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Topic # 81687 16-Apr-2011 12:40 Send private message

Just looking to find out what they are actually like from someone that has one?

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  Reply # 459345 16-Apr-2011 12:47 Send private message

We have 2 in our IT team. I would avoid it.

Main reason I don't like it is because the back of it gets warm/hot after few minutes use since it's got a metal battery cover. Also it's heavy due to the physical QWERTY keyboard but this is a personal preference. Camera is good and touch screen keyboard for a 3.5 screen is also very good.

Have a look at mobicity.co.nz

They have much better range of Windows Phone 7 devices that will run on XT or Vodafone network.




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  Reply # 459891 17-Apr-2011 22:23 Send private message

If you're looking for a good review here is one:

http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/LG-Optimus-7-Review_id2564

Has some good details; I'm reading through at the moment hence I'm in the situation of still deciding. For me is a choice between a 16GB iPhone for $1123 or a WP7 16GB for $899, so far it appears that the WP7 has the lead on price.




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  Reply # 459897 17-Apr-2011 22:34 Send private message

^ Do take a look at mobicity if you are not too worried about local warranty although mobicity does provide one. They have a very good range of WP7 with really good prices.

http://www.mobicity.co.nz/phone-categories-1.html?os=291






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  Reply # 459898 17-Apr-2011 22:36 Send private message

I don't think I'd ever buy another iPhone after having a desire. I just want a windows 7 phone also. I can get the LG from Telecom through the company but it looks to be no good. Would probably be better off just paying for another HD7 considering the price ;)




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  Reply # 459903 17-Apr-2011 22:45 Send private message

billgates: ^ Do take a look at mobicity if you are not too worried about local warranty although mobicity does provide one. They have a very good range of WP7 with really good prices.

http://www.mobicity.co.nz/phone-categories-1.html?os=291


I had a look and they're all AT&T imports, locked down to the extreme and pretty much useless. I'd sooner not have a phone that is mega castrated unless some how I can get a hold of a vanilla WP7 image to replace the AT&T one that exists on the phone.  Every person so far who has bought one of these parallel imported phones noted that it isn't worth the price of having a phone locked down to the point of being almost useless.

Unless of course you can point me to a place where I can replace the butchered AT&T castrated WP7 tweaked version with a vanilla version of WP7.

CdTDroiD: I don't think I'd ever buy another iPhone after having a desire. I just want a windows 7 phone also. I can get the LG from Telecom through the company but it looks to be no good. Would probably be better off just paying for another HD7 considering the price ;)


I'd get a Android phone but too bad the hand set vendors abandon their phone 6 months after releasing it or if they do support it they take months to release even the most basic of updates.

I'd get a HTC WP7 phone but Vodafone coverage sucks in Upper Hutt thanks to their fetish with the 2100Mhz frequency </end rant>




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  Reply # 459905 17-Apr-2011 22:58 Send private message

^ locked down how? I imported a Samsung focus from Amazon at launch and then bought an unlocked code for it off ebay and away I went on the XT network :-)

Mobicity WP7 range and all their other phones are unlocked. You can remove all of the carrier apps that are shipped with Windows Phone 7 OS. Touch and hold on the app for couple of secs and you can then delete it. I removed all the AT&T apps and hub (4 or 5 I think in total) in less than 30 seconds. This is the beauty of WP7, you can remove any app from the handset even if it's carrier branded crap.

Only thing the AT&T or any other carriers phones have is that, deep inside the phone OS registry, it does state AT&T which means when MS depolys the updates, they would need to wait for carrier approval before they can ship the update to that phone but non branded phones will get it straight away. You can jail break WP7 and unbrand your phone which is what I did since AT&T took a while to approve the update which btw AT&T has approved now and will be releasede by MS on AT&T branded handsets on 19th April.

If you don't need a physical QWERTY keyboard then I strongly suggest the Samsung focus (8GB but it does have a micro-sd card slot and you can buy certain model micro-sd cards that work with wp7 OS nicely), or the Dell venue pro (vodafone or 2D only), HTC Trophy(VF or 2D only), HD7 (XT and VF version available), HTC Mozart (XT), Samsung Omnia 7 (VF or 2D only)

edit - One thing I can tell you right now is that, MMS will not work if you buy a Samsung WP7 device. There is not way to configure MMS settings inside WP7 OS yet. OEM's have released a network config app in their WP7 marketplace section which lets your configure MMS settings. Samsung's network app does not pick up the XT network so no MMS but HTC and LG's network app has worked fine. This is only applicaple to imported devices. NZ WP7 devices come pre-configured with the right MMS settings. 




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  Reply # 460242 18-Apr-2011 17:56 Send private message

Mate i have a 8gb Samsung Omnia (imported from hungary i think) bought it off trademe for $630. I dont think it's been locked down at all. I owned a iphone 3g before it and would never go back to apple. I think its a great phone. The only crap thing is the MMS, but if that aint an issue you'll find a WP7 cheap on trademe



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  Reply # 460246 18-Apr-2011 18:01 Send private message

MMS issue old school I reckon who needs it when you got email




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  Reply # 460247 18-Apr-2011 18:04 Send private message

I saw the HTC Trophy for sale today on einfo.co.nz for $486 brand new. Could not believe it. They have 3 in stock and that's a steal for that price considering the OS and the high end hardware specs of WP7 models. We have 1 in our IT team and it's great.






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  Reply # 460248 18-Apr-2011 18:06 Send private message

wow thats good, might be the way to go, i had a HD7 and it was awesome, but seeing as they all need to meet the minimum requirements for WP7 would be best to go with that




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  Reply # 461039 20-Apr-2011 19:09 Send private message

The phone arrived today, it runs beautifully - the back doesn't get hot (it gets a little warm but I wouldn't call warm equals hot).

I'm basically sitting around wondering whether I should replace my iPod Touch with it so that I don't need to carry around two devices.




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  Reply # 461047 20-Apr-2011 19:24 Send private message

Which phone did you buy? And how much?




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  Reply # 461062 20-Apr-2011 20:15 Send private message

CdTDroiD: Which phone did you buy? And how much?


I got this:

http://store.telecom.co.nz/mobile/prepaid/lg-c900k

I am really happy with it based on the couple of hours I have used it. I hooked it up to my iMac, ran the 'Windows Phone Connector' (available via the AppStore) and updated the software which worked out nicely.

I've decided to sell my iPod Touch and consolidate on the WP7 considering that I have 140GB of music but I only ever carry a few gigs of music with me at any one time. The audio quality is really good when playing back the music, nice to see they've standardised on the normal sized ear phone connector etc. so far I'm pretty stoked.




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  Reply # 461068 20-Apr-2011 20:26 Send private message

^ nice. DSE releases the LG E900 WP7 model today as well. $100 off RRP for a limited time. Fantastic handset but only works on VF or 2D.

http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4dae988f026c6b862740c0a87f3b074e/Product/View/E6838




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  Reply # 461070 20-Apr-2011 20:31 Send private message

billgates: ^ nice. DSE releases the LG E900 WP7 model today as well. $100 off RRP for a limited time. Fantastic handset but only works on VF or 2D.

http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4dae988f026c6b862740c0a87f3b074e/Product/View/E6838


Unfortunately that is the biggest problem I have - really good WP7 devices but running on 2Degrees and Vodafone, both which have terrible coverage where I live (Hutt Valley). The coverage could be resolved if they covered the whole country using 900Mhz (Vodafone only use it in a limited capacity) but instead they choose to stick to 2100Mhz no matter how impractical and poor coverage it gives.

Back to my phone, the reception quality is awesome, made my first phone call using it and the sound quality is outstanding. For $200 less than an iPhone and without all the dramas of dealing with iOS I'm pretty happy with it so far - going to install the Facebook application and see how that goes :D 




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