The dilemma of a mobile enthusiast – a followup

A month ago, Yom published an article, The dilemma of a mobile enthusiast, in which he agonised over the choice of his next smartphone.

In a related article, Steve Litchfield, a Contributing Editor for for All About Symbian and Host of The Phones Show, cries out, as if in response to Yom, “I can’t recommend any of them. Even the ones I use myself!” Here’s the introduction from Steve’s article:

Tim Salmon and I (in Phones Show Chat) often remark that if the perfect smartphone came along then we’d have nothing to debate and nothing to write about – but the current situation in terms of what I’ve tried and rejected is starting to get ridiculous. Am I too fussy in wanting something that’s remotely close to perfect? Having seen, tried and rejected 101 smartphones, what the heck do I recommend to others?

Yes; we know that there is no perfect device, but let’s face it – the devices on ground simply have too many issues for people in the category of Yom, Steve and Tim.

For people who need just voice and SMS? Yes. A fancy interface crippled in other ways? Yes. Awesome video capabilities? Yes. But a smart mobile work tool that delivers most of the goods all together in one nice functional package? None available for now.

Small wonder that even Brym! still holds on to his trusty Sony Ericsson P1.

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Oh, but you need to read the entirety of Steve’s article first. Hop over to 101 smartphones and I can’t recommend any of them. Even the ones I use myself! Then come back here and let’s discuss.

By the way, just so you know, Yom is still yet to make a choice.

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4 thoughts on “The dilemma of a mobile enthusiast – a followup”

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  2. YEs, I believe you. There is nothing like a perfect phone. If you take the phones we have now with storage in the gigabytes, touch screen fluidity, full web browsing options, Wi-fi, Document viewer and so on and so, on to say 10 years back in time. Then perhaps then, it would look like a possible perfect phone contender.

    BUT in this world now, and at this point in time we have all been “spoilt” with Technological advancement. When about five years back we will all be content with 128 magabyte of storage in a phone. Now even 32 Gigabyte is not enough to satisfy some Tech Lovers! Yes, No matter the point in time, it would be difficult to have the perfect phone. If I get a smart phone that can meet 75% of my needs then I may satisfied… That is until the next update! That is how far a “perfect” phone can get to me!

  3. Yomi once said, ‘I need an up-to-date
    smartphone (preferably
    released in the last 15
    months) with a good
    hardware QWERTY, a large
    landscape display, an above-
    average web browser, has
    good multi-tasking abilities
    and that handles Gmail
    without issues. I do not care
    what mobile OS platform it
    runs, and if necesarrilly, I can
    do with a non-smartphone
    as long as it meets all the
    other criteria.’

    I shall attempt to look @ these requirements 1-by-1:

    GOOD HARDWARE QWERTY KEYBOARD: People who love the QWERTY keyboard like to talk about the good feel of a tactile feedback, that nothing beats this feeling. The pros & cons of a touchscreen vs hardware QWERTY have been extensively discussed.
    We primarily need the keyboard as an input device. I urge any die-hard hardware QWERTian to explore the combination of the new wave in mobile input technology & a touchscreen. Software(s?) like ‘Swype’, ‘SlideIT’, QuickWrite make SPEEDY and ACCURATE entry of copious text EASY. They are also becoming ubiquitous on most platforms. Recently, a competition was organised for the speediest and most accurate sms entry. The new input mode

    A LARGE LANDSCAPE DISPLAY:
    Yomi once said, touchscreen devices with accelerometers have a ‘mind of their own’ (i.e they have away of auto-rotating when you do not want them to, thus getting in the way ).
    My take is that, for a phone to have a wide landscape display, its form factor will have to be similar to that of the Nokia E90 or @ best E65i / E71. It is up to each individual to decide if he want to live with a big sized device (because you want perpetual landscape), or you will prefer a ‘chamelionic’ / polymorphic device that can behave like a landscape or a portrait, depending on your requirement @ any point in time.
    The nuisance factor of autorotating when you do not want it seems quite trivial (to me o!)

    AN ABOVE-AVERAGE WEB BROWSER:
    This does not seem to be a BIG requirement. There are multitudes of CAPABLE thirdparty browsers for all platforms. If the reason for avoiding thirdparty web browsers is for reasons of data security (most of them parse and pass your data through their servers), then we need to use the native browsers for the times we need to access secure-sites. I dare say that, for most people, the number of ‘http’ sites visited greatly outnumber the ‘httpS’.

    GOOD MULTI-TASKING ABILITIES:
    I can extrapolate this to mean voluble amount of onboard memory. A device either multitasks, or it does NOT. Great multitasking is not only a function of the amount of memory, but also that of the number of (and QUALITY of) applications run simultaneously. If a badly-written application that leaks memory is run, no matter how good your device multitasks, the overall performance will be ZERO! My advice: Use only applications from trusted Authors, Use as few applications SIMULTANEOUSLY as you can get away WITH. The more applications run simultaneously, the higher the likelihood of a rogue application crashing or degrading your device OS.

    And finally…

    HANDLEs GMAIL WITHOUT ISSUES:
    I have re-read the article about the issue with GMAIL. I do not understand it. I have not experienced this. I have used ‘Seven’ (Seven.com) & now use ‘Emoze’ (Emoze.com) to push my GMail emails (as well as the ‘yahoo’ one) without ANY issues. If Nokia messaging Application misbehaves, why not try a thirdparty messagging App like the above or maybe ShangMail? (Thirdparty apps are actually often superior to native applications). They get the job done. Without issues.

    So, when Steve Litchfield & our own Yom say they have problems choosing a device, I just scratch my bald head..

    NitPicking? Maybe. My new word, grabbed from MobilityNigeria!
    It is an imperfect world. Mobile devices inclusive! We just have to roll with it…

  4. It is an imperfect world. Mobile devices inclusive! We just have to roll with it…

    Actually, I am rolling with it just fine – by refusing to spend my cash on devices that do not meet up to what their manufacturers promised.

    Brym is still with his P1i, and minus the fact that my job here at MobilityArena.com requires that I regularly review newer devices in order to provide constant fresh content for this site, I would probably still be with my Nokia E90.

    The e90 still rocks several years after its release. Incidentally, its on Steve’s list of devices that he still uses. Shame on some of these newer smartphones. Seriously.

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