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Shintsu

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#1 10 years ago

Okay, so I've had my 2G iPhone 8 GB for sometime now and to be honest I'm sick of dealing with the need to update the firmware and then do all the jailbreaking/winpwning stuff to re-unlock it and everything (I'm using it on T-Mobile not AT&T). Not to mention I'm just tired of owning an Apple product when I in general do not support, advocate, or even like Apple in the slightest (quite the opposite in fact, but that's none too important here). So I want to know what some alternative phones I could get that are able to do a lot of what the iPhone does if not more. One thing I hate is the crappy picture quality on the iPhone and the lack of video (Obviously fixed on the 3G S or via jailbreak software but that stuff doesn't work well [the jailbreak version] and it costs money too). Isn't there that really nice high end phone from Nokia that has super picture/video quality like the N-series or is it the E-series? I hate the Palm OS so any of those phones aren't really that appealing to me.

Let me just make a list of the things I like being able to do on my iPhone that I want this other phone to be able to do:

  • Play music and videos (I do this all the time on my iPhone)
  • Watch videos online (YouTube)
  • WiFi Connectivity (!!! I don't have a data plan so this is the only way I get web access)
  • Not needing a data plan to use the phone (Which probably means no Blackberrys)
  • Obviously, good reception and call quality
  • Full keyboard of some sort (Be it touchscreen or actual keys)
  • Real internet, not "cell phone" internet
  • I really do like the touchscreen functionality of my iPhone so I'd like something else similar but I could possibly give this up.
  • Easily customizable ringtones (Silly enough, some phones I heard can be a major pain to do this on or can't - but I found the free workaround on the iPhone and love all my custom made ringtones)
  • Google maps is nice so a GPS type thing would be cool, but I could get by without it
  • Ability to send e-mails through Gmail (This is my primary email method so the ability to get and send mail using Gmail is extremely important!)

I haven't really looked around much, so I would really like any helpful suggestions. As I said I use T-Mobile so this needs to be SIM card compatible. I plan to sell/trade the iPhone towards whatever it is I get so I'm putting the value of my iPhone with all it's accessories and in the condition it's in at $250 but it might be a bit less. That said I don't want to have too terribly much out of pocket (So I can't afford those $900 Nokia phones that you can buy new on like Newegg with no contract - but I've seen them for much cheaper elsewhere used). Really would appreciate some help here!




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#2 10 years ago

Have a look at the Palm Pre. I don't follow phones much, so I don't know whether it satisfies all those conditions or not. But I've been hearing very good things about it in terms of performance, ease of use, and general usefulness.




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#3 10 years ago

Indeed I've seen the commercials for the Pre (The woman they have as a spokesperson creeps me out...) - anyway the only problem is it's a Sprint phone which means CDMA and no SIM card. I couldn't use it if I wanted to unless they have released a GSM version I'm unaware of.




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#4 10 years ago

As you can see, there is no easy answer.

If you don't mind giving up a few features, there are many options. Unfortunately, the features your looking for are still rare, and high end.

My brother has the LG EnV Touch, which is a very capable device. HTC has several Google Android devices, such as the G1. Palm has the Pre, then you've got your various Palm, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile devices filling in the rest.

You could settle for two devices. Which is what I have done. A simple LG phone, with a high end MP3 player (currently the iPod Touch, but looking at a Zune HD, or Samsung M1.




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#5 10 years ago

Nokia's N97 has all those features (and just about every other feature imaginable). I've had mine for about 3 weeks now and it's great. Only it is kind of expensive, at about $450US.




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#6 10 years ago

SGH-i900 or SGH-i780 are both excellent phones. The SGH-i900 is VERY iPhone like but with Samsungs excellent customer service and warrantys, not to mention superior build quality.




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#7 10 years ago
Yannick;4971597Nokia's N97 has all those features (and just about every other feature imaginable). I've had mine for about 3 weeks now and it's great. Only it is kind of expensive, at about $450US.[/QUOTE] Aye that's the phone I'd suggest as well. [QUOTE=Sgt. D. Pilla;4971598]Samsungs excellent customer service and warrantys, not to mention superior build quality.

Yeah...tell that to my U600. Or - more correctly - tell it to all 5 of them.




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#8 10 years ago

eh, say the opposite to my past 4 Samsung phones, 2 Samsung TVs, 2 Samsung monitors, Samsung DVD players.

I've always found Samsung products to be superior quality




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#9 10 years ago

Don't get me wrong, I've got a Samsung TV. But as for their mobiles it's not just me and the U600, three of my friends had Samsungs recently. One traded her's in after less than a month, another found that his was so poorly built and unreliable that he went back to his Sony (which is about 2 years old, the W850). The third still has his but hates it because the touch-sensitive buttons are crap. A fourth friend had an Omnia which was buggy software-wise even with numerous updates and broke after a few months. My dad also has a Samsung phone from work (one of the dual sim models) and frankly my U600s were built better, which doesn't bode well for that one either.

That's 6 people with 6 different models of Samsungs, all from the last 2 years, all of them shit in one way or another.

If anything I say Samsung's products are rather hit and miss. This TV is fantastic. Samsung monitors are generally good as well, as are their DVD/Blu-Ray players. My older Samsung phone is built like a tank and still works fine except for one dodgy button, which is easy enough to fix. But the modern phones? Nah. Pretty and full of features yeah, but if you think they're well built then you've got very low standards. If you've had 4 Samsungs then I assume that spans back 5 or 6 years? Compare two of them.The new one may be better and look slicker but the quality and materials will have gone downhill since the older models, unless you had one of their cheap and nasty old phones (on the basis that cheap and nasty things are never well built, Samsung or otherwise).

Put it this way: two of my U600s ended up with cracked screens just from being in my pocket with a set of keys because the plastic they used was so cheap and flimsy. Those 2 were never dropped, bearing in mind that one of them lasted for less than a month before it broke. My D500 is 5 years old and (aside from the aforementioned button) works fine after being lobbed against a wall, dropped onto concrete, dropped in a puddle and god knows what else - the screen is barely scratched and there's no cracks on the casing.




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#10 10 years ago

Okay guys, I've been using Craigslist as my outlet of options here trying to see what offers I would get. Anyway, most of them have been silly (like no wifi - not giving that up) I had a lot of offers for the Samsung Behold (But of course no offers of the Memoir - a phone I would consider). No G1 offers either which I certainly considered. The funniest one was an offer to trade my nice iPhone for one of those cheesy iPhone clones...in case owning the genuine article wasn't satisfying enough lol. Anyway my best offer that I'm tossing around in my head is a Blackberry Curve 8320 Titanium. Most people rave about it and say it's great, but I'm a little eh on the thing. I'll put it this way, I kinda dislike having the iPhone because every other clown out there has one. Well, at my college campus the second thing I see to tons of iPhones are damn Blackberrys everywhere, particularly all these girls who put those stupid pink cases on them and text a mile a minute. While in honesty the function of the phone is vastly important, I'd be lying if I said the cool factor and appeal didn't matter at all. I certainly don't want a phone that just looks like every other dope's. In that regard I'm sure I'd love those high end Nokia phones but I haven't seen any recently. What was that model Nokia phone that was in the Transformers movie - didn't it have a camcorder built in or something that took pretty good quality? Anyway, besides being generic the Blackberry does have a smaller screen and it's not touch screen - something I've become quite used to and liked. No accelerometers or anything. I had thought about the Blackberry Storm but I saw they basically bashed the phone for having a slow O/S and no wifi (This surprised me and totally killed any thoughts of it off the charts). I'm still waiting on the offers (Who knows, maybe someone will offer me a nice Nokia phone?) but until then I'm just not sure, part of me knows that the Blackberry is popular due to it's good design and rapid speed - and it was like the first phone that started all that emailing and stuff (Well, one of the first probably). The general consensus I saw on the site I looked at was this: Blackberry for business, iPhone for fun. Well, I don't need a business phone so the fun category is more befitting of me. Still, I hate not being able to capture video and the inability to send pictures in text messages...