Saturday, August 07, 2010

Finding a replacement for the Nokia E71

I have been struggling with battery issues with my Nokia E71 for a few months. Basically, the battery quickly goes flat after any 3G usage. Since my 2-year contract was ending soon, it was the apt time to think about replacing it instead of buying a replacement battery.

I wanted a touchscreen + QWERTY handphone. The touchscreen for easy web navigation, and the QWERTY for quick text input. The only few smartphones with such a spec were the following
- Motorola Milestone
- Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro
- Nokia N900

I wasn't too keen to consider a Symbian handphone, as a newer version (Symbian^3) was already in the works.

But the 3 handphones above all had their own "issues".

The Milestone has keys which look too flat, the X10 Mini Pro has a tiny screen, plus its QWERTY keypad did not support predictive-text, and the N900 had some UI quirks, and was expensive, as it was only available as a phone-only purchase.

There are a few handphones in the pipeline that could fit my requirement, e.g. Nokia N9 (with Meego?) and the Samsung Galaxy Pro, but non have been confirmed at the moment.

I also toyed with the idea of buying a big-screen handphone (4-inch & above) which may negate the requirement for hardware QWERTY keys, but the few available in Singapore again have their own "issues". The HTC HD2 runs on an old OS (Windows 6.5), the Samsung Galaxy S has a quirky UI (TouchWIZ), and the Sony Ericsson X10 has had bad reviews.

I'm now waiting for the Motorola Droid 2 to be confirmed. That could be a suitable choice...

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