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November 1st, 2008


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11:59 pm - Update and question ...
Update: We're in Hong Kong ! If anyone was planning to catch up with us in London (or Glasgow) ... errr, sorry, we're not there any more ...

Question: I'm thinking of getting a new phone. I currently have a Sony Ericsson 290i, which I dislike the interface on rather a lot. It looks like the sort of thing you'd get from handing a very basic spec. to a first-year CS student, i.e. someone said "There should be a way to manage contacts, and add new contacts, and view contacts" - so under the phonebook menu, you get options "1. View contact, 2. Manage contact, 3. Add contact" - which are as narrowly restricted in function as they sound.
To me, a basic principle of a phone interface should be that if I can see a phone number on the screen, I should be able to do anything with it - save it, text it, call it, etc, but this phone fails at every turn (it is a pretty basic phone which came with a pre-paid SIM).

So, primary feature would be a good interface. Unfortunately, few phone stores have live phones sitting there for you to play around with to test the interface. Obviously, the iPhone is worth considering, because everyone raves about the interface (and I admit, they are pretty cool). Please note - large fingers, so anything with too-fiddly buttons will be rejected too (I really dislike the shiny rounded centre button on the 290i, because I can only hit it with a fingernail, which promptly slides off and fails to depress the button half the time).

However, factor two - I'm a pretty light phone user in general. I've been using pre-paid plans for the last 4 years or so while in the UK, and I've probably never gone over £10 in calls/texts in a month (and typically more like £2-5). This may increase a bit, but I'm not sure I can justify the cost of the iPhone and plan for the usage I get.

However to the however, if it's a phone with wifi or 3G or some other useful (and non-extortionately-priced) way to access the Net while on the move, then my usage may well increase - but I'll still be making very few calls or texts, so 1000 free minutes or 500 free texts on a plan just to get a decent data capacity would feel a bit of a waste too.

I don't really care about the other features - music players, cameras, etc, although I wouldn't complain too much if they were there and reasonably easy to use. Also, it would be nice to be able to upload my own sounds as ringtones (because I don't plan to pay for a ringtone ... ever !).

So, anyone know what the phone is for me ? I'm intending to buy the phone outright and go pre-paid again, unless someone can convince me that there's a cheap plan which caters for the Net addict. Ideally, it might be something I could pick up cheap in the next few days while we're in Hong Kong !

(PS: The clock on rwrylsin's laptop is set strangely, could one or two people please let me know if this post appears on your friendspages ? Thanks ...)
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(7 touches | En garde !)

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From:emmzzi
Date:November 1st, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
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this is on my flist. says its almost midnight where you are - almost 2pm here!
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From:dalmeny
Date:November 1st, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
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I love my iPhone but I have dainty fingers. If you haven't bought a phone by the time you're in Adelaide, you could try out the interface on mine.
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From:dmw
Date:November 1st, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
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I have big-ish fingers, and sometimes I miss the button I want, but nearly always I find the iPhone quite useable.

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From:sambushell
Date:November 1st, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
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Obviously I think you should give my side a fair shake and play with an iPhone in person. Actual finger size doesn't matter; it measures capacitance and applies maths. You do not have to pay for ringtones you create from nondrm content you own (but you have to create them in something other than iTunes).

I'm reading lj and posting this with mine, as Felix sleeps on my shoulder.
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From:f4f3
Date:November 1st, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
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At the risk of being one of the crowd, I have big fingers and like my iPhone. Mostly for the interface, although it's useful to have an ipod and satnav in the same package. You can make ringtones from Garageband (free with the Mac), and save them directly into iTunes - of course, that's the Mac perspective, no idea of what the procedure is for PCs.
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From:ciciaye
Date:November 1st, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
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I can see it on mine

CCA
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From:servalan
Date:November 1st, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
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Whee! Hong Kong! (I still haven't been there, and it was -- for two years -- the location in which I knew the most people.)

As far as phones, being able to access the 'net is pretty darn cool. But it's got to be a phone that makes it easy to do. The iPhone probably is the best for net/applications. I have an enV2 (for work), and I can sort of do internet stuff, but it's painful and obnoxious. I wouldn't bother if I didn't, y'know, need it for work.

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