It's been a grueling decision. Last fall I was attracted to the Samsung Epic 4G as my Motorola Droid started showing its age before its first birthday. However, I'd have had to pay the early termination fee for a full year of service. So I waited and since then we've seen some hot new phones hit the street and even more hit the headlines. There are so many things I'd like my next phone to do. I'd like HDMI out so I can view it on a TV... a fast processor... big, but not too big, screen... front/rear cameras so I can take photos and video chat... a QWERTY keyboard... more internal storage... higher speed Internet... and at the very least version 2.2 of the OS.
At one point I was really attracted to the Xperia Play, but after reviewing the specs they really aren't all that impressive in light of the new phones coming out. Plus, being an emulator nut, I really want a full keyboard for the computer emulators like Atari800.
Well, I won't bore you with the details, but today I upgraded to an Epic 4G. It was tough doing that because it's a phone that is 8 months old, only doubles my internal storage, and I've read questionable stuff about the unit's GPS. It's certainly not impressive by today's standards, but it has the critical QWERTY keyboard and is a substantial upgrade over my Droid. I haven't put it through the paces yet, but so far, so good and wow is the Internet fast on it. And it shaves about $30 off of my monthly bill, adds free calling to all mobile phones, and more than doubles our monthly minutes (not that we'll even come close to using them) [I switched from Verizon back to Sprint]. The best part is that I can finally play and review some of the newer, high end games like Dungeon Defenders.
So here's to the thrill of getting a new phone...