Buying a new cell phone, and other personal matters

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

6 Responses

  1. Todd Huss says:

    A friend of mine has the Sprint PPC-6700, the CDMA version of the Wizard http://www.mobiletechreview.com/Sprint-PPC-6700.htm It is very similar and it’s a running joke among our friends how bad the phone is. It reboots, locks up, drops calls, you name it… on a daily basis. The phone you’re looking at may not have these issues but I would do some thorough blog searching to get the opinions of users who have had the phone for more than a few days.

  2. Pat Harman says:

    I too have an older Nokia phone. I have two requirements when I upgrade. It must have a way to connect to my external antenna on my boat. affordable internet access is becoming a reqirement. I do not like the two year commitment at all.
    I will be watching this thread, should be educational for many of us. Thanks for starting the topic.
    Pat Harman

  3. John says:

    Hope all goes well.

  4. Joe Merlini says:

    You may want to look at the HP IPAQ hw6940 mobile messenger due this summer.

  5. Eli says:

    Ben,
    I’m using the Samsung i730 PDA smartphone, and it is generally pretty good. The EVDO works well, as does the WiFi. My version of the phone is not GSM, however I have Skype installed, and I have made calls via wifi through Skype. It would be nice to be able to use the phone as a modem while sailing, however Verizon has dumbed the phone down so you can’t do that….they want you to buy a separate EVDO wifi card and buy a separate data plan, eventhough most data plans are a flat rate for unlimited use. The new version of the phone I think is going to be GSM and possibly allow for use as a modem. While the keyboard on the phone is functional, the Sprint phone keyboard does look much easier to use.

  6. You might be interested to know that Memory-Map has just launched the Windows Mobile Smartphone version of Pocket Navigator, although it is not on the web site yet…
    The advantage of a smaller phone is you are more likely to carry it everywhere. On the other hand, the lack of a touch screen makes it hard to design usable software.
    There is quite a sharp trade-off between true portability and usability in these devices. It is interesting to see a variety of new devices trying to span the gap between phone and PDA, and between PDA and laptop.
    Personally, I am not into thumb keyboards. There are some good soft-input solutions through the touchscreen, and I would rather have a bigger battery instead of the keyboard. If you want to type, connect a bluetooth keyboard.

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