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heiowge
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 3:34 pm    Post subject: Smartphone help Reply with quote

I'm due a phone upgrade today. I'd rather not get a windows phone or an iPhone.

So it's basically an Android one or similar.

Any recommendations? I'm not after a specific model. Rather what version of android is good, what isn't. What phone's shell over android ruins it, and what works well. etc.

If I can't get a decent phone, I'll probably wait a month or two...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NEXUS S

might be a bit expensive though... Sad

It runs android 2.3.1 (well my one does at the moment). and as it is made by Samsung and google it should be upgradable to newer versions and not locked in like some phones

2.3.1 is the only version i have played with so can't comment on lesser versions, but my one is v quick and nice to use.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Popped into Orange. I'm not due an upgrade until tomorrow and apparently I need my wife on hand since it's her contract. The only smartphone I can get on my contract as an upgrade without paying excess or an increased contract that isn't apple or with windows is...

Samsung Galaxy Ace.

Looks nice with Android 2.2 (.???).

gonna have to research it.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's not a massive difference between 2.2 and 2.3, 2.1 to 2.2 was the last big jump. I've not tried the Galaxy, but I'm really happy with my Nexus S, which is also a Samsung.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The new Nokia Linux phone will be out soon.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got a HTC Desire in the end. My wife has told me to stop playing Angry Birds. She wasn't impressed when I found I could play it on my PC under Wine... Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

leke wrote:
The new Nokia Linux phone will be out soon.


Interesting. Do you have any more info on this? Links or something? Liked the N900 but I never got one. Kind of regret that.
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

heiowge wrote:
I got a HTC Desire in the end. My wife has told me to stop playing Angry Birds. She wasn't impressed when I found I could play it on my PC under Wine... Twisted Evil


I think that was a good choice. Good phone and it will be upgraded to Android 2.3 as far as I understand.
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

heiowge wrote:
I got a HTC Desire in the end. My wife has told me to stop playing Angry Birds. She wasn't impressed when I found I could play it on my PC under Wine... Twisted Evil


Good choice. I have its predecessor, the Hero, running 2.1 and like the HTC "Sense" user interface better than the "bog standard" Android one. I've tried Android on the Galaxy tablet and the interface just didn't feel as "polished"

That's not to say I've not had problems. The Hero is woefully short of on-board memory, which restricts the number of apps you can use. i've also had problems with it not switching on after a re-charge (unless I remove battery and put it back in). This seems to have been cured (for now) by doing a factory reset. However... I can no longer sync with Exchange at work (probably not such a bad thing after all Laughing )!
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

heiowge wrote:
I got a HTC Desire in the end. My wife has told me to stop playing Angry Birds. She wasn't impressed when I found I could play it on my PC under Wine... Twisted Evil


Good choice, I've got the HTC Desire and I've just bought both my daughters the HTC Desire Z which has the slide out QWERTY keyboard. Like most teenagers they spend their life texting and on Facebook (either Wi-Fi or through 3G). They're really happy with the standard HTC Sense Android but mine's been "modded" (Using LeeDroid as per T-Mod.org for Australia).


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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shaddack wrote:
leke wrote:
The new Nokia Linux phone will be out soon.


Interesting. Do you have any more info on this? Links or something? Liked the N900 but I never got one. Kind of regret that.
Whoops! Did I say too much Rolling Eyes Well, this information may or may not be accurate.
http://tecnologiarivista.blogspot.com/2011/04/nokia-n950-release-date.html

...and you should still be able to pick up a n900 new. They should be considerably lower in price now since they are a bit long in the tooth Wink
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

leke wrote:

...and you should still be able to pick up a n900 new. They should be considerably lower in price now since they are a bit long in the tooth Wink


I have tried to find a new one here in Sweden but it seems impossible. Maybe the situation is different in Finland? Any ideas if there are any stores in Finland where I can shop online?
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

shaddack wrote:
leke wrote:

...and you should still be able to pick up a n900 new. They should be considerably lower in price now since they are a bit long in the tooth Wink


I have tried to find a new one here in Sweden but it seems impossible. Maybe the situation is different in Finland? Any ideas if there are any stores in Finland where I can shop online?


This was all I could find: http://www.elisashopit.fi/tuote/638?o=1&p=1&q=n900

not sure if they will send it to Sweden or whether it will be locked to a Finnish network.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

leke wrote:
shaddack wrote:
leke wrote:

...and you should still be able to pick up a n900 new. They should be considerably lower in price now since they are a bit long in the tooth Wink


I have tried to find a new one here in Sweden but it seems impossible. Maybe the situation is different in Finland? Any ideas if there are any stores in Finland where I can shop online?


This was all I could find: http://www.elisashopit.fi/tuote/638?o=1&p=1&q=n900


Thanks! I'll check it out. Maybe its better to wait for the N950.
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