Wednesday, April 27, 2016

My First Impressins of Project Fi - Google New Phone Service

Okay people, its all about consistency here!!! and I am writing this 2 weeks in a row!!!!

So after receiving the phone shortly after ordering it, I chose the Nexus 5XP, and this is a pretty smooth phone, I would have to admit I am pretty impressed by it. The last major google phone I had was a Moto X, and that phone was cool, but this phone is way better and right now at a Project Fi price point of $150 plus taxes and fees, probably one of the best purchases I will make this year.

I would walk you through the sign up and activation process, but Google made a series of videos so you can just look at those. The activation process and number porting from Republic Wireless went very smoothly and new activations are even easier. Once you get started you will spend a good amount of time updated the software and also installing patch upgrades to bring the device up to date.

As coming from an older phone, immediately the finger sensor in the back, IMO, better and more convenient than the iPhone thumb print sensor and better than sliding a thumb on the Galaxy. The screen is amazing and the phone has a great weight balance in your hand, and as a phone made by LG instead of Motorola, you see the build and experience is much better. The camera is great and the apps run 1,000 times better than my previous phone, Moto G, on Republic Wireless.

So lets get into this discussion, I compare this Moto 5XP to a Moto G not because they are similar in specs, because they are not. However the Moto 5XP is a flagship phone from Google at $150 and the Moto G is a budget phone at $150, although the price is only good till early May 2016, pretty much come out the same from my wallet, $150! comparing the phones is probably a waste of time because the Moto 5XP blows out the Moto G in everything and is probably more suited to compare the Moto X 2nd Gen, However that phone is $250, are you starting to get my drift here!

So the main reason I feel Republic Wireless and Project Fi is a great phone service choice is because of not only the VoIP, but the fact that you can have a smart phone, a premium one at that, and not be forced to buy and access data. Plans from Verizon and AT&T require you to have a data plan if you want the premium phone so you are spends north of $100 as I am paying south of $30, because I turn off data.

So my biggest gripe with Republic Wireless is that the calling experience wasn't the best, however because I used a Moto G, I probably credit that experience more towards the phone to the service. The phone and call quality is very good in the Moto 5XP, mostly because of the advances and improvements that are in the phone, not just the added service of using the T-Mobile towers.

So in conclusion, with staying with a low monthly service plan, the experience is very similar to Republic Wireless as I don't have or use data, the phone selection of Project Fi is better, payment plans on the phone makes it easier on getting the one you want with the amount of memory you want. Now a days that people are using their phones at a all time high, its mostly used for texting and apps and not as much for phone calls. The pleasant surprise is the integration of Hangouts and Gmail as you can send and receive SMS messages through Gmail, this is not a revelation however this is a great feature when you discover how to use it, especially if your in an office environment or consistently on a computer.

My first impressions of Project Fi have been nothing but great, I encourage you to be brave and make the Jump from cell carriers to Google, with all the $$$ you would be surprise how much more stuff and things you can enjoy instead of just giving it to Verizon and AT&T. Its your money and you can do what you wish with it.... With mine, I chose to keep it!