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Ultimate Geek

# 17276 19-Nov-2007 14:29
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Hi y'all

I've managed to persuade my boss that I need a new phone, and he said to find one to recommend back to him. I won't get a chance to stand in a Vodafone shop for a while, and of course it's hard to work out how good a product is just by looking at it and not getting to play with it.

I would like something with an email client so I can send and receive mail. Preferably a qwerty keyboard. A display that I can access my work's job tracking system (on https, predominantly text but can't seem to get it working on my N6101). I don't pxt and although bluetooth and FM reception would be nice, it's not a must-have.

I prefer the Nokia range, but also there's the Blackberrys, i-mates and Palms. The Vodafone online store gives some hints, but when it says "email client" for a phone, I don't trust it to work like I expect when it's on an E250 for $199!

Can anyone advise on useability, readibility etc for any of these things? Obviously the lower cost the better, but you usually get what you pay for.

Anything to avoid at any cost?

All comments welcome!


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  # 95954 19-Nov-2007 16:40
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What price range are we talking here? Difficult to advise without knowing that!

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Ultimate Geek

  # 95959 19-Nov-2007 16:53
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Ah, sorry. Under a grand.


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Master Geek

  # 95974 19-Nov-2007 17:55
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I'd really recommend the Blackberry Curve, been using one now for a while (used the Pearl before that) and cannot fault it. Prior to switching to the Blackberry I tried my luck with a palm Treo 750v. That was ok, but the Curve and the Pearl are much better in my opinion.

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Master Geek

  # 95977 19-Nov-2007 18:00
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Do you have Blackberry deployed in the organisation already??  The Blackberry 8310 (Curve) is a good quality business device and addresses most of your requests.

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  # 95978 19-Nov-2007 18:03
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Agree with above post and also the new treo 500v works very nice.

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  # 95993 19-Nov-2007 19:00
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johnr: Agree with above post and also the new treo 500v works very nice.

I agree with JohnR also. Treo 500v I would personally rate better then the 750v.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 96124 20-Nov-2007 19:53
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Thanks guys, I'm checking them out. Any more comments still appreciated!


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  # 97803 1-Dec-2007 16:28
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Hi all

I'm also looking at similar options. One addtional consideration is whether I can fit the Treo 750v or the Blackberry curve to my existing Nokia hard wired car kit with cradle for an old Nokia phone (currently a tandem phone but I'm scaling back to one machine!).

Anyone had any experience of fitting a qwerty smartphone into an existing ard wired car kit?

I think the Nokia E61i could be fitted but it's very wide and my passengers whack the existing system with their knees already!



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