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New Budget Phone AT&T(Android v WM7)

Poll Results: Which one?

 
  • 30% (9)
    HTC Inspire(android)
  • 36% (11)
    Motorola Atrix(android)
  • 20% (6)
    Samsung Focus (win7)
  • 6% (2)
    HTC Surround(win7)
  • 0% (0)
    LG Quantum(win7)
  • 6% (2)
    Samsung Captivate(android)
30 Total Votes  
post #1 of 35
Thread Starter 
I have about $50 to replace my iPhone 3G. I can't really decide what to get. I hear great things about android and great things about Win 7. I'm a Microsoft fanboy but I'm worried that Win7 might not be mature enough yet. Here are my options:
Android
-HTC Inspire(refurb)
-Motorola Atrix (refurb)
-Samsung Captivate

Windows Mobile 7
-HTC Surround
-LG Quantum
-Samsung Focus(normal $50, refurb is $.01)

Thanks for looking and thanks for helping out! wave2.gif
post #2 of 35
Dude! I have the Surround and it's a BEAST of a phone. I'm not even an MS fanboi, but I have to say its the most solid and quickest-responding phone I've ever seen, up to and beating my brother's iPhone4. I say big points to the HTC Surround.
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post #3 of 35
Thread Starter 
Thanks! +rep.

I'm not focused on apps, but does it feel like Win 7 is lacking in that respect?
post #4 of 35
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Originally Posted by KG363;14465886 
Thanks! +rep.

I'm not focused on apps, but does it feel like Win 7 is lacking in that respect?

Yes, and no. It currently feels somewhat limited, but that is because some things like true multitasking are not available yet. It is coming in the Mango update this fall, along with many other features and improvements (500+ according to MS).

Personally, I think developers are waiting until multitasking is available to drop their apps. Many rely on multitasking for their usage scenarios, such as Pandora, games, etc. Games are actually the one area where I think they are ahead of Android. They have quite a few quality games and the Xbox integration is pretty neat. I managed to break my original Windows Phone, but I plan on getting another this fall with the Mango release (and Nokia!).

EDIT: The HTC Surround is cool, but IMO, it is a bit bulky just to carry some half decent speakers. The screen on the Samsung Focus is probably the best of the WP7 devices. I, personally, stay away from LG.
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post #5 of 35
Thread Starter 
Thanks! +rep.
post #6 of 35
Thread Starter 
I think I might get the Samsung focus refurb for a penny. It seems like a good deal. Anyone ever had a bad experience with refurbs?
post #7 of 35
i would go with the HTC Inspire. Once you root an android phone you wont want to go back. I ran my HTC Aria at stock for about 1 month before i rooted. And let me tell you it was the best thing i could do for my phone. You could also go with the Atrix but i dont know if its root-able yet..
post #8 of 35
If you're into the rooting and hacking of Android, the HTC Inspire is a good choice. There's tons of development support for different ROMS (CM7, Sense 3.0, Sense 2.1, etc) that you can play with.
post #9 of 35
Thread Starter 
I'm not really familiar with rooting and I doubt I'd do it. I'm not too much into phone-tech and things like that. I do like the look of HTC's though
post #10 of 35
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Originally Posted by KG363;14466521 
I'm not really familiar with rooting and I doubt I'd do it. I'm not too much into phone-tech and things like that. I do like the look of HTC's though

It's easy to root, just read the instructions (S-OFF on HTC Inspire) and then you're good to go. Then just immediately flash a ROM of choice (CyanogenMod, MIUI, you name it) afterward.
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