I’ve decided that it’s finally time for me to get a smartphone, but there are a bewildering array of options out there. Currently, I have an ancient iPod Touch that I use a fair bit, but don’t have very many apps for, because it’s too old to run most of them, and an even older dumbphone (with a pretty decent camera for its age, but no other features of note).
Here’s what I currently use a device for:
A calculator app that emulates an HP 48G
Jotting down notes
A few games, mostly a Sudoku app and Freecell
An app that gives the Catholic mass readings
A couple of e-book readers
A dice-throwing program
Occasionally, looking things up online, but this is at the mercy of crappy free WiFi and an outdated browser
Here’s what I would additionally like to use a device for:
A QR code reader
A slide rule (yes, I know)
Looking up more things online (mostly textual information)
I expect there are also many other things I would find myself interested in using, but I’m not sure off the top of my head what they would be. Any suggestions, there?
I’m not yet decided between Android or iOS: What are the pros and cons of each?
I’m currently with Verizon for phone service, and don’t have any particular complaints about them, but I don’t know how they stack up here: Are their prices good? How about their service?
I expect that I’d probably want a minimal data plan, since nothing I’d use the phone for is particularly data-intensive (no video, no music downloads). What’s a reasonable price for something like that?
On the other hand, depending on prices, I might also consider a high-data plan that allows computer tethering, in which case I could cancel my cable internet. How good/reliable/useful is a phone for primary Internet access?
Any questions I should be asking here that I’m missing?