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Phone Specs Advice?

  1. Nov 4, 2013 #1
    I want to upgrade my phone, but I'm not sure if it's worth the money. My main question is, does the processor speed make that much of a difference between my current phone (Samsung Galaxy Proclaim- 1GHz) and the new one (ZTE Majesty- 1.2 GHz)? Is it worth the switch? Both phones are from straighttalk $45 a month and run on Verizon towers.

    ZTE Majesty - $181.89
    • Android 4.1 (JellyBean)
    • 4.5" IPS Touch Screen (Plastic)
    • 5 MP Camera/0.3MP Front Facing camera/video recorder
    • 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8625
    • 3G/WiFi + Bluetooth
    • Battery talk time up to 8 hours
    • 5.29 oz weight
    • Resolution Width x Height: 480 x 854
    • 4GB ROM (2GB available for user)
    • 768MB RAM

    Samsung Galaxy Proclaim (aka Illusion)
    • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
    • 3.5" Touch Screen (Glass)
    • 3 MP Camera/Video Recorder
    • 1GHz Processor
    • 3G/WiFi + Bluetooth
    • Battery talk time up to 5.5 hours
    • TouchWizR Lite 3.0
    • Swype
    • 4.05 oz weight
    • Resolution 320 x 480 Pixels
    • 2GB Internal
    • 512MB RAM (though the built in task manager says 431MB and the Settings says 290MB :/)
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  3. Nov 4, 2013 #2


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    Most people upgrade because:
    a) their phone is broken
    b) they want new features
    c) the new phone is smaller, lighter, stays charged longer
    d) the new phone is cooler
    e) other

    So first decide which category you fall into ... then review your budget ... then decide.
  4. Nov 4, 2013 #3


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    You missed the two most important reasons:

    f) You want the same model as your coolest friends have got already.
    g) The new one has a prettier looking case than the old one.

    For actually making phone calls, the landline in my house and a 30-year-old handset still work just fine, with a processor speed of zero :devil:

    (Hmm.... maybe those were already in option d. Being an engineer I read "cooler" as meaning "lower temperature".)
  5. Nov 4, 2013 #4
    I can afford to buy a new phone and it's my decision, so there's no need to "make fun" of that. I just asked for some simple, straight forward advice.

    If you don't care, don't answer.
  6. Nov 4, 2013 #5


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    The advice is: look at what is important to you.

    A raw list of features is meaningless for most people ... it is only when an item on the list is important to you that it matters. That was the essence of the advice I provided previously.

    You should just hit the "Thanks!" button and get on with it. Your money, your decisions, your choices.
  7. Dec 27, 2013 #6
    The processor isn't that matter if you don't play games intensively. The brand and quality are the things that really matter. I bought a Samsung I5508 several years ago and broken a year later. Then I switch to iPhone which is still in good condition even bought 2 years ago.
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