I've been using a crappy non-data plan phone for a few years now. Back in the day I used a Treo. I skipped the iPhone deal since I was on Verizon... eventually Verizon got an iPhone, but the I saw how cheap this Android Galaxy S phone was. I have a friend who strongly urged getting an Android... a Google fanboy I am. Now... I wish I asked around. I've had it for less than a week and I'm not happy... unless I'm not cutting edge enough to figure out some stuff.
1. Bloatware... no problem... just uninstall. Oh, wait, I can't uninstall. Wait, I can...? Oh but I have to root my phone with the probability of jacking my phone up and voiding warranty. OK, cool, I'll just move my bloatware to a far swiping screen that I'll never look at.
2. Can't update my phone. Setting > About > Update. Fail, fail, fail. Restart. Fail. Wait a few days. Fail. Enable third party apps. Still. Fail. No biggy.
3. Cool... just got into Google Music Beta. My friend has the top of the line Android phone. No problem he got the app to install. My phone, no luck. It says my phone is not supported. Wait a few tries, no luck. Wait a few days, no luck, give up.
4. Wait. I can at least sync some music and movies. Nope. How the hell do I connect it to my PC. Oh, I'll use Kies. Wait! It's not supported in America. Oh well. Download it anyways. I was told if I format my SD card, it'll work. I go to Unmount, then format. Then I'm supposed to mount again. Well... not sure if it formatted because it automatically mounts, and my contacts aren't erased... so it likely can't format my internal SD card. Bummer.
5. Ads. Dude! I check my voicemail... there's a button says if I pay a monthly subscription service they can translate my voicemails to text. OK, no thanks. But... still have a button to click (on accident one day). Also... hey, let's present me with another ad to tell me what city the person is calling me from, and I can opt to pay a monthly subscription fee. No thanks! Really, I have to deal with this.
If anyone can alleviate any of these concerns I'd be happy. I think the most important one to me is at least having Google Music app working so I can listen to music streaming instead of spending hours on the phone with Tech Support... who's a guy making 15 bucks an hour who has no clue what he's talking about. The result is always, you have a faulty phone, send it back in.
I suppose I could return the phone, but I'd like to not spend another 50 bucks to get the next phone up, and likely deal with the same BS.