questionsi am about to get a new cell phone. do i want the…

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Depends, do you want to change cell providers? If your indifferent then I would probably choose the iPhone.

What's wrong with a Blackberry?

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iPhone. The droid has been having some hardware issues that Verizon is not being good about fixing.

On the other hand, I have a Crackberry Storm that I love, despite it's flaws, and the Storm 2 is pretty nice. Plus, Verizon is better about making the hardware affordable; I paid $25 for my phone itself, when it was new (I was allowed to combine a couple of deals).

[Edit] http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2009/12/band_aid_for_your_motorola_droid_battery_cover.html This is one of said hardware issues. That's actually a friend's phone; he wound up switching to a different phone after having so much trouble with this one.

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@catbertthegreat: I have never been a fan of Blackberry. The interface irks me and the one that I did have (work provided) was always having issues. I went through 4 of them before I made my place of employment allow me to use a different phone. I'm sure they are better now, but that whole experience turned me off of owning a Blackberry again.

Also, switching carriers does not bother me in the slightest. All cell phone companies have screwing people down to a science. :)

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What features are more important to you? I haven't seen anything that competes with the iphone for my needs. However, I don't send a lot of emails on my phone.

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@nooberific: Okay, sounds fair, thanks for answering. There is a third choice, the Nexus One, seeing as google is kindly providing an ad for it to the right.

Still, go with the iPhone, unless there is a specific feature you must have, that the iPhone does not provide.

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It depends on whether you are looking for a phone that can do other things, or the other things are more important, but you'd like to make phone calls too.

Most smart phones suck in varying amounts as just phones. The iPhone sucks quite a bit as a phone. It has a lot of other features that are quite desirable (for some), and there are many people that don't really use a cell phone to actually talk all that much. I certainly don't.

The Droid's pretty new. I'd hang back a bit if you are not in a big hurry, just to see how the market place shakes out.

Personally, I love my blackberry. I've had blackberries since early times, and this is my 3rd or 4th (I don't remember). It's all in what's important to you. Contacts, calendar, true QWERTY keyboard, those are all deal breakers in my world. I don't care about music. All those apps on the iPhone are completely wasted on me.

I've had up to three phones at once (one BB, two something elses). It's really what's important to you.

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I just got a MyTouch with a T-Mobile plan. The biggest plus is the cost. I was paying for my son's iPhone. He's paying for it himself now so I replaced my old phone and AT&T plan with this. Savings are $40/month even with an all-you-can-eat plan. That's significant.

I'm very happy with the phone and the hundreds of apps available.

One disappointment - I was told the MyTouch had an app that would allow me to get cell service over my home wifi network (like the crackberry) since we live in a neighborhood with no cell service. That app doesn't exist yet - but I hope it's coming.

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CNet just did a video on the top 5 cell phones.

Link to video: http://cnettv.cnet.com/best-cell-phones/9742-1_53-50085251.html

counting down to the best
5) Palm Pre Plus
4) Blackberry 9700
3) Motorola Droid
2) iPhone 3GS
1) HTC (Google) Nexus One

The iPhone is very pretty, but it kinda sucks as a phone. I don't care how cool it is if I can't make calls on it. I also don't like some of the restrictions that have been put on it.

My wife has the Droid and loves it. Right now the Nexus One is the top contender for my next phone when it comes to Verizon this spring (which, conveniently, coincides with my contract renewal).

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I've had a Droid for a month and a half now and love it. Only knock so far is the battery life. The iPhone currently has a lot more apps, but Droid is starting to catch up. The Droid has the slide out QWERTY keyboard which is a nice feature that I like. I guess it mostly depends on what all you plan to do with it.

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I vote iphone for various reasons that I'll post later depending on how long this wootoff goes I must watch in case they pull another crazy thing and have another boc! unlikely but just in case! F5 F5 F5 F5 F5!!!!

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I have a droid, and have a lot of friends with Iphones and a couple with other android phones. I never hear complaints about Iphones but they always seem to want to play with my droid... The new release of Skype mobile (verizon customers) is INSANE. I won't say the Iphone sucks but I don't see it as a real competitor to any android phone.

PS: Had my droid since November never had ANY hardware issues.

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It's funny. Last year, there was a lot of excitement over the possibility of a Verizon iPhone, since we are handcuffed to Verizon like a suitcase full of money, and the iPhone is pretty sweet.

But now, both Mrs. 12345 and I are Droid owners. I love the physical backlit QWERTY keyboard, the big screen, and that it's open source.

Go to the Verizon Store and play with the Droid for a bit, go to the Apple Store and play with the iPhone for a bit, and see which you can see yourself using every day until the next upgrade.

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@chris12345: How is the Droid as a phone? Receiving calls, making calls, that sort of thing. Not asking about SMS or other features, just about pure phone usage. My questions are only academic, since I've already professed my need for the BB, but I am curious.

I see that it's locked in to Verizon. Is it similar to the T Mobile google phones? My daughter has the G1, and is very happy with it (and she's had many phones, including a BB for a time). Even though she's a serious Apple fan (three laptops, an iMac, two iPods), she's NEVER wanted an iPhone.

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@shrdlu: It works well. I've never used any of T-Mobile's phones, so I can't say how it compares, though.

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Holy cow. This question was asked more than a day ago and had already fallen off the fresh page. Then I made my last comment, and now it lives again on the popular page. This question is a zombie.

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I'm amazed by the comments that the iPhone sucks as a phone. It makes calls, it gets voicemail, it does call waiting, conference calling, and it lets you do almost everything else while on the phone. What am I missing? How does this "suck as a phone"??

I am a reluctant iPhone owner - I waited until mod-last year to get one. I have 2 relatives with 'Droids. My iPhone kicks its ass - period.

I'm a "Linux / OSS" guy (it pays my mortgage) - I'd love nothing better than a truly open phone to be leader of the pack - but I don't care what CNN says, the Google-based phones aren't there yet, and have a lot of maturing to do before I ditch my arguably pricey iPhone.

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Someone mentioned the Palm Pre earlier but it seems to have fallen off of most people's minds. I am a Pre owner, and I've gotta say after having played with all the other mentioned phones extensively, the Pre is easily my favorite, and that is why I chose it. This is due to it's user interface primarily, and it's got lots of other really nice features as well. Honestly, I don't think I'll ever want to switch to a phone that is not as easy to use as the pre, I'm just too used to it now.

I would however not go with Verizon and instead go with Sprint. Lot's of advantages with Sprint, like free roaming on all networks. While Sprint's own coverage area might not be all that fantastic, you get to leech off of everyone else's' coverage for no additional cost! That, and I've got unlimited everything for under $60 a month.

Geez, I sound like a salesman or something.

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Personally I would wait and get the Verzion N1 when it comes out.. the Android software is much more capable compared to the iPhone OS, and the 1 ghz processor is completely worth it.

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Why rule out the Palm Pre? It's available on sprint and verizon right now, with AT&T coming in a month or so. It's an amazing phone with the best OS of all that's out. It's only getting better with an OS update every month or so. If what you're looking for is the most apps, then droid and iphone has it beat. If you want a fluid OS and the only phone that will have working flash anytime soon, then play around with a pre. www.precentral.net for some great pros and cons.

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I have had the droid phone for 3 months now and I love it great keyboard features (waiting for a non trial version of skype to come out) love the hd quality camera and screen, the flash for the camera. I have even overclocked the cpu with it running at 1.1 gigs and stable and the only hardware issue I have had is when I crushed it while moving out of my house and verizon warrenteed the phone no problem even after it was damaged. (didn't break it but it would barely slide open) where if you have a problem with iphone att doesn't do that its off to the guys at apple store like if they don't even know you or if you had bought it at wally world and its past the 90 day return time. and friends who have the iphone love the apps hate the phone for calls or dropped calls and as for tmobiles androids there service is wose and if you damage it its 140 bucks to replace it and droid is 84 with the insurance.check out the coverage maps in your areaatt even has a lot of dead spots in metro ares.

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Hold the phone. If you can wait 3-4 months longer I'd recommend waiting until the Evo 4G from sprint hits shelves. On paper it beats any other phone hands down and with it running Android 2.1 I have huge hopes. Check it out!
http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/23/htc-evo-4g-is-sprints-android-powered-knight-in-superphone-armo/
http://now.sprint.com/nownetwork/4G/

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If you are not in a hurry I'd wait for Sprint's new HTC EVO 4G phone coming out this summer its pretty much got it all when it comes to smartphones.

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I had lunch yesterday with a group of random geeks (we meet for lunch on a regular basis), and brought up this discussion. If you're just comparing iPhone to Droid, without any other considerations, I think the general consensus was Droid, with the lone dissenter being an iPhone user on his third iPhone...yes, indeedy, he's upgraded twice to keep up with whatever was latest.

I have T Mobile, and the high value customer service means that I don't consider phones as options if T Mobile doesn't offer them. There's too many things that are BB specific that I want to keep. If those two things didn't enter into it, I'd be moving to the Droid today. I've never wanted an iPhone. Never. Hope that helped.

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DUDE! Either one will overheat & burn your "private data".... Stay with the simple ones.

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Robot touch screen analysis test

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@valorfive: How often are you going to want to draw a grid on your phone? So really, my question is, what purpose does that test even serve?

Also, I don't think I agree with the results really. I whipped out my palm after I saw that and tried to draw a grid while barely touching the screen at all and the only time a blank space happened was when my finger left the screen, so I'm not quite sure of the validity of the tests, I'd need more information than a few pictures put together.

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If it were up to me, I would get a Droid or Nexus. There is no way that I can live without a real, pushable qwerty keyboard.

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@armagedon: Just an fyi, the Pre does have a full keyboard, it just slides out, quite nice.

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@jcharlson34: Yeah, the droid's keyboard slides out too, as I recall. QWERTY forever!

I hope the OP comes back and tells us what he ends up with...

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I myself just recently bought the BlackBerry Storm2 and LOVE IT!! WAY better than an iPhone (and holds WAY TONS of music.) Came with 2GB built in memory and an extra 16GB chip as well. Music adds on THROUGH iTUNES (YES, iTunes).There are other ways as well..easy peasy! Love It.

My friend Marie just bought her and her hubby Jim BOTH new iPhones..they are VERY DISPLEASED...say they will NEVER ever do it again..wishing they would have gone another route.

My other friend Tom just got the new Droid about a month ago...HE LOVES IT!! He has brought it over a few times and let me play with it. I must say, I am really almost kicking myself thinking that maybe I should have gone the Droid route instead of my BlackBerry.
I went Storm2 because of BB's renowned many years of reliability, product reviews by customers and stellar customer service.

If you are truly only looking at either the Droid or iPhone, I say totally go with the Droid...I have heard WAY too many bad things about the iPhone.

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I have a Droid and an iPod Touch (essentially the same thing. I can still make calls through Skype and a bluetooth headset). I've had my iPT for about 8 months and it is great except I felt I lost a lot of functionality because I didn't have a physical keyboard. 2 months ago, I bought my Droid and I love it. Although it only has roughly 1/10 the apps that Apple does (which has gone down significantly with all their app recalls recently). I have yet to find a single app, aside from a few games, that the iPT has that the Droid doesn't. Even though the iPhone has 10x the apps they have about the same number of apps that are useful (Anyone else tired of the multiple fart apps?). Since my adoption of the Droid, my iPT might as well be a nano because I rarely use it for anything other than actually listen to music. The only real step up for iPhone that I see (which I think is very specific to my personal situation) is that the Droic can't connect to ad hoc networks. Otherwise, it's perfect.

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Haven't had both. Really think the only intelligent feedback would be from someone who had both -- and that would just be their opinion on their preference for their needs. I always feel like these are questions are "tell me what flavor of ice cream I should eat".

Given that, I have an iPhone. I love it. Didn't think I would. AT&T has a 30 day return. Get an iPhone for 30 days, if you hate it, return it.

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Just a few things to think about.

When I was looking at AT&T phones recently, I was told the iphone does not come with a warranty and can't be insured against breakage. Be that as it may, I didn't go with iphone because I don't like typing on the touchscreen, I'm one of those people that likes to feel the buttons.

The blackberrys were all out because their keyboards suck, buttons too tiny and close together.

I was leaving verizon so didn't seriously look at the droid, but I have a coworker who loves his.

I would have gone with the nexus one but its only out for tmobile right now and they don't have 3G in my area. (Be sure you check the 3G maps for availability).

So I went with the samsung Impression. Slide out qwerty keyboard, nice big keys, smaller screen but I can still see video, and plays my music. Downside was the hdmi slot for the headphones i had to find an adaptor for, but otherwise I love it.

Make a list of what you'll use the phone for, then match features.

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My son gave me great advice on a new phone:
Essentially all of them will do the same basic things. So 70% of your decision is covered with 5 or so phone choices. You will be very happy with any of them. Which one will you use the most and how does it feel in your hand? How do you get along with the operating system? Play with all of them and get the one that feels the best. You can modify all of them to make them very personal for the last 30%.
Wife and daughter 1 have Storms. Daughter 2 has HTC Eris. Son has Pixi Plus.
I bought a Pre Plus. Love it.

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Seems most everyone talking about a Droid phone refers to the Motorola Droid. My husband went with the HTC Droid Eris. He has never been happier with a phone. Granted he's only had it a few months but he loves it. The Eris doesn't have a physical keyboard but he prefers it that way. He's a military mechanic so his hands are usually ick at work. He said he prefers to be able to grab his pen and use the touch screen because then he isn't having to worry about what he may be getting all over the phone. He isn't gentle with his phones and he hasn't had any problems with it at all.

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I have an iPhone. I didn't really want one, but really needed to get one for work (I had to pay, of course, but I still needed it, nonetheless). I debated getting a iPod Touch because the thing I thought I mostly needed was WiFi access. After thinking about it, I got the iPhone to consolidate my electronics because at any one time you could find an iPod Shuffle, cell phone, pager, digital camera and Palm PDA in my purse all at once! I have loved every minute of my iPhone and don't regret the decision at all. I was already on AT&T so no switching of companies, and I got a refurbished 3G for $49. I HATE that they require a data plan to use the phone on their network, but as I use it constantly I can't complain very much about having it. I just hate the extra $30/month!

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I'd vote for the iPhone also, but microsoft has windows 7 phones coming out shortly. Adding another player to the mix. I don't think it would change my vote, but if you are considering a new smart phone, I'd wait for this to happen. Odds are you'll see the prices on the competitors drop as a result, at the very least.

If you have any interest in developing your own custom apps for your phone, I would certainly consider it an option.

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Don't buy an iPhone, yet.
There will more than likely be a new one out by June at the latest.

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Get an HTC Droid Eris, it's pretty sweet.

Either Droid is better than the iphone regardless.

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De[ends on sevice where you live and travel. ATT service sucks in our area. Central IL, Doen.t work at all or very weak signal if any at all.

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I'm asking myself this same question.

I'm leaning towards the Droid Incredible when it drops next month. I like the thought of all my google stuff working on my phone. However, I like that the iphone will work great with my mac. Still on the fence... so someone that actually knows something about these damn phones please answer this question with a solid reason why to pick one over the other!

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go look at the new droid incredible it came out 4/29 and it rocks 8mpix camera and holds a ton of memory. this thing is very fast. I just got mine and wonder if there is better. I have played with the old droids they are nice but this is like hight proformance, makes IPONe look like a trike at a drag strip.

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I absolutely LOVE the Incredible.. haven't missed my iPhone a single time since getting it.

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iPhone without hesitation. It's phenomenal, you'd have to pry it out of my cold dead hands. I don't have any issues with it, this is my second one, I upgraded recently. Comparatively of course the 3gs is faster than the original 2g I had from 3 years ago. Super fast, great connectivity, and omg, the apps are endless and amazing. Before upgrading, I spent about 30 minutes playing around with the Droid, and there's really no comparison, it's nowhere near as impressive as the iPhone. Like a Hugo versus a Ferrari.

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@lissadelsol: not the biggest deal in the world to get that POS phone for 25$, 'combining a few deals' is just the person who is selling you the phone abusing the system to make it cheaper (nothing wrong with that at all) although if you go to the right sprint store you can get a droid for free because they just put into the computer that you work somewhere you don't which qualifies you for some free phone then a month later they put a different job into the computer that gives you discounts on your plan.

To the original poster, I highly recommend you get a droid, probably wait for the X. Sprint easily has the best coverage and although the stores are about half crappy ones with poor customer service, the other half are incredible, you just have to find the right store with employees who will just send your phone in and get you a new one no-questions-asked because Sprint's company wide return policy is about as liberal as Wal-Mart's :D

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@cg413: wait for the Droid X
I've toyed with it at a couple private expos and it is incredible. I personally like it more than the iPhone 4, although the interface, like all the other Droids, is a bit harder to use for most consumers, but for developers and journalists like myself, it does a lot more and just plainly works better than the iPhone, not to mention that it's open-source and it's easier to find what you need that will work how you need it, unlike Apple's appstore philosophy that there should be only one way to do everything

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If you're gay, then by all means get an (mod edit: profanity)

If you want a phone that will do it all with no problems, no bs, no extra pricing, then go with a Droid or BlackBerry.