So I want a new phone…
There I am, on two £20 contracts (feel free to call me crazy) and upgrade time arrives. “Woooo, more toys to play with” thinks I.
Yes, that’s how long cheap contracts had to be for good (2G) phones. I don’t know why people thought “rolling” tarrifs would last… It seems the vogue has been to make them SIM-only, sadly…
Anyway: I find myself wanting to get e-mail in my pocket; and maybe have a crack at the mobile internet ting too.
A bit of background: Since I lost a 2G Samsung, from trousers with crap pockets, I’ve had to stick with two phones that are hamstrung in these regards. Turns out the BlackBerry I already have doesn’t have a 3G module inside it; but it can do wi-fi! In a wired house? Brilliant.
So July (last year) finally turns up & I can start seriously thinking about this upgrade malarkey. Ignoring all my budgetry concerns for a minute; my dilemmas / procrastination-sources are:
- Moto’ Defy vs Ss B2710 vs HTC Wildfire S (T-Mobile)
- BB Torch vs Moto’ Atrix I
- Any free BB vs Nokia N8 vs Nokia N9
- Ss Xperia Ray vs BB Curve 9300 vs iPhone 4S 16Gb (Orange)
Considering my T-Mobile choice is largely made, as I think the Motorola Atrix I (i.e. not 4G) needs some serious load-testing before I go near it; plus there’s no clue anywhere as to how easy it is to take your stuff from the phone’s environment to mobile-computer’s “desktop”. Obviously, I assume it’s next to ridonculous easy, but some confirmation would be nice. Dual-core FTW; but I think this would be better with Quad (specially since some clever Swede’s hasve put one in a really mobilecomputer)
Consequently, the HTC is what I’ve had a crack at, specially as it’s the follow-on from the marvellous Wildfire and exactly it’s entry-level handset. Will post how I’ve got on with it later (it turns out: not great)…
It turns out the BlackBerry Torch has a few different models on the market; as of now the 9810 seems to be the most recent (and probably the last ever) tactile / touch combo interface. Shame only Virgin are given it away fairly cheaply; and even then only to their phone-line customers.
The Nokia / operating system ting I think I’ve covered already; so I’ll cut to the chase and say it’s been a right pain to find anyone selling either one online as part of a package. Turns out Orange were only taking their sweet time about releasing either one in the UK, and are (much to my step-brother’s chagrin) ixnay-ing both. Damn shame really. Specially since their best non-Windows offering is the C2-01… Bleurgh…
It turns out the Curve 9360 has been recently released ‘ere in Blighty, so I call an ammendment to the last conflaburation; that is:
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray vs BB Curve 9360 vs iPhone 4S 16Gb
Since the iPhone-specific tariffs on Orange are properly stingy, comparing like-for-like makes the Apple offering ridiculous.
While the previous clamshell Samsungs have all been marvellous; my old E720 was decidedly not so. Colour screen, yes; slide-out keys rather than fold-away; but no music direct from the microSD card totally fuNkin spoilt it.
True: not much of a comparison, since the Xperia is also running Android (Gingerbread) and a much better spec’; since I have never used Android at this point (also why I dodged the allegedly Froyo-toting Defy) I elect to swap O.S. Accordingly, my shiny new BlackBerry Curve 9360 appears in the post! More on that later…
I have a strong reserve contender in the Samsung B2710, should I ever Gods-forbid lose either of the Plan A handsets. Unfortunately: nobody on the Ask An Owner forums (only available for contract phones, and only then for products in stock!) could answer my multimedia-related questions. Since it comes with a USB-like headphone socket, you would of thought there would be some kind of connectivity involved! RDS (probably FM-only) and the microSD card are in there, so fingers crossed it’s keeping someone else in a similar position happy. The superseding model, the Solid XCover, is also IP67 rated, making it well ‘ard in terms of weather-proofing and dust-resistance.
Note: I believe Orange no longer serve the B2710; the XCover is slated as Pay-as-you-go only.
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