recommend Android phone - like Blackberry?


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    thrashertm Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hey all,
    I'm on Tmobile and just bought a G2, with my prior phone being a Blackberry 8310. I'm having some buyers' remorse (annoying interface, keyboard, crashes), and was hoping for suggestions on an alternative. I'm out of my Tmobile contract - so I can hop to another carrier. Can someone suggest a good blackberry-like phone running android? I tried the Motorola Charm, but found it underpowered. Here are my needs -


    1. Blackberry-like physical keyboard for 1 handed typing
    2. Blackberry-like size (don't really care about having a HUGE screen)
    3. Touch screen
    4. Fast and responsive OS
    5. Android
    6. HSPA+ would be nice, but ability to stream youtube is a must
    7. Free tethering (using PDANet on my G2)
    Does this phone exist, or is there one on the horizon?

    If there's an upcoming option, I might revert to my 8310 and limp along until it comes out. Thanks
     

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    thrashertm Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks for the tip. That looks perfect! Only problem is...Verizon is expensive on rate plans compared to Tmobile. I'm getting 1000 minutes and 1000 texts for $45 + $25 for data. Any idea how this phone will be priced?
     
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    Yeah...Verizon is not even close...I just looked. An individual plan for 900 minutes and unlimited texts is $80 + $30 for data

    I am on a family plan, so its not as bad, but the individual is certainly expensive. I just don't think there are any other android phones yet that are like a BB. Maybe look at the Torch on ATT....
     
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    thrashertm Member This Topic's Starter

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    I just found out that I can get a corporate discount of 22% on the plan + the phone. That puts it in my range. Nice...

    How is the Internet performance on the phone? Do you know how fast you can download in kiloBytes/sec? How about watching Youtube?

    I was able to get 800KB/sec on my G2 with the HSPA+ on Tmobile. I guess that the download speed isn't as important as responsiveness. I think I'll need to stop by a Verizon store and try their phones out.
     
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    I have a droid 2 by Motorola, so it is kind of similar to this phone. Download speeds ranged from 500kbs to 1.5mbs when I actually tested the speed. YouTube videos are always fast to load and the phone is pretty quick. This new phone is supposed to have a faster CPU and should be even better.
     
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    significantly slower download, but I think responsiveness (latency) is more important frankly. When I skip to a new part of a youtube video, it takes about 5 second to load. How is it for you?
     
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    In the test I just did, took 3-5 sec to jump to new not loaded part of the video.
     
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    Looks like I'll be limping along with an old flip phone until the Pro arrives.
     

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