Best Smartphone for a Web Developer

Yes, there was a time in the past when I got rid of my smartphone (and iPod Touch).  However, I now have new requirements for the technology that connects me to the web.  Read on for more inf

Recently, there was a super slick deal on a Verizon LG G2.  Jessica needed a new phone, as she had to turn in her old work iPhone 5C.  I cashed in 20,000 Southwest points for $200 in Best Buy gift cards, stopped by the USPS to get a mover’s pack with a 10% off Best Buy coupon, and got the LG G2 with about $5 left over in gift cards.

As it turns out, that phone is… AWESOME.  The screen is just big enough (not phablet territory), it’s incredibly responsive, the display is beautiful, it comes with wireless charging, the camera is phenomenal, and the skin LG put on top of Android is actually quite good.  Naturally, I’m uber jealous.

As I’ve just restructured not only the Friday Next website, but also my business plan, I have different plans for how my business will operate in the future.  There’s a possibility that we will soon be mobile pretty regularly, so we’ll need to have hotspot coverage to provide us with an internet connection, so Jessica can publish her books and I can provide my web services.


I chose the Verizon LG G2 for Jessica for a very basic reason.  Once we go mobile, we’ll need Verizon and AT&T coverage to basically avoid having no coverage on the road (for the most part).  Until we go mobile, though, Jessica will be fine using Page Plus (or just WiFi), to keep costs down.

Requirements for a Web Developer Smartphone

My requirements are pretty simple, actually.  I want a phone similar to the LG G2 (which is similar to the Nexus 5), but I also want a fingerprint scanner.  With my shift in business structure, I plan to manage multiple social networks from a mobile device, and the easiest way to do that is with a combination of LastPass, and a phone with a biometric sensor.

There are certain tasks that I know are best left to being done on a desktop operating system.  For example, I would never fully set up a website from my Lenovo 13″ Android tablet.  I have tried to use it as a desktop replacement, and Android is just not up to the task.  The main thing that tablet is good for is consuming video content, which it does well.

There are some things that are easier to manage on a smartphone, however.  Instagram doesn’t really make it possible to manage on a desktop, so smartphone is a must.  Other social networks like Google Plus are a bit easier to navigate and reply to messages via the smartphone interface.

I would also like a phone that makes multitasking possible, so that I could have a secure shell to my server on the lower half of the screen, and the website in question on the top half of the screen.  Fortunately, there are very few phones that fit these requirements.

Samsung Galaxy S6

The Best Smartphone for a Web Developer

At this point in time, the only phone that will completely meet these requirements is the Samsung Galaxy S6.  The only problem?  It’s hella expensive.  I don’t want to spend any more than $200 for a new smartphone, and even then, I want that to be gift cards that I didn’t have to pay cash for.  So I’ll probably have to wait a while to get in on this madness.

The Galaxy S5 also has a fingerprint scanner, but MKBHD says that it’s a bit wonky, and that the S6 improves upon it light years.  There’s currently a slick deal to get the S5 for $350, so if time is an issue – and I can’t find another way to hack a super slick deal on an S6 – then I might just end up getting an S5.

The Main Goal

My main goal is to get a phone that makes it easy to run my business while remaining mobile, while also costing close to nothing.  I would like to spend less than $50 in real cash on this transaction.  I mentioned less than $200 above, but that’s the limit I want to keep on what’s rung up at the register.  I want to keep the amount of dollars I actually pay to get enough gift cards to get this phone to be less than $50, and I’ll also count the sale of my current phone toward that amount.

Scratch That

I’ve made a huge mistake.  The Galaxy Note 4 is the phone I want (neeeeeed).  Crazy SlickDealing and price-tracking will commence now.

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