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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Smartphone

I have been looking for a replacement for my Harrier for a while, but am now being forced to change as Telecom are dropping CDMA 3G Data support in November. This is the second time that Telecom as forced me to abandon a phone and accessories etc that have features I need that are not necessarily available in any of the new phones. As a long time contract customer I am a bit peeved at this, as while there is a token special offer available, it is no better than some of the offers they have made to gain new customers, there is no real incentive for customer loyalty.

However I still have a preference for Telecom as I believe that over all they still have the best coverage for high speed data around the country. While I hope that Telecom has resolved all the XT issues, they seem to be very slow introducing new phones, and those that they are introducing have been around for some time in other markets, making them old before they are launched here ...

I have a wish-list below, some items are negotiable others aren't. So if anyone has any suggestions then let me know:
  • Quad Band+ but primarily 3G on 850MHZ (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100)
  • GPS
  • Good internal memory
  • SD or microSD SDHC storage (compatible with at least up to 16G cards)
  • 5Mpx + camera
  • USB connection (pretty obvious)
  • WiFi (802.11n?)
  • Bluetooth
  • Infrared
  • Serial? or USB Master & Slave capable
  • Large touch screen
  • secondary camera to allow for video calling (or main camera can move from from front to back)
  • FM Radio
  • External antenna connection option
  • Good Outlook integration/sync (contacts & calendar at least, notes also desirable)
  • Word & Excel compatible, + PDF Reader
  • Android or Windows7Phone ???