But there's also a limit for buying anything too expensive. So, I finally got a new mobile phone. Last one I had was very cheap ZTE Blade. It was my first touch with Android operating system, and I must say I learned to like Android. I'm sure iPhones and Windows phones offer also equal user experience, but Android seems to be fine for me, especially because I already have put my head into Google clouds.
The problem with the ZTE Blade was that it just had not enough memory for installing software. I soon ran out of space. I could of course have rooted after warranty time, to get some of the software installed onto external memory card. But I just hate putting too much effort on anything geeky.
So, I bought an inexpensive Sony Xperia U. After considering between many other manufacturers and phone models I finally came into conclusion that I no longer need any of those best mobile phone cameras on market like Samsung Galaxy III. Instead I need something as small as ZTE Blade was.
But it is not only the size that matter on mobile phones. Sony (Ericsson) has always made good usability solutions like adding an extra camera hard key on side of the Android phones, and putting an attachment for lanyard (hand strap).
But since I still did not bought the most expensive, there are some drawbacks. The battery does not last very long. At some point I considered buying Motorola RAZR MAXX just because of long lasting battery. Another problem occurred is that for some reason Opera Mini does not run on Sony Xperia U. Well, I can now use also Opera Mobile, which is actually one reason why I bought a new phone: for a software that requires more memory. Now on Opera Mobile I can finally open also animations like weather radars.
WARNING: I first did a mistake and went to update the OS from Gingerbread (Android 2.3) to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). It turned out a bad decision because after updating WiFi stopped working completely. After reading though Sony support forums it turned out I'm not alone with this issue. Moreover, similar problems seem to be on several other Sony Xperia models. Therefore I recommend considering whether to upload or not. At least read through Sony Xperia supprot forums first to find out how update works for your Xperia.
Luckily I was able to get my Xperia U downgraded back to Gingerbread at local warranty service. I only lost several hours spent for installing all the software, because of course I now had to do that all again after factory reset.
EDIT after downgrade: Turned out something just went wrong with the update. I probably should have used Sony PC Companion instead of Sony's Update Service software. I actually did try PC Companion at first but it didn't recognize the phone. Now after restarting my PC it found the phone, and installing the update was a success.
But in general I'm now happy with my new Android phone. It is small enough to carry in a pocket, fits nicely on palm of my hand, feels secured thanks to hand strap, and is good enough even for casual photography.