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New phone, new adventure

I bought a new phone today. For the past year or so, I’ve used an LG300G (NET10 prepaid) as my cell phone. That phone was not pretty, but it worked decently, and it was cheap ($15 per month, based on my usage). Prior to that, I was an iPhone user (very pretty, but certainly not cheap). I still use the iPhone as an MP3 player and social media device, but I was hankering to get another smart phone.

I really did not like the idea of getting into another overpriced two year contract, so I switched to Virgin Mobile, and picked up the LG Optimus V. This is really the first time I’ve played with an Android device (beyond mining it via the simulator for UI concepts at my day job); the OS is slick, but this is clearly an entry-level smart phone. The display pales in comparison to my first generation iPhone and it has a resistive touchscreen (honestly, I didn’t even think to check the touchscreen type before I bought it – that’s how out of touch with the phone market I am). The plan I’m on seems like a crazy good deal – 300 minutes of talk time and unlimited data and texts for $25, but I’ll have to see how it goes. Virgin Mobile uses the Sprint network, which has decent (but not great) coverage in my area.