Upgrading mobile - but don't want an iPhone

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  25th Nov 2011 - 14:45 25th Nov 2011
Caroline Endersbee
Pinkjelly Marketing

Hi Vicky as someone who recently faced exactly the same choice as you recently, I eventaully opted for HTC. To be honest I not a phone geek and really cannot get that excited about it. Just need it to do fairly basic stuff, calls (obviously) does my emails great & my social media.

I just didnt want to spend the money on an Iphone so really it came down to HTC & the Samsung. I opted for the HTC because my nephew told me to, seemed as good as reason as any. Open Mouthed Smile

 

  25th Nov 2011 - 16:20 25th Nov 2011
Jim Symington
Chiltern Business Co...

Hi.  I was going to upgrade from Blackberry to Galaxy S2, but frankly the Galaxy is a real pain for email after the Blackberry. You can't take a bunch of messages and Mark as Read  (because I've seen them on the PC) - you have  read them one at a time.  No LED warning light of missed messages or calls.  The New Mail indicator disappears from the notification area when it has gone into sleep mode.  There's no decent way of setting notification profiles (Loud, Medium, Calls only, Vibrate only) as there is on a Blackberry. And my ACT! synchronisation is untidy compared to the Blackberry.

Apart from these, Galaxy S2 is a nice phone with a great screen, and the touch screen is as good as an iPhone to use.

I've noticed that my wife's HTC Desire is a bit better on some of the grumble areas above - eg it has a notification LED, and you can mark a number of messages as Read or Delete them in one go.

I've rejected the S2 reluctantly.  It'll have to be BB for the time being.

Jim

 

  26th Nov 2011 - 21:06 26th Nov 2011
Tom Wilmott
Amphis Software

I've been using Windows Phone 7 for over a year on a HTC Trophy and it's amazing. it's also free with a £25 per month contract from Vodafone. it works great as an actual phone (unlike some of the others), it can create and edit Office documents, access SharePoint sites, it has XBox Games, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, it's voice activated, great keyboard. there are 1000s of apps. it's got the best user interface of them all with the customisable metro tiles. I really can't fault it and will definately be signing up for another Windows Phone 7 contract. The Nokia Lumia looks great too

 

 

  29th Nov 2011 - 15:25 29th Nov 2011
Nicky Josling
Connect it

Hi Vicky

I deal in mobile phones and find the best out there is the Samsung galaxy 2S.  It is the one phone that we now supply more than anyother

Please feel free to get in touch

Regards  Nicky

 

  29th Nov 2011 - 15:36 29th Nov 2011
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Hi.  I was going to upgrade from Blackberry to Galaxy S2, but frankly the Galaxy is a real pain for email after the Blackberry. You can't take a bunch of messages and Mark as Read  (because I've seen them on the PC) - you have  read them one at a time.  No LED warning light of missed messages or calls.  The New Mail indicator disappears from the notification area when it has gone into sleep mode.  There's no decent way of setting notification profiles (Loud, Medium, Calls only, Vibrate only) as there is on a Blackberry. And my ACT! synchronisation is untidy compared to the Blackberry.

 

I'm pretty sure you can mark emails as read/delete them in batch - what email app were you using?  Also, not seen the new mail indicator disappearing in sleep - it always stays until I mark and email as read?

You can definitely set custom tones and sounds for different email accounts but I agree that doesn't go as far as different profiles.  I would expect there's an app on the Android Market that will do profiles properly though.

 

  29th Nov 2011 - 18:32 29th Nov 2011
Michael Potts
BT Local Business

Hi Vicky,

Firstly I'd start be saying there are 3 main variants of smart phone.

  1. The Blackberry devices(9900/9860) - These excel in e-mail, security and ease of use and the blackberry messenger service is becoming more popular. The downside's are the lack off APP's and some say the interface is dated.
  2. The Android based devices(HTC Sensation/Samsung Galaxy S 2) - These now hold the biggest market share of all operating systems and this is mainly due to the open interface and ability to do almost anything their apple counterparts can do, the benefits of having alot of free apps, a very good web browser and as its an open platform you can get from entry level such as HTC Wildfire to the top of the range devices such as the Galaxy S2 which rivals the I-Phone. Some people are put off by the security risk of this open platform and this has certainly been the case from business end users.
  3. The I-Phone - A game changer and still leading the pack according to some still, the benefits are many, the ease of use, the browser is fast, aestitically appealing and it is market leading in many aspects such as siri etc. The downside are you either love or hate them.

 

If your interested in discussing a deal I can do the Samsung Galaxy S2/HTC Sensation from £25, the I-Phone 4 from £26 or 4S from £30 or the Blackberry 9900 from £26.

  29th Nov 2011 - 21:20 29th Nov 2011
Lee Rickler
Point and Stare
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it's also free with a £25 per month contract ...

So it's not free, it's £25 a month - and that's for 24 or 36 months?

  30th Nov 2011 - 18:50 30th Nov 2011
Michael Potts
BT Local Business
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it's also free with a £25 per month contract ...

So it's not free, it's £25 a month - and that's for 24 or 36 months?

The contract is not FREE you are correct, it's £25 per month for the inclusive minutes and texts etc but the hardware is FREE so no initial up front fee for the phone. Generally the way the whole UK telecoms industry works. 

  30th Nov 2011 - 20:03 30th Nov 2011
Steev Stamford
Azimuth Images Ltd

Do what my wife did recently - if you are happy with yoour phone and it does what you need it to do - don't chage it.

We've recently changed our phones - I did want an iPhone as I wanted some of the features it has and it is obviously easily compatible with my iPad. My wife likes her phone (HTC Touch Pro2) and didn't want to change.

So . . . As I recently had my HTC replaced under phone insurance (I cracked the screen) we have a now redundant HTC that is only 2 months old. My wife is moving her HTC to SIM only, we are keeping the recently replaced HTC as a back up as my wife's HTC as this is now out of warranty. I've got the iPhone I wanted and we've managed to do all of that and reduce our monthly bill be around £30.

A few years ago we opted not to upgrade either phone, just extend the contract 12 months and got over £300 credited to our account.

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