We had the need recently to get a 2nd cell phone. Our regular prepaid cell phone from President’s Choice Telecom is great: we like its minimal cost and features; however, if I were to get a 2nd cell phone I wanted internet access.
- Blackberry: I’ve used a couple Blackberries for work; I never grew fond of them: the keyboard and screens were too small, and I didn’t like its interface – its feature were not all intuitive for me.
- iPhone: I’ve been using an iPod Touch for about a year. I don’t use it for music. I use it for its wi-fi capability: email, Netflix, and general browsing. I like most everything about it: the touch screen, the applications, its quality. The iPhone’s interface would’ve been identical to my iPod Touch, so it was a serious contender – I knew what to expect.
- Windows-based: I didn’t even consider this. The selection was sparse and I found few reviews about them while researching other phones. Their new mobile operating system upgrades might worth considering, but that’s too late for me.
- Android-based: I have a couple of friends with these phones and I hadn’t heard anything bad about them. My main concern was their usability and availability of applications I wanted. The variety of android-based phones was daunting too – there are many manufacturers producing them so narrowing down what I wanted would be time-consuming.
My smartphone deciding factors:
- I read lots of reviews about the iPhone screen breaking and Apple not honoring their warranty. Costco stopped distributing all Apple products partly because Apple wasn’t commited to this as much as Costco was.
- iPhone was more expensive than other phones.
- The interfaces of the non-iPhone phones I was considering were similar to what I was used to on the iPod Touch.
- The was comparable to what I was using on my iPod Touch.
- I could easily start developing my own applications on android-based phones.
- The android-based phones had similar features to the iPhone.
- Android’s integration with Google products was attractive, since I use gmail and their other products a lot.
The final deciding factor: the geek in me couldn’t live with an iPhone.
I bought the Bell Canada as the provider. Cost of phone was around $100 for a 3 year commitment. Costco have me $75 gift certificate, which I put towards the cost of the phone, plus I got a free car charger. I bought an extended warranty for $50, which is refunded after the 3 year contract if I don’t use the warranty.at Costco, which uses
I’ve had the phone for a couple weeks now and it’s great – no complaints.
Resources that helped me decide between the HTC Desire Z and the iPhone: