tablets vs phone what should I get?

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  1. blindman96

    blindman96 Well-Known Member

    hi I live in australia and was looking for an unlocked phone/tablet or a locked phone/tablet to vodafone preferably upgradeable to android 2.3 without using ROMS.

    UPDATE: decided not to get a tablet, thanks for the advice just gona get a phone, can anyone help?
    UPDATE 2: gonna get the huawei ideos x3, was looking at the acer liquid e but I don't like it. thanks for all your help guys really appreciate it, this is probably my last post and my birthday is tomorrow! I'll jump on the forum every now and again to mabye help someone who's in the same position I was in. thanks guys!

    I have a few questions and really need some answers. PS: I have a limit of $200 and I need this to be a prepaid phone, thanks!

    (NOTE: I need a big screen, 3+ inches please as I have low vision and have trouble seeing.
    Q1: Where can I find a phone for $200 or below that is upgradeable to android 2.3

    Q2: looking at some phones like the huawei ideos x3 and the motorola phones they have different versions of android (gui/homescreen anyway) is there a way to revert this? eg: motoblur and some weird 3d box thing going on the huawei.

    Q3: is there a special program to update the version of android, universal program/carrier specific program/phone specific program, etc?

    Q3: with resistive touch screen phones, are they really that bad?

    Q4: I'm use to an ipod touch 2nd generation and it running angry birds fine, I see phones with a slightly less screen size (in inches) with about the same processor speed and capabilities but unable to run the game, what's going on? (obviously I like angry birds and is a must to play on my android phone) :)

    What I'll use this phone for:
    some web surfing
    games (angry birds)
    youtube (flash support doesn't matter it would be nice though )
    taking pictures and videos every once in a while so camera doesn't matter so much
    watching big bang theory :) so I'll get a big sd card!
    and I'm sure theres more but that's what I want to do with my phone.

    I'll add more stuff when I think of them.

    thankyou for reading and I hope you can help me out!

  2. blindman96

    blindman96 Well-Known Member

    I'm ditching my ipod touch 2nd gen to get an android phone or tablet if that helps anyone.
  3. Bnice

    Bnice Guest

    Well only you can truly decide but I would check out a tablet and a phone of your choice that you like. Get some hands on feel of the device you like and go from their. Search the forum and see what folks are saying about the devices you choose that way you get an idea of the pros and cons of the device.
  4. blindman96

    blindman96 Well-Known Member

    I know that, I've searched google I've tried searching the forums but haven't got any leads, that's why I decided to post here
  5. Outlaw71

    Outlaw71 Well-Known Member

    You do realize that you can't make calls on a Tablet, right? I think a lot of people have the misconception that a Tablet is a blown up phone, when in fact it's a keyboardless laptop. So if calls are pretty important, then you'll want a smartphone.

    And since I have no clue what is available down under, that's all the help I can give.

  6. Guamguy

    Guamguy Well-Known Member

    Depends on the tablet.

    You certainly can call and text on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Hey, it will even take phone SIMs too. No need to cut it into a micro SIM like an iPad.

    You can hold the big thing right in your ear and respond to calls with it. But if you don't want to look like Maxwell Smart, you can also use a Bluetooth headset with the Galaxy Tab to respond to calls.

    Of course, its going to cost ya and it looks like at least 2x to 3x the original poster's budget.

    For the requested budget, none of the cheap Chinese made tablets can make a call and are entirely wifi devices.

    If you want a cheap Android at that price range that can call, you need an Android phone. Period. Highly recommended is the LG Optimus S. It comes with Android 2.2 and LG made it a policy that all their Android phones will at least get a one version bump.
  7. blindman96

    blindman96 Well-Known Member

    thanks I'll look into the optimus s
  8. blindman96

    blindman96 Well-Known Member

    the optimus s isn't in australia I don't think. the optimus one is but it's nearly 300 bucks
  9. blindman96

    blindman96 Well-Known Member

    i only have 6 more days left, please can anyone help?
  10. operant

    operant Well-Known Member

    Isn't the desire and nexus s on vodaphone australia? If so, both the desire hd and nexus s are good phones for what you want.

    Oh wait, the nexus s was announced for vodaphone Australia but isn't out yet.

    But by all means you want a phone not a tablet for your needs (if I understand your needs correctly).
  11. blindman96

    blindman96 Well-Known Member

    yeah I need a phone as I've stated in the OP and that my budget is only about $200 so unfortunately the desire and nexus are out
  12. operant

    operant Well-Known Member

    Hmm then I'd say your options are the galaxy s and the milestone. Id lean galaxy s but I think the milestone is cheaper and is still a pretty good phone IMO.
  13. blindman96

    blindman96 Well-Known Member

    thanks for the help but please read the original post carefully, I'm looking for a phone (a prepaid phone) for about or less then $200, that means I need to buy the phone unlocked no contract for about that amount. the galaxy s and milestone are about $800 down here.
  14. operant

    operant Well-Known Member

    Oh damn sorry I'm reading the vodaphone Australia website which sort of confuses me. 200 unlocked - is vodaphone gdsm or CDMA?

    Your best bet is eBay or a local auction / buying website becaue most new unlocked from the vodaphone website that are android are expensive.

    So I think the best way to proceed is to link me to potential phones in your price range and then I can help make a recommendation after that.
  15. blindman96

    blindman96 Well-Known Member

    thanks I'll look up on ebay, hope you can help

    KENNECTED Well-Known Member

    Thats not true, the Samsung tablets in the UK (possibly all of Europe) are capable of making phone calls.
  17. operant

    operant Well-Known Member

    Via skype or are you talking actual full calling like on a phone? If so you better have Bluetooth because holding a tablet to your face would be hilarious to see.
  18. blindman96

    blindman96 Well-Known Member

    I've decided on a phone, not a tablet, I won't be using 3g just wifi if it helps
  19. blindman96

    blindman96 Well-Known Member

    updated questions, don't want a tablet anymore, 5 days wooh!

    anyway can someone help with the new Questions?
  20. PSkeptic

    PSkeptic Well-Known Member

    Damn, I can't find the picture of the old woman doing just that with a 10" iPad :lol:
  21. HamakiBCN

    HamakiBCN Active Member

    Q1: most likely you can't. All handsets that have a 2.3 update already announced are high-end ones. And your best chance to get one of those for the 200 bucks pricetag is on contract, leaving unlocked phones out of the equation.

    Q2: again, most likely not without rooting, which given your budget is unadvisable (warranty voided)

    Q3: they aren't bad per se (HTC used to make quite good ones) but they're obviously less responsive (yoy have to actually press the screen) and multitouch is phisically impossible (so forget about pinch-to-zoom)

    Q4: It's not just about processor speed and specs. No to mention there are still a few Android 1.5 handsets around. Check the reviews in the Android Marketplace via PC, you usually will be able to tell if a phone will run it or not.

    My advice? get a Nexus One on contract (i know, i know, contracts are no good...). You'll meet the initial budget, Android 2.3 for it is already in the works, and Angry Birds is proven to work flawlessly on it. Just make sure that the carrier you choose is the right one for you. You see, what you described is a high-end phone (you even ask for a hefty SD card!). you simply won't get that unlocked for a 200$ price. Not without a contract. So either you scale down your wishlist or prepare for some monthly fees.
  22. blindman96

    blindman96 Well-Known Member

    ok, thanks for the input can you show me some good contract phones for my budget?
    also the ideos x3 is supposadly 2.3 and sub 200 bucks but not out for a little whiel :(
  23. blindman96

    blindman96 Well-Known Member

    how's this?
    I'm not very familiar to plans so does this meet my budget of 200 bucks?
    Crazy John's
  24. blindman96

    blindman96 Well-Known Member

    what can anyone tell me about the acer liquid E? I have it at a good price and was wondering how it is? does it have android 2.2/2.3? how's the experience and screen?
  25. blindman96

    blindman96 Well-Known Member

    tomorrows my bday! I read the liquid e can't connect o wireless LANs is that true?

    hows the acer liquid e vs the ideos x3?

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