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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4897 posts, RR: 10
Posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1997 times:

I've had my trusty ol'e SGH-A707 for almost four years now, but it's time for change. I'm looking into the Droid X and the iPhone 4 mostly, especially the iPhone line, as well as the new HTC Desire coming out shortly, but I'm open to suggestions. Basically, I want one with a good camera, web access, and is not a brick or overly massive (I would consider the Droid X to be massive). AT&T would be a plus, but I can reluctantly switch to Verizon. Thoughts?


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User currently offlineElBandGeek From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 757 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1988 times:

If you like the idea of a bigger screen but find the X *too* big, I'd look at the Samsung Galaxy S series (the Captivate on at&t or Fascinate on Verizon). They're exactly the same but the carriers wanted "exclusives" and Samsung wanted to move as many as possible. It's 4 inches which is in between the standard 3.7 and larger 4.3 and is very well spec'd. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the UI they put on it (I'd prefer stock Android in almost any situation) but from what I've seen of it at least matches the look of the hardware, something HTC Sense hasn't figured out yet. While it doesn't have a great camera I'd also look at the BlackBerry Torch. I'm currently a BlackBerry user (Tour on Verizon) and while the OS has it's shortcomings, you can't beat the hardware keyboard, especially the style used on the Tour/Bold Series/Torch. OS6, which just launched with the Torch has replaced the old, terrible browser with a new webkit based one that is comparable to the ones on Android or iOS.

If you don't mind holding off a month or I would also consider looking at Windows Phone 7 when the first phones start releasing with it supposedly in October. As a Zune HD owner, I can attest to the quality of the UI on WP7 (which is based on that of the ZHD, just expanded on). It looks weird at first but you pick up on it easily, and while it'll have its own couple shortcomings at launch (copy&paste, "true" multitasking) they'll be dealt with in updates every so often, but it has quite a few features that are big selling points (at least for me) such as an integrated Zune player, games integrated with Xbox Live, and mobile Office. So far there's not much info on launch hardware but that will change soon and you can get an idea of the devices that will be available (there have been a few leaked devices from LG, HTC, and Samsung, some of which look better than others) and if you're on at&t they said they'll be the "premier carrier" for it so you'll have a good selection.


User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15749 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1983 times:

Any of the Android phones would be an excellent choice. The HTC Desire/Droid Incredible/Nexus One would be good if you find the Droid is too large but don't necessarily need the physical keyboard. ATT has the HTC Aria which runs Android and is marginally smaller and lighter than the Droid.


Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlineFX772LRF From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 675 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1982 times:

If you've used an iPhone before, and liked using it, and like the features - I'd say definitely get the iPhone 4. I got mine about two weeks ago, and absolutely love it. The keyboard takes a bit of getting used to, but after that, it's really nice to use. The app switching, as long as all of your apps support it (which most of them do), is really nice and fluid. I use it on a daily basis.

The Android phones are also really nice. I played with one for a little bit while waiting to get my iPhone activated at the AT&T store - definitely a competitor to the iPhone - the only issue being the price difference.

While on the subject of AT&T - never had an issue with their customer service, most of the employees in-store are really nice and helpful. I even got a text message after I had missed the call about my iPhone 4 being in. The 3G network itself is plenty fast for everyday tasks.

If I had to buy my new phone over again, can't say I would change my mind from the iPhone 4.

-Noah.   



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User currently offlineCentre From Canada, joined Mar 2010, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1949 times:

Quoting FX772LRF (Reply 3):
If I had to buy my new phone over again, can't say I would change my mind from the iPhone 4.

Sorry dude, but these are typical comments by anyone who owns the Iphone....Nothing personal here, it's just the Cult... Everyone should convert to the iphone.

Quoting NWADC9 (Thread starter):

While the iphone might be a good phone, I would suggest staying away from AT&T, for the arm and leg charges they have.
After all, the phone will do what is meant for it to do which is mainly talking and texting.
I have a physical keyboard as I use lot of messages and emails for business.
the keyboard comes handy, my phone is a touch screen as well, but always use the keyboard.
the battery life is must for me. I charge mine every 2-3 days.
It has a rating of 7 hours talk time.

Depends on what you need the phone for... for me, I could care more or less about the apps!

Glad to be an iphone-free 



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User currently offlineFX772LRF From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 675 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1927 times:

Quoting Centre (Reply 4):
Sorry dude, but these are typical comments by anyone who owns the Iphone....Nothing personal here, it's just the Cult... Everyone should convert to the iphone.

Psst, not sure if you actually read my post or not, but I did give props to the Android phones also - not really the typical "cult" opinion, eh?

Honestly, I think these kinds of comments are unwanted and unnecessary. NWADC9 mentioned he might want an iPhone, so I gave him the good reasons why he might want to get one. That's all. No fanboyish stuff going on there, contrary to popular belief.

NWADC9 - I might add that no matter what people in this thread say, get the phone you want, and need.

-Noah.   



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User currently offlineElBandGeek From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 757 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1918 times:

His point was whether it be Apple or any other company, no one should EVER give the "I'll never go back to [insert other brand]" because it makes you look like a tool and says to other people that you are allowing yourself to be locked in by a brand even though you have no idea what technology will be like in 6 months from now and what is oh so perfect and magical now will become old and stale by then while other phones pass it up. If you let yourself get into the mindset of automatically getting iPhone after iPhone after iPhone without even considering the alternatives you're going to miss out and only serve to perpetuate the apple cult stereotype. Obviously you aknowledged the competition, but you still gave off the vibe.

User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 43
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1916 times:

Do you really want to spend hundreds on a "smart phone"? How desperately do you need web access everywhere and all the time for that to be worth the premium over other decent phones?


Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15749 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1864 times:

Quoting Centre (Reply 4):
it's just the Cult... Everyone should convert to the iphone.

A cult complete with a leader who decides what apps and features you should and should not have.

Quoting aloges (Reply 7):
Do you really want to spend hundreds on a "smart phone"?

I got my Droid this spring for $50. Some places will give you smartphones for free.



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlinegreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3084 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1853 times:

I have an Iphone I love it. The tough screen is great...once you get used to it.( i came from a blackberry curve) I love the phone for the simplicity. Since I use Itunes for pretty much everything i just plug in and go.

The media player is what sold it for me. There is noting like having a movie or two on it for when i am stuck at a long crime scene or guarding someone over night at the hospital to kill the time. Plus when i am done with the movies or TV i can surf.

I tried an android phone last week as iphone 4's are hard to get up here right now. I am just to integrated with itunes and do not want to have to convert thousands of songs, tv, and movie. For me the media part is very important. I returned the android phone 4 hours later.

gs



Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 43
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1851 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 8):
I got my Droid this spring for $50.

Interesting, but how much per month is the contract and what's included? I would definitely have considered something "smart" when my contract was up last year if all I would have paid extra was the sticker price of the phone. But the contracts are deal-breakers to me.



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39898 posts, RR: 74
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1851 times:

Quoting NWADC9 (Thread starter):
but I'm open to suggestions.

AT&T would be a plus,

Thoughts?

How about this sexy AT&T Slimline phone?




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User currently offlineFX772LRF From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 675 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1847 times:

Quoting ElBandGeek (Reply 6):
His point was whether it be Apple or any other company, no one should EVER give the "I'll never go back to [insert other brand]" because it makes you look like a tool and says to other people that you are allowing yourself to be locked in by a brand even though you have no idea what technology will be like in 6 months from now and what is oh so perfect and magical now will become old and stale by then while other phones pass it up. If you let yourself get into the mindset of automatically getting iPhone after iPhone after iPhone without even considering the alternatives you're going to miss out and only serve to perpetuate the apple cult stereotype. Obviously you aknowledged the competition, but you still gave off the vibe.

Ah, I see - that makes sense.

I didn't mean to have that vibe. When I made my final statement in my last post - I was referring to if I had to go and re-do my recent phone purchase, not all of my purchases in the future. If someone came out with an Android phone in the future that I considered interesting, I wouldn't disregard it just because I like and have an iPhone.

This is also why I stressed that NWADC9 get the phone he wants, not what everyone else tells him to get. There's hundreds of options for a reason - that being that everyone has different needs.

-Noah.   



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User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15749 posts, RR: 27
Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1824 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 10):
Interesting, but how much per month is the contract and what's included?

Mine is $70 per month with 450 minutes and unlimited data per month plus $.20 per text. Unlimited texting is about $20 extra, but I don't do it enough to justify that (I prefer email). All up with taxes I usually pay $80-85 per month.

I think that now that they have moved on to the Droid X you could probably score a Droid or HTC Aria for free, and the Incredible is about $80.



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 43
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

OK, so yours is an expensive contract so the phone company can heavily subsidise your initial purchase. For comparison, I pay €15 a month for 50 minutes and 150 texts.


Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15749 posts, RR: 27
Reply 15, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1818 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 14):
OK, so yours is an expensive contract so the phone company can heavily subsidise your initial purchase. For comparison, I pay €15 a month for 50 minutes and 150 texts.

For what it's worth I just saw a blurb today Verizon is planning to offer Blackberries and Android phones with a prepaid plane, but you are likely to pay a lot for the phone.



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlinegreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3084 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1793 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 14):
50 minutes and 150 texts

That is only two days worth of use.. What do you do for the other 28 days?



gs



Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
User currently offlineha763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3661 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (4 years 1 month 23 hours ago) and read 1761 times:
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Quoting NWADC9 (Thread starter):

My advice would be to go to an AT&T store and try out both the iphone 4 and Samsung Captivate. You can also try the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, which has a 8.1MP camera with flash, but runs an old version of Android (1.5 IIRC). Is the HTC Desire coming out for AT&T? I have read rumors about it coming to AT&T, but have only seen it officially announced for US Cellular. You can try out the HTC Aria to get a good idea of what the Desire will be like. If those are not to your liking, then go to Verizon and try out what they got.

I upgraded my A707 the Captivate and I like it. The 5mp camera doesn't have a flash, so that may be a negative for you.


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2412 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (4 years 1 month 21 hours ago) and read 1754 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 14):
I pay €15 a month for 50 minutes and 150 texts.
Quoting greasespot (Reply 16):

That is only two days worth of use.. What do you do for the other 28 days?

Exactly. 50 minutes talk time is spent within days.. I wouldn't call that a cheap contract either.


User currently offlineCentre From Canada, joined Mar 2010, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 1 month 21 hours ago) and read 1751 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 15):
For what it's worth I just saw a blurb today Verizon is planning to offer Blackberries and Android phones with a prepaid plane, but you are likely to pay a lot for the phone.

t-mobile already doing it for a while, I have been with T-mobile for close to 9 years by now, the only contract I have was the first one, since then I just buy my phones and get them unlocked right away for travelling abroad.
I have unlimited minutes ( i need that a lot) and 300 messages( not so big on messages, but I use them ) for $55 plus tax.
I bought the HTC touch Pro2 when it first came out, I have my work email setup, and the two best things I love about it are the physical keyboard, and the battery life ( almost 8 hours of talk time).
Not too big on windows mobile ( i have winmo 6.5) but the phone does what I use it for best.



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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 43
Reply 20, posted (4 years 1 month 20 hours ago) and read 1744 times:

I just don't talk that much on the phone and prefer using my landline or sending texts. The mobile is mostly for when I'm travelling.

The €15 a month includes a €1 phone as well, I got an LG GD510 when I renewed the contract. It was either that or a discount (€90 spread over the 24 months of the contract) which is what I should have taken since I didn't like the new phone and flogged it on eBay at a small loss.



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 21, posted (4 years 1 month 13 hours ago) and read 1722 times:

Quoting NWADC9 (Thread starter):

The iPhone is pretty much junk. iOS is very locked down and provides little or no options when it comes to user changes. Android is a much better OS. As for a phone, I agree the Droid X is really big, too big, imo. I would recommend the Droid2 or the Fascinate. Both are really good phones. I have the 1st gen Droid and I love it. Its the best phone Ive ever owned. Very glad I made the switch.



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26537 posts, RR: 75
Reply 22, posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1634 times:

Quoting ElBandGeek (Reply 1):
I'd look at the Samsung Galaxy S series (the Captivate on at&t or Fascinate on Verizon).

Also the Vibrant on T-Mobile

Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):

How about this sexy AT&T Slimline phone?

I love your paleotechnological streak.



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User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1340 posts, RR: 29
Reply 23, posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1606 times:
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I almost bought another phone a couple months ago but ended up keeping an old LG phone that I put through a wash/dry clothing cycle (still works). At the time of my browsing, I was seriously torn between these two with an attitude that I'd better get the latest and "greatest" (not looking to start that debate!) or something basic.

http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/
http://www.jitterbug.com/Phones/

Though I admit to occasionally annoying my Blackberry equipped fiance and my iPhone toting friend with data requests, I'd much rather have a phone that I can beat up without worries and has a usable speaker function (more for telecons than active 2 party conversations).

Though an engineer with technical interests, I've never been a phone junkie. The first bluetooth device (of any kind) that I ever connected was done while picking up a car at BMW Welt in Munich (May 2010!). The look on my vehicle host/assistant's face was priceless. Though I was picking up the car for a friend, the assistant probably wondered how someone in a position to take delivery of a new M3 had never done such a thing.



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User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 24, posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1604 times:

Quoting NWADC9 (Thread starter):
the iPhone 4 mostly

I'm happy with my iPhone 4, but it crashes and restarts a lot (did a huge one that took about 3 minutes to auto-reset).

I wish it wouldn't reset and crash so much - but otherwise, very pleased.


25 Cadet57 : May I ask what makes you happy with a phone that crashes and constantly resets itself? Personally, it'd have been returned long ago if that were the
26 Post contains images swissy : Aha that is how "our" tax $$ are spend ..... it is either Timis or I phone stuff ... sorry could not resist!!! I guess it all depends what you need/w
27 panam330 : Good thing I can drag and drop songs from my iTunes folder right onto my Droid's SD card, then. Though I do see your point about iTunes integration -
28 Post contains images Ken777 : "Cult"? Apple is successful because it has a focus on developing products consumers (not techies or corporations) want. These days when Apple release
29 cpd : Never mind - it seems people just want to argue.[Edited 2010-09-06 17:04:46]
30 keesje : phonrd are always a compromise between screen size/quality, battery life, ruggedness, weight, looks, keyboard, powerfull applications etc. About a yr
31 Post contains images Cadet57 : I know. So hard right? Homepipe. Provides iTunes integration for Android. When its not busy resetting itself right?
32 Post contains images ajd1992 : Wow.... I pay 10GBP/11 Euros a month for 300 minutes, free texts messaging and unlimited access to facebook, twitter and some other social networking
33 cpd : It has been fixed now - seems the reset sorted it out properly. Haven't had any further problems. Misquoting (or partially quoting) me might be your
34 Post contains images Cadet57 : Holy crap dude. You need to relax. Or atleast figure out what this: means.
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