Mister Mobility’s Current Smartphone Collection: Introduction

Followers of Mobility blog know that we have a range of smartphones available in the house across the major smartphone platforms. We decided that it was a good thing to always have a device representing each of the smartphone platforms available, so we could always stay in the loop of things in the smarphone market – OS upgrades, app releases and upgrades and others.

I currently have the following smartphones in my kitty:

  1. Palm Pre – WebOS
  2. iPhone 3GS – iOS 4.1
  3. Nokia E7 – Nokia Belle OS
  4. Samsung Galaxy S II – Android OS 2.3.5
  5. Nokia N9 – MeeGo OS 1.2
  6. Blackberry Bold Touch 9900 – Blackberry OS 7.1

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I have used each of them as a primary device for review periods and then they have sifted and settled to use according to my preferences.

A number of individuals have asked me to write on how I use each of them and what for. That sounded interesting, so I set to work. I will devote an article each to each device after this introduction.

As you can see from the above, Bada OS and Windows Phone are missing from the line-up. We intend to fill their vacuum as soon as possible as we work with our partners. By offering some value or the other, we are able to sometimes get these devices at no cost or at insanely small amounts. Its how we keep Mobility Blog going, so bear with us. Babda and Windows Phone will show up here soon.

So, what do you think? Let’s have some fun – which of the above would you pick and use as your primary smartphone?!

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39 comments

  1. Nice 1 mister mobility.
    Sgs II and that is currently my primary smartphone.
    Off topic: there’s an update for the sgs2. . . Ics, v4.0.3

  2. Mr Mobility, I wonder why you haven’t published an article about your smartphone of the year 2011. You did it for 2010 and 2009.

    1. Spacyzuma,

      I thought I’d replace that with the Mobility Blog Smartphone of the year which we did by a voting process.

      But thinking of it now, why can’t we have two picks each year, as follows:

      1. Mister Mobility’s Smartphone of the Year – this will be my personal choice based on my usage, and

      2. Mobility Blog Smartphone of the Year – this will be by a public voting process as done in 2011

      More fun and excitement, right?

  3. SGS 2 has been my primary phone..
    The ICS update has been released for select regions though..

    Computer,
    is it now available for us?
    via kies or OTA or both?

  4. Out of the six phones you mentioned above, if I were to choose, I’d pick up the Galaxy S II as a primary phone.

  5. Ah choices choices…here’s my Goldilocks take πŸ™‚

    SGS2 – to big for me

    iPhone 3GS – nice size but don’t like iTunes

    Blackberry Bold 9900 – aesthetically it doesn’t appeal to me

    My choices?
    Blackberry Bold 9790
    SGS Plus

    Even then it’s a toughie to pick just one, either phone would do, depending on environment. If pushed it would be the SGS+.

  6. Though I have just shifted from the SG11 to Galaxy Note, of the lot if I have to chose it will be the SG11. Superb phone. Enjoy Mr Mobility. Waiting for ICS.

  7. An impressive collection you have there. I’ve interacted with all of ’em at one time or the other except the Palm Pre. I like the BB Touch. I use the N9 though and i must say ain’t nothing like it. The UI feels so natural. The Swype experience is indescribable. In fact i’m scared of switching to another phone afterwards. I hope Nokia keeps the Meego though.

  8. which of the above would you pick and use as your primary smartphone?!

    I.d pick the SGS II – primarily for the screen size..

    But i.d then need a second PRIMARY dumbphone, for voice calls ONLY..

  9. @mister mobility I just heard of the inye tablet a nigerian first. It was on CNN pls do look into it and give us more info if possible review one. Thanks πŸ˜€

  10. Eye.bee.kay, you got me confused there. Why would you need a dumb phone in addition? Why don’t you want to make calls with the SGSII?

  11. Why would you need a dumb phone in addition? Why don’t you want to make calls with the SGSII?

    An SGS II and ‘phones’ of that level are TRUE computers -with calling facilities thrown in as bonus.

    Wping a monster that size out of your pocket to send ordinay sms, or make/receive mere calls would be an ovekill.

    (** unless when sending sms via Google Mail to MTN, Glo, Airtel, Starcomms and Visafone. / making voIP calls**)

    Hence my additional need for a Nokia_3310 _class phone.

  12. Why would you need a dumb phone in addition? Why don’t you want to make calls with the SGSII?

    An SGS II and ‘phones’ of that level are TRUE computers -with calling facilities thrown in as bonus.

    Wping a monster that size out of your pocket to send ordinay sms, or make/receive mere calls would be an ovekill.

    (** unless when sending sms via Google Mail to MTN, Glo, Airtel, Starcomms and Visafone. / making voIP calls**)

    Hence my additional need for a Nokia_3310 _class phone.

  13. @Eye.bee.kay Methinks coughing up cash to get another phone and not making full use of the features provided in your smartphone would be some sort of ‘extravagant underutilization’. Whats wrong with making use of everything your smartphone can offer? Afterall they’re included in there to be used. Its like saying i won’t use the camera of my(non existent) iPad because its not part of its primary features, just an addition. Maybe its just me but it sure sounds funny…

  14. The best combo for me would be the Nokia N9 and Blackberry 9900.

    If I had to pick one as a gift for myself, I would take the SGS2. πŸ˜‰

  15. @AfewGoodMen & @Glenda,

    I have the Nokia_5800, Nokia 5230, and three oher feature phones.

    Each time I feel like upgrading my Nokia 5800 to something with a bigger screen, I find a reason NOT to.

    The memory paucity plus the relatively small sreen size are the two primary reasons why i sporadially fee like upgrading. The other reason is my wish to try some new Android apps.

    I now almost use the 3,2″_screen Nokia_5800 pernamently in landscape mode. That way, I get the impression of using a bigger_screened phone (when browsing)

    The latest unofficial realease of Uc Browser V8.3.0.133 S60V5 now inorporates a bigger font size – far bigger than ALL the maximum character size on the other browsers (iBrowser, QQ Bbrowser, Oupeng/Opera Mini) – apart from Opera Mobile 12.

    Opera Mobile 12 would be the best Browser for me, but it ‘suffers’ from the twin problems (on my device) of using a lot of memory, and less significantly, consuming more data.

    I therefore have not found enough compelling reason to dump the Nokia5800. It still meets my need despite the volume, camera rokers having pulled off!

    If someone would just arrange for it to be stolen, or the phone just stops working , I will then have an excuse to upgrade,

    Until then….

  16. Eye.bee.kay stick to your 5800 joor, don’t follow the crowd.

    People will give your a thousand and one reason why a you need a smartphone but ask yourself, why do I need another smartphone??

  17. motorola c113: He does not need another smartphone. What he needs is to upgrade.

    Eye.bee.kay: I really think you should upgrade and save yourself the trouble of “pimping” your phone. You have all the reason (aside from screen size) in the world to upgrade to a better device. If you really are an app addict like you said you are, other OS offer better apps than the old Symbian of the 5800.

    This is what you wrote: “I now almost use the 3,2?_screen Nokia_5800 pernamently in landscape mode. That way, I get the impression of using a bigger_screened phone (when browsing)”

    You do not want a bigger screen. You would instead opt to trick yourself that you have a “bigger” screen. With all due respect, it makes no sense. Have a wonderful day!

  18. i also need an S2 but not currently in my budget.
    but i think i can squeeze out 1k for eyebeekay so he can get rid of his 5800.
    so we need 86k to go.. .

  19. Chei!

    @Belushi Maybe we should contribute on Mobility blog to buy Eye.Bee.Kay the Galaxy S II.Lol.

    My people say, ‘to marry a wife is not the problem; providing money for soup is the koko!

    If someone buys me an SGS II, I will sell it sharp-sharp and buy TWO new NOKIA 5800, Walahi!

  20. Eye.bee.kay: C’mon man. You are gonna sell the SII so you could buy 2 5800s? Now I must admit, I see you really love that phone but most of us would agree that it is ridiculous!

    If you would have the chance to use the Galaxy SII extensively, you would forget about the 5800. I really hope and wish that you would have the chance to own even a Symbian Belle device, so that we would all be spared of all your irrational comments about your phone.

  21. Alright. I pledge 5K for a Galaxy S II for Eye.Bee.Kay. That means we have 81K left to go, Bily. More pledges please!

    @Eye.Bee.kay we would still continue with our desire to wean you off the 5800 and get you a Galaxy smartphone gift. I know you have integrity. And I think you are not unscrupulous enough to sell our gift to you!

  22. Nokia N9 for me. It is an extremely beautiful phone with a more beautiful UI which will fit into my hand nicely.
    SGsII is way too big for my hands and the UI is too utilitarian for my liking.

    BlackBerry Touch might still be my primary smart phone though.

  23. A bit similar to mine.

    Nokia N9 – MeeGo (my favourite of the bunch)
    Nokia Lumia 800 – Windows Phone 7 (love the slick UI and absolutely no lag, but I’m still not happy with the lack of some basic functionality like USB tethering and no access to the filesystem)
    Nokia E7 – Belle (best edition of Symbian yet)
    Bold 9900 – Same old boring BlackBerry OS with touchscreen functionality tacked on. I only really use it for BBM.

    I’m thinking of getting an iPhone, but only just for app testing. I’m still put off by the restricted nature of the OS, but it turns out it’s something I just have to do for serious development work.

    Looking forward to the reviews.

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