Which Smartphone..? (in Off-topic)

AdminG Beee June 12 2008 7:21 PM EDT

There's a whole host of smartphones out there in the marketplace at the moment and it's pretty difficult to choose the "right one" based on only a few reviews and faceless 3rd party opinions.

I know at least a handful of people who play CB use them and I'd like to hear some opinions.
I also know there's been threads on this topic in the past, but the technology changes so fast and new models are always being introduced so it's time for a new thread :)

Personally I think there's no better looking smartphone than the iPhone, but based on reputation there's no better for performance than the Blackberry range. Nokia have been sinking lots of cash into this business for some time now and have some very good offerings, as do the Japanese suppliers. I wouldn't go near a Motorola though and suspect they won't be building their own phones for much longer...

What's your preferred make/model and why is it better than the next one..?

PS. Should really go without saying, but i will anyway. It's got to be able to support CB.

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] June 12 2008 7:39 PM EDT

Nokia is what I'm currently using, Symbian OS is tolerable and the newish phones are impressive. Accessories have been a bit of an issue... but maybe the newer ones are better. Opera Mini is almost perfect for CB.

I'm sure there will be more enough Windows Mobile fans and iPhone owners... but I figure I'd give you the other opinion as well. I hear you can get an N95 for the price of a new service plan over there... *drool*

Suqataqus June 12 2008 7:40 PM EDT

Based on the iPhone 2.0 debut, the parts of it that fell short of the Blackberry have really picked up, and the price is cut in half. I faced the same situation and now I'm certain I will be waiting to get an iPhone when the new model rolls out on July 11th.

theskier [Star Trek] June 12 2008 7:44 PM EDT

I dont know much about the iphone, but have had experciance with the sprint blackberry 8703 and I dont really care for how it holds up. granted I use it for work, but I have had failures with it now wanting to charge the battery. Just recently, the microphone went out on the one I am currently using.

I also have a co-worker that has been have problems with his with poor audio quality. Hard to hear.

Something else I have noticed is that times they are slow to load internet sites. I do not know if it supports CB, since I have not tried it.

In a nutshell, I believe that the blackberrys are junk, or it could be I am just too hard on them.

The Skier

Timberwolf June 12 2008 9:47 PM EDT

I recently purchased a Blackberry 8330 Curve. I love the phone, it is my first 'smartphone' and I can honestly say I don't think I will ever own a run of the mill phone again.

That said, it hasn't played well with CB thus far. The default Blackberry browser absolutely refuses to work with CB. I can get to the login page, enter my info, then it just loads another login page (actually 2, one above another) and sticks there. I've tried everything I can think of to get it to work.

I installed Opera and it fares a little better , but I haven't messed with it enough to determine if it would actually be usable if I needed to. I'm sure if I took the time to sit down and create shortcuts for all the needed CB stuff it would suffice.

INDColtsFan18 June 12 2008 9:56 PM EDT

iPhone, it can do everything you ever need and more. I have an iPod touch and i absoultly love it. The way it works is just amazing. The quality is very high, its durable, and it looks beautiful. The iPhone would not be a disappointment i can guarantee that.

{cb2}ShadeSlayer June 12 2008 10:09 PM EDT

Nokia N95 - brown/silver (North American Edition, Unlocked)

The good: The Nokia N95 North American Edition adds 3G support and longer battery life. The Symbian OS smart phone also continues to offer a 5-mega pixel camera and integrated Global Positioning System, wireless, and Blue tooth.

The bad: Without the back of a U.S. carrier, the Nokia N95 is expensive and the hardware feels a bit plasticky. Speaker phone quality wasn't the greatest.

The bottom line: The North American Edition of the Nokia N95 brings some notable additions, including 3G support and better performance, to make this powerful smart phone even better. However, it'll still leave a deep gouge in your wallet.

Specs: Band / mode: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900; Talk time: Up to 390 min; Dimensions (W x D x H): 2.1 in x 0.8 in x 3.9 in

$469.99 - $528.38

Of course the stupid Wiki won't let me post this because i have to many mis spelled words, and this is ridiculous :) :) :)

QBsutekh137 June 12 2008 10:18 PM EDT

At half the price and with 3G, I can't see how nything else could beat the iPhone next-gen. I won't be getting one because they would up my rates by $10 a month (yeah, insidious little deal there), but they are trying to offset the additional data you can pull down via 3G (and I have heard they are still competitive with other plans here in the states).

Year review of my iPhone? It ain't bad. I finally use a calendar again (I had a Palm and just never put anything in it because I hate Graffiti), I like getting emails, and the phone works fine. I dropped mine a couple times, and some people say I echo when I talk, but I like using speakerphone anyway, and that works fine.

A note: I suck with phones, for whatever reason they daunt me. But the iPhone doesn't (for me). Anything I need to do, it tells me with a subtle prompt, such as using cal waiting, checking voicemail, or perusing missed calls. The browser works great already, just a tad slow. On 3G, playing CB would be a piece of cake, no more character ID bookmarks required.

Still no Flash, though. I am not sure what the other Smartphones do about that, but here is what is happening with iPhone -- sites are catering to it with native apps, and even more native apps will arrive (and I mean native, not web apps) when the iPhone app store arrives. The SDK has been out for a while, so expect big things _fast_. In my mind, the "killer apps" are simply going to be slick, native interfaces to places like ESPN, Amazon, eBay, Google Apps, and various online email services. This will make the iPhone instantly richer than any other client because not only will it have the handheld goods, a phone is far more mobile than anything else out there.

I recognize Apple's draconian rules, and I realize they are no better than Microsoft in terms of lock-in and such. But enlightened despotism might be what the delivery channels and vendors need to get specific, working apps out there. The App Store isn't just going to be a quagmire of mediocrity as long as it is controlled by Apple and indexed right. And I have heard estimates on what apps will be free ranging from 50-70%. I would bet most of the free stuff will be what I mention above (not my insight, read almost any site, I'm mainly an amalgamating parrot *smile*) -- native front ends to web sites to make sprawling web pages into usable, functional handheld work areas. The iPhone is going to make web sites do what the PC and Mac have had a hard time with -- making them be smart, compact, and form-following-function.

Hopefully I'll be able to hold out for the next iteration! *smile*

PearsonTritonRaveshaw June 12 2008 10:35 PM EDT

the new iPhone (G3) is coming out and is supposed to cost about $200. It supposedly comes with DSL speed internet and is overall better. iPhones are cool by the way. =P

QBOddBird June 12 2008 10:50 PM EDT

I am likely to be getting an iPhone soon myself, and hopefully will be playing CB on it. :)

The new ones seem really nice.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] June 12 2008 11:13 PM EDT

i have been a palm treo user for years. i recently went with the centro for 99 bucks and have been very happy for the cost. the other treo's i have owned, i always knew were too expensive, but as a business expense they were necessary. this is the first one that i can truly say it worth more than the cost and is a great phone for the money.

AdminG Beee June 13 2008 8:12 AM EDT

Anyone familiar with the HTC TyTN II ?

Novice, what Nokia model do you use ?

bartjan June 13 2008 2:21 PM EDT

I have both an iPhone and a Samsung SGH-i780 Windows smart phone (company phone).
As a certified Microsoft hater I don't use the Samsung that much (although it works fine as an alarm clock ;). I've seen it work with CB, but with a bit buggy auto-advance. What I do like about it is how it syncs its calendar with the Exchange server at work, instantly, over UMTS/GPRS. As a user interface it has a keyboard, a joystick-like pad and a stylus for the touch screen. Sounds nice, but I would have preferred if they did focus on only 1 or 2 input methods and getting those perfect.

The iPhone, which I only have for about 2 weeks or so, is a perfect toy. But, the eye candy actually works well, and won't really annoy or delay you. Unlike the Samsung, for which I am unable to properly configure my mail account (they apparently never heard of RFC2476), the iPhone automagically detected all settings properly.
One problem I have while using CB on the iPhone is that the "back" button doesn't work within frames. As the iPhone also doesn't support copy/paste, this is *really* annoying when making a forum post with too much spelling errors.

I think the new 2.0 iPhone will be very interesting, if it also supports the wealth of third party application a jailbroken 1.0 iPhone has.

When playing CB on any smart phone, you run into the problem that the screen layout is not designed to cope with such tiny screens. A separate light-weight interface into CB would be really nice to have.

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] June 13 2008 2:23 PM EDT

Nokia E62

INDColtsFan18 June 13 2008 2:25 PM EDT

I agree bartjan. Maybe even a totally different setup for phones, just have like a button you can click to switch to easy mode, where its just, train, fight, equip, manage, favorites, etc.
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