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looking to buy 2 smartphones (our first ones) for my wife and I from either att / or verizon.

Ive never had a smartphone before so i dont really know what all they can do. ive heard people talk about emu's / roms and i wonder if they are reffering to things like snes emulators or are they talking about somthing else?

which phones do you guys like // would you recommend? the droid x2 looks awesome, but it seems to have a horrible battery life?
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There's so many options you could go with for smartphones that it makes PC-part shopping look dull in comparison

Anyways, here's my 2c:

There's a reason that the iPhone is one of the most popular phones out nowadays. It's easy to use, has tons of apps, decent battery life, and all the features that smartphone users look for. If you're going with ATT or Verizon, there is really no reason to not get the iPhone as after signing a two-year contract it is the same price as all the others.

The new iPhone is supposedly coming out sometime this fall, so if you and your wife are willing to wait, that'll probably be your best option. I'm not familiar with Android or Windows based phones, so I can't comment there; however, I can assure you that once you use an iPhone you won't want to switch
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i heard that iphones have a lot more apps, but that they all cost money as opposed to the free android apps, but is that the case? better battery life is definitely a plus though. im hearing that smartphones seem to have notoriously bad batteries. does the iphone have an app similar to the mango where you can download a bunch of manga for free? ive never read manga, but i think i might try with an app like that.

i saw a youtube video of someone playing supermario on a smartphone which to me means emulators must work! that being said, which good phones have a keyboard that pops out AND have a good size screen?
Edited by Alex of the West - 8/20/11 at 6:37pm
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Originally Posted by Alex of the West View Post
i heard that iphones have a lot more apps, but that they all cost money as opposed to the free android apps, but is that the case? better battery life is definitely a plus though. im hearing that smartphones seem to have notoriously bad batteries. does the iphone have an app similar to the mango where you can download a bunch of manga for free? ive never read manga, but i think i might try with an app like that.

i saw a youtube video of someone playing supermario on a smartphone which to me means emulators must work! that being said, which good phones have a keyboard that pops out AND have a good size screen?
If you desire a smartphone with a slide-out keyboard, only Android phones provide you with that option. For Verizon, you can check out the Motorola Droid 3 with an upgraded 4-inch qHD display and dual-core processor. Unfortunately, AT&T is a bit more limited in terms of choices in form factor so you will see almost everything with only a full touchscreen.

As for battery life, I have to admit that the Android OS does not exhibit the same longevity as with other platforms but with some tweaking you can get great results. Some methods include underclocking the processor or even undervolting the battery. And yes, Android (and iOS) do have some game emulators, ranging from GBA and SNES to N64 and even PSX.

However, the other thing we talk about when we say 'ROM' is a custom firmware that's available by rooting (gaining admin access) an Android device. Once a device is rooted, access to the recovery image and bootloader are available, thus allowing the user to install a customized ROM to replace the default stock one. For example, the stock HTC Sensation has HTC Sense 3.0 UI built into it, but if you root your phone you can install bone-stock Android (like the Nexus One/S) or an optimized one from indie devs like CyanogenMod and MIUI.
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thank you for your advice, the droid 3 looks like the bestphone for me that verizon carries at the moment. its processor seems faster than all the others,its got a decent size screen, and it has a pullout keypad. i wonder though, if what people are saying is true, if the new droid phone will come out in september. if thats the case, i should probably try and wait and then the prices will possibly come down on these droid 3 phones. everyone seems to mention a real bad battery life on the droid 3 though ><.

what are some of the good att phones? i like comparing the deals.

----also, does anyone know what happens with your plan for military members if you get deployed? do you have to pay a massive fee to turn it off or what is the deal with that?
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AT&T has decent options, like the Motorola Atrix and Samsung Infuse 4G. As for a new Droid coming out, the Droid Bionic will be available by September 8th - the first phone to have 4G LTE and dual-core processors in one go. Another possibility is a Verizon version of the much-popular Samsung Galaxy S II.
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