Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Sep 2010 21:41 UTC
Windows It's been only a mere six months since its first unveiling, but Microsoft has already announced that Windows Phone 7 has been released to manufacturing. This means device makers can start tuning the software to their hardware, leaving plenty of time to release devices before the holiday season.
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ricegf
Member since:
2007-04-25

"my phone is for going BLAH"

I'm curious - if all you wanted in a cell phone is the ability to talk, why pay extra for a smartphone at all? Why not just get the free phone that comes with a 10-key, or a Jitterbug-like device with rock-solid voice and not much else?

I say this honestly, having used my beloved Samsung flip phone for 5 years just to talk (that dang thing just would... not... die!). It wasn't until I bought a Nokia N900 last Christmas that my laptop fell into relative disuse. When I can run virtually the exact same apps on a computer that's with me 24/7, including my library of custom Python apps that run my life, I only need the laptop for heavy typing or when I need a bigger (well, 10" :-) screen.

Just curious.

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spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

I bought a N900 15 days ago. I love it. That tablet is da bomb. I installed libqt4-dev from the SDK repository and I compiled qmake and moc (if someone need, I can provide the binaries). I can develop and compile QT C++ programs ON DEVICE! I can't think about any other device of that size that can do that. It really is da bomb.

Now that being said, the N900 sucks as a phone. It's a computer, not a phone. I still have my old S40 phone and I still use it to receive and make phone calls. Weeks (literally) of battery life, tiny size, solidity, price, etc... The N900 does not compare with my €30 (unsubsidized) S40 phone. I use my N900 in the train and the subway to surf the web and develop software but I don't always carry it. I always have my S40 phone.

Edited 2010-09-02 13:27 UTC

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ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Well, sure - the N900 is a full mobile computer that runs a passable phone app. Android is a little less computer, a little better phone app (based on my son's Vibrant and wife's Cliq); the iPhone even less computer, more phone (based on several friends experiences).

None are as good of a voice-phone as my ond Samsung or (apparently) your S40.

So, if all the OP cares about is voice, why buy a smartphone?!?

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

I'm curious - if all you wanted in a cell phone is the ability to talk, why pay extra for a smartphone at all? Why not just get the free phone that comes with a 10-key, or a Jitterbug-like device with rock-solid voice and not much else?


That isn't all I want, talking is just the primary reason for having it. I also like having a mini browser and I'll play a game once in a while. The point is that it is primarily a phone to me and not something that is restrictive.

The only walls here are in the minds of people who seem to think that limited execution is a restriction for everyone. If a device meets your needs 100% then there is no restriction. The restriction only exists for those whose needs are not being met.

It's like calling a car that doesn't have 4 wheel drive a walled garden. For people that don't care about 4 wheel drive there is no walled garden. They are having their needs met with 2 wheel drive.

I like the iphone because:

1. It has a mini browser

2. The game selection is far better than Android

What would I gain by going with Android? For me it would be going from a garden of high quality garden of games to a half-assed ones. I'd also lose offline movies which I like for airplane travel. Yes I know Android can play movies offline but there isn't as similar service whereby I can just click on a movie rental and have it download and charge my account.

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spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23


What would I gain by going with Android?
Well you could surf the 50% of the websites that use flash and you could change your battery when it dies. The iPhone battery does not last long when watching movies. You could also transfer your movies from your PC or from a friend's PC easily, or via bluetooth. You could also put your movies on your memory card and have twice as much movies to watch when you are travelling.
Freedom is not only for developers, normal people benefit from it as well.

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ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Well, y'know, re-reading your original post, that's what you said the first time. Guess I was asleep at the keyboard.

Freedom is exceptionally high priority to me, but of course others' priorities are their own and it's not my place to criticize. I'm just glad we have several very strong choices now - and more this fall. :-)

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