This past week I got an unexpected text message from Best Buy. It was of course at its heart a plea for me to come in and spend more money, but I didn’t really care about that. It stated simply that I was now eligible for an upgrade for my cell phone. Then began the joyous heart palpitations of a true tech lover. I get a new phone!

I currently have an HTC EVO 4G. I have typically not been an early adopter of new technology. This is usually due to a lack of money to spend on it. I got my EVO in December of 2010. December 26th to be exact. I know this because the only thing I really asked to receive for Christmas was either money or a Best Buy gift card so I could get my new phone. I had enough money and gift cards to completely cover my new phone, as well as my Otterbox case and Zagg screen protector. For the previous couple months after I had decided to buy an EVO I had spent a ton of time learning everything I could about my soon to be new phone from Good & EVO. I knew how to root it and install a custom ROM before ever owning an Android device.

Because of the last two years of learning so much about smartphones and tablets, I feel like the decision to buy a new phone should be very easy for me. Heck some of you are probably saying that if you were so happy with the original EVO that you should immediately just buy the new EVO 4G LTE. Well if I did that without even thinking then maybe I should just switch to the iPhone and buy the new one every time it comes out. Instead I have decided to think about my decision and choose a new phone that works best for me.

So I got to thinking about what I require from my phone. Before I got my tablets I used my phone for so many things. After getting my tablets I have noticed that I use my phone for a lot less. I went from having four to five homescreens full of apps to now only using a single 5×5 screen, and most of that is taken up with a 3×5 clock and weather widget. At this point my needs are basically a phone, text messaging, internet use on the go, GPS, Spotify, an alarm clock, and a camera. I need something that is fast and have a large screen. Oh and it of course must be running Android.

Even though the majority of Android phones on the market would meet my needs, I don’t want anything but the best. I know that I will be using it for the next two years, and it needs to not only last but still be good enough 18 months down the road to run any new apps I want. That leads me to a choice between two different phones. The HTC EVO 4G LTE or the Samsung Galaxy S III. Because I am still early in my research, I’m not leaning one way or another at this point, but as my search continues I will make sure I let you know how it goes.