New cellphone: but not the one they wanted me to buy

By tonyhughes Hughes, in , posted: 29-Mar-2006 07:19

So yesterday I rock on in to the Orb store thats about 2 minutes walk from my home (I'll never know for sure how long the walk would take, because I drove there, and burned fossil fuel doing it - oh well....).

Having researched all the available Telecom and Vodafones online before my visit, I had already discounted making the move to Vodafone based on the running costs (95% of my contacts are on 027). Although dollar for dollar, their handsets kick @ss all over Telecom New Zealand.

The salesperson lady (whom I know - Hi Di-di), did her best to get me to buy the Nokia 6265, but I assured her that the head of the household would dish out a severe dealing-to to me if I went home with one. I really would like one, and I know they are brilliant phones, but high on my list of needs/wants was a compact phone, and compact is what the 6265 aint.

Next on the list was a look at the new Pantech 215, but it had been delayed, and was not there to view. I had decided that I was not overly keen on it in advance, as it has a sticky-outy aerial, a monochrome external LCD (thats so 2004), and cant download ringtones (which I firmly believe are good value to buy from your operator if you only buy 3 or 4, vs the cost and effort of a USB cable and your own MP3s. (Bluetooth/Infrared is okay though....). The Pantech basically appeared to have identical features to the end-of-life Hyundai TX115c, just a different brand/model designation.

A brief look at the sexy Sanyo 8300, but decided it was actually overpriced for what amounts to just a basic cameraphone with video. By the way, the 8300 is a -slightly- better phone than the 7400 in my opinion, even though the price would not suggest that. Pay $100 extra for some rubber if you want, but that same $100 would buy a whole new tyre for your car, so think about the value for money there huh.... (but I digress).

Finally, the phone I set out to buy - the LG NX225. Di tried to talk me out of it, saying people generally did not like them, and that she only had one really satisfied customer with that handset. Having been in the industry, and a very similar role before, I know that when staff say a product is bad, its usually true. But I am stubborn, and I felt that the LG was great value for money.

$199 (for an open term upgrading customer - no contracts for me... im free, to do what I want... [I feel a song coming on]). 0.3MP VGA camera - basic, slightly fuzzy, not as good as a Sanyo/Nokia 0.3, but okay for basic fun messaging. Flip. Easy to use.

The contact list functions are great, and this phone has lots of little extra features that Nokia/Sanyo dont have (you can put a pin number on the camera / my-pictures that activates every time you shut the flip), it has contact matching (dial the first 4 or 5 digits and see a list of contacts that match. The menus are nice to look at and easy to navigate. The keypad is well spaced with decent size keys, even for ham-fisted 6 foot 7 "man mountain" ol' me. (Thanks for reminding me of that nickname Di).

More features that the $400 phones, for barely noticeable less quality (or no less quality in many cases).

Been using it hard out for 1 x afternoon and 1 x evening, and I reckon its GREAT.

I hope we see some more LG phones, preferably with better features (a Bluetooth 1 or 2 MP with memory card slot would really give Sanyo/Nokia a run for their money), although Telecom seems pretty well entrenched with Sanyo/Nokia who, in turn, are getting into bed so to speak with each other.


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Comment by bradstewart, on 29-Mar-2006 15:36

I have to ask ..... wtf?? And on the phone choice.....why? i said 6265 remember!!!! You will regret it :-P


Comment by paradoxsm, on 30-Mar-2006 02:33

I'd be interested in what you think of it in a months time, friend has it and hates it though I have not played with it. Personally I'm not a fan of the Sanyos with their lockeddown ness and weird menus, Nokias are good but also seem locked down and the SMS menu's are terrible. nothing like 025 or 021., Currently using my Samsung n391, camera is way better than my nokia was, keypad is just as bad and UI takes a bit of getting used to but when you are used to it it's actually really nice. Call quality (with QCELP change)on it is superb. and there is no hassle with lightsurf interfering with mms, (downscaling images and blocking sound files) The keys are just too pixie-ish. so will be re-investing in a Harrier shortly and dumping vodafone totally (no more travel so no need)


Comment by paradoxsm, on 30-Mar-2006 02:45

I'd be interested in what you think of it in a months time, friend has it and hates it though I have not played with it. Personally I'm not a fan of the Sanyos with their lockeddown ness and weird menus, Nokias are good but also seem locked down and the SMS menu's are terrible. nothing like 025 or 021., Currently using my Samsung n391, camera is way better than my nokia was, keypad is just as bad and UI takes a bit of getting used to but when you are used to it it's actually really nice. Call quality (with QCELP change)on it is superb. and there is no hassle with lightsurf interfering with mms, (downscaling images and blocking sound files) The keys are just too pixie-ish. so will be re-investing in a Harrier shortly and dumping vodafone totally (no more travel so no need)


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