I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am a technophile. Maybe I’m not thinking about technology all day long, but when I hear about new gadgets, I’m always intrigued.
That’s why, even though I’ve had my current phone for less than two years, I’m seriously thinking it’s time to get an Android phone. I’m still debating if I really need to ditch my old, fairly acceptable HTC phone, but after playing with some of the new phones that have arrived, I’m having a hard time resisting.
On the one hand, I love the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant that Bell Mobility is carrying here in Ontario. It’s incredibly lightweight, has the prerequisite 5 megapixel camera, HD video, FM radio, the much-hyped super AMOLED screen, and it has 16 GB of internal memory. My only complaint, as I’ve seen others mention is that the screen is really shiny, but it’s not a deal-breaker in any way.
And on the other hand, Rogers Wireless has the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, which is fairly similar to the Galaxy S, but it has an 8.1 megapixel camera. (Rogers is also advertising it on their website as having Android 1.6, while Bell says the Galaxy S comes with Android 2.1. That’s a minor point, since you can always upgrade it, but it seemed a bit funny all the same.)
Essentially the biggest difference here is whether you want the higher resolution camera, or whether you want to stick with Bell or Rogers, but it’s also notable that the Xperia X10 sells for $99 on a three year contract, while Bell charges $149 for the Galaxy S. Both phones also have distinctly different menu styles, so it may also be a question of what you’re used to.
For me, I think I’ll wait a little longer, but I’m leaning towards the Samsung, mainly because I loved my previous Samsung phone, but also because I preferred the shape of it to the Sony Ericsson. I also realize though that there are likely some amazing phones coming out soon for the holiday shopping rush — the question is just whether they’ll be as interesting as either of these phones.
No doubt though, there is a catch, but most cell phone users are probably aware of it already. When I was asking questions at the Bell store, I found out that signing up for a data plan now is part of your contract. So if you sign up for three years of service on your calling plan, you’re also signing up for three years on the data plan.
Let me know if you have any feedback from your experience with either phone, or if you have your eye on a different Android phone.