In Which There is Much Cell Phone Geekery

I’m a technology junky. More specifically I’m a cell phone addict. Ever since I got hired at Verizon Wireless a few years ago. I read phone news pretty compulsively. I love seeing all the crazy new stuff that is coming down the pipes.

The downside to this is that I’m always agonizing over what phone is best to get and when. In an age where your phone is outdated the day you buy it committing to something for 2 years (technically 20 months on Verizon) seems ludicrous. When I worked for Verizon they allowed employees to upgrade every 10 months which was really nice, but now I’m on the 2 year schedule.

We’ve had an upgrade available on Faith’s line for a long time. We’d upgraded her phone right before I left Verizon and she doesn’t like adjusting to knew technology. So, I started shopping around for something to replace my aging original Motorola Droid. It seemed like a good idea since we would be relying heavily on the phone’s GPS to guide us. I originally wanted to jump on the HTC Thunderbolt, but we were in the midst of getting our finances settled for vagabonding, so it wasn’t a good time to buy.

A little while later the Samsung Charge hit Verizon and our finances were more settled, so I was ready to jump on it. It was superior to the Thunderbolt in several key areas, most notably battery life. I was ready to go ahead and buy it, but Faith urged me to sleep on it for a night, so I did.

Of course I did a lot more than sleep on it. I went home and Googled for reviews and thoughts on the phone. Almost every review for the Samsung Charge mentioned the Samsung Galaxy S II which had just become available in Europe. All they could say was that the Charge was pretty good, but the GSII was AMAZING and it was almost certainly coming to the US soon on all the major carriers. Crap. My desire to have the most future proof phone I can get had foiled me again.

Faith’s old EnV Touch had been on its last legs for quite some time. There were parts of the screen that were dim and the phone had started randomly rebooting on its own. As much as she hates getting knew things it was time. She had already found the phone she wanted several weeks earlier in the Droid 2. Just the day before we left for Arcata, we upgraded her phone to the Droid 2.

Now I see how much nicer her phone is and I confess, I’m a bit jealous. I like her phone a lot, but I know after a couple weeks I would be disappointed, so I’m stuck waiting for the Galaxy S II. I’m fairly certain that I can get Verizon to let me upgrade a bit early when it comes out. Now they just have to RELEASE IT ALREADY.

The rumors are driving me nuts! Apparently some spokesperson today said the phone would be out next month and then VZW said that was a mistake and they were actually quoting dates for a Samsung tablet. Argh!

So, what all this boils down to in the end is:


6 Responses

  1. Ah, the classic dilemma. I myself jumped on the Charge, and so far, it has been pretty cool. Just need to find the time to root that sucker and bring it in to stock Android!

    June 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    • Robert

      Yeah, if they don’t give a solid date some time soon I may go for the Charge. I don’t really need a dual core phone, but it really would be nice. Le sigh. Hell, the rumors can’t even confirm if the GS II will be 4G or not. LOL. I’m such a sucker for getting “the best”.

      June 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm

  2. I loved the phone part when I worked for VZ. I also loved when I got the inside scoop. And now I’m like you I want a phone that does everything or I’m not happy. lol. Try An amazing site with so much info.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    • Robert

      Yeah, sadly the inside scoop didn’t come very often or very early. They didn’t trust us…and with good reason. LOL. And I always liked Phonescoop. I use too.

      June 10, 2011 at 8:23 am

  3. Hmm, I should have come to you for advice. I just bought a Samsung Fascinate for Verizon and while I like the features, the reception in Chicago is just awful! My old non-3G phone always had 4 bars, now I have 1-2 all the time. Oh well, only 16 more months to go!

    June 10, 2011 at 7:13 am

    • Robert

      Awww, that sucks. Since your phone is still pretty new you might want to consider selling it on Craiglist or eBay and picking up new one at full retail. Usually you can sell new phones online for well over what you payed for them with the 2 year contract price.

      June 10, 2011 at 8:21 am

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