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It's steadily increasing how many times it's been a PITA for Laura and I both not to have a mobile phone. It's annoying, it's harder to co-ordinate or meet up. It's really starting to tick me off. I've been lightly shopping for a new phone for Laura because if there's someone who actually needs a smart phone of the 2 of us, it's her. She usually carries a cell, pager, palm pilot (old school, not wireless, not a phone) - and she actually uses them. It's not a toy for her, it's a tool.
Me on the other hand, it would very much just be a toy. A nice, shiny toy. Do I need a smart phone? No. Do I want one? Of course. But, like most things, I just don't want to pay for one. I think that the simplest (and cheapest) thing that would solve my current frustration would be to add a text messaging plan to our pay-as-you-go phone and for me to carry that one.
If I was going to choose one based solely on what I know now, I'd probably get the android based HTC Magic. Looks pretty, has all the google stuff built in (which I use a lot), is somewhat hackable with being able to write java apps for it. It looks like you can even use maven and eclipse for building apps, all you need in a one time 25 $ output to put things into the market. That's the phone I want to play with.
What phone do I think Laura should get? Unfortunately for the apps that she'll probably need, I doubt that they would have an android version right now. (Laura, remind me if you read this to give me a list of the apps you use so I can write the companies asking / requesting android versions). We'll see what kinds of mid-summer deals the carriers will come out with.Posted by jim at May 9, 2009 06:12 PM