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Hey guys.

I'm currently in the market for my first smartphone, however I don't need the phone part after January because I'll be working over-seas.

What phone do you guys all prefer? I'm intrigued by the new iPhone 4S, the new Windows Phone 7 platform, and Android as well.

I want the phone to have a great camera, and apps that will allow me to keep notes and make schedules. I would also like it to have a good alarm clock either built-in or first-party app. I've heard about the Windows Phone 7 alarm clock that has a unique way of slowly increasing to wake you up more easily.

I travel a lot!

My budget isn't too low. I'd be willing to spend the dough on a great phone that will last years. Is it also possible to do month-to-month contracts with any of the carriers that you can start and stop freely?

I have used AT&T and T-Mobile in the past and have not had problems with either of them.

Thanks to all replies in advance.
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For your needs most of the phones should be fine, but I would recommend one of the iPhones. The iPhone 4 has a really good camera, and I have a feeling the iPhone 4S camera will beat almost all other phones. The iPhone 4S is a "world phone" (GSM+CDMA) so you can probably use it oversees if you wanted. It is offered on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon in the US, but T-Mobile would probably work too.(assuming it's unlockable). Most phones will have the software you are looking for, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. You can get the iPhone 3G for free (with 2 year contract) for free, but it doesn't have an extraordinary camera like the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4 is $100 (with 2 year contract) and will probably be enough. If you want the really good camera + really nice looking games I would go with the iPhone 4S for $200 (with 2 year contract).

I own an iPhone 4 and owned an iPhone 3G, and I've loved them both. They usually have a >100% resale value (I bought my 3G for $200 and sold it two years later for $250). I haven't looked into the other phones much since the iPhone has been so great, so maybe someone else can tell you about the other phones.
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T-Mobile prepaid plans maybe... I heard people say they are very good and flexible.
     
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SGS2, no question. Would be the best phone you could get with either carrier right now by a long shot. The t-mo version has a beautiful 4.52" screen. They're like $200 on contract.

Alternatively, you could wait until the Nexus Prime comes out, which should be pretty soon. Was supposed to be this Tuesday but that was delayed because of Jobs' passing.

I would go Android either way. The built in alarm clock on Android also has your increasing volume thing that you like.
Edited by Plex - 10/8/11 at 3:14pm
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