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What will you choose as your next “Daily Driver”?



I know that contract length and ETF policies for most US carriers makes it difficult to play phone musical chairs, but some of us are foolish enough to spend extra money to play. I happen to be one of those fools. I do have the luxury of being able to test a phone before buying sometimes though. I used to get all the hottest devices prior to launch, but those days are over. I am more like a regular phone geek now since I won’t be accepting review units from US carriers anymore. I only plan to review unlocked devices and phones I personally purchase for GBM.

Anyhow, I have played some phone musical chairs lately. Up until last month, I had the Sony Ericcson Xperia X10, Motorola Atrix, iPhone 4, and the Samsung Focus at my disposal. I used the Atrix as my “Daily Driver” for the better part of 2011. I received an unlocked HTC Titan from HTC as a review unit and was considering purchasing the AT&T version. Instead, I purchased the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. The Titan running Windows Phone 7.5 is awesome, but I am not ready to switch to Windows Phone yet. Last week, I returned the Skyrocket and decided to purchase the Motorola Droid RAZR. I have really enjoyed it, but I think it’s going back too. If all goes well and the December 15th date is correct, I will trade the RAZR in for the Galaxy Nexus.

Why the Galaxy Nexus? I know other phones, including the Droid RAZR are getting the Android 4 update eventually. I don’t want to wait. It’s been argued that the Galaxy Nexus isn’t really that great of a phone. I disagree. There are several Android phones out there with a better processor, including the Galaxy S II Skyrocket, but I can deal with it. The camera is only 5megapixel, I can deal with that too. I have had a couple of the “Google Phones’ and I want this one. I had the T-Mobile G1 and the Nexus One and would have loved to keep them, this time I am getting one of my own. I can sacrifice some bells and whistles for the Galaxy Nexus. It’s like setting for a Cadillac CTS instead of a Corvette.

The release date delays haven’t turned me off like it did for Kevin.

After getting the Galaxy Nexus, it will be my “Daily Driver” and my Android review test device. My Windows Phone test phone will be the HTC Titan and my iOS device, the iPhone 4. The 1st Verizon Windows Phone device with a 4″ or larger screen will be purchased at no contract price and I will then swap back and forth with the Galaxy Nexus. It’s been speculated that the Nokia Lumia 900 will be Verizon’s next Windows Phone 7 device. That would work with me, they are damn sexy.

So, what’s your next “Daily Driver” and why?

What device, what carrier?



  1. Anonymous

    12/12/2011 at 5:44 am

    5.3″ Galaxy Note. My old eyes need a big screen, and surfing/reading/RSS on it is a pleasure, as is waching videos and listening to music. I even started gaming on my phone, which I thought I’d never do. The screen is high-contrast AMOLED too, it’s really gorgeous and spoiling me for LCD screens.
    And this phone has pretty much the best of everything: CPU, GPU, Screen, Battery, Sound, Camera… At a very reasonable price, got it for 500€ no-contract, unlocked, which is rather less than other hero phones. That’s $500 too, tech gadgets usually convert 1€=$1.
    The size is actually OK, I can use it one-handed, it fits in my pants’ front pocket and my shirt pockets, and it doesn’t look *that* weird against my face (it puts my nose and ears in perspective ^^).
    The worst thing about it are the hardware volume and power buttons, badly located and too sensitive.

    • DonJulio

      12/12/2011 at 6:18 am

      love this comment. it certainly is a monster phone.

  2. J_Dav1

    12/12/2011 at 6:32 am

    I would love to have the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon, but I can’t afford to pay full price for it. In the meantime I’ll be waiting for a version of ICS for the Thunderbolt, I know a quite a few devs are making good progress with it so hopefully it wont be too long.

  3. Anonymous

    12/12/2011 at 10:29 am

    Isn’t a bit presumptuous for you to say that the Galaxy Nexus will be your ‘daily driver’ when you don’t even have it yet?  You’ve played with it once or twice (if, at all) and you’re certain it’s your ‘go to’ phone, huh?  You sound like all of the other salivating fan boys…

  4. Dr. Septimus Pretorius

    12/12/2011 at 1:36 pm

    Should be able to save $70 by purchasing the phone (after it comes out) on

  5. Tim

    12/12/2011 at 2:55 pm

    Galaxy Nexus on Verizon- 4.65 screen size and 4G

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