Camera quality and battery life are the two most important features on my smartphone. In fact, those are the two main reasons why I’ve been using the OnePlus One. But while the OnePlus One has pretty stellar battery life and an above average camera, I am getting ready to switch to the Nexus 6. You may be wondering, why would someone go from the OnePlus One (a phone they are happy with), to a Nexus 6, which is a good phone, but probably not quite as stellar in terms of camera quality and battery life.
Well, I am making the switch so I can become one of the early users of Project Fi.
For those unfamiliar, Project Fi is a new offering from Google that takes advantage of Wi-Fi, T-Mobile, and Sprint for coverage. Project Fi is a contract-free service and you pay $20 per month for unlimited calling and messaging. Data will then cost you $10 per 1GB. This means if you use 1GB you pay $30 that month, or if you use 2GB you pay $40 that month, and so on. You have to pay in advance, but Google will credit you back for any unused portion of data that you paid for.
I tend to spend quite a bit of time on Wi-Fi and often use less than 1GB of data per month. That means I should be spending about $30 per month. I do expect some exceptions from time to time, but equally important to Project Fi is how Google will prioritize the best connection. As I already mentioned, Project Fi makes use of Wi-Fi (even for calling) as well as the cellular networks of T-Mobile and Sprint. Quite simply, Project Fi aims to give you the best connection, whether Wi-Fi, T-Mobile or Sprint, at any given time.
Now, getting back to the actual bit about me switching.
This isn’t the first time I’ve gotten in early with Google. I’ve actually been doing that for as long as I can remember. I started using Gmail when it was invitation only and we all thought 1GB was about as good as email could be. I’ve also been using Google Voice since before it was owned by Google. If you remember back, Google Voice began as a service called GrandCentral.
Fortunately Gmail and Voice didn’t cost me anything. And by anything, I mean in terms of money or risk. But not costing me anything hasn’t always stopped me. I’ve shelled out big bucks for other Google projects. I was, and actually, I remain a Glass user. But despite Glass costing quite a bit of money, it was really just an accessory. So while I was risking some money with Glass, it wasn’t anything that I needed to have work perfectly at all times.
But this time around, on becoming a Project Fi guinea pig, I am giving up a smartphone that has proven solid for my needs. I’m sort of throwing a bit of caution to the wind here as the service has yet to be fully proven. Basically I am gambling with my phone service. Sure, I can cancel Project Fi if it turns out to be not as good as I hope, but my mobile phone is my only phone service. Not to mention it provides me with cellular connectivity when I am out and about.
In the end I am not really sure where I am going here. But I guess the end result is this — I think I have an addiction to Google services. That and, if you happen to reach out via phone or text and I fail to respond — I could be ignoring you, or I could just be dealing with a terrible service. But hey, Project Fi sounds really cool and as I have already discovered, I like to get in early with Google services.