A friend who follows me on www.facebook.com/nyandroidexaminer asked me a question about the best Android smartphone on MetroPCS. I have to admit my first reply was Samsung Galaxy S3. But from our conversation he said he wasn’t comfortable with a huge screen phone and mentioned the Samsung Galaxy Admire. I said I would do some research and get back to him.
After my initial research I noticed that the price was a major factor in his purchase. I realize the biggest factor with a service like MetroPCS or Boost Mobile is cost. Therefore if the service isn’t expensive, why buy an expensive phone? So, I dug deeper to give him an inexpensive option that would fit his needs. What you will find below is a summary of that finding and attached you will find a spreadsheet to come to your own conclusion.
When you are looking at cost of phone, you are either looking at older phones, with earlier versions of Android or at refurbished phones. Not being a great lover of refurbished phones, I generally don’t recommend these. Hence we have to look at several main factors:
- Battery Life – let’s face it charging all the time is bothersome
- OS version – Jelly Bean (4.1) is the smoothest and most beautiful version of Android thus far.
- Processing speed – No one who wants 4G wants a slow responsive phone.
- Internal memory – the lack of internal memory makes downloading apps frivolous
Although I’d say the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the phone of choice. If you are looking for a lower cost option: the phone I recommend for you is the LG Motion 4G. Although, I know big phones aren’t for everyone but I believe a 4.5 inch form factor is not that big. This phone is 3.5”, which actually feels comfortable but small in most hands. It has a faster processor (1.2 ghz) than the Samsung Admire (50% more) and 100% more than the HTC Wildfire. It also has the longest battery life of the three (7 hours of talk time). It comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It also has Gorilla glass so it will be harder to break. It also has 5GB of internal memory. And it is currently $49. Hope this helps. Please see the chart for more information. A large negative for most people is the bloatware; but from what I understand you are able to uninstall the bloatware if you are so inclined.
Save everything to your Google email address and make sure that address syncs. One thing that people do that hurts them is to save things to their AOL, Hotmail or whatever account. This is an Android phone which means it’s made by Google so your Gmail address is key to everything. This will mean everything is backed up wirelessly – Contacts, Photos, Apps, Music, etc. This will make sure that you never lose anything.
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