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Hey everyone, I'm looking for some advice on which smartphone to get.

Intended usage/requirements:

- Must run Android
- Reliable, fast messaging by text, gmail, facebook and twitter
- High quality contacts system which can link contacts to their facebook and twitter accounts
- Good reception and call quality
- Reasonable battery life (I don't like recharging it every day)
- Quality internet browser
- Good reception for Wi-Fi (very important)

Things I don't care a lot about:

- Multimedia playback: I'll only put some stuff on that I have encoded myself, so it doesn't need to support an enormous range of formats
- Sound quality for music (I have an iPod for that)

I've been considering the HTC Desire Z, LG Optimus 2X and Samsung Galaxy SII, but I'm pretty much indecided. Could you give me some advice? (Or recommend another device as to further confuse me? )
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HTC Thunderbolt, or Motorola Atrix 4G

Or if you can wait for the Galaxy SII

I have the Atrix, and love it!
     
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Droid X. Got mine a couple days ago and ill never go back.
    
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Out of your list of "requirements", my only concern with be the battery life. Phones like the Desire HD/Inspire 4G and Thunderbolt have awful battery life. Same goes for the Desire Z, which in my mind, is getting a bit old (in comparison to the G2X and Galaxy S2).

I'd either wait for the HTC Sensation (1520 mAh battery) or the Samsung Galaxy S2. You could also consider the Motorola Atrix, like mentioned above. All three phones have dual cores and are top of the line.

You should also research the UI of each device. HTC has HTC Sense (3.0 for Sensation), Samsung has TouchWiz and Motorola has Motoblur. You may not like some of the different UI each phone presents which would make your decision easier.

If you're into rooting, stay away from the Motorola Atrix as developer's still haven't been able to crack the bootloader which inhibits your ability to flash custom ROMs. As for the Sensation and Galaxy S2, we'll have to wait for its release to see if it's locked or not.

As for the other requirements, almost everything else is covered by owning a smartphone.

- Must run Android
Of Course.

- Reliable, fast messaging by text, gmail, facebook and twitter
Having a dual core phone, it should definitely be snappy.

- High quality contacts system which can link contacts to their facebook and twitter accounts
Have your contacts synced to a Gmail account and Android will do the rest. As for Facebook and Twitter, simply "Add Account" in the Settings.

- Good reception and call quality
This depends on your provider but all of the newer phones have good call quality.

- Reasonable battery life (I don't like recharging it every day)
Read above.

- Quality internet browser
If you don't like the stock browser, you can always download browsers off the Android Market. I personally use Dolphin Mini.

- Good reception for Wi-Fi (very important)
Again, most smartphones should have this covered.
post #5 of 23
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Thank you for the feedback. I'm not really interested in Motorola phones (also less choice in that department here in Europe).

I would like to flash custom ROMs.
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I am a bit biased,
I say any HTC Android phone, if you're interested in rooted and such HTC phones hands down.
Cause they aren't as locked down as moto or sammy phones.
I say if available in your area, an HTC Thunderbolt, Incredible S, Sensation...
Oh with high end smart phones.. battery life isn't so great.. and yes across all brands..
OT: Battery tech should evolve at least...
anyways good luck.
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That takes Motorola out of the equation.

If you'd like to flash custom ROMs, both the Sensation and Galaxy S should have good developer's support over at XDA. But you'll have to wait and see. With more developer's support, you have more options at custom ROMs.

Some examples are MIUI, CyangenMod, Blay0, etc.

If you take a look at the HTC Desire's Development board, it's filled with custom ROMs.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=628

It's been reported that the HTC Sensation will be released "Mid-May" exclusively to Vodafone. Other UK networks will release it later in June.

If you're willing to wait, that's the approximate time frame. Keep in mind though, things do get delayed (White iPhone 4, ).
post #8 of 23
Sammy phones arent locked, only moto and htc but htc isnt hard to break.

Also SGS II should be released end of april i. Uk

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iv had both htc desireHD/moto atrix...

stuck with the desireHD. i dunno.. just liked the ROM it had..

however the atrix did have crazy hardware.. very fast. and alot better battery life.
but the rom it came with.. wasnt the best.
also build quality wise. HTC is alot better. the atrix felt like cheap plastic.
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Would battery life on a Desire Z be acceptable if I don't use any multimedia functions like audio and video? With acceptable I mean not recharging for 3 days.

I'm kind of drawn to the Desire Z because of the flip-out QWERTY keyboard, or is this a pretty useless feature in practice?

For the record: I've been using an HTC Touch Diamond for the past 2,5 years.
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