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What phone to get...

by robstak / April 26, 2010 5:34 AM PDT

Man are these exciting but tumultuous times to be in the market for a new phone! I am on the fence myself, and am looking to crowd source an answer. Which would you pick?

1. ATT iPhone
2. Verizon iPhone
3. Verizon HTC Incredible
4. Verizon HTC Droid
5. T-Mobile HTC Touch HD2
6. T-Mobile Google Nexus One
7. Sprint HTC Evo 4G
8. Wait for Windows Phone 7
9. Other

I've outlined my thoughts over at my blog (pimp): http://robstak.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/in-the-market-for-a-new-phone/

What are your thoughts?

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My pick:
by Slikkster / April 26, 2010 5:45 AM PDT
In reply to: What phone to get...

I'm a Verizon customer, and the Verizon iPhone is still vaporware. The "Incredible" is probably going to be my pick, although if there was a Windows Phone 7 model available, I'd consider that, too. I'm a "New Every Two" customer who's been eligible for a new phone for a few years now, so the Incredible can be had for $99 plus the dang data plan they force on you. I'm still trying to stomach paying $80/month for a cell phone, though (voice/data), so I haven't pulled the trigger.

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I got the Incredible
by Slikkster / May 6, 2010 9:14 AM PDT
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I ended up pulling the trigger and got the HTC Incredible. Slick, sweet phone...very responsive due to the 1Gig processor. And, plays Flash videos. Take that, Apple!

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Drawbacks?
by robstak / May 8, 2010 11:23 AM PDT
In reply to: I got the Incredible

Saw one in the bar tonight (not a prototype)... looked slick!

any negatives you've seen so far?

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None so far...
by Slikkster / May 9, 2010 12:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Drawbacks?

I'm still getting used to the phone, and it's my first "smartphone", so I don't have real frame of reference as to how it is vis-a-vis other phones. I did show it to a techie guy at work who's a big Apple fan. He already has an iPhone 3G and just got the first wi-fi iPad. He thinks it's a great phone and was very, very impressed with the speed of the thing.

Now, comparing iPhone apps with the current Android apps catalog is a mismatch. But I think that as Android phones get more and more popular, the amount of apps will increase exponentially.

It does have voice search, where instead of typing in a search, you can voice it and it types out what you're looking for. I'm sure that's only as good as whatever speech recognition is.

I did turn OFF "GPS Location" because I'm inside most of the day, and I'm sure it was pinging away, burning up battery life. Once I turned that off (actually to 911 Location Only), I noticed battery life improve dramatically.

There's a free tethering app that I installed but haven't tried yet. I used the "Google Listen" podcast app to subscribe to BOL, and it works fine. Free, too.

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tethering for free???
by robstak / May 14, 2010 12:50 PM PDT
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really this is allowed?? VERY interesting because that's really important to me...

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Htc Incredibe
by opickens / July 3, 2010 5:53 PM PDT
In reply to: I got the Incredible

I'm thinking of going with the incredible. Too many bugs and problems with the new iphone

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Most advanced of all
by white-bread / May 8, 2010 11:30 AM PDT
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Two cans and a string: local calling.
Holding your hands to your mouth and yelling as loud as you can: Long distance.
Talking to someone while walking: Mobile calling.
Passing notes: Texting.
Telling someone to hold on while talking to another person: Call waiting.

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Resolution: Evo 4G
by robstak / July 6, 2010 2:03 PM PDT
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And I freakin' LOVE it.

My girlfriend went with the Incredible and its pretty good too, but mannnn that 4.3" screen is amazballs.

-dr.karl

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Excellent
by Slikkster / July 6, 2010 10:04 PM PDT
In reply to: Resolution: Evo 4G

Be careful of battery life with the EVO (and the Incredible, for that matter). There are plenty of websites/threads about how to get better battery life out of these things. What am I talking about? Some people have found they can't go a complete day without these phones going dead. So, just be aware. But nice choice! HTC!

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Not *AS* bad as I had expected, actually...
by robstak / July 8, 2010 12:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Excellent

After reading the scathing criticism from the usual tech media outlets, it's actually not that bad! I mean it's not great, but I'm not furious or wishing I had got something else. Granted, I am coming from the HTC touch, and after 3 years, it wasn't lasting a day either, so I guess I was coming from low expectations (aka I suppose if I had an iPhone that lasted 2 days between charges, then perhaps I'd be annoyed).

But, as things are now, I have no trouble getting through the day without charging. On heavy use days I'll charge it for 30 minutes while I'm at work, but I just leave a charger there so it's effortless.

In the end, imho, the screen is sooooo worth it, lol.

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(NT) Out of curiosity, what is your battery life out of the box?
by minimalist / July 6, 2010 11:26 PM PDT
In reply to: Resolution: Evo 4G
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