Help picking out a phone....

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  1. nospleen macrumors 68000

    nospleen

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    Hello, I currently have a Blackberry 8700 that i use for work. I want to buy a personal phone and I have a few requirements.

    1. Smallish, doesn't have to be super tiny, but pocketable.
    2. Bluetooth
    3. Works with isync or comes with mac sync software
    4. Prefer white to match my iMac, but open to silver colors
    5. GSM, unlocked or Cingular
    6. I prefer to stay under $300, I will be buying it on Ebay

    I have looked all over phone scoop and I still cannot decide... Any help would be appreciated!
     
  2. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Cant go wrong with anything from Sony Ericsson. Avoid Motorola like the plague
     
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Motorola sucks. It's not just a matter of getting used to the UI. I really shouldn't need to. It should be more instinctive. Sony Ericsson is the best, IMO. Their little joystick thing sucks, but other than that, great phones. :)
     
  4. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    you speak the truth. all 3 of the sony erricsons i own have been flawless, the razr my sister owned was great the two times it decided to actually sync.
     
  5. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Don't get a RAZR, or any RAZR based spin off with the some UI as it...they suck big time. The phone looks cool but the UI is crap...and from what I hear its like that on most Mot phones


    I've had basic LG phones and they seem to work well.
     
  6. j26 macrumors 65832

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    Ditto.

    the K750i is a great phone, and if you're handy with a screwdriver can get a white housing and fascia for it on ebay for about 15 quid.
     
  7. kretzy macrumors 604

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    Yeah, definitely not Motorola. they're just annoying to use. I had a Samsung for a few years and I loved it (until the screen died), but I've got a Nokia now and it's pretty good as well.
     
  8. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    How is the Sony T630?? I will stay away from Motorola from everyones recommendation...
     
  9. solvs macrumors 603

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    I have a ROKR, and it only sucks a little. I customized everything, so it's not that bad. I like the Sonys, but the good ones seemed like more than I'd wanted to spend on a phone. I was wanting a SLVR, but I needed a phone and it didn't come out until a couple of months later. Camera sucks, but I never use it. Rarely use the music part. Mostly just liked that it has pretty good battery life and was free after rebate. Or would be, if I ever get the rebate.

    My parents have those cheapy LGs that Verizon gives away for almost free and those suck, so the best thing to do is go into the store, try a couple out, then buy it online at someplace like Amazon or Buy.com.
     
  10. mpw Guest

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    How does your 8700 play with iSync? I'm toying with the idea of getting one.
     
  11. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It works well, but you need to go to www.pocketmac.com in order to get it to work.
     
  12. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Anyone have the Nokia 8801? If so, how do you like it and how well does isync work with it?
     
  13. Clydefrog macrumors 6502a

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    8801 is nice,but so much money. have you checke dout the Nokia E62?
     
  14. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I have not checked out the E62 yet, will do here in a sec. I can get a new 8801 for about 320 shipped on ebay...
     
  15. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    The nokia 8801 is not really a good choice unless you want it for style only. The battery life sucks, the keypad is cramped, and it lacks very many features.

    I have a Nokia N80, which I have no idea if it syncs to a Mac or not, but its a S60 series phone, so there is supposed to be a bunch of software out there for it. It might be worth a look.
     
  16. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    I personally like Samsung phones. The D900 is a nice phone and works well (nice UI) but is not available in white.
     
  17. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Oooooh, that one looks nice! It does not show that it is compatible with isync. But, most all other Nokias are, so it may be...

    http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/isync/devices.html
     
  18. lexus macrumors 68000

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    For quality Vertu but good luck finding one on ebay.
     
  19. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Is Cingular CDMA of GSM, I use T-Mobile for my US needs.

    If it is GSM it will work.
     
  21. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Cingular is GSM, but this phone does not support 850mhz. So, I was wondering if in Texas we use the 850. I called Cingular and they said we have both, 850 and 1900. But, they said it should work just fine. But, they sure didn't sound convincing.
     

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