Originally Posted by AsAnAtheist
To help add to the discussion in a civilized manner I will talk about my experience with smartphones (I actually get to use a lot of smartphones due to work, teaching customers how to use them for work or specialized tasks etc).
I am coming from an Atrix 4G, and before that a Iphone 4. My experience with the Iphone 4 was not one I would call great but it was NOT bad. I would consider it a pleasant and joyful
experience. But not great.
I switched to android, and choose the Atrix 4G to be my companion for the next 2 years. At first the phone was GREAT. It was speedy, did what I wanted, and didn't mess up. But somethings bothered me: poor viewing angles, interpolated resolution, poor music app performance.
A few months went by, and I began to notice a lot of bugs, and lock ups. Including network drops. I did a hard reset, and began over however these lock ups/freezes/performance/network drops were getting to be too much. The experience of support with Motorola was poor, and left a bad taste in my mouth.
Shortly after talking to Motorola, and deciding not to send it in to Motorola, my phone began to shut down randomly when unlocking/locking the phone on top of dropping calls more and more frequently.
To make a long story short, for over a year and half I struggled with the Atrix, going through a replacement and finally putting up with. It put me off from using smartphones, and I ended up seeking refuge under the comfort of a full OS experience on a Laptop. Or If I needed something more portable, a tablet.
Overall I was left with a bad taste in my mouth, and a overall let down by the smartphone industry: Android or iOS (windows wasn't a real options then).
One hand offers incredible potential and a promise of a more full experience, but shoddy quality and the other offers great quality but a very monotonous and closed experience.
At the end of the day I chose a Lumia 920 when AT&T allowed me for an early standard upgrade (Full upgrade) for any phone. I wanted to see if W8P+Nokia's flagship could rekindle the fire of smartphones. And it really did, the phone is beyond what I've used in phones. The OS is super light weight, and optimized from what I could tell. Opening apps that I used a lot was quick, and painless.
Skype on W8P is a darn right upgrade for those whom still use Live messenger like my self. If you use Live messenger, you know the apps available for it are buggy, slow to load, and crash a lot. The skype app is flawless on the w8p. FAST, logs in quickly and was never disconnected despite being connected 24/7 for 2 days.
But the 920 was not perfect. I still had a problem. W8P is similar to iOS in that an effort to give you the best experience possible they lock you down to what you can do as far as customization, and app functions (notifications, whether seen or heard for one example).
The camera also was a let down in daylight, oversharpening images and not producing clear stills.
Some of my problems are promised fixes by Nokia (Camera issues), and notifications/other updates (MIcrosoft). However I cannot afford another year or two with a poor experience for smartphones and the lock down of the customization and app functions will remain so.
I looked around and broke it down to these options:
HTC One X+
Iphone 4S (I dont want the Iphone 5, I just don't dig the design leave it at that).
I started my phone search with these simple criteria criteria:
1. Camera AND screen - both are equal and both are dealbreaker-
2. Sound quality -dealbreaker-
3. Live messenger app -could live-
4. Solid emailing (every platform has done well in this aspect)
It led me to the Lumia 920, HTC One X+, Nexus 4, and Galaxy S3.
The Galaxy S3 is a huge no no because of the AMOLED screen. I am more of a display purist, I want naturalism even if that means looking at a duller display. I prefer great viewing angles, etc. I love the OS, and hardware but simply could not overcome the screen issue.
HTC one X+: Screen would be good, camera should be average however
nexus 4: Unknown experience, screen should be good but camera is poor.
Eventually after going to AT&T several times, trying several devices I came to the conclusion:
I cannot find a Android experience, with an Iphone camera. I could find hardware, and screen equivalents or betters. But not a great camera, mixed with a great OS.
So I had to simplify my criteria to necessity and leave my camera needs to dedicated hardware:1. What phone will guarantee me a pleasant or better experience for the next 2 years?
The only phone I could think of was a Iphone 4s I am afraid. I will just have to force my self into the Apple ecosystem, which like I said I pleasant and joyful but ultimately not the BEST experience that I know is possible.
So my question is:
WHAT THE HECK IS TAKING SO LONG FOR A MANUFACTURER TO JUST SOURCE THE SAME CAMERA AS THE IPHONE 4S/5?!