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I jumped on the iPhone bandwagon a couple of years ago when the 4s came out. The 4 dropped to $99, which was much more in my budget than previous prices. I still have that 4, and I’m sometimes mocked for it. And though it’s s-l-o-w, I really didn’t want to have to buy a new charger. C’mon Apple, what was with that?

And now that the new 5s are out, I’m again tempted to upgrade, but even worse than purchasing a new arsenal of chargers — it turns out that my unlimited data plan (grandfathered in because of my long customer standing) with AT&T will be revoked when I do.

There are lots of things to love about the iPhone, and I don’t need to tell you about them. While I continue to curse the keyboard daily, I’m hesitant to switch to something else.

LG Lucid 2 - 2However, over the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to test some new phones from Verizon. The first, and possibly a favorite, was the LG Lucid 2. Full disclosure: I think part of my infatuation with this phone was the fact that it was lightning fast compared to my iPhone, and that my have been in part to the fact that it wasn’t loaded down with too many apps, photos and whatever other junk is clogging up my phone.

The Lucid is super light and not at all bulky. I also love how these Android devices sync seamlessly with my Google account. As an early Gmail adopter (Got it in Beta, what?), having easy email and Google Drive access makes converting — or in my case, simply testing — a new phone so much easier.

I felt the same way about the Verizon CASIO G’zOne Commando. A little bulkier than the Lucid, this phone again syncs effortlessly with my Google account, and apps are easy to find and install.

casio-gzone-commando-enhance-mainThe Casio G’zOne Commando has a whole suite of pre-installed apps that set it apart from others. The phone is marketed towards those with an active and outdoor lifestyle — whether hikers or fisherman. It comes stocked with a compass, thermometer, pedometer and more. Plus — perfect for my husband who likes to take his phones fishing (and therefore is on his third iPhone — now with a LifeProof case), the Commando is water, dust and shock resistant, too. No more worries about having your phone in your hand during a passing shower.

And though I didn’t use this feature — the Commando is reminiscent of the early 2000s uber-popular Nextel phones with a walkie-talkie feature.

I’m still uncertain in which direction my next smartphone will take me. What do you prefer? Is an upgraded iPhone worth losing unlimited data? Is it time to break the mold and get an Android-based phone?

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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