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Should I get one? (Free Nexus S at Best Buy - Today Only)

by ahq    Aug 3, 2011, 11:38 AM

I've been using an unlocked Nokia E71 on AT&T for over two years now. I was thinking of waiting until the next iPhone comes out, just to see what Apple has to offer. If I go the Android route, the Nexus S seems like a nice choice since it's running pure Gingerbread. The lack of 4G and a dual-core CPU doesn't seem like a huge deal for me.

Background: I am not a smartphone power user, in the sense that I don't view videos often and I don't use a smartphone to listen to music. (I'm kinda finicky when it comes to sound quality, so I use my Sony Walkman MP3 player for that purpose.) I'm not a major apps hog. All I need is Google Maps, a web browser, the ability to synch to an ActiveSync type enterprise calendar, and a decent camera with an auto-focus lens, mainly for capturing close-up shots of documents, signs, etc.

I've been using the $15 unlimited "feature phone" data plan all along, so now I'd have to bump up to the 2 GB plan for $25. I also have 200 msgs for $5 per month, but I'm not sure if I'd have to upgrade to 1000 msgs for $10, which I'd definitely rather not do.

I could always get a new unlocked Nokia (E5 or C6-01) running Symbian S60 for around $170-240, so that way I can continue to keep my current data and msgs rates... but I haven't read too many good things about S60 these days, especially the touchscreen variant. I'd keep using my E71 but its behavior has been increasingly erratic (random reboots) and the D-pad is also becoming less responsive.


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