I bought a new phone last week.
No, it wasn’t an iPhone, though I was thinking about getting either an iPhone 4 or 4S. They wouldn’t have service on the provider I’m currently using, so I decided, hey, what else is nifty and less expensive?
I found another pay-as-you-go provider that offered service on a very nice-looking Samsung Galaxy SII. Certain of its specs resembled the things I liked about the iPhone 4S — namely, the 8MP camera, but also the storage capacity, the touchscreen, etc. And this one could turn into a little miniature wifi hotspot for my laptop. And its provider, though also not my current provider, has decent service around here and offers a cheap plan with unlimited data.
So I bought it. The nice thing? I was thinking of it for a couple days—as I always do with large purchases—and then what do you know, I look again at the phone and voila, the site is running a “Breakup Day” special on Feb. 13, making the phone cheaper than I could find it on eBay.
That clinched it. The new phone arrived Thursday, I think, and I fiddled around with it over the last couple of days, exploring the Android interface. I think I’m going to like it a lot (especially considering how much I already use Google products).
I’m going to wait until a few days before my current pay-as-you-go month expires, though, to actually activate the phone. Means I have to be patient for a whole week…. I don’t know if I’m going to make it. (I think I will, but you never can tell.)
Is it funny that, as a journalist, this is my first smartphone? And the first phone I’ve ever actually paid a cent for? My last three phones were dumb little freebies. Serviceable, no doubt, but not a hint of snazziness.