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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by bob60626, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. bob60626

    bob60626 Android Enthusiast
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    Hi folks!

    I've owed an Optimus V for about a year (actually didn't use it for a few months after the first, after only having flip phones with -much- better battery life my first smartphone was a headscratcher!). I feel confident using the phone now and have grandfathered into the 25/month plan. However, every now and then I'd like something a bit larger. Virgin doesn't have anything that interests me. If I'd change I'd like the ability to use one of my/my parents old AT&T flip phones when I work on the beach. I'd also like something that I could also use in Europe, specifically Germany. I've been thinking about going to prepaid T-Mobile. I spend most of my time in Chicago and occasionally the suburbs and NW Indiana. My brothers (2 Sensations) in both places seem happy enough with their T-Mobile coverage.

    Any recommendations on an equally solid phone? I'd like something no bigger than a 4" screen, good data speeds in Chicago, and with solid battery life. I do not want the newest, most hi-tech phone. I don't play games and mostly use my V for texting, email, Pandora, and browsing. I wouldn't want to pay much more than $200 and would be looking at a used phone. 4G would be nice but is not a necessity.

    I've been researching the Samsung Vibrant and similar phones. Do 3G phones really gain anything from a HSPA area?

    Given that I already have a solid phone (that has usable though not super quick data speeds) in the V, a Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 (which I so wish could be had as a GSM mini-tablet!), and a few GSM phones to use abroad, so I just stick with what I have?

    Any thoughts? Thanks!

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  2. bob60626

    bob60626 Android Enthusiast
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  3. rui-no-onna

    rui-no-onna Android Enthusiast

    If you have good T-Mobile coverage, here's what I would recommend: Samsung Exhibit II 4G. CPU/GPU used is the same as the one in the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Not sure about the battery life but it's not like the Optimus V had good battery life to begin with. You'd probably just see similar battery life with the Exhibit. In areas with T-Mobile HSPA, I was able to get 6~7Mbps down on my Galaxy S 4G.

    Really up to you whether you want to switch. Seems like you're already pretty happy with Virgin Mobile.
  4. mrsbelpit

    mrsbelpit Android Enthusiast

    On my Vibrant I get 4-6+ Mbps on a regular basis. The phone is capable of 7.2. The battery lasts me 24 hours more often than not. You can find one for less than $200, no problem.
  5. bob60626

    bob60626 Android Enthusiast
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    Thanks guys!

    Any other recommendations? There's a TMobile store nearby I might drop by again, if only (since I'm looking at used) to get a feel of different sizes. I remember checking out the Exhibit ll and finding it a bit TOO rectangular for me.
  6. marc12868

    marc12868 Android Expert

    Well you might be able to find a used HTC Mytouch 4G Slide for around the $200 price range... Then again I'm kinda biased :p. And any 3G T-mo phone should work on their HSPA network if it uses the 1700/ 2100 bands which I think even the HTC G1 (first android phone) uses.
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  7. danaj

    danaj Android Enthusiast

    Another vote for the Mytouch 4g slide!

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