In searching for a new phone for the last few weeks, I've finally started to hone in on what I want out of it. The problem is I'm not terribly familiar with the huge variety of phones. This is where more knowledgeable Head-Fiers come in.
The mandatory features are simple:
- Android (unless a compelling case can be made for iPhone 4S; no 5 until there's aftermarket support)
- MHL support (or otherwise support out to external DAC)
- 1GB+ RAM
- Large onboard or upgradable storage
- 2012 SOC chipset (ie, Qualcomm Snapdragon w/ Krait)
- 4" - 4.3" screen (I hate big phones)
Things I'd really like but are not absolute musts:
- Removable battery
- Gorilla Glass 2 (I know, too new to be widespread)
- Water- & dust-proofing a la many East Asian phone models
I am not picky about cameras, HD displays, or any of that. Phones for me are phones first, media players second. Everything else comes after these two. Price is not too much of a concern. I have Verizon right now, but given sufficient poking would not have trouble switching to AT&T (their service has been great for me in the past). I don't particularly care what version of Android it comes with since I'm likely to be replacing it with latest/greatest JB.
Right now the only two phones I know of that meets these criteria is the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE and Meizu MX 4-core. The form factor is right on both and they appear to meet all of the above specs, and is well thought of in general. The S3 mini excited me until I discovered how bad they gimped the hardware. The Meizu MX is also a possibility, although I can't think of why I'd get it vs the 4-core. The Lenovo LePhone S2 looks neat, same form factor as the others but not as snappy in the processor department.
Thoughts or suggestions?