So the touchscreen on my 3 year old Motorola Atrix has a massive dead zone, and I'm getting a new phone. I'm with Bell Canada and I have a few hundred $$ in credit, so I'm going to stick with Bell. I also want to avoid everything but Android. So my choices are available here:
The price isn't really an issue, but of course keeping the price lower is better. I love everything about my Atrix, and I'm sad to see it go, and yet I have had the worst imaginable experience with it; Camera won't focus, screen won't auto-rotate, touchscreen has a dead zone, audio jack works intermittently, Motorola froze the device at Android 2.3.2 and refused to release the display drivers so that the community could build their own Android 4 on it, and then Motorola threatened to sue the guy that managed to develop his own display drivers from scratch... But it was my first Android. And I absolutely love that I can do absolutely anything I want with an Android; I rooted and unlocked the phone, installed a customized version of Cyanogen on it, I made it my phone. So I'm sticking with Android.
My only requirements are that the phone be unlockable and rootable. I was able to both unlock and root my Atrix by myself, using software and a USB cable, with no difficulty whatsoever, and I would hope my next Android would be the same.
Some things that I would like to see, but don't really need are;
- A gyroscope sensor (the more accurate version of an accelerometer sensor),
- an AMOLED/OLED screen (I've never even laid my eyes on an OLED screen before),
- big-format (my atrix is small phone format, but I like the idea of those halfway-between-phone-and-tablet sized phones),
- hardware buttons (my atrix has 4 touch buttons, and I'd like to keep it that way. I do not like the idea of relying on the display driver and hardware to update the screen to show me the button to close a program.)
Things that make absolutely no difference to me, and I would not pay extra money for:
- Thinness and weight (I don't care how thick my phone is, and I don't care how much it weighs),
- fingerprint sensor (seems to be all the rage with the new iPhone, but my Atrix already has a fingerprint sensor! And I never had any use for it!)
- Shape, color, material, or any other purely aesthetic qualities. I do not care how my phone looks. If I had the money, time, and expertise, I would build my own ugly-ass DIY cell phone and put it in a clear plastic case, because I am a geek, not a walking fashion statement.
Thanks for any advice!