For those of you loyal readers out there I thank you for following me on this journey from my HTC Fuze to my new phone as part of an ongoing series that usually has something to do with sitting on the proverbial fence between the Android and Windows Phone camp. My last post pretty much stated I was going Windows Phone in the wake of the Captivate GPS fiasco as well as AT&T locking down Android phones anyway. At the time I was looking at what would become the HTC Mozart that we now know is only coming to Europe in the first wave of handsets. This leaves me with three choices if you consider that plasticky LG thing to be a viable option. Let me walk you through each handset as it hits my brain piece so you can follow my logic.
Let’s go ahead and put this LG out to pasture before we get started seriously considering handsets. Let me start by saying; What the hell? A four row keypad? Look at all that freaking plastic around that thing. Look at that HUGE LG logo stamped in the middle of the phones face where there could have been screen! This company makes me want to commit mass homicide against LG’s design team. And I don’t want to hear any of that stupid “They’re going after a different demographic” bull shit either. It’s an ugly stupid phone with a small screen and no standout features or software to make it worth considering. In the world of landscape sliders LG is the mentally challenged inbred Monarchial candidate you hope doesn’t succeed the Touch Pro 2. Unfortunately those of us on AT&T should have expected no less of our fruit courting loser of a cellular communications provider.
Next up, we have the black slabbiness of the Samsung Focus. With Samung’s stranglehold on the AMOLED market (being the primary manufacturer) Sammy’s screen superiority is unmatched for brightness, viewing angle, and color quality. So screw your retinar nonsense. Image quality often has nothing to do with resolution and Samsung is stomping on the future colons of unborn iPhones its screen is so awesome. Other than that the Samsung scares me. I’m scared because 3/4 Samsung handsets that I have owned blew. I’m not talking just a little bit either. We’re talking the sort of blowing that happens when a tornado crashes a porn shoot. The only decent model I’ve purchased was the original Blackjack. Classic phone with damn good hardware but a serious lack of features and in this respect less to f-up. My Epix totally tanked on me more than once and Samsung did nothing to help. It was AT&T who reluctantly (after going through 4 Epix) replaced it with my current HTC Fuze. This brings me to a company who isn’t busy looking for something to suck at.
HTC has treated me well. The wide availability of accessories coupled with solid and truly high end hardware have always impressed me. HTC also has a great history or creating worthwhile and useful software improvements to their Handsets which is something sorely lacking in the LG/Samsung camps. For those with CRS (Can’t remember shit) HTC’s note application will be invaluable at keeping track of daily tasks. The inclusion of a decent weather application may also ease the transition to Windows Phone since I don’t have to either scour the market or worst case scenario wait for a decent app to be released. The screen size is perfect, being slightly larger than the HTC Incredible, which is still the best Android device IMHO, and not so large that it requires me to adjust my grip on my phone to touch every corner with me thumb when holding the phone single handedly. Some people aren’t fans of the speakerr but I can see it being something I use. Me and my room mate live in downtown Wilmington, NC and we’re sort of porch monkeys. We sit out and listen to music while drinking beer and making fun of whoever stumbles by. When we’ve been drinking we often forget to bring a larger speaker system outside and sometimes forget its location altogether so we end up using my Fuze or his Droid X depending on who has battery left. I’m hoping speaker quality on this sweet amalgam of form and function are actually worth something. Either way I know I’m still getting kick ass software thanks to HTC and Microsoft as well as reliable hardware.
I’ll have to wait till Nov. 8th to go to pick this sucker up and let you know for sure. For those of you looking to snag one on launch day, head over to your local Best Buy. I pre-ordered mine for 199.99$ AND got a free $50.00 gift card which I used to update my xbox live subscription. Can’t be running around with a silver account one my new handset. Let me know what you guys think of my handset decision making and thanks for following along for the past four months. Reviews and tips to come when I get my hands of this guy. :)