I’ve been contemplating getting my first smartphone. It would be nice to have internet access where ever I am. But I don’t really need a smartphone. Right now I have a basic flip phone. I have a pay-as-you-go plan that I spend $26 every two months on.

I think if I were to get a smartphone I would switch to Koodo. They have a pay-as-you-go plan that is $15 a month and then you buy a data tab and a talk tab. I estimate that I would only have to top that up every few months. So it would be about $50 every three months and then $15 every month. So that would work out to about $30-40 a month. That means I would be paying $15+ more than I currently pay, just for the convenience of having internet on the go.

I’m still trying to convince myself that it’s worth the money. But even if I did decide to go through with the purchase, I haven’t figured out what kind of phone to get. I posed the question on my Facebook page but it was not helpful at all. I asked them to tell me what kind of phone they would recommend and WHY. Most people just posted the kind of phone they have without any explanation as to why it was good. Other people posted saying that before picking a phone, you have to decide what kind of operating system you want on your phone. It’s a valid point but I wish they would have told me which OS they think is best and why.

Currently, besides my phone that I rarely use, I spend a lot of time on my iPod. I like the apps that are available and would love to be able to transfer them to my new phone. But I know the only way to do that would be to buy an iPhone. I’m told that Android is a better way to go. While I could probably get most of my favourite apps on an android phone as well, I would have to pay for a couple of them again that I have already bought on the iPod.

Assuming I do go with an Android phone, my boyfriend says I should go with a Samsung phone. I like that if I got a Samsung phone I could also get the Samsung Gear Fit to track my steps. I would have to make sure that it would display the time as a watch does too though.

I don’t want a big chunky phone so the Note is out of the running right away. I think I have narrowed it down to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini or the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

What kind of advice do you have for me? Why kind of phone do you have? What phone plan are you on? Have you used any phones that you just hate? Should I even get a smart phone?

Winter Holiday

My boyfriend and I are planning on going somewhere hot in February. I’ve only been to the tropics once in 2007 when I went to Cuba with my last boyfriend. I’m not really sure where we are going to go on this trip. I’m kind of leaving it up to him since it was his idea to go. I would really like to go back to Cuba because I had a good experience there. But for the same reason, I don’t think my current boyfriend wants to go there. I think I would be comfortable going anywhere except for Mexico, which is where he wanted to go. I just hear so many horror stories from there. But I guess most people are fine when they go there.

What tropical places have you been to? Did you book through a travel agent or did you just book online yourself? Do you have any places/resorts you would recommend? I would really like to go to an all inclusive resort, which is what I did in Cuba. It’s so nice not having to worry about buying food, drinking all the free alcohol you want, and just lazying around on the beach.

Do you think it’s better to book the trip now or wait until February and find a last minute deal? I’m a planner. It makes me so nervous when things are not all booked beforehand. I’m trying really hard to be patient and just let things happen. Planning my life has backfired so far so I’m really trying to just go with the flow.

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