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September 1st, 2006
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Recommendations for current hi-tech phone?
My old phone is just about worn out, so I have to face up to getting a new one. It's a Nokia, and I like it. But... there are so many options out there nowadays for phone hybrids, such as phones that are also cameras, "iPods", navigators, have web access, etc. Of all of those extras, I think I'd like web access the best, but I have my doubts about how well you can really use it with such a small screen and "keyboard".

Does anybody have experience with any of the hybrids, and have recommendations on types, brands, what to look for, what to look out for, etc.?

Jules, I know you had a new toy the last time I saw you, but I think it was too big to just fit in a pocket - have any thoughts?

Oh! It would be nice if I could still carry it in my pocket, but I also don't just want a minimicro phone, because those are just hard to hold in place, and don't always cover the distance between mouth and ear.

Anyway, all hints, etc. are welcome!

p.s. I have a very good candidate for a house that I'm considering - squee!

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From:mysteriousways1
Date:September 1st, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
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I have little... okay no experience with current hancy schmancy phones. I have a Virgin Pay as you go, Keyocera K-10. I like it for the built in flash light and the game Tetris. If I were to go for a fancy schmancy I would be choosing based on color, I want a pink one, or flavor. Verizion now has one they call Chocolate that is "iPod" and phone in one.

MysteriousWays- I named my computer "Moo" and my iPod "Moo Pod"
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 2nd, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)
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*L*! - *groan*

Nah, I'm pretty much looking for useful rather than worrying about the color. The Chocolate is interesting, but if it had some internet capability I'd be much more interested! Thanks.
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From:ninquelosse
Date:September 2nd, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
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I have a Razr, which you can use for web access, but if you want something really usable, I would say get a Treo. My brother has one - I think it's his third version - and he uses it constantly. It's a little larger than a (current) regular phone, but fits in his pocket very well. It's got a teeny keyboard and Bluetooth. He has a plan from Sprint which he says is fine.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 2nd, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
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Aha! I should have thought to consult you!

Oooo... never heard of one of those; I'll definitely check it oout - thanks!
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From:ninquelosse
Date:September 3rd, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
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And hey - check the latest issue of Consumer Reports. They have a pagelong spread on smart phones.

In response to the Bluetooth question, Wikipedia can answer the technical stuff. All I know is that I can point my phone at my laptop and make photos move from phone to computer, ringtones and wallpaper (made by me) move from computer to phone, and I haven't had to pay to download anything. My brother and I (geeks) sit next to each other on the couch with our iBooks and swap photos and little movies and stuff. It's magic.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 3rd, 2006 04:43 am (UTC)
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*G* So cute! Does your brother live in the area, too?

Ahhhh... I think I paid for on-lline access to CR - perfect - and thank you again!
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From:ninquelosse
Date:September 3rd, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
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Me. AGAIN.
Another resource: howardforums.com. Excellent place to do your homework on makes and models (and service providers) you're interested in. The mods all seem to work for mobile carriers or own many different types of phones. They'll have info on newly tested phones as well.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 3rd, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
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Excellent!!!!! Thank you.
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From:arevanye
Date:September 2nd, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
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I don't have any techie phone advice to give you, since still use my ancient Verizon phone around for which they no longer make batteries. BUT my realtor has a bluetooth phone with one of those very cool light-up wireless earpieces. I saw that and had a major attack of covetousness. You need to have one of those headsets, IMHO.

Can't wait to hear about the house--W000t!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 2nd, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
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*L*!!! Nothing like having my ears illuminated! *G* Thanks!
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From:anonypooh
Date:September 2nd, 2006 06:43 am (UTC)
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hee pretty much as soon as I bought mine they stopped selling it and replaced it for a more slimline less bricklike version! My bro in law has it!

You must have bluetooth .. you must have wireless internet capability.

then you can get the pocket foldaway keyboard to go with - like mine when you want bigger projects on the go than a very quick update ... (like my LJ USA updates were - what a godsend that gadget!!!)

Aside from that - ask a phone shop - they'll be right up to date
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 2nd, 2006 11:47 am (UTC)
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*L*! Always happens.

Yes - I looked at the TREO that Ninq suggested above; I saw it had a little foldaway keyboard, too!

BTW - what IS Bluetooth, exactly?
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From:anonypooh
Date:September 2nd, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
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BTW - what IS Bluetooth, exactly?

the technical explanation? heaven knows - google it! All I know is is lets me connect all my gizmos without wires!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 2nd, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC)
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So you use it to... what?

(I know business people use it to update their calendars from their computer, but I figure you don't keep a calendar... do you?! I mean, other than the one in your head that lists all CoRo dates and locations... *G*)
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From:ninquelosse
Date:September 3rd, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah - I used BT to move my entire address book onto my phone. It took about 30 seconds.
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From:niroc
Date:September 2nd, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
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I used to work for a company that specialised in fixing broken phones, they'd come in with all sorts of damage and we'd try our best to make them work again.
I'd like to give you a few pointers: the Nokia models of the last few years are made to only last one year, or just outlast their warrantee. After that, they are most likely to brake down. This is unfortunately the case for most brands. Also: mobiles with cameras built into them are crap. 90% of the mobiles that came in for repairs had issues with their cameras one way or the other. I don't know much about the whole internet-acces from your phone, but I doubt its use and whether that has any positive effects on you or your mobile.
Don't buy new models, their software isn't flawless yet and you might regret spending so much money on the "latest and greatest".
Anyway, I opted for a regular model of a regular brand and it's worked pretty well for the last two years. It doesn't have a camera or any of those fancy things, though it does have internet-access, which I never use. I picked it cause it was pretty. Maybe you should do the same. ;D
Anyway, hope my rambling was of assistance to you. Chose carefully... *giggle*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 2nd, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
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All very good points - thank you! Well, except perhaps for the "because it's pretty" advice... *G*
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From:niroc
Date:September 2nd, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Well, at least like the colour then. ;D
I'm just saying, don't focus on the things it can do too much. I personally think you're much better off having a camera, a computer and a mobile seperately... All a mobile should really do, is enable you to send/receive messages and call/be called. But then I've seen the horror that is mobiles up close. ^_^
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 3rd, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
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*L*!!!
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