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there are a few "budget" phones that are actually pretty nice, but the consumer has to do their homework to find them. the L9 on T-Mobile looked really good to me in the store, as did the Galaxy Blaze. it also helps to check out 3rd-party licensed vendors, who often have phones on sale that the official stores don't. i just got a Galaxy SII for free, because a local retailer had $100 off every phone on every carrier, new customers or upgrades. if i'd had the $99 for an SIII, i certainly would've gone for that. but since money was tight, i knew that the SII was a solid choice. it came with ICS out of the box, and most of the reputable blogs say that it's in line for Jelly Bean. if that's the only official update i ever get, i'll still be happy. but i know that if i ever want to go beyond that if Samsung stops updating the OS, i should be able to install another ROM with minimal fuss.


another benefit of buying an older premium phone is that all of its issues will already be known (and probably have fixes.) that way, if a problem pops up, it's usually a quick Google search to find a fix, assuming the manufacturer hasn't applied their own patch already. one of the downsides to being an early adopter of the latest and greatest is that there could be some serious software or hardware problems that aren't known yet; on a brand new expensive phone, that can be incredibly frustrating, especially if nobody's come up with a fix yet.

2 years, 4 months ago on A Guide To Getting The Best Free-On-Contract Android Phone


Twitter really screwed us Linux users. TweetDeck was the best Twitter client for Linux, and i know a lot of people that used it. Twitter's only suggestion is that i use the web version of TD...except i can't, because it's not available for Firefox, and i don't like Chrome (and WHY is not compatible with any web browser?? that seems to break a lot of programming "rules" that most other websites try to adhere to). besides, if i wanted to use the web app, i might as well just use the regular Twitter site anyway. i just prefer to have a dedicated app, which seems to update faster than the actual Twitter site. it also sucks that they killed off the long update service, which i just discovered last was nice to have for the few months that it was available.

when the whole deal was announced, Twitter assured everyone that they wouldn't do anything to degrade it. unfortunately, they pretty much failed in that regard. i can understand that Twitter would want to tweak the app a little bit, but they've effectively stripped out the majority of its most useful features, and dumped on thousands of Linux users in the process. maybe one day Twitter will come out with a Linux client, but somehow i doubt it and i'm not gonna hold my breath waiting. i suppose i could keep using the TD client i've got installed (for the time being anyway), but i think i'll just take myself over to DestroyTwitter instead and save myself the oncoming headache.

3 years, 4 months ago on Is Twitter Trying to Kill Tweetdeck?