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For me I use about 300-400 minutes of air time, I really like having access to the web (WAP is fine) and I do a lot of text messaging. I have no use for ringtones or other PDA functions. It does not need to play music either.

Current phone is a Moto E815 and I've had this phone for over 2.5 years now through Verizon. It's been a reliable phone and I'm still on the original battery (phone is on 24x7 and charged every 2-3 days). It was easily programmed (no hacking) to become my Internet tether for my laptop via Bluetooth. Biggest complaints is the WAP interface which only has BREW which means I can't run some of the cool applets offered by Google on it that require real Java. It also crashes every 2-3 weeks, but minor inconvenience.

Yes, I would like to have an iPhone, but ATT is a show stopper for me. ATT sucks in the triangle area.

Next up is the LJ Voyager VX-10000 which has also been dubbed the iPhone killer. It is competition for the iPhone, but it still has issues according to several reviews. It has a full size keyboard which would be really nice. Biggest complaints are the touch interface is very klunky and easy to make mistakes and many people never get used to it. It's still a bit pricey and might look into that more in the store.

Finally, I'm looking at the Moto Z6c that is getting some good reviews. It's smaller and similar to the LG Chocolate design, but we're back to BREW now (no Java). Call quality is excellent on it. I also trust Motorola quality.

So, too many conflicts and just going to drop the issue for now. [sigh]

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joebehrsandiego
Feb. 3rd, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
I have Verizon myself and have no qualms with either the service quality or support. The phones, though - not so much.

Currently I have an LG Chocolate that's the most aggravating piece of junk one can imagine. As soon as I qualify for a phone swap in May it's getting replaced ... with what, I don't know.

On two tangential topics: I hope your brother is doing OK. Having been through stuff like this with both parents ... well, it's hell.

Topic #2 - Nice icon photo. You have a great smile mister. :)
snowboardjoe
Feb. 3rd, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
Yep, I found that picture and uploaded recently. Someone else took it and forgot about it until I stumbled on it. For some reason when I look at that picture I think of coryblank (except I have a lot more hair on my head right now). :)
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ljtourist
Feb. 3rd, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
As you may remember, I too had an E815, and I suspect that you like yours for the same reasons I liked mine: it works very well as a *phone*.

My NE2 was up in November, and I'd been dithering on finding a replacement. My top criteria were:
  1. Works well as a phone (clear, good signal)
  2. Decent battery life
  3. Does not run Windows
  4. Not made by LG (too many awful products from them)
  5. Doesn't use the slow, craptastic standard Verizon interface
I wanted to stay with Verizon if possible because they have the best network out here, too, but I did look at T-Mobile's phones. I found very little to like at either carrier. As I posted, though, I went with the Blackberry Pearl from Verizon. I'm still evaluating it, but so far it has been the best cell phone I've ever used. Which is not to say it doesn't have its own quirks, because it does, but they're fairly minor. That said, I am seriously considering returning it, but only because there are persistent rumors that Verizon will be launching a CDMA Blackberry Curve in a month or so; that phone is almost identical to the Pearl, except that it's physically bigger with a full QWERTY keyboard. The Pearl is so tiny! It's cute, but I have massive hands, and it gets a little annoying every so often. I need to try out the Curve at an AT&T store to see if I like the form factor more, and see if I would still get my NE2 from Verizon if I return the Pearl.

But, dude! Great reception, easy to use, extremely customizable, decent keyboard, decent battery life, full web browser (Opera is also downloadable), maps application (Google Maps is also downloadable), et cetera, et cetera. It'd be hard to go back now. I refuse to even configure email on it because I don't want to be tethered to the world like that. Another downside for you would be the cost to tether it to your laptop to use it for mobile bandwidth; it's not cheap if you want that feature.
sibertater
Feb. 3rd, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
If you use a Mac, it's easy to tether. I can do it with my bluetooth, well, I could with my XV6700, but it seems that I can't seem to get a phone when it first comes out to save my life.

Josh just got a t-Mobile Dash that I'm really envious of. It has the EXACT features that I would look for if I were looking. The volume control on the side is wonkey...like the iPod touch wheel.

I am a gadget whore. I wonder if there is a wing in Betty Ford for us?
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zinnian
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
That is so strange. I've been with AT&T here for going on 5 years now and with the Iphone I may have dropped 2 or 3 calls total in places you would expect. Deep valleys and the one spot between Leesville and Creedmore on 540 (come to think of it, right near Davegrr LOL). Other then that I couldn't be happier with it and it's reception.

Failing that, there is always any phone by HTC. I always hear great things about them.
snowboardjoe
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
HTC?
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sibertater
Feb. 3rd, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)
I have the Q9m and I like it a lot. It combines the features from my last phone to the features of my RAZR, which I liked the way it operated, but I hated the keys. I have fingers like sausages and I found it hard to txt...but that's me.

The Q has the features I want with the OS I like. :-)

Are you against phones that look like calculators?
snowboardjoe
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Isn't that still a Windows based device? I've even had Windows Sys Admins tell me to stay away from Windows based devices like this. A few reviews I've seen on that indicate it's a bit sluggish. You?
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rbsmith77
Feb. 3rd, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
Hello Moto! End of Message
snowboardjoe
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
I always liked that phrase for some reason. :)
paterson_si
Feb. 3rd, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
And i am still extremely happy with my nokia n95. PERIOD

and yes, you're strikingly handsome in all of your userpics! *blush*
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snowboardjoe
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
That's good info and I remember when you posted about this earlier in your journal. I like Moto stuff, but would like a phone with real Java and they seem to be hard to find. I'll take another look at them.
geometrician
Feb. 3rd, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
I seemed to have pretty good service with my iPhone when I was in the Triangle a few months ago, but I can't say I went everywhere and did everything. In the past I have always been happy with Motorola, and they have some pretty hot smart phones out right now. My niece in Raleigh and her husband both have Treos that they are pretty happy with.
snowboardjoe
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
Well, I can't say that I'm totally oppose to AT&T. It does bug me when their commercial boasts about having the least dropped calls when they definitely have the MOST dropped calls in this area compared to other providers.

Is it possible I just give up and get the iPhone? Yes. However, that expense will need to wait for a bit.
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