Iphone Alternative?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jamesc7770, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. jamesc7770 macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2006
    ok here's the question.. and I'll keep my head down for even suggesting this but..... I have an imac g5 10.4.11 and a very old nokia mobile with orange and i'd really like a new mobile which is compatible with or i'm able to sync with my Mac software but i'm not crazy about spending large sums of money on an iphone and its line rental, however lovely its design! so can anyone suggest an alternative mobile phone??

  2. Auzburner macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2008
    Syracuse, NY - USA
    Have you considered the idea of two devices? This is exactly what the iPhone was built to eliminate the need for, but you could carry an iPod Touch 2G, and any cellular phone you would like otherwise...
  3. smurfjammer macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    The only mobile that I had that I could sync to my Mac was a Sony Ericsson T68i but that was years ago, my last phone Sharp GX30i I couldn't get it to sync so I bought an iPhone.
  4. jamesc7770 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2006
    two devices?? well i have a ipod 30gb classic type which i was given a year or so ago and i'm really quite attached to so i guess, do i need an Iphone 3g and pay £35 a month for 2 years for the privalage? or is there a better deal?
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    There are tons of mobile phones that can sync with OS X, either through iSync or through third-party applications like PocketMac and MissingSync. This includes essentially all BBs and all WM devices.

    Just as an example, the last three phones I had before my iPhone all synced with OS X (Nokia 3650, natively; Motorola RAZR, natively; Blackberry 8700g, using MissingSync and/or PocketMac). .

    So syncing with OS X is easy.

    The question is what you want from your phone... if you want the kind of features which make us love our iPhones, you've got options -- the Android a couple of HTC's other new phones, and perhaps a couple others. You're not going to save much money -- since all those phones are as pants as the iPhone is without a data plan and they aren't really cheaper hardware-wise either.

    You've also got plenty of solid options that are more phone and less mobile internet device... there are shining options in this category particularly from Nokia. They're usually also pricey hardware unless one gets a contract, but they depend on data services a lot less.
  6. Eric8199 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2009
    My old,discontinued Motorola E815 syncs with OSX very nicely via bluetooth. From what I understand, it syncs easier than the iPhone, since you can't sync/transfer files over bluetooth on the iPhone. Also, my E815 has a microSD chip, so I can increase the storage capacity, something else that Apple can't do with the iPhone.

    Of course, my E815 sucks royally, but those features are nice. haha. I'll still be getting an iPhone this summer though, when the new one does/doesn't come out.

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