...with some very useful business apps including what you require but requires a data plan, I'd also consider looking into a simple Nokia E63-2 unbranded/unlocked phone. It would not force you to purchase a data plan and has wifi, decent little camera, free Symbian apps, etc. If you need GPS, the next step up gives you free GPS (Ovi maps) on the Nokia E72 or E73. Look at Amazon, Newegg.com or Dell Small Business for these unlocked/unbranded handsets. Your problem is, most if not all smartphones require at least a few keyboard strokes or touchscreen movements/typing to enter an appointment. Bottom line is, it's only going to be so 'quick' <ahem>.
The main problem is you don't specify which carrier you intend on using necessarily (ATT perhaps?). Anyway, using unlocked/unbranded phones means either ATT or T-Mobile in the U.S., and requires the correct frequency bands. Would either of those work for you(?)
I am in need of smartphone with a high quality calendar. For the absent-minded user like me to find a calendar useful, it really must be quick and flexible to program.
I have a very nice Samsung Eternity, but I found two problems that have given me reason to stop using the calendar. One is the time-consuming quantity of submenus that are required (some frustratingly hidden), and the other is that the phone rings while I am teaching class.
I primarily need a very good PDA/appointment reminder that:
1. is VERY quick and easy to set appointments with
2. will wake up the calendar alarm without also allowing the phone to ring
3. has flexibility for alarms to be set for several advance times
I am not sure about the PC syncing (Windows XP), since I have never tried it, but it sounds like a useful feature. These other desires are expendable & secondary: built-in GPS (to avoid the costly AT&T subscription), wi-fi, bluetooth, long battery life/replaceable battery, good camera, etc.
After web research, I think Palm, LG, and Android might have models that are easy to use, but I am becoming confused over all the smartphone choices.
Thanks for your suggestions,