Not the best photos ever, but what you see is my smartphone.
It is a 2012 Samsung Galaxy Ace II, the lowest form of Samsung smartphone life available in Canada at the time, running Android 4.04. I have inherited it and am learning something about Android.
It is dressed in a cheap shockproof housing, has a new Samsung battery, it will get a screen protector soon (eBay permitting) and it is unlocked from its former Koodo shackles. It has cost me around $60 all told to ‘make it mine’, over half going towards unlocking.
What about Android?
The version on this phone is ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ 4.04, and it is CONSTANTLY updating apps. not 24/7 exactly but enough to make a Windows user squirm. It does it across Wi-Fi only, but if you have slow Wi-Fi and a cap limit too, you are going to hate a tablet loaded with this stuff. I have seen Android 5.1 Lollipop, on my partner’s new phone incidentally, but I prefer the older ‘4’ versions I think.
It is easily pocketable at a little over 4″ and it doesn’t bend. With its new cover, it looks like a ‘divers’ phone, but experience of others with cellphones tells me that they are about as water resistant as a cotton wool ball
Why don’t I have a ‘Windows’ phone?
If you can find and supply me with a $60 Windows 8.1/10 smartphone, I will gladly accept and use it. Until then, it’s Ice Cream Sandwich.. yum yum 🙂