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August 7th, 2012

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04:31 pm - Phone time !
The short version: Looking for a new phone, and new plan/contract.
The phone: Android smartphone, usable amount of internal memory (8Gb+), ideally also microSD capability.
The plan: Good network coverage (which mostly means Telstra - are there any resellers ?). Need plenty of included data (currently 1Gb plan). Ideally $50/month or less (current is $49).

So, my phone contract is coming to an end (got it just before WorldCon in 2010).
Normally I'd be happy to keep my existing phone and move to a cheaper plan of some sort.
And I've been very happy with my phone (HTC Desire) for the last two years in almost every way ... except one.

The internal memory, required for many applications (some can be moved partly or wholly to the SD card, but many can't), is very limited - I think there was around 160Mb free when I first got the phone, and I've been regularly seeing the "Phone storage space is getting low" for most of the last 2 years. I've held off installing any new apps for months now, even though there are quite a few I'd like to try, and it's getting pretty frustrating.

So, I'm looking for a new phone. Android, of course. Must have at least 8Gb, preferably 16Gb or more internal storage. It would be nice if it could also take microSD cards, as I have a 16Gb one in this phone that I'd like to transfer over.

I can see three options :
1. Stay with current network (Telstra). Advantage: Best coverage - even in my near-CBD office, some of my co-workers complain about poor reception, and I have no issues.
Disadvantages: Cheapest plan with a new phone is at least $60/month, more than I'd like. Limited selection of phone models as well.
As for pre-paid options, even more limited selection of phones, and mostly pretty basic models.

2. Switch network. Advantage: Cheaper plans possible, much wider range of phones to choose from. Disadvantage: Coverage (see above), and Optus were mostly incompetent last time I tried to sign up with them.

3. Buy a phone outright (via eBay or something), then move to a cheaper plan or pre-paid with current network.
Advantage: Coverage, plus cheaper plan.
Disadvantage: Needs a chunk of cash upfront, and all the usual risks of buying from eBay.

... thoughts ? Suggestions for which phone models I should consider ?
Apart from the internal space, the Desire has pretty much all that I need from a pocket-sized computer (that happens to make phone calls too).

Finally, once I get the new phone - is there a way to transfer all of my apps and settings and saved data across ? (e.g. bookmarks/browsing history, contacts, call history, SMS messages, etc)

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Date:August 7th, 2012 07:52 am (UTC)
I had exactly the same issue (and an HTC Desire, which annoyed me for the same reason).

I bought a Samsung Galaxy Nexus outright, and could not have been happier. 16GB of storage, no network/manufacturer rubbish installed, and all the latest updates nigh-instantly (I'm running Jelly-Bean now).

If you can then get a decent SIM-only deal it might well work out cheaper over two years.
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Date:August 7th, 2012 10:19 am (UTC)
Ooh yes please. Actually I think I'm holdign a sibling of the one you have. Given I was upstairs buying MY HTC Desire when you were downstairs in the Telstra shopw buying YOUR HTC Desire. Everything you ahve said about memory has been my own finding as well.

Let me know what phone you get, when you get it as it will probably fit the phone description I am after as well!
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Date:August 7th, 2012 10:21 am (UTC)
You can sync your HTC Desire with the software provided. Which allows you to copy All the SMS and contacts etc off the phone and save them locally and then upload them to a differetnt phone. Exactly HOW, I leave that to the user :P but its pretty straight forward. For me, I use outlook on the desktop pc as the "master" copy of my contact information and just push that to the phone when I need to update the phone. so I should just be able to bring a new phone along and push data to it to update it.
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Date:August 7th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
I would recommend the HTC One X - It doesnt have Jelly Bean yet but HTC and Telestra have confirmed it is incoming. ALso consider the Galaxy III - but for my mind the HTC wins out. Otherwise if you MUST have Jelly Been now then Th Galaxy Nexus - but I'd get the One X (I've got JB on my HTC One X already - so you could put it on anyway).

As long as you keep your phone sysnced with google then moving all your apps and contacts is a synch. For SMS you will need a back up - something like Wavesecure.

I'm launching a 'That Geek Guy.co.uk' UTube channel shortly and ,y first vid will be an phone and tablet round up ...
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Date:August 7th, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
Oh and you will need Apps2SD for the the HTC for moving apps to the SD card, there seems to be no way round this - only the Galaxy Nexus has a single partition - the S3 and HTC still separate the partitions - but i hae almost 8GB of apps on mine and have only used 200 MB of phone storage
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Date:August 8th, 2012 11:25 am (UTC)
I haven't had a smartphone yet, but I've been thinking about it lately and I've heard good reviews of the Samsung Galaxy range. Also Andy has a Sony Ericsson Xperia and that is pretty good. As for providers I have been pretty happy with 3 but they have been subsumed into Vodaphone.

As for carrying over all your stuff, one benefit of sticking with the same phone manufacturer is that your phone/pc interface will probably handle a change of phone quite happily (I switched pretty seamlessly between Sony Ericsson phones a couple of years ago). Just plug your phone into a USB port and see what happens :-).
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Date:August 9th, 2012 07:24 am (UTC)
As carriers go, I don't understand why anyone uses Telstra unless they live in the boonies with absolutely no alternative. Their service is crap and their prices are astronomical.

I use as-you-go on amaysim (12c/min calls; 12c/SMS; 6c/min calls to many countries, incl. USA; 5c/MB data) ... and Telstra's closest equivalent rates are 4-8x as much! While Vodafone's network is terrible (I experienced data dropping out a lot in the CBD!), the Optus one is pretty good. So, sure there's a reason to avoid Vodafone and its resellers, but resellers that use Optus? Well, I just can't see any improvement that could be worth 4-8x the cost. If you really do use your phone a gigantic amount, such as to justify some kind of "plan", amaysim's "unlimited" (4GB/month, everything else unlimited) option is under $40/month. (Given that amaysim includes all social networking for free, I could never need that as well as broadband at home.) There are other resellers out there. I went with amaysim mostly because they allow international roaming (which most of them don't). If you don't care about that, there are a number of options.

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