My name is Tony, from Hamilton NZ
I've been around Geekzone for a while now but finally decided to register and start posting.
I'm considering purchasing a new Smartphone of some description. Now, this isn't an urgent thing so I'm able to wait for phones in development to come out. I'd like some recommendations about phones on the market at the moment and phones soon to be released.
I've currently got an Okta (HTC) Touch (Telecom CDMA) and a Nokia 6120c (Telecom XT). At this stage any phone I would get would have to work on Telecom XT (UMTS 850), not really looking to change networks.
I was relatively happy with my Touch although there were some features that could have made it better – Wi-Fi, QWERTY keyboard, camera flash and WM was hit & miss sometimes but I've not had a lot of experience with other OS for PDAs so don't really know any different. I've been using my Nokia more, as it's on XT which my primary plan is attached to. My Touch is now used as a backup/web browser.
As far as features go that I'm looking for:
Touch screen & Wi-Fi are must haves.
A QWERTY keyboard would be nice, I would consider going without, however if it has a keyboard it must slide out.
Accelerometer could be fun.
A decent web browsing experience would be important (either in-built or if it's a WM device I'd probably download Opera).
Easy to type SMS & emailing would be appreciated.
The ability to open/edit Word documents is important.
Price is not a huge issue, although I would like to know what I'd be paying. I've been looking over a few different models that are currently out or soon to be released (some may or may not work on XT so correct me if I've picked one that won't work). The ones that have piqued my interest so far are:
Palm Pre (unsure if this is going to be released on UMTS 850?)
Nokia N900 (this doesn't appear to be coming out on UMTS 850 or am I wrong?)
HTC Touch Pro2 (again unsure of UMTS 850 compatibility)
Any thoughts on these phones, will they be usable on XT? Pros & cons? Any other recommendations?