November 26, 2010, 1:59 PM — Usually family and friends come to me to ask what to buy when they're looking at anything digital. I like to think they respect my judgment, but actually I'm just the biggest geek most of them know.
Fortunately I know a lot of people more geeky (and better informed) than me.
So, when I finally have to replace the Verizon Motorola Q I've been using so long it still has an option for a font in Cuneiform, I come to you.
There are too many devices out there and they change too fast for me to track them all and match them with my personal use case.
I want a good phone on a good network. Preferably Android, because it's more open than most of the rest of them and some of the services on it are comparatively cheaper, such as the built-in GPS-enabled Google mapping.
I don't need it for anything too extraordinary -- connecting securely to multiple corporate email systems or legacy line-of-business applications, supporting multiple operating systems or work and personal environments that are quarantined from each other.
I do need it to do a solid, balanced job of a lot of things, though.
I do a lot of email and txt, moderate amount of mobile web browsing, but little to no photography.
Both the device and the network have to be fast enough that I don't get frustrated and quit trying to use the browser or apps when I really need them. Tablets are too big; flip phones (with some exceptions) don't do enough. I don't like how big most advanced phones are, but I'm willing to put up with them.