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So next year in Febuary I can finally shed my Verizon shackles, get off the stupid family plan I've been subjected to since as long as I can remember, and choose an unlocked phone I actually WANT. I'm going to need a good smart phone that works as a PDA, because I'll be busier. I'm going to be going back to college... and I'm VERY ADD so I need to schedule pretty much everything or I'll forget or be late for everything. Been using an LG Extrovert for that... but I hate it. The size is convenient but the keyboard is too small for my meaty thumbs. I end up mashing keys and accidentally calling people or exiting out of what I'm writing, and as a result deleting everything I just typed. Its incredibly annoying. So I need something bigger... with either a physical QWERTY or virtual QWERTY keyboard (that actually works!!!). The most important thing is that is functions as a good PDA.

So my uses and needs will include:
  1. Under $300.
  2. Great PDA and Organizer functionality that is easy and quick to use.
  3. Touch screen that allows 2 fingers, not just 1.
  4. Large virtual or physical QWERTY keyboard that works well
  5. Non-proprietary (So probably Android OS?)
  6. Unlocked
  7. Must have WIFI
  8. Apparently I need something called "GSM capable"
  9. No serious problems like spazzing out, jittering, freezing, turning off/on by it self, charging bugs, overheating battery, etc.
  10. Good battery life!!!!!! I will flat out reject something that dies by lunch time, I need it to last until at least I turn in for the night.
  11. Ability to shut down apps I'm not using or don't need that drain battery life.
  12. Internet isn't important so I don't need the fastest data connection, I may never even use it.
  13. Clear phone calls with good sound quality, no bad speakers with tinny awful sound.
  14. Decent clear screen that is easily read.
  15. Not huge. I don't want a huge tablet like phone with a monster screen.

So what do you guys recommend? I've heard the Samsung Galexy 2 Skyrocket is good.... but I've heart it likes to spaz out, and I don't know what its battery life is like. Remember, I have until February to decide, so keep in mind that what may be $390 right now, will most likely be worth less nearly five months or at least go on sale, as a result of newer and better phones coming out.
Edited by Drahadis - 10/2/13 at 10:55am
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Is this your first smartphone? You sound new?

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Well... technically no but also yes. I've been slowly working my way up from a cheap flip phone eventually up to an LG Extrovert, which is technically a smart phone... just smaller and cheaper. Verizon considers it a "basic phone", even though I don't really consider it one.

Anyway, it definitely sounds like one of the Samsungs is my best bet. Sounds like they're friendlier to people who need a day planner and keep track of a busy schedule.

Ignore the history, my screen cracked and it sounded like I'd be forced to pay $100 for a deductible to replace it, but turns out they may be able to just replace or fix that section of the phone for $50. (cross your fingers). It had a fall down some stairs. frown.gif
Edited by Drahadis - 10/2/13 at 6:13pm
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Sorry, double post. frown.gif I don't see any way to delete this post, so I have to leave it as is.
Edited by Drahadis - 10/2/13 at 6:13pm
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You want simple then grab a iPhone. Simple fast and the sync is amazing for schedule keeping. However if apple is a no, then try the motto X. Closest thing to stock android and keeps things simple and easy.
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So the sony Xperia Z Ultra is right out but the ZR or ZL might get to be near your price in 5 months. I actually just got my Xperia ZR for $429 today and I think it's awesome. However a Windows phone 8 from nokia might fit your needs better but someone who owns one would be able to recommend one better. But finding a good virtual qwerty is going to be more dependent on physical phone size since you can download new keyboards from app stores. Of course Samsung S2-4 can be found for a variety of prices and ALL are good.
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I don't want anything proprietary. And for a lot of reasons I won't get into, I don't like Apple. I'd get an iPhone as a last resort.
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Originally Posted by AstralReaper View Post

So the sony Xperia Z Ultra is right out but the ZR or ZL might get to be near your price in 5 months. I actually just got my Xperia ZR for $429 today and I think it's awesome. However a Windows phone 8 from nokia might fit your needs better but someone who owns one would be able to recommend one better. But finding a good virtual qwerty is going to be more dependent on physical phone size since you can download new keyboards from app stores. Of course Samsung S2-4 can be found for a variety of prices and ALL are good.

Thanks smile.gif I was wondering about those Sony's. I'm really liking the Samsung S II Skyrocket. Its got some new hardware upgrades like a faster processor, and its compatible with the newer Jellybean OS... plus its under $300. By the time I'm ready to buy, it'll be even cheaper. The screen is only 800x400 but its fine and clear enough for what I need it for (The best schedule planner app I can find!). I also heard the Galaxy 4's are better than the 3's, cause the 3's have some problems that were introduced after 2, but 4 solved them. What problems? Anyway, I'm definitely taking a look at those Sonys.

I'm not getting one of those Motorola Droid phones, that's for sure. My mother has a Droid 4 and its crap. It acts like its having a brain aneurism every time she tries to use her Comcast app to log into her email, while someone else I talked to with a Samsung has no problems with it. It also freaks out with email screens and other log in screens. Freezes, stutters, and loads a random screen in her phone's contacts or another screen. Its freaky. I'm blaming the phone, even though Comcast has a habit of screwing everything up. I've seen a lot of other people complaining about the Droids doing similar things. Freezing, stuttering, and screwing up in other ways. Someone told me that Motorola is rushing the Droid phones out the door to make money, with more money put into the ads than the phones. After seeing her phone screw up constantly, that would not surprise me if it were true. Someone at Verizon told me that Droids are highly customizable so when something goes wrong its usually because of something the user did with the phone... but the problem with that is my mother hasn't changed a single thing on it. She uses it the way she got it out of the box. She just installed her apps and used it, stock. So I'm calling bull on that.
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I don't want anything proprietary. And for a lot of reasons I won't get into, I don't like Apple. I'd get an iPhone as a last resort.

If its because Apple's ethics I would avoid Samsung as well. If its because of other reasons like SW or HW than that's understandable.

As for the Motorola thing, must be just her phone. I have a Droid Maxx and I like it over the two samsungs I tested. Including the S4. I hate touchwiz and like stock android. Plus I find Samsung shady. Motorola is owned by google so you will get the best OS enjoyment as it was intended out of it or a nexus phone.
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