Which Android phone/non-phone can meet my needs for lowest price?


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  1. Shiyin

    Shiyin New Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hello, I would be grateful for your well-informed suggestions.

    In my own naivety I purchased a Blackberry Curve, and it's next to useless to me since I don't have the web service (too expensive), it doesn't transfer *.html or *.pdf files by USB, audio transfer app is buggy, and in what it does do, it's a pain to use.

    I need a device to use as a PDA (calendar & tasks lists to sync with desktop software such as Outlook or similar), to read *.rtf & *.pdf documents, use *.html & JavaScript files, play audio files, take text memo notes, a simple IDE on which I can do some simple programming (preferably in Java, but another language would be ok), and use a flashcard app, such as Anki. All file transfers must be by USB.

    ... Oh, and I don't need it to have a phone at all, so some other device such as that Android iPad clone would be OK if it operates well, reliably, and will likely last at least a couple of years.

    I'm severely limited financially, so I need to choose the cheapest one which fulfillls these needs. I'd prefer a keyboard, but if any much cheaper with touchscreen only can fulfill these requirements, it will do. Buying a used device such as from ebay would keep the price down, but I need advice on selecting one, considering that I chose something as terrible as a Blackberry.

    Thanks!
     

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  2. grainysand

    grainysand Well-Known Member

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    Er, ehhh, if you want an "iPad clone" you'll have to shell out quite a bit. The Samsung Galaxy Tab fits the bill, but chances are good it'll retail at $500. Do you have any qualms regarding specs, processor speed, screen size and the like? If not, then grab any of these from ebay:

    HTC Magic (aka "myTouch 3G")
    HTC Hero (aka "Droid Eris")
    Motorola Clique
    Samsung Galaxy Spica

    If you want a keyboard, then:

    Motorola Backflip
    Samsung Moment

    They should be all dirt-cheap by now. All have, I believe, 3.2-inch screen which should be okay for your needs. That or you could look up one of those Chinese knock-offs, but I don't think they will last you two years. There's also the Archos 5.

    Huh, can't you just mount the phone's sdcard and drag/drop to it like you would any other flash drive? It's what you do with Android phones.
     
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    Shiyin New Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks for that list, Grainysand.

    Sorry, I meant the Apad, also known as iPed, which is very cheap but its touchscreen is allegedly a little unresponsive.

    I can't afford qualms, & just about anything would be an improvement.

    That would be bliss. I assumed the BB would be able to do something at least vaguely similar, which is why I didn't think to question it could before buying, but no.
     

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