So I've heard rumours that XT is probably the best coverage for a mobile network in NZ?? (I live in the South Island, and most of my travelling is done around the S.I.) Given that CDMA will be discontinued in a couple of years.. Also, does anyone know whatsort of reception/coverage Black&White gets (is it similar to Vodafone? - if so what sort of coverage does Vodafone give outside of the main centres)???
Coming from a Sanyo SCP-8400 on Tcom, I am looking to upgrade, would XT would be the network to switch to?
I'm not linked with any business or plan so pre-pay or an open term plan is what I will likely go with. Could you please let me know what you think of the phones on XT (or if there is any star performers from other networks I'll consider them on Vody or B&W)..
I want to get a new phone and have read reviews to death.. so am looking for some tried and tested advice from people who have actually used the phones.. especially with regards to the camera. Brand-wise I am partial to Nokia, but would consider anything. Budget wise I probably wouldn't go as high as $1200-$1500 but would consider most other options. Have heard iPhones are overpriced for what they offer.
I'm not super techy and don't need it for business purposes..
Essentially my main purpose for a phone is text or MMS messaging with the odd call thrown in. I travel a bit (mainly on State Highways) so reception is important (though I know much of the rural S.I. doesn't get reception), and if I spot a bit of pretty scenery on the way (or am at an 'occasion' and photo opportunities present themselves), I would like my phone to have a decently performing camera aboard as I won't always have a 'proper' digicam with me. In this vein, geotagging would be plus.
Other features that would be cool (but not necessary):
Ability to set multiple daily alarms (doesn't have to be through the 'alarm' function specifically)
GPS and/or Maps (or at minimum the ability to download google maps)
Fair to reasonable battery life or better
MP3 player (with some sort of option for 3.5mm headphones)
Fair easy to operate UI (though I am sure most phones offer this nowdays?)
To date I have considered the SE C903 (vodafone handset), SE C510 (got bad reviews for camera), Nokia 6600 Slide, Nokia E71 & E75 (both got bad camera reviews).
The reviews (especially on camera performance) were not great on most of these, but I figure user experience counts for a lot too - so would really appreciate your advice and experiences.
As far as photos go - if it was a good scenery pic I may get it printed to A4 size, but most would only be to standard 6"x4" or 6x8 size. Yea, digicams will give better photos, but this is like a backup option for when the camera is at home..