I’m quite convinced now that I’m sort of some strange edge case in terms of my phone needs/wants/desires, but having seen Ian’s post, I’m a little more reassured that I’m not the only person occupying this particular space.
Like Ian, I want something that has good, high-speed data, so that means 3G. I’m not really prepared to put up with something like EDGE. That rules out all the Blackberries, unfortunately. I also want a good(ish) camera – at least, one that can punt decent photos to Flickr, or ones that are good enough for me to be able to take a picture of a label lest I forget what it was I was supposed to buy the next time I stepped into a Sainsbury’s.
So yes, the Nokia phones have 3G. They’re good on the data front. I also want a keyboard, or at least a non-T9 text input method, so that rules out Blackberries again, and also rules out the majority of Nokias apart from, say, the E61. Which I’ve got, and which we know I don’t like, and leaves the E61i, which, well, let’s just say it’s probably just got a camera tacked on to it and a slightly less-shit firmware.
I don’t want to have two phones. I just want one phone, that will do a few things well. Not even really well. Just well. I mean well enough not to annoy me on a daily basis.
- Take pictures
- Read email
- For bonus points, IMAP IDLE
- Have a moderately good web browser (Safari, I’m looking at you)
- Threaded SMS messaging
- A contacts/address book that doesn’t suck
- Enough memory so if I install native/Java apps, I don’t have to keep closing them all the time
See? That wasn’t too hard, was it?