|Charging Anxiety: Weak Battery Performance Standard|
8/16/2013 Latest Revision
Most Smartphone's Still Suck
Fragile, Expensive, Costly to Operate, Constantly Outdated, Poor Battery Life, Mediocre Cameras, A spy satellite in your pocket, inconsistent software interfaces between models (android fragmentation/ windows 7 then 8, and iOS). With some of the latest models *Q2 2013 and later * some of these problems have been addressed, but many smartphones still give their end users a lot of headache. Wrap it in an Otterbox and that helps to address the fragility problem, pick and good one and that address the outdated quickly issue, pick one with really good battery life and that addresses the "hunting for a plug constantly issue" and most of the good ones now ship with decent cameras. If you do some research you will find that HTC makes one Good One, Samsung makes 2 good ones and Apple has One good one, most of the rest of the smartphones still suck.
Use a Real GPS
Having a stand alone GPS is better than using a smartphone for GPS functionality for practical reasons that only become apparent if you use a GPS like a garmin and then use a smartphone as a GPS.
Photography is Changing, Sorta
I try to roll with a real camera for photography (Pentax W90 for wet- Canon S95 for dry, and SX40 for super-zoom) to shoot pictures and video and these also have fantastic battery life. There are intrinsic physical problems with sensor size that will prevent all but the clunkiest of smartphones from ever taking great pictures in low light. The optics on a phone are also intrinsically limited by size and cost: something camera makers have more flexibility with, even in a diminutive form factor like the S95. Real cameras still triumph for real photography: that said having a phone with a good camera is changing the way I shoot, and being able to edit on the fly is really cool: photo apps turn the otherwise good camera setup in the Note II into something great, in some ways greater than any other camera I have ever owned and in other ways not nearly as cool as the S95 of SX40.
Thanks You Sissy
Ultimately I caved recently and got a smartphone, a galaxy note ii, and in general enjoy it. That being said my sister currently enables me to have one, because she put me on her family plan and has so far generously donated the operating costs, helping me to save money since I am currently in a financial pinch. I even hooked up adsense on my blog to try and help alleviate the financial pressure, even if by only a tiny amount.
Years of Research and Waiting = Galaxy Note II
I kept my eye on this scene via www.theverge.com. and after 6 months of research and a few important phone calls I decided to get a Galaxy Note II. Ample battery life was a priority for me, and the Galaxy Note II delivers with a 3000mAh cell and amoled screen combo that gives 2.5 real world days of battery life. I have a thing for good battery life. RIM had the right idea way back when they launched the 950. It ran on a single AA battery for 3 weeks!