Need to pick out an android HELP!

motomedik

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So help me out here people, please. I want to add a smart phone to my collection of phones. Currently I'm AT&T but just switched the wife to Straight Talk and ordered a SIM for me till I find a phone. Using a Samsung Rugby II for now. I hope to find a smart phone that will still take the normal sim card so I can use the flippy phone on a day that durability is needed. Seem to be good at breaking or loosing the things so I need a backup!

Here's what I need to find in a Smart Phone

(1) Most important It must be durable! AKA Gorilla Glass- BIL works for Corning Inc, can get fixed for free/cheap
(2) Only reason I even want one is so I can occasionally use the thing to get the net for the laptop in the field (WI-FI)
(3) Reasonably priced. (used, refurb, just has to work!)
(4) Again, would like it to use the Big SIM card
(5) Would Like to use as a camera/video so a 5mp or better (HD would be sweeet)
(6) Battery life would be nice. Maybe have the ability to carry spares, but not a dealbreaker
(7) I think I want to go with an Android type


I know I want it all for nothing, and there are tradeoffs, but I really don't think I need the latest processor or OS, as long as the internet is usable, not looking to watch TV on the thing or download large files. Getting tired of researching and looking for just the right thing, I really don't know because I've never lived with one

Thanks for the help!:?:
 

Mrs. J

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Look into getting a good case. It makes any phone durable. The otterbox has protected our phones through lots of crap. One called lifepeoof i think. There are other many that are made for "rough life". Worth every penny.

The android people will be along shortly to help you out. I'm an iPhone lover :)

#appleforlife ;)
 

mweba

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So, you are on AT&T and staying or switching to straight talk as well? Lots of phones out there use SIM cards. All T-Mobile phones do and are sold unlocked as a rule. This means they can be used on any network.

You will also want to do some research on the phones tethering capability. The wireless companies are really cracking down on hotspot usage. Verizon recently lost an appeal with the fcc taking away their ability to lock down Hotspots but its only a matter of time til they get around it.



Also, to find an Apple tethering app without having to pay the provider 20-30 a month is near impossible. Apple controls what you can and when you can do anything with their phones in Totalitarian Dictator like fashion.
 
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motomedik

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Tanks for the responses guys, I'll be checking in but will have to respond later when I get more time at home.
 

motomedik

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I defiantly will put whatever I get in a case. It is a must for me. One thing that really impressed me with an old Motorola flippy I had was when I spilled a rather large amount of gas at work and bent down to clean it up the poor phone fell out in the middle of the puddle and other than cosmetic, still worked! Big fan of Motorola. Probably should try to avoid that sort of treatment with a smartphone?

My wife and I will both soon be on Straight Talk, the only thing that has me a bit nervous is the fact that I heard they reserve the right to cut your service at any time if they feel that you are abusing the internet connection (tethered to a 'puter and sucking up a lot of data). I don't plan to use it tethered all the time, so I should be alright. Not going to be doing any large downloads that way.
 
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mweba

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Huge Motorola fan myself. I have the x2 and just got my wife the defy xt. That phone has gorilla glass, water resistant with dust seals. Tough little smart phone. Not sure there is a sim version though.
 
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