I've been on a shared plan through AT&T and used the iPhone 3G and then 3GS for a few years, but I've decided to get my own plan, and I'm pretty much 99% decided upon Verizon, though I'm reserving a 1% for a compelling argument to go with T-Mobile or Sprint, or to stick with AT&T. I'm also getting a new phone to go with the plan, and I want a phone that's fairly new since I'm going to need a 2-year contract to subsidize the cost so I'm not paying $500-600 for it, so I want it to be slightly "future proof" in that regard.
My reason for choosing Verizon is that all evidence I've seen indicates that they have the best network coverage, and they have the best "4G" network. I've heard their LTE is a lot better than Sprint's WiMax -- plus AFAIK Sprint's WiMax doesn't have coverage in my area but Verizon's LTE does. Finally, I get a discount on Verizon through my employer.
So right now there's four phones I'm looking at, all which support Verizon's 4G LTE: the HTC Thunderbolt, the Samsung Droid Charge, the LG Revolution, and the Motorola Droid Bionic. The latter two haven't been released, though the LG phone is due out on Thursday. The Motorola phone has been delayed, so it could come out in June or it could be off for a few months. I figure I can wait a week to at least look at some reviews of the LG phone, but I'm mostly debating between the Droid Charge and the Thunderbolt.
Right now both phones have a few caveats I'm worried about. In the case of the Thunderbolt, it seems like it's mostly based on HTC's Sprint Evo, which would suggest it's sort of a "last year model" re-released on Verizon this year. I've heard its audio quality for calls is bad, and its battery is small and dies quickly.
My concerns about the Droid Charge are that I've heard it has some issues with Adobe Flash on its browser, it's slightly more expensive than the Thunderbolt, and I've heard that Samsung is very slow to release firmware updates. Both phones are currently running Android 2.2 Froyo, while Gingerbread is available for some phones. Thunderbolt is supposed to get Gingerbread by 3Q of this year. Finally, the Thunderbolt has a slight storage advantage over the Droid Charge in that it has 8 GB internal with a 32 GB SD card. Droid Charge has 2 GB internal with a 32 GB SD card.
I have 16 GB on my current phone and I run out of space really easy with music, audiobooks and podcasts, so having a lot of storage would be nice. And the iPhone doesn't even run Adobe Flash at all, so I think at least the Droid Charge runs it, even if it slows down loading webpages somewhat.
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