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    Default Suggestions for buying cell phone?

    I want to buy a new cell phone, but am a bit baffled by a) the amount of information b) the lack of information about the things you care about.

    Since we're with the "tech(y) crowd" here, seems like a good place to ask

    I'm looking for small but stylish cellphone with a couple of advanced features, most importantly calendaring and tasks. For now the Nokia 6300 is at the top of my list, but also a couple of the Samsung and Sony Ericsson models. I do not want a full-blown PDA (small keys, too many unnecessary functionality).

    Ideally it should support iCal format so I can sync with Thunderbird and Lightning; I set this up for 2-way sync between Gmail Calendar and Thunderbird; for now I 'sync' with my iPod but want to sync with the cellphone instead. I also saw some phones support an interesting-looking protocol called 'SyncML'. Unfortunately that does not seem to work too well with Linux for a lot of phones...

    I've been thinking about getting an iPhone also... but I'm not sure; I don't like Apple's attitude about wanting to have everything under their control.

    Must-have:
    - Stylish or classy design
    - Lightweight
    - Big, comfortable keypad
    - Good Calendaring and Task List, Address Book
    - Option to set 'vibrating pulse' instead of/together with ringtone
    - Easy way to sync files to and from either Thunderbird or Google Calendar
    - Tri-band or Quad-band (preferrably)

    Want-to-have
    - use your own mp3 downloads as ringtones
    - bluetooth
    - integrated camera
    - dictionary autocomplete

    Nice-to-have (but not essential)
    - games
    - interface themes, skins
    - ... ?


    As always, any suggestions and remarks welcome

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    Nokia E90 - Have it, love it.

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    Thanks for the suggestion. However, a bit out of my budget I'm afraid.

    Also, how does it sync?

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    Default Re: Suggestions for buying cell phone?

    of course it is impossible to answer your question...we don't even know
    which country you live in...nor what is available there....nor, do you
    need a multi-band phone so you can take it with you when you visit North
    America, South America, Middle-East, Europe, Asia, etc (they all use
    different frequencies, protocols etc, see
    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GSM_frequency_ranges>)..

    but, that said (and imo) you should at least look at some phones which
    use open software (google: open source phones)...for example, Motorola
    RAZR is a series of phones which use Linux as their OS (google: motorola
    razr linux)...and they are being replaced by Motorola SCPL phones
    (google: motorola scpl linux)..

    good luck...things change daily....the perfect phone will be old news soon..

    DenverD

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    nor, do you
    need a multi-band phone so you can take it with you when you visit North
    America, South America, Middle-East, Europe, Asia, etc (they all use
    different frequencies, protocols etc, see
    Yup, I live in Belgium and I've been visiting South America on an almost yearly basis by now! :-o I want to see more of the world in the years to come and travel to places like South Africa, Thailand, Japan, ... which is why I figured I might as well get the best coverage I can get.

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    then you need to limit your search to multi-band phones or world phones..

    i don't know the best way to do that..

    google returns 2.7k hits on " multi-band phone" and 759k on "world phone"

    _perhaps_ it is better to go to a brand site (say
    <http://europe.nokia.com/index.html>) and then search on world phone

    i don't have a multi-/world phone so i can't suggest one to you...but,
    would suggest you seek one with an open operating system..

    try some variations of google search strings like
    "multi-band phone" open software or
    "world phone" "open software"

    good luck in finding one in your price range..

    DenverD

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    i hope that i can help you,i'm a maniac for technology,especially for mobile phones..

    i 've a nokia N95,i think it'a complete phone because you have all that you can need from a phone E90 is another very good phone but its price is higher,it depends from your budjet..

    n95 has :
    -phone and all normal functions that you can request
    -mp3 reader with 8 gbyte of memory
    -5 mpixels camera with video and photos(i've its photos on my desktop,it'very good)
    -nokia gps integrated navigator(but you can install tom tom too)
    -radio
    -wifi(this is something of great,wherever i go i can find free wifi zones,it's my only connection with my country when i travel)
    -java(you can install all possible application and you can find them in the web)
    -umts internet connection
    -dvx reader
    -then there are a lot of other applications...

    i dont'know us prices but here in europe (i bought mine in estonia because it was cheaper)this model prices are going down.

    simone

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    Default Re: Suggestions for buying cell phone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Darkelve78 View Post
    Yup, I live in Belgium and I've been visiting South America on an almost yearly basis by now! :-o I want to see more of the world in the years to come and travel to places like South Africa, Thailand, Japan, ... which is why I figured I might as well get the best coverage I can get.
    Never needed a phone doing such travelling, but I suppose nowadays the youngsters are not going rough anymore
    Henk van Velden

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    Never needed a phone doing such travelling, but I suppose nowadays the youngsters are not going rough anymore
    Well, for one thing, my parents need reassurance that I'm still alive

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    I would investigate Sony Ericsson's offerings. The k800i and k850i cybershot phones fulfill most of those requirements and have an adequate calendar and excellent contacts support (for a non-smartphone). I'm not sure about syncing them, though.

    The Palm Treo 600/650/680 sync very well with Linux.

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