The Smartphone War of 2012

Oops, this is not the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

Great Googly Moogly is all I have to say. I just returned from the front of the great smartphone war of 2012 and my damn head is spinning.

The fine folks at the front known as “The store” stuffed my head full of old wives tales, rumors, lies and blatant propaganda whose sole intent is to spread fear and uncertainty.

Ok, now that we have gotten the hyperbole out of our system let’s talk turkey.

I Need A New Phone

I have a Droid X that I use for both business and personal use. I have five different email addresses connected to it, surf the net, edit documents and use a million other features besides.

There was a time I loved my phone but that was then and this is now. Back then I wasn’t bothered by lag time, speed or some of the other issues that irk me now because it was among the fastest out there.

Let’s ignore the time factor here and the bitter reality that “back then” is less than two years.

The world has changed and more importantly, my needs have changed.

Mobility and Productivity

My phone isn’t just a gadget to play with. It is main purpose isn’t for it to be used as an entertainment hub for myself or my children. It is for business first and everything else second.

Mobility and productivity are key issues and elements I am concerned about. I would prefer not to drag around a laptop everywhere I go and though I want a tablet I have budget limitations. At this time I have chosen not to purchase phone and tablet.

Smartphones aren’t cheap and neither are the monthly service fees/contracts that come with them so it is important to try and make a “smart” choice because whatever we select is something we are going to have to live with.


During the past three months I have found reason to purchase models made by all of the manufacturers listed above. Online reviews, references from friends and gut feelings have all pushed me towards one model or another, but I have held off making a decision.

It is not because I am indecisive but because I have been waiting to see what they do with the holiday season, not to mention I have been curious to see what new phones would be introduced.

That particular siren song has been one I have been careful not to pay attention to. The speed of technological advances guarantees obsolescence comes two days after release. All I have to do is look at my current phone and it is clear that I need to pick a model that will be good for the next 18 months, if not more.

It is Crazy Making

It is crazy making trying to figure out which one is going to be best. The iPhone is out of the running. It looks good and there are things I like about it, but I like a big screen and haven’t any interest in going back to something small like the iPhone.

Motorola makes a solid phone and there is a good chance I might choose something like the Razr Maxx. Friends and family have nothing but good things to say about it.

Still my head is leaning toward the Samsung Galaxy Note II. It is a large phone that will just barely fit in my pocket, but it appears to be the unit that is large enough to make the phone a better tool for working on documents and browsing the net.

At least that is what I am thinking now, a new release can always impact that particular choice and who knows what can happen.

What about you? Do you have a smartphone and if so, would you recommend it?

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