From the G1 to the DROID MAXX — here’s my Android history (and we want to hear yours!)

I must admit that I wasn’t on the Android train in the very early beginnings. Whereas our founder and editor in chief Rob Jackson was on the scene from day one, it wasn’t until around September 2008 that I began to hear the rumblings about the ever-dreamy “Google Phone.”

At this point, Apple’s new kid on the block — the iPhone, of course — was kicking butt and taking names, and Blackberry was still a pretty significant force. I was a Windows Mobile guy through and through, but I knew the platform was dying, and for some reason I wasn’t interested in replacing it with offerings from either Apple or Blackberry.

Perhaps part of it was because I wasn’t interested in doing business with AT&T at the time, but a big part of it is that I simply didn’t desire those more popular options. As a big fan of Google’s, I wanted Android. It was at that point that I’d decided I was going to grab the T-Mobile G1 (known as the first “Google Phone” or the “gPhone” in its earlier years) the first day that I could. This is my Android history.

T-Mobile G1

Being a hardcore T-Mobile fan at the time, I was deeply invested in the Windows Mobile-based Shadow lineup, but I could feel Windows beginning to age. It was sheer luck and coincidence that T-Mobile was the only carrier that decided to carry the Android flag way back when. HTC was their running mate, with the Taiwanese company adding another “first” t0 their long list of them.

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I’m talking about the G1, of course, the 3.5-inch keyboard-enabled smartphone that allowed us to enjoy the best of both worlds. Up until then, it was “do I want an awesome keyboard for texting and emails, or a big, beautiful, responsive display for games, videos and other multimedia?”

With the G1, we were able to get both. Granted, Android wasn’t nearly as smooth as iOS back then, nor was the G1 keyboard good enough to best the ones found on high-end Blackberries, but having the best of both worlds felt quite good. My G1 fanaticism was at an all time high after big upgrades like the ones to 1.5 Cupcake and 1.6 Donut, the updates which brought us things like on-screen keyboards, custom widgets, and other standard features we now take for granted in these more mature years of Android.

Things got even juicier once the custom ROM scene exploded with tons of great developers. Folks like JesusFreke and Steve Kondik (of CyanogenMod fame, of course) got their initial shine on this phone and platform, and they made folks like me and you proud to call ourselves geeks. Flashing new custom ROMs was like waking up for Christmas morning and finding a brand new gift under the tree every day. It was a magical time, indeed. Obviously, the train didn’t stop there.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G

The MyTouch 3G was the second Android phone T-Mobile launched, and the first one that came without a hardware keyboard (thanks to the aforementioned software keyboard finally introduced in Cupcake). The device wasn’t quite that far ahead of the G1 in terms of specs, though the added bit of RAM and internal storage made for a bit of a smoother experience at the time. My stint with the MyTouch 3G was short, because 3G was no longer relevant — 4G was calling my name over at the Now Network.

HTC EVO 4G

This was Sprint’s first 4G smartphone — in fact, it was the first 4G smartphone ever — and I just had to have it. I lusted so much that I had no problem paying T-Mobile $300 to escape a contract I’d just signed. Sprint’s promise of WiMax-based 4G LTE wasn’t the only thing that had me salivating.

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This 4.3-inch device was massive for its time. It had a beautiful display, HTC Sense, and a kickstand (because, why not?). It was awesome, and held me down for quite some time. To boot, developer support for this thing was just as huge as it was on the G1, so I was in heaven.

Unfortunately, at some point, I’d started longing for a physical keyboard again. An aging battery also didn’t help things along. I’d sold my EVO 4G in pursuit of the next big thing.

Samsung EPIC 4G

Luckily for me, Sprint had one of the most exciting devices that fit that bill. It was the Samsung Epic 4G, a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. With a beautiful 4-inch AMOLED display, a slick 1GHz Hummingbird processor and a 512MB of RAM, this was the phone to have on Sprint.

samsung-epic-4g-keyboard

Oddly enough, Sprint’s version also offered an LED flash and a notification LED, while other variants ditched those two elements. While not a huge deal, those additions certainly made Sprint’s offering that much sweeter.

HTC EVO 3D

It wasn’t long after getting the Epic 4G that HTC started wooing me with yet another option. This time, they’d look to do it with the EVO 3D. I’m guilty of falling for what I now consider one of the biggest gimmicks in all of smartphones. I’m talking about the dual cameras, and an autostereoscopic 3D display. These two things pulled me in, but many other things started pushing me away.

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For starters, while I appreciated HTC’s attempt at trying out premium metal-based build materials, the easily-chipped paint made the device as ugly as sin after just a few short weeks of use. And don’t get me started on the horrid battery life — even a 3,300mAh extended battery couldn’t help me get through an 8 hour work day. It was so bad that I ended up naming it one of the worst Android smartphones ever, which makes it the worst Android smartphone I’ve ever purchased. I quickly handed this device down to my brother in anticipation of something much better.

Samsung Epic 4G Touch

Ah, yes — Sprint’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S2. This was the phone to have no matter which carrier you did business with, and for good reason. The Samsung Galaxy S takes credit for the initial kick start Samsung needed to get where they are today, but it was the Samsung Galaxy S2 that really shook things up. It was the first smartphone to aggressively challenge Apple’s iPhone in both features and marketing, with Samsung winning over tons of customers on carriers where the iPhone was not yet available.

This 4.5-inch device had it all. It was a dual-core monster with 1GB of RAM, and while that may sound a tad funny in this day and age it was a big deal back when it first launched. Samsung went full steam ahead with TouchWiz, and introduced a lot of useful and unique features on top of Android that other OEMs could only dream of having at the time. It also housed one of the best smartphone cameras you could hope to have.

White-Samsung-Epic-4G-Touch-cropped

While all of this was great, I began to loathe one major problem — Sprint’s inability to get WiMax towers up and running in more major areas. Every year since the EVO 4G launched, I was promised 4G would come to my city by year’s end. Every single year — to this day — I’ve been disappointed.

Sprint hasn’t launched an inkling of 4G LTE in the Milwaukee area, and 3G was getting so bad that doing something as simple as checking Foursquare or Twitter became impossible tasks without WiFi. It was because of the terrible network quality and those broken promises that I was allowed to get out of my contract without having to pay an early termination fee. I decided to set my sights on the first company that was able to get 4G LTE up and running in my area.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Luckily for me, I found someone on Reddit willing to give up their Verizon unlimited data family account with two full upgrades available without me having to pay a dime (this was at a time where 4G was about to be axed, so these accounts were going for a premium on eBay). They were even nice enough to send me two original Motorola DROIDs with tons of accessories at no cost.

My brother and I had the displeasure of using those Motorola DROIDs for a few weeks (it was good for its time, but extremely dated by now) until the phone we really wanted launched — the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It was going to be the perfect marriage, I thought.

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Here was a dual-core phone with completely stock Android, 4G LTE radios, NFC and a beautiful Super AMOLED HD display. The device had some shortcomings — namely the lack of expandable storage and horrid battery life — but I was willing to put up with them because of the promises that Nexus devices were supposed to bring.

Those promises — namely timely system updates — were completely nullified thanks to Verizon. This wasn’t a huge issue for me, of course, as I’d grown accustomed to flashing ROMs to get what I want, but my brother was in a different boat.

We’d used the phones for nearly a year anyway, but when the display on both of them cracked (we’re a clumsy bunch, I tell ya’) we decided it wasn’t worth paying a deductible to get them replaced. He ultimately decided to get an iPhone 5, while I was obviously interested in staying on the Android train. Something big was on the horizon.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

I was a fan of Samsung’s original Galaxy Note, but its lack of availability on the carriers I preferred always kept me from looking at it as a viable option. Thankfully, Samsung’s second attempt at the new “phablet” category they are credited with making was available on nearly any carrier you could think of, and it was the perfect device for me. The full rundown can be had in our Galaxy Note 2 review.

Huge HD display? Long-lasting all-day battery life? Quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM? Wacom-enabled digitized S Pen with unique features like multi-window? All these things were worth gold to me, which is why I had no problem dropping $700 for the Verizon version due to not having an upgrade available. It was the first — and probably the last — time I’d ever paid full retail price for a smartphone, but I enjoyed every last bit of it.

Samsung-galaxy-note-2-stylus

The Note 2 was my dream phone, and there was nothing anyone could say to keep me away from it. But as much as I loved it, I was beginning to fall out of love with TouchWiz. I began to see just how much of a resource hog it was, and found my phone becoming more sluggish as time went on. It wasn’t terribly slow, but not as fast as it was out of the box.

The lack of updates (even to this day) didn’t help. The device is still on Android 4.1.2 officially, and there’s no telling when (or if) Samsung and Verizon will ever bring folks up to Android 4.3 and beyond. I’d grown tired of waiting for much needed updates, and TouchWiz was no longer desirable to me. I still have the Note 2, but it’s merely a backup to what I now consider the best device I’ve ever owned.

Motorola DROID Maxx

I sidelined my Note 2 about a month and a half ago and looked to buy a new smartphone under Verizon’s new Edge upgrade program. This meant losing my unlimited data at this point, but after realizing I didn’t even come close to using half a gigabyte each month (I’m almost always on WiFi) I decided this was no longer an issue.

DROID MAXX-4

With that, I sought out to buy a smartphone with three very key factors:

  • Battery life
  • Stability
  • Long-term support

I won’t go into much detail about why my latest choice — the Motorola DROID MAXX — satiates most of these areas (with the only current unknown obviously being long-term support), because I already went through that in the lengthy editorial I wrote here, as well as my full review. The TL;DR version? Forget the specs, the gimmicky features and the hype: give me useful features, long battery life and a phone that doesn’t do too much (and subsequently crash and slow down because of it), and I’ll be happy.

What’s next?

So that’s where I stand today. I’m not sure which Android phone I’ll have yet. I’m not even sure if my next phone will be an Android phone… read into that what you will. I’ll tell you one thing, though — if, by the grace of the deities of the universe, the Nexus 5 launches on Verizon, I’ll be the first one in line with $350 – $400 to line Google’s pockets with.

So what about you? Which phone did you start with, and what do you have now? Android has been a huge part of my life, obviously. I wouldn’t have the great job I have today, and wouldn’t have met the many wonderful people I’ve met along the way if it weren’t for my love of all things Android. I’m sure there are others like me who cherish Android, and view it as more than just “that OS that runs on that phone I have.” We want to hear about all of that and everything in between, so sound off in the comments section and let us know your Android history!

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  • cns2007

    OG Droid, HTC Thunderbolt, Galaxy Nexus… hopefully soon Nexus 5 (sans-Verizon)

  • A. Martinez

    HTC G1, Motorola CLIQ, Samsung Vibrant (Galaxy S), HTC Sensation, Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note III

  • ChristianMcC

    MyTouch 3g > Moto Cliq > MyTouch 3g with headphone jack > MyTouch 3g slide > Samsung Vibrant > LG G2x > Samsung Nexus s > Samsung Galaxy Nexus > definitely an LG Nexus 5

    • Blkegk

      LMAO @ butt clown

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    Welp….Droid X then Galaxy Nexus. Not really able to afford more than every 2 years.

    • John Andrew Stuart

      Samsung GS2 Sky Rocket… That’s about it lol! Not sure whether to purchase the Nexus 5 or the the upcoming GS5.

    • ChristianMcC

      You can buy used, too, but understandable on Verizon.

  • Randy

    OG Droid, Galaxy Nexus….. Nexus 5??? Please Verizon

  • Big_EZ

    Droid X (my favorite), HTC Thunderdud (worst phone ever, Droid Bionic, Droid RAZR Maxx, Galaxy Note 2, next up is probably either a Note 3 or a Droid Maxx.

    I love the size of the Note 2, and the Note 3 improves on the form factor and has a microSD slot, but the crappy Samsung software is really starting to annoy me and AOSP doesn’t run well even with the unlocked bootloader. The Droid Maxx is the only phone I’m excited about, but the only reason I haven’t jumped on it yet is the lack of external storage.

    • guitarist5122

      Is say your Note 2 is defective then. This Note 2 is the most stable and smooth stock experience I’ve ever had.

  • satsmine2k4

    Mine
    1. Motorola Droid X
    2. Motorola Atrix
    3. Samsung Galaxy s2
    4. Samsung galaxy s2 LTE with at&t
    5. Samsung galaxy Note
    6. Samsung galaxy S3
    7. Htc one X
    8. Google Nexus 4
    9. Sony Xperia ZL
    10. Samsung galaxy s4
    Currently using (randomly)
    1. Sony xperia z Ultra
    2. Samsung galaxy note 3
    3. Htc One
    4. Google Nexus 4
    5. Sony xperia ZL
    Tablets current
    1. Google nexus 10
    2. Apple ipad mini
    3. Samsung galaxy note 10.1 2014 edition…

    • cns2007

      Holy Crap!!

      • John Andrew Stuart

        My thoughts exactly!

      • satsmine2k4

        Ya i like options…:)

    • John Andrew Stuart

      Ballin’!

    • Kimon

      OMG..! are u a Mobile store..? =)

      • satsmine2k4

        :) no… but close…

    • guitarist5122

      You sir, have a problem. An ipad mini?

      • satsmine2k4

        Well ya! As you see i loooooooove android… am ok with IOS and hate windows… hence the ipad mini… mostly used by my wife…

  • jeephacker

    Samsung Moment > Samsung Epic 4G > HTC Evo 4G > Galaxy S3

  • Eric Soriano

    I’ve tried so many I don’t think I can list them all but here goes. OG Droid, Droid Eris, HTC Incredible, HTC Thunderbolt, Droid X, Droid 2, Droid 4, Droid Pro, Droid Charge, Continuum, Galaxy Nexus, Fascinate, Stratosphere II, Droid Razr, Droid Razr HD, Droid Razr M, S3, S4, Note 2, Droid Maxx, HTC One, Droid Ultra.
    Tablets: Acer A100, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Note 10.1, Galaxy Tab 2 7, Note 8.

    • John Andrew Stuart

      =-O !

  • EDNYLaw

    Phones: OG Droid, Droid X, Droid Bionic, Droid Razr, Galaxy Nexus… Nexus 5 if and when I leave VZW

    Tablets: Xoom, Nexus 7, Nexus 10

  • MetalWeirdo

    Samsung Galaxy S >HTC Desire Z > Samsung Galaxy S2 > HTC One X > Galaxy Nexus > Sony Xperia Z

    I’m really targeting a LG G2 or a Nexus 5

  • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

    HTC g2 / desire z – running cm 7

    Samsung galaxy tab 7.0 2 – running cyanogenmod 10.2

    Nexus 4 – running paranoid android

  • Jacob Brown

    HTC EVO 4G–>HTC EVO 3D–>HTC EVO LTE (currently using till Nexus 5)

    Nexus 7 & Nexus 10 (Both Still currently in use)

    Google TV (Retired)–>Android Mini PC (Dead)–>Chromecast

  • Chris R

    G1, Nexus One, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 & Nexus 10.

  • Jordan Greiner

    Interesting…

    My history includes:
    1. HTC Hero
    2. Motorola Milestone (OG Droid)
    3. HTC Desire
    4. Samsung Galaxy S
    5. HTC Merge
    6. Motorola Milestone X (Droid X)
    7. LG Ignite
    8. Motorola Milestone X2 (Droid X2)
    9. Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    10. Samsung Galaxy S III
    11. LG Nexus 4
    12. Samsung Galaxy S IV
    13. HTC One

    Currently using:
    SGS4, HTC One, and ASUS Nexus 7 2013

    • John Andrew Stuart

      O.O!

  • Shawn_Locke

    T-Mobile G1 —> Samsung Galaxy Vibrant (Galaxy S) —> Verizon Galaxy Nexus —> Verizon Nexus 5(?) lol probably not

  • Jason Miller

    1. Samsung Galaxy S
    End of story ^^ still waiting for a phone to finally replace it…

    • RozJC

      I admire your patience.

  • Guest

    G1<Moto Cliq<Behold II< MyTouch 3G< Nexus One< MyTouch 4G< Nexus S< HTC Sensation< Nexus S< Amaze 4G< Galaxy S2 Epic 4G< Galaxy Nexus< Galaxy S3< Nexus 4

  • http://winsource.com/ Joe Fedewa

    HTC Droid Eris
    Motorola DROID 2
    HTC Trophy
    HTC 8X
    Nokia Lumia 925

    ;)

  • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

    Phones: MyTouch 3g > Dell Streak > Motorola Atrix > Nexus 4
    Tablets: Galaxy Tab 8.9 > Transformer Pad TF300 > Nexus 7 (2012)

    As you can see, after some trial and error, I arrived in the Nexus camp, and I will be staying in that camp for the foreseeable future.

  • cassoftroy

    HTC G2, HTC Sensation, Galaxy Note 1, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note 3 (I wish I could get the Nexus 5 but just got the new note and I have an iPhone 5 so no dice)

  • Tommy Thompson

    Phones: Samsung Moment, EVO 4G, Samsung Epic, Nexus S, Epic Touch, SIII, Nexus 4
    Tablets: Galaxy Tab 1st gen, Nexus 7(2012)

  • TomH88

    Nexus one
    Galaxy s2
    Galaxy s3 (minus touchwiz)
    HP Touchpad
    Galaxy s4 (minus touchwiz)

  • jessez93

    Samsung Infuse > Samsung Galaxy S2 > Motorola Atrix HD > Nexus 4
    They’re ally babies and I’ve enjoyed them all for different reasons :)

  • Moses JC

    G1,g2, HTC amaze , HTC one s, nexus 4, HTC one

  • http://www.twitter.com/OtisFeelgood1 OtisFeelgood

    HTC Hero, HTC Evo 4G, HTC Evo 3D, HTC Sensation, HTC Amaze, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Note 2. My next phone will either be a Galaxy Note 3 or a Nexus 5.

  • zifnab

    myTouch 3g > Nexus One > MyTouch 4g > LG G2x > HTC Sensation > Nexus 4. Favorites are the Nexus One and Nexus 4.

  • harold

    Nexus one>Dell Streak>Note>,Xoom>Nexus 4>Nexus 10>Note 2

  • GutterIsATool

    Nexus One
    Thunderbolt
    Galaxy Nexus
    Droid DNA
    Galaxy S4

    I rooted and ROMed every one of them. Once my contract is up (or maybe sooner if they continue to piss me off), I’ll be leaving Verizon, so I can switch back to Nexus devices. AT&T’s network is catching up. I’m tired of Verizon telling me how to use the device that I paid full price for.

    I’ve also had a Nook Color and Transformer Prime.

  • SUMmaro400ex

    Droid, Droid X, Droid Incredible, Droid Bionic, Galaxy Nexus, Note 2, NExu 4

  • masterxchief

    OG Droid, Droid 2 Global, Droid X, Samsung Fascinate, HTC Thunderbolt, Galaxy Nexus, Evo 4G LTE, Optimus G, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, probably Nexus 5 next

  • mikeclee

    HTC Hero > HTC Evo 4G > Motorola Droid Bionic > HTC Rezound > Nexus 4 > Samsung Galaxy S4 > HTC One

  • Scott Niemczyk

    Motorola droid, droid RAZR, galaxy note 2 and now the note 3. keeping unlimited all the way through.

  • atan420

    Phones: Samsung Fascinate -> HTC Thunderbolt (for a very short amount of time) -> Droid Bionic -> Droid Razr Maxx HD (Current)

    Tablets: Nook Tablet (CM10.1) -> Nexus 10 (Current)

    • GutterIsATool

      Lol. I got rid of my Thunderbolt as fast as I could too. It sounded so awesome before I got it….

      • atan420

        I also forgot to mention my Droid Incredible 2 between Fascinate and Thunderbolt. It’s the whole reason for my switch to the Thunderbolt (it broke and I borrowed a friends) I the TBolt for a whopping 2 weeks.

  • Anonymous

    Lg G2x–>Samsung Galaxy Note 2—> Samsung Galaxy Note 3….I will never buy LG again unless it is a nexus.

  • NYCHitman1

    Phones (in order): HTC G1, HTC Nexus One, HTC Hero, HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO 3D, Samsung Galaxy S 3, Samsung Galaxy S 4 (current).

    Tablets (in order): ASUS Transformer Pad TF101, ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T, Samsung Nexus 10, ASUS Nexus 7 (2013 – current).

    Anticipating LG Nexus 5 and Nexus 10 (2013) purchases.

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    Verizon: OG Droid, Droid X, Sprint: Evo 4g, ATT:Samsung infuse, Galaxy nexus, Nexus 4, Note 2, T-Mobile: Nexus 4, Note2, S4, Nexus 4 again and now not so patiently waiting for the Nexus 5.

  • Mike

    The g1 had a 3.2 inch screen quentynn, not a 3.5 like the iPhone had. But yeah my list goes g1, galaxy s (vibrant), HTC sensation, vz galaxy nexus, HTC one, LG G2. The g2 is my favorite by far. Got rid of the one for it and couldn’t be happier

  • Aztec713

    G1> Behold 2> Mytouch 3g> G2> Mytouch 4g > Mytouch 4g slide> Galaxy S2 (AT&T) > GS3 > Galaxy Note 3

  • AnthonyJCRM

    Google Ion
    HTC Hero
    Nexus One
    Samsung Galaxy S2
    Galaxy Nexus
    HTC One
    LG G2

  • blest

    G1,MotoCliq, Nexus1, G2x or whatever the LG crap was called, Samsung galaxy epic touch, HTC Rezound, Sgs3.

  • Bryan Yoshida

    Motorola Droid, DroidX, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Nexus 7 II…next phone will be pretty much be decided squarely on whoever steps up their camera quality game (lumia 1020 has me interested)

  • reznorfan0

    Quentyn, I had no idea you were a fellow Milwaukee person. I have to ask, what keeps you from trying out USCC? I am still on the fence about switching back to Verizon (after a year of switching back to USCC), the company has awesome coverage and speed, but they are just so damn evil….

    Anywho, started my android journey with the original Moto droid, which is my first smartphone and also the device that brought me to big red. It was a good phone, and the hardware keyboard, combined with the gamegripper and android emulators was the envy of all my iphone using freinds. Once I took the plunge and started flashing custom ROMs, it became a constant project onto itself, always trying to find new ways to tweak/customize the phone, and squeeze every last drop of speed I could.

    Then came the huge decision, do I get the Droid 2…or the Droid X? My trusty gamegripper wouldn’t work on the D2 (remember the R2D2 variant?), and the guy making the gripper couldn’t confirm if he would be making one for it, so I ditched the keyboard and went with the “monster” screen of the X. I loved the build quality of that phone, and really liked the hardware buttons on the front. ROM support was insane for that phone. I have nothing but fond memories, (and my son still uses it to this day as his mini-tablet for gaming and music).

    Then came the g-nexus. 4G!! It was a pretty peice of hardware, ROMs aplenty, the ability to actually change my “hardware” buttons, literally nothing I couldn’t customize as far as the interface of that phone. I kept me happy for a while, but the VERY shnitty camera and equally shnitty battery life, along with no expandable storage, my eye’s began to wander. I stole one of my kid’s upgrades and got the note 2.

    I have nothing but good to say about the note 2, fast, big screen, good battery, decent (not great) camera, enough ROMs, the S-pen (complete with light saber sounds), it’s just great. But then the specs of the note 3 starting leaking, and I started to want. Luckily, my brother didn’t want to pay for a full upgrade, so he bought my N2 for $50, I took the upgrade and got a note 3 last week. Couldn’t be happier.

  • Mitchel White

    Phones
    Nexus 1 > HTC Vivid > Galaxy Note i717 > Nexus 4 > Galaxy Note 3

    Tablets
    Xoom > Nexus 7 > Note 10.1 > Nexus 7 (2013)

    TV
    Sony 2nd gen

    Wearable
    Galaxy Gear

  • Sean Maysonet

    G1, MyTouch, Nexus 1, MyTouch Slide(for work reasons at TMO), Galaxy S, Galaxy Nexus, Note 2, GS4 with GE ROM

  • John Wentworth

    For my history talk about bouncing around platforms.. and carriers lol :)
    (The blackberry and focus weren’t my choices, work phones, before they let us choose devices.)
    Retired Phones: iPhone3GS, Blackberry Torch, Samsung Focus (WP7), Samsung Captivate, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC Rezound, GSM Galaxy Nexus, AT&T Galaxy S II, Nexus 4

    Current Phones
    AT&T Galaxy S4 (Personal)
    Rooted, Clean rom 1.5
    HTC First (Work)
    Rooted

  • redrooster13

    Samsung Captivate, HTC Inspire, Samsung Galaxy Note, HTC Vivid, Samsung Galaxy s3, HTC One.

  • rudyy

    Motorola Droid X (Verizon),
    Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Verizon – returned after 10 days due to weak radio),
    iPhone 4 (Verizon),
    LG (?) (Virgin Mobile – never activated)
    Samsung Galaxy S2 (Straight Talk),
    HTC One Google Play edition unlocked (first on T-Mobile, then AT&T, and now Straight Talk).

    • rudyy

      And a 2012 Nexus 7

  • ngo93

    HTC myTouch 3G -> Google Nexus One -> HTC Sensation -> Google Galaxy Nexus -> Google Nexus 4

  • Aaron

    G1> Cliq> Evo 4g> Evo 3D> Galaxy S3> Galaxy S4.

  • iamdluhansa

    Epic 4G, Desire HD, Sensation, Galaxy Note, Nexus S, Photon, Galaxy S III, Optimus G Pro

  • nofearofimaginarymen

    Evo 4g—–Evo4g LTE (leaving Sprint because I get dial-up data speeds and promises do not entice me anymore)——-Nexus 5 off contract
    I also stuck with sprint because I am paying $48 a month after discounts. If I could get better data and service, I would stick around but after 10 years, service should get better, not worse.

    • ChristianMcC

      Too true, but FYI you may be able to stick with Sprint on the N5. At the $48 did you have unlimited data?

      • nofearofimaginarymen

        I do have unlimited data. I have been trending how much data I use, and due to the slow speeds, I actually use less than 300mb a month. I am pretty sure that since I don’t use that much mobile data, I am a good candidate for using straight talk and paying up front for a year making my monthly cost about $41.50 a month. My wife and I should have way better coverage, and better data speeds. In the long run, it will save us a little bit of money since we will also be dropping insurance through best buy (they changed their terms where if you phone breaks you have to pay over $100 for a new one). And since we have poor service where I go to school, her work, and our home, our batteries are draining way too fast. I am hoping that the Nexus 5 coupled with a better service provider will correct our woes.

  • PhishyKris

    DINC -> TBOLT -> GNEX -> GS4.

  • PhaseBurn

    So my first Android phone was the ADP1, as sold by Google as a developer phone. But it didn’t do 3G on AT&T, since it only had T-Mobile 3G radio support. EDGE on AT&T got old, so I replaced it with an HTC Dream that featured 3G AT&T frequencies.

    I then picked up the Google ION from IO, but I preferred the hardware keyboard of the Dream, not to mention the ION had the same problem – no 3G support on AT&T.

    I at one point ended up with a Sholes (OG Droid) for a few weeks but being a Verizon phone I didn’t keep it. When the Nexus One was announced, I watched the announcement live on YouTube like everybody else, but, I did it from my trusty Nexus One. Yay for prerelease :-) By this time I had switched to T-Mobile.

    After the Nexus 1, I got an HTC Evo at the next IO, in addition to another pair of Droids, but after the 3 months of free Sprint service ended, I didn’t use it much. I think it found itself running Cyanogenmod and being used as a PDA via WiFi for a while, but, I wasn’t impressed. The display was larger, but the pixel count wasn’t any higher than the N1, and just looked jagged.

    I upgraded the N1 to a Nexus S the day they were released, and upon brickage, replaced it with yet another NS. I also picked up a Xoom the day those came out, and then got myself a Galaxy Tab from Samsung at the next IO, too.

    After the NS, I went for a Galaxy Nexus, which lasted me for a while.

    Finally, I bit the bullet and picked up a Nexus 4 and 10 when those came out, and they’re still my daily drivers.

    I’ve picked up additional phones for friends or as gifts, but if I didn’t use ‘em for more than a week, I didn’t include them.

  • nosmohtac

    Samsung moment>Evo4G>Epic4G>
    Atrix4G>Note>Note2>Note3.

  • Guest

    droid, droid2, samsung charge, iphone4s for a day, thunderbolt, rezound, moto x. Damn vzw and theyre unlimited data

  • Jeff Jansen

    I got a new T-Mobile line for the G1 the day it came out. That was back when I was young, single, and rich :) Since then back to Verizon for the Droid, Droid Charge, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3. Also have a Galaxy tab, Toshiba Thrive 10″, Nexus 7, and Hisense Pulse.

  • Rich

    Droid, droid2, samsung charge, iphone4 for a day, thunderbolt, rezound, moto x.

    • John Andrew Stuart

      iPhone 4 for a day? Do tell.

      • Rich

        I liked how it looked. Once in hand, no rss feeds, nothing what i was used to doing on my droids, i returned it. Nothing more. Its fine for others. Not for me.

  • Peter Elder

    Phones:
    Samsung Moment
    Samsung Epic 4G
    Samsung Galaxy Nexus

    All Samsung, all Sprint. My next phone will be neither. They’re both crap.

    Tablets:
    Still using my Motorola Xoom!

  • Sean

    You’re still with Verizon? o.O Is it a coverage thing? Because if not, that’s questionable.

  • Jacob

    2010 -> Nexus One
    2011 -> Nexus One
    2012 -> Nexus One
    2013 -> Nexus One

    • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

      You sir, you sir are dedicated.

      • Jacob

        That’s how I do, ;-).

        They say the spec war is over now? This baby has been getting better up to the present day… we had it in twenty-ten yo.

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      I’m sensing a pattern…

      • Jacob

        Perceptive! Sadly, this might be the year I have to put the old dog down. I cancelled my insurance so she’ll have no more repairs, and given her recent screen crack and non responsive power button, I’m unsure she’ll make it to Christmas.

  • RozJC

    Started with the HTC Dream (or T-Mobile G1 as everyone knew it in the UK), then went on to the HTC Desire Z. Back then, I loved physical keyboards as was too reluctant to give them up. Then I bit the bullet and bought myself a Nexus 4. Then I lost that Nexus 4 in Morocco and now I’m back on my Desire Z. Fortunately, the Nexus 5 is (hopefully) just around the corner, so I think I’ll be making that my next device.

  • Kevin

    Phones: OG Droid, HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Galaxy SII, Nexus 4, Soon-to-be Nexus 5

    Tablets: Archos 10.1, Viewsonic GTab, Notion Ink Adam Tablet, Asus Transformer 101, Asus Transformer 201, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 2013

  • Dustin Anglin

    Droid X, Droid X2, Droid Incredible 2, Droid Bionic, Galaxy Nexus, Droid M, Galaxy Nexus, Moto X

  • Joseph Evans

    G1 – MyTouch 3g – Mytouch 3g Slide – Nexus One – SGS1(Vibrant) – G2x – Sensation – Sidekick 4g – SGS2 – Galaxy Nexus – SGS3 – Nexus 4 – Nexus5/Moto X? (undecided)

  • Marq D.

    Phones
    August 2010-Droid 2
    December 2012-Droid Razr Maxx HD

    Tablets
    May 2011-Acer A500
    July 2013- Nexus 7 FHD 2013

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    Galaxy S1 (Captivate) —> Galaxy S3 —> Galaxy Note 3

    My Android device history is short and sweet, not because I’m “poor” or untechy, but because I don’t believe in upgrading more often than once a year, since it’s both a waste of good money and a needless drain on the environment (pollution, landfill, rareearth minerals, slavelabor, etc). I realize most people don’t give SHIfT though.

    • Jacob

      Agreed

    • nmw407

      Agreed, which is why my history is also short: G1 -> MyTouch 4G -> Note 2. I may go Nexus 5 later, but we’ll see. I still have my G1 sitting on the night stand as my clock radio.

  • Joshua

    Htc 6800- ran over with my truck

    Htc 6800- second one dropped from ladder

    Huawei ascend- still going. Gave to youngest son.

    Droid x- still going gave to middle son.

    Nokia 520- oldest sons phone

    Galaxy S 3- current phone

    My next upgrade will be for the note 3

  • REVS

    ok get ready ………
    G1… got it 1st day , fell in love ..slam dunked my bb pearl in to the trash
    mt3gs , still one of my fav phones very underated phone good cam specs for the time very smooth
    droid 2 , switched to verizon phone was good but the network was too slow cdma “3g” is crap compared to GSM
    quickly went back to t mob and got the
    MT4g , wow what a phone 1st real 4g speeds great cam ,screen,build loved it
    g2x ..was decent
    htc sensation, thought it would be a good upgrade ..it was ok battery sucked but i got a bigger one on amazon for 12$ problem solved , good screen great camera cant complain
    evo 4g lte ..switched to sprint bad idea …3 yrs later still no 4g and the 3g on cdma was unbareable great phone but had to returen to t-mo
    HTC ONE S —prolly my fav phone ever ,best looking phone very fast hspa42 ,smooth good screen best camera ive ever seen on a phone
    nexus 4- great phone super smooth crappy camera , broke after 2 weeks on short drop cracked both sides becvame a 400$ paper weight

    HTC ONE … LOVING IT COULDNT BE HAPPIER all i need is t mob to ok google wallet upgrading to 4.3 as i tytpe this
    cam could be better but i was spolied by htc one s
    thinkin ab one max…but dont have the cash

    also had htc evo 3d ,note 2 ,evo slide,galxy one and 2 for a short while

  • Alan Shearer

    t-mobile g1 to xperia play to galaxy nexus atm, hoping to upgrade to the nexus 5 when it launches.

  • bbcrisp03

    Anyone here ever felt the brutal pain having the Motorola Cliq / Cliq XT??? SO embarrassing. ABSOLUTE WORST ANDROID EXPEREINCE! complete disaster on a updates, underpowered piece of junk I’VE EVER HAD. Because of that disaster i will only by Nexus devices…. Period.

    • ChristianMcC

      I wouldn’t rule out other phones because of it, but I totally understand your frustration with non-nexus devices.

  • Sébastien

    HTC magic, Nexus one, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 and the next one will definitely be a Nexus again (whether it’s the 5 or the 2014 version)

  • breadable

    Here are the phone I used for over a month:

    1. OG Droid
    2. Thunderbolt
    3. Droid 4
    4. HTC Droid DNA
    5. HTC One X
    6. Droid Maxx

    But I have also purchased a lot of phones on ebay and used them for a few weeks to see how they were:

    Samsung Droid Charge
    LG Revolution
    Samsung Stratosphere
    Pantech Breakout

    Droid Bionic
    Galaxy Nexus
    LG Spectrum
    Droid Razr
    Galaxy S3

  • Mahercs

    Droid X
    Droid Razr Maxx
    Droid Maxx
    What can I say, the Droid brand got me early. (debated the X, but don’t want to regret the battery life difference later)

  • Eric Soriano

    Thank you for starting this, it makes me know that I’m not as crazy as I thought I was!

  • kev2684

    my first smartphone was pretty recent
    Samsung Galaxy S II
    Samsung Galaxy Note II
    LG Nexus 5 (possibly next)

  • Christopher Robert

    Original iPhone
    iPhone 3gs
    Motorola Atrix 4G
    Galaxy Note 2

    Yeah yeah yeah, I owned 2 iPhones, but back then the Android experience wasn’t that great.

  • Jay Ochs

    1. htc droid eris
    2. htc incredible
    3. htc rezound
    4. samsung Galaxy nexus
    5. samsung galaxy s3
    6. htc droid dna
    7. another galaxy s3, but white this time
    8. samsung galaxy s4
    9. LG g2

  • PaulMonroeJr

    My list of phones are as follows:
    1. G1 – I didn’t know what android was at that point, a T-Mobile sales associate sold me on it being the “next big thing”
    2. HTC Hero – really great phone for its time, made me love sense
    3. HTC Evo – I really loved this phone. It made me feel like a had a actual smartphone
    4. Note 2 – this is my current phone and THE BEST phone I have owned to date.

    Its no telling what I’ll get after the note 2, I just know that android has grabbed my attention from the first time I powered on my G1, and I’m sure I’m not switching ecosystems any time soon.

  • John Burg

    1. Htc G1
    2. Htc Mytouch 3g
    3. Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate
    4. Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G
    5. Htc Evo 4G
    6. Samsung Sidekick 4G
    7. Samsung Galaxy S 4G (T989v)
    8. Motorola Atrix 4G HD
    9. Samsung Galaxy Note

    And hopefully next is the Nexus 5. or possibly the sony xperia z1 if it comes too tmobile

  • nyc_rock

    Not in order. Easier by MFG.

    Palm Treo
    Palm 700w
    Palm 700wx
    Moto Q
    Moto Droid
    Moto Droid 2
    Moto Atrix
    Moto Atrix 2
    Moto Droid Razr Maxx
    Blackberry Curve
    Blackberry Bold
    Blackberry Storm
    Blackberry Storm 2
    Iphone 3G
    Iphone 3GS
    Iphone 4
    Iphone 4S
    Iphone 5
    Iphone 5S
    Samsung Galaxy S
    Samsung GS2
    Samsung GS3
    Samsung GS4
    HTC Touch
    HTC Touch Diamond
    HTC OneX
    HTC One
    Nokia 920

    • John Andrew Stuart

      Redonkulous!

      • nyc_rock

        tell me about it. I have a sickness.

        • John Andrew Stuart

          Infect me! lol!

  • Caleb Loop

    AH
    Motorola Droid
    Motorola Droid 2
    Motorola Droid 2 Global (I got a lot of warranty replacements)
    Motorola Droid X
    HTC EVO 4G
    Apple iPhone 4 (secondary phone)
    Samsung Galaxy Nexus ( <3 )
    LG Nexus 4
    LG Nexus 5 :)

  • Matthew Latorella

    Phones:
    Virgin mobiles Motorola Triumph, Galaxy nexus, Nexus 4, and Note 2
    all of which have been rooted and have a custom rom (PAC-MAN for the Note 2)

    Tablets:
    Coby Kyros MID 7012, Dell Streak 7, Nexus 7, Got rid of them when I got the Note 2

  • Mr. Raider™

    LG Rumor-Sprint
    Palm Pre-Sprint
    Epic 4G Touch-Sprint
    Galaxy Note 3!!!-Verizon
    Ain’t looking back either!

  • MarcusDW

    Galaxy S
    Galaxy S 2
    Galaxy Note 2…

    Galaxy Note 4 + Gear 2 (watch)

    • John Andrew Stuart

      Note 4? Man I want your connections! :P

  • Mark

    HTC Desire w. Cyanogenmod (used for streaming audio at home)
    Samsung Galaxy Nexus w. Cyanogenmod (backup phone; currently resides in my car for streaming audio)
    Samsung Nexus 10 – Stock Android (Main Tablet, rendering my playbook to be a coaster)
    HTC One – Stock HTC Sense (Main phone)

    I still use every one of these devices on a daily basis.

    Pre-Android history includes some candy bar b/w Nokia, Motorola V220, and a Motorola Krzr. Future phone will likely be a 6th generation Nexus.

  • Derrick

    1. Samsung Moment (Sprint)
    2. Samsung Epic (Sprint)
    3. Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Sprint)
    4. Samsung Galaxy S3 (AT&T)
    5. Nexus 4 (AT&T)
    6. HTC One (AT&T)
    I think I want to get the next Nexus or possibly the next Galaxy S.

  • SocalTeknique

    1. G1
    2. Nexus One
    3. Nexus S
    4. HTC Amaze 4G (Canadian Version)
    5. Galaxy Nexus
    6. Xperia ZR (Current)

  • anonymously_redacted

    Like Quentyn, I was riding the WinMo train (HTC Touch) before Android. I stalked forums for days, waiting for the perfect device on VZW. Android Forums did an incredible job of stalking what was, to this day, one of my favorite Android devices I’ve owned: The HTC Droid Incredible. A year later, it was rooted and I was hooked.

    Next it was the Rezound. Time, a paper clip, and the intentional shorting of two pins layer, it was rooted. It served me well, but meager support from a butt hurt XDA/Rootzwiki feud and piss poor battery life made me eager to be rid of it.

    My wife’s S3 began to tempt me, but I needed more. My 6 year loyalty to HTC was left in tatters by uninspired devices and poor support.

    As such, the Galaxy Note 2 became my new baby, and I left it stock until a few months ago. I rooted, promptly upgraded it to 4.3 and got a solid rom settled just in time for the Note 3.

    Ah, the Note 3…. My current baby. Rooted her straight out of the box. Xposed in place, things tweaked, and I’m working on manually debloating it. So far, it’s a dream. I’m the epitome of a power user. Between demoing connected gadgets all day, my reddit and Hulu addictions, and high end gaming, I put my phones through hell. The fact that it’s pulling nearly 9 hours of battery (with about 75% being screen on, auto bright) is serving me decently well. Once the bootloader is unlocked, tweaking the processor to undervolt some will help.

  • Gus70

    1) HTC Inspire 4G

    2) HTC Vivid 4G

    3) HTC One X

    4) Nexus 4

    5) Nexus 5 —- any day now

    6) Nexus whatever comes next

    7) Nexus whatever comes next

    8) and on and on and on…..NEXUS FOR LIFE!!!

  • tomn1ce

    OG Droid, Galaxy Nexus, and up next the G-Note 3………

  • droi_d

    Because of where I live Verizon is the only decent carrier:

    Motorola Droid
    Motorola Droid X

    Galaxy Nexus / Motorola Droid Razr (Bought on Craigslist played around with for a little while then sold it)
    Galaxy S4

  • gardobus

    After my Blackberries, it went:

    1. Droid OG
    2. HTC Eris
    3. Droid X
    4. Galaxy Nexus (Toro)

    With some Fascinate and Stratosphere sprinkled in the middle while playing with my wife’s phones.

    So far my next phone is expected to be a Nexus 5, Note 3, or Galaxy S5. Contract is up in February and we’re most likely moving to TMo.

  • Josh P.

    In order:
    BB Storm ( Bought, 4 replacements)
    BB Tour (Given free by store manager due to piss poor storm quality)
    Droid Eris (1 year upgrade, Who needs physical keyboards)
    OG Droid (Bought, I need a physical keyboard thats who)
    Droid Incredible (2 year, Sale at Bestbuy)
    Moto X (Traded, some poor soul)
    ThunderDud (Bought Listed on Gazelle as a fair condition incredible, Bought for the lolz ended up with a thunderbolt with the plastic still on the front)
    BB 9930 ( Traded, Im a business man I need a business phone)
    Droid Bionic (Traded, take me back android)
    Iphone 4 (Bought, Maybe this is me?)
    Droid 4 (Traded, Nope nope nope nope need android)
    Galaxy Nexus (2 year, free at bestbuy, I Gave up my unlimited data for this?)
    Droid 3 ( fell on tough times and a $300 profit was needed)
    Droid Razr ( my gift to myself, another used gazelle purchase)
    Galaxy Nexus ( Traded, It was beat up but it was alot more rom friendly)
    Razr M (Wife’s upgrade as she stole one of mine for the iphone 5)
    S3 ( Traded, Great phone, Gave it to my mom)
    Droid DNA ( AMAZING phone, Free from verizon with that coupon. You should have seen the reps face when i busted out that coupon)
    Nexus 4 ( I’m home. On straight talk. Contract free. and enjoying the google life 100% off contract)

  • fort

    Nexus, mytouch3g, HTC Nexus 1, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4

  • Brian Reuss

    Phones G1/ HTC Hero/ HTC EVO/ HTC EVO 3D/ Samsung Nexus s/ HTC EVO LTE/ soon to be Nexus 5
    Tablets Xoom/ Notion Ink Adam/ Nexus 7(2012)/ nexus 7 (2013)/next Nexus 10 by Asus
    TV Logitech Review/ chromecast.

  • Chimphappyhour

    G1
    Nexus One
    Galaxy Nexus
    Note 2
    Note 3
    Will probably consider the Nexus 5

    Other parts of Android history for me:
    Asus Transformer – the first one
    Nexus 7 2012
    Nexus 7 2013
    Sony Google TV

  • outkastz

    1. G1 (Launch Day)
    2. G2 (Launch Day)
    3. G2X (Didn’t last long)
    4. Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant (Added a FFC via mod)
    5. Samsung Galaxy S 2
    6. Samsung Galaxy Note (AT&T on T-Mo)
    7. Nexus 4
    8. Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Launch Day)

  • Matthew Merrick

    1)Generic tracphone
    2)LG Vortex
    3)Droid Charge
    4)Droid X2 (short lived)
    5)Note 2

    There are upgrades on our family account come January… debating whether or not the Note 3 is a worthy upgrade (I need my custom ROMs)

    Also have an Acer Iconia a500 that got abandoned shortly after I got my note 2

  • mueron

    Og droid, Samsung fascinate, droid bionic, galaxy nexus, droid DNA, nexus 4.

  • j

    1. HTC G1
    2. Motorola Droid X
    3. Samsung Droid Charge
    4. Pantech Breakout
    5. Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx
    6. Motorola Droid RAZR M
    7. Samsung Galaxy S III
    8. HTC Droid DNA
    9. Motorola Droid Maxx
    10.LG G2 (next month when I receive my financial aid for school. Lol)

    Then I will have tried all of the OEM’s that I consider the BIG 4 for android (at least for the U.S.) – HTC, LG, Motorola, & Samsung

    Also, if you’re wondering why I went dumpster diving for a while and had the Pantech Breakout, it’s cuz I have a personal phone and also my company provides me with a work phone (and I usually don’t get to choose what that phone is). The phones on my list which have been my work phones are:

    Pantech Breakout
    Motorola Droid RAZR M
    Motorola Droid Maxx

  • Hugo Beaulieu

    1) HTC Hero (CDMA)
    2) Nexus One
    3) Viewsonic G-Tablet
    4) Samsung GS II (i9100)
    5) Samsuns GS3
    6) Nexus 7
    7) Nexus 4
    8) Sony Google TV (nsz-gs7)
    9) Nexus 10
    10) HTC One

  • Joe

    I owned a G1 2 weeks before it dropped. New a girl who worked for T-Mobile and we talked and she ended up selling me one early. Next was a HD2, modded with Android/Windows Phone 7. Then a MyTouch 3G Slide, then a Blackberry Curve (horrible experience), then an HD7.

    Later switched to Verizon and purchased a Droid Charge, then graduated to the Droid Bionic. Next had a Droid RAZR, then a HTC Rezound then the MIGHTY GALAXY NEXUS. Had that device forever, then bounced back and forth between the Rezound and Nexus for a few months. Then had an upgrade and went for the Galaxy Note II. Still own the Note II. Argueably the best device ive owned.

  • mycuzinvinny

    Wouldn’t be surprised if disqus implodes with this comment thread, but, here goes:

    HTC Droid Incredible
    HTC Droid Incredible 4G
    Motorola Droid MAXX

    (next? Nexus 5)

  • D’Elle Monroe

    1.) HTC G1
    2.) Motorola Cliq
    3.) Samsung Behold II
    4.) *HTC Mytouch 3G Slide
    5.) Mytouch 4
    6.) EVO 3G
    7.) Nexus S
    8.) Motorola photon
    9.) Evo 3D
    10.) Galaxy S2
    11.) Galaxy Nexus
    12.) Evo 4G LTE
    13.) Galaxy S3
    14.) HTC One
    15.) Galaxy S4

    • SocalTeknique

      Whoa, you stepped in cr@p twice (Cliq and Behold II)

      • D’Elle Monroe

        lol yeah i did, they were both crap, i had like 5 cliqs and only kept the behold for two weeks

        • SocalTeknique

          I suffered with a Cliq XT for about two weeks waiting for my HTC Amaze to clear Customs and into my hands lol

          • D’Elle Monroe

            lol yeah I know the feeling. I actually wasnt happy until i got the nexus s I kept switching phones everyother week

  • Dimos Galatakis

    1)HTC Wildfire
    2)Nexus S
    3)Galaxy S 3
    4)Note 2

    Waiting for the N5

  • Mojorizen

    HTC Mogul
    BlackBerry Curve
    HTC Touch Pro 2
    Moto Droid X
    Moto Droid X2 (biggest pile of crap ever)
    Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    Samsung Galaxy S3
    Samsung Note 2

    This is it for smartphones. Had a bunch of different dumbphones earlier.

  • Abstract

    HTC Mytouch 3G
    HTC Mytouch 4G
    HTC Thunderbolt
    Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    Motorola RAZR Maxx
    Samsung Galaxy S3
    Motorola RAZR M
    Samsung Galaxy S4
    Samsung Note 3

  • https://plus.google.com/102862831744598656090/about Wesley

    When I first started getting interested in smart phones, iPhone was the only real game in town. I probably would have gotten one if they were on T-Mobile back then. I wasn’t going to switch to AT&T. When I heard about Android, I followed it closely and waited for just the right phone to be released. That phone was the Nexus one. Two years later, I got the Galaxy Nexus. Next, I’ll be getting the Nexus 5. I also have a Nexus 10. I’m all in with Nexus as you can see.

  • sussycadillac

    I wonder why you just didn’t put CM into the Note II…

    • Harry

      Considering he said in the last post about flashing roms comfortably? Very strange :/

  • s0uth

    G1
    DROID X
    HTC Thunderbolt
    Galaxy nexus
    S3
    Note 2
    S4
    Note 3

    Note 2. lol.

  • Chad Vincent

    1) HTC G1 (Fell in love with the fiancee’s, had to get one for myself.)
    2) HTC G2 (Even with the hinge, still one of my favorites. Wife went for the 3G Slide)
    3) HTC Sensation (Galaxy Nexus just was too big, nobody else on T-Mo with stock, stuck with HTC. Wife went 4G Slide.)
    3.5) Asus Transformer Prime TF201 (Love the idea, hate the execution.)
    4) HTC One (Sensation was pretty decent, stuck with HTC. Wife jumped to iPhone 5.)

    • Big_EZ

      The Prime was a joke. Asus stole $500 from me. I bought it so I could have a bigger device than my phone without having to haul my heavy laptop upstairs every night, and for use on trips. The wifi wouldn’t pick up upstairs (although my phone and laptop had signal fine) and when I’d go out of town it couldn’t pick up wifi from the Hotels. I used it all of about 10 hours as it was mainly a paper weight. I boxed it up and didn’t use it for months, when I pulled it out to sell it (for a Nexus 7) it wouldn’t work and was a few weeks past warranty. I will not buy another Asus product.

      • Chad Vincent

        Mine isn’t that bad… The WiFi is a little weaker (about 1/2 bar) than my Sensation or G2 were, but still usable.

        My issues are all lag and warranty/support issues. They fixed everything that was broken, but took forever to do it and once sent it back broken in new and excitingly different ways.

  • james ortiz

    I started with the g1, nexus one, nexus S, galaxy nexus, nexus 4, and now nexus 5.

    • ChristianMcC

      Nicely done, but that jump from the N1 to the NS couldn’t have been the cheapest. Really the N1 should have been the NS, as there were some obvious shortcomings, but it did get the superphone ball rolling:-)

  • Ryan Stewart

    HTC Hero (Sprint)
    HTC Evo (Sprint)
    Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Sprint)
    ASUS Transformer (WiFi)
    Nexus 10 (WiFi)
    Nexus 4 (Finally off of Sprint, yay).

  • Dan Fryling

    G1 day one
    Gs2
    Gs4

  • steveb944

    All T-Mobile
    Samsung Vibrant (GS1) WORST experience
    HTC Amaze 4G
    Nexus 4
    In weeks time- Nexus 5

  • Brad

    Motorola Droid
    Motorola Droid 2
    Entourage Pocket eDGe
    Motorola Droid 3
    Motorola Droid RAZR
    Nexus 7
    Ouya
    (fingers crossed for a Verizon Nexus 5)

  • Unorthodox

    I started with HTC before Android. Smarphone-wise: HTC S620 (Excalibur) with WM6, HTC Dream (G1), HTC Magic (Touch 3G), Sony Xpreria X10, Motorola RAZR, Motorola RAZR HD LTE. Hoping to switch to N5, but will depend if CallRecorder works on it.

  • Joey Duggins

    G1
    MyTouch 3G
    Vibrant
    Sensation 4G
    Nexus 4

  • joeltamaster

    Motorola backflip
    ipod touch 4g
    galaxy note 3 coming soon
    and im 17 still have more android phones to buy and here in the caribean the phones are expensive

  • grazz7

    HTC Magic
    Galaxy S2
    Ubuntu Edge (fail)
    Nexus 5

  • wollac11

    On the phone side I had the Nexus One (2010-2012) and the Nexus 4 (2012-Present). I also own a G1 which I picked up for fun on the cheap in 2012. I always wanted one when they were new but could not afford it. I still own my Nexus One too (I have never sold a phone).

    On the tablet side I had the Original Galaxy Tab 10.1 from a few months after its release in 2011 and kept it until a few months after I purchased my current tablet, an Asus Transformer Infinity (700T) which I got on release last year and I still have and use it daily.

    Had I been able to afford it I would have had: G1, Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4. I plan on picking up a 2013 Nexus 7 at some point in this year and maybe the Nexus 5. I may also try and sell my Infinity for a Tf701 for a new Nexus 10 because its slow internal memory is really annoying!

  • Lee Mclaurin

    Original Droid
    Samsung Fascinate (Worst phone EVER!)
    Samsung Droid Charge (Took it back before the return window-Horrible performance, nice screen for the time)
    Droid 2
    Droid Bionic
    Samsung Galaxy S3
    Motorola Droid Maxx

    Tablets:
    Asus Transformer (TF101)
    Nexus 7 (Original)
    Next is Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2013)

  • Jordan Caviness

    HTC HD2-cyanogenmod 7.1.1
    Mytouch 4G
    GS3
    Nexus 5

  • Delmar

    All under tmobile
    1)Tmobile G1
    2)Nexus one
    3)HTC sensation 4g
    4)Galaxy nexus
    5)T-Mobile My Touch 4g
    6)Samsung galaxy s 4g
    7)Samsung galaxy S3
    8)Nexus 4
    9)Sony xperia Z (currently)
    And hopefully next Saturday
    10) Galaxy Note 3
    Tablet side
    Original samsung galaxy tab
    Nexus 7 (2012; day it was announced)
    Motorola Xoom Wifi version
    Sold all the tablets because I learned I’m not a tablet guy

  • http://davidgoemans.com/ David Goemans

    Phones:
    1) T-Mobile G1
    2) Nexus One ( Google Developer handout :D )
    3) Nexus S
    4) Red Galaxy S3
    5) Sony Xperia Z1 – got this a month ago, and i’m in love with it. Camera rocks, and it’s beer proof!

    And I still have an HTC Tattoo lying around from my wife

    Tablets:
    Acer Iconia A500
    Nexus 7 original ( really hard to find over here! )

    PCs:
    Some tiny Acer Aspire Netbook that dual booted Android and Windows.

  • Jack Parker

    LG optimus GT540
    LG Optimus 2X
    Samsung Galaxy S3
    Nexus 4
    Upcoming – Huawei Ascend P6

  • Jarl

    my list:
    1. htc magic
    2. Motorola milestone
    3. Sony Xperia x10
    4. lg optimus 2x (big mistake)
    4b. Xperia arc, very boring, company phone
    5. htc. one x (great phone, very poor battery life)
    6. Motorola razr maxx hd, great battery life, nice phone but not powerful enough
    7. htc butterfly s, powerful, great screen, excellent battery life, stereo front speakers, best phone so far :)

  • jnt

    @Quentyn – thinking iOS or something off the wall? You’ll find no criticism here if it’s iOS – I love both platforms, even after iOS 7.

    As for my history (probably a bit out of order)… Droid, Dinc, DX, Dinc 2, DX 2, Thunderbolt, Bionic, Rezound, Razr Maxx, Galaxy Nexus (VZW and Tmo), Nexus S, HTC Sensation, GS3, Nexus 4, Inc 4G, Droid M, Droid Maxx HD, Note 2, GS4, HTC One, G2, Droid Maxx, Moto X – not all were long term holds, thanks to Swappa, but I at least tried ‘em all out. Also throw in a few iPhones and Windows Phones (have a 5S right now). To date my favorite is still the S4 because I’m a phone camera snob, and it still takes, IMHO, the best pics out there in the most scenarios!

    I’m honestly embarrassed when I actually look at the length of that list. :/

  • chuckles87

    Moto cliq xt
    The real g2
    Galaxy nexus
    Evo design (yeah I down graded but verizon was rediculous)
    Galaxy s3
    (Galaxy s4 on the way won it from the hate to wait contest was looking at the nexus 5 but I’m getting a free phone so hey)

  • irishrally

    1. Android Developer Phone 1 (ADP1) aka G1
    2. Nexus One
    3. Nexus S
    4. Galaxy Nexus
    5. Nexus 4
    6. Galaxy S4 Google Edition

    … Nexus 7 and Nexus 10

  • disqus_7zCKYC2BSD

    1. HTC Hero
    2. Galaxy S

    3. HTC Evo
    4. Galaxy S3
    Had a couple of burner phones between having the galaxy s and s3.

  • Max

    OG Droid 1, than Droid 4….but all i really want is a MAXX w/ a physical slideout keyboard, is that really too much to ask? I’d also be fine with an s4 w/qwerty or htc1 w/qwerty, i’d even consider an lg g2 w/qwerty if they had removable batteries….i don’t think i am in the minority, basically i am looking for a portable computer that lasts all day.

    battery life
    physical keyboard
    stability that’s all I ask

  • SocalTeknique

    Before my obsession with Android I had the pleasure of owning a Sony Ericsson P1i and HTC Tilt (so bad ass at the time)

  • domatau

    T-mobile G2 (HTC Desire-Z) > HTC One S > HTC One

  • DDroid45

    Motorola Backflip>HTC inspire>HTC one x +> HTC One blue version from best buy. Currently have a Toshiba Excite Pro as well

  • Chris H

    OG Droid -> Thunderbolt -> GS3 -> Note 3

    I loved the OG Droid, I still have it. My thunderbolt… well, I loved the kickstand. The GS3 was great. The Note 3 is freaking amazing.

  • Jose Andino

    T-mobile G1>HTC Google Nexus One> Samsung Galaxy Nexus

    Still have all 3 phones and as soon as the Nexus 5 comes out I’m buying it.

  • Jeff72

    Android Phones:
    T-Mobile G1 (sold)
    Galaxy Nexus (GSM) (originally T-Mobile, now Straight Talk AT&T SIM)

    Tablets:
    Nook Color (boots cyanogenmod via SD card)(for sale)
    Nexus 7 (2013)

  • billy boy

    DROID
    G NEXUS
    Really want the Droid Maxx, but don’t want to give up my unlimited data, now that they lowered the price to $500 I think it’s going to happen this week.

    Tabs: can I count Nook color? Nexus 10. (love that except for the random reboots)

  • Josephus

    Motorola RAZR (original flip)
    HTC Droid Incredible (still have it)
    Galaxy NEXUS (returned after one week)
    HTC Rezound
    NEXT: Nexus 5

    Tablet: Transformer TF101; Nook Color with Cyanogen boot SD

  • Rob Schoenfeld

    WIndows Mobile
    HTC Diamond

    HTC Touch Pro
    Palm Pre

    HTC HD2

    Android
    Moto Cliq (Returned after one week. Screw you motoblur.)
    Nexus One
    Samsung Galaxy S
    MyTouch 4g
    LG G2X
    HTC Sensation
    iPhone 4 (Returned after three long months)
    Droid Razr Maxx
    Galaxy S 3
    Galaxy Note 2
    Galaxy S 4 (Currently)

  • jshaffer21

    I’ve actually had pretty good luck with my Android phone, never had a complaint about any of them. I started with the original DROID on Verizon, then moved to the DROID X. From there it was a galaxy nexus, and now I have the galaxy s4. Not as many phones, but like I said, I’ve been happy with each purchase, and never really felt the need to change unless I had to

  • Brian Garlick

    OG Droid
    Droid 2 Global
    Droid RZR
    Droid 4
    Samsung GS4

    I’m eyeing a moto X though, so we’ll see.

  • iMixMasTer

    HTC Thunderbolt
    Droid Razr xt912
    Hopefully Nexus 5 to follow

  • Jonathan Antillon

    Samsung Galaxy S3. I had iPhone, unfortunately

  • Brandon Shaw

    OG Droid>HTC Incredible>Droid X>Droid Bionic>Droid Razr>GS3>Nexus 4>HTC One>Droid Maxx

  • guitarist5122

    This will get lost in the sea of comments, but I got the G1 in October 2008 without being aware android existed. I simply needed a new phone and saw the G1 had to have it. Never wanted an iPhone for some reason.

    Since then I’ve owned a mytouch3g slide, g2x,and now the Note 2. I used to only wait till contact renewals, but if by some miracle the Nexus 5 comes to Verizon, I’ll get that rather than wait till end of 2014 when my contact us up

  • Guest

    I went to buy an iPhone, and the rep at att told me I would have to leave a deposit in order to get the p

  • Alex

    1. Samsung Galaxy Prevail
    2. Droid Incredible 2
    3. ZTE Warp
    4. Samsung Galaxy Rush
    5. ZTE Boost Force
    6. Nexus 4

    2 years and I’ve come a far way in android. Though I hate the term it is safe to say that I did start from the bottom but am now here (with my nexus 4 XD )!

  • erik dempsey

    1. G1
    2. MyTouch 3G
    3. My touch 4G
    4. Galaxy Nexus
    5. Nexus 4
    6. NEXUS 5 (if its ever released)

  • http://www.DavidPat.com David Pat

    Droid 1-4 an now Droid MAXX

  • FormerHTCuser

    1. HTC Eris
    2. HTC Droid Incredible
    3. HTC Droid Incredible 2
    4. Motorola Droid Mini

    Really enjoying the user experience on the Droid Mini. I agree totally with Quentin’s assessment of the new Motorola/Google phones. Was a loyal HTC fan until they dragged out and failed on the announced ICS update for the DInc 2.

  • Kevin Kintner

    1. HTC EVO 4G
    2. HTC Thunderbolt (biggest mistake possible)
    3. Galaxy Nexus
    4. Galaxy S4

  • Bassenza

    1. Droid Eris
    2, Droid Bionic (waited from when it was announced to when it was released 9 months later…)
    3. Galaxy S4

  • sturmrider

    Blackberry Storm
    Storm 2
    Samsung Fascinate Last Samsung I will own
    HTC Rezound
    Droid MAXX

  • Nexususer123

    My android history: 1.) Tmobile G2 (2 years), 2.) Samsung Galaxy S3, 3.) HTC Evo 4G LTE. Then I end by getting an iPhone 5. Sorry guys my bad. It’s been 6 months & I regret it so bad even with ios 7. I’m hoping to get the note 3 or lg g2 by the end of this year. Oh! And of course the nexus 5 is an option! Lol.

  • mendy817

    1. OG Droid
    2. HTC Droid Incredible
    3. Galaxy Nexus
    4. Nexus 10
    5. HTC Droid DNA
    6. LG G2

  • AvalancheRyder

    1. LG Ally
    2. Droid X
    3. Samsung Fascinate
    4. Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    5. iPhone 4 (the only blemish in a long history of Androids!)
    6. Samsung Galaxy S3
    7. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
    8. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

  • Orlando Sablon

    1. Samsung galaxy s3
    2. Nexus 4
    3. HTC one
    4. Moto X

  • Charles Chambers

    1. Motorola Atrix
    2. HTC Vivid (returned it after 2 weeks)
    3. Galaxy Note
    4. Galaxy Note 2
    5. HTC One

    Plus a bunch of tablets that I’ve sold and returned. The Nexus 7 2nd gen is the only one I’ve kept.
    Before that, it was
    1. iPhone
    2. iPhone 3GS
    3. iPhone 4 (sold it for the Atrix)

  • Kshitiz

    Download BBM for Android and iOS right now, official app added to both the stores
    http://www.gizmobic.com/download-bbm-ios-android-official-download-links/

  • HeatFan441

    Cell Phone:
    1. G1
    2. MyTouch 4G
    3. LG G2X
    4. HTC Sensation
    5. Samsung Galaxy S3
    6. LG Nexus 4
    7. Samsung Galaxy Note II
    8. HTC One
    Tablet:
    1. Nexus 7
    2. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
    3. iPad Mini
    4. iPad 4
    5. Surface Tablet
    6. ASUS Vivotab
    7. Nexus 7 2013

  • Alexander Garcia

    1. Motorola Droid
    2. Motorola Droid X
    3. Motorola Droid X2
    4. Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx
    5. Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD
    6. Will very soon get the Droid Maxx

    Umm… Yeah… I’m a bit of a Motorola “fanboy” =P

    • Jerel Butler

      i like that list

  • mrjoeyloke

    Oh man! Too many to count! It all started with that sweet brick of a phone with horrid battery life! Lol.
    I want a proper g3 by htc with a 4.7 screen slim keyboard and great battery life!

  • sahaven7

    Nexus One –> Nexus S –> Galaxy Nexus –> Nexus 4 –> (Htc One temporary) –> Nexus 5
    … I was hooked from the start.

  • thirstypirate

    1. G1
    2. MyTouch 3G
    3. HTC Sensation
    4. Galaxy S3
    5. Note 3

  • oliverpeabody

    1. Sony X10
    2. Samsung Captivate
    3. Sony Xperia Arc
    4. Samsung Galaxy S2
    5. Nexus 7
    6. Samsung Galaxy S3

  • Chris Nick

    1. Droid Eris
    2. Droid 2 Global
    3. Droid Razr
    4. Droid Razr Maxx HD
    5. Droid Maxx
    6. iPhone 5s

  • http://brianhanifin.com/ Brian Hanifin

    Phones (on Verizon):
    1. Motorola Droid
    2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    3. Samsung Galaxy S4

    Tablets (WiFi only):
    1. Viewsonic gTablet
    2. Asus Transformer 2
    3. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2

    * Note: Before my trusty Droid… I had 2 Windows Phone smartphones with slideout keyboards and stylii. Android was the OS I had been waiting for!

  • Val Firsov

    Palm Treo 650>>>>>iPHone 3GS>>>G2X>>>>>>>>>>Nexus 4

  • TechSwagg

    I had the Droid X, HTC Thunderbolt, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy note 2 and Galaxy note 3. ..

  • Jerel Butler

    huawei m835 samsung admire lg motion now motorola Atrixhd all in two years

  • feztheforeigner

    G1 is 3.2″…not 3.5″…

  • TDN

    I started my smartphone experience with Windows Mobile as well on the Samsung Omnia, which was a powerhouse with a bargain price at the time, too bad Windows Mobile 6.X was slow and clunky. I moved to the LG Vortex after that because, well, it was free. Two years later I pick up the LG Lucid and last year I finally came to my senses and got a Nexus 4. Will not be getting another handset that is not a Nexus from now on.

  • seb1987

    I started with
    Iphone 3g
    Bb 9000
    IPhone 3gs
    HTC HD 2
    Palm pre
    Bb pearl
    Bb 9800
    IPhone 4
    HTC desire
    HTC desire hd
    IPhone 4s
    Nokia lumia 800
    Galaxy s2
    Moto atrix
    HTC evo 3d
    Galaxy note
    Galaxy s3
    HTC Onex
    IPhone 5
    Lumia 820
    Note 2
    Bb z10
    Lumia 920
    Galaxy s4
    Sony xperia z
    Sony z1
    Note 3
    My current handsets are the lg g2 and the htx onw

  • Brian S.

    Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Nexus (currently using), Nexus 4.

    Also have Nexus 7.