Is there a device you refuse to use?

Evan Selleck
Contributing Editor from Arizona
Published: August 19, 2013

Options, options, options. There are plenty of them out there. From Android, to iOS, to Windows Phone and others, someone somewhere can find the device that's (almost) perfect for them, if they do a little digging -- and maybe jump a few carriers here and there. Options are never a bad thing, as long as they add value to the market.

But we know that not everyone believes every mobile option out there actually adds value, don't we?

I see it every single day. I usually see it in every single post that talks about a single mobile operating system, or even a device. The comments sections are filled with people decrying a particular OS, piece of hardware, or even a company. Most recently, I've seen Windows Phone called "Windows Fail," and I'm sure that we've all seen the colorful nicknames for those who like Android or iOS.

It would be nice if we could all just get along, but I don't see that happening anytime soon. Phones get the same sort of fan-service and attention as cars, or sports teams. It's just the way things go. Ultimately, it all boils down to what you like, and that's all that matters. Use what you want. And enjoy the time you have with it.

I am curious about something, though, and Samsung's recent announcement (after a brief leak) regarding their Galaxy Mega 6.3 got me thinking about it. That particular device is huge. The Galaxy Note II is big, but the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is huge. Some might consider it "too big," in fact. And if it's too big, they may never go out of their way to touch it, or use it.

They may see it in a store, and even point out how big the display is, but they won't actually try it out. They'd never consider giving it a real chance, to see if it could be their next phone. Which makes sense. You know when a device is too big, or too small. You know what you're looking for, and thankfully in most cases you can tell just by looking at the phone whether or not you want to use it for an extended period of time.

I've done the same thing, actually. I can admit that I never went anywhere near the original Galaxy Note because of that exact reason. The display was just too big. I said the same thing when the Galaxy Note II launched, but my mind was changed on that pretty quickly. I was convinced that I should try it out, and that I'd love the S Pen. Turns out that that's exactly what happened, and now the Galaxy Note II is one of my favorite phones.

I remember back when the original Palm Pre launched. It was a Sprint exclusive, so I didn't even give it much thought. But then a friend of mine told me that I needed to try it out, that I was missing out on webOS, and so I went into a store and started using one. I remember doing that because I was in the store for an hour using the Pre, falling in love with webOS. I never considered switching to Sprint, due to lack of coverage where I live, but from that moment on I was chomping at the bit waiting for Verizon to launch the thing.

So now I want to hear from you. I want to hear about the device, devices, or mobile platforms that you just refuse to try. If it's the iPhone 5, tell me why. Maybe you don't want to try Samsung's Galaxy S 4? Or maybe HTC's One doesn't float your boat. Just not willing to try a Nokia Lumia device? I'm curious to know why devices you refuse to try, and why. Let me know!

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