My Next Phone

Yes, instead of studying for my final examinations (which I’m totally behind schedule), I’m here to talk about my next phone.

So in Singapore, the impulse to purchase a new phone greatly intensifies especially when your phone contract (usually 2 years, 20 months for mine) ends, because you can now purchase a new phone at a much cheaper price than the retail price of the phone itself. Nothing like this in Malaysia 😦

And as the tech geek I am, of course I’ll be looking at the either the most powerful phones on the market, or phones that serves a specific purpose. There are really a lot of offers on the market right now (I’m viewing as a M1 customer):

LG Optimus 2x – The world’s first dual-core smartphone!

Currently the most powerful Android phone on the market (sans the Atrix which doesn’t seem like it will see light in Singapore), the LG Optimus 2x is equipped with a dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, coupled with NVIDIA Tegra 2 graphics. Along with an 8 megapixel camera which records videos at full HD (1920×1080) and you have yourselves a heavyweight champion.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc – incredibly sexy

Although not rocking a dual-core, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc provides a multitude of features that makes it attractive as a phone with sleek looks. Besides the curved form factor (which is really a looker), it boasts a 4.2 inch Reality Display powered by Sony’s BRAVIA engine, which Sony promises to improve the colors and contrast of the images shown on the screen. Add a 8 megapixel Exmor R camera sensor and power it up with a 1GHz Scorpion processor and that’s Xperia Arc for you. Oh, and it’s running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread – a version newer than the rest.

HTC Incredible S – HTC’s new flagship

Next up we have the HTC Incredible S. Don’t be fooled by its internals which looks like it’s from the previous generation – reviews have praised the phone to be extremely speedy through daily usage, and the Incredible S also sports one of the most tahan-ing battery on the market – being able to cross the 2-day mark for any smartphone is a record worth celebrating. (For comparison, the iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S can’t last through a day.) With an 8 megapixel capable shooter, the solid-looking HTC Incredible S is really something.

But as much as these phones are really enticing to me, I’m actually looking at.. THIS:

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play – PlayStation® Certified

Sporting a set of PlayStation gaming keys, the Xperia Play would be the quintessential Android gaming device on the market right now. The 1GHz Scorpion processor powering the phone will be able to handle PlayStation games well, as well as other console games that the Android is able to emulate. The only thing I am worried is the not-so-positive reviews the phone is receiving on the net – I will definitely check out the phone myself when it arrives before making a decision.

Damn you Xperia Play, your absence in Singapore is the only reason holding me back from buying a phone!


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