@ James Hughes 1
Cheers for (what sounds like) sarcasm but this is my first smart phone to see if it did do things I wanted beyond the simple call and text. I actually have my old samsung chat as a fall back which I upgraded from because it got glitchy (after 3 yrs) turning itself off once a month without reason. I am however looking at standard phones as my next one, but I dont buy a phone until the one I have develops real problems. Often it takes years. As my current smart phone was under warranty I got it repaired instead of just binning the thing but when it dies again it will be gone.
However I do have use for a portable computer (I have a laptop) but to have a phone which doubles as a more portable computer could be very useful.
The interesting thing about buying based on your requirements is that you can still get stung. For example if you buy a smart phone because you need a phone (see how it happened) but everyone is telling you that the smart features are awesome and worth a try because you will want them. Some people like the extra features and I do like the web browser. But my primary requirement is the phone which I assumed was still covered under smart 'phone'.
When buying what you want where do you get your omnipotent foresight? Or do you ask people what they have and how they find it? And when they say its fantastic and you will love it, also they have yet to develop any problems with it... do you try? Or dont you? And if you try you sometimes get a hit and sometimes get a miss. I got a miss while for others its a hit. And I will use this experience to avoid the current range of smart phones while not letting it put me off a useful sounding phone like the Ubuntu offering could be.
I guess I am just trying to say dont be put off trying things just because you have one bad experience. It's a great technique, I suggest you try it.