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Thirteenva
Sep 9, 2004, 08:34 AM
I'm purchasing a new cell phone this month when I switch carriers (from at&t to Verizon). I'm looking for websites where I can find reviews for Verizon's current offerings.

Abstract
Sep 9, 2004, 09:38 AM
"Howard Forums" is a great place to go. :) It doesn't sound like much of a mobile forum, but its highly recommended. There's one more site that's as recommended, but I forget the name.

www.howardforums.com

wide
Sep 9, 2004, 09:52 AM
Go to the cell phones section at www.cnet.com for detailed reviews.

I also use Verizon Wireless, and I reccommend the Samsung SCH-A670. The Motorola 710 looks good on the websites but it enormous in reality, and the LG-U3000 is an old phone and LG's new phones are ****. That's basically why I got the SCH-A670. It's relatively new, released in late June.

NCTRNL
Sep 9, 2004, 10:11 AM
www.gsmarena.com is a good one as well

r6girl
Sep 9, 2004, 10:42 AM
or try www.phonescoop.com

marianne

sinisterdesign
Sep 9, 2004, 11:35 AM
yeah, Cnet should break it down by provider.

Gizmodo (http://www.gizmodo.com/) is good for all the latest cool phones coming out, but sometimes the phones may not show up here for months (or ever).

dotnina
Sep 9, 2004, 11:37 AM
You could always ask Macrumors members for their reviews, too. ;)

scem0
Sep 9, 2004, 10:59 PM
I like Amazon's reviews.

scem0

MacinDoc
Sep 9, 2004, 11:14 PM
Or, for reviews not influenced by sales pitches, you could try Consumer Reports (http://www.consumerreports.org/). Unfortunately, they don't always have reports on the very latest items (they review them in groups), and it's a paid subscription.

Abstract
Sep 10, 2004, 03:15 AM
or try www.phonescoop.com

marianne

Oooh, that's the name I was looking for. Howard's Forums and Phonescoop are the places to go for mobile phone info. They're the MacRumors of the mobile phone world, and are very passionate about their mobile phones.

Howard's Forums break everything down by all mobile providers in North America and Europe. Amazing. And since they have forums for each provider by continent, you'll find quite a few local users. Well, I did. From the services, you can generally just go through the threads and know which phones are the best for which service. :)

NCTRNL
Sep 10, 2004, 11:48 AM
I have the Motorola V600 through T-Mobile and it is probably the best phone that I have ever owned. Bluetooth is such a great function and when I get my PB it will be an even bigger function. Using wireless internet with my Pocket PC through the V600 is great.

kronos2611
Sep 12, 2004, 05:24 PM
I bought a SonyEricsson K700 a few months ago - don't know if it's available in the US yet though... (the sonyericsson webiste seems to think not). I've found it to be a fantastic phone - tons of memory, decent camera - radio (never used) bluetooth and syncs properly with my Mac.

MacNeXT
Sep 12, 2004, 06:11 PM
I bought a SonyEricsson K700 a few months ago - don't know if it's available in the US yet though... (the sonyericsson webiste seems to think not). I've found it to be a fantastic phone - tons of memory, decent camera - radio (never used) bluetooth and syncs properly with my Mac.

I second that. It's supposed to be the competitor, pricewise, to the nokia 6230, which is the one that's shaped like a coffin. IMHO, the K700(i) has a much better bang-for-the-buck value. Better and larger display, more memory, better camera, nicer design. The only downside is that it hasn't got memory expansion capabilities (SD cards or whatever they're called).

It's a great phone and I really recommend it if it's in your price-range. And it's Mac friendly! Did I mention that it plays MP3's ???

zwida
Sep 12, 2004, 07:44 PM
I certainly second the Phone Scoop recommendation. You might also try Mobile Tracker: http://www.mobiletracker.net/.

I think you'll find Verizon's current offerings to lack a bit of the wow-factor that you'll get with Cingular or AT&T. I've currently got the Moto V710, which while it's kind of cool, Verizon's crippled bluetooth STINKS.

GeorgeTheMonkey
Sep 12, 2004, 07:53 PM
I second that. It's supposed to be the competitor, pricewise, to the nokia 6230, which is the one that's shaped like a coffin. IMHO, the K700(i) has a much better bang-for-the-buck value. Better and larger display, more memory, better camera, nicer design. The only downside is that it hasn't got memory expansion capabilities (SD cards or whatever they're called).

It's a great phone and I really recommend it if it's in your price-range. And it's Mac friendly! Did I mention that it plays MP3's ???Is it possible for me to third that? In that case, I do. :cool:

Absolutely love my K700, and although I'm not sure I've gotten the full $388 dollars I paid for it out of it yet, I'm willing to shrug the price off as a joyful techno-gadget, once-in-a-lifetime indescretion buy.

Love the design, get tons of comments about the cool display, the camera's just cool, being able to have an MP3 of the Beatles' "Twist and Shout" as a ringtone is just grooviness, and it really is just a pleasure to use. I do have a few bit of qualms with syncing -- namely, any actual addresses won't carry over when you sync, just phone numbers -- but those are more firmware/iSync issues.

Great phone to have! I'd recommend it. (Mind you, it won't work with Verizon though. It's a GSM phone only -- with CDMA, you'll have to buy a phone directly from Verizon, so your options are rather limited.)

lazymuoio
Sep 12, 2004, 09:41 PM
i like www.cnet.com s revewis they are fair unbiased they dont update revewis regualrery however, such as computer speed bumps but they have consumer opinions which are also very heplfl i recomend them alot

baby duck monge
Sep 12, 2004, 09:55 PM
www.mobileburn.com is also a good place to look, though they tend to have less reviews of the "regular" phones and more reviews of the high-end stuff, so if you're looking for something plain it might not be there (though the reviews they do have are great).

Thirteenva
Sep 13, 2004, 03:22 PM
I guess i should say that I'd like to keep the price tag under $200, and I'm really only interested in phones that will work with verizon's service. I've had trouble with reception here (northeast PA)and customer service with at&t. I'm open to reviews from individuals also, and not just review websites.

Thanks.