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'sup guys,

I've been secretly wanting a new phone for a while now, since I've been using used old crap to call and text for a few years. The problem is that nothing on the market seems to be pleasing me. Is it just me or is everything kind of crappy in terms of 'what we can achieve on embedded systems'.
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I'll be honest, I'm quite a noob when it comes to phones and such, but current tech on the market just doesn't seem right for the time it came out. They seem to keep themselves stuck at lower-end tech... anyways, I've had a look at the iphone 5 -side note: trust me, I find Apple a disgrace for the business they run, but that doesn't mean I rule them out as an option- and its specs look like crap. Backwards compatibility doesn't seem to exist in the iphone5's dictionary. Many current apps will crop/be displayed badly due to their screen res changes, I've got 2 older adapters and 2 usb cables from a ipo touch 2nd gen which won't even fit. Their so-said new usb technology actually still uses usb2.0 (standing firm since the 90's.), 8MP cam (not that I need a high quality cam, but the iphone's price tells me a different story than an 8MP cam ><). I'm not trying to bash on Apple here, if you're happy with it then that's really good for you. I just expect more from modern tech...

I was more than happy with my 2nd gen iPod touch at that time (which is an iPhone without calling/cam), but these releases are just...ugh...

Since I couldn't keep it short on the iPhone (I did my best though), I'll keep it short on Android phones. Tell me if there's anything better about Android phones on the market right now. I'm not talking about iOS vs. Android, but the hardware components that are being used. I've rapidly went through a list of random android phones from htc and samsung and they all seem to have the same boundaries of an iPhone. 16-64Gb of secondary memory, 1-2Gb of RAM, 8MP cameras, not-that-great battery life, .... why? I'm sure they can come up with way better than that. Please tell me if I'm wrong. Samsung's GS3's got almost the same value as an iPhone where I live, price arguments will ceratinly fail.

These are the reasons why I've kept myself from buying a decent phone for years. There just aren't any decent phones around, lol. You're a hero if you can change my view on this thumb.gif I definitly need a new phone. Something durable, long battery life, music, functionality are the words that come to mind of what I need.

ps: sorry if I was ranting too much, it's kinda late here.. biggrin.gif
edit: after thinking about it more thoroughly, maybe it's not just the hardware that matters. I've seen some android phones that acutually run pretty smooth. Also the Galaxy s3 seems to be really smooth. So is the iPhone5, but it's pretty much the same as the 4s so I could look at it like buying 'older' tech than promised. I guess I might've been carried away tongue.gif. I seriously don't like chosing a phone. lol.

My needs are pretty simple:
  • durability
  • performance
  • the lower the price the better, as long as it keeps the first two needs ;p

Edited by Ollii - 9/27/12 at 6:51pm
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Go here and select your carrier to explore all of your options.

http://www.phonearena.com/phones/carriers

Asking for advice on a phone is a bad idea IMO, too many opinions to get in the way. Be sure to let us know what you pick.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Harobi View Post

Go here and select your carrier to explore all of your options.
http://www.phonearena.com/phones/carriers
Asking for advice on a phone is a bad idea IMO, too many opinions to get in the way. Be sure to let us know what you pick.

hmmm, might be true and eehm, I haven't got any of those carriers available in my country tongue.gif

edit: noticed they are available, though I wouldn't like switching right now.
Edited by Ollii - 9/27/12 at 6:40pm
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