I am on the Straight Talk $45/month plan. I'm happy with it and I'm sticking with it. I'm not interested in a contract at all.
Concerning phones, I had a Samsung Galaxy Precedent which was a decent enough phone except it was on the cruddy Sprint network which sucks in my area. Taking a few steps in the wrong direction means no signal and dropped calls and awful voice quality. I deactivated it and gave it to my son to use on Wi-Fi. As a smart device it was lacking due to the very full from the factory internal memory. All the pre-installed apps used all the space and it just crashed and bogged down to a crawl.
I switched to the Samsung Galaxy Centura. Much better phone with tons of internal memory (not the SD card but the actual phone's memory). 3 weeks or so after buying it I dropped it and it landed face down on a tiny pebble and cracked the screen. I've been using it that way for a few months now. It took a lot more apps to start it having issues like slow response and lockups. It also does weird things like randomly choose a different ringtone or not show who is calling until the 3rd or 4th ring. That being said, I'm actually happy enough with this phone except for its cracked screen.
The wife is involving me in this christmas thing so she wants to get me a new phone and has suggested the iPhone because she knows I've been wanting one. Both the 4 and 5 are available (not the S or the C, just the plain original 4 and 5). They are rather expensive and I don't know that I can justify the cost and I've been looking at less expensive options. I thought the ZTE Majesty looked nice. It does seem to be a slight step up from the Centura but the iPhone seems to be moving on up to the East Side.
I've got to say that she is right, I do want an iPhone. I'm really tired of my android phones crashing and needing me to reboot and pull the battery when it stops responding. I'm sure the iPhone would have its own issues but my experience with Apple has always been one of far less frustration and much better ease of use.
I figured that the iPhone 5 is newer than the 4 and will be viable for at least a slightly longer time. I'm not sure I should even consider the 4 since it's already nearer obsolescence.
It's a gift from my dear wife. She doesn't mind spending the coin. Spending that much gives me fits though and I'm not that bothered by the quirks of the Centura. I could get used to not having to reboot so often though.
I like the 4S better because of the size. I've had huge cell phones 20 years ago and don't like the trend of phones getting bigger and bigger now. I have seen a couple 4S phones that were 4G, but normally you have to step up to the 5 to get 4G
How about the Nexus 5 from Google, you would have to wait a few weeks but it's:
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The 4G on the 4S is AT&T's HSPA+ network and not LTE. Some people do OK on it, but the LTE on the 5 was a HUUUGE step up in this area.
Between the 4 and the 5, I would go with the 5. It's much faster (both processor and 4G speeds). It's also lighter and thinner. It is only very slightly longer than the 4. The camera is also much nicer on the 5.
On Straight Talk we are capped at 3G. There is neither 4G nor LTE. We can't get 4G or LTE in this area anyway.
Is that available at Straight Talk? Also, I figure that if I have to stick with Android that I don't really want to spend more than the $179. it's just not worth it to me.
You'd have to buy it from Google: Nexus 5 and would probably need to pay an additional $6.99 for a new ATT SIM card from Stright Talk -- this will allow you to access LTE, ie. real 4G internet.
The main downside is the $349 but you'd be getting one of the newest smartphones on the market and still be able to use Straight Talk w/LTE access.
If you're just looking for a reliable smartphone for mainly email; the iPhone 4S would be ideal, you may be able to find one for $250.
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why are people so wrapped up in cell phones
Using the SIM card means I'd be on AT&T which is really second rate in my area. I get full signal, all bars but the voice quality is horrible. I can't understand them and they can't understand me. Also the voice mail is flaky and delivery takes hours sometimes.
I'd like to stick with Verizon towers.
The 5 is going to be a lot better than the 4, as far as speed is concerned. ios7 is a processor and battery hog, so don't even bother with a 4. I can't compare an iPhone with the ZTE phone, though.
Yeah, why do people care so much for portable computers that let you access music, movies, and the Internet on the go, and allow you to chat with your friends & family wherever and whenever you want? That's just silly!
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Thanks. Maybe you could compare iOS to Android. How often does an iPhone just stop responding, reboot itself or require a power down to get it going again? Any other weird quirks like changing ringtones by itself or not noticing callers from the address book?
I just swapped my 4 for the new 5s. I've never had to reboot any of the iphones I've owned. The 4 still worked fine on IOS 7. I had a Galaxy S3 for a while but prefer IOS over android. Battery on my 4 and 5s last more than 16 hrs a day with normal use.
If you and your wife have everything else covered, make her happy and let her get you the iPhone 5. Sure it's expensive, but at least she's not getting you something you really don't need when you really need a water heater.
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out of the ones listed I would say the 4. since you just have 3g.
350 seems high. this is from straight talk? find out what configuration is needed for them to hook up a phone and get the 4 somewhere else if possible.
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I would go this the 5. Especially if your going to keep it for awhile. The tec is better in the 5 plus apple will support it longer as it's newer
I just switch from on iPhone to a galaxy. Wanted a bigger screen. Still getting used to the software.
FWIW my iPhone was very stable. Over owning them for 5 years or so only one major software issue when updating. Had to recover but apple backs stuff up very well.
I think you would be very happy with an iPhone.
the 4S is so much nicer than the 4. better processor, camera, Siri .
you can get one for 250-300 on ebay that will work with Straight talk. So save a hundred bucks for a better phone. fyi
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Mrs. V-Tail and I have been using iPhones for about five years. Other than iOS upgrades (which have always gone smoothly!), the phones have had to be rebooted for problems maybe three or four times. They are stable, they do what they're supposed to do, and they don't require a lot of fussing and tuning.
The down side is that Android is probably more flexible, and let's you "play" and really personalize the phone. But if you just want to use the thing, and not tinker with it, iPhone is the way to go. 5 would be a better choice than 4.
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4s over the 5; my wife's 5 is faster, but only because of the 4g. If you don't have true 4g, you don't gain a thing worth having. Stay away from iOS 7 if at all possible.
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Is she on her own plan? What network?
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I'd agree with the 4S. Definitely over the 4, but only if it saves you money over the 5. I loved my 4S. I have the 5S now but don't think it's all that much better than my 4S.
I don't know why you'd want to stay away from iOS 7. I like it. It may also be impossible to stay away from unless you find a never used phone. When I restored my 4S to new for sale it forced the upgrade. It did not give me a choice to restore without upgrading.
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