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Hey there OCN!

Right now, I'm looking for a smartphone for the Verizon Wireless network. My biggest need is for email, so text input method is imperative. I'm also going to be answering PMs across many forums, so web browsing should work well too. Stuff like video streaming or games, however, will not be needed.

I'm trying to find the right phone in terms of price and reliability. For reliability, I want to make sure it won't fail on me, and can hold a connection of some kind in a lab and in an underground train tunnel (BART if any of you Bay Area guys are out there).

So, where should I start?
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Dude, that new HTC droid is pretty cool. My buddy got one and I can't stop playing with it. Almost wish I wasn't on ATT.

Hope that helps ya out some!
    
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Hey there OCN!

Right now, I'm looking for a smartphone for the Verizon Wireless network. My biggest need is for email, so text input method is imperative. I'm also going to be answering PMs across many forums, so web browsing should work well too. Stuff like video streaming or games, however, will not be needed.

I'm trying to find the right phone in terms of price and reliability. For reliability, I want to make sure it won't fail on me, and can hold a connection of some kind in a lab and in an underground train tunnel (BART if any of you Bay Area guys are out there).

So, where should I start?
Well, let me have a crack at it since I do this for a living. (VZW Sales Rep)

First off, how many emails to do you get in a day? Typically if you only email and want great email support, a Blackberry Tour or Bold is the way to go. If you want a more Techy/Fun phone, the Motorola Droid or HTC Incredible, which are Andriod 2.1 based smartphones. I will tell you this, the HTC Incredible is a fast phone, but do not underestimate the Motorola. I have my Motorola Droid OC'd to 1Ghz as well as running Android 2.2. This type of upgrade is not available for the Incredible yet. The Motorola Droid also has a physical keyboard, while the Incredible has a virtual one.

As far as reception goes, going in a tunnel is gonna limit you a lot, it does with any cellular carrier, but overall you are gonna get really good reception IMO with the Motorola over the HTC. Same thing goes with battery life (550mhz stock on Motorola vs 1ghz stock on HTC).

In the end it all comes down to what is important to you. If you pick a phone and hate it and want to bring it back within 30 days, you can, but there is a $35 restocking fee, so get it right the 1st time. Play with the phones, make a call, send a text. See if the phone feels right for you. Nobody is making you rush yourself. If you have any other questions, feel free to PM me.
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Dude, that new HTC droid is pretty cool. My buddy got one and I can't stop playing with it. Almost wish I wasn't on ATT.

Hope that helps ya out some!

Yeah its a cool phone. So why are you on ATT again?
    
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I have my Motorola Droid OC'd to 1Ghz as well as running Android 2.2. This type of upgrade is not available for the Incredible yet. The Motorola Droid also has a physical keyboard, while the Incredible has a virtual one.

As far as reception goes, going in a tunnel is gonna limit you a lot, it does with any cellular carrier, but overall you are gonna get really good reception IMO with the Motorola over the HTC. Same thing goes with battery life (550mhz stock on Motorola vs 1ghz stock on HTC).
The Moto Droid has a physical keyboard, but imo it's not very good (at least compared to other QWERTY keyboards like the LG Voyager).

You get very used to the HTC Incredibles touch screen keyboard and with the auto-correction/word guesser feature it helps speed things up.

You can also talk into both Droids and it'll type what you say (good for short burst words/phrases, not recommended for long messages).

It's also not fair to compare battery life of a 550mhz phone and a 1ghz phone. A better comparison would be both phones at 1ghz AND on Android 2.1.

But again, HTC Incredible will be getting 2.2 soon. 2.2 helps A LOT in terms of battery savings. If you're an impatient person and like to OC/root then get a Moto Droid, but the Incredible is fast enough already. Just needs increased battery life to make it the best phone. You can buy a 3500 mah battery and that'll really boost the batteries life. There are also other battery sizes that don't increase the thickness of the phone such as Eidos 1750 mah batteries.

HTC Incredible has Sense UI which imo, is awesome. 7 screens and a cool clock/weather widget that displays the weather graphically on your screen every time you turn it on (Rays of sun, drops of water, fog etc).

Incredible also has an 8MP camera

If you don't want to use the internet though, the Blackberry Tour will allow you to check email easily and has a few fun games to play.
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The Moto Droid has a physical keyboard, but imo it's not very good (at least compared to other QWERTY keyboards like the LG Voyager).

You get very used to the HTC Incredibles touch screen keyboard and with the auto-correction/word guesser feature it helps speed things up.

You can also talk into both Droids and it'll type what you say (good for short burst words/phrases, not recommended for long messages).

It's also not fair to compare battery life of a 550mhz phone and a 1ghz phone. A better comparison would be both phones at 1ghz AND on Android 2.1.

But again, HTC Incredible will be getting 2.2 soon. 2.2 helps A LOT in terms of battery savings. If you're an impatient person and like to OC/root then get a Moto Droid, but the Incredible is fast enough already. Just needs increased battery life to make it the best phone. You can buy a 3500 mah battery and that'll really boost the batteries life. There are also other battery sizes that don't increase the thickness of the phone such as Eidos 1750 mah batteries.

HTC Incredible has Sense UI which imo, is awesome. 7 screens and a cool clock/weather widget that displays the weather graphically on your screen every time you turn it on (Rays of sun, drops of water, fog etc).

Incredible also has an 8MP camera

If you don't want to use the internet though, the Blackberry Tour will allow you to check email easily and has a few fun games to play.
I agree with most of your post, not all of it. The Env Touch/Voyager does have a great keyboard, but its not in the same class as a smartphone is it?

Secondly, the HTC Incredible will NOT be getting the 2.2 update as fast as the Motorola Droid due to the Sense UI interface. Just take a look at the HTC Droid Eris from 1.5 to 2.1 update if you don't believe me. The Motorola Droid runs a bone stock Android OS, compared to the Sense UI interface that HTC overlaid on the Incredible. So with a bone stock OS, it is easier for the 2.2 update to be applied.

Thirdly, comparing battery life from a 550mhz to 1ghz is completely fair. 1ghz uses more power than 550mhz, its as simple as that.

With that said, my Motorola Droid running at 1ghz and with Android 2.2, gets about 1.25 days out of a full charge, depending on what I do on it.
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I recently switched back to Verizon from AT&T, I love my HTC Droid Incredible (switched from my iPhone 3gs). Honestly most of the smart phones are going to be able to check your email just fine. Everyone is different though on what they like as far as a phone goes. I would suggest going and trying a few of the phones out to see what feels the best to you.
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I agree with most of your post, not all of it. The Env Touch/Voyager does have a great keyboard, but its not in the same class as a smartphone is it?

Secondly, the HTC Incredible will NOT be getting the 2.2 update as fast as the Motorola Droid due to the Sense UI interface. Just take a look at the HTC Droid Eris from 1.5 to 2.1 update if you don't believe me. The Motorola Droid runs a bone stock Android OS, compared to the Sense UI interface that HTC overlaid on the Incredible. So with a bone stock OS, it is easier for the 2.2 update to be applied.

Thirdly, comparing battery life from a 550mhz to 1ghz is completely fair. 1ghz uses more power than 550mhz, its as simple as that.

With that said, my Motorola Droid running at 1ghz and with Android 2.2, gets about 1.25 days out of a full charge, depending on what I do on it.
The HTC will be delayed on getting 2.2 but the jump from 1.5 to 2.1 was quite a leap compared to going from 2.1 to 2.2, which I hope doesn't take them too long
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The HTC will be delayed on getting 2.2 but the jump from 1.5 to 2.1 was quite a leap compared to going from 2.1 to 2.2, which I hope doesn't take them too long
It's still going to be delayed, thus making the Motorola Droid getting updates sooner......

Plus who would know more.......you see I work for VZW.
    
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Well, let me have a crack at it since I do this for a living. (VZW Sales Rep)

First off, how many emails to do you get in a day? Typically if you only email and want great email support, a Blackberry Tour or Bold is the way to go. If you want a more Techy/Fun phone, the Motorola Droid or HTC Incredible, which are Andriod 2.1 based smartphones. I will tell you this, the HTC Incredible is a fast phone, but do not underestimate the Motorola. I have my Motorola Droid OC'd to 1Ghz as well as running Android 2.2. This type of upgrade is not available for the Incredible yet. The Motorola Droid also has a physical keyboard, while the Incredible has a virtual one.

As far as reception goes, going in a tunnel is gonna limit you a lot, it does with any cellular carrier, but overall you are gonna get really good reception IMO with the Motorola over the HTC. Same thing goes with battery life (550mhz stock on Motorola vs 1ghz stock on HTC).

In the end it all comes down to what is important to you. If you pick a phone and hate it and want to bring it back within 30 days, you can, but there is a $35 restocking fee, so get it right the 1st time. Play with the phones, make a call, send a text. See if the phone feels right for you. Nobody is making you rush yourself. If you have any other questions, feel free to PM me.



Yeah its a cool phone. So why are you on ATT again?
Thanks so much for the info! Going by this, I'll probably be looking at the BB Tour and Bold then. I'm mostly interested in communication and not iPhone-type internet usage.

I'd +Rep you, but you're a mod, so I'll just give you an e-Cookie.


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The Moto Droid has a physical keyboard, but imo it's not very good (at least compared to other QWERTY keyboards like the LG Voyager).

You get very used to the HTC Incredibles touch screen keyboard and with the auto-correction/word guesser feature it helps speed things up.

You can also talk into both Droids and it'll type what you say (good for short burst words/phrases, not recommended for long messages).

It's also not fair to compare battery life of a 550mhz phone and a 1ghz phone. A better comparison would be both phones at 1ghz AND on Android 2.1.

But again, HTC Incredible will be getting 2.2 soon. 2.2 helps A LOT in terms of battery savings. If you're an impatient person and like to OC/root then get a Moto Droid, but the Incredible is fast enough already. Just needs increased battery life to make it the best phone. You can buy a 3500 mah battery and that'll really boost the batteries life. There are also other battery sizes that don't increase the thickness of the phone such as Eidos 1750 mah batteries.

HTC Incredible has Sense UI which imo, is awesome. 7 screens and a cool clock/weather widget that displays the weather graphically on your screen every time you turn it on (Rays of sun, drops of water, fog etc).

Incredible also has an 8MP camera

If you don't want to use the internet though, the Blackberry Tour will allow you to check email easily and has a few fun games to play.
Very tempted, but the price tag is making me cry a bit... Still, thanks!


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I recently switched back to Verizon from AT&T, I love my HTC Droid Incredible (switched from my iPhone 3gs). Honestly most of the smart phones are going to be able to check your email just fine. Everyone is different though on what they like as far as a phone goes. I would suggest going and trying a few of the phones out to see what feels the best to you.
Very interesting to note And thanks for the advice.

+Rep to all the posts I found helpful. THanks again!
Edited by r31ncarnat3d - 6/8/10 at 10:05am
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