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What the PHONE!

Updated on October 12, 2010


Now a day, the cool new thing to have is a smart phone. What’s a smart phone? Well it’s a phone that works as a computer, a messenger, a camera, an organizer, a video camera, a gaming network, an e-mail checker, a music downloader, and much more… Oh, and it’s a phone.


I am all for the texting and the camera, even the video recorder but to be honest, the rest is just overwhelming. Those words coming from me… a 22 year old female. Take that for what it’s worth.


So being that my text friendly LG Voyager is falling apart on me & the touch screen no longer works, I guess I have to upgrade. My new every two with Verizon Wireless is finally here. I’ve been waiting for 6 months or more to get a new phone. Now, however, I am so overwhelmed by all these new phones, I had no idea where to start! I decided to make a little help sheet for those who are just baffled by the new cell phones. This will also be helpful if you are buying a phone for your teenage son or daughter, your husband or wife, or well, yourself.


·          I first picked out my favorite features and things I want or need on the phone.


Since I am a heavy “Texter” I need a phone with a QWERTY key board.

 (That’s just a fancy terminology for a tiny key board that it lined up like a computer’s. Look at the “Q” on your key board… See the word? Yeah, some “genius” thought of that one.)


I also like the convenience of being able to take pictures without having to carry my camera everywhere with me. I drop things all the time and that’s one thing I don’t want falling out of my purse! So, my cell phone now is a 2.0 mega pixel camera and it takes pretty good pictures, yet not always great. So I want a cell phone with at least a 3.0 mega pixel camera and possible a flash, which I do not have on my current phone.


I love the idea of the touch screen but not the touch key board so I would need a touch screen face with some kind of slide out, or flip open key board.


------ At Verizon Wireless they have this $29.99 a month fee for all of their smart phones! So keep that in mind. Though it is expensive, remember that Verizon has the most towers and satellites, which means very few dropped calls and a fast internet on the go!


·          I then looked over my phone plan to accompany the new smart phone of my choice.


My current plan is 900 minutes, unlimited texting, and 5 numbers I can call for an unlimited amount of time. After tax and charges (Since everything is a huge markup anymore) it comes out to $100.00 a month. Keeping in mind I have a $79.99 a month plan plus insurance which is $3.00 a month. That puts me at $83.00, so tax and charges are $17.00 extra a month!!!!

OUCH! I send and receive picture messages which I believe are not included in the unlimited text so I am going to assume that’s like $8 or $9 right there.


Adding the smart phone fee of $29.99 per month that puts me at around $130.00 a month!! Which is way too much for one person. So I looked into other options. Since I don’t use many minutes, I don’t need the 900 plan. I can downgrade my plan to 400 minutes, no unlimited numbers, but unlimited text and that will be $60.00 per month. I add the $29.99 fee for the web and that puts me at $90.00. I add the insurance and the tax and blah blah fees and it’s around $100 which I am paying right now. I can work with that!


·          Now that the new monthly bill is in order, I turn to the phones!


These are my choices as far as a “text friendly” touch screen smart phone goes…


-Motorola Droid 2

-LG Ally

-Palm Pixi Plus

-Palm Pre Plus

-Motorola Devour

-LG Fathom


I looked at all the other phones and decided I don’t want a Black Berry or a touch screen phone with a touch screen key board.


·          Next, I read reviews, and went on and watch video reviews of each phone.


The Motorola Droid 2:

Pros:  It has a lot of apps, and a lot of free ones to boot. Its powered by the latest version of flash. It has a 5.0 mega pixel camera. There is a slide out key board. This phone has A LOT going on.

Cons:  It drops calls more than any other Verizon phone. Call quality is not the greatest. The battery will die very fast if you use it like it was intended. This phone has TO MUCH going on.


LG Ally:

Pros: Its powered by Android so it will have tons of apps. There is a 3.2 mega pixel camera. Its very similar to the phone I have now.

Cons: Its very similar to the phone I have now, which was very fragile, the touch screen stopped working and the keyboard lights are half out.


Palm Pixi Plus:

Pros: Small cute design. It does not seem fragile. Battery life is not as bad as other smart phones.

Cons: The key board is right on top of the phone with the main screen (like a black berry). The key board is very small. It only has a 2.0 mega pixel camera.


Palm Pre Plus:

Pros: Compared to the Apple iPhone with quality. Has a 3.0 mega pixel camera. Comes with slip cover/case and head phones. Has a big bright screen. Runs flash. Has a 16GB hard drive. Has a nice snap lock when key board slides up and down from the bottom of the phone. It has a mirror (which is odd yet cool).

Cons: The key board may need some getting use too.


Motorola Devour:

Pros: Its run by Android…

Cons: Just about everything.


LG Fathom:

Pros: Its run by Android. It’s a lot like the LG Ally and the LG Voyager…

Cons: It’san LG and very similar to the phone I have now. I want something different.




---With all that said. All the videos. All the reviews. I’ve decided to take my talents to South Beach… JUST KIDDING! I picked the Palm Pre Plus! I will write a review once I get it!


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    • ii3rittles profile image

      ii3rittles 7 years ago

      Yeah I'm sure its nice. Sony makes good products. I'm just so darn picky and Verizon don't have to many phones I like right now. The service is to great to get rid of though! Sprint & At&t are horid in this area of Ohio! Sprints actually worse but I wouldn't want either! lol

    • Kevin Hungerford profile image

      Kevin Hungerford 7 years ago from Florida

      I prefer the sony ericsson xperia smartphones. They are really one of a kind.

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      ii3rittles 7 years ago

      Thanks! Yeah phones now a days are everything else and a phone last so I wanted to make sure I got one that was right for me and share how I did it. Never buy a phone for looks, or for one simple feature... I've learned that lesson. haha

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Cool Hub and informational,ii3rittles;)