I consider myself pretty "techy" when it comes to computers, but phone gadgetry and hookups are pretty foreign to me. I've always just used phones for texting and calling, and I'm kind of overwhelmed by how much work it sounds like one must put in to having a smartphone. I am a fan of Google and after the kinks in NexusOne get worked out I would consider getting one. However, people talk about it as a "platform" phone where you can customize to your heart's content -- is this more trouble than it's worth? Is your typical smartphone still somewhat usable directly out of the box?
I read a rumour that iPhone/Apple were considering taking gmail, google maps, etc., off their iPhones. Is this even possible? It would be a deal-breaker for me, especially as the only applications I can see myself using would be google maps and gmail.
The other problem: I don't know anything, like anything, about the various networks, lingo, etc. I don't even really know what a SIM card does. What is 3G? How does WiFi relate to phones? If I get an unlocked NexusOne, should I keep my Vodafone contract, and how would that work? How much data is a reasonable amount if you might be checking your email once a day for a few minutes?
I have been reading/watching reviews, here and elsewhere, of the NexusOne and its comparison with the iPhone, but what I need is a lot more basic ...
If there's a "going from regular phones to fancy phones for dummies" website or you just want to help me out, it'd be greatly appreciated. Thanks!