So far, so good.
I recently purchased a T-Mobile Samsung Exhibit II 4G SGH-T679 phone from Amazon for about $190. (T-Mobile’s stores sell it for $330. That’s the unsubsidized price.) It’s a second-tier smartphone, but has all of the features that I want in a smallish package. It’s advertised as a prepaid phone, but my postpaid T-Mobile SIM card from my flip-phone worked fine. Based on my few days’ use, I’m not convinced that I want to always carry a smartphone. In many ways, my little Samsung SGH-T439 flip-phone makes more sense for voice, text, and consulting Wikipedia. I predict that I’ll continue to swap my SIM card between the two phones.
I added a Sandisk 30GB microSD card for $20 from Amazon, and a silicone case and screen cover ($8). The phone is lightweight and easily fits in my pants pocket. Its replaceable battery drains quickly, but the phone allows you to turn off power-draining circuits such as WiFi and Bluetooth when they’re not needed. I like the fact that from the Settings menu, I can monitor what purports to be real-time RF signal strength in dBm. I’ve seen this vary from -73 dBm to -109 dBm in my neighborhood.
T-Mobile has loaded this Android phone with apps, most of which I think I’ll delete, once I gain root privileges. That should be an adventure, but is apparently the only way to gain the privileges necessary to delete the apps.
My initial impression of the touchscreen interface is that it’s horrible. Maybe I’ll grow fonder of it with use.