Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit (banazir) wrote,
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Your opinion sought: advice on new PDA phone (smart phone)

I am shopping for a new phone (mine is a Samsung VGA1000 640x480 camera phone for Sprint PCS from October, 2003) and a new PDA (I am still using a COMPAQ iPAQ H3635 from September, 2001; it runs Windows for PocketPC 2002, a CE 3.0-based OS, and it has a 200MHz Intel StrongARM processor with 32Mb RAM and 32Mb Flash ROM).

Nowadays, I mainly need good PDA features (POP or IMAP, browsing, synchronization, data transfer, MP3s, AVI, and perhaps 3G features). GSM/EDGE are a definite plus, but I am prepared to rent a phone when I go over to Europe or Asia.

My top choices are:

  • Palm Treo 700w
    MobileTechReview editor's rating: 4.0 / 5
    312 MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor
    32Mb RAM / 128Mb Flash ROM
    LCD screen: 240x240
    OS: Windows Mobile 5
    Other: EVDO, no 802.11b WiFi, Bluetooth, 1.3 megapixel camera
    Cellular/wireless service by VerizonSprint or Alltel
    New subscriber cost: $499, $399 with $45/month unlimited data plan

  • UT Starcom XV6700
    MobileTechReview editor's rating: 4.5 / 5
    416 MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor
    64Mb RAM / 128Mb Flash ROM
    Other: EVDO, 802.11b WiFi, Bluetooth, 1.3 megapixel camera
    LCD screen: 240x320
    OS: Windows Mobile 5
    Cellular/wireless service by VerizonSprint or Alltel
    New subscriber cost: $399

  • Cingular 8125
    MobileTechReview editor's rating: 4.0 / 5
    195 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP850 processor
    64Mb RAM / 128Mb Flash ROM
    Other: quad-band GSM, EDGE class 10, 802.11b WiFi, Bluetooth, 1.3 megapixel camera
    LCD screen: 240x320
    OS: Windows Mobile 5
    Cellular/wireless service by Cingular
    New subscriber cost: $349

  • RIM BlackBerry 8700c
    Intel Hermon/PXA901 processor
    OS: RIM BlackBerry
    Cellular/wireless service by Cingular



Poll #680415 Bana's new PDA phone

Which smart phone should I get?

Palm Treo 700w
3(37.5%)
UT Starcom XV6700
2(25.0%)
Cingular 8125
0(0.0%)
RIM BlackBerry 8700c
2(25.0%)
Other
1(12.5%)

If Other, what model?

Please supply a URL to a review or spec sheet if you picked Other:



Edit, 13:50 CST Sun 26 Feb 2006 - I called Verizon and learned that they cannot sell plans to people living in Manhattan, KS, which doth suck, yea verily. So, it's Alltel or bust, because I'm not inclined to buy another plan from Sprint, and hell will freeze over before I willingly deal with Alamosa again.



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Banazir
Tags: blackberry, cell phone, cingular, mobile computing, palm, pda, pocketpc, rim, verizon, wireless
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