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Help buying a smart phone

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by A Harris, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm looking for a smart phone, but unfortunately am fairly clueless about whatever is latest in electronics. I have a bad habit of walking into the nearest store when something finally breaks and buying whatever looks like a good deal. So please help me out, here is what I am looking for:

    -Web access is most important. I need something that is easy to use and as fast as possible. Email capability is secondary as I will mostly be using it with webmail accounts.

    -Verizon preferred, though I do also have an AT&T number I can use if absolutely necessary.

    -I would prefer something with a useable digital camera onboard. Video is not important.

    -Bluetooth

    -Windows mobile preferred.

    -GPS, and mapping capability would be nice, as would being able to use it to access the web with my laptop.

    What do you recommend?
     
  2. Viktri

    Viktri Senior member

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    what age bracket are you in: 20-25 or 26+ and how proficient are you with cellphones & software specifically?
     
  3. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    26+

    I'm not into electronics as a hobby, but can learn to operate most anything if I take the time. As far as modifying phones/software, that is not something I would ever bother with.
     
  4. Viktri

    Viktri Senior member

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    Do you have access to Asian phone market?
    I don't know much about the North American/European myself b/c my friends only have Asian phones.
     
  5. thelion1856

    thelion1856 Senior member

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    just get an iphone. its the best thing i ever did in this past month.
     
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    Except for a *really* tight battery compartment cover, I like the Samsung Blackjack that I'm currently using with AT&T. In fact, I'm currently posting this using it tethered to my laptop while commuting on the light rail.
     
  7. skalogre

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    just get an iphone. its the best thing i ever did in this past month.
    iphone != smartphone iphone == feature phone
     
  8. Baron

    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have an iphone, but I only got it because I was in mid-contract with ATT and the 4 GB version was much cheaper than a new Blackberry. It turns out that I like the iphone a lot - especially the web browser, the wifi and, soon, gmail with IMAP. However, as a productivity device, it lags. I don't send a lot of emails with my phone but, if I did, I'd much rather have a Blackberry Curve. Typing on the iphone is a pain, and email syncronization is kinda flaky.
     
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    what age bracket are you in: 20-25 or 26+....

    So 26 is time for a grup phone?
     
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    I'd tend to look outside of Verizon when looking for a phone with the intent of using any sort of special features; Verizon's MO is basically to cripple and disable many of the advertised features of its phones with the intent of forcing you to pay extra and go through their expensive services to use said features. It's been a while, but, for example, they would do things like make you unable to transfer music files to your phone (you'd have to buy mp3's through Get It Now) or disable GPS features so you would have to subscribe to their own mapping service.

    I'm not a particular source of wisdom on smartphones (I did just get a Samsung Blackjack with AT&T, but I only wanted the QWERTY keyboard), but based on my experience, stay far away from Verizon if you want do anything besides just dial and recieve calls on your cell phone.
     
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    I'm not a particular source of wisdom on smartphones (I did just get a Samsung Blackjack with AT&T, but I only wanted the QWERTY keyboard), but based on my experience, stay far away from Verizon if you want do anything besides just dial and recieve calls on your cell phone.

    Well you see, that's the rub for many of us. Verizon has the best coverage in many markets and really, what's the good of a cell phone if your house or office is one of the other guys "dead zones"?
     
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    I have a Treo 700p with Verizon that I'm very happy with, and I do use it for a lot more than just making calls, and I can load it with whatever software I want.

    However, if web browsing is important to you, then the iPhone is pretty much the only game in town as other mobile web browsers tend to be painful for anything but the simplest sites. Even then, web browsing on any phone is a pretty poor experience compared to a desktop.

    --Andre
     
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  14. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks for the tips so far. I have played around with a friend's iphone and like the interface, but it is way too slow for what I need it to do. The Blackjack also caught my eye, but no wifi killed that for me. I think I am going to go with the AT&T Tilt. I'm waiting for the local store to restock so I can look at them in person.
     
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    the tilt looks like a grown up sidekick.
     
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    Thanks for the tips so far. I have played around with a friend's iphone and like the interface, but it is way too slow for what I need it to do. The Blackjack also caught my eye, but no wifi killed that for me. I think I am going to go with the AT&T Tilt. I'm waiting for the local store to restock so I can look at them in person.


    You may be able to find a euro-spec Blackjack with WiFi - a colleague of mine who works out of France has one.
     
  17. Viktri

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    So 26 is time for a grup phone?

    [​IMG]

    From my experience, there's a certain "intuitiveness" to things like cellphones/computers/electronics easily picked up by the generations who literally grew up around them than otherwise and for those who didn't grow up with these gifts they have to learn how things work.

    It's not a problem but it definitely affects the rate of adoption - not true in all cases but in most. I think this intuitiveness is very important in what kind of phone you would want to buy - especially if the instruction manual for your phone is in a foreign language.
     
  18. Rambo

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    Unfortunately, there is no phone on Verizon with all of your specs. AT&T has the HTC Tilt which meets all of your requirements, and that will be out in early November. If you're in no hurry, and are sticking with Verizon, I'd go with the HTC Mogul. The Samsung i760 has also just come out. Neither has straightforward GPS but the assisted GPS provided by Verizon (that you have to sign up for). The i760 does not have revision A EVDO.

    If you're really willing to wait it out, you could hold out for the second revision of the iPhone which should be out the beginning of next year.
     
  19. Handlethevibe

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    HTC and windows mobile is where it's at.
     
  20. SirSuturesALot

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    Have you considered taking a look at Nokia S60 devices?
     

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