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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

In Defense Of The “Dumbphone”

The LG900G, $40 worth of Java App runnin’ EDGE data havin’ mediocrity

Do I love my phone? No. Am I OK with it? Yes. Let’s face it, how much can you really expect from a $40 no-contract phone? It makes and takes calls, browses the web, takes pics and video, has an FM tuner (handier than you might think),Bluetooth, plays MP3s etc., etc… What doesn’t it do? Look cool, have a ton of apps, take good pictures and videos, use a good mobile web browser or app store (although you can get get Java apps @ for the 900G) and a million other things, but that’s OK.

It doesn’t have that sweet 5th row of icons that the new iPhone 5 has…

…but it also doesn’t have glassy eyed fanboys camping out on the sidewalk


It doesn’t have that cool “tap to transfer” feature that the Samsung Galaxy S3 has (and no one uses)…

But it also doesn’t have glassy eyed Apple fanboys (see above) telling me Samsung copied Apple…

It doesn’t have the svelte looks or the cool PureView camera of the Nokia Lumia 920…

But it also doesn’t have Apple and Android fanboys constantly telling me that Micro$oft sux and that both Nokia and Windows Phone are doomed.

Let’s face it, my phone doesn’t have a lot of things but most of all it doesn’t come with an $80/mo. bill with a 2 year lock-in. For the cost of one superphone on contract I can have a dumbphone, an iPod Touch (or Galaxy Player if you prefer), an in-car GPS and an extra $1500 in my pocket at the end of 2 years. And that doesn’t even take into account the glassy eyed fanboys (see above) who pay a penalty to upgrade with every refresh of their favorite phone. I have big pockets, I can carry more than one device.

Me after not having a smartphone for 2 years

1 comment:

  1. Got my 920 on Friday then headed off on a small weekend vacation where I got to play with my new phone quite a bit. Overall I love it- HOWEVER- I’m majorly disappointed with the camera. I don’t know if I just got a buggy phone or what, but the images are horrible compared to my iphone (which I gave up for this phone). I do professional photography and because of that I’m probably pickier than most, but my biggest gripes come from the comparison of what I’m getting from this phone vs the iphone. The compression seems extreme and the white balance is a mess on most my photos.
    I discussed my problem with some other sites also but still didn’t get any suggestion. Anyone else disappointed with the images they are getting from the 920? Or any suggestions for me that what should I do???




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