All of the recent negativity surrounding the iPhone 5 release seems to be due to a belief that the competition has better hardware and/or software. I've been an iDevice user for years and have no experience with other, current platforms. Therefore, I don't know what these options look like. I am currently using an iPhone 4 and am quite happy with it. But at this point I would like to keep an open mind about what these other options look like. I realize (obviously) that this is an iPhone forum. However, I'm asking the question here because: 1. I'm not familiar with other phone forums. 2. There's clearly enough "other platform" fans here to have compelled me to ask this question in the first place. I'm looking for a phone recommendation. I'm also looking for the pros/cons of the recommendation. Criteria important to me: 1. Battery life. I'd like something close to my experience with the I4. It doesn't have to be exactly as good. But more is better. 2. Screen size 3.5" to 4". Small(ish) overall size. If anything I'm concerned that the iPhone 5 is going to be too large for me. I'm interested in the overall phone size for portability (ideally, I would have liked Apple to put the 4S in a smaller package). I also primarily use my phone with one medium sized man hand. 3. Ease of use. I have a new job. A new family. I don't want to spend lots of time setting things up. The "customization" aspect may have a bigger appeal to me again in the future, but not at the moment. 4. Performance. The 4 is acceptable but has always felt a bit slow to me. I'd like faster, smoother everything. So recommend me a phone and I'll look into it. I'd appreciate an explanation of how or why the hardware/software is better. I'd also appreciate a candid approach to any drawbacks.