I am a Sprint user, it’s not because I think their network is better than everyone else it’s because up until last October my cousin worked for Sprint. Because of the fact that she worked for Sprint I was able to get onto her employee plan which was a really sweet deal that could not be beat. I am still on a similar plan, discounted because I know a Sprint employee, but unlike the plan I was on it’s no longer dependent on employment. It’s also more expensive, although cheaper than comparative plans from other companies, and when I get a new phone I’ll be locked into a 2 year contract, so my next phone choice needs to be a careful one.
My current phone is the HTC Mogul, while I do like the phone and it was great for when it was released it’s starting to really show it’s age. Not only that but it’s options for backing up my contacts and information on the phone are laughable. It is a Microsoft Windows Mobile phone and thus uses Microsoft Active Sync to sync files and contacts between a computer and my phone. This piece of software was the biggest piece of crap software I’ve ever had the displeasure of using. First off I had problems getting it set up on my computer and then not once but twice it’s deleted contacts. The first time I barely even noticed, it had erased all my business contacts on my work computer and replaced them with my personal contacts. It wasn’t a big deal because I didn’t have that many contacts but the second time it erased all of my personal contacts from my phone and replaced them with my work contacts from my office laptop. That was the thorn in my side that made me never use it again and wish for a phone that was not based on the Windows Mobile OS.
Not long after is when Google’s Android OS first starting coming about, and because I am in love with all things Google i knew that this would be the OS for me. So my initial reaction to Sprint’s CEO stating that he did not believe the Android OS was ready for prime time and would not be bringing it to the Sprint network had me up in arms and ready to leave. I’m glad he changed his mind, he no doubt saw the huge potential Android based phones have for bringing in new consumers and getting existing users to buy new phones.
Now that brings me to my current situation where I’m left having to decide which Android based phone I want to go with. Like so many people out there when the HTC Hero was announced I was ecstatic. I would finally have an Android phone on the sprint network, could seamlessly integrate my phone contacts with my Google contacts and never have to worry about loosing my contacts again. Well then on October 7th, 3 days before the official release of the Hero sprint announces another Android phone by Samsung called the Moment. Now I’m left with a decision and a short amount of time to make it in, which phone should I go with. HTC has 2 other Android phones already out on the market and the Hero has already been released in the UK for several months now. Whereas this is Samsung’s first Android phone so they have less practice and it may not be a great implementation. On the up side the Moment has a slide out qwerty keyboard which is what I’m used to now versus the Hero’s on screen keyboard which I’m not so sure that I’ll enjoy.
|HTC Hero||Samsung Moment|
($429.99 – $150 – $100)
($330 – $50 – $100)
|Screen||3.2-inch TFT-LCD||3.2-inch AMOLED|
|Keyboard||On Screen Qwerty||Slide out Qwerty|
|Camera||5.0 Mega pixel||3.2 Mega pixel|
|Memory||512MB/288MB ROM/RAM||512MB ROM/256MB RAM|
|Storage||2GB microSD included
expandable up to 32 GB
|2GB microSD included
expandable up to 32 GB
It’s a tough call still after looking in detail at all the specifications. I am planing on taking a closer look at the Hero tonight and either deciding if I want to pick it or wait for the Moment to be released. So more on that later.