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# 77381 15-Feb-2011 19:34
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Not sure if this is the best place to put this 

So I recently got a warranty replacement iPhone 4 from Apple and it is an amazing phone but I am bit of a grudging iOS user, having owned a 2G iPhone, 3GS and now a 4 I've had my share of experience with the platform. Sure I love the integrated non-fragmented hardware/software design, the high resolution of the iPh 4 display and the tight, slick experience but I'm sick of all the restrictions, the designed obsolescence(especially in regards to software upgrades) and the lack of customization.

Sadly however I cannot find a phone that beats or equals the iPhone 4 in regards to multimedia capability, web browsing and all round build quality and usability.

Can the Geekzone community recommend me an alternative or am I stuck in Apple's clutches forever??

btw Factory unlocked iPhone 4 16GB's are going on TM for around $1,100 so money for another phone wouldn't really be an issue.

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  # 439980 15-Feb-2011 19:40
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Windows phone 7. Buy the HTC 7 trophy from vodafone NZ or could import some other nice looking windows phone 7 handsets from

Do whatever you want to do man.


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  # 439985 15-Feb-2011 19:49
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What features are you specifically looking for? That would help determine what platform you should consider or if jailbreaking could address your concerns.


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  # 439986 15-Feb-2011 19:52
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Have you considered jail breaking?

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  # 439990 15-Feb-2011 20:02
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Jailbreaking I have found tends to slow down the device over time and is definitely not the most elegant solution.

I want a platform more fundamently customisable than iOS and I'm not really sure a jailbreak really gives you that.

As for Windows Phone 7, the hardware looks pretty average (though the new Nokia partnership might change that) and the 'Metro' interface looks pretty awesome but I'm not sure if it's the most practical once the initial 'cool factor' wears off.

In NZ it's hard to test these devices because you can't exactly play with these devices in the shops :(

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  # 439992 15-Feb-2011 20:09
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Isn't phone7 locked down like iOS

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  # 440045 15-Feb-2011 22:58
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Jailbreaking is like having your cake and eating it too. I stay away from winterboard and theming as that slows it down, but the tweaks are by and large well implemented. I'm sure we could start a great argument, but android/win7 haven't matured enough in the media dept as you have stated. They are a couple of years behind so enjoy your JB iP4. Greenpois0n is your friend this week.

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  # 440125 16-Feb-2011 09:55
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In NZ it's hard to test these devices because you can't exactly play with these devices in the shops :(

The Vodafone shop in Wellington allows you to play with it. While they have a bunch of phones that are real and connected in their display you can test, for some reason you have to ask for the Win7 phone to play with.

What about an Android phone? Infinitely customisable and not locked down at all.

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  # 440145 16-Feb-2011 10:31
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How about Android phone? Samsung Galaxy or HTC Desire HD or Google Nexus S ?
If you would like to wait for a month or so, you can try the Sony Erricson Arc that is releasing soon which has HDMI output as well and running Android 2.3

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  # 440444 16-Feb-2011 20:23
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I haven't been that impressed with the build quality of the Nexus S (which is one of the best Android phones in my opinion).

The Arc looks pretty decent though but though I'm no expert the Android platform still doesn't quite seem fast/bug free enough.

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  # 440454 16-Feb-2011 20:37
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2degrees Mobile sent me the IDEOS X5, in stores from today. Posted pictures, comments and on going discussion from here:

Quite impressed with speed, screen quality.

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