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Smartphone Suggestions

by DX265 / July 2, 2009 5:00 PM PDT

Hi, first post here.
I'm looking for a new phone (will buy within the next month or so).
There are 3 main features I want from the phone: decent camera (doesn't have to be too good, I'll be using my dad's DSLR for proper photos), good quality music player (SD card slot is preferable but not necessary) and easy to customize interface.

I will be using this phone mainly to message so a good keyboard is a must. I tend to avoid browsing the web on my phones.

I have no real preferences for any brand but I tend to avoid iPhones as I dislike Apple software although I will consider it if other choices are unsuitable.

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Re: smartphone
by Kees Bakker / July 2, 2009 5:25 PM PDT
In reply to: Smartphone Suggestions

When you say "message" do you mean SMS (short text only)? Or full e-mail?

Smartphones can do much more than email. And Internet can do much more than browsing. Some examples:
- movies (extension of photo's)
- word processing (and sending and receiving the document as attachment via email)
- spreadsheets
- GPS and routeplanning
- synchronizing files, contacts, calendar with your home PC
- communicate via WiFi

In fact, I'm inclined to call a phone that can only phone, SMS, play mp3 and make not too bad pictures a 'dumb' phone in stead of a 'smart' phine nowadays.

Maybe tell a little bit more on your requirements.

Kees

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Re: Re: smartphone
by DX265 / July 2, 2009 7:07 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: smartphone

By messaging, I meant SMS.
Now that I think about it, you're right. I don't need a smartphone.
I just need something that'll keep me in touch/play music while I'm out and about.

For the business end of things I always carry a laptop anyway (is it actually _that_ much more convenient to receive email on a phone?).

I want to spend around $250AUD.

Thanks in advance.

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Then I think your main issue ...
by Kees Bakker / July 4, 2009 8:33 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: Re: smartphone

is a phone with a physical keyboard in stead of the usual way of entering SMS text via the 0-9 keys.
I'd start looking around at the sites of your Australian cell phone companies, then visit a local telecom shop for personal advice.

Kees

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