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Arinoth August 22, 2010 10:27 AM

Need a Smartphone
 
Alright, as my work term is winding down at RIM, i am going to be needing my own cell phone (previous one i owned was several years old and on a pay per minute plan). This means i am looking to potentially buy a smartphone on September 7th 2010 (its when i'll be in NB).

I am currently on the fence if i want to get the Torch if it comes out as it does Blackberries dont seem to have any form of IRC client/usability in it.

What i am looking for is a touch screen smartphone. Open to any service provider for best phone and student plan

I am open to whatever is the best but i'd like it to have IRC capabilities as well as a fair amount of range of apps, good battery, good touch screen, good reception/antenna, etc.

UPDATED!!

Zero82z August 22, 2010 10:38 AM

The Galaxy S would be my choice out of the phones that Bell is offering right now.

Sagath August 22, 2010 10:43 AM

HTC Mobile Phones - Legend Bell - Overview

rapmaster August 22, 2010 11:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sagath (Post 418840)

The HTC Legend is discontinue now.

Arinoth August 22, 2010 12:30 PM

Yeah i'm looking for a new to newerish phone, don't want 'last year's model'

Caldezar August 22, 2010 12:34 PM

I heard a rumour that the Torch isn't going to be running OS6 in Canada. I have no idea if this is true or not, (you would likely know better than I) but if so it eliminates half the draw of having the new BB. However, if it will be available with OS6, I'm seriously considering selling my iPhone and getting one. I miss a tactile keyboard like you can't imagine. I still wish Palm had smartened up and released a SIM card version of the Pre in NA... Outside of that HUGE shortcoming I still think it's amongst the best smart phones to date.

Arinoth August 22, 2010 12:43 PM

Believe me the Torch should be running OS6 in Canada mainly in part i've used the Torching running OS6 in Canada. My gripe is its shortcomings, lack of irc client at all, OS6 requires more ram to use the browser (aka older models if upgraded to it even the bold 9700 will have the web browser run/load slower). OS6 isn't really as great of a thing once you've had to use it for a bit, sure the interface feels like it runs faster but some things like the web browser or limited apps is why im thinking of shying away from it. All of you whom are using OS5 devices, i'd recommend when its available to upgrade to the newest update to OS5 (faster browser) and stay away from OS6

polymoth August 22, 2010 12:56 PM

look at the Samsung Galaxy s

Caldezar August 22, 2010 01:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Arinoth (Post 418882)
Believe me the Torch should be running OS6 in Canada mainly in part i've used the Torching running OS6 in Canada. My gripe is its shortcomings, lack of irc client at all, OS6 requires more ram to use the browser (aka older models if upgraded to it even the bold 9700 will have the web browser run/load slower). OS6 isn't really as great of a thing once you've had to use it for a bit, sure the interface feels like it runs faster but some things like the web browser or limited apps is why im thinking of shying away from it. All of you whom are using OS5 devices, i'd recommend when its available to upgrade to the newest update to OS5 (faster browser) and stay away from OS6

Hrmmm... that's interesting to hear. Now I'll have to rethink my cell phone options. Although there will be a plethora of new phones by the time I upgrade I think.

My suggestion is to stay away from the iPhone, although for your uses you probably aren't really considering it anyway. Sure it has a billion and one apps available for it and a lot of useful features and support; but Apple's dominating DRM mentality has already caused me no end of grief over my short ownership. (My primary PC is constantly being upgraded, which is something iTunes and the App Store do NOT deal with well at all.)

My suggestion based off a combination of online research, user reviews and endless time spent at GSMArena, would be the Galaxy S. It looks to have all the features your after (including IRC support), and while the Android Market isn't nearly as expansive as the App Store; it's a hell of a lot better than almost any other offering.

fenixsaint August 22, 2010 01:24 PM

htc desire and samsung galaxy s are very good and available. The nexus one is badass, as is the HD2 (after flashing with android) but not readily available here. Those or get an iphone if you're the trendy hipster type.


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