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Checkpoint: The Smartphone Edition

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This may surprise some of you: I don’t own a smartphone. I own a cellphone. It’s the Nokia 2610 which was a Rogers freebie replacement that moved me from CDMA to GSM. It’s also on a Pay As You Go plan for around $8 per month.

How old is this phone? The internet says it was released in 2006. In cellphone years, my phone is a senior citizen. But I haven’t sought a replacement because I enjoy not paying $50+ per month on a cellphone.

I could buy a smartphone outright and use my Pay As You Go SIM card, but without a data plan, a $500+ phone seems like overkill.

However, I still keep abreast of all the smartphone news and happenings despite not owning a smartphone of my own. Everything from iOS to Android and Windows Phone 7 interests me.

If cost was not an issue, I would pick up the iPhone 5. I respect Android and admire their efforts, but I wouldn’t want to own an Android phone for myself. Windows Phone 7, on the other hand, is a platform I’d consider investing in on the cheap. I love Metro UI and I think Microsoft is on a good path for being a late starter in the smartphone game.

When will I own a smartphone of my own? No idea. It may be within the next year since I am getting a place of my own, but we’ll see. In the meantime, I’ll continue observing the this booming market and watching all these players compete.

Finished Deus Ex: Human Revolution and started writing my review of it. Gears of War 3 is coming Tuesday so I decided to find something lightweight to play. I chose PixelJunk Shooter 2.

I also started 999 which is more of an interactive novel than I had anticipated.

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