I am a big fan of crowdsourcing. Not for everything as sometimes you need to just go your own way and forsake popular opinion. At least that’s what I do sometimes. However when it comes to deciding on a new smartphone I believe the collective wisdom of the crowd is the best option for having a solid amount of data on which to make a decision. So here I am asking you for your comment on the three options that I have selected in order to narrow the field.
I am also interested in having this be an open conversation and what I ask is that if you do care to comment and or simply offer an opinion to please do that on my blog itself such that everyone can read what everyone else is offering. Of course it will be a sad thing if I only get one or two comments; which is a risk I am wiling to take. This is merely a request as often people make comments on my blog on the social network in which they received the feed and I am always grateful for any one who actually reads and comments so it’s my hope to really have this be an interesting and lively conversation.
Background: I have been using a Google Motorola (yes I am aware that Google sold Motorola to Lenovo last week) Droid Razr for the past nearly 2 years. What drew me to that model was it’s compact nature as it fits in my pocket rather easily – more so than an iPhone by a bit, and I wanted to try the Android OS. In general the phone itself is pretty good although I did plug in an operating system called Aviate about six months ago, (which probably has impacted performance) but I do like the interface more than the factory set Droid OS. The phone today just does not perform well and I am not sure if it is the Aviate OS, the fact that the phone is now old, or both. Or neither.
Motorola Droid Maxx – same size as my current phone. But my Motorola experience has been just ok.
Samsung S4 – the S4 is the right size as the S5 is just too big.
iPhone 5 – everyone in my office (except for one) uses an iPhone. We all work on Macs. There are many good reasons that an iPhone makes sense but the fact that so many of us do not use the Android platform makes me concerned that we will not have much first-hand experience in the Android OS which is still extremely popular. How will we know what people are experiencing if we are all fish in the same pond?
So there you have it – three distinct choices, price wise the iPhone is the most expensive which should be taken into consideration. The Motorola phone and Samsung are similarly priced.
Which should I choose? And what are the reasons? I will post the results here on my blog as well. And if you have a different suggestion I will be interested to read them. Xiaomi? Huawei? Lumina? I have considered those but for various reasons have eliminated them.
I will decide by February 15 and thank you for indulging my request!