Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Need Your Advice

All right, I've been thinking about getting a smartphone for quite a while. I'm locked up in a contract with Verizon at the moment, but I'm considering switching providers. So I need some help--what phone should I get, and what carrier should I go with? I'm going to use the phone primarily for voice and reading email in a business setting, but occasionally for web surfing, composing email and texting. Please take my poll and post any comments that you think might help me make a decision.




8 comments:

  1. I currently have a blackberry, but Brock (a Treo fan)warned me that I would hate life with it. I haven't, but I'm not particularly hard core. My father-in-law, who IS hard core also says that the Treo is far superior.
    I'm waiting for the iPhone to upgrade to be compatible with enterprise servers (aka my firm's Outlook application), which is supposedly going to happen sometime this summer. I have heard (from a huge Apple fan) that the current version of the iPhone is worthless. His emails are delayed, his battery doesn't last very long, etc. etc.
    I have had AT&T service since I first got my cell phone, and while I wouldn't rave about their customer service, I've heard Verizon is similar (hit and miss customer service), but with a smaller selection of phones.
    Also, be warned that addiction happens quickly. I initially balked at the monthly fee for data service, but now I'm afraid I'm hooked.

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  2. I've used two smart phones: a Treo and a Q. DO NOT GET THE Q. I actually really loved my Treo--a lot. I miss it.

    Whatever you get--make sure it has a touch screen.

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  3. Whatever you get, I want one too (it would only be fair, right?), so make sure you consider that iPhone x 2 = way too much money.

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  4. You probably should cross the treo off the list, unless you go for a treo with Window's Mobile, as the palm software is pretty dated and they have been dragging their feet for years as competitors continue to crank up the heat. They're big and bulky and in a word, dated. That leaves the other three. A much harder decision. I have a Pearl and I like it a lot. I tend to read email on it a lot(which it's great at), type an occasional email on it (which it's mediocre at), use it for google maps (which works OK using cell tower triangulation but it's not as good as GPS), and browse the web only every now and then (which can be good or bad depending on the website--pretty standard on any cell phone except the iPhone which has pretty solid browsing). I love the size of the Pearl, as it's smaller than my last phone rather than larger like the Curve, iPhone, and Treo. There's a lot to like in the iPhone, but it's overkill unless you're really going to use it for the video, music, and browsing a lot. I've tried typing on the iPhone and found it to be OK, but if you're going to be typing a lot of emails and only doing music, video, and browsing a little, I think the Curve is the best bet. If you're only going to be doing minimal browsing, typing email, and watching video, the pearl is your best bet as the size makes it very attractive. The Curve would be next on my list if you need to type a lot but don't need the multimedia as much (though it does do multimedia, just not as well as the iPhone). If you're really leaning towards the iPhone, I'd wait a month or two as rumors are circulating about a 3G iPhone (faster browsing) and knowing Apple, they'll probably keep the same pricepoints as the current models. Just over a year ago I was making the same decision and was waiting for Apple to announce the iPhone. When they did, and I saw the price they were asking, I went to the T-mobile store that same week and bought the Pearl. iPhone prices have dropped, and it may be worth it to you, but prices on the Pearl are really low (like, $0 after rebates at amazon), so that's another consideration. With T-Mobile I get all my data for $20 a month, which last time I checked was still the cheapest out there. Plus, you could afford to get Carolina one;-)

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  5. Never sacrifice that which is of greatest worth to the soul for that which can never satisfy. Get the iPhone.

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  6. I have the iphone, but only use it for phone and ipod, so I'm no help. Good luck.

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  7. Oh, and you're welcome to play around with my iphone to see if you like it.... See, I'm so helpful.

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  8. I don't really care what phone you get, just as long as you go with at&t! If you go to at&t, then Ale will probably go to... and then maybe we will! And that makes it so I have a higher chance of getting a phone! Yay!

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