Samsung Epic 4G - not sure when exactly I got this because I did it in an actual Radioshack, probably the last time since or, now, ever. But it came out in late 2010 so probably mid 2011 at the latest. The Touch variant wasn’t around yet, and that debuted in late 2011. I would still be using this phone today if it were practical. It had a great, great slide out hardware keyboard with nice large (for phones) keys and was sufficiently hackable that the failure of Samsung to keep it updated for very long was no biggie. Despite the name, never really got 4G signal but then, it was Sprint’s stupid WiMax proprietary 4G that they tried to make the standard and then abandoned when it didn’t get traction. This was also the phone where they charged me $90/mo just because it was technically capable of high data use due to the 4G I wasn’t getting, which led to me dumping Sprint for Ting, who treat me far better.
Samsung Galaxy S4 - used in 2015. I held out as long as I possibly could praying for sanity to be restored and hardware keyboards to re-emerge on flagship phones but it did not, and still has not. Unfortunately, there came a time when the 4G just couldn’t cope with current software anymore, so I bumped up to the S4. There was newer at the time (I think maybe the S6 was just out?) but I opted to pay a couple hundred for an older used phone instead of 600+ for a top of the line new phone. There just isn’t $400 worth of difference, and Ting doesn’t subsidize phones, so. I fucking loathed the software keyboard immediately, but it is otherwise a pretty nice phone. Hacked this one too. And as a result, never got 4G to work. You win some, you lose some.
Samsung Galaxy S7 - purchased used a couple months ago. I got fed up with the S4 getting increasingly squirrelly and weird (probably due to having hacked it, honestly) and wanted a new shiny, plus I picked up a cheap Samsung bluetooth headset which, while it had Samsung Galaxy-specific features…those features started with the S6. So that was also a factor. I considered just going all the way and getting the S8 but I hate the edgeless screen design of the S7 Edge onwards. This is a very nice phone in a lot of ways, the specific features on the headset turn out to be a big improvement in vocal quality and reliability, and it turns out that there is a Samsung proprietary phone payment system that has a big edge in usability over Apple/Google Pay in that it uses magnets in Galaxy phones past a certain model (including the S7) to interface with magnetic credit card readers, not just ones set up to use near field connection. It’s not perfect and it can be hard to convince people to let you try, but it works surprisingly well. Also liking the fingerprint sensor and finally, I actually get 4G. Of course that’s increased my data usage and thus my bill (since it’s a pay-for-usage system rather than charging twice as much for “unlimited” access I wasn’t using), but oh well. Still hate the software keyboard. And now they’ve made it impossible to replace the battery, which I am not thrilled about, not least because it’s unable to cope with moderate usage during a single workday.