My 2-year flip-phone contract with AT&T has come to an end and I'm finally considering my first smartphone. I would prefer a no-contract phone, and have come down to two main considerations: First, is the HTC One V through Virgin Mobile. This month RadioShack has them for $149, and the VM plan of $45 (unlimited text, data up to 2 gigs or so before throttling, 1200 minutes) would fit my needs. Second, is Google's Samsung Galaxy Nexus for $349. I am thinking to use the Straight Talk service for this option, as they have a decent deal of $45 for unlimited text, data up to 2 gigs or so before throttling, unlimited minutes. I live in Columbus, OH. So far my AT&T service is 'ok', so Straight Talk (using AT&T and T-Mobile) would be fine. I don't know how Sprint's connection is here but I assume Virgin Mobile wouldn't be significantly worse. The reason I am considering the Nexus over the One V is that the One V is tied to Virgin Mobile. I think this means it is more difficult to resell the One V in this case (although I don't really plan to change phones for a while). The other reason is that the Nexus seems to have significantly better specs with a dual-core processor, better resolution, etc along with jellybean thrown in. Which phone would be the better option at this time? I don't plan to play many games, mostly using it for quick web browsing/gps. I'm hoping to keep the phone for a while too, seems like the Nexus would be worth the investment. Or are there other phones/plans that could be potentially better suited for my case? Thanks!