New Phone: Nexus 4

New Phone Plan

Before our 2-year contract with Sprint ended last month, we started looking into alternatives. We found that if we switched to T-Mobile, our phone bill would drop by half and since AT&T’s T-Mobile acquisition fell through, we were okay with switching back to T-Mobile.

Nexus 4 PhoneNew Phones

Switching carriers meant new phones, though, since our Nexus S 4G phones would only work on the Sprint network. The Nexus 4 was an obvious choice since we like the native Android experience and being the first to get updates. Besides, we would recoup the cost of buying the phones in less than a year due to the cheaper phone plan.

I’ve been using my new Nexus 4 for about a month and a half now and I love it. It’s about the same size as my old Nexus S, but the screen is 0.7″ larger and the resolution is much better. It has a quad core processor, 4x as much RAM, and a much-improved 8 MP camera that can record video in 1080p.

Phone Cases

As for cases, I picked out the dual layer (interior layer is silicone, exterior layer is a hard shell) Acase Superleggera Pro case, which had great reviews on Amazon. My main concern was that pressing the side buttons might be difficult (like it was in my Nexus S case), but the buttons are actually really nice and easy to press. The case does add a little bit of bulk to the phone, but that’s to be expected when you’re buying a protective case and I don’t even mind it.

Nick, on the other hand, wanted a super slim case, because he carries his phone around in his pocket. I picked out the Poetic Palette Slim case for him. The case is extremely light and thin and provides scratch resistance, but won’t do much to protect from fall damage, which Nick was fine with.

Acase Superleggera Pro
Acase Superleggera Pro
Poetic Palette Slim
Poetic Palette Slim

Selling the Old Phones

Then came the task of selling our old phones. I started to create a listing on eBay, but changed my mind when I heard about Swappa. Swappa is an easy-to-use site for buying and selling used phones. Rather than dealing with listing and seller feeds, listings are free and Swappa adds a flat $10 “sale fee” to the price of the phone, paid by the buyer. I listed my old phone on Swappa and it sold a week later. Now I just need to list Nick’s phone. 😛

New Phone: Nexus S 4G

New Phone & Old Phone
New phone (Nexus S 4G) and old phone (Motorola RAZR)

A month ago, Nick and I (finally) gave in and got ourselves smart phones to replace the Motorola RAZR’s we’d been using for the last 5-6 years. We had been on a T-Mobile plan, but after it was announced that AT&T was acquiring T-Mobile, we decided it was time to switch plans and look for new phones.

We made up our minds to switch to Sprint and then went back and forth between Google’s Nexus S 4G and the HTC EVO 3D for a while before deciding to go with the Nexus S (the EVO 3D still isn’t even available). We got our phones the day they were released, May 8, two days before Nick’s birthday. 😛

So what do we think of our new phones so far?

One thing that’s great about our new phones is that they replace our crummy, outdated digital camera. And shortly before getting our phones, Nick accidentally broke our GPS navigator by slamming it in the car door, so our phones have more or less taken over for navigation, too.

They’re also handy when going shopping. Nick and I went to Kroger a couple weeks ago – our first trip since we got our smart phones. Before we went, we used the Kroger app to find coupons and apply them to our Kroger card. To keep track of our shopping list, we used an app called CloudList. While we were at Kroger, we used ShopSavvy to scan the barcode of an item and see if the price was competitive. We found out that local stores in the area sold it for approximately the same price, but we could buy it online through Amazon.com for half the price. 😛

Some other great apps are RunKeeper (which we use to keep track of our walks), the Amazon Appstore (free app every day!), and TuneIn Radio (for listening to radio stations on the go). As for games, I love Plants Vs Zombies and Bubble Buster, among others.

TL;DR Replaced my old flip phone with a new smart phone. New toys are fun. 🙂