So I've never had a smart phone before and my phones contract is going to be up soon and I have been thinking about getting a smart phone so I can surf my interwebz while not at home and all that goodness. I don't really know much about smartphones though, and thus turn to the great forum hivemind. I don't know enough to have an opinion on android vs windows phone vs. iphone so I am open to any of them.
Things I am looking for: A nice sized screen. I would like it to be big enough to watch a video on if I am on for when I am on the bus or the train. I don't have a laptop so I would want one that I could easily check my email or google something on. A good amount of file storage for aforementioned videos and games. A provider with a good data plan, I realize unlimited data plans are pretty much gone at this point so I want something where I don't have to worry about getting a thousand dollar bill because I did something stupid. I'd like to be able to check where I am at in my data usage easily. Something easy to type on. I have sent like, 3 texts in my life but this is another area that I think I should get with the times on. A good camera, and preferably also with a forward facing camera for using skype. A good GPS, I think this is more about apps though? A good marketplace for apps, I don't really know the advantages of apples app store vs. Androids for instance.
Edit: As for budget I was hoping to have a max of 300 for the phone after the contract and 50 dollars for the smart phone features of the plan (so not including the cost of the talking parts of the plan)