When Sprint downgraded, then eliminated their Sprint Premier program, I knew it was time to move on. Other carriers had done the same thing with their rewards programs for people who paid higher rates for their plans, this much I understood, but it eliminated one of the biggest reasons I stayed with Sprint once the smartphone war began to settle in for real. In reality, I’d still pay a bit more per month so I could get a new phone every year at retail price and not have to pay an Early Termination Fee to switch. The carriers will have to cede a little, but will they bite? To the point: why would you need a new phone every year, anyway?
The Current Business
It’s been 561 days since I bought my current phone, Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus. I was elated by the carrier’s selection of phones (in case I changed my mind), LTE coverage and the fact that it was carrying the Galaxy Nexus with their LTE coverage. It wasn’t an easy sell, but my year old Epic 4G on Sprint was never going to see another Android update again, so I was kinda stuck with Gingerbread at best, regardless of what ROM I threw on it. It was also a pretty big phone and the feature creep began to slip into my brain. I needed more, so I paid $200 for the Galaxy Nexus and another $300 to Sprint for terminating my two-year contract early.
While the switch was definitely worth it, a year and a half later I pine for the next thing. Here’s why.
There Are More Apps Now And They Need More Juice Than Ever
My Galaxy Nexus wasn’t a barnstormer in the performance department when it launched, but these days I can’t get much work done when I’ve got Instagram, Vine, Chrome and Kik Messenger open. That’s right, my thumb is in every pie and I need access to every piece of information I can possibly get. What was once a snappy stock camera app takes its sweet time as it boots and switches modes. Even keyboards have become more complex as they need more RAM to keep word suggestions available. Android is not the most graceful in its best times, much less when it’s under stress. It’s the Windows problem, but in mobile form.
But let’s take a step further back…