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    JayMot
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    Sorry about the topic name- I know there is no one "best" cell phone for anybody, but I have certain specific needs and wants, and would like help in narrowing my list down to a handful of brands and models.

    Needs/really wants:
    • Phone should be openline/unlocked or easily unlockable at a repair shop, as I change SIMs and carriers from time to time: I'm currently using Globe but may want to switch to Smart later to take advantage of free Smart-to-Smart texting between my wife and me.

    • Good keypad ergonomics (if not a touchscreen phone). It should be very east to text on as I do that on my cell phones more than almost anything else.

    • Very responsive screen if a touchscreen phone, My wife has a Samsung touchscreen phone (I don't know the model) which she loves and I hate. I like the large screens of the touchscreen phones but I miss my keypad/keyboard.

    • Easy to read in direct sunlight. I live in the tropics and the sun's pretty bright on clear days.

    • Camera that takes very good photos even in lower light. It should have a bright flash too. I'm involved in animal rescue work and I need a camera that's always handy to record those unexpected encounters: photograph a dog in distress, an incident of animal abuse, etc. It should have a dedicated camera shutter release button on the side of the phone.

    • A notepad or memo application for shopping lists, writing down directions to a place, etc.

    • Alarm clock

    • Countdown timer (so I don't burn the rice)

    • Calculator that's easy to use.

    • An ebook reader as this is actually what I use my phone for the most, thanks to Project Gutenberg and others. It should read standard-format files such as plain text or PDF. Ideally it will remember my place if I should have to close my ebook in a hurry, such as when my wife asks me the time (I should probably get a watch, hehe). At the very least the phone should have an ebook reader that works on it available for download if it doesn't already come with one installed.

    • USB and Bluetooth connectivity

    • Wifi so I can look things up on the Internet without having to use up my phone load (we all use prepaid SIMs here in the Philippines).

    • It shouldn't cost a million skillion pesos. Php8000-8500 (under US$200) would be my upper limit. A used phone would be OK: it doesn't have to be the latest and greatest bleeding-edge technology. I paid P7600 for a new Sony Ericsson T700 last year, to give you an idea of prices here. Most newer Smartphones and iPhones cost over P10,000 which is too much money for me.

    • It should be smallish yet rugged. My current phone looks pretty much like a Blackberry Curve or Nokia C3, so one about that size and shape would be OK, or even smaller. I used to have a Sony Ericsson P990i and while that was a nice phone in many ways it was too bulky to carry in my pocket.


    Wants/nice to haves:
    • Quad-band GSM so my phone will still work in case I ever go back to the US.

    • Java so I can add games, apps, etc.

    • QWERTY keyboard. I can get by with a regular alphanumeric keypad if the ergonomics are good, but I've gotten kind of spoiled by my MyPhone QT-23's Blackberry-like keyboard.
    The QWERTY keyboard should have the following keys so I don't have to go to the symbols menu to add them while texting (I use these a lot): # @ & : ; ( ) ! ? , .
    • Flashlight for the power "brownouts" (scheduled rotational outages) we get here.

    • FM radio that doesn't need headphones plugged in for its antenna, for entertainment during abovementioned brownouts. I don't really need a radio and rarely use it, but it would still be nice to have.

    • 3.5mm audio jack, so I can use my regular headphones when listening to music (which, again, I rarely do, but still...)

    • GPS to help me find my way, and in case I want to go geocaching. Not required, would probably be rarely or never used, but nice to have if I ever need it. It's always better to have something and not need it than to need it and not have it.

    • A Smartphone OS such as Android or Symbian would be nice to have too, so I can play with it and install mods and tweaks should I ever be bored. Not required at all but it might be fun.


    Main or major needs: very good ergonomics for ease of texting (whether keypad, QWERTY keyboard or pure touchscreen), camera that takes good photos even in suboptimal lighting conditions, ability to read (preferably) plain-text or PDF ebooks, memo/notepad, alarm clock, countdown timer, wifi, small to medium form factor, ruggedness/sturdiness of case, keys and buttons.


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    Last edited by JayMot; 02-24-2011 at 07:44 PM.




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    Hachiko
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    Re: What's the best cell phone for me?

    I have checked on timtechs for phones listed for price around $200 and the best ones I have found are HTC Tattoo, SE x10 mini pro and Nokia 5800-XpressMusic and all are unlocked. You may want to check any of these models. Hope I was able to help



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    Re: What's the best cell phone for me?

    I ended up disregarding my budget and got a Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830. All my friends kept saying, "Get an Android! Get an Android!" so I did. Its 5 megapixel autofocus camera is pretty good, it has a flash, its touchscreen and virtual keypads are fairly easy to use especially in landscape modes, and the Android Market has apps that add most of the extra functionality I wanted and that the phone didn't come with. Its price was P14490: surprisingly, my wife didn't complain too much about the expense. Her only gripe is that now I have a better phone than she does, and she keeps wanting to trade me her little Samsung Corby S3653W for mine.
    Last edited by JayMot; 03-02-2011 at 09:28 PM. Reason: fix spelling error



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    Re: What's the best cell phone for me?

    @jay, hahaha.. that's funny.. wanting to trade her phone.. watch out man.. you'll end up finding yourself being tricked.. without you being aware is happening.. lmao

    i still love my palm treo 750, though its been 4 years.. i still love how it works for me.. though i have the Xperia X, i love them both., only treo serve longer and xperia turns over the job treo does..
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    Hachiko
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    Re: What's the best cell phone for me?

    LOL

    Good for you, it was a great choice for a mobile phone!



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    Sjaak Lemmers
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    Re: What's the best cell phone for me?

    Ik heb even voor je gezocht en een plek gevonden waar ze een vergelijking doen van de beste mobiele telefoons. Ik denk dat dit je kan helpen bij het maken van een keuze. Het probleem is ook vaak dat er zoveel telefoons en providers zijn dat je door de bomen het bos niet meer ziet.



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