My HTC Desire was great for a while. There was the HTC miracle thankfully while I have been in contract. Unfortunately for a while it has had storage issues so I’ve gone out to look at new phones. Went to look at two models. The HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy Note.
The HTC is running the latest version of Android and has a slightly faster chip.
The Galaxy Note has a gorgeous screen and a nice calendar app. Should have the new Android at some point and additional apps to make use of the stylus it comes with. It is a bit large for a phone, future / retro a la old school mobile phones. Mostly use my phone for internet and tweetdeck so the size is a plus and the AMOLED screen is really nice.
While the HTC One X seems like it would be a great phone (a worthy successor to the desire), and have also had friends say great things about the Samsung Galaxy S, in terms of my usage the Note potentially does away with a desire for a tablet, and stays highly portable.
Took notice of the Note because of this preview by Hugh MacLeod of Gaping Void [well done Samsung marketing people.]
One thing that bothers me a bit about rushing out to get one of these is though I like having new gadgets, I appreciate it’s not the greenest thing in the world. [interesting startup for dealing with small consumer electronics was recently featured on good – eco atm.]
It does seem that gadgets are designed to be replaced in cycles of contracts or less. [planned obsolescence.]
The HTC One X does not allow you to open the case. It comes with a good amount of internal storage but for additional storage it gives you a free dropbox account for 2 years. The length of most contracts for a pricey new gadget. I think they assume you will replace it in that window so you shouldn’t mind not getting storage that is yours to keep or it’s a continuation of a model where content, storage, etc. is accessed not owned and stored in THE CLOUD (there I’ve said it).
The Samsung Galaxy Note comes with less internal storage but with the ability to add up to a 32g micro sd card.
The note also comes with a stylus. I like the idea of being able to write over images. Though I am wondering how much of this is due to not thinking digitally a la Erin McKean of Wordnik’s talk at Thinking Digital. Making the pen electric, is it a skeuomorph? [see the video below]
Either way it might end up cost saving – make me stop buying journals and notepads with pretty designs and textures from TK Maxx. Saving money already! :o)
One small point of annoyance, the Note is not being offered by t-Mobile so in order to buy it have to go through phones4u or carphone warehouse to stick with a t-mobile contract.
Update: the folks in the T-mobile shop in Middlesbrough at the Hillstreet centre were awesome and they also stock the Note instore!!
Looking to buy your own new gadget?