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first smartphone advice


I'm looking to buy my first smartphone. I'll be using it as any other smartphone user would do (calls, SMS, internet, apps) but also for development.

Motorola I don't trust, Sony ... eh and Samsung ... I don't like plastic. All very good phones, but for my taste, HTC is the winner.

I'm looking at: horse power, design materials, screen quality, battery life.

I like HTC Desire Z (for the keyboard), but is too old (outdated). I'm not going to by the phone with a contract, so I'm going to spend a lot of money on it. Therefore buying the best at the moment is a must.

HTC Sensation is OK (dual core, aluminum, qHD, good battery life) but the screen quality is under the Desire S's; and there are also problems with visual corrections in photos and videos. Not to mention the boot loader ...

Will there be coming a powerful phone (dual core and nice graphics) with good battery life (not as the Thunderbolt's), with the build quality of the HTC's and the beautiful screen of the Samsung S's? Should I wait for such a phone in the coming months or should I just buy the Sensation? Or do you have some other advice for me?

Thank you in advance.

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Just a quick one

When you say you will be using it for development, are you only going to be working on apps or will you be getting into roms and themes?

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The App developer should avoid the dual core or have both

A single mid range device and a high end one.

Imagine how Anger Nerds faired in the market since it was developed on the fastest handset. The poor company didn't do as well as they hoped.

Maybe you need the usual mid range cheap everyman device and then your pocket toaster.

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clarifying things

I'm not a developer. But I'm no ordinary user either.
I will like to get my hands dirty inside the world of Android, but this isn't the main reason for buying a smartphone.

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"but also for development."

That's in your first sentence. Today, for now, those near and over 1GHz units are very very nice.

Yes, we have too many between home and office.

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The "development" is just a small and personal thing. I'm not a developer, but in the feature, who knows ...
When I'll have the time, I'll get my hands dirty with the SDK.
But that's all.

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I'm looking for a GSM phone (Europe) - unlocked, without a contract.

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That helps.

What units did you find that had your dual core, unlocked, GSM and such?

The forum might have folk in that area but here I'm mostly in the USA or Taiwan areas so what I see won't help.

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option 1: HTC Sensation (or other models; which?)
option 2: Samsung Galaxy S II
option 3: Motorola Bionic (or other models; which?)
option 4: ...

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Ok, you have 3 models.

Well known ones too. Now to your spreadsheet. Add columns for purchase price, warranty (some are none on unlocked!), monthly cell fees and such.

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spreadsheet ... and back to the topic

The spreadsheet doesn't really help because:
1. HTC Sensation and SGS2 have the same price and the same warranty; and Motorola Bionic isn't out yet;
2. The monthly cell fees will be the same regardless of the phone i'll buy;
3. the 3 phones represent some of my thoughts - i'm waiting for others to suggest.

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Best or ideal.

So far I have yet to see those "on the common market."

Some pain me over noting the other markets where you find full sunlight readable units that survive 6 foot drops to pavement but your market is outside the region I travel.

You've picked well known units but seem to not know the connection between screen pixel counts and how much CPU it needs.

The dual core and higher speeds are mostly for tablets with big screens and more pixels to manipulate. I can only guess you haven't thought this through.

Me? Just an app author, electronics designer with former jobs in telecom to missiles.

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