I’ve enjoyed my LG VX7000, but my year-long contract with Verizon is up, and I’m thinking about what to do next. Here’s what’s good and bad about the phone:
- The VX7000 has a nice long standby time; I can usually go a week between recharging.
- I really like the LG menu and user interface system; I prefer it over Nokia and Motorola phones that I’ve had in the past.
- The phone isn’t huge; I usually slip it into my pocket and keep it on silent vibrate.
- The camera on the VX7000 is pretty dated though (only 640×480).
- I don’t tend to text message or surf the web that much, although I might surf the web more if I had a phone with a keyboard or a high-speed/always-on connection.
And here is what’s good and bad about Verizon for me:
- Verizon’s voice quality is good.
- Verizon’s customer service has been great in my experience.
- This is just my personal opinion, but Verizon doesn’t seem to interoperate well with Google apps, whether it be an inability to receive SMS messages from Google calendar, an inability to run Google Maps for Mobile devices, etc. I’m willing to leave Verizon regarding this, if I can find a carrier with more support for how I work.
- Verizon’s coverage seems non-existent in Eastern Kentucky whenever I visit back home.
I pretty much want 1) a phone that stays charged for a long time 2) with a pretty good camera. I don’t tend to use PDAs much, and I don’t need Bluetooth or calendar/address/contact sync’ing. I’d prefer an LG phone for now. The LG V looks interesting (it has a keyboard). Except of course that if I stuck with Verizon, I wouldn’t be able to use many of the neat features. With email, Verizon mentions support for Hotmail, AOL, and Yahoo, but no mention of Gmail (see below).
And in the same way, Verizon mentions IM support for AOL, MSN, and Yahoo, but not for Google. Sigh. Should I just give up on Verizon? Has anyone else been able to get Verizon phones to work with Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, or Google Maps for Mobile?
So, what phone and carrier do you think I should try next?