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Old May 2nd, 2011, 08:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default A Potential Android Qwerty Phone

Hey guys, Im currently looking to buy an Android phone with a qwerty keyboard (preferably a slider) however, on a budget.

My budget is 150, and here in the UK, Android qwerty phones seem to be rather rare, with the only recent one I see being the Desire Z.

Im on Pay as you go, so I cant get locked into a deal, and my initial searching has led me to look at some older models.

The current frontrunner is the Motorola Milestone (original), and Ive found it unlocked for 150 exactly.

Do you guys reckon this would be a decent deal, and is the Milestone worth getting at this point?

If not, can you recommend me any other phones that fit my criteria.

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Old May 3rd, 2011, 01:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If I were you, I'd get Desire Z, but Milestone is still a good alternative.
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A desire Z costs 325 unlocked, so its a little too high for my budget unfortunately

As a side note the sliding mechanism on it seems a little flimsy
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For a low budget, I'm afraid you will not get something good.
There is also Samsung Galaxy 551, but it has a terribly low screen resolution (240 x 400). Probably, a bit better is LG GW620.
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I dont mind if its not the latest, high end model, there are a few things I look for in a budget phone.

-Android (Obviously!) 2.2 compatability preferably, but 2.1 will do if no other option
-Capacitive screen with multitouch support
-Wifi
-qwerty keyboard

Theres plenty to choose from with the top 3, but its hard finding a cheaper model with a qwerty, like I say, the Milestone is the closest I can find in my price range, but I would have to update it to 2.2 so it wouldnt be optimized for it.
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In that case, your best choice is probably the Milestone. It has been very popular, so you will get help in the future if you need. Also, it is supported by custom ROMs, so you can even put an Android v2.3 on it (via CyanogenMod).
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