Which Phone?

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  1. Rockstar

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    Hi All,

    Just had a call from optus to upgrade my handset. Was given the following free options for my plan.

    Samsung Galaxy S
    Dell Streak
    Garmin A50 (same company that produce Garmin SatNav)
    Motorola Milestone
    Nokia 6700 (simple handset good for Tradies)
    Nokia N97 mini.



    Anyone had experience with these? I have never had a tochscreen before with so many features. Appreciate some advice. I also get free internet download up to 1 Gb.

    I am a tradie but no longer on the tools much so don't need a tough and simple phone so much anymore. :)
     
  2. Kenster

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    Go for the Android phones. (No iphone on your list)

    Stay away from Nokia. No matter how Nokia dress up their phones, the Symbian operating system is antiquated, inadequate with inferior / little third party software.

    :)
     
  3. EGB18CT

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    If you can go for something like HTC Legend or Desire otherwise IPhone4. Not much else out there apart from Blackberry which I have but would now prefer either a HTC (again) or the iphone 4. HTC back in the early days were ok but i hated the windows mobile, now its a different story with android.
     
  4. madgino

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    Me personally I would be looking at the Samsung, they are very popular at the moment in hong kong. As mentioned by other people, Nokia runs symbian so is a waste of time these days. Motorola Milestone is old and has a slow processor(500Mhz) compared to the samsung which is 1Ghz.

    The Dell Streak has a 5" Screen and is marketed has a Smartphone / Tablet so if that tickles your fancy. But I think may be a little big for a phone.

    Well garmin... If there software is as crap as it is on there gps.. I would be staying clear of it.

    So the Samsung get's my vote.

    Hope that helps.

    -Frank
     
  5. Edmond Dantes

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    A colleague of mine (techie) did a full comparison of HTC (desire, which a lot of colleagues have) vs Galaxy.

    He ended up buying the Galaxy (memory, speed, screen better). Awesome phone
     
  6. dcarr

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    Samsung Galaxy S, no question.
     
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    love my HTC desire, although it will not shut down by itself. This is my second one. Great phone but does not handle work sites very well. When I spending more than a day at a time on a work site, I use the tough Nokia.
     
  8. INVSTOR

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    DID YOU end up getting a phone? How did it go? I need one and was thinking of going for the Galaxy S as it seemed like one of the most popular in the cheaper range.
     
  9. Empty Pockets

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    I have had the Galaxy S for about 2 months now. My first smart phone.

    Pros are a nice big screen and pretty easy to use.

    Cons are very short battery life and I'm starting to get a bit of screen lag as the applications I download grow. Apparently this is going to be improved when the next software upgrade is available.

    edit - GPS is also poor.
     
  10. csc2

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    $599-$800 bucks...no thanx..ill stick to my simple $79 phone with slow sms that ive had for 5 years............it still rings ok for me...sooner use a laptop to go online.....ph screens are way to small to net surf...

    Id never spend money on a mobile...they go out of fashion in under 12 mths.........

    Investors should use the K-I-S-S principal at all times...:)
     
  11. BV

    BV Think outside the square

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    judging by your post,
    fashion isn't exactly your concern ;)
     
  12. csc2

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    lol, fashion? as far as im concerned fashion relates to clothing not showponey phones that often pack it in before the warranty expires...

    excuse me while i put my 504 levis on and irom my flannelette shirt and find my thongs! yeah gidday, you dat mate?
     
  13. start-up

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    Who buys a phone outright upfront? You pick a plan that reflects your phone usage habits and the actual handset cost over a 24 month contract is negligible.

    Smart phone screens are more than adequate for net surfing, from forums to net banking mobile internet is a viable option and is getting better all the time.

    Fashion? I think it's new features that drives upgrades. Re. investors KISS I think investors should use the modern tools available to them to make their life easier and enhance their productivity, that's what smart phones do.


    Yesterday for example I did the following on my iPhone:
    Checked the weather forecast.
    Used a satellite navigation program to get me from A to B.
    Browsed Somersoft on the train.
    Did some internet banking.
    Ran detailed calculations for the feasibility of an IP using a free application called My Home Calculator (very handy BTW.)
    Checked my email
    Checked Facebook
    Played Angry Birds :D

    That's just a few of the practical uses of my phone that go beyond the bread and butter of texting and phone calls.
     
  14. INVSTOR

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    I'm not into trendy phones and stuff, but thinking i could check emails while waiting for the kids in the pick up zone at school etc. I'm also travelling and downsizing to a smaller house - so we are going from 4 computers to 2 to save space. + I think it would be good to have a seperate system for property related stuff (checking emails and rent from PM"S) I'm a bit worried though that it may become a pain being accessable all the time.
     
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    My wife hated me playing that game.... now she's hooked !@
     
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    Phone

    I absolutely love my I phone . I can check emails while putting a baby to sleep or anywhere . I surf the web And do everything anywhere, anytime , without waiting for a laptop or netbook to open up . It's wonderful !
     
  17. Rockstar

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    Sorry L, just noticed this. I am going to Tweed Heads (the big smoke for me) tomorrow to check them out in the flesh. Not sure if I will get the Galaxy S, especially now that Empty Pockets has confirmed a review I read about lagging time and battery life. Will let you know when I make a choice.

    How is that leg of yours? :)
     
  18. Rockstar

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    Hi Jane,

    I can get an Apple iPhone 4 16GB on my plan as well. I have heard that the reception can be a bit dodgy resulting from the antenna set up. How has yours been? :)
     
  19. INVSTOR

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    That's OK - was wondering what happened to you. There's so many choices it gets so confusing. My leg is fine, been 19 months now. I'm going to the big smoke too - moving to Bris from country Perth, bit scarey!
     
  20. Pa1nter

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    I just absolutely love my love my HTC desire,:D
    Best phone I have ever used and the camera is awesome.
    Emails are an instant press of a button,I don't have to go to my computer as much now.