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richarDISNEY Inactive Member17 Jan 2012 12:19 p.m. PST

I am jumping into the Smart Phone arena. My old Sony/Erickson Walkman phone died (bought it in 2000…) and my wife said that I NEED a new phone.

Just for starters….
Anything with a 'fruit' on it is NOT an option.

What is the best one out on the market today?
Any ideas what I should be looking for?

Jovian1 Inactive Member17 Jan 2012 12:25 p.m. PST

Motorola Droid III is very nice and a proven platform – and it doesn't come with all of the bloat ware that plagues HTC products unless they changed that too. HTC has nice phones, but beware of the bloat ware with adds and pop ups which try to get you to use "the BEST" product on their phone – which is usually something you don't want or need.

Sorry that the "fruit" is not an option – I think you would be addicted to Siri and all of the other features of the new iPhone 4S, but then again, to each his own.

If you are going to get a new phone – make sure it is 4G and not just 3G as it will be able to use the faster data speeds if you live in a larger metro area. If you live in the sticks, 3G is just fine as we are always the last to get upgraded towers and services despite congressional tax cuts to the corporations to improve rural services.

Rassilon Inactive Member17 Jan 2012 12:36 p.m. PST

'Sorry that the "fruit" is not an option – I think you would be addicted to Siri and all of the other features of the new iPhone 4S, but then again, to each his own.'


Plus it's just the most intuitively easy mobile OS out there in my opinion. Elegantly useful, yet clean and simple to use.

Parzival17 Jan 2012 1:14 p.m. PST

My nephew has a degree in CS, worked in IT for a major western law school and now runs the IT for a research firm. He does all his work in a strictly PC environment with engineers, designers and drafting techs that only use Windows PCs… but he and the company selected "fruit" phones, because they are in fact the best option for the company in terms of functionality, ease of use and versatility. The only reason a "fruit phone" should be ruled out is expense or if your carrier doesn't support the phone— and all major carriers do.

By the way, I don't have a fruit phone myself, or a "smart phone" at all, because I don't really see a need that justifies the expense. But if I did, I'd go with the fruit.

Mr Elmo17 Jan 2012 1:32 p.m. PST

iPhone 4S

There can be only one!

ghostdog Inactive Member17 Jan 2012 1:53 p.m. PST

i was a great nokia fan until i went the smartphone way. First the 5800, now the c-7, which, believe it or not, its worse than the 5800 (no autofocus camera, the os crash more times, ovistore still full of crap and trap aps)…. I wont buy a nokia anymore, don´t care about the windows phone. My phone company dont sell the iphone, so i will buy the samsung galaxy iii, with android

Jay Arnold Inactive Member17 Jan 2012 4:56 p.m. PST

I live in the sticks and 3G is not an option at home. Got to get up a holler and up on the bluff before 3G hits.

Arteis Inactive Member17 Jan 2012 10:00 p.m. PST

I just bought myself a LG P500 Optimus the other day for $199. USD It's my first ever smart phone, so I wasn't going to dish our for an iPhone or similar at 3 or 4 times that price. I've got to say that so far I'm happy, exploring everything it can do.

But as a newbie, I'm probably the wrong person to ask. I don't even know what 3G and 4G are, let alone if my phone has them!!!

Company D Miniatures Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2012 12:35 p.m. PST

I will wait for 5G

PaddySinclair19 Jan 2012 7:18 a.m. PST

Android is a bit of a mess IMO, no consistency, specs all over the place and a complete lottery as to what apps will work on which phones.

WP7 is a better bet to my mind, and the new Noikias are rather nice, though HTC do a couple of models for those like me who have sausage fingers (I have the HTC HD7). Much easier to use than either Android of iOS IME, plus the social media integration is pretty seemless.

pphalen Inactive Member19 Jan 2012 10:17 a.m. PST

I want a Droid Razr.

What constitutes "best" however, really depends on what you want to do with it?

I think the iPhones are slick, but I'd rather spring for a $20 USD upgrade (what I figure the price for 64 GB micro SD card will be next Xmas) than another $400 USD phone (with two year activation) when my music and app collection grows…

Also, I have issues with how iTunes "handles" DRM and how difficult it makes it for me to transfer "my" music to my devices…

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2012 4:18 p.m. PST

I've a 2-year old Droid. It does what I want, when I
want, without too much hassle.

Oh, and I can make and receive calls with it, too.

Last Hussar20 Jul 2012 9:12 a.m. PST

I got a £12.00 GBP a month deal, free HTC, 200 mins, 200 texts, unlimited data. Even if an iPhone is technically better I see no reason to spring £200.00 GBP, then £35.00 GBP a month.

My point is unless you are desperate for certain software then looking at the deals may be the way to go; from 'My wife says' it sounds like you just want a phone, rather than a gadget.

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