*sigh* your mistake is referring to these things as "phones".
It's a mobile pocket computer. It also happens to be connected to the sum-total of Human knowledge. When I was a kid that was a fevered dream of hardcore nerds who read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. We thought we'd be carrying these large-paperback sized devices in satchels and have a chording keyboard in our pocket.
Seriously. These things are insanely amazing. They are marvels of technology. if you want a pure "phone" then yeah, stay away from them. That's not what they're for. Yes, they are communication devices but they're sooo much more.
If that means I have to put it on a pad when I'm at home, I can absolutely, 100% live with that.