My wife has an Apple iPhone 6, both daughters have iPhone 5s’s and my son has a Samsung Galaxy 5.
I, on the Gripping Hand, have a Huawei Model Y536A1, that I bought at Walmart and feed monthly through AT&T.
The actual specifications do not, at first glance, seem all that world shaking, and the built-in camera is in no way as good as the camera in my wife’s iPhone, but it is adequate. However the phone cost only me $60.
Not $60 every other month for 2 years and not $23.95 a month for 2 years. No. It. Cost. Me. $60. Once.
Oh and have I mentioned that since it only cost me $60 I don’t have an insurance contract for it? That saves me another $5 -$10 a month, or $60 – $120 a year. Hell I could throw it away ever 3 months and buy a new replacement and it would be still be cheaper at the end of 2 years then any of the phones my family has.
How does it work? I hear you ask.
Quite well. It makes and receives phone calls very nicely. I can send and receive texts** as well as any other phone. It takes adequate photos for documenting things at work. All this, plus notes, calendar, a stop watch/alarm clock, a music player (the first thing I did was put a 16GB MicroSD card in it, it will handle up to a 32GB and I don’t discount its ability to handle larger), a book reader, Spider Solitaire and any other App that I want to download from the Google Store. Along with all the above it has a battery that will go 3+ days with moderate use plus unlimited text and talk in North America for $30 a month.
Only text and talk, for me thank you very much. 4G data is available but do I look fucking retarded enough to pay an additional $10 a month for 1.5GB of data or an extra $25 a month for 4GB (both of those prices include a $5 a month discount for signing up for “Auto Refill”)? Don’t answer that.
The answer is no, I’m not that stupid, wireless works quite well around civilization and away from civilization I don’t care.
Have I mentioned that I only paid $60 for it? Have I also mentioned that after I own it for 6 months AT&T will send me the key to root privileges on it. I should mention that it came preloaded with a bunch of crap software on it. Root privileges should enable me to take care of that.
So what is the perfect “SmartPhone”. Dammed if I know but I think I’m on the right tack.
- Be a good phone
- Have root capability.
- Be small.
- Have a long battery life.
- Be a good camera.
- Have the ability to take a large MicroSD card.
- Have no apps preinstalled, only the ability to get to the Google Store*** and download the apps and only the apps I / you want.
- Have wireless capability.
- Have GPS, and the ability to turn it off.
- Have very GOOD encryption.
- 4G capability for those who need it.
- Cost less then $200
- Be water proof.
- No contract needed.
You find me all that and I’ll drop my Huawei, other wise I’m sticking to it.
Have I mentioned that it only cost me $60?
1) I’m not convinced that the word “Best” should ever be applied to a Smartphone and
2) I’m not to sure about the use of the word “Smart” in Smartphone.
** Dammit all, I hate texts and texting. Think about it, typing things out on a miniature keyboard is SO much more efficient then actually talking to someone, it is truly amazing that it took us, as a species, so long to figure that out.
*** I’m not that fond of the Google Store and Google itself, but it’s better then dealing with Apple.