Sorry if there is a better place for this, and please move it if there is, but anyway:
I need to buy a new phone and I figure I might as well buy an android phone so I can start testing stuff. Problem is I’ve never bought a smart phone before, so: any suggestions? I’m specifically thinking “top-of-the-line”-ish in terms of graphics capabilities (whereas most articles on the internet take things other things into consideration that aren’t so important, like camera resolution, battery life, etc).
On a related note, is there a place in the forums for things only tangentially related to jMonkey? If so, where?
Playing games in general is the most battery intensive activity on a phone. So yeah good battery is something to look into.
As for the model to choose, all the Google Nexus series devices are good, ofc the most recent the most powerful, the better.
I’m planning on buying a nexus 4 once there are some available on the planet…
Of course there might be a lot that are valid choices, I would just recommend to not choose exotic brands just because of the low price.
If a device is pretty much wide spread there are better chances that any eventual issue would be fixed, on both Android and JME side.
I’m also planning to finally buy myself a smartphone (never had one). The Nexus 4 has the advantange of immediate updates (good for development), but it’s designed for the google cloud (8 GB, not extensible). There might come another version after some time (as in the case of the Nexus 7 3G). An alternative would be the LG Optimus G which is almost the same hardware as the Nexus 4 but with 32 GB (+ microSD) and LTE. Disadvantage is the bad update politics of LG. Both devices are not yet available in my region (Germany). So I’m thinking about buying a LG Optimus 4X HD. It’s cheaper and the Tegra 3 has proven to work with jME3rc2. Hard decision … waiting or buying … on the other hand … that attitude made me waiting for the next generation over and over again.