I finally decided to abandon my reliable, old (going on for 6 years now) Stupidphone and got a great deal on an original Droid back in June. It worked for 3 days, so I abandoned it and went back to Stupid. Decided to try again lst month, and got another seemingly great deal on a Bionic at Costco. This was significantly better, in that it didn't fail for almost 5 days, but it was back tp Stupid again. Call me an old fogey, but I think a phone ought to work as reliably as the iconic AT&T desktop dial phone. I have one from 1956 that I still use today. And with all of today's smarts and storage, it's MUCH more important that they be 100% reliable -- I'm not convinced yet that they will be any time soon, especially the Droids, a stew of hardware and software involving far too many cooks.
But when a friend upgraded to an iPhone 4s, he gave me his old iPhone 3GS, which I've been using for close to a month now with no problems -- a WHOLE MONTH! It's much more intuitive than the Droids were, feels better in my hand, and did I say? -- It's worked for A MONTH!
Only problem is, I can't make phone calls on it, since my cell provider is Verizon, and this is an AT&T iPhone. Let's hear it for competition, eh? But I can use it just fine for everything I need its smarts for, whenever I've got a WiFi connection, which is most of the time. I replaced the so-called unreplaceable battery myself for under $5 (tools included), so based on the previous owner's experience, I should be good for quite a while.
As a formerly certified geek, the Droids appeal to me, but until there's less of a Wild West feeling about them and more demonstrated reliability, and (especially in Verizon's case) no add-on garbage software, I'm sticking with Stupid for phone use.
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