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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by qwasqaws, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. qwasqaws

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    So, I'm going travelling soon and it's a good opportunity to buy an android phone for internet access, among other things.
    I'd much prefer a physical keyboard but from what I've seen they seem to be aimed at specific groups of people, like excessive texters or business men, and I don't know if that will make a difference. I can live with only touch screen, but it would have to be relatively tough for the rigours of travel.
    I'm also a programmer and prefer function over form, if that makes any difference.

    I don't have a huge amount of time to research it and, since I know diddly squat about smart phones, I'm having a hard time working out what's important.

    Any suggestions?
     

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    I would try a HTC Desire Z, this has all the great features of android phones, but with a pop-out keyboard :)
     
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    That looks good, but I am somewhat concerned about that hinge. A lot of people seem to complaining about it being loose. Might not a big deal except for that exposed cable. Hmm...
     
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    What country are you from? which carrier?
     
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    UK and I intend to buy SIM free. I don't use a phone enough to warrant a contract and I'll be using a travelling SIM.
    Orange in the UK, GoSIM elsewhere, if it matters.

    Edit: Speaking of which, do I lose anything by not being on a contract? Like carrier services or something?

    Thanks for the suggestions; I think I'm settled on a Desire Z. Before I do so, I'd like to make sure I'm not doing anything stupid.

    Is there any reason not to buy it SIM free?
    Is there any reason not to install CyanogenMod?
     
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    Important is highly subjective. What features? Budget? Carrier? Frequencies? Size? Weight? Screen? Form factor? What matters most to you? What doesn't matter?

    In the US, contracts are typically exchanged for a subsidy on the device. I can't speak for how things work across the pond though.
     

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