I’ve been a loyal BlackBerry user for over three years now but I’m feeling the urge to switch phones. The urge comes with seeing newer technology on the market, smartphones with faster processors, more features and better browsing experiences. It’s a want over a need – got to acknowledge that…
Actually, it’s hard to believe it was only a few years ago a BlackBerry was the phone to have. This fall/winter, I’m in the market for a new Android phone, not an iPhone. Here are a few reasons why…
I don’t get the iPhone hype
I simply don’t get all the hype. What is so remarkably special about the iPhone over any other smartphone? I want a phone that is reliable and easy to use. BlackBerry, Android and Apple smartphones can all meet these requirements. The new iPhone screen size is 4 inches (which is great) but other newer Android phones provide this screen size and larger. iPhones look sexy (maybe this is where all the hype is coming from) but I’m not trying to make a statement based on how my phone looks. Siri is a nice feature but with newer Android phones comes Google Talk. I liked my BlackBerry (and bought it) because of the tactile keyboard but I’m convinced I can survive without it. BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) was nice nice feature and still is but I can do without that as well but based on the phones my friends and family have I use SMS/text just as much.
Proprietary Apple stuff, forget it
If you’re like me, you have enough USB cables and other connectors around the house. In fact, I have plenty of micro USB cables. The iPhone 5 however uses a proprietary connector instead of “standard” micro USBs. Why? Also, what’s with that black box called iTunes anyhow? I’ve never used it and I listen to a bunch of music. The proprietary attitude of Apple borders on arrogant.
The Android smartphone I am looking at has video recording with 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps) and 1280×720 (720p HD) resolution. That’s plenty good for me. It also has an 8 MP rear facing camera with LED flash featuring auto-focus and face detection. Great because I don’t need my phone to be a camera. The 1.5 Ghz dual core processor from the Android phone will be great for browsing; it should be as fast if not faster than the iPhone. The battery life is also expected to be better than the iPhone although anything close to 1 full day of use with data ”on” is good with me.
Price and plan options
Seriously…Rogers, Telus, Bell and others…you want me to pay what for an iPhone? $699 no term for an iPhone 5? Good try but no thanks. I’m leaning towards staying with Koodo for a great plan on a tab. So far, this plan is looking good:
- $20 for up to 50 anytime minutes + Canada-wide calling + voicemail and call display and more + 50 text messages per month.
- $5 for unlimited messaging (TBD).
- $5 for 25 MB data per month.
I currently use about 20 MB of data per month and use my BlackBerry for BBM and moderate texting and surfing. I don’t make many calls on my phone and typically use less than 30 minutes per month. Even if I decide to add on the unlimited messaging for an extra $5 per month I’ve got everything I need for taxes-in for under $40 per month – about what I am paying now.
There are more specifics I could have gotten into, for example on the software side comparing apps and on the hardware side comparing RAM, but for the largely the reasons above I’ve decided to resist the hype. Sorry Apple faithful.
Let the comments fly everyone….what phone do you own? BlackBerry? Android? Apple?