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Old 04-30-2010, 05:44 PM
 
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I was going to make a change, but today my dog ate my phone...it's in hundreds of pieces, including the SIM card.....all that data - lost. It makes me sick.

Anyway, I need to choose a new phone like today. Everyone has iPhones, but I don't know if I need it. I want to do my email, have internet availability on demand, GPS and photo ability along with phone features.

I just can't bring myself to research all this in detail.

Considering what I want, is an iPhone warranted? Or is there a side-by-side comparison somewhere of Droid, Blackberry, iPhone and their features?

I would prefer to order online with overnight delivery vs going into the phone store and dealing with the long queues and marketing hype.

Any thoughts are appreciated. In the meantime, I feel so naked and vulnerable without mobile phone access!!!!
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Old 04-30-2010, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Bon Temps
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I am a phone nerd....I have the iPhone, the Droid sounds cool....I think it depends on where you live really... some parts of the country have better luck with Verizon, others AT&T. iPhone has the advantage of more accessories etc...
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Old 04-30-2010, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Long Island,New York
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All the phones will do it including the Palm phones. IPhone and Droid have more apps. Palm is more for syncing with calendar. I love my blackberry though. All give you access to the internet and everything you can do on it.
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:09 PM
 
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Forgive my ignorance, but I have Verizon. When I look at their website, there is phone iPhone option. Does that mean that Apple teamed up with AT&T exclusively, and Droid (whoever makes it) teamed with Verizon? I don't like AT&T wireless service...it has a lot less coverage here.

Oh, and again forgive my lack of knowledge, but what's "3G"? Do I really care? Verizon has a Droid phone (there are several Droid varieties which shocked me) that is 1G I think. I have no idea what a G is. And what does "wi-fi" mean? Does it have a built in internet access card, therefore not requiring a hot spot?
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Old 05-01-2010, 03:28 PM
 
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So I found that in fact you need ATT for iPhone, and Droid is with Verizon. I still don't know what "G"s are or what wi-fi means.

Any feedback from users here on the Droid Incredible by HTC (never heard of HTC before, either!)
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:21 PM
 
Location: The DMV
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So I found that in fact you need ATT for iPhone, and Droid is with Verizon. I still don't know what "G"s are or what wi-fi means.

Any feedback from users here on the Droid Incredible by HTC (never heard of HTC before, either!)
The "g's" are telecommunication specifications used by the wireless carriers. 3G (or 3'rd Generation) simply means that it was the 3rd major iteration (with 4G now being the newest). Each new iteration allows for more features. Do you need to understand it? Not really, just be sure that the network/phone can support your requirements, and you'll be fine.

wi-fi = Wireless Fidelity. AKA wireless networking. You sit at home and surf the net on your laptop without a network cable? You're using wi-fi to do it. Phones that support this allows you to use wireless networks to surf.
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:38 PM
 
Location: sowf jawja
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Oh, and again forgive my lack of knowledge, but what's "3G"? Do I really care?
if you're getting a data phone, then yes, you should really care.

i've used a blackberry on at&t's "edge" network (non-3G) and its painfully slow. Verizon's network is completely 3G and smokes at&t.

at&t only has 3G in major cities.

compare coverage areas for yourself at their respective websites. make sure on at&t you are viewing the data map, as its much smaller than their voice coverage. and they use slightly different shades of blue to indicate 3G vs. EDGE networks; look closely.
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:10 PM
 
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didee, I have a Droid Eris, with Verizon. A most outstanding phone and it is 3G. If you don't know the difference between iPhone and Droid then the Droid will satisfy your needs. iPhone is 'currently' the ultimate standard, but do you want a Cadillac or a BMW? iPhone will have all the apps you need but iPhone controls what apps will work on an iPhone. Droid has all the apps you need but allows you to install apps created by 3rd parties.

You're going to find Motorola Droids and HTC Droids. The Motorola Droid is a 'slider'.. the keyboard slides out or you can use a virtual keyboard. The HTC Droids have virtual only keyboards. Unless someone wants to correct that keyboard info. I don't go much for moving parts so the Eris is good for me.

Verizon's Droid Incredible will be the (non-iPhone) standard and you'll probly love it, even if you have to pay for it. I got my Eris from Wirefly.

You can get other feed back at Howard forums, Scroll down to HTC or Android to see those discussions, or further down to Verizon where there's a link to review Verizon phones.

The HTC Eris (review) and HTC Hero are virtually the same phone, the Eris being Verizon, the Hero is Sprint.

At this point, you're really deciding carrier and function.

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Old 05-02-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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Anyway, I need to choose a new phone like today. Everyone has iPhones, but I don't know if I need it. I want to do my email, have internet availability on demand, GPS and photo ability along with phone features.
DH is very happy with his new Samsung Impression. He can do everything you mentioned. The only thing is no wi-fi so it's just 3G but the internet is really fast --at least here-- so not really a problem there.

aGPS with AT&T navigator. 3megapixels for photos. touch screen plus qwerty keyboard.

We didn't get iPhones because they require special data plans, etc. and we don't use all that very much.
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Long Island,New York
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So I found that in fact you need ATT for iPhone, and Droid is with Verizon. I still don't know what "G"s are or what wi-fi means.

Any feedback from users here on the Droid Incredible by HTC (never heard of HTC before, either!)
The android operating system is for specific Verizon phones but T-Mobile does have some android phones too. Currently only AT&T has the IPhone but that will be changing very soon, and almost definitely Verizon and maybe others will be getting it. It's great to have a top of the line phone, but on a subpar network like AT&T or T-Mobile, your data coverage will be much slower.
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