advice needed about smartphone

  domyknow 16:20 22 Apr 2011

Hi All,

I have very little knowledge on smartphones and would like some advice before grudgingly buying one for my business ( i lasted the last two years on a refurb £20 phone), I am self employed as an online marketing consultant. I tend to work from home or on clients premises.

I have a rough list of what i would like (over and above normal mobile calling function);

send and receive emails sync emails with my pc/laptop (outlook) gps satnav calendar and to do lists and notes skype functionality instant messaging ability to manage online assets like twitter, facebook and linkedin ability to work with office docs like word and excel

the above features are musts, the luxury features are more like apps i have seen on the iphone like logging expenses easily, being able to scan a barcode in a shop and get compare prices online etc etc I appreciate these are down to the app and not the phone itself.

I have two phones in mind already, the samsung galaxy s and the htc desire z, can anyone offer me suggestions please based on my needs, i would like it to be as cheap as possible.

sorry for the big post but any advice would be immensely appreciated.


  smokingbeagle 16:57 22 Apr 2011

GSM arena has a "Phone Finder" app on its website.GSM Arena Its on the extreme left side of their home page. Do note that the fewer options chosen will increase the number of hits.

Sorry about directing you to another website but it does contain detailed reviews on the 'phones you mention.

  Woolwell 22:18 22 Apr 2011

Unless you have an IMAP e-mail account syncing e-mails and calendar/contacts with outlook may or may not work with an android phone. I have the Galaxy S and do all my sync through google. It's a good phone but like most of these phones battery life is not good especially when you use the apps. Skype, Facebook, etc all work fine with this type of phone.

  domyknow 08:02 23 Apr 2011

hi woolwell, thanks for your reply, when yousay sync through google what does this mean, ie are you still syncing with outlook? Incidentallly having followed smokingbeagles link I am now toying with the idea of the samsung S 2, the reviews seems pretty good, do you think this is overkill?

Finally has anyone tried any of the htc windows phones, my main reservation is that it might keep crashing, being windows and all.

  Woolwell 15:17 23 Apr 2011

I sync Outlook calendar with Google calendar and that syncs very well with the pnone. If I hadn't recently got the S I would have gone for the S 2.

  Strawballs 19:56 02 May 2011

HTC do a windows phone with office on it

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