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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 18086 26-Dec-2007 23:35
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Hi Guys,

I have been browsing these forums for a few weeks now but have a few questions so decided to finally sign up. I am on the hunt for a new mobile and am looking for some unbiased adviceas to what I should get. I have also googled a lot and used the 'search' function here plenty. Now a little about what I need the device to do:

- roam internationally, my job has me travelling a lot
- send and receive email, one account on the work exchange server and two POP3 accounts
- work with outlook and update contacts, tasks, calender etc with my laptop
- view word, excel and pdf files
- reasonable camera (3MP+) saves carrying a seperate one around on site
- expandable memory, for photos and probably music too
- would like a full QWERTY keyboard

A few questions:

As I receive quite a few emails, to save on data costs particularly when overseas, would it be better to use BlackBerry Connect? I guess using BlackBerry internet service to get the mail from all 3 accounts?

Is push email a lot bigger in data size than email in BlackBerry format?

How well does BlackBerry Connect work or would it be better to get an actual BlackBerry device?

As I mainly use MS Office apps is it better to use a Windows mobile device?

As I would be using it for email a lot is 3G required? I guess the answer is probably no as BlackBerry's don't have it

Some devices that I have found so far:

Sony Ericsson P1i - Vodafone here in NZ sell it
                         - Great Camera
                         - Works with BlacBerry connect

HTC TyTn II - This looks to do everything I want and I love how it looks but not sure how well it will work in NZ? Not worried about the Vodafone Live stuff. Anyone here had one of these running in NZ?

BlackBerry 8310 Curve - Maybe the best for email? Poorer camera though.

Any answers to the above questions would be much appreciated, also thoughts on the devices I have named plus suggestions on any other devices that fit the bill are all welcome.

Mods, please feel free to move this, wasn't entirely sure where to post it.

Kind Regards,


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  Reply # 101907 27-Dec-2007 15:09
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The E90 is worth a look too, it'll do everything you stipulate with a pretty handy 3.2MP camera and video at 640x480 30fps, MicroSDHC compatible hot-swappable card slot (currently cards up to 8GB available, will be 32GB by end 2008, I have an 8GB in my Nokia N95 right now - brilliant!), view and edit Excel, PPT, and Word files, view PDFs, brilliant for overseas travel with its WLAN for internet browsing/email/Skype etc (avoid Vodafones charges), and internal GPS receiver to boot. 

I believe Vodafone has just started selling it, of course it would be cheaper from a parallel importer.

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  Reply # 103288 7-Jan-2008 10:57
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Thanks, I have had a look at this phone. It does do all the right things, it's just the size of it that is its downfall for me. Anyone else with any suggestions? Particualrly those with a Sony Ericsson P1i or a TyTn II?

Maybe this would go better in one of the Smartphone forums?



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