My first smart phone and actually a pretty good one. Keyboard was decent and handy, reception pretty good, didn’t really need the blackberry messaging thing but I liked that I got my emails in real-time. No good for surfing the net due to screen size but overall a decent enough phone and I will give it a 4/10. ( Is no longer with me ).
Iphone 4 – Apple are smart cookies in many ways. This is a phone that you tend to play with a lot, fiddle with the apps, look at. It’s a bit of a symbol. It has the reader option which I love, lots of apps which while never really downloading was still impressive, you can put your albums on it and the operating system in the main is very good. What is annoying about it though is the cost, way over priced. It can be laggy esp when surfing the net, not a great reception where I live when receiving calls. It has a lot of glass so you are always paranoid about dropping the bloody thing and while being addictive is annoying at the same time. First thing that went on it was the battery and recently the lock button has stopped working which means the battery runs out faster than normal and you barely got a 12 hours out of it anyway. However for music I get a better sound from my Ipod nano. I’ll give it a 6/10. ( I still have it ).
Nokia Lumia 800 – One of the first Lumia windows phones I think and the one I have went back to using. Slightly bigger than the Iphone but not massively bigger. Lack of apps on it across the board is a bit annoying and while the sound quality for music is definitely better than the Iphone in my opinion, the volume level for music is shockingly bad if you are half deaf like myself. It surfs the internet with ease and is very smooth with little or no lags and has better reception where I live. The operating system with the tiles is good but you can only have dark or light themes, neither of which are great. Video playback is a little slow but not the end of the world. Battery life is roughly the same as the Iphone and it has the same quality feel about it. I give it a 6/10 ( using it now ).
So my point is, smart phones are good, they can be fun if somewhat frustrating, they are a toy. The Iphone is overpriced but the Lumia is a serious rival in my opinion but I am still not satisfied. I would like a smart phone with a bigger memory, that is not the size of a tablet, that has a good volume limit, smooth interface, decent battery life and one that someone with fat fingers can use. My contract is not up for 9 months so have plenty of time to think about it. I am considering a Samsung Galaxy S3 mini 32 gig but have no idea about volume , sound quality etc but if any one stumbles across this blog and have any ideas about a smart phone that might work for a fussy git like me let me know.