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Phones 4 Me

So I'm (amazingly for the first time ever) worthy of getting a phone upgrade. Normally I just go for a bog standard Nokia that can do phonecalls and send texts and that's about it, but I'm being offered a range of swanky smart phones to choose from too. So I'm hoping some of you might have some idea about whether any of these are OK or not? The options are:

  • HTC WildFire S
  • LG Optimus One
  • LG Optimus Me
  • LG Optimus
  • Motorola Defy
  • Motorola Flipout
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace
  • San Francisco (WTF?)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X8
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini

I have no idea what I'd look for in a smart phone (the perils of having a shiny new Blackberry given to me every year), except being able to call & text people. And be able to surf the net and read my email. Beyond that...I guess I'm pretty not fussed?


San Francisco (Orange's name for ZTE Blade) is an awesome phone. If it's a freebie, you may want to look at one of the others, though. ZTE Blade is an amazingly good Android phone on the cheap (£100 for what is effectively a high end Android phone), so it's only top of the recommendation list if you are getting it without a contract. It is also a very well community-supported phone WRT Android firmware updates (comes with 2.1, 2.2 flibblesan and 2.3 Cyanogen versions are readily available).

All the ones I've listed are freebies that I'd be getting with a contract.

So, do you pay basically nothing a month for your contract? None of your options seem stunning.

I recommend looking at videos and reviews to see what would suit your purposes.

I'm paying a fair bit for my contract, but that's cos I'm also getting internet & phone with it. The problem is that I get so many free minutes & texts, that I don't use them all up, so I don't spend any extra each month. Hence I don't usually get any upgrade options and why I'm surprised to get these shiny smart phone options :)

Having has my Samsung phone be nothing but hardware fail for the last couple of years, culminating it it's complete and final death randomly in the middle of last night taking all of my phone numbers with it, I'd say anything that isn't a Samsung phone is a good start.
Over all the phone that there are in the mobile providers. I totally hate the fact that you have to pay for a phone and still get to pay them for the service. That is just junk! But you have some good phones in mind. Personally it just depends on what are your needs to have. For me Im a real phone junkie and always like the ones with options, especially the one powered by Google. Simply for better results.

- Johnny Q