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    Help me find a smartphone

    Greetings all

    m is looking to upgrade his cellular phone and is thinking of the opportunity of investing a smartphone to help in his daily activities.

    m, as you know, is often writing about public transportation and rides the bus and LRT alot...using public transportation allows him to have a lot of free time to think and work...and m believes that his productivity would increase with a smartphone.

    Now, m only has simple needs. He doesnt need to check his email that often, and he is not a business person so there is no need to contact the office regularly.

    He just wants a simple, easy to use mobile device that is also a handphone, and a camera would be nice as well.

    Being able to read and write .doc, .ppt, or .xls (or the equivalent) is very important

    Preferred features include:

    *decent battery life
    *decent price (+/- RM2000 when new but of course - is better)
    *touch screen input
    *security from viruses etc
    *email access (it might be necessary once in a while)
    *camera
    *good call quality
    *keypad input (option - still not sure of the value)

    Thanks very much. Your suggestions are much appreciated.

    If anyone has a gently used smartphone that they think would meet these needs, please let me know and/or pm me.

    Cheers, m
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    why dont m just buy a laptop + a simple basic handphone?

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    htc tyten 2 ...

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    I guess Chanseng has a valid point raised. :-) For the amount you gonna invest, notebook is a better option (although its bigger and heavier then cellphone). But it wont have the hassle of having a PDA in cell.

    Most of them who has the so called 'smartphone', complaints about OS hangs, need constant reboots, frequents to service centers...finally ends up using is just for calls.

    But then agin, if you have the cash, then go for it...just my 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeeJay
    I guess Chanseng has a valid point raised. :-) For the amount you gonna invest, notebook is a better option (although its bigger and heavier then cellphone). But it wont have the hassle of having a PDA in cell.

    Most of them who has the so called 'smartphone', complaints about OS hangs, need constant reboots, frequents to service centers...finally ends up using is just for calls.

    But then agin, if you have the cash, then go for it...just my 2 cents.
    very true m. I bought my HP IPAQ and regretted. It has got Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. It can read and write *.doc and *.xls.
    I bought it I think during the end of 2006.
    I can't exactly remember the price but I know if I added a few more hundred, I could get a laptop.

    The problem with the *.doc and *.xls is that it cannot open VERY large files. Also, I cannot run simple Visual Basic for Applications.

    The battery lasted about 1 or 2 days and it uses the stylus for input. As for viruses, so far I have no viruses. The email access is done either thru wireless internet (wifi) or GPRS (expensive). The camera is only good when you have very bright lighting. The call quality is ok.

    That's about my HP iPAQ 6828.

    oh, as for PPT, my HP iPAQ does not come with the reader. I have to download the PPT reader and I can't remember how I did it but I just did it. But I cannot "write" the PPT file.

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    Its my view that smartphones have NOT really matured yet to be a "do all and next best thing" portable gadget. Its still got pros and cons.
    Laptop is still a bulky thing to lug around.

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    Thanks for the info and advice...keep it coming.

    Chanseng, actually I already have a notebook...but like Veejay said, it is bulkier and heavier than a cellular phone.

    I am also looking to incorporate the smartphone into my teaching...using the smartphone to enter and review information, marks, etc.

    I know I can have a pda and laptop and cellular phone...to do all of those things...but Im just thinking that it would be more convenient to have those applications in one package.

    Cheers, m
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    I use a P1i sony ericsson smart phone and I have not regretted it ever since i bougtht it. I used to use a P900 and then a P910! earlier. I am happy with this phone and I use the Mobile Office alot too to create / edit Excel files when on the go.

    I also have a very good condition O2 XDA Executive which is called the first mini laptop as it has every feature of a laptop and running on Windows Mobile 5 and has 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth, etc, etc.... willing to let go if you are interested. PM me if you are. Only reason for wanting to let go is I have a P1i currently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jey
    I use a P1i sony ericsson smart phone and I have not regretted it ever since i bougtht it. I used to use a P900 and then a P910! earlier. I am happy with this phone and I use the Mobile Office alot too to create / edit Excel files when on the go.

    I also have a very good condition O2 XDA Executive which is called the first mini laptop as it has every feature of a laptop and running on Windows Mobile 5 and has 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth, etc, etc.... willing to let go if you are interested. PM me if you are. Only reason for wanting to let go is I have a P1i currently.
    Thanks for the info Jey. I looked at the p1i as well. It is a nice phone, simple to use and easy to carry.

    Cheers, m
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    I am a Nokia Man

    Quote Originally Posted by AllUrban
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    Preferred features include:

    *decent battery life
    *decent price (+/- RM2000 when new but of course - is better)
    *touch screen input
    *security from viruses etc
    *email access (it might be necessary once in a while)
    *camera
    *good call quality
    *keypad input (option - still not sure of the value)
    m
    I presently use a Nokia E61i (I think the current price should be about RM1399, not too sure) when I bought it sometime back it was about RM1699). It has got almost everything that you want except for the touch screen input.

    Now a days, I don’t use my laptop when I return home, I use the E61i to check email and to surf the web using WLAN, you could use 3G if you are travelling on a bus. The web surfing experience is very good except that you need to be careful of the running out of memory problem. Using Opera Mini rids you of the problem and I must say that it is one of the better phones around for this purpose because of the size of the screen. (well compared to the Nokia 9300i that I have, which is “well” slow)

    With the money that you save get the following:

    Using an email program like Profimail would make checking your email so much easier.

    Get the full blown version of Quick Office to have full access to edit Microsoft’s Suite of documents.

    These are the cons:
    The E61i is a 2 hand mobile, I doubt that you can operate it with just one hand.
    The keypad whilst quite solid, is not recommended for long periods of data entry. (the Nokia 9300i has a much better keypad)

    If you had the dough go for a Nokia E90, I understand from Greenbug that it is really good (except maybe for the keypad), but the price is nearing 4K.

    As you can imagine I am a Nokia Man, I have gone through so many Nokia phones that it is really obscene.


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    Was just checking out something along those lines...two options came to me - O2 phone which has 3G, WiFi and everything else that comes with a mobile phone eg camera etc.
    The other is the Sony Ericson model which does all the same.
    Both are touch screen.
    O2-Atom Exec is going at RM1,300++
    Sony Ericson is going at RM1,600++

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    I'm using a Dopod 838 Pro. Pretty reliable. Should cost around RM2K to RM2.2K now with the introduction of HTC Tytn 2. Dopod 838 Pro is actually HTC TyTn 1 in some countries. Tytn 2 should cost around RM3K to RM3.2K. Dopod and HTC should be the best Smart phone makers around. I'm using my Dopod for emails (windows mobile), surfing the internet using 3G (unlimited plan quite affordable) or Wi-Fi, making video calls with family members, voice call for business and its 2 mega-pix camera with flash is pretty decent. I have stopped bringing my notebook/lap top around after having this Dopod.

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    I am using a Dopod D810, always "Hang", always unable to pickup voice call , 3G always disconnnect , maxis 3G as slow as dial up.

    I think you better wait for Iphone.

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    Hey 555. thats my car number plate, man! I have a Golf GTI with 555 number, lah!

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    Don't annouce your car plate here la...have u just read crimes crimes crimes about the indicident in Kota Kemuning ?

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