So, you want to get a Smartphone?

It’s time to write a guide for smartphones (not plain “feature phones”). Only recent models are included and I do not include ‘Windows Mobile Smartphone Edition’ phones because their UI sucks (’Pocket PC editions’ rock though and I include only HTC’s versions, as the majority of the other sellers like i-mate and O2 are just licensing devices from HTC in reality). Here we go:

1. Is WiFi important to you? If yes, choose among the:

HTC Hermes, HTC P4350, HTC P3300, HTC P3600, Nokia E60, Nokia E61, Nokia E70, Nokia N80, Nokia N93, SE P990

2. Is Quad-band GSM important to you? If yes, choose among the:

HTC Hermes, HTC P4350, HTC P3300, HTC P3600, Nokia E61, Nokia E50, Nokia N80, Nokia N73, Palm Treo 680/700p, all Blackberrys

3. Is a Qwerty keyboard important to you? If yes, choose among the:

HTC Hermes, HTC P4350, Nokia E61, Nokia E70, SE P990, Palm Treo 680/700p, SE M600i, Sidekick

4. Is A2DP important to you? If yes, choose between:

HTC Hermes, HTC P4350, HTC P3300, HTC P3600, Nokia N93, SE W950, MOT-ROKR E6, MOT-A1200

5. Is a good camera important to you? If yes, choose among the:

Nokia N80, Nokia N73, Nokia N93

6. Is VoIP SIP important to you? If yes, choose among the:

Nokia N80 Internet Edition, Nokia E61 with v3.x firmware (and E60/E70 when and if Nokia updates their firmware). Pocket PC-based and PalmOS-based VoIP third party software don’t work well (buggy, and not integrated at all).

All the above phones suggested have at least QVGA screens, cardslots, EDGE/3G and Bluetooth. Some of the devices have GPS, FM radio or touchscreen.

Feature-wise, the best overall smartphone today is the HTC Hermes/TyTN (which can be sold under other names too, OEM’ed). The only problems it’s got is the non-standard mini-USB headset jack and the lack of GPS/FM; everything else seems to be near-perfect. The Nokia N80 (Internet Edition, which adds VoIP) is the second best handset (only standard jacks and A2DP/AVRCP are missing pretty much).

Interesting models to look for the future is the yet unannounced Nokia E90 (Communicator device) and the Nokia 6290, the first handset that will run the S60 3.1 operating system (scheduled for an April 2007 release).

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