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Monday, May 24, 2010

Which Phone Should I Get?

I need to get a new cell phone. It gets hot almost as soon as I open the phone to talk, and it's been unreliable for the last few months.

This is only the second phone I've had in over ten years. I don't like having to update my hardware a lot. As long as it works, I'm satisfied. My current phone is so old, it doesn't even have a camera.

Me, troglodyte. I leave the cutting edge to Greg.

Living in the boonies, I'm kind of limited as to phones that will get reception. A friend of mine has an I-phone, but he couldn't make calls from here. I know the Verizon phones work, so I'll be going back to them. But which one?

Anyone know anything about that new phone, HTC Droid Incredible? It has more bells and whistles than my old 10 speed, Betsy. :groan: More stuff to learn. I don't think my brain can hold any more information.

The next time Greg gets into town, we'll stop by the phone store and check them out. Does anyone have any advice on phones? Is there any you recommend--or not recommend?

I would love something that has a reading app on it. I seem to spend so much time waiting without benefit of a book, it would be nice to have a cell phone that could pull double duty.

My other techy wish is for a netbook, but I can wait for that. The cell phone is a necessity. Aside from email, it's my only form of communication to the outside world.

But I'm as lost as newborn with all the options available. I have no idea where to start. Help please.

I need a good workhorse phone. What phone do you use?


Joanne said...

I use my cell phone very, very little. We get really poor cell service in our house, and I pretty much just have it with me for emergency purposes, so it's a basic model. But the netbook, now you're talking. That one is definitely on the top of my wishlist, too.

Mike Keyton said...

I'd be worried about putting a 'hot' phone close to my head. But then I wake up thinking every twinge is cancer and the world might end before lunch.

Totally useless I know, and I'm sorry I can't be of more help. I tend to get my daughter's cast-off phones, which are usually pink, and which I have to hide in my 'manly' hand.

Maria Zannini said...

Joanne: If you get a netbook before me, please write me and tell me what you got.

I keep seeing Acer everywhere, but I don't have a clue whether it's any good or not.

Maria Zannini said...


Ref: pink phone

At least you'd be easy to spot. LOL.

I really do need to get rid of my old phone. I'll take almost anything--but pink.

Jennifer Shirk said...

I need a new phone, too, but my cotnract isn't up yet, so I'm going to wait so I can save some money.
I just want a phone with a keyboard because I'm a texting addict. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Jennifer: That was the other option I liked--though I don't text.

I thought it would be good to jot down notes to myself.

Spot said...

I don't know anything about the Droids. We live way out in the boondocks too and the best cell reception is AT&T. I just got a backflip and I am absolutely in love with it!! It's like having a tiny netbook/phone/camera all rolled into one. It syncs all my emails, facebook, twitter stuff and it's all right there on my phone! It did take a lot of gadget learning. Luckily, I have teenagers to figure my tech stuff out for me. =]

Best of luck with your search...


Lisa said...

iPhone! I LOVE my iPhone. I have an eReader app on my phone. I can even convert friends beta stories to the correct format to read on my eReader app - love my iPhone

Maria Zannini said...


Backflip, eh? I'll check it out.

But where the heck am I going to get teenagers? LOL.

:sigh: I should have planned ahead.

Maria Zannini said...

My friend has an I-phone and he couldn't call out when he was at my place. But that could be due to his provider (ATT).

I thought I-phone was going to go rogue this year and be available to all providers. I'll be sure to ask when I go to the store.

It is a very cool phone. My friends loved to show off all the things it could do.

James Garcia Jr said...

Maria, I'm in the same boat as you (I can't believe you didn't see me sitting there!!). My old phone is slowly dying as well. Since I am spending so much time blogging and checking e-mails, due to my e-book, I was thinking about the Iphone. My question is how much of it, if any, I might be able write off for tax purposes. We'll see.
In any event, good luck and let us know which way you go.

Maria Zannini said...

You're evil, James!

I hadn't even thought of tax deduction. :slaps head:

That's brilliant.

Dru said...

The iPhone will be available on Verizon.

I have a blackberry and I basically use it so I can read my emails and I'm just getting into texting.

My friend has the Droid and she loves it.

Maria Zannini said...

Thanks, Dru. I thought I heard the I-phone will be a free agent.

I wonder how it compares with the Droid.

Shelley Munro said...

I have a very basic cell phone, which doesn't have a camera. I don't even have it turned on unless I'm away from home, so no useful advice from me. Good luck in your cell phone hunt!

Barbara Ann Wright said...

I have a friend who really likes his Droid. I love my Blackberry. How do you feel about touch-screens?

Maria Zannini said...

Shelley: This is because your husband lives with you. :)

I've got to make appointments with mine.

Maria Zannini said...


Ref: touch screens
I guess I could get used to them. I'll want to play with it a little at the store to see if it's comfortable.