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Hello, Now, I know there is a section for phones etc on here, but this sections seems appropriate. I think the time has come to swap my trusty old Sone Ericsson for something a bit more modern and it makes sense to get a smart phone. However I have no idea of the relative merits of one over the other. Usage will be calls and texts (naturally), but I want a decent web experience and a good map/sat nav feature. A good camera with easy sharing of photos is required too. Probably won't get many Apps but if there are some particularly good ones for one system and not another then that may be helpful to know. At the minute I have no particular preference. Also, music on the go is not really a big factor, but a handset's usefulness and ease of integration into a hifi at a later date, or use as a controller etc, is a factor. Reliabilty and battery life are also important. It will be on a business contract. Thanks for your help folks! Dave

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Regardless of which platform you go for, check out the Navfree aplication.  Its a free sat nav based on open maps, I paid about 79p to go ad free and £1.50 to get speed camera warnings.  I find it to be better than Apple and Googles offerings, and if a point of interest is missing then it falls back to Google for the search anyway.

 

I really like the iPhone 5, but if you are a big phone sort of chap then you could hang on for a Samsung Galaxy S4 or a HTC One (looks like it has an impressive camera).

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RE: Which Smart Phone

The HTC One is definitely worth a look. It may sound like a gimmick but the Zoe camera feature works really nicely.

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Battery life?  You'll be lucky to see the other side of midnight with most smartphones.  The larger the screen, the more juice it'll take.  Throw in a modicum of streaming, the odd snap, browsing the web, or using it for playing music and - ding! - your phone'll need powering up again. 

I recently bought an older candybar smartphone off Ebay, a model I'd used previously - Nokia's E52.  Not recommending it particularly for you, but it has a terrific battery, two days easy, and has a decent camera (3.2mp) which turns out good shots in good light and not too bad ones in poorer light (I took some snaps of The Musical Box gig at the Shepherds Bush Empire on Friday night that I've yet to load up).  Plus it's easier to carry around in the pocket.  I know the trend is towards ever bigger screens, but when you just need something to handle calls, texting, the odd photo and some web browsing when you're out and about, then everyday practicality needs to be taken into account too.

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I have the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx (mark one), which does all of the above, except the sat nav is lousy.  However, I think that has more to do with the local service provider (Verizon) being cheapskates and disabling the GPS service, and I've yet to find a download-able app that matches a dedicated GPS for navigation.

One thing I really do like about the Razr, however, is that I have docking stations in the car and on my desk that allow me to use the phone and charge it while I'm at work all day, so battery life becomes less of an issue.

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If I was starting again, I'd be looking at the Sony Experia Z which looks very nice indeed.

Those who care about this sort of thing claim it has a poor camera relative to other phones, but I think all phones have poor cameras.

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I personally prefer iPhone (I have a 3GS). I find a lot of smart phones are very big nowadays and the iPhone isn't too big in the hand or pocket. It is so simple to use and does everything I need it to and more.

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If you dont mind a large phone then have a look at the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The missus has it and I gave her some stick for the size of it when she bought it, but I have to admit that its a bloody good phone. Really fast internet and the best camera i've seen yet on a phone.

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Thanks folks, decided on an iphone 5. Hope it arrives soon...

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bretty wrote:

If you dont mind a large phone then have a look at the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The missus has it and I gave her some stick for the size of it when she bought it, but I have to admit that its a bloody good phone. Really fast internet and the best camera i've seen yet on a phone.

It's been a long time since cameras of such a large 'format' - containing a sheet of glass - have been in common use...

At least they knew how to avoid the public embarassment back then ...

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