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post #1 of 8
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OK... I am about to re-up with T-Mobile, and think I'll take advantage of this time to upgrade my phone. I absolutely don't need a camera built in. I don't need a web-browser either (not worth the sloooowwness). Don't need a battery-sucking color display (but not totally averse to it either). I just want it small.

My primary focus is on signal reception & retention, and voice quality (both ways). Also, battery life is important (see comment on color displays). Preference to world-capable phones, but not a total show stopper. IR port for data transfers (phone numbers, not as a modem) is a plus. Basic pda functions too. Looking at:

Motorola V60G (been around a while, but looks good)
Motorola T720i (heard not as good reception as the v60, and color)
Sony T68i (bluetooth capability is cool)
Samsung S105 (heard has very good reception)

Any others? What's out there from Nokia in that form-factor these days? I wish they still made the 8290, despite not being world-capable.

Recommendations and/or opinions please?
post #2 of 8
I am currently using the Nokia 7210, color display, no camera, tri-band world phone.

Battery life is ok, not great, considered the color display. I recharge every 4-5 days with regular use. I have not compare other phones with color display, but the one on 7210 is sub-par since the transition from one screen to another is quite slow. In terms of reception, I found it to be quite good. I once received a call underground with bearable reception. I have also received contact through the IR port beaming from my PDA. Accessories include a couple games, calculator, polyphonic ring tone, organizer, stop watch, alarm clock ...

I used a T2000i from Motorola before but decided to go back to Nokia because of their user-friendly OS. Don't know about the other you listed but heard the T68i has pretty poor reception.
post #3 of 8
you need the cellphone equivalent site of head-fi...

http://howardforums.com



i'm on sprintpcs so i wouldn't know what's up with the GSM stuff but those people over there are insane over phones.

concerning battery life, are you away from a charger for THAT long?
post #4 of 8
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The 7210 does have some plusses: good reception & battery life. But that keypad is kinda strange. How is it to actually use? I guess you can get used to anything, right?

I did read about the T68 having bad reception in fringe areas. The NY/CT area has pretty good coverage these days. How's the coverage in BC? Battery life is supposed to be pretty good with this model.

No, I am not away from a charger for long. It's just that some phones & batteries don't leave you in the lurch just when you need it. The Nokia 8260 (TDMA) and it's 900mA battery were awesome. I still have a couple that I could probably use in an 8290 (which only came with a 600mA battery) if I could find one new somewhere. I'd lose world-travel capability, but I could always use my trusty L7089 for that. I guess an easily swappable battery would be a good option too, but most batteries are internal these days.

Hmmmm...how is Sprint's coverage these days? I had them a few years back and was less than impressed. I suppose it's gotten better. [/edit] BTW, thanks for the link.
post #5 of 8
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The 7210 does have some plusses: good reception & battery life. But that keypad is kinda strange. How is it to actually use? I guess you can get used to anything, right?
I still haven't get used to the weird keypad positioning yet, but I figure most of the time I'll be dialing through the phone book so it's alright for me.

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I did read about the T68 having bad reception in fringe areas. The NY/CT area has pretty good coverage these days. How's the coverage in BC? Battery life is supposed to be pretty good with this model.
I don't know exactly how the T68 performs, but the general comment I got from my friends is the reception is poor.

If you want something small, maybe the Panasonic GD55 might fit you. Really small, monochrome screen, world phone. I guess now that they are phasing it out, you might get a good price on it too.
post #6 of 8
i have the t720.... got it for free, but at the same time my gf got the v70--it's silver and looks totally trick! we swap the phones.... so i got a chance to use both. that v70 gets attention! i swear... 2 girls went up to me and said, "cool phone!" (different times) ....even i guy said, "where the hell you get that?"........ so, i'd say that's the hottest phone being made right now. unfortunately, it's kinda rare i think. but it looks REALLY cool. and it's VERY small, so you can just leave it in your pocket. yes, v70 if you want the chicks.

both phones are free by the way.... activation was waived. and no tax. absolutely free. you can sell in 1 year and make back a couple months worth of service.
post #7 of 8
I've actually been very happy with the T68i -- I get decent reception where T-Mobile has coverage (personally, I think the "bad reception" criticisms of the T68i are the fault of T-Mobile's horrible coverage rather than any problem with the T68i).

Which leads me to my biggest complaint about the T68i: T-Mobile sucks. I switched to them from SprintPCS last year, and as soon as my contract is up, I'm going for Verizon. Everyone I know has a mobile plan, and only the Verizon people are happy with their coverage AND customer service (the provider). My Verizon friends get a strong signal *everywhere* -- it's funny (not really) when we're at a friend's house in the Bay Area -- the place you'd think would have the best coverage in the US -- and the Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T people are all borrowing the Verizon phones
post #8 of 8
I hate GSM coverage over here in Toronto. It's really patchy, you'd better do some research in your area so see how good the connection is. I have the T68i and before that the Nokia 8290. I really like my T68i. It's the newer T68ie or is version with software upgrade and it's blue. However, there is a certain lag time when accessing the different menu options. I guess the ship in the T68 is not fast enough. I prefer the games on the Nokia, Snake being the best.
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