Saturday, May 27, 2006

Ask the Internets

I have managed to con Verizon Wireless into moving up the date that I am eligible for their "New Every Two" program, which provides a $100 credit towards a new phone every two years. The problem is that there are about a billion different phones to choose from. I definitely want a camera on the new phone and I haven't completely ruled out a PDA-type phone. Thus, I am looking for recommendations as to what to buy.

So far, I'm leaning towards the Motorola RAZR V3c:

But the Palm Treo series is also looking interesting:

Let me know what you think. Particularly if you have either of these devices.


At 3:45 PM, Blogger Stephaine said...

I'm torn between the Razr and the Verizon Wireless XV6700, which has way more crap on it than I need but it looks cool.

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

Is Verizon going to charge you for calls to Mexico on your cell phones? Because I think I'd be looking for another provider.

At 6:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Razr is the best phone out there. All the hype is true.

At 6:47 PM, Blogger D's C said...

Don't get a Treo! My friend just had her life fucked for a week because it hung up on people, then they wanted to charge her to exchange it.

At 9:13 AM, Blogger tfg said...

stephaine-I doesn't look like Verizon offers the VX6700 in this area, but I was looking at the VX8100. If I don't like the Razr, that's probably what I'll get.

snay-That was on my landline, but that does raise an interesting point.

anon-I hope so, because that's what I bought.

cybrarian-Thanks, I heard similar stories on some of the product review sites.

At 12:51 PM, Blogger Broadsheet said...

The Razr is da bomb! I've had mine for about a year and LURV it. Takes really decent photos, but obviously not a "real" camera. The Treo can be unreliable, is bulky, but has a lot of extra feature. I can get my email on the Razr just fine, but if you do a lot of text messaging, you might like the keyboard feature of the Treo.

At 2:16 PM, Anonymous Jason J. Thomas said...

The RAZR is nice, but it has some interesting UI issues--as do most of the Motorola phones. One of the interesting items is that the Motorola Q phone is coming out this weekend. The Q is the Motorola Smartphone running Windows Mobile. Some interesting reviews are over at

As for the Treo, if you like the old Palm devices, the 700p is quite nice. Personally, I don't like my phones to be everything in one package, as they tend to get bulky.

My Verizon phone is the Motorola e815. I like it, as I prefer a decent size clamshell phone, and it does what I need it to do quite easily. I even hacked it to uncripple the Bluetooth functionality that Verizon disabled. ;-)

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Charles said...

Sorry, i'm with a rival of Verizon. Dare I say it here??

Sprint! LOL

My brother said something about Razrs breaking easy. I don't know if this is true or not, but I thought I would let you know.

I like music so I based my decision around that and got a phone/Mp3 player.

Get a phone with gadgets that you like.

At 9:58 PM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

That is a hard decision. I'm thinking about switching to Verizon from Cingular.

At 10:09 PM, Blogger tfg said...

broadsheet-I keep hearing bad things about the Treo. After thinking about it, I decided to get a Razr.

jjt-I was thinking about waiting for the the Q, but I'm always leery of new products.

Charles-I will say that the Razr looks more delicate than my LG4400. I'll have to be more careful.

little lamb-If it wasn't for Verizon's coverage, I'd have dropped them like a flaming sack of excrement, years ago.

At 11:19 AM, Blogger doggerelblogger said...

Mmmm. I think you should go for something completely revolutionary. Something like this.

At 3:19 PM, Blogger Mighty Dyckerson said...

Don't you people know cell phones cause cancer?

At 8:50 PM, Blogger Cham said...

I have the VX8100, I didn't pick it out. When my old cell phone was destroyed by the burglar last year my former boss immediately went to Verizon and got me the VX8100 so I never had an opportunity to contrast and compare. I am not a cell phone addict, so all I can tell you is that it takes pretty good pics, seems to handle phone calls well too. 2 months ago I felt that it wasn't maintaining a charge as well as it should, so I took it to the Verizon store and they immediately replaced it, no questions asked. The VX8100 seems like it is heavier than other phones, so it might not be ideal for ultralight backpacking. I usually leave it in the car when I go, I don't want anyone calling me anyway when I am in the woods.

Although I am not a cell phone person, I cannot function without my blessed PDA. Right now I have a Palm Zire 72 and am looking to upgrade. Although I have been with Palm for about 6 years now, I am going to make the switch to Pocket PC because Pocket PC allows more functionality with basic GPS operations, and can be used as an interface easily with Garmin products (Palm can't) and with Microsoft mapping software (Palm can't).

I believe that your data and your phone should stay separate because you are more likely to back-up and save with the PDA, phones can be lost, broken or stolen more easily.

When the burglar stole both my phone and PDA I thought I was screwed because the PDA had my insurance information. But then I realized that all the PDA data was backed up on computer so I was able to place the calls I needed to take care of things without physically having either item.

JMHO, do whatever you want, there are many more people out there that only work with a cellphone.

At 11:32 PM, Blogger elcapitanhink said...

You got one of those Pink things, no doubt (I refuse to participate in the fake-acronym-made-into-a-fake-word game as is done in military circles--it belittles us all as English SPKRS).

Seriously. That RAZR phone is far too fragile. How fragile, you ask? Pfft. Well, let's just say it failed the ball-peen test right off the bat.

At 1:27 PM, Blogger TheIdleReceptionist said...

I had a Palm 600 and hated it.

Go for the RAZR. A ton of my friends are satisfied with it.


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