Darn thing just randomly turns off and, usually, won’t start up. Tried all sorts of things, but it’s done for. And out of warranty. No dice there.
Excuse me while I think out loud for a moment…
[Warning: This is going to be boring. And there is absolutely no reason for you to read this. Go away.]
Now I need to find a new phone. Only… none of them really do it for me.
I think I’m going to stay clear of Samsung phones this time. My old S3 worked pretty well — except for the battery life — until it simply stopped working entirely.
HTC is out as well. After my experience with their HTC Flyer tablet (which they never updated the OS for, despite repeated promises over a year), I’m just not ready to give them another chance yet. Some of the HTC hardware looks pretty great… but I’m not comfortable with making that leap.
I really don’t want to get into another contract. Think I’m just going to buy a phone outright and do a month-to-month service. Preferably with a phone that works well on multiple carriers.
Though… you know… part of me is tempted to go back to my old strategy of using Google Voice + Skype and just get a 7″ tablet with always-on data service. I could always do something like that with a Nexus 7. That worked pretty well back with my trusty old Nokia N810 back in the day (until the network carriers stopped supporting the device).
If I go that route, I know that Skype will use up to 3MB per minute for audio call (usually quite a lot less). Which equates to roughly 340 minutes of talk time per GB. T-Mobile has a 6.5GB plan for $50/month. And, if I make a point of hoping on WiFi whenever possible, this should actually do the trick. Assuming I use a good 3GB of that data plan with just random video, surfing, music, getting work done, etc… that still leaves enough data for over 1k minutes of talk time.
But, then again, if I do that then I’m out of luck for making a call if I’m not in data service or wifi areas. On the flip-side… how often is that? I can recall several times, over the last year, when I’ve been annoyed that I didn’t have data service (because I wanted to look up something usually). But I can’t recall a time when I’ve wanted to make a phone call in a data-free zone.
Plus going the Nexus 7 route would be a tad cheaper than getting a similar Nexus 5, S4 or HTC One. And I already know that the Nexus 7 fits great in my pocket (I do a lot of my writing on a low-end WiFi only model).
Why not? A Nexus 7 with data service coupled with a nice head-set and I’m good to go, right? Any draw-back there?
Other than size.
And the complete lack of cell voice service.