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Which phone - poor mans iPhone?

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2009/07/15 21:43:07 (permalink)

Which phone - poor mans iPhone?

Ok, I'd love the iPhone but I just can't justify the huge tariff and initial cost.
 
So..... whats my alternative?
 
I've got a Nokia E51 for work, and whilst it's a poor phone it's has internet, emails etc... and has giving me cravings for all these things on my personal phone.
 
So from my E51 exerience, here's what I want from a phone -
 
  • fast internet
  • big screen for internet viewing
  • ability to add apps myself, (MSN, maybe satnav)
I basically want fast internet as I'm sometimes away with work and stuck in traffic jams, and I like messing with gadgets so something I can play with.
 
Any ideas.
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    DonPaulo666
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    Re:Which phone - poor mans iPhone? 2009/07/15 21:46:33 (permalink)
    samsung hd, can't be bothered searching for the actual title but it's supposed to be the bollocks!

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    Re:Which phone - poor mans iPhone? 2009/07/15 21:57:52 (permalink)
    HTC Magic or hero.

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    Re:Which phone - poor mans iPhone? 2009/07/16 13:03:26 (permalink)
    The HTC's do look good.
     
    Couple of questions tho.....
     
    Would they work out expensive like the iPhone or are they generally cheaper?
     
    Can I install things on them?  Satnav stuff, MSN, VPN?
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    Re:Which phone - poor mans iPhone? 2009/07/16 13:09:05 (permalink)
    http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/06/26/reviews_iphone_alternatives_roundup/

    Have a look at some of these, personally I would go with a HTC, they do all of the above and more.
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    Re:Which phone - poor mans iPhone? 2009/07/16 17:00:36 (permalink)
    i work at o2, the i phone is the best phone for connecting quickly to the internet and for displaying a web page, because of the way it fits on the screen. The thing is, the phone costs a rediculous amount. I'm at work now and i've been asked about the i phone about 50 times today. I ****ing hate it. But buy it if you want. If you're going to it actually works out cheaper to buy the phone in store instead of going on a tariff fora longer period of time. For example, the original 8GB i phone is £96 on £35 18month contract. But it's free on a £35 24month. Most people are dumb and go for £35 24month which = £840 in total. If you do it the other way it actually costs you £726. This applies to the prices of the new i phones too.
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    Re:Which phone - poor mans iPhone? 2009/07/16 18:12:32 (permalink)
    the biggest drawback with the iphone is it can not multitask,,why have a phone that you have to close applications to run another...

    htc hero will be an amazing phone, they have there act together,  i have a blackberry storm,,, a big let down to start with ,,but with all the various updates to the os it is a huge improvement,, now the os has been redesigned with a new version across the range coming out it will be up there with the rest of the top notch phones
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    Re:Which phone - poor mans iPhone? 2009/07/16 18:13:41 (permalink)
    All depends on if you want to go touchscreen and what you'd class as proper web/internet browsing.

    Personally i miss my iPhone but i am quite happy back to using my Nokia N95 8GB. You can get the newer N86 8Mpx camera GPS slider phone for free on sensible money tariffs, or even just something like the Nokia 5800 which is 3mpx touchscreen and gps.

    Both of these can have extra apps added on - but it's no comparison to the iPhone in that respect.

    I use the GoogleMail app on both of these, Google Maps and occasionally Nokia Maps, i use the Nokia Sports Tracker for walks and cycling, use it for planning routes in the car, browsing the web when on the move and i don't have my netbook to hand - i miss the iphone in this respect but even that wasn't enough for over half of what i wanted to do on the move.

    Pluys of course they are great little cameras, MP3 players, can even be used for BBC iPlayer, Radio, Podcasts etc.

    The N86 is what i'll be getting before too long, but the 5800 is a cracking little phone and is a bargain price.

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    Re:Which phone - poor mans iPhone? 2009/07/16 18:14:26 (permalink)
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    samsung hd, can't be bothered searching for the actual title but it's supposed to be the bollocks!


    thats some impressive totals you have there mate,,,
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    Re:Which phone - poor mans iPhone? 2009/07/16 19:10:27 (permalink)
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    DonPaulo666

    samsung hd, can't be bothered searching for the actual title but it's supposed to be the bollocks!


    thats some impressive totals you have there mate,,,


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    Re:Which phone - poor mans iPhone? 2009/07/16 21:15:51 (permalink)
    O2 have a loophole in their contract which lets you downgrade after 9 months (from say 44 a month to 34), go onto money saving expert if you want to find out more

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    Re:Which phone - poor mans iPhone? 2009/07/16 21:19:22 (permalink)
    bruce.e

    i work at o2, the i phone is the best phone for connecting quickly to the internet and for displaying a web page, because of the way it fits on the screen. The thing is, the phone costs a rediculous amount. I'm at work now and i've been asked about the i phone about 50 times today. I ****ing hate it. But buy it if you want. If you're going to it actually works out cheaper to buy the phone in store instead of going on a tariff fora longer period of time. For example, the original 8GB i phone is £96 on £35 18month contract. But it's free on a £35 24month. Most people are dumb and go for £35 24month which = £840 in total. If you do it the other way it actually costs you £726. This applies to the prices of the new i phones too.


    I get what you're saying there but you're still going to continue paying the £35 a month after the 18 months is up so are you really saving anything?
     
    You're not going to stop having a mobile contract after 18 months are you?
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    Re:Which phone - poor mans iPhone? 2009/07/16 21:20:30 (permalink)
    scruffy

    the biggest drawback with the iphone is it can not multitask,,why have a phone that you have to close applications to run another...

    htc hero will be an amazing phone, they have there act together,  i have a blackberry storm,,, a big let down to start with ,,but with all the various updates to the os it is a huge improvement,, now the os has been redesigned with a new version across the range coming out it will be up there with the rest of the top notch phones


    I've had a look at the HTC hero and it looks good.  Any idea when it's out.
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    Re:Which phone - poor mans iPhone? 2009/07/17 07:10:58 (permalink)
    I am sure the Hero is out now ?  

      Scruffy , the lack of multitasking on the iPhone is more by design than accident  -  Use a Symbian device (or a Windows mobile device)  and you learn all about crashing , memory errors, memory leaks etc  
          How often to you REALLY find you need to genuinely() multitask on your phone though ?   I mean REALLY have two or more apps running at the same time ?   - for most , the only reason they feel they need this is because on platforms like S60 or WM  , apps take ages to open and close , whereas on mobile OS X ,  it really is a blink of an eye thing , with apps like mail , SMS remembering where you were , meaning it feels as if you never "closed" the app  even if you navigated away from it    
            The Bane of pre-iphone smartphones has been poor memory mangement ,  the way Apple have done this means this is a thong of the past , and TBH I prefer this enviroment , knowing that pretty much 100% od resources will be focused on the App I am using rather than feeding the 10 or so apps that never shut down properly !
              
          

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    Re:Which phone - poor mans iPhone? 2009/07/17 08:53:12 (permalink)
    I think the hero's due out any time now.
     
    Looks like it's coming to Tmobile as the G2.  I'm with Tmobile so might push for that as an upgrade rather than changing networks.
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    Re:Which phone - poor mans iPhone? 2009/07/17 09:35:24 (permalink)
    Samsung's Android effort (i7500 Galaxy) will be out on O2 either late this month or in August - definitely worth considering
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