I think it's a safe assumption that everyone who frequently spends their time online now has a smartphone. The industry has been booming for the past 10 years, and we've gotten to a point where the most expensive phones are not necessarily the best options for everyone. Smartphones have become such a commodity that even more affordable options, mid-range options that offer good user experiences for half the price of the most expensive flagships are becoming more and more popular.
But when did you buy your first smartphone? And what did you buy?
For me it's a two-part story. My first ever smartphone was a gift. I had just graduated and got my degree, and my family got me an iPhone 4. That was the first ever smartphone I had used, though I didn't buy it myself. I used it for about a year and a half before I actually bought my own smartphone with my own money.
At the time I was deciding between the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S III. This was back in mid-2012. I did my research, went to play with the phones in person, and after watching this dog fight from Aaron Baker on PhoneDog (anybody remember him?), I made my decision.
Though the Galaxy S III actually won (spoiler?), I ended up going for the HTC One X. I much preferred HTC's Sense UI over Samsung's TouchWiz, and I liked how the One X looked from a design standpoint. So that was the first smartphone I ever bought. It made me fall in love with Android, and from there it's been Android all the way for me.
What was the first smartphone you ever bought and is there a story behind it?