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Old March 23rd, 2010, 04:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My name is MichaŽl, I'm from Belgium and I plan for the first time a trip "around the world" (more likely in Oceania; Australia, New Zealand, etc.).

As my mobile and my camera shows a certain age I'd like to choose a new Android Phone but my knowledges in smart-phone are limited.

I mostly want to use it for GPS (
Wifi and offline preferably because 3G is too expensive), phone, web, emailing, Digital compass, visio or chat (virtual KB or physical it doesn't matter if the touch screen is good like an iPhone e.g.) and if the camera numeric is good enough it's significant

My budget could be around 600Ä (but for that price I hope a good picture quality).

The iPhone 3GS could also be a solution but since I'm a average developer Android's platform is a better solution I think.

I would be very grateful if someone could advise me on actual devices (like Motorola Droid, Nexus One, HTC, etc.) but particularly about what's coming soon and available from Belgium this summer (for example) since my trip is planned for September.

Thanks a lot, any help or advices are very welcome !

MichaŽl

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Old March 23rd, 2010, 05:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Get an UNLOCKED Nexus One (the t-mobile version). Then, every country you got to, get a Pay as you go (mobicarte) sim card. That way, you can use 3G wherever you go.
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Dag MichaŽl,

I bought my Hero from http://www.esseconline.be they had the best prices in Belgium at the time.

If I was you I would wait for the HTC Desire (based on the Nexus One) or HTC Legend (Upgrade to the Hero) to come to Belgium. If you can't wait then IMHO the HTC Hero is the best Android phone currently available.
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Hello MichaŽl.
I just wanted to give you a heads up about my situation. I also live in Belgium and I've recently purchased the Google Nexus One here for 530 euro, new from an eBay certified seller. He lived very closeby so I just went to pick it up but shipping to Belgium was free of charge too.
Like you I don't have 3G but I also use it for wifi and offline and have been very satisfied about it

Cheers!

EDIT: also, since you only need it by september.. I've heard rumours of the nexus officially coming here late spring-summer.
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EDIT: also, since you only need it by september.. I've heard rumours of the nexus officially coming here late spring-summer.
That would be nearly perfect I suppose.

Bluenova : The HTC Desire look very interesting !
Do you know if anything better is announced just after ?
Something with a Tegra processor for example.

I see price around 600Ä Unlocked am I right ?

Whatever happen I will wait until august before buying this expensive device, just in case.
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And what about the HTC Evo : Sprint's HTC Evo, the First Ever 4G Phone: Meet the New Terrific - htc evo 4g - Gizmodo

Compared to the HTC Desire ? HTC - Products - HTC Desire - Specification
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The right Android phone for me ?
That's refreshing. Most people are looking for "the best" as if there's one single device that everyone in the world wants.

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I mostly want to use it for GPS (Wifi and offline preferably because 3G is too expensive)
You need to also look into GPS apps then. If you mean GPS nav apps, the ones I've seen with maps stored on the SD card offer maps in regions (charging for each additional region in many cases).

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I would be very grateful if someone could advise me on actual devices (like Motorola Droid, Nexus One, HTC, etc.)
You can scratch the Droid off your list. It's CDMA only. The Milestone, its GSM counterpart, however, may be an option but I'm not aware of its specifications.
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I think it will be a while before we see the Evo/Supersonic but the Desire and the Legend should be out shortly. Try contacting Essec to see if they have a date already of when they will be in.
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You can scratch the Droid off your list. It's CDMA only. The Milestone, its GSM counterpart, however, may be an option but I'm not aware of its specifications.
It is identical apart from the GSM thing.
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