I checked out one of the newer Windows Phones my brother owns and I liked it but I suspect Microsoft might soon be out of the phone business (and certainly will be if Windows Phone 8 doesn’t help their 4% market share) and I know all too well how everything dies when Microsoft stops supporting a product line. Even if they continue on, it seems that there are far less apps available for WP than the other two.
The only WM option for me is the HTC Arrive (for $50).
I am also not thrilled with Blackberry, which is odd since I started using PDAs and later smartphones because of business uses which Blackberry is supposed to be good at… And I have not checked out the newer Blackberry devices, so maybe I am biased from old days when they seemed clunky to me and didn’t offer all the bells and whistles that Palm and Windows Mobile devices had. They also have less apps from what I can tell.
I can get a BlackBerry Curve 9350for $50. It seems the best option if that was the way I wanted to go but a lot of my concerns seem to be an issue with this phone.
Unless I am talked into either of those two options, I am torn between an Android device or the iPhone.
I want to be able to sync my phone with my Outlook information (either through cables or automatically) and I use Microsoft Office (Excel in particular) extensively. Ideally this can be done for free though I am not against buying an app if I must.
I am used to an external keyboard but can be talked out of it.
I surf the net with my phone so a solid browser is key too. I don’t plan on using it as a glorified MP3 player - I have an iPod which does the trick.
I like big screens!
I worry about memory issues since the iPhones are not expansive but can get expensive!
I am not someone who has used a ton of apps though I am sure that’s because there just aren’t many available for the older Windows Mobile platform.
I would like decent battery life!
I am eligible for a phone upgrade from Sprint which means I can trade two years of contract for $150 off my phone. I would rather not pay a fortune for this phone (i.e. $100 or less with discount).
The 8GB iPhone will run me $100 with each subsequent doubling of memory another $100. Would 8GB be enough even for my non-MP3 self?
There are quite a few Android options! The ones that stand out (with physical keyboards) are:
I welcome feedback on this and thank you all in advance for your advice!