Cellphone: The Battle Begins!

I’m still waiting for confirmation whether I’ll be getting my corporate blackberry. For purposes of this post, assume I don’t.

The way I see it, there are three options:

  1. myTouch (AKA G2) from T-Mobile
  2. Palm Pre + mifi from Sprint
  3. iPhone 3G (S?) from AT&T

The biggest advantage myTouch has is the Android, of course. The biggest advantage Sprint has is the mifi, which will allow me to network from everywhere (for ~free) — no more crappy hotel fees or airport fees. The biggest advantage of the iPhone is that it’s an iPhone.

Anyone wants to chime in with an opinion?

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13 Responses to Cellphone: The Battle Begins!

  1. Anna says:

    I love my iPhone but I’m also lusting after an Android phone, cuz these days, Android is getting some really kick-ass apps. If you like to tinker with your phone, go for the G2. If you like to just use your phone to do kewl stuff that other people wrote, get an iPhone 3GS.

  2. prodlife says:

    No opinion, but I’m just relieved to discover that this is not a discussion about evil cellphones that cause (or perhaps not even correlate with) brain cancer. Because I’ve had way too much of that yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. herenot says:

    that all depends. all of those platforms have their pro’s and cons. I’m sure you know all of them well.

    I’d like you to get a mac and an iphone. but you already knew that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. gilad says:

    FYI,

    If you root your MyTouch, you can install an application called Wifi Tether for root users which turns your G2 to a GPRS connected Wifi rouiter.

    No more crappy hotel Wifi charges etc…

    Gilad

  5. ื—ืฅ ื‘ืŸ ื—ืžื• says:

    If you could wait few more weeks, you might want to look at N900. specs and details were released yesterday (I wrote a post about it on my blog today)

  6. herenot says:

    funny that hetz mentunes the n900. I just wrote what I think of nokia’s smartphone strategy in a comment here:

    http://ispot.co.il/?p=1313

    spoiler: it sucks.

  7. ื—ืฅ ื‘ืŸ ื—ืžื• says:

    Herenot,
    Did you read what I wrote? I’ll answer to your comments:

    1. In terms of hardware, the N900 leaves in the dust any other smartphone on the market: 800×480 resolution, 1GB RAM, 32GB Storage (expandable to 48GB), latest HSDPA/HSUPA support (iPhone doesn’t support multi-band, nor the latest HSDPA/HSUPA, and forget about expanding storage), TV Out, openness to any app, so you get the idea..
    2. In terms of software: you only need to change/add the repository settings and you can install hundreds of apps which have been written for Maemo. You don’t need any “approve” process, you can do it as soon as the phone hits the shelves..

    So no, it doesn’t suck.

  8. herenot says:

    read and replied.

    1 – good points. it’s also the size of a medium sized brick, and has an interface that looks like someone shredded the iphone user interface guide the randomly cellotaped the pieces together and worked from that. it’s also a future phone which has not been released yet. and is most likely not going to be sold in the US in the near future so looks like it’s irrelevant for moshez anyway.

    2 – good points. as I said – all those platforms have pros and cons.

    “So no, it doesnโ€™t suck.”

    I didn’t say that the N900 sucks. I said that Nokia’s smartphone strategy, as I see it, sucks. and it does. badly.

  9. I *think* Nokia’s platform sucks. I own a n810, and let me say it: Most of the apps sucks. Most of them are not finished (tentative ports from Linux apps, just look at garage.maemo.org and tell me how many apps you find (477 at most, since many years)), and Nokia apps have bugs that are NEVER corrected (look at the Podcast software for example, https://garage.maemo.org/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=2579&group_id=347&atid=1343 ).
    Another negative point is the “total drop” of previous hardware. Maemo 5 will not be supported on n8xx. That’s not the first time they do this.

    Still another *big* difference with iPhone/Android is the market. You have thousands of apps (that work fine) free and non-free.

    I bought a G1 (same as G2 but with a keyboard) 6 months ago (I’m in France) and my whole life is on it (couldn’t do this with my n810): shopping list, GPS, traffic (with crowd collaboration to find accidents/radars :-), podcasts, news, email, calendar, tv program, running/trailer stats, barcode scan to find best prices, japanese flashcards, recipes, etc.
    99,99999% of them are free. On iPhone, it will cost you more.

  10. debdeep says:

    Anaroid phones have the option for lots and lots of customisation which is attracting me towards them.

  11. AtteK0 says:

    Why the applications are full of bugs for the previous internet tablets? Only one question. Did you pay for the application?

    Money, money, money. Pay 0.99 $ and they will be able to hire more programmers. After there are markets, there will be decent programs, thatยดs a fact.

  12. Khameinei says:

    Late, but whatever, I have to say something. AtteK0, you are 100% correct. All Maemo development is 100% community driven as far as the tablets are concerned. No funding from Nokia!!! Besides that point, why the hell is anyone comparing the N Series TABLETS to the iPhoney, Android, or any other crap cellphone? Tablets don’t have sim cards and therefore are for a niche market. Also, newsflash, Maemo came out way before iPhone, so if anything iPhone copied of of Maemo. Another newsflash, N900 kicks the $#*! out of iPhone and Droid, even the nice HTC phones. Yes, it is a litle bit heavier, but man up. Yes, it needs a little polishing and tons of more apps, but they will come, Ovi store opened up yesterday. Yes, it has some minor glitches here and there, but that is bound to happen when you are running 5 applications in the background while browsing your email and downloading a new app (one of the ?100?, haha). Anyway, the point is that iPhone isn’t on the same level, it is like Maemo virgin extra light, Droid is a little bit closer, but it’s like maemo extra light. Come on, 4 live desktops???? The ability to practically open about 20+ windows (meaning internet windows, applications, games, etc) and still function normally?? Ridiculous!! And I’m only running 2.5G on ATT. Can’t imagine T-Mobile speeds.

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