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What was the best phone (or phones) you have ever used?

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by AnthroMatt, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. AnthroMatt

    AnthroMatt Big Meanie
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    In the vein of the "first phone" thread, I decided to start one for people to share their favorites. Just pick 1 or 2. It doesn't have to be a fancy phone you got last week...consider how well it did what it was supposed to do and how well it served your needs at the time.

    Here are what are probably my top two:

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    The Nokia was awesome for fieldwork in Ohio.

    This SE was the first and only phone I ever "modded" myself. I bought the white housing kit on eBay and took the black/grey one I was using from AT&T and turned it white. I really liked the phone but it had such a terrible camera, even by camera standards at that time. :googlyeye
     
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    The StarTAC 7868w with VZ is the clear front runner for me. The phone worked perfectly for me. Amazing RF and the closest thing to a landline I've ever used.

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    The 700wx with Sprint is the best all-around smartphone I've had. Very good RF & great sound quality, along with by far the best Windows Mobile experience. And all in a well designed & built package with great battery life.
     
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    My Nokia 6820 is still the favorite that I've had. :)

    Nokia 6820

    It completely met my needs with it's unique keyboard, and is easy and intuitive to use. I really like it's successor - my E70-2 - and it has it's benefits (and drawbacks), but I would have never changed from the 6820 if Yahoo e-mail's security requirements hadn't outgrown what the 6820 supported.

    My SE's have their "specialty" uses for me, and their interface is more fun than the Nokias, but the Nokias are my go-to phones for daily use. Even when I use the SEs for a week or so, I can't wait to switch my SIM back to the E70. lol.
     
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    My Nokia 5165, great reception, call quality, battery, survived many many drops and just kept going and going.

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    The LG VX 6000, the phone to have on Verizon at that time, loved the OLED outer screen


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    Great idea for a thread Matt, it is neat to see all the "oldies but goodies" show up.


    budney, the Treo 750 on Cingular is a very close third after the VX6000.
     
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  5. Gamer03

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    I agree with you on that phone, Charlyee. I had it on AT&T. It was a good phone.

    As for my second phone, I will have to add the Motorola E815. It had excellent reception, great battery life, one of the best speaker phones I have seen, and it was a solid and well built phone. It was also my first EVDO phone.

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    Yankees368 Compulsive Signal Checker
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    My favorite phone phone out of the 16 I've had was the Sanyo M1. It was back when Sanyo was still Sanyo, and they were still making high quality, great reception flip phones. It has EVDO rev. 0, 1 full GB of internal storage, which was a lot for the time. It had external media controls which controlled the outer screen, which made it easy to choose songs. The speakerphone was fantastic on it as well. Also has a 2MP camera, which was nice for the day. I still love the CLICK that Sanyo phones make when you open and close them!

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    My two favorites are:

    1. HTC Incredible... it made me love smartphones again!!! Reception and call quality are great!
    2. Nokia 3100... it was little, Reception was awesome and I loved the light pattern on the phone!
     

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    My all time favorite phone, was my trusty Nokia 6200. :)
     

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    No question the best phone I ever used (actually, I still have it and use it when I'm going overseas) is my Nokia 6310i. Great RF performance, great audio quality, outstanding battery life (over two weeks in standby.) Monochrome display (you could actually see the display outside!)
     

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    Easy #1: Motorola DROID X
    Strong #2: Nokia 6256i
    Honorable Mention: LG Vogager VX10000

    AT&T
    #1: Nokia 6555
    #2: Motorola V551

    T-Mobile
    #1: Nokia 6103
    #2: T-Mobile MDA

    So far, the Droid X is my all-time favorite. The Nokia 6256i, although not the most attractive phone in the world, has been beyond outstanding. It is my primary VZ back-up. The Nokia's I've owned and used with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have all been excellent. There are quite a few more I've owned that didn't make this list, and a Nokia phone made each one of the lists.

    Moto redeemed themselves, in my eyes, with the Droid X.
     

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    I did not want to reply twice, but I did not want leave out my Sony Ericcson W810i. Both my SE and Nokia had great RF even in fringe areas, not to mention excellant call quality.
     

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    For anyone that has never had a Sanyo flip phone, this is the click that I am talking about:

    [video=youtube;wZ8Ucy5XAvM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ8Ucy5XAvM[/video]
     
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    I would have to say it was my Motorola V551. Its the phone that brought me to WA, and the phone that introduced me to hacking. That plus the phone's amazing RF has to be one of the best phones. I've had.

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    I know that we should only mention 1 or 2 phones, but I forgot the sleeper phone I used on AT&T Wireless while I went through countless cheap refurb phones on the GoPhone plan. It was a little beauty... with a orange/black screen. I found it to to be cool despite the lack of features. It was so loud it could awaken the dead.

    The Siemens a56i
     

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    I had a number of phones over the years....always favored the Nokia line, with the 6230 being my favorite of that line. Didn't really like the Motorola's much, either in OS or curb appeal, except for a VoiceStream Motorola phone, (now Tmobile USA). It was a Motorola tri band Timeport...maybe the L7089

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    Today, hands down, the best phone that i ever owned would be the iPhone 4 from AT&T.
     
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    I agree with Nokia 5165 - I love the fact that you could change the faceplates (and ebay had them cheap). Loved the American Flag one I had and the Christmas tree.

    Also liked the RAZR.

    Noticed most people liked a Nokia at one point. They did make great phones, but fell behind.
     
  17. Telekom

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    I think in Nokia's history of handsets the original 51XX series (5110, 5120, 5160/5165, 5185, 5190 etc.) were among Nokia's most popular series. Granted it was an "entry" level phone it was very popular for many reasons including the "Xpress-on" interchangeable fascias.
     
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    My first phone, the Ericsson 888, that I got in 1999 was a complete tank, in the good sense, that it was indestructable. Since then, I think each phone I got has always been a little better than the last, in that it always had new features, faster data, better cameras, etc.

    ...so my latest phone, the Motorola Droid (Milestone) is my current favorite. Nice display, good keypad, intuitive and well made OS, makes it a over-all good experience. Plus it's probably the most "solid" feeling phone I've held im my hand since that Ericsson 888, which gives me the feeling that I have a well made device in my hand and not some cheap plastic thing that will self-destruct in a year or two ;)

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    My SE Xperia X10 is a very solid feeling phone as well, not that I have ever kept a phone for 2 years (15 months has been my limit) but it is still good to do know that it will last as long as I choose to keep it.
     
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    DON'T HAVE A PHOTO, BUT MY NOKIA 3587i WAS (AND STILL IS) MY VOTE FOR BEST ALL ROUND CELL PHONE!!!!!!!!THANKS,
     
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    I had the previous Nokia 3585 on Alltel. That phone could pull in a signal out of nowhere! I even bought a green OEM faceplate for mine! After moving on to AT&T Wireless, I gave a buddy my faceplate. He had his 3585 for about 3 years before it died:)

    I remember my MetroPCS users with the 3586 (?) ... All the CDMA carriers had at least 1 358X phone at one time.

    After the 358X bonanza, the number of CDMA Nokias started to drop :(

    The 3587 is on the left; 3585 on the right
     

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    The Nokia 35XX series was very popular. 3510 Euro GSM, 3560 for TDMA, 318X series for CDMA, 3590/3595 for GSM. Almost as popular as their original 51XX series (5110 in Europe, 5160/5165 for TDMA, 5190 for GSM, 5185 for CDMA.)
     
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    The Panasonic bag phone I purchased around 1989. Yeah, it was big but it was a really great telephone.

    If my memory serves me correctly it cost me around $800 at the time.

    I wish I still had it to keep in my car.
     
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    It is interesting that not a single Samsung phone was mentioned on this thread:biggrin:
     
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    HA! Burn on Samsuck.
     
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    Samsung Captivate, which is my most recent phone.
     
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    I second this. And I have to admit I always loved my Razr (V3 or V3xx.) Was a great phone, and I never had ANY issues with it at all. My grandma still uses hers.


    ~*Ash*~
     
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    a little late to the thread here.

    I've owned 3 cell phones and just recently acquired a 4th. #4 is so new, it won't be in this list of faves.

    list of phones I've used
    -Sprint Qualcom Cell phone (don't remember what model, it one one of those candy bar style phones that came out in the early 90's).
    -Verizon Wireless Motorola Startac 7868W
    -Verizon Wireless Motorola E816
    -Boost Mobile ZTE N861 Warp Sequent

    inmho, best phone I've used.....
    #1 - Startac 7868W
    #2 - E816


    the Startac was by far the best phone I've ever used. its better than the E816 voice sound. it was reliable 99% of the time, considering that I am deaf and wear a hearing aid. I miss using that phone. :(
     
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    Wow, just when I was about to write that every successive phone I've had was my favorite during ownership and was also about to say that Samsung is the best phone in the world, I read Yankees368 comment. I could have cried...but I didn't because I'm a grown man and can take it. In truth, though, the Samsung Note II is indeed the best phone I've ever had and it's growing popularity is unlike any I've ever seen. I attend religious meetings wherein I need to reference a Bible (phone-resident html format), songbook (manually typed and then coverted to PDF), discussion material (downloaded as PDF), annotate within the discussion material using EZPDF, and more. Bottom line, with the very readable screen of the Note II, I've stopped carrying printed material with me. Everything I need for those meetings is on my phone. In business discussions, I also use the stylus a great deal for taking handwritten and/or audio notes. I've even video recorded critical business presentations with the phone. Since others have seen me using mine, 2 others have bought it (based on my experience) and another two others will buy it when their upgrade is available. Almost every time I'm in a group of people, they all start staring and asking about it. So sorry to burst to anti-Samsung bubble, Yank, but in my opinion, SamScores! (I just wish I could make a commission on the sales I'm referring, LOL)
     
  30. larry

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    Samsung for me!

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    A500

    Probably the best phone made in 2002.
     

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