Simple smart feature phone

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  1. AppleDApp, Jul 8, 2013
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    I am looking into maybe changing things up for my phone. I currently have an iphone 4 on a month to month contract and intend to keep this contract.

    I am looking for a phone (probably android) that has the following
    • Great battery life (preferably days worth) like the pre smartphone days.
    • small form factor
    • wifi
    • contact / calendar syncing ability with gmail
    • qwerty keyboard
    • up to date software
    • reasonably priced out of contract.
    • standard charging cable

    other nice features I would like but do not need
    • GPS
    • Mp3 player functionality
    • camera with flash

    I've been looking on phone arena and phone rocket and have not found much.

    Also I'm not sure where I could buy such a phone most of the carriers in my area are selling the popular smartphones like the GS3, Note, HTC One and iPhone.

    Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Nexus 4?

    *edit* Nevermind, you are looking for a QWERTY keyboard...Blackberry?
     
  3. AppleDApp thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Nexus 4 is a great choice with the exception of the keyboard. Blackberry is a good qwerty option however seeing as the Q10 is about 650$ out of contract that is limiting.

    I like the candy bar form factor with slide out keyboard over the blackberry look.

    I have been looking at the Samsung intensity III among others.
     
  4. Hastings101 macrumors 68000

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    Honestly... something like an older Blackberry OS 7 device would be perfect for you lol. You'll not see days of battery life on an Android device at a reasonable price and physical QWERTY keyboards are very rare. That's just my experiences though, you might get lucky and find something.

    As for buying it, I'd suggest Amazon. They have awesome customer service and a large selection.
     
  5. AppleDApp thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Amazon is probably the best place to buy. Unfortunately most BB's are 200+$ I could get an iPhone for that price which I already own.

    Anyone know of a feature phone that has what I am looking for?
     
  6. viskon macrumors 6502

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    How about the Nokia Asha line?

    Check out the Nokia Asha 303.
     
  7. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    The smaller Xperia phones are all in the $150-$200 range. Anything lower, and you're talking lowend. Current lowend devices all come with Gingerbread. Stable Gingerbread that is.
     
  8. AppleDApp, Jul 9, 2013
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    Thanks for all the great advice.

    The Asha line at least the phones I looked at didn't seem to include wifi. also are these running android or some symbian OS?

    Any specific model in mind?

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    I've tweaked the order of the features I'd like from my OP to indicate priority.

    I've found a few phones that are of interest. I'd like some feedback on these please.

    Of the list the txt pro is the form factor I prefer.
     
  9. AppleDApp thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I have found two other phones that seem to fit the bill.

    The Sharp FX STX2 and the Sharp FX Plus

    I am leaning towards the FX plus because it is the newer phone of the two.

    Any feedback on either device? Also can I root these and add a custom rom?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  10. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    Pretty much every low end device I have seen come out this year has had at least 4.0.
     
  11. Hastings101, Jul 13, 2013
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    Out of all the phones you listed the Sharp FX Plus or the Motorola Droid Pro are what I'd suggest you take a look at.

    Sharp phones: The Sharp FX Plus at least has Android on it if you'd rather have a smartphone. Never had experience with any Sharp phones but looking at the specs I'm guessing you'll have to get used to some lag. Outside of that I don't see anything wrong with it and, in my opinion, it's much better than most of the other phone you listed. Battery life is going to be a little painful on both of them (The other Sharp looks like some kind of "smart" feature phone :().

    The Droid Pro seems to be better in regards to battery and performance.

    I'm not 100% sure on the rooting/custom roms but I saw some Sharp FX Plus rooting guides on XDA... just no device forum. So it's anyone's guess as to what you'll find if you look hard. The Droid Pro DOES have a forum on XDA so there's a good chance something's available.
     
  12. Explicitic macrumors 6502

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    I'm just going to assume whatever carrier you are with supports AT&T/GSM phones...

    How about the Samsung Captivate Glide?
    -Screen is only 4 inches
    -QWERTY Keyboard
    -Runs Android (got all those software features you listed)
    -8MP Camera w/ Flash
    -If you're willing to flash ROMs, the development community for it seems fairly active - http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1490 (Android 4.2.2 ROMs like CM10, PAC available)
    -A brand new in box Captivate Glide can be had on eBay for ~$150.

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  13. adder7712 macrumors 68000

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    Why not the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini pro?
    Link.
    It has a 3 in screen coupled with a QWERTY keyboard. I believe it's upgradable to ICS from GB.
     
  14. AppleDApp, Jul 13, 2013
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    care to name a few that include a qwerty keyboard?

    I intend to use it as a smart feature phone. I really just don't to have to reenter my calendar events and contacts on the new device. I'll look into both devices. I'm leaning towards the Sharp FX purely for it's form factor.

    The Captivate glide is a serious contender thank you. I'll look into it more. I need to find it on amazon or some other website. I don't reaaly want to use ebay.

    I also like the Sony Xperia mini but not exactly a fan of the older software.
     
  15. AppleDApp thread starter macrumors 68020

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    You read my mind glad to see it can be upgraded to ICS atleast.

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    Wow Thanks adder you're quick on the ball I will look at all of these options.
     
  16. AppleDApp, Jul 14, 2013
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    So I've narrowed it down to three phones that could replace my iPhone 4

    • Samsung captivate glide
    • Sony Xperia mini Pro
    • Sharp FX Plus

    The captivate wins it for me. for it's combination of better hardware, screen size and upgradability.

    I did not see any mention of the captivate using a SIM card.

    update: I went to the store to see what was available, it would appear that no phone has battery life for days anymore (according to the sales rep)
     
  17. AppleDApp thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Just went to order one of these phones on Amazon, All the prices have skyrocketed. :confused:
     

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