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Topic # 142750 23-Mar-2014 17:31
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Hi all

I note that there are several topics in the forums asking about the benefits of one particular phone over another, but no-one seems to ask from the point of view I am interested in.  Specifically, what are the actual requirements that people have for a mobile handset?  My list, in order of relative importance, is below.  I have not yet found a handset that meets all of these requirements and I don't actually expect that I will achieve handset nirvana, but I am looking for something that has most of the following capabilities:

1) send/receive txt/phone/pxt messages
2) use as an internet connection for an iPad (tethering via either Bluetooth or WiFi)
3) a decent battery life (e.g. at least two days of txt/phone use between charging)
4) a camera (front facing is not necessary)
5) removable media (e.g. a micro SD card)
6) back-up/synchronise content so if the phone is broken I can still see my files/music/pictures/movies/txts/contacts/list of apps/etc.
7) GPS capable
8) ability to add apps
9) ability to remove bundled apps I have no use for (a bugbear I have with my current phone)
10) ability to listen to radio with and without headphones (either via a built-in receiver or an internet-connected app)
11) ability to update the OS (my current phone does not permit this so I’m stuck with an old version of Android)
12) 4G capable, but with the ability to select 2G to reduce battery usage
13) a small handset (ideally no bigger than a Nokia C5 - if possible)
14) physical keypad buttons (either qwerty or numeric, a slide-out keyboard would be acceptable)

Having used Palm/CE/Windows Mobile/Symbian/Android/iOS over the years, I have no particular preference.  I am open to Android, Windows, iOS, Symbian, NokiaX, Blackberry or any other platform that is likely to have ongoing support for the next 2 years - as long as the combination of the phone and the OS meet most of the above requirements.  Am I being unrealistic?  Is there any phone on the market like this?

I am more concerned about the capabilities of the phone itself than I am my mobile provider.  My business plan is currently a Vodafone post-pay, but I am off contract and looking at my options before deciding who to sign up with for the next couple of years.

tl;dr...Does anyone make a 4G Nokia C5 with tethering?

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Christopher

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  Reply # 1011445 23-Mar-2014 17:58
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The physical keyboard limits you a lot as will the Ext SD card but here's a blackberry-q10 that may be close to what you want.




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Reply # 1011449 23-Mar-2014 18:09
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Thanks Jeff, that does certainly tick a lot of boxes.  I will try to find a local store that has one for me to have a look at - I prefer to see how it feels in my hands/pockets before making a decision.

I wonder what other people might come up with...

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1011451 23-Mar-2014 18:14
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yes good idea, most have their own preferences based on what they like and will push that product but if that is what you are after go for it.






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  Reply # 1011452 23-Mar-2014 18:16
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try here in the price comparisons 




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  Reply # 1011454 23-Mar-2014 18:22
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Thanks again, the parallel import stores give me an idea of where I might find one of these in Wellington.

I'm glad I stopped lurking after so many years :)

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  Reply # 1011455 23-Mar-2014 18:23
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3) a decent battery life (e.g. at least two days of txt/phone use between charging)



Best of luck with this one.   Assuming you actually use the phone regularly, most will last a day, maybe a day and a half.  

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  Reply # 1011456 23-Mar-2014 18:34
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digitalkumara: Thanks again, the parallel import stores give me an idea of where I might find one of these in Wellington.

I'm glad I stopped lurking after so many years :)


glad you joined GZ and welcome, don't be a stranger and let us know how you get on.




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Reply # 1011464 23-Mar-2014 19:10
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NonprayingMantis: 3) a decent battery life (e.g. at least two days of txt/phone use between charging)



Best of luck with this one.   Assuming you actually use the phone regularly, most will last a day, maybe a day and a half.  


I mostly use txt with only a few minutes a day of phone use, so hopefully I'll be at the upper end of your quote.  If I'm not using tethering then I usually switch to 2G only to save a bit more battery, that all gives me about 3 days use with my old Samsung.  But if I tether then I know I'll have to find somewhere to plug it in during the day.  I'd prefer the phone to last one whole day, I don't mind charging it nightly as long as the battery stays fairly constant and I'm not stuck with a lemon in six months.

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  Reply # 1011469 23-Mar-2014 19:31
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digitalkumara:
NonprayingMantis: 3) a decent battery life (e.g. at least two days of txt/phone use between charging)



Best of luck with this one.   Assuming you actually use the phone regularly, most will last a day, maybe a day and a half.  


I mostly use txt with only a few minutes a day of phone use, so hopefully I'll be at the upper end of your quote.  If I'm not using tethering then I usually switch to 2G only to save a bit more battery, that all gives me about 3 days use with my old Samsung.  But if I tether then I know I'll have to find somewhere to plug it in during the day.  I'd prefer the phone to last one whole day, I don't mind charging it nightly as long as the battery stays fairly constant and I'm not stuck with a lemon in six months.


bear in mind if you tether via Bluetooth you will use significantly less power, if your phone has that ability

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  Reply # 1011505 23-Mar-2014 21:13
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Why the need for physical keyboard?

this reduces your options significantly



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  Reply # 1011532 23-Mar-2014 22:38
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nathan: Why the need for physical keyboard?

this reduces your options significantly


No need, just a personal preference.  I prefer txting or typing using old-fashioned physical keys instead of a touch screen (yes, I've used swype but am not a fan).  Note that "physical keys" doesn't necessarily mean a QWERTY keyboard, a numeric keypad is fine with me - I don't mind T9 typing.

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