I switched to android sg3 from iphone and it was a great regret. If you're thinking of doing it, stick with a jailbroken iphone. The 'freedom' they say android phones have is a joke. Yeah, there's great freedom for developers, but none for the user. I could customize and tweak the iphone to exactly how I wanted it, but with android you're forced with the decisions the dev's decide upon with their own roms.
Ok, I've purchased six of these over the past few months for myself, family, and friends. I'm our unofficial IT cellphone guy, so I know these phones very well.
Here are our reviews:
DEVICE: New Pantech Burst Android (myself and my friends call these our $100 iPhone killers) from eBay & CL for ~$100 (TIP: to get the phones unlocked by AT&T if you don't buy one unlocked, call them and tell them you bought it from a friend and are headed to Europe and you need the code, but you're going to activate with AT&T as soon as you return. Have unlocked FIVE devices this way on the first try!)
Easy, free upgrade to ICS.
Good build quality, weight, and feel (love mine with the $20 Otterbox Commuter Case from Amazon, too).
Dual Core 1.5
16g onboard, can accept up to 32gb microSD
Works great making GrooVe IP (with Google Voice) calls on a good WiFi connection--you won't need a MagicJack, Ooma or other devices at home, just use your Pantech Burst for no minutes off your calling plan.
Poor battery life, so you'll need to turn off stuff you're not using (BT, WiFi, brightness, and so forth)
Speakerphone is almost impossible to use because of echo for the person on the other end (your end of the conversation will sound great)
If you have other questions, please post for all to see and I'll respond on this forum.
BTW, I've ALWAYS had CDMA service (Sprint or Verizon) and this is my first foray into GSM. So far I like it. Reasons:
- easier to root/unlock phones
- more compatibility with the rest of the tech world
PLANS: $30 T-Mobile prepaid, PlatinumTel prepaid, or whatever. Listen to Clark Howard school his radio audience about how lame any plan with a contract is and how foolish it is to tie yourself up with, given what's coming in the way of options, and coming FAST.
I bought one of these (in used very good condition) from this same seller about 5 months back. Pretty sure it was and still is the best value Android ICS phone out there. Been very happy with the phone.
I have this phone. It has treated me well so far for the last 6mo. Right now I have it on the Straight Talk unlimited plan and I get 4g speeds, and almost always have a signal. I tried T-mobile and it wasn't good. I had maybe E or 1G speeds at best. T-mobile uses different frequencies than what this phone does for their high end speeds. I have a lot of music and a couple movies on it. The battery lasts almost all day if I'm just listening to music. If I use firefox or watch videos it drains the battery about like most phones. I would almost say that this would be a decent buy as just an mp3 player and wifi cruiser even if you don't want it as a phone.
By the way, if this were about $20-$25 cheaper, I'd buy a few for eBay / resale as they go for $120-$140 in new and unlocked condition.
Sorry, my Note 2 is better than my GS3, imo. I love the bigger screen. And I only paid $37 for my Note 2 (before anyone asks, yes, on contract, and yes, i realize on contract and no contract pricing is not comparable)
anyway, this phone seems like a decent deal for a lower end android.
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