It’s that most wonderful time of the year… when yours truly starts shopping for a new phone! 😎
I’ve been very spoiled on my recent trip around the world by the N86 graciously loaned to me by WOMWorld — some reviews are coming soon, promise! As such, N86 variants comprise two of the three choices for my next Nokia. Read on for my pros and cons of each, and let me know which one you’d pony up for and why.
(Note that for me the Linux-powered N900 isn’t really an option at this time — mostly because I can’t get a 3G signal on it in Canada but also because it’s currently missing some key features, like SyncML server support, Java, etc.)
Pros: 850 MHz 3G support, cheapest option of the three.
Cons: Not white, possibly less firmware updates.
Maybe it’s the metrosexual in me but I find black phones kind of blah, plus they don’t so good under the protective cover of a cheap crystal case. And if memory serves me correctly North America-specific Nokias often lag behind in terms of firmware updates.
Still, this is the most sensible pick of the three, and Newegg is a reputable online dealer, right?
Pros: Possibly quicker/more firmware updates, it’s white.
Cons: No 850MHz 3G, never used dealer before.
The jury’s still out on whether or not I need the extra band of 3G in the bustling metropolis of Toronto. I don’t care so much about voice calls (they can fall back to EDGE and still be fine) but I’ve noticed the odd hiccup in grabbing a 3G data signal. And who knows when I’ll be snowbound in a remote area of northern Canada and need to Tweet for help…
I do think the white colour is very classy, though. But I’ve never had any dealings with Mobile604. Are they legit?
Pros: Quad-band 3G (see below), QWERTY keypad, possibly more future-proof.
Cons: Touch-screen, bizarre colour combo, lower-spec camera, most expensive of the three.
Despite all the shortcomings I was actually set to grab the first-gen N97 as a memento of the 24/7 tour I went on last summer. But then I heard rumours about this guy and held off.
Now it’s here and I’ve mixed feelings about it. I’m really not a fan of touch-screen devices, mostly because of my dislike for the constant reapplication of screen protectors and such. Steve Litchfield says that touch interfaces are the future, though, and right now the new beta of Opera Mini looks like it would work great on this thing.
I was impressed with the keypad during my quick play with one in London last month, but I actually think the mini is still too wide in landscape mode for my thumbs to comfortably reach across it. And I have big hands, really I do!
Quad-band 3G is also a plus, and I could live with the slightly lower-res camera. If I could get one here in white for a reasonable price I might give the Mini more serious consideration.
Update: The Mini does not have quad-band 3G — read this thread on the Howard Forums for details.
… So that’s where I’m at for a handset to see me through the arrival of 2010. Which one would you pick?