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Looking to buy my first cell phone next month, and I am totally clueless.

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Alright guys, I need your help. (warning, wall of text)

I have never had a smart phone or even a cell phone before. I simply never really needed one. Well I just moved to Seattle, and I have no idea how to get around. Sooooooo I think it is time I get one.

I need to get two phones and a plan for two people.

Cellphone plans confuse me a bit. I can not really get a good idea of how much data I will be using. I expect that both my mom and I will be relying very heavily on gps and potentially checking gmail every once in a blue moon.

Neither of us will use the phones to watch videos through the data plan. What ever sort of heavy downloading we will do will be done on wifi at home or wherever.

I have had some sales men say that I really need 3GBs and others say that I might only need 1GB. Most people online seem to think 2GB is a good number, but I thought I would ask you guys.

The other question I had about that is that both sprint and Tmobile offer unlimited data. Now I know that once you use up your 1GB (or what ever) the speed slows down to 2G speed. My question is if 2G can load google maps and still function as a gps?

Now as far as the phones themselves go, I am just totally lost.

All the phone for my mom really needs is a good clear screen, a good camera, and a long battery life. She wont play any games, she will pretty much only make calls, maybe take a picture or two, and of course use it as a gps.

For my phone, its a bit different. I want a pretty solid camera, solid battery life, but the kicker is that I want a good development platform. I want to be able to install my own custom OS, and make little games and what not.

I have been eyeing the zen phone 2 because it utelizes x86 architecture which could potentially allow me to do some cool things. But then again the one plus 3 is very tempting.

Thank you in advance for any guidance you can provide.
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I have a 1GB plan and only use some ~300MB a month. I use offline maps (HERE), chat every now and then and check my emails. Some web browsing if I'm bored, but no streaming.

 

As far as terminals go, unless you wipe your ass with hundred dollar bills, don't go for Android flagships. Their used market prices plummet after a few months (to usually half or even a third of the release price a year after). It's much more cost effective to buy a sub-flagship and renew it every couple or three years.

 

Nexus devices tend to get very good support from Google directly so you can't really go wrong with those.


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