A few years go, I tried to write a couple of posts on all the computers I have ever owned: My Computers Over the Years and My Computers Over the Years Part II[*], so today I decided to reflect upon my history with smartphones, and document it here just for the fun of it.
For many years, I carried around a pre-paid phone, and really only used it in emergencies. It was only after my job started requiring me to be oncall that I jumped on the smartphone bandwagon. Below is a list of the phones I’ve owned accompanied by any first impression reviews I wrote about them back when I first got them.
- iPhone 3G – December 2008
- iPhone 3Gs – 2nd half 2009
- Palm Pre Plus – June 2010: Article I wrote for the Linux Gazette
- iPhone 4s – October 2011
- HTC One X – June 2012: Blog post about it.
- Samsung Galaxy S3 – July 2012: Blog post about it.
- Samsung Galaxy S4 – May 2013: Blog post about it.
- iPhone 5s – November 2013
- LG G3 – August 2013
As you can see I’ve owned as many iPhones as I’ve owned Android phones over the years, and I think (for now) I’ve gotten to the conclusion that I really am platform agnostic. IMHO, iOS and Android and its respective related hardware are usually pretty great and either allow me to get my job done well enough. Neither are perfect, but then again what is?
As per the list above, I am currently using the LG G3, and so far I’ve been really happy with it. It is the first phone I’ve ever rooted mostly because of how simple it is to do it nowadays. Thank to rooting, I’ve been able to install and uninstall things that were affecting the device’s battery life.
The only thing on the LG G3 that I really don’t like is the micro USB plug, it is so hard to connect it to the USB cable, specially right before going to bed when my room is already dark. I really did wish all phones would standardize on Apple’s lightning connector.
The LG G3 is fast, big and the screen is amazing! As I said, after rooting it, I am getting amazing battery life on it with light use. The two other things on the LG G3 that helped me make the decision to go with it (instead of the Galaxy S5) were:
- the no side buttos around the phone. The LG G3 volume aand power buttons are on its back, it is not necessarily easier to access, but I liked the chance LG took with the design.
- the navigation buttons are not part of the hardware, but it is software (like the ones on the Nexus 5, 7). I really like that for some reason. Sure, there is no fingerprint reading, but that’s ok.
I’ve just completed 2 weeks with this phone, and I am glad to report that I am very happy with it.
[*] From around March 2013 through April 2014, I owned a Macbook Air and a Macbook Pro. Since April, I am now using a ZaReason Ultra 440.