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i've never had a phone before as i've never had a steady source of income, but i finally plan on getting one this year - specifically an android. and since i've never owned a phone before, i'm a bit overwhelmed by all the information out there regarding phone hardware/software/real world use(eg what features eat away at battery life) etc. the only thing i'm confident about is the plan i'm using. my parents are moving to the tmobile family plan (unlimited text/calling/500 mb of "high speed data") this summer and i'll be joining them once i pick up my phone


as for the phone itself...what i want is a clean environment that is very snappy. i don't want to deal with bloatware or gimmicks, and i expect my phone to react to my input immediately/load pages+apps with ease. as for what i'll use it for - of course, calling, texting, browsing via wifi, taking pictures, and i MIGHT occasionally use gps. i also plan to replace my mp3 player with this phone, so it needs either 32 gb+ included storage, expandable storage, or i'll have to pay $10/mo for an extra 2 gb of data. i listen to music while driving, between 30 minutes to an hour on a daily basis if that affects anything. another requirement is that it has to fit comfortably in my pocket when i carry it around all day. oh yeah, and i'm not sure if certain phones are better/worse for this, but i will need to write an android app for school so i'd like to mess around with that on my phone


the only phone that i've seriously considered is the nexus 4. my impression of this device is that it gives the user complete freedom without gimmicks, it performs relatively well, and it is marketed at a very reasonable price. what i don't like about the device is the fact that it doesn't have good storage options, and that it has a glass front AND back. unfortunately, i just realized that the low price of the nexus would be countered by the fact that i'd have to spend more money on my data plan - after 2 years, the total cost of the phone+extra data would be on the same level as the htc one/galaxy s4. should i start looking in to more expensive phones with larger storage options? or is there another way around this that i didn't mention?


i feel like i have very generic requirements, but i know nothing about phones and have no idea what would be good for me. any suggestions/information shared about phones would be greatly appreciated redface.gif
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frown.gif i know this isn't the most appealing topic to respond to, but i really would appreciate any comments
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I would still get the Nexus 4, I have the N7 and I'm in love with the Nexus series biggrin.gif With Google Drive you get 15 GB storage for free.

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Either the iPhone 5 or Nexus 4. Personally I'd go with the Nexus 4 (I prefer Android and I've used the Nexus 4 before and it's brilliant). These are the two best smartphones for newcomers. Don't get any other Android as they are filled with their own bloatware which will confuse you from the real Android experience.



The Nexus 4 is not outdated yet. It's still exceptionally fast and smooth, clean and optimized. Plus since it's a Nexus device, it will always be updated with the most recent Android upgrades.

The iPhone 5 is another option... it's very optimized despite the failures of iOS 6 (buggy Apple maps in general). Apple's iOS UI is extremely simple and easy to use.

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