Internet enabled mobile/cell phone recommendations
I’d like to ask a pretty general question regarding mobile phones. I’m considering getting a new mobile phone that will let me check out what’s going on around the web regardless of where I am. Seems like the cell phone market is a bit of a jungle, so maybe some of you can give me some tips.
I’m not sure what else to look for in an internet enabled phone. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but all I need is SMS capability, an address book, and one or more web browsers. Cameras, downloading ring tones, MP3, radio, games, calendars and other useless features that phones seem to be crammed full of these days is of absolutely no interest to me. I suppose I’m out of luck if I want to find an internet enabled phone without a lot of unnecessary stuff, but I just though I’d let you know.
I’ve been looking a bit closer at Nokia’s phones based on the Series 60 Platform, since they can use both Opera for Symbian Series 60 phones and, when it’s released, Nokia’s Safari-based browser. Nokia’s 6670 and 6680 models both look nice. Anyone happen to own one?
What about phones from other vendors then? Like I said, it’s a jungle so I don’t quite know where to start looking. My current phone is a Sony Ericsson T230, and while I’m not too happy with it (the interface is a bit sluggish and it has been crashing occasionally) I’d consider buying a Sony Ericsson again if I could figure out if any of their phones are really internet enabled. All the Sony Ericsson website mentions is WAP 1.2.1 and WAP 2.0. That’s not good enough to browse normal websites, is it? I’m guessing you need additional software, Like Opera for UIQ or Opera Mini. Maybe someone can help clarify this?
I’ll need to buy a headset for the phone as well. I really don’t like making long callas (longer than a minute or so) with mobile phones. It gives me a headache and makes me dizzy. So if a phone is sold with a headset included, that’s great. Needless to say, the headset should not be wireless…
For those of you who already have internet enabled mobile phones, do you have any tips to share for using them to browse the web? What about other apps than web browsers, like RSS readers? Anything else I should think of?