I don’t know how I happened across [this blog](, but one of the posts on here is [The smartphones I’ve owned so far](’ve-owned-so-far/), which seemed like a fun thing to borrow/steal/be inspired by/imitate, so I am going to make my own blog post of similar banter. nnHere we go:nn![]( MARBL (Virgin Mobile))nnRewinding the clock to the age old days of pre-smartphone (not meaning the Palm Pre), I had this Kyocera MARBL from Virgin Mobile. It cost me $60 every three months to top-up on minutes, and I bought those phone cards (remember those?) from the Arnold, Missouri Wal-Mart. It was always a pain in the ass when I had to shell out to get more minutes – like, “oh I have to *pay* for this thing?” Good old days. When the iPhone was announced, I wanted one, but I was *soo* far away from being able to afford one. So, I kept this bad boy in my pocket at all times. nn![]( BlackJack 2 (unknown carrier at the time))nnThen 2009 rolled around. I figured: “I need a *real* phone!” My brother-in-law never shut up about how awesome his Sprint Evo was in Gmail chat, so I asked some people if they had an old smartphone I could have. I didn’t care what, just something with Internet capabilities. My sister “C” had *just* sprung for an iPhone 3G (which I was envious of), and she said I could have her Samsung BlackJack 2. So I got it, manually typed in all my contacts, did some other customization jobs (changed the wallpaper), and was a bit disappointed when I realized that it ran some version of Windows 7 Mobile SE (or something?) and NOT Android! Bleh! I wanted “a droid!” (as everyone called it back then, because of the success of the Motorola Droid commercials, people just thought the OS was *called* “Droid”). So, I went about seeing what I could do about getting a new/old smartphone. So..nn![]( Aria (AT&T))nnIn walks HTC Aria. What a looker! Good build quality (just look at those exposed screws! (which were cosmetic, I am sure)), and the industrial style speaker grill on the back – this little SOB would last me half a decade, I was sure! The only problem: it had a 2.8 inch screen (if I remember correctly). Seriously, SO small! But (*but*, *BUT*) the latest version of Android (Ice Cream Sandwich)! So, I was happy. Came with a built-in Twitter app, too (which all social media apps were third-party back then – no “official” Twitter nor Facebook apps) called “Peep”. It had a green foreground, black background, and did the *basics* of what Twitter could do at the time. I ranted many a witty Tweetstorms while waiting for class to start at JeffCo in 2009 with this bad boy. Fun!nn![]( 5 (AT&T))nnBut by 2011, it was time to put on the big boy pants. To “get my head in the game”. To be an “Apple sheep” (just joking these days, of course – but people *really* had a bias against iPhone users (if they used Android), and vice versa – an old/dated argument that no one cares about anymore). So, I got an iPhone 5, and it was *so slick* of an OS! And going from iPhone 4S to 5 (which I never had a 4S, but if I had…) it was “the” time to upgrade – bigger screen, a whole host of iOS improvements, 4G LTE – wow! A Big Ass, Look At Me, I’m An Important Person(TM) type of a phone! It was great.nn![]( 5 (T-Mobile – but off-contract))nnThen a few things happened (in 2013) – Halloween 2013 rolled around, it was the 100th episode of The Vergecast (a podcast from, *and* Google announced the Nexus 5 phone. So, it was me sitting at my sister’s kitchen table, oggling the details of this phone, while people on The Vergecast talked up a fxxxing frenzy about how it can solve the riddles of life with “Google Now”, which was “easier to use than ever!”, and holy shit – buckle up because life is going to be a cakewalk from here on out. nn![]( One (T-mobile – but off-contract))nnBut hold onto your jammies – the OnePlus One was out to UPROOT the flagships, and to encourage people to “Never Settle”, and all those features you/I/every person on Earth always wanted implemented on Android OR iOS? Well, they’re right here on the OnePlus One! Nice hardware specs, but ALL the customization a soul could desire in a 5+ inch screen! I bought it straight away. I couldn’t even really afford it, but I stopped buying food or something – bought it anyway.nn![]( Classic (T-Mobile – bought unlocked/off-contract))nnNostalgia. It plagues people sometimes. It plagued me for a while. Especially in 2015 when I looked at the old videos reviewing the BlackBerry Classic from 2014. That QWERTY keyboard, the “true” BBOS experience. *Fast* text messaging – and not just ANY text messaging, but through BBM (BlackBerry Mobile)! I wanted, I needed. To hell with the fact that this was my fourth(?) smartphone in three years. So, I got one. Writing on it was a dream, for sure. And then it got old relatively quick. I decided nostalgia was for the birds. So I moved else.nn![]( Hydro View 2 (Cricket Wireless))nnAnd not only did I “move else”, but I moved physically to a different apartment in another county. I also was in the midst of paying back a $3K+ credit card debt (accrued from who knows what/where?), so, I had like NO money for ANY phone – at all. I needed to have a *functional* OS, though, because BlackBerry OS was being sunset, so I opted for the Kyocera Hydro View 2 from Wal-Mart for $35 ($35 total – the phone cost me $35 to own outright after tax). It worked. Surprisingly it worked *real* well – I even created a full-time blog on there through Chrome called “Fade & Litter” (I think was the name) on TypePad! Nice! But, I needed to change after a while, so…nn![]( X (2014) – Cricket Wireless)nnI think I had to look away when my brother-in-law started to gag, pre-barf when I showed him what phone I was using. He couldn’t imagine, ME, former iPhone snob and Android elitist was using a bargain basement Android phone, so he offered to let me HAVE his old Moto X (2014). It was a nice phone, too! Over-saturated photos, for sure – but, damn nice, really.nn![]( G7 Power (Cricket Wireless))nnBut I needed something with a decent battery. Something middle-of-the-road. Something OFF contract, and NOT fancy. Something that could (perhaps?) meet that ambitious lifespan I had earlier set for the HTC Aria (5 years was/is a stretch, though). So, I got the Moto G7 Power (current phone). And I have had this device for three years now. Still going strong. No complaints.nnMy phone (compulsive) buying habits are long gone now. If/when I need to upgrade for some reason. I’ll do it. No big deal. But no more 20,000 phones in six months. Shit was crazy.nnThanx for reading

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