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Smartphones
« on: July 24, 2009, 01:15:55 PM »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartphone
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A smartphone is a mobile phone offering advanced capabilities, often with PC-like functionality (PC-mobile handset convergence). There is no industry standard definition of a smartphone.[1][2] For some, a smartphone is a phone that runs complete operating system software providing a standardized interface and platform for application developers.[3] For others, a smartphone is simply a phone with advanced features like e-mail, Internet and e-book reader capabilities, and/or a built-in full keyboard or external USB keyboard and VGA connector. In other words, it is a miniature computer that has phone capability.[4][5]

What's good, what's bad...and why?
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Re: Smartphones
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2009, 03:24:16 PM »

The only thing I don't like about my Treo 700wx is that it can't render most webpages for shit.
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2009, 03:56:14 PM »

I have an E71 from Nokia. The internet is good in a pinch but any serious browsing makes it collapse. It can handle email, but cant load Free Talk Live.
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Re: Smartphones
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2009, 07:09:01 PM »

BlackBerries are really cheaply made. This shit looks like it was assembled with superglue.
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2009, 07:57:13 PM »

They're interesting beasts.  Mr. Lindsey and I both have Blackberries, and we were having a conversation the other night about how they seem to be falling apart already.  I've had mine about a year, and he's had his a little less. 

The only thing I don't like about mine is that I have AT&T, and the speeds are a little slow on it since I'm not on 3G or WiFi.  I use Opera's mobile browser if I want something more than a basic HTML layout when surfing the tubez.  It seems to work pretty well. 

I never thought I'd need a "smartphone", but now that I have one I can't imagine being without it.  I can pretty much keep myself entertained anywhere with it by surfing the web, messaging friends, or even listening to music on it - so if I'm waiting in my doctor's office, at the airport, bored at work, etc. I've got something to do. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2009, 10:55:41 PM »

It's weird that RIM stuff isn't well made.

I wouldn't want to use it as for a phone very much, that is why being able to do other stuff with it is important to me.

I'm still not sure how I feel touch screen or how important a keyboard is.



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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2009, 11:09:10 PM »

It's weird that RIM stuff isn't well made.

I wouldn't want to use it as for a phone very much, that is why being able to do other stuff with it is important to me.

I'm still not sure how I feel touch screen or how important a keyboard is.





I have the Blackberry Curve, with the full QWERTY keyboard, and trust me...it's nice.  Mr. Lindsey has the Blackberry Pearl, and it's got two or three letters to a key - I don't even know.  And it's a bitch to use.  Especially since you say you want to use it for other things, rather than primarily phone use.  I hate the phone too, so I can identify with you there. 

Mainly the issues with mine are not the fault of the phone.  I've been rougher with this one than I think I have with other phones in the past, and I have definitely learned from my errors in judgement.  I have a belt clip-type holster on mine, and there's an almost rubberized strip of material at the top of the phone where the holster clips in...and the holster has peeled a bunch of it off.  And then in my nervous fidgeting while I'm bored, I peeled more off.  My screen also has some pretty deep scratches in it, but that's because I accidentally set it in front of the cash drawer at work and when I had cash sales it would get knocked to the ground with some good force. 

Basically, with my next one, and the advice I would give anyone else - is to get a screen protector for it, and buy a better holster type thing if you're going to use one.  I like it because I can clip it to my purse, or clip it to my belt when I'm walking around and listening to music or talking on it.  The holster I got was a gift (I picked it out though) and was pretty cheap on Amazon.  My friend got it for me for Christmas as a stocking stuffer.  If you're not a clip person, those rubberized "skins" you see people use for their Blackberry phones and iPhones...use them.  They work. 

As far as things that may be RIM's issue and not mine - the part around the screen seems to be showing signs of being glued to the whole...panel, for lack of a better term.  Either that or the plastic underneath is a different color and the finish is just rubbing off from use.  Also, my phone freezes A LOT.  As in, a few times a week - for no good reason.  It's very pesky. 
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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2009, 11:15:30 PM »

It's weird that RIM stuff isn't well made.

Make it cheaper, the government has to buy more of them.
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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2009, 11:18:48 PM »


I think Palm Pre is probably the way to go.

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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2009, 11:03:23 PM »

The newest iPhone, the 3GS, is very nice.  I have the 3G, & all complaints, except one (AT&T) were addressed with the latest system update.
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« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2009, 07:12:28 PM »

It's weird that RIM stuff isn't well made.

I wouldn't want to use it as for a phone very much, that is why being able to do other stuff with it is important to me.

I'm still not sure how I feel touch screen or how important a keyboard is.





Having recently made the switch over to a full qwerty keyboard, I have to say its totally worth it.
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Re: Smartphones
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2009, 09:49:11 PM »

I've got the BB storm, and it's very well built, but the early software was buggy.   as soon as you get one, update the software, it's totally worth it
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« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2009, 10:26:45 PM »

I have a Nokia N85. Tons of features and a really nice camera. Seems like people think its cheaply made in the reviews but it seems fine to me. Only complaint I have is that it cant handle recording video at the highest quality properly. It freezes for about a second every 5 seconds or so.
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« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2009, 10:30:37 PM »

Pretty good for a camera phone.
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« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2009, 12:35:02 AM »

I have a Blackjack... nothing outstanding about it but I do like the keyboard.  Nothing really "smart" about it.
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