How To Pick An Android Phone

The great thing about Android is that there are so many options out there for you to choose from.  However, all those options can also make it overwhelming for you to choose which phone is right for you.

Gizmodo posted a great article today to help you find the phone that’s right for you.

They list several key factors to look at, but here’s my take on 3 factors that are near and dear to my heart.

1.   manufacturer (ex.  samsung, htc, motorola, etc.)…this is important for 2 big reasons.  -1st, most manufacturers will put a custom user interface skin on their phones to make them stand out from their competitors and also to try to make things nicer for the consumer…people tend to have very different reactions to these custom UI’s, so it’s best to test them out for yourself and see which one works for you…personally I enjoy using Samsung’s Touch Wiz user interface skin, but I’ve seen other reviewers bash it.
-2nd, you want to look at manufacturers is because they have different track records in terms of when they get Android updates to their phones.  The Android operating system is evolving so rapidly right now, that it’s great to have a phone that will get the new updates in a timely manner.  HTC seems to be super on the ball.  Motorola next.  Samsung has been the worst!!!  Samsung promised that my phone would have an update by last November.  It is now January and still no sign of an update.
2.  camera…megapixels don’t really matter…the samsung epic 4g only has a 5 megapixel camera but takes better pictures than other 8 megapixel ones…

3.  3g vs. 4g…it’s nice if u can get a phone that has 4g just so u know it’s compatible with the new 4g networks that carriers are rolling out…but at the same time, 4g coverage isn’t that widespread yet, it uses up way more battery power than 3g, and 4g speeds aren’t that much faster than 3g speeds on some networks…definitely a consideration, but i wouldn’t call it a deal breaker.


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