Background - skip this section if you wish:
I currently have a basic phone that doubles as my mp3 player. It has a cracked screen and failing aging battery and is just over all falling apart. When looking for a replacement I have seen mostly cheap junk that gets poor reviews and can cost as much as 80 bucks.
80 bucks for a used motorola droidX or droid2 or HTC droid incredible, wow that is a lot of hard ware for the money. I have been thinking about buying one and using it with out a phone plan at all for its gps, blue tooth, wifi ect capabilities.
It totally sucks I cant have an android phone with out a data plan. With wifi I really could avoid using data. That would make this decision a no brainier.
So I am just going to pay 40 a month to be on my parents verizon plan and in the rare event that I consume data it will pull from there data plan shared among there devices and I will just pay them per mega byte.
Here are my criteria:
If some one wants to suggest a non verizon plan option for a decent droid that I will pay no more than 80 bucks for and no more than 40 a month for and not be locked in a 2 year contract for I will hear it. I am not committed to Verizon. I do not use my current phone very much, I am not a big talker I am a moderate texter and I currently use about 10mb of data a month. Really I just need a phone.
I do not want to spend more than 100 bucks. Preferably I would like to stay under 80. If its less than that you just nailed this question for me!
It needs to be android since that is what I like.
I need blue tooth, wifi and GPS, 3.5mm head phone plug, a micro SD socket. I dont care if the micro SD is internal. GPS navigation especially back country and Being a mp3 player will be a frequently used task. Yes I will be using GPS with pre loaded pulled from wifi maps.
I already have a large lithium ion battery pack with a USB 5v out put for field recharging but cheap replacement batteries like with motorola devices would be nice.
Here are my top picks
Motorola Droid 2 or Droid 2 global
Motorola Droid X
Motorola Droid X2
HTC Droid Incredible
Newer droids tend to cost more than I would like. The galaxy III is a small fortune to some one in my income level.
Part of my reasoning for keeping it below 80 bucks is that if it is lost to damaged that is a lot less painful than 200+
I know you can get insurance but that means shelling out big bucks for something purchased New or through Verizon.
Any good devices I am missing? I am currently looking mostly on Ebay any where else I should look.
Is there a droid device that is verizon compatible that uses a pure android OS ( ie nexus ) with no verizon skins ect. Being able to upgrade to jellybean with out having to wait for a verizon roll out would cool. I would be willing to pay a little more for this.
Thanks for any help!