My HTC Detail is nice, but it's showing some signs of starting to get flaky and it's a little bit slow. Plus, they're about to light up LTE near me. Therefore, I'm considering a new phone.
A physical keyboard is mandatory. I don't like the way soft keyboards eat screen real estate. My options appear to be to get an LG Mach from Ting, or wait until BYOSD is available for LTE and pick up a Sprint Photon Q.
I care about being able to swap the battery out, or add a larger battery. Advantage Mach.
I care about the display size and quality. Advantage Photon Q.
I care about speed. Advantage Photon Q on paper, though I'm not sure by how much in practice.
I care about the camera quality, but not the pixel count. Advantage Photon Q, maybe, but both cameras appear to be mediocre.
I would use a world radio if the phone had one, but I currently use my Droid 2 Global when traveling overseas so that's not a dealbreaker. Wait, I just read that the SIM was locked, so I guess that's advantage neither.
I care about the convenience of purchase and setup. Advantage Mach, and it's too bad Ting isn't still selling the Photon Q anymore.
So my questions... is the Photon Q performance appreciably better than the Mach? Are the display quality and speed on the Photon Q worth not being able to replace the battery and being more of a pain in the ass to acquire and set up? Are there other tradeoffs that I've overlooked?
Finally, is there anything interesting on the horizon that has a physical keyboard?