Mobile musings


I’m currently out of contract for my mobile phone (iphone 3g) it’s costing me around £17.99 a month on a simplicity contract inc unlimited web and wifi. It certainly does the job, it’s a smidgen slower than I would want but otherwise its still an amazing phone.

Which means I’m currently content with my handset with no real desire to upgrade, this is unheard of, I’ve always had a massive upgrade/shiny thing bug that causes me to dump my phone as soon as possible.

One of the reason is cost, I have no desire to get back on to a £35/£45 a month contract for a phone that I don’t use all that much (for calling that is), but if I were to ‘upgrade’ lets take a look at what’s available:

  • Apple  iPhone 3Gs
  • Google Nexus One (snapdragon cpu)
  • Palm Pre
  • Motorola Droid
  • HTC HD2 (Wimo)
  • Toshiba TG01 (Wimo, snapdragon cpu)
  • Nokia N900

(If you’re wondering, the snapdragon is the latest and greatest design from Arm, clocking in at 1ghz)

That list covers the main players in the smartphone arena, namely Apple, Google, Nokia Wimo and Palm, none of them are perfect, a few get pretty close and some are fairly shonky.

And that’s not mentioning the elephant in the room, the iPhone 4G which will no doubt muddy the waters even further. My gut instinct is to do what I did last time and buy a 2nd hand 3GS when people flood the market as they purchase a iPhone 4g.

Why?

3GS is not the fastest or all powerful device, its shortcomings are well known and the lockdown nature of the platform irks me

But

It works, I haven’t had any major issues with my 3g, it offers me everything my 3g does but faster.

The other problem is the app store, not because there are a million apps, its just that I’ve bought quite a few paid apps and I’m loathed to waste all that money. And there’s the hook, we love the app store but its more a method of controlling us and keeping us locked in to the Apple mobile platform( I’m going to come back to this in another blog post).

And you know what, I’m ok with it, because there’s an app for that…

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