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Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
"There are very few low-end Android devices running the Jelly Bean software that was released in July 2012. Most run Ice Cream Sandwich while some even still run Gingerbread, a version of Android that was released in 2011. These devices tend to slow down with usage, have inconsistent user experiences, and have low quality cameras, and I often hear many frustrations from people with these devices."
Thats why I'm plannig change my Motorola Defy (Android) for a Lumia. (Sorry for bad English)
I've got the Lumia 920 and have been pleasantly surprised by Windows Phone 8.
The people hub is one of the least marketed apps that comes built in, but it is excellent as handling all your contact information and bringing together everything from contact details to all the messaging history for each contact.
If you get a Windows Phone that comes with Office, it looks like you can link it up to Office 365 as well (I haven't tried, but the setup seems to be there).
Having never used Android I can't compare, but compared to the iPhones I was provided for work at a previous job, personally I find Windows Phone easier to use plus less laggy than the iPhone.
At the risk of being mocked, I have a BlackBerry z10.
I took out a second contract just to get it, as I suspect my (quite nice) Galaxy S3 Mini was used as an attack vector on my PC's when physically connected to them(think about it - if you have an Android exploit, and you are plugged into USB, you are already past the firewalls).
Anyway, z10 sucks signals in and just keeps going when Samsung and HTC drop off the network. It is compliant with every kind of signal you can name, and comes with a well-integrated interface.
It has a native app for all kinds of MS office files, and the apps are good enough to get all your jobs done.
The browser is renowned for its speed. And now that BBM has been released on Android and i-phone, you and even non-BB users have secure, free instant messaging across the BlackBerry servers which are worldwide and don't(AFAIK) incur roaming charges.
They are also renowned for their security, which is why I went for one.
Samsung S X (1, 2, 3, 4 - Depends on how much you can spend) if you want a nice phone.
Nokia Lumia X if you want to do Windows Phone Dev
iPhone X if you want to watch the world burn
BlackBerry X if you're feeling suicidal, and want a phone to go with you when you die
I just bought a Samsung S3 (i747) for $32 from Amazon. (Watch out for the difference between the older i9300 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and the newer i747 in offers). It has Android Jelly Bean and a bunch of apps including Quick Office for MS Office compatibility. And you get to say you own a 747!
I am sure it has some warts along with the sunshine. There are so many Free apps on Google Play, Amazon Store, and others that I intend to tailor it to my specific preferences.
I did this for my wife on her i747. She has what she prefers. Her needs are at the opposite end of the scale from mine.
One thing to put extra emphasis on for any smartphone is virus and malware protection. Hackers are targeting mobile phones. There are some good AV and AMAL apps out there. Make sure to get one and test it.
So for $32, considering the plethora of apps, this may be a good choice for you as well.
"Courtesy is the product of a mature, disciplined mind ... ridicule is lack of the same - DPM"
If you aren't expecting phone calls and aren't using it, switch you phone to flight mode. You'd be amazed how long the battery lasts in flight mode. Mine, which usually drains in 1.5 days lasted 7 days!!! Of course, everybody knows I don't switch my phone on (or it is in flight mode so I can't receive anything) so there is no problem receiving calls.
First you need to decide how you are going to use the phone;
As a smarter version of a dumb phone? Go with a 3.5 - 4" screen.
As a simple PDA & phone? - get a 4.5 - 5" screen.
As a substitute for a tablet? - get as large a screen as possible, they are offering up to 6" screens now.
In general the bigger the phone the easier it is to use the "features" and the battery life is actually better because of the bigger battery. But the trade off is a heavier phone and the awkwardness of using a phone as big as your head!
I have a Chinese Note II clone with dual SIM's and find it a good compromise size. Big enough to use as a tablet, small enough to fit in a shirt pocket. But heavier than I would like.