What phone?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Ja Di ksw, Feb 2, 2006.

  1. Ja Di ksw macrumors 65816

    Ja Di ksw

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    After years of holding out, I'm finally getting a cell phone. I was wondering if people had any advice on what phone to get. I'm going with Cingular, as it's free to talk to other Cingular people and the majority of my friends use them, so it will be cheapest. I've heard Sony Ericsson and Nokia are the best, and to stay away from Moto.

    Things I care about:
    Good UI
    Quality sound / unit
    Won't break easy
    Occasionally take pictures of stuff, not as a real camera
    Maybe listen to the radio, not as a music player (got my iPod for that)
    Possibly sync with my powerbook for Calendar or something? (bluetooth preferred)

    Things I don't care about:
    E-mail
    Web browsing (I'm assuming I pay more for this. If not, put it in things I would care about)
    Text messaging
    IM'ing
    capturing movies
    sending pictures to people
    mp3 (or whatever format) music player


    Can anyone help me with suggestions?
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    We really need to know your budget to give you a qualified answer.
     
  3. faintember macrumors 65816

    faintember

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    I dont use cingular, but verizon instead. Regardless i have the Moto E815 and it is the best phone i have had.
    Dont rule Moto out.
     
  4. zelmo macrumors 603

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    I loves me some Treo 650. It is so itty bitty stupid, yo.
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

    jsw

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    True dat. ;)

    OT: How is reception in your area? Some phones are notoriously bad in low-strength areas.
     
  6. EGT macrumors 68000

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    I have a SE K750i which is great, but to be honest I'm not really impressed with any mobile phone I've ever owned. Don't get me wrong, the K750i is a great, reliable phone but it's not very impressive. Quite boring actually. Or maybe it's just the calls I make on it! :p

    Apple should start designing mobile phones. It's part of the gadget industry that needs a good kick up the ass. :eek:
     
  7. zelmo macrumors 603

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    I think the Treo gets slightly poorer reception than my last phone, an LG VX6100, but not by much. Verizon is by far the superior network in my area (Northern Maryland).
     
  8. Ja Di ksw thread starter macrumors 65816

    Ja Di ksw

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I'll start looking into those phones in more detail.

    As for the questions people asked:

    the reception in my area is pretty good, no one I know has had problems with it.

    I'd like to stay around or under 200. If it's a little over, that's fine. I'd rather not pay $400 for a phone, though.
     
  9. AJ Muni macrumors 65816

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    I just get all of my phones free. The way to get a great deal is to get a decent phone on a $20-$30 a month plan. My motorola v620 has most of the things in the list you had above and has been replaced by a newer model.
     
  11. ibn macrumors newbie

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    i got the treo 650... i love it... but i can't wait to get rid of it and get a nextel and a sidekick... but that's a different story...

    it's super hardcore... i drop mine all the time when i get out of my car and hasn't broken once. it sync's great with computers... and the camera is pretty good for not even being 1 mega pixel... the clarity is awesome, i use speaker phone all the time and it sounds just as clear as holding againist your ear... plus its bluetooth.
     
  12. furrina macrumors regular

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    nokia 6682/6680/6681

    great phone.
    http://www.nokiausa.com/phones/6682

    -80 and -82 are outside US.

    nice camera, great sync with mac over bluetooth, smartphone features. pretty.
    cingular sells them for less with contract, etc., but I've heard they restrict them so I'd get one unlocked if you can.
     
  13. Dr.Poc macrumors newbie

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    i have a sony s700i that is sweet

    but samsungs d600 is also pretty dizzope
     
  14. psycho- macrumors member

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    Why not VZW or SPCS? EV-DO blows edge and UMTS out of the water in terms of data speeds.
     
  15. Dr.Poc macrumors newbie

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    did u mean verizon wireless,and sprint pcs????ev-do???whats that homie?i bought my phone in india,and it uses a sim card,so i can use it with any service.im sure your right bout the data speeds.im out
     
  16. Ja Di ksw thread starter macrumors 65816

    Ja Di ksw

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    Thank you, it looks food. What do you mean by unlocked, though?
     
  17. JMGvtec03 macrumors member

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    A lot of nokias have what you are looking for... It really depends on the carrier you are looking at. Let me know.

    -J
     
  18. Ja Di ksw thread starter macrumors 65816

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  19. JMGvtec03 macrumors member

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    Sorry I missed that... Well I wouldnt swear off moto altogether, the RAZR would work for you and its pretty cheap these days. If you want to spend the dough the Nokia 6682 is sweet mut mighty expensive.

    -J
     
  20. Clydefrog macrumors 6502a

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    if you want a stylish phone, go with a RAZR or SLVR. Both Nokia and Sony are good phones also
     

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