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Phone time - Nathan
January 4th, 2010
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Phone time
When last I wrote about this, over two years ago, I was looking to replace a failing phone with something interesting. I didn't find anything interesting, and instead switched to an older but functional Motorola flip. That somewhat crappy phone may have just crapped it's last (makes calls and connects, but audio doesn't work at all), so I should really get something else. Suggestions? I no longer consider laptop tethering a critical application, and I'm willing to switch carriers.

The iPhone, something Android, N900, Pre, or just another $50 GSM flip phone and living contract-free? Sell me on something, people.

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From:fraterrisus
Date:January 5th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
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Google already owns my data, so being able to access it seamlessly from my phone is pretty handy. I like my G1 a whole lot, but the Droids are pretttttttty (and not as underpowered as the G1).
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From:awfief
Date:January 5th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
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I have had the iPhone for almost 2 years now, and I like it a lot. The only thing is that data plans are expensive -- for example, I have the cheapest voice plan from AT&T - $60 a month for 600 minutes a month - plus $20 unlimited data plus $20 unlimited text. Plus taxes and such, you're talking $120-135 per month. I'm not worried about the contract, because you can always switch phones, but it's a big jump to make if you're paying 1/2 that now.

(I think it's worth every penny, but that's me).

I'd ask cshabsin about the gadgets.
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From:fyfer
Date:January 5th, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)
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I love my iPhone, but (like everyone) I'm occasionally annoyed at the AT&T network. (I had AT&T before, but the network problems weren't relevant for my old phone.)

I drool over all my Google friends' prototypes of the Google phone that's being released any day now. If I had to choose right now, I might pick it over the iPhone, but I'm not sure. The Droid phone is nice too.
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From:rifmeister
Date:January 5th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
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I have both an iPhone [3G] and the Google phone. There's pros and cons.

The current iteration of the Google phone will only do Edge on AT&T, not 3G, so if you want a Google phone now, I recommend T-Mobile [in the US].

The iPhone is more polished, the Google phone is more open source. The Google phone has a better camera, and a much higher resolution screen. The Google phone is better at integrating with gmail.

If you want a smartphone, the iPhone and the Google phone are both very nice.
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From:eccentrific
Date:January 5th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
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I have this. It's 20 bucks from Amazon. It does a great job of making phone calls and nothing else. I love it.
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From:temvald
Date:January 5th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
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N900. Then you can rave about how great it is and convince me to get one.
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From:chenoameg
Date:January 5th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
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While you're asking, does anyone know of very durable basic phones?

I've had my phone for 8 years. It doesn't break when it flies out of my purse,it doesn't die if I make a call in the rain. But it will eventually wear out.

I'd really like to buy something else that's equally durable.
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From:eccentrific
Date:January 6th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
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See my post above :-)
It's definitely a droppable phone. I don't know if it'll last 8 years, but....
It may be more basic than you are looking for.
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