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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
Just a quick question really, it that time when a new phone contract is in order, and having been stuck for 2 years with my old one I have no idea what phones are decent at the moment! obviously the iphone (out of prie range) but what phones are decent/have a good rep?
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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
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#1
get the motorla droid ( aka the MILestone in the UK)
fantastic phone & in my opinion better than the Desire.
Runs the stock android rom with no resources-hogging overlays
speed is 550MHz compared to the Desire's 1000MHz
BUT the motorola actually has 1200MHz chip..have overclocked mine and boy is it fast!!

Incidentally Motorola was sinking fast after their success with the V3 ( remember the razr) a few years ago
anyway after that handset everything they'd put out received a lacklustre reception!
In a final bid they produced a handset of the best build quality ( & functionality) & stuck the Android OS on it ..in a bid to save the company
the rest is history ..the phone actually outsold the Iphone 3GS on release last year during the first 74-day-sales-benchmark test
The build quality's fantastic..metal all over ( even the battery door) apart from the screen
The slideout keyboard mechanism is very very firm with not the slightest hint of wobble
The screen is slightly smaller than the 4" affairs we're lately beginning to see .
It's 3.7 " but the trajectory of diagonal for that size means that the phone sits very comfortably in the hand when taking calls and doesn't feel bulky at all . You also have noise cancellation technology like on the new iphone to suppress background noise during calls and separate equalizers for phone calls and for listening to music in stereo ..yes separate equalizers!!
the list goes on. this phone is an unknown gem.. it was marketed over here exclusively through the carphone warehouse as the "Milestone" because Lucas films wanted substantially more money to allow them to use the droid label in Europe( nobody had realized how popular the phone was going to be in the States)
anyway go play with one in CPW.. the staff themselves might even put you off ( because some don't even know they have the handset sitting in their stock let alone know anything about it)

And no I don't work for CPW or Motorola ..I'm an optometrist
p.s. theres also the just released Milestone XT720 which sports an 8MP CMOS chip , records HD video (720p ) and has a HDMI port ( & supplied cable) to put the vids through your 60" TV
.by the way it also sports a proper xenon flash with a long throw..none of these piddling led flash setups you have on some phonecams..the down side though is a shorter battery life if you use the flash a lot
#2
My renewal coming up soon. Was once keen on an iphone (touch screen, easy to use, organiser) but have learned a lot reading bits here. I just don't think an IPhone would be robust enough for me and does seem very overpriced for what it is

Current 2yr old Nokia has been dropped several times, been in a pond and then a few weeks later waterlogged in my handbag. Still going strong and still fully operational.

These apps people keep talking about with IPhones, can they only be used on Iphones, or other phones as well?
#3
forget the x10 mini ..the screen res is dire.. Quarter VGA quality
basically the way things are going phones are going to be shifted either on price or on brand .. sony now haven't quite got the kudos of apple or blackberry to demand their sort of prices that people are prepared to pay for their handsets .
At the same time Huawei ,ZTE etc are putting cheap out handsets with very slim profit margins ..relying on high volume sales to generate revenue.Sony are sandwiched between these two marketing strategies .. they can't ask for the same prices as the iphone ...look what happened to the vivaz ..and the playstation phone.. , at the same time they don't want / can't afford to sell their phones for peanuts.. and much as they hate it they're now relying on another developers OS [platform to shift their goods ..cue the X10 range(full , mini , minipro) .. with the mini being on the cheaper end of the scale..of course with reduced quality parts but sporting the much coveted Android Os system..it's an open secret now that if you want to boost sales stick android on the phone & sell it cheap....therein lies HTC's strategy..Android on different priced handsets to cater for all pockets ..at the same time their build quality in my opinion has suffered..the desire is mostly plastic parts except for the brown metal trim around the screen..back in the day when they were an ODM for orange / O2 / tmobile ( spv,xda, mda) the build quality was fantastic
the x10 is dinky & cute but that screen tech is at least 5 years old ...defo not for me even with littlewoods offering them for £187
incidentally the demise of the netbook was due to the prices they were sold at ... I don't want to pay £300 for a windows laptop that has no dvd burner or decent power ..would rather spend the money on a full sized machine & sacrifice netbook portability .. but when it comes to phones people use their handsets all the time .they use "apps" on the go.. so that if you market the netbook as a laptop but running a mobile phone operating system & apps ..folks are going to be prepared to pay any price because of their regular reliance on their phone/ apps ... apple saw the demise of the net book & decided not to go that way ..instead creating a machine that gave you the experience of the handset and you wonder why someone wants to pay £600 for a tablet with only a few gigs of memory
.. dell are following suit with their "streak" model .. as are Archos
..ok off to have breakfast now!
#4
what OS number is on the droid./ milestone at the moment?
[COLOR="Red"]..2.1 eclair as is mostly every one else[/COLOR]

are they still being sold over here?
[COLOR="Red"] yes in carphone since nov 2009[/COLOR]

how easy is it to unclock the processor?
[COLOR="Red"]easy enough running @ 1.2 GHz at the mo[/COLOR]

does that void a guarantee
[COLOR="Red"]well do you take your iphone back to the istore jailbroken?[/COLOR]

have you written a text message on a desire yet and seen how amazing the screen is?
[COLOR="Red"]for SMS use handcent app much better (more gorgeous) than any stock sms app & highly highly customisable too[/COLOR]!!
#5
darklight;8972459
what OS number is on the droid./ milestone at the moment?
[COLOR=red]..2.1 eclair as is mostly every one else[/COLOR]

are they still being sold over here?
[COLOR=red]yes in carphone since nov 2009[/COLOR]

how easy is it to unclock the processor?
[COLOR=red]easy enough running @ 1.2 GHz at the mo[/COLOR]

does that void a guarantee
[COLOR=red]well do you take your iphone back to the istore jailbroken?[/COLOR]

have you written a text message on a desire yet and seen how amazing the screen is?
[COLOR=red]for SMS use handcent app much better (more gorgeous) than any stock sms app & highly highly customisable too[/COLOR]!!



Quite like the sound of the Desire phone :-D
#6
Thanks everyone, very interesting indeed
#7
Also, consider getting cashback on your next contract, even if you use the same network. If you want to keep the no, you'd need to port it to a pay as you go sim on another network, and then back to whichever 'new' network you choose. You get a PAC no from the supplier, often they text it to you. Most contracts seem to have a 30 day notice period, so plan ahead.

I've just got my PAC no from my supplier, and have 30 days to use it to move to another one.

My thoughts are that my current network probably doesn't have the very very best deal going for the phone I choose, and that cashback, even if I end up with the same contract I would have purchased, is a nice bonus. If it doesn't arrive, then fine, I haven't lost out.

I'm just looking at the Desire, which seems good, or the sony x10 - though I think this runs an older Android version, and there's no update date/plan been announced. It seems the later android versions are much better, so check what you're getting. 2,2 has just been released, but it's not in any phones being shipped yet - this will change/I may be wrong. Version 2.1 is in many of them to date, but not all phones even have this.

Also, some dealers offer cahsbach by a redemption process, where you send bills in regularly, some offer auto cashback. This would be on top of any cashback from sites like Quidco, but the best Quido cashback offers seem to be where you click through from Quidco to the Network and then purchase directly.

Vodafone has upto approx £120, though many of the networks offer the best cash if you don't also get a phone, which you do want.
Exact info - £90 for a contract (pay monthly) phone sale
£100 for a 12 month SIM Only (£20 tariff)
£120 for a 12 month SIM Only (£25 tariff)

Tmobile -
£35 for pay monthly mobile contracts on £20 - £35 plans (including SIM only contracts)
£20 for pay monthly mobile contracts on £10 and £15 plans (including SIM only contracts)

O2
£35 for 18/24 month PAYM contracts (excl. iPhone)
#8
garbage456
i dont have or want an iphone thank you, you still didnt answer the question does it void the warranty?

you say its easy to unclock? how, software,? it could brick the phone couldnt it?



phones can be bricked & even unbricked
..the original Omnia winmo is notorious for that but if you read around the subject extensively & did not omit to install the modem then you were fine .
Most phones get bricked because the instructions are not followed to the letter
..jailbeaking (ROOTING) an android phone is very easy..even on the htc android versions compared to their winmobile siblings by the same HTC company

... bricking an android phone is hard

I will not answer the question about the warranty voidance but will pose MY question again
"if you have a "jailbroken" Iphone (or for that matter a "rooted" ( jaiilbroken) android phone , would you take it back to the istore jailbroken or would you restore the phone to the default factory setting? they can still be rese/ restored t with a blank/dead screen

..if you have difficulty joining the dots well then..sorry

p.s. haven't tried returning a droid to the istore yet ..it may well work
#9
iglimpse
Quite like the sound of the Desire phone :-D




you're a girl & I'm not being chauvinistic at all in making this point
the fairer sex will likely find the aesthetics of the "desire" more appealing than the droid
..under the hood the operating system is the same although personally I 'd do without the HTC screen overlays & clutter
Secondly the build quality isn't what I'd expect from HTC as I have been using their OEM devices since 1999 from their inception as Windows Mobile Classic handsets through their dissemination via orange (as SPV) , O2 (as Xda), Vodafone (as VPA) & Tmobile (as MDA) to their present day standalone incarnate "the HTC Mobile Standard & the HTC Mobile Professional.
Up until recently every HTC handset build quality was outstanding...Full metal jacket & all
The current HTC is quite nice..my only gripe is the build quality ..plasttics all the wayt through ..except for that metal trim bordering the display..then again we live in a "highly disposable" society.
The droid may be less appealing aesthetically but its very very well built..full metal jacket should ensure drop survival (but maybe not the glass sandwich screen) , not sure about surviving drowning either ..but the build quality is par none ..as I said earlier Motorola was sinking fast after the phenomenal success of the V3 (razr) & had to come up with a fantastic / well built phone phone & OS.. The Droid handset saved the company
..my tuppence!

p.s. most phones have litmus patches stuck in battery compartment which change on submersion or coming into contact with excessive amounts of moisture
#10
darklight;8973516
you're a girl & I'm not being chauvinistic at all in making this point
the fairer sex will likely find the aesthetics of the "desire" more appealing than the droid
..under the hood the operating system is the same although personally I 'd do without the HTC screen overlays & clutter
Secondly the build quality isn't what I'd expect from HTC as I have been using their OEM devices since 1999 from their inception as Windows Mobile Classic handsets through their dissemination via orange (as SPV) , O2 (as Xda), Vodafone (as VPA) & Tmobile (as MDA) to their present day standalone incarnate "the HTC Mobile Standard & the HTC Mobile Professional.
Up until recently every HTC handset build quality was outstanding...Full metal jacket & all
The current HTC is quite nice..my only gripe is the build quality ..plasttics all the wayt through ..except for that metal trim bordering the display..then again we live in a "highly disposable" society.
The droid may be less appealing aesthetically but its very very well built..full metal jacket should ensure drop survival (but maybe not the glass sandwich screen) , not sure about surviving drowning either ..but the build quality is par none ..as I said earlier Motorola was sinking fast after the phenomenal success of the V3 (razr) & had to come up with a fantastic / well built phone phone & OS.. The Droid handset saved the company ..my tuppence! p.s. most phones have litmus patches stuck in battery compartment which change on submersion or coming into contact with excessive amounts of moisture


Good advice. BTW I am a very young at heart female...lests just say 50+ :-D

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