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    Question Another "Which Phone" Thread...

    It is that time of the year again and I need to get a new phone.

    However, being a cell phone user for 13 years, I had my share of getting phones that worked prefect, and I had my share of phones that eventually, literally ended up against the wall.

    The problem is, the sales people behind in the shops, almost never seems able to give guidance if you ask them the simple question: Which are the ones you don get back?

    I never got an honest answer on that one.

    Secondly, as I get older, I find that my enthusiasm to keep up with the functions of the latest gadgets, are not there any more.


    This following is non negotiable:

    1. Android OS, and I an not too particular about the latest version.

    2. Rock solid Reliability - hardware and software

    3. A little more speed and memory than what I have now.

    4. Not flimsy. As a hands on engineer, my phones have a hard life. That said, this new thick "Body Glove" helmets works wonders if there is one available for your phone.

    5. Touch Screen - no keyboard

    I currently have the HTC Wildfire, which so far was a reasonable little phone with not too much frustration. However, it is slightly too light in the pants in terms of speed for the apps I need.

    SWAMBO has the HTC Wildfire S, which is much faster and smoother, in spite of on paper, only a slightly faster processor. Onboard memory though, is a bit limited.

    Dad again has the HTC Sensation, which is quite a powerful phone and so far, he did not complain too much.


    Will I still be safe with another HTC?

    Samsung? Motorolla?

    Are there any other ones I need to take note of.
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    Elsabe has a Samsung Galaxy something. These last couple of days, it very nearly left an imprint in the wall.

    My E7 on the other hand, is really rock solid. Yes it has a keyboard, but there are no fancy slide magafters. (I struggle with the touch screens. I forever type the wrong stuff.)

    Yes I know that Nokia is going through a rough patch at the moment, but I am still a fan.

    PS. I am busy with some maint on the phone right now and from the PC it really is a pleasure.
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    Blackberry Torch, touch screen and keypad. Very nice phone.
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    HTC Desire HD, had it for over a year now without any problems. If you hold of for a couple of months there will be a couple of new HTC phones on the market.

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    Hmm, I know the HTC and Samsung phones are very popular, but hell, everyone seems to encounter some major issue with them.. What's the latest Google phone? Nexus S? Get something android 4 or whatever as standard, because it seems support for handsets wrt newer versions dies very quickly.

    Why so stuck on Android?
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    Quote Originally Posted by petermoffat View Post
    Why so stuck on Android?
    It is simple. I want a device independent platform that can carry me for the next couple of years. I use a couple of apps that makes my life easier. However, although every OS has a million apps, only 10 are really worth using and it takes days to find them on a new OS - if a good one exist. I don't have time for that nonsense any more.

    I was introduced to handheld PDA's by the Palm and that was - even for today - the best OS a handheld could get. However, Palm had consistently unreliable hardware and then made the stupid choice to move away from their pioneering OS. Today, Palm is gone.

    I was searching for years for something to replace the functionality of my Palm.

    For a phone, was a die hard Nokia user for years, but eventually I got a really bad phone or two from them and with that, the OS is not great for apps and syncing with google.

    After having the luxury of getting to test free Apple i-devices that SWAMBO got from work, that was not for me either. Very smooth and very sexy, but too much toy for the price.

    Eventually, I then decided that Andriod had the same pros and cons as the Apple OS and I did not want to get device dependent again, because even Apple can make a booboo or two.

    The same goes for HTC, Samsung, or whatever. Today they are great, tomorrow they slip.
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    My FiancÚ owns a HTC Sensation. A very nice phone indeed. I am a die hard blackberry fan, and after using this HTC for a few days, it even has me thinking of getting a HTC with my upgrade in November. And while using it, it had a few hard falls, falling from my table to the floor, falling from the bakkie unto loose stones on the farm. So I would say that if you want to go android, go for HTC Sensation.

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    If you can wait. The new Samsung Galaxy S3 is going to be launched soon. Quad core 1.5mhz processor, full HD screen and Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

    Going to be a huge fight between this an iRipoff 5 when it is launched.

    Guess which one I am going for
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    I have just received a Samsung Galaxy Note. Android is a big change as I have used BB and Apple quite extensively. I shopped around a lot and I would chose a Samsung Galaxy S2 if I did not get the Note.
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    Thanks for all the replies.

    Based on this and other sources, it seems like the choice is between the Samsung and the HTC. Both looks good to me.
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    I've had several HTC phones but got a Nokia when I last upgraded.

    If anything goes wrong with an HTC it goes to JHB to be fixed. Average turnaround time 6 weeks. And your local cellphone shop can't fix it. Agents won't sell genuine parts to anyone and very limited pirate parts availability.

    They have become more mainstream in the last few years so things may be better, but for me this became a dealbreaker.

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    Hagu,

    I was Nokia user for 10 years or so, but the last offerings I had from them will still keep me away for some years. They could be fixed locally yes, but my N95 for example had serious software issues and Nokia simply did nothing to write a firmware upgrade.

    My philosophy on these things is to take a model that was on the market for a year or two first and not the latest and greatest. Usually then the reputation is bit more accurate.

    Still, it is a nightmare to try and select a reliable phone.
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    Samsung Galaxy S 2, no question.
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    Get yourself an iPhone.
    Unlike any "Microsoft Phone" its STABLE!
    Its user friendly!
    Camera is great!
    Great range of applications!

    Everyone knows that Apple beats the rest by FAR!
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    Got my phone yesterday.

    The vodacom service provider, for some reason, could not give me and HTC phone as I wanted and I was a little unhappy about it, but I gave it a go as the Samsung Galaxy SII.

    Once again, I am thankful for Android. A different make, but no learning curve. Within about 30 minutes I had all my software installed and my contacts synced with Google. Also, the Samsung is a very very nice phone. Very thin, very light and with the dual core processor, it is nice and fast.
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    Androids are good, currently the fastest selling handheld devices!
    Thats got to give you peace of mind already...


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    Samsung Galaxy or HTC one x............the camera is out of this world,
    Too many issues with BB and Iphone now......Neil cant even make a call properly.
    BB system failure last year ....has it been fixed yet or patched....
    Dunno, just nice to have a phone with no hassles......BB big sale feature is the free messaging service.
    Always nice to hear other points of view.

    The Wildfire series was the entry level phones, the ones that come out now are very much more powerful.
    The I phone does take nice pictures and has some great features.
    Touch screen keyboard takes getting used to, but its nicer.
    There are others out there that havent been discussed, would be nice to have more info on them .


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    I like iPhones as a device, and we have 2 iPads in the house, but iPhones make really bad actual phones. Reception is an issue with them ( notice those bunny ear covers you can buy that improves reception - seriously), dropped calls and battery life leaves a lot to be desired

    Great as a toy with apps etc. no arguing here. Hopefully the iPhone 5 changes the negatives. But somehow I doubt it.

    I use Blackberry cause I can make calls, stay in touch and use the gps etc without it costing me a cent more than if I don't use it. Battery life is excellent as well. No use having a mobile phone if it needs to be tethered to something charging it the whole time. However in the 1st world! Research in Motion ( BB guys) are in serious trouble. If their new OS doesn't come to the party and they don't bring out a iPhone competing device, well it ain't pretty. Maybe they will actually go Android OS sometime in the future who knows.

    In saying that, I must admit that I am keen on an android device come August. I have been developing some apps for iOS and I would like to get in on the Android side of things too.

    Also have to say that the Nokia Lumia is seriously a class a phone if you haven't checked it out yet. The new one coming out in August I think, it will be running Windows 8.
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