The main issue I see with your quest is cost. (Approximate budget?) A decent Android smartphone which does what you want it to do will run upwards of $500-700 if you buy it unlocked and not with a U.S. carrier subsidized price/contract extension/upgrade. I could recommend some, but you will be paying through the nose ;).
That said, you *could* buy an internationally equipped smartphone from the U.S. carrier now, so you can defray the cost. Who's your current carrier? Or, are you not locked to anyone here per se?
Please share these details so we can help out properly from all angles.
I'm going to be traveling in Europe for 5 months, and my stay may or may not turn into something more permanent. I'll be spending a lot of my time in Germany but also traveling some throughout Europe.
I currently have a very basic flip phone so I'm naive in the ways of smart phones. But I'd like to get one I can use for GPS, Skype/Facebook/Email, and local calls while traveling. I would also like to be able to use the phone w/ a US provider, so I can use it should I return to the US sooner than expected.
What are the most important things I should consider when making my purchase? I've been told I need 3G technology, because not everywhere has 4G, and GSM technology, a SIM card for local use, and an unlocked phone.
Also, what phone would you suggest for my purposes? I don't want to overpay for a bunch of stuff I won't use!
Thanks in advance for your advice!