should i buy a "first gen / 2g" iphone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mst0192, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. mst0192 macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2003
    i am interested in buying a "new" smartphone <350 usd.

    atm i have a old nokia e51 (i hate the symbian-ui, otherwise its quite an okay phone) and i want to upgrade either to android or iphone-os.

    iphone-os would be my first choice, because i have the impression that android still needs some improvement (and it would complement my macmini and osx-netbook).

    - managing a few google-mail accounts via wifi
    - flawless google-calendar sync
    - facebook/twitter via wifi
    - good webbrowsing experience via wifi

    nice to have:
    - able to attach bluetooth-keyboard for posting text on a wordpress blog
    - making pictures and uploading them to flickr [rarely]
    - making videos (possible with jailbroken 2g?) [rarely]
    - playing movies from phone on tv via tv-cable
    - browsing the web via gsm/edge/3g (whatever i can use) [maybe 1-2 pages every 2 or 3 days]
    - bluetooth-tethering, so i can check a few websites on the osx-netbook [maybe once in a month]

    what it doesn't need to have:
    - gps / navigation
    - games
    - heavy webbrowsing via gsm/edge/3g
    - massive hd (i think even 4gb should be enough for me)

    could the "oldest" iphone handle these task? which iphone would you recommend? i am thinking of either a used/unlocked/jailbroken/cheap 1st/2nd gen. iphone, a low-end android or i will wait for the next (4g?) iphone (but i don't like the thought spending so much money on a phone).

    thanks :eek:
  2. Eso macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2008
    You say that the iPhone is your first choice because Android still needs some improvement, but the ironic thing is that Android does everything in your list, whereas the iPhone doesn't.

    Android will also sync with your Google services much better (obviously).
  3. mst0192 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2003
    i haven't had any real first hand experience with either iphone or android so far (sounds crazy, i know :D). just read a lot of reviews... if android is the way better choice regarding gmail / google calendar, i will buy an android phone.
  4. ct2k7 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2008
    London or Florida
    Go for the Android - you won't be disappointed.
  5. BobRichards macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2010
    Go with android, all of your needs match android perfectly
  6. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Are you not planning on going with AT&T?

    Otherwise, what's wrong with the $99 3G iPhone?

    Or, heck, even a brand new 3GS will fall under your $350 requirement.
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I wouldn't invest in a 2G iPhone at this point. It is almost 3 years old. The new OS 4.0 won't be available for it either.
  8. doubleatheman macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2009
    Why can't you get a new iPhone 3gs? If your due for an upgrade the iPhone 3gs is $199.

    With google sync I can sync my calenders and email well(push)

    other accounts would need to use imap and caldav, you can only use one exchange account on the iPhone.

    Since you have a mac mini and notebook, I would go with the iPhone.

    The iPhone can't teather if it's not jail broken (AT&T's fault) :( maybe you do need an android.
  9. mst0192 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2003
    i am from austria, here the monthly plans for "high end phones" aren't really attractive. therefore i prefer a "pay as you go" phone without contract.

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