Help me pick my next phone to review


Ok guys, I need your help! I need (ok, I want…) a new phone, but I don’t know which one to choose. I’m going to list a few that look interesting to me and I’d appreciate some feedback.

My criteria for phone picks are that they are unlocked GSM phones with the 850mhz band, $500 or less and that they aren’t boring 😉


Samsung M8800 Pixon – Touch screen phone with 8MP camera. I’ve not played with a Samsung phone in ages…


Nokia E63 – People have suggested this one to me before and look at all the buttons!


T-mobile / HTC G1 Google Phone – I’ve been curious about this one since it was released. Might be time to take a close look now that I can buy one that’s unlocked.


Sony Ericsson C905 – Not sure why I picked this one… 8MP camera looks nice.

Ok, that’s a few that I’ve been thinking about. Do you guys have others that you think I’d enjoy using and reviewing? Let me know, leave some comments! 🙂

42 comments… add one
  • SeahorseSeaEO January 16, 2009, 11:47 am

    I would vote for the G1.

    As an iPhone 3G fan/user/developer would be interested in a compariso and capabilities.

  • Avaviel January 16, 2009, 11:57 am

    My vote is for the Developer G1

  • Meredyth January 16, 2009, 12:05 pm


  • Simon January 16, 2009, 12:32 pm

    If your budget stretches to it, I really like my Xperia X1 🙂

  • aamp January 16, 2009, 12:35 pm

    I think either the Pixon, Nokia E71 or the G1. The E63 is probably too cut down for you and the C905 is a feature phone. The Pixon is as well but there’s more to play with.

  • Stephen January 16, 2009, 12:37 pm

    I vote for the M8800. I have been pretty happy with my Samsung SCH-i760 and it’s touch screen. Biggest problem is the occasional lock-up and the rotten response for most camera functions.

  • pedropereira10012 January 16, 2009, 12:42 pm

    Personally, try the C905. I have a K800i and a V640i and I am pretty please with them. The C905 seems a great phone and I’m planning to buy one.

  • Julie January 16, 2009, 12:52 pm

    @Simon: I have an Xperia X1 coming soon-ish. I won one in a contest last year, but they aren’t sending the prizes to the winners till February! How cruel! 🙂

  • Ben Williamson January 16, 2009, 1:13 pm

    I think you should try the Samsung Omnia. With the failure of the Storm as Verizon’s answer to the Iphone, I believe this little-heard-of phone may be the unknown hero we’ve been looking for.

  • Bryan January 16, 2009, 1:21 pm

    Check out the G1…I have been dying to find out how the Android OS holds up to other phone OS’s. Thanks for your reviews Julie!

  • Jake January 16, 2009, 1:31 pm

    the omnia isn’t that good . my friend has one and i’m not a big fan julie i’m not sure if anyone said this but… NOKIA E63 i’m a big fan of nokia’s a carry a really old one i even dropped in a bucket of water (accidently :0 lol) and it still works i might be getting a new phone soon i dunno but anyway go with the one you want to review the most

    • Julie January 16, 2009, 2:23 pm

      @Jake: I’m a fan of Nokia and how they can keep a signal even in spotty areas. Heck, I still use an old and chunky N80 off and on 🙂

  • anthonyzmonti January 16, 2009, 1:42 pm

    Id say the nokia since its not really being offered by US carriers yes… and true blue reviews are hard to come by for it.

  • Raul Sierra January 16, 2009, 2:15 pm

    I sugest the Nokia 5800

  • aphid January 16, 2009, 2:51 pm


  • John Kes January 16, 2009, 3:06 pm

    I vote for G1 also. Too bad the Palm Pre GSM won’t be out for a while.

  • Shane.H January 16, 2009, 3:12 pm

    Try the nokia E71. I think the picture you display is actualy the E71 and not the E63. It the best smartphone out there and isn’t overly expensive. Lacks in multimedia function though.

  • krissto January 16, 2009, 3:15 pm

    G1 please!

  • Paul January 16, 2009, 3:24 pm

    I would like to add my voice to the call for a G1 review please.

  • Brian Curtis January 16, 2009, 3:48 pm

    Out of the ones you listed, I’d agree with most of the other posters and say you’ve got to try the G1.

    Although it doesn’t yet meet any of your criteria (nor is it even out) you’ve got to give the Nokia N97 a review when it is officially released.

  • Philip Chang January 16, 2009, 3:56 pm

    When the GSM version comes out, review the Palm Pre.

  • Bob Fleming January 16, 2009, 4:14 pm

    It’s not that new but I’ve been looking for a powerful, useable smartphone and I’m leaning heavily toward the Nokia E90; none of the others seem to quite match up (had a quick search of the blog but couldn’t see it mentioned…otherwise I wouldn’t have mentioned it).

  • MarkSLindsey January 16, 2009, 5:10 pm

    Please review the Android phone!

  • Laudelino January 16, 2009, 7:39 pm


    • Julie January 16, 2009, 8:30 pm

      Wow, so far the overwhelming favorite is the G1! 🙂

  • John January 16, 2009, 9:02 pm

    I have seen other reviews on the web about the Samsung Omnia i900 and i910. It is rated better than the Blackberry Storm on most comparisons I have seen. I purchased the Blackberry Storm, the HTC Touch Pro, I did not like either one of them. I returned the Blackberry Storm for the HTC Touch Pro then returned the HTC Touch Pro for the Samsung Omnia i910. I like the Samsung Omnia i910 far better.

  • Brent January 16, 2009, 10:03 pm

    My vote is for the Nokia E71 or E66…the E63 is neat but a waste of time for most power users.

  • Richard January 17, 2009, 4:01 am

    I’d wait for the N97 before getting another phone. Might be above your $500 limit though.

  • Mark Reid January 17, 2009, 7:26 am

    See if you can talk Palm into a Pre-release.

  • Chris January 17, 2009, 9:08 am

    I’d love to see a review for the Nokia E63. It seems to be a very nice business phone with qwerty keyboard (yippy!) at an affordable price.

  • Jackson January 17, 2009, 10:02 am

    I’d like to hear about the G1. My last 3 phones have been HTC’s. While the technology is great, support is the worst. But, Android OS sounds interesting.

    The different operating systems create a dilemna. I like all the add-on software (calendars, games, chats, shells, golf scorecards, etc.) but they only work on one operating system. After finally prying myself away from Palm, now I’m entrenched with Windows Mobile and have about $200 in extra software. Not that I’m happy with WM, the start screen with the silly flip-time on WM6.1 is annoying. But to go away from WM would involve starting all over again with different OS, different programs. UGH!

    I’d also like to hear about the Sony Xperia X1 since you’re getting one later. It has the same warning as my HTC Touch HD; that 3G does not work in the US. I can’t even tell that it doesn’t have 3G. With WiFi available almost everywhere and the faster processor, it’s a great trade-off.

    ‘Looking forward to your reviews.

  • Ronald January 17, 2009, 2:38 pm

    I have been using nokia’s for some years now.
    I’m very pleased with my nokia E90.
    Have a try with an E90, I’d say.

  • Ro January 17, 2009, 3:05 pm

    I would like to see the c905 done but how can you possible passup the opportunity to try the g1 and android.

  • Q January 17, 2009, 4:41 pm

    My vote is the SE C905 (since I’d like that as my secondary phone). I wish the SonyStyle stores had them–I’d pair it with my MBW-100 watch. My primary? Keep reading…

    And I agree with JohnKes–see if Palm will let you review a Pre in time for (or shortly before) launch. Since most people will be using the Sprint model, request a GSM one for comparison. I know I’ll be getting an unlocked GSM one once it’s out…

  • Julie January 17, 2009, 4:43 pm

    The overwhelming majority has been the G1, so I just finished ordering one. Rob pointed out that I could save some $$’s by signing up as an Android developer. So that’s what I did! Should have it sometime next week.

    @Philip @ Mark: I’m definitely going to import the Palm pre GSM version as soon as it’s available. I think I heard that there would be one released in europe at the same time as the Sprint CDMA version here. Hope that’s true 🙂

  • George FM January 18, 2009, 12:22 pm


  • Geoff January 19, 2009, 9:01 am

    My personal vote would be the E63, as I liked the E61 except for its general sluggishness … but the G1 is definitely FAR more interesting 🙂

  • Kirschen January 19, 2009, 1:11 pm

    I vote for the G1… and then there’s the Palm Pre 🙂

  • Andreas January 19, 2009, 11:47 pm

    Hi Julie!

    I vote for Palm Pre! The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is a great phone I use it every day at work.. But the Palm Pre got me thinking of the times in the late 90:s, when I first read all your reviews of Palm Pilots. Great reviews! (Those were the days ;D).. The Palm Pre got me thinking of the wonderful search function in my latest Palm Zire 72, how every app started in a few seconds.. 😀

    / Andreas

  • michael January 20, 2009, 10:52 am

    I Vote for the G1..already have one and would hope the review is good.

  • Ava Cado January 20, 2009, 1:12 pm

    Go with the G1

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