Phone Recommendations please...
I'm shortly due to upgrade my phone and I'm at a loss with which phone to get, so I'm looking for some suggestions.
My current Nokia N95 has served me well. Sadly, the flash has stopped working on the camera and the age is beginning to show on it so I really do need to take up an upgrade fairly soon. Problem being, there are no perfect phones on the market (I admit openly the N95 is not perfect, but it was the best of a bad bunch when I got it).
My demands aren't outrageous, the technology I want already exists in a number of phones on the market, but sadly not in a single phone...
What I get from my current phone and would like in my new phone:
A decent Camera (at least 3.2MP)
The nokia "pen" icon (or similar for copy/paste functionality and multi-item highlighting)
Music/Video Player & FM Radio
Flexible Bluetooth connectivity
Ability to install 3rd party apps
What I would like from my new phone in addition:
An interface that works smoothly (as smooth as the iPhone would be ince but doesn't have to be touch screen)
an operating system (nearly) as stable as the iPhone that doesn't require re-booting periodically and doesn't crash frequently.
A good Battery life, like on SE phones (2 days would be an improvement on my current N95)
An appropriate amount of RAM (18MB of usable RAM is not enough)
A Xenon Flash that can be used in video mode (or a dual with LED for videos)
These are all features that are available on the market, but there just isn't a single phone that stands out and shouts "buy me".
Can anyone suggest to me a phone that I can use, that meets most/all of my needs and will not leave me with anger management problems for 12/18months.
I would be willing to wait a month or so for phones due out on the market soon, so any suggestions would be welcomed... Phones I have considered so far, but there's not really enough information on all of them at the moment to make an educated decision:
HTC Touch Pro
Thanks in advance!
The natural upgrade of course would be the n96.
I have a Tocco, which has very few of the features you require, but I've heard good things about the Omnia.
It looks like the Sony Ericsson's Xperia will now be released next year instead of 2008 Q4. That's the one I have my eye on once it's been out a while, has come down in price and I've read enough user reviews
After the Tocco, I don't think I'd go back to a smaller screen.
The only problem with the Xperia, the HTC Touch range (I had the original and found having to use the stylus very annoying) and various others is that they're WM5 or 6 based, which doesn't really lend itself to finger-tip usage.
My Tocco is great for what I need (good call quality, big screen, decent music player, reasonable camera) but it's not very customisable and you can't add new software - that's the big benefit of the Windows Mobile smart-phones.
I haven't researched these in great depth, so I'm not aware of their capabilities, but have you looked at the:
HTC Touch Dual (rebranded under various airtime providers)
HTC Touch Diamond
Sony Ericsson W760i
To be honest, a colleague here has the n95 and it looks great. It has features I never use and it's too chunky for my liking, plus I prefer a screen bigger than 2.6", but I believe it's the best multimedia device out there, so if I were you I'd stick to what you know and move up to the n96. Otherwise you'll have to compromise on a few functions.
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