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20 January 2009 @ 12:32 pm
Looking for my New Smart / PDA type Phone  
Hey there folks, I know a few of my friends are in here so hi to you guys.

Well then I'm coming up to the end of my contract on Orange contract in a few months and I wanted to start looking for a new phone.
I've been looking at the latest iPhone 3G that I got a chance to play with around Christmas time (as well as the iTouch)

Is there any other iPhone type phones that are coming up or that I should look at? Touch screen with screen pen or qwerty keyboard would be nice as I have pretty fat fingers and found it hard to use the iPhone & iTouch sometimes

Basically use my phone mostly for txting (400-500 per month min) but I would like to be able to surf the internet as well as well as connect up to any Wifi hotspots. Also want to be able to install applications & games for the phone too.

Hope this post is ok with this community, happy gadget playing.....

~ B ~
Current Location: Leyton, London
Current Mood: wanting
Mondays is for drinking to the seldom seen kid: Lastyearmekittenista on January 20th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Have you had a look at the Samsung Omnia/Innov8? One touch screen that I have some experience with is the HTC Touch Diamond. It's really small and thin - perfect if you found the iPhone a bit on the large side - and it also has a stylus. Best thing about the stylus on the Diamond is that it's magnetic so will stick to the side of the phone when you don't have it inserted in its usual place. I have the old HTC Touch Dual and am constantly losing the stylus because I put it down somewhere then can't find it again!

The HTC Diamond uses Windows Mobile but HTC have a TouchFlo platform thingie on top of that which is really easy to use and looks good. In terms of contacts - the Diamond is on T-Mobile (MDA Compact Vario IV or something) and also on O2 (XDA Ignito) - on O2 you can get it for £35/month with 600 minutes, 1000 texts and free web browsing.

I haven't really played with any others as I have this issue with touchscreen-only phones - I've got annoying fingers that always press the wrong thing. ;-) If you DO text a lot, I'd suggest really trying out a touch screen properly as I found it difficult after being used to a proper keypad.

If you do have a look at some phones, let me know what you think!
The Stainless Steel Rat: Communicationstainsteelrat on January 20th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
Hello stranger!

Check out the previous post on the community for the Top 10 of Smartphones from Stuff, which isn't that far off IMO.

Biggest problem with Smartphones is POWER. So many of them are underpowered, but the iPhone and Omnia are the most powerful, and it shows - even more so with the iPhone which of course has its own OS.

Based on what you're after I'd say go for the iPhone, but be very aware of its limitations e.g. so-so camera, no video, no MMS
Davey Kilgannonyhanos on January 21st, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
I used to have a MDA Vario II until I got drunk and lost it. My friend has the III - the tilting screen on that is a cool improvement.

I can renew my contract in two or three weeks and am looking for something similar
Euthanasia_Hmpffeuthanasia_hmff on March 17th, 2009 09:30 am (UTC)
i like the omnia but it wasnt avail to me. i went for the htc touch pro. i love it. the first one i got was really frustrating though. then after a month or so i found out that the first batch had a bunch of defects. i got my new one 2weeks ago and i love it. its pretty fast, the camera and video camera is great. the sound is good and it runs pretty smooth. the features are great and its pretty customizable (if thats a word =P). i would never go for i phone. it doesnt compare. it souldnt even be in the same category. it should be with the samsung instinct. depending on where you are there a lot of good phones. if your not in the states check out the htc hd. its pretty nice and has a similar feel to the iphone, only much better.