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Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

by coceng Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 7:32 AM

I am finally getting my very first mobile phone. I have never owned one before.
People said to me millions of times : You can afford to travel but you couldn't afford to buy a mobile phone ?
I said : I can afford to buy a mobile phone, there are so many cheap mobile phones these days, but I just don't need one !

I finally decide to get one now. I want my mobile phone to be an entertainment device rather than a communication device, still I want to be able to call people on it.

These are what I want on my mobile phone :

Big screen...3" more.
I want to be able to drag my mp3s on my PC onto the device so that I could use it as my mp3 player as well. iPhone can't do this to me as iPhone won't support my mp3 file & I don't use Mac. I don't like the idea of going through iTunes to get my music.

Minimum memory for me would be 2GB, maybe there's an extra card slot for memory expansion.

I want my device to be able to capture photos & videos as well. 3 megapixels would do, more is better. iPhone cannot take videos.

Importantly, I want my device to be able to surf Internet, that's why I want a big screen. iPhone unfortunately doesn't support FLASH.
Please don't suggest any PDA type as it's too broad for me to hold it in my palm.

Touch-screen is good but not important.

So guys, please suggest to me some brands.

By the way : The price would be less than USD 400.

Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by unaS Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 7:56 AM

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    by kathymof Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 8:06 AM

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    by kathymof Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 8:08 AM

    This page might help you
    phonedog.com/cell-phone-rese...

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by Kristymamoo Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 8:15 AM

    I have always found that phones that you are meant to be able to use as an MP3 have very limited memory? The phone that has recently caught my attention which you may find interesting is the Nokia 5310 (link below) - not sure about storing your own music; think this is where I have always had a problem; but if you buy from a dedicated phone store then someone should be able to advise you about this. I have always found that Nokia's are the easiest phone to use and the camera on my current model is excellent so I would expect it to be better with a newer model?

    shop.nokia.co.uk/nokia-uk/pr...

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by coceng Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 8:16 AM

    For the last 5 minutes, I was searching the Net for a mobile phone called Mobilemark, couldn't find it ! :)

    What exactly is Mobilemark ?

    Thanks for the link & it brought to me some phones by Samsung & LG (??).

    I'm a bit baffled here.

  • coceng's Profile Photo

    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by coceng Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 8:24 AM

    Kristymamoo, thanks for the link...but the phone screen is small. The price is good.

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by SLLiew Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 8:31 AM

    Ha ha ha. Someone just wanted to keep track of this posting and so added "Mobile Mark".

    Wow...from no phone to super phone. Have fun in choosing, using and playing with your new mobile soon. I have no opinion just to share above comment.

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by coceng Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 8:42 AM

    He!he! Liew...
    Now I get it.

    I thought it's just a simple question where everybody would suggest their own or their favorite phones to me.

    I just want a big screen because I want it to surf the net as well, small screen hard to maneuver...

    What do you suggest ?

    Friends here said to me, "Forget the Net, just get a good mobile phone where I could call people, send SMS, send MMS...bluetooth or infrared; take good photos & videos..."

    Still, it's hard for me to choose :(

    I still want my phone to surf the Net & a few guys at the mobile shops here told me, "Like that ah...you must get 3.5 G phone you know or the Net can be sluggish ! In Malaysia, 3.5 G phone is more than USD 400 !"

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by coceng Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 8:48 AM

    Liew, you said , " from no phone to super phone"

    Ha ! Ha !, friends here said, "Good luck in finding my dream phone !!!"

    I made a bet with them !!

    If I could buy my 'dream' mobile phone in 6 months, they would sponsor my trip for next year !!! :)

    If I couldn't find it, I have to treat them at a good restaurant.

    Fair enough...so guys, HELP ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by SLLiew Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 8:54 AM

    Another point is like most people when I first start to use a mobile phone, I have lost, got stolen pr dropped a few. After a few mobile phones, you get better and wiser.

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by coceng Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 8:59 AM

    Oh dear !

    That's why friends here said, "Get a cheap one lar...no need fancy-fancy. If stolen or dropped, HOW !!???"

    According to them, cheap one can be replaced !!

    RM 100 would do.

    They would 'lecture' me all night long !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo

    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by SLLiew Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 9:02 AM

    You have great friends.... listen to them, LOL.

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by coceng Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 9:06 AM

    Ha ! Ha !!
    ...but it's too late now ! I have made a bet with them.
    I MUST find my 'dream' phone.

    Err, what phone have you used ?

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by July2 Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 9:08 AM

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by coceng Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 9:21 AM

    July2, promise me...

    When I find my dream phone, you must buy it also, okay ! :)

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by coceng Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 9:30 AM

    Here's more of my preferences :

    I skip iPhone. I don't like iTunes ! Like they have this DRM thing where only the LEGAL songs can be played on iPhone.
    Also the Internet browser on iPhone is called Safari & this Safari thing can't download FLASH !
    For example, the world map (where we could see all the countries that WE have been to) on VT pages are blank on Safari browser.

    I also don't prefer HTC phones. They feel like PDAs, they are PDAs actually. They are so big to hold in my palm.

    I still have big big choices !!
    Samsung, Nokia, LG, Motorola...some of them have big screens ! Some of them are 3.5 G...but not many of them are priced below USD 400 with the features that I want !

    *headache*

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by SLLiew Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    I am a Nokia loyalist. Familiar with the keypad, menu and chargers.

    In that case, get a second hand (preferable not a stolen one) feature-rich mobile from a dealer with the agreement that you will trade in for a basic camera phone mobile (Nokia or Samsung) after a month.

    Then you can impress your friends and then get practical. It is past midnight and so what I write here don't count in the morning.

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by coceng Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Thanks for the suggestion Liew.

    What do you think of touch-screen mobile phones ?
    Are they easy to get faulty ?

    I errrrr..., sort of fancy touch-screen mobile phones.

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by coceng Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    The bet with my friends is in 6 months (well, it's about 5 months & 3 weeks now...).

    Somebody said that maybe my dream phone is available in China, you know the no-brand types...
    It's cheaper, no guarantee if it's work or not !

    BUT, my psyche is telling me that my dream phone is available out there. I just haven't found it yet !!!

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    by coceng Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 10:46 AM

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by coceng Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Last night I also posted this same question of me looking for my first mobile phone on several mobile-phones-websites.

    First nobody really answering anything, some of them goons even asked me where the hell had I been living since people (everybody : according to them) started to use handphones !

    Now, those sites seem to be 'talking' about MY DREAM PHONE !!!

    It's 3.2" screen & it's FULLY TOUCH-SCREEN.
    Camera is 3.2 megapixels (flash & auto-focus & zooming 3X), video recording is possible (DVD quality).
    Can play videos : MP4, WMV.
    Photos : jpeg, gif (hhhmmm, I can put animations also, great !!!!!!)

    It has 2 cameras actually, one at the front (for video conferencing) & one at the back (for taking photos).

    It has TV-OUT as well, plus USB port.

    It has Micro SD card slot up to 16 GB.

    It has mp3 player as well, plus FM radio.

    It has bluetooth, A2DP.
    JAVA, MMS, SMS, Wi-fi, GPS & HSDPA, all these functions are equipped in this device !!

    Internet browser is Symbian S60 which also supports FLASH !

    THE SUPER GREAT NEWS IS IT COSTS LESS THAN USD 400 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by unaS Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    So? What is this paragon of virtue?

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by coceng Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Thought nobody is interested apart from me ! ;)

    This thing was launched last month in London, Singapore & Russia & soon to be released worldwide, next year.

    This HUGE COMPANY doesn't want to interfere with the Xmas period because everybody would buy it as X'mas present for loved ones !
    So they launched/released this new mobile phone in 3 places above only, to test the market.

    Some people call this thang as iPhone copycat, some said it's iPhone killer.
    Whatever, it's much cheaper than iPhone & BETTER than iPhone.

    I could go down to Singapore to buy one but I could wait...until it reaches my shore early next year.
    For now I can tell my friends that I HAVE FOUND MY DREAM MOBILE PHONE !!!
    Let them sweat !

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by coceng Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    It's NOT by APPLE (the company who created iPhone).
    It's not by HTC.
    It's not by LG.
    It's not by Samsung.

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by coceng Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    I'm not going to reveal the name just yet, let me sleep...dreaming of my first mobile phone !

    Or anybody can have a guess from the clues above.

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    by utchie Online Now Nov 6, 2008 at 4:31 AM

    Hi. Try Samsung Omnia.

    I work in a telcom company and our rival telecom company got rights to launch iPhone here. So our office decided to launch something better than iPhone.

    I have seen the unit and it does look better than iPhone (for me and other friends at least) but i do not personally know any functionalities although I bet that it offers basically whatever iPhones offer.

    I overheard someone from the elevator that Omnia is actually better than iPhone. I am

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by coceng Online Now Nov 6, 2008 at 4:57 AM

    Thanks utchie.

    But how much is the price ?
    Samsung Omnia is using Windows Mobile, which is sluggish when surfing the Net.

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by utchie Online Now Nov 6, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Hi Arnaud.. they say he price is cheaper than iPhone. I do not know how cheap they mean by "cheaper than iPhone". I can probably confirm the actual price later but I think mobile phones are way too much expensive here than in Singapore.

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    by TravellingSpirit Online Now Nov 6, 2008 at 4:04 PM

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    Re: Help Me To Choose My FIRST Mobile Phone !

    by coceng Online Now Nov 7, 2008 at 7:35 AM

    Sorry, I was busy in various other sites talking about my dream phone !! :)

    Okay, MY DREAM PHONE IS : Nokia 5800 XM (XM stands for Xpress Music).

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_...

    It says on Wikipedia that Malaysia would be one of the countries which would release this mobile phone in the world.

    I have done my own search, anyhow...

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