I hated to do it. I really did. I drove to the mall, and sat outside for several minutes deciding whether or not I wanted to take advantage of Virgin's no-hassle return policy and take my new phone back for a full refund. In the end, I decided to wipe the phone of all data and return it to the kiosk.
Don't get me wrong. I loved my new phone. I only started to learn the intricacies of the Android Froyo operating system. Things seemed a bit "unpolished" when compared to more mature Operating Systems, such as OS 4.2 for the iPhones, but at the same time it seemed to have a lot more power and untapped ability. Open source was also a huge bonus!
The problem with the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant is that it is designed for cities, where the phone has to do very little continued searching for signal. Working in Flesherton, and having Virgin tied to Bell's network, meant that I received little to no signal at school (with several severe deadspots on the way to work). The reality is that I bought the phone so I could be in contact with the outside world and be available for emergencies should anyone in my family need me. The constant searching for signal killed the battery (it was averaging less than 1/2 a day..even on the highest energy-saving settings) and being tied to a network that has poor service in this area, really killed by enthusiasm for this potentially stellar phone.
Rogers has several towers in the area, but I have not heard great things about their customer service. Their rates are also on this side of ridiculous..so I am in a quandry. I want, actually, I need a smartphone. I am trying to maintain a digital classroom, and being able to have a mobile platform to stay in contact with my students, my colleagues, and my friends is very important in my attempt to build a collectivism-based methodology. Canada desperately needs more competition, but even then, development will happen in the cities first..and only when those markets are exploited will improved service come this way.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I'd love to hear them!
secondary school teacher, amateur photographer, movie buff, computer nerd .