Monday, March 30, 2015

Smart phone decisions

I finally got a smart phone. My old dumb phone was about to die and rather than spend money on a new dumb phone, I decided to spend money on a new smart phone.

My first decision was which kind to get: iPhone, Android, or Windows? I went for Android, because I use Google for so many things.

The next decision was which actual phone to get. I asked about the HTC One, but they only had the two newest models and they were too expensive. So I was going to settle for a Samsung. But then, the super helpful store employee from Afghanistan (did YOU buy your smart phone from a guy from Afghanistan?) leveled with me. He was basically like, look, if you don't care about brand that much, you can get a lot more phone for your dirham if you buy an off-brand. And that is how I came home with a lovely phone from the Chinese brand ZTE, with more camera, memory, and other cool stuff than the equivalent Samsung, for much, much less money.

(The first thing I did when I got home was Google ZTE, though, to make sure it wasn't a total piece of junk. Turns out it's legit...enough. The only weird things I've noticed is that "frog" was misspelled under the ringtones as "forg," and you can draw Chinese characters on the keyboard to input them into text messages. Which is actually kind of cool.)

Finally, I had to decide whether to keep using the phone on a pre-pay basis, or spring for a data plan. Data plans are not that expensive here - Jeremy had one when we first moved here for 100dhs/month - around $27.50/month. But pre-pay is just so much cheaper that I couldn't convince myself to get a data plan. So I use WiFi to do whatever at home or other places where I can connect securely, and turn off data so it doesn't use up my credit anywhere else.

And now I'm a happy lady and I feel so fancy with a smart phone. Especially since you can't help but feel fancy when the selfie beautify function is turned on. Mmmm, plastic-y.

7 comments:

Crys said...

I've heard about those Chinese phones how in China the iPhone can't get traction because their own brands are just as good but at 1/3 the price. How cool you got one...now we can hear the comparison. I only have wifi on my phone as well. We switched to this super budget plan and internet plans were only 25 which is what j got on his phone...but unlimited minutes text and WiFi were only 10 dollars. So now I only have internet with WiFi and we pay $43 bucks a month for both our phones...which is amazing. There is like one time a month probably I wish I had internet on my phone but actually I'm surprisingly covered with just WiFi. There is WiFi at church, the library, target, meijer, chick-fi-la, the church where my mops group meets. For the most part that keeps me covered if I on the off chance need to check a message while out.

Crys said...

I've heard about those Chinese phones how in China the iPhone can't get traction because their own brands are just as good but at 1/3 the price. How cool you got one...now we can hear the comparison. I only have wifi on my phone as well. We switched to this super budget plan and internet plans were only 25 which is what j got on his phone...but unlimited minutes text and WiFi were only 10 dollars. So now I only have internet with WiFi and we pay $43 bucks a month for both our phones...which is amazing. There is like one time a month probably I wish I had internet on my phone but actually I'm surprisingly covered with just WiFi. There is WiFi at church, the library, target, meijer, chick-fi-la, the church where my mops group meets. For the most part that keeps me covered if I on the off chance need to check a message while out.

Liz Johnson said...

And now you need Instagram!!! :)

Jennifer said...

Yay Android! Yay smart phone!

Hannah said...

I had to giggle a little bit because we actually did buy our smart phones from a guy from Afghanistan. The major differences were that he was residing in Maryland, rather than the UAE, and that while he put on an appearance of being helpful, he actually really wasn't. Oh well. I'll hold out hope for a helpful guy from Afghanistan years down the road when I buy a new phone again. :)

Bridget said...

Crys, so far so good. And yes, there really is WiFi almost everywhere! So convenient.

Liz, I am now on instagram, but I think only in a passive sense. I am so glad to finally be able to see pictures of my nieces!!!

Hannah, that is hilarious that you actually did buy your phone from an Afghan guy. I guess that sentence was for you!

Jen and Joe. said...

CHOOSING A PHONE IS THE WORST. (I file it in the same place as car shopping and house hunting.) Glad you found something that works so well for you!

A couple of months ago, I switched from my iPhone to the Amazon Fire Phone AND I LOVE IT WITH ALL MY HEART.

But the best part? YAY FOR INSTAGRAM! (I'm a 100% passive Twitter user. In fact, I've never actually tweeted....but it's the way I get about 80% of my news. So I totally get it.)

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