Forgetting plans and contracts, just picking a device is a royal pain in the behind. I’m looking at a bunch of devices, one of which I’d buy next week in New Orleans (factory unlocked):
Apple iPhone 5
I’ve been using the iPhone 4 for 2.5 years (with a 2 week fling with a Nokia Lumia 820). I fancy … a change. Maybe IOS7 will bring change, and maybe not. I’m not that invested in the platform.
Samsung Galaxy S4
It’s probably the best handset on the market. It’s a pity Samsung put so many cr-apps into the OS that can’t be removed. To make it worse, you can’t move apps to the SD card. Only 16 GB models are available, and only 9 GB of that space is usable. This would be my handset of choice … but this storage space thing is a concern.
HTC One M7 32 GB
This handset has some very good reviews. There’s plenty of capacity. The camera, although low MP, also gets good reviews … but I use a DSLR for those occasions when I want a good photo The UI has some issues apparently.
Sony Xperia Z
Some of the guys in the office have and love this one. My concern are the reviews that say the screen doesn’t behave well in bright light or from a slight angle.
Nokia Lumia 920
I can’t get an unlocked 925 or 928, so that leaves the 920. I had an 820 for 2 weeks before giving it to a friend. The battery in the 820 was … poor. The 920 is heavy, but solid. The screen is super. The OS … is WP8. Hmm.
Basically, I am torn. The safe and boring choice is the iPhone 5. The follow-the-crowd choice is to get the S4. The daring choice is a Lumia 920 or the HTC One M7.
Or … do I wait until later in the year when Google releases a Samsung S4 with the base Android OS and no cr-apps?