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  • Palm Pre, iPhone, Android G1, Blackberry, or other?

    I'm finally moving from cellphone to smartphone and there are a lot of choices out there. Which phone would YOU suggest?


    edit: Here's what I'm looking for in terms of features.

    - phone of course
    - camera w/ video ability
    - GPS map
    - web browser (gmail/FB on big enough screen)
    - ability to playback music over bluetooth
    - good battery life

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    Re: Palm Pre, iPhone, Android G1, Blackberry, or other?

    I'm a huge fan of the T-Mobile MyTouch. It has the Google Android OS, which I like because it's open source. It's a slick phone and a great interface. However, I don't have a smartphone either, so my opinion is very limited. I think I'm about to take the plunge myself.
    http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/phones/...Touch-3G-Black
    http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/...-33698119.html
    "Common sense is not so common." -Voltaire

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    • #3
      Re: Palm Pre, iPhone, Android G1, Blackberry, or other?

      I personally LOVE my Blackberry Curve. Its small for a smartphone. Lots of App's (Not nearly as much as an iPhone). One of the HUGE reasons that I didn't get an iPhone was because the fact that I have to touch the screen. On my blackberry, I have a nice key setup, great camera, and a decent recorder.
      "Dirtboy is super awesome, and chicks dig him too!"- Everyone



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      • #4
        Re: Palm Pre, iPhone, Android G1, Blackberry, or other?

        Anything android based. Why? Complete portability. I pre-ordered a G1 almost a year ago when it first came out. Hell, I posted an entire thread on the thing in one of the forums here (i'd have to look it up, but i think it was in the hardware/software discussion forums) when I got it. Now, the specific phone as of right now is completely up to you. The G1 has a physial keyboard, which I love. The MyTouch does everything on-screen.

        Heres where the big push comes in. With the iPhone, you have a lot of the same capabilities and you'll hear iPhone users laud the fact that the iPhone App Store has WAY more and WAY cooler apps than android currently does. My response: the iPhone has been out since 2005. Android hasnt even been out a year. Give it 4 years and it will have easily surpassed the app store. Furthermore, the android market does not filter or limit the applications that can be put up like apple does, so developers have complete freedom.

        Now, with my phone, I rooted it, which essentially means that I gained developer access and allowed myself to do more things with my phone than the stock firmware allows. This process is very simple and runs no risk of killing your phone, but it opens up some really cool options, such as being able to put your applications on your SD card as opposed to the phone's internal memory.

        The big kicker for me is the fact that everything is portable though, as I said earlier. Of course, its a cell phone, so its portable to begin with, so what exactly do I mean? You can back up everything. Your settings, your applications, your contacts, EVERYTHING. All of your contacts are automatically saved and tied with your GMail account and synched in the background automatically anytime you make a change. So if you lose your phone and have to get a new one, as soon as you sign into your gmail account (required the very first time you turn the phone on, but only that one time unless you intentionally sign out to sell the phone or some such), your contacts are instantly downloaded to your phone and stored. no more having to go through the hassle of trying to remember friends numbers or putting up facebook groups titled "i lost my phone, send me your numbers". You can also download all of your settings, applications and app data to your computer in a nice tidy fileset that you can instantly reinstall on a new phone (or even your own phone if you feel the need to restore).

        The phone has everything else that you can need (whether its the MT or the G1 we're discussing here). Camera, GPS, accelerometer, speaker phone, computer (linux, windows and mac compatible) hookup, limited internal storage, but expandable by microsd card up to 64gb. The android OS has complete customization possibilities, making it look and feel much more like a pocket-sized version of your comfy home pc than a blackberry or the iphone does. Also, any updates for software that you get (if you're running the stock firmware) are received and installed over the air, so no mess and no hassle, unlike the blackberry and iphone. Even if you have developer access and are using custom firmware, like me, the upgrading/changing firmware process is as simple as loading the firmware onto the sd card from my computer (takes 12 seconds) and rebooting the phone.

        Plus, seeing as the fact that the iphone just got the ability to send picture messages on june 15th of this year (something the g1 has been able to do since day 1), I dont know how much i'd trust that platform anyway.

        The music player on the G1 is compatable with all of the same filetypes as the iphone and blackberry platforms (wav, mp3, aac, etc) and if you have the need, you can actually expand the codec package to include things like FLAC.

        The browser is VERY fast and customizable. you can either use the stock browser, or load your own, including opera mini and google chrome as of right now. Mozilla is developing a mobile version of firefox for the android platform but it hasnt been released yet. The browser features landsacpe and portrait modes, sensed automatically by your phones rotation. it is also scalable through the touchscreen using either the zoom buttons or multitouch. Also, the browser is FAST. the 3g network that t-mobile uses isnt actually 3g. it's technically 3.5g, or a HSPDA network, which has almost double the speed of a standard 3g connection. you can also use wifi at full speed if you have a wireless lan in your home or anywhere else.

        The battery life of the G1 isnt impressive, making it the only real drawback. However, I also have the original battery, which HTC (the manufacturer) did a recall on because of its short life and replaced it with a better one. The MyTouch has excellent battery life, however.

        So yeah, I love my G1. I plan on sticking with the android platform for a VERY long time. I highly recommend you do the same.

        Oh yeah, did I mention the fact that Adobe is specifically developing flash for Android and not the iPhone? So yeah, by the end of the year, according to adobe, we'll be able to watch flash videos and enjoy websites with integrated flash, iPhone users will still be stuck without it.

        EDIT: heres pictures, captured using the DDMS developer tool. yes, this is of MY phone. you can tell by the last starfighter logo that i have on my background. Oh, and because I have custom developed firmware, I have 5 homescreens instead of the typical 3. I also have the ability to create custom folders for my apps in the app drawer. Everything on my phone is customized. I love open source.










        Last edited by Ferris Bueller; 08-19-2009, 05:10 PM.

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        • #5
          Re: Palm Pre, iPhone, Android G1, Blackberry, or other?

          Oh yeah, and I boycotted the palm pre because the chick in the commercials freaks me out. I think she might be demonically possessed or something.

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          • #6
            Re: Palm Pre, iPhone, Android G1, Blackberry, or other?

            I have a friend with an iphone and a friend with a G1 and I've used both of them. I prefer the G1 and plan on getting one as soon as I'm up for renewal for a new phone. That needs to be sooner since I seem to be killing my old collection of phones real quick.
            I mean the iphone is nice and all but anything you can do on it you can do on the G1. Apparently you can even hack multitouch into it. And before you say something about G1 needing hacks to work nice, so does the iphone, it's a piece of locked down **** until you jailbreak it.

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            • #7
              Re: Palm Pre, iPhone, Android G1, Blackberry, or other?

              Originally posted by blibblob View Post
              I mean the iphone is nice and all but anything you can do on it you can do on the G1. Apparently you can even hack multitouch into it. And before you say something about G1 needing hacks to work nice, so does the iphone, it's a piece of locked down **** until you jailbreak it.
              true, true and true. plus, the g1 is a hell of a lot easier to hack than the iphone. you can go from stock firmware to a completely customized phone in under an hour. complete with multitouch and all sorts of goodies. even if you dont decide to hack it and just keep it stock, a huge bonus over the iphone is that it has the ability to install apps from ANYWHERE built into the phone, something which you have to jailbreak the iphone to be able to do, and even then its a pain in the ass afterwards. with the G1, you download the app from anywhere, throw it on your sd card, and run the installer and youre done (apps from the android market install automatically, but thats a given).

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              • #8
                Re: Palm Pre, iPhone, Android G1, Blackberry, or other?

                I personally love my iphone.

                I deserve a ribbon for Mortar Specialist

                Artillery conquers and infantry occupies.
                J.F.C. Fuller

                Proud to have been a member of the 5th, 71st and my beloved 19th

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                • #9
                  Re: Palm Pre, iPhone, Android G1, Blackberry, or other?

                  The HTC Hero looks pretty pimp as far as Android phones go... any other hot competitors to iPhone that I'm missing?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Palm Pre, iPhone, Android G1, Blackberry, or other?

                    not really. but there are 15 android phones coming out on all 4 major us carriers before the end of Q1 2010. i think the iphone's days are numbered. the ability to carry your contact data and programs seamlessly from one carrier to another while retaining full functionality is something the iphone wont ever have considering ATT is the only carrier to support it. but with verizon, att, tmo and sprint on board with android, you can take your phone to whomever you want service with and retain all your goodies.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Palm Pre, iPhone, Android G1, Blackberry, or other?

                      ^^^ Valid point but, Im happy with the service i get. Verizon for me is useless!

                      I deserve a ribbon for Mortar Specialist

                      Artillery conquers and infantry occupies.
                      J.F.C. Fuller

                      Proud to have been a member of the 5th, 71st and my beloved 19th

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                      • #12
                        Re: Palm Pre, iPhone, Android G1, Blackberry, or other?

                        Wow, Ferris. You sold me on android! I love the flexibility it offers! Something the iPhone doesn't. Looks like I'll be getting the T-Mobile MyTouch as soon as I can get some steady income going again. :D
                        "Common sense is not so common." -Voltaire

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                        • #13
                          Re: Palm Pre, iPhone, Android G1, Blackberry, or other?

                          Originally posted by Ferris Bueller View Post
                          So yeah, I love my G1. I plan on sticking with the android platform for a VERY long time. I highly recommend you do the same.

                          Oh yeah, did I mention the fact that Adobe is specifically developing flash for Android and not the iPhone? So yeah, by the end of the year, according to adobe, we'll be able to watch flash videos and enjoy websites with integrated flash, iPhone users will still be stuck without it.

                          EDIT: heres pictures, captured using the DDMS developer tool. yes, this is of MY phone. you can tell by the last starfighter logo that i have on my background. Oh, and because I have custom developed firmware, I have 5 homescreens instead of the typical 3. I also have the ability to create custom folders for my apps in the app drawer. Everything on my phone is customized. I love open source.










                          Yes! That's awesome news about Flash, that's been my only complaint about the phone thus far. Once that comes the G1 will really be the clear favorite IMO. Really though the thing that won me over about the G1 are the apps, maybbee the iPhone has better apps, but as far as I know you have to pay for all of them. With the G1 you can find a lot of great apps for free. So, I also say go with the G1, just make sure you have 3G in your area, you don't want want the G1 without 3G.

                          Great looking interface you designed btw, are you going to put that on the market?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Palm Pre, iPhone, Android G1, Blackberry, or other?

                            Nope. not going on the market. since I have a rooted phone, the theme comes with the firmware, but cant be put on the market because it wont work for stock phones and i dont have the patience to port it into theming/skinning programs I dont use. however, themes are interchangeable at any time with custom firmware without the need to run a shell program such as ahome or dxtop. if we have G1 users at TG with rooted phones who want to have a TG theme made, i'd be happy to work something up. also, if theres anyone here who has a stock G1 and wants to unlock the full potential, i'd be happy to get you instructions on how to do so. just let me know.
                            heres what I'm running:
                            Cyanogen's Recovery Image 1.4
                            TheDudeOfLife's 1.3rcX ROM firmware
                            Meltus's Louder v2 volume augmentation
                            Custom Boot Statics and Animation
                            Overground's Custom Launcher
                            My Own Custom Theme

                            The widgets that you see running on my screens are the following:
                            F My Life Widget
                            AnyRSS Reader
                            CNN Widget
                            Weather Widget
                            Call Log Widget
                            ALT-Boot Widgets
                            System Toggle Widgets
                            SD Card Memory Widget
                            Internal Memory Widget

                            Theres also various other application shortcuts on the desktop that you can see.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Palm Pre, iPhone, Android G1, Blackberry, or other?

                              Well, I came here to post about the G1 only being available with T-Mobile atm, so I was pretty mad. T-mobile's coverage here is pretty terrible, but after reading that they'll be available for the other carriers is exciting news for me. So I'll wait until they come out to get one with AT&T, they have the best coverage in Texas. Recently, I bought a Samsung Eternity, it's not a true smart-phone, but it's not a dumb-phone either, it's fun, and simple for practice data use. Just not much in the way of custom applications yet.

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