What Mobile Phone for around £200?

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones' started by Miner, Oct 21, 2010.

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  1. Right then peeps.

    Just been told I've got to choose my new work mobile phone.

    I have a choice of a Blackberry 8520, or a HTC Wildfire for free..
    Work will also give me £150 towards a different phone and I can stump up the balance if it's more expensive.

    I'm looking at the HTC Desire, as my nephew has one and it looks shiny.
    However I'm struggling to find one anywhere near my limit of £200, I'm prepared to spend an extra £50 on top of my companies cash (yes I'm tight).

    Can anyone point me in the right direction for somewhere that sells them nearer that price, or am I wasting my time?

    Plus, is the Desire any better than the Wildfire?
    I really don't want a Blackberry, and to be honest, I'm all Goggled out..
  2. Porridge_gun

    Porridge_gun LE Good Egg (charities)

    Blackberry 9700 is truly awesome as a business tool, nothing in my mind comes close
  3. Cheers PG.

    I did see your love for the 9700 on your thread.
    What I didn't make clear in opening post, was that I'm only really going to use it for making & receiving calls, and taking pictures on building sites. I'm not going to be using it out and about for emails and other business matters, as I'm mostly office based with site visits chucked in.

    Plus I can be pretty homo in how pretty and funky it looks.

    I'm probably going to end up with the HTC Wildfire, unless I can blag the Desire for free.
  4. Go for the Wildfire, I've had mine for just over a month after Crow_Bag reccommened it. Awsome bit of kit and lots of free goodies you can stick on it.
  5. Currently the best value-for-money Android phone on the market is the ZTE "Blade", Good news is that it comes in WELL under your £200 price limit, BAD news is that it's only available from Orange (who sell it as the "Orange San Francisco") Android phones come in two basic flavours - "old models" with 500Mhz CPUs, and "New models" with 1,000Mhz CPUs. Curiously, the HTC Wildfire - despite being relatively new - has an "old" specification. Getting an Orange SanFrancisco unlocked (so you can use it on ANY network) can be done for just £2 on EBay (Which is £8 cheaper than MOST phones!) and "getting root" (i.e. gaining the ability to install whatever version of Android YOU want, not just being stuck with what came on it) is a complete doddle. Just as well, since Orange have done their darnedest to wreck what's generally conceded to be a damned good phone by clogging it with (inferior) Orange software. The ZTE comes in at a mere £100, which is pretty good considering that it has an (expensive) capacitative screen, rather than the cheaper resistive type. HTC Wildfire vs. ZTE Blade - GSMArena.com gives you a chance to compare the Wildfire and San Francisco side-by-side.
  6. Chinese phones, with brand names that are almost unheard of here frequently offer excellent value for money. Another Huawei ofering - the T-Mobile "Pulse" - joins the club with yet another low-budget, (but pretty good performance!) Android handset. Curiously, these phones aren't very popular back in China - I was there last October with a T-Mobile Pulse, expecting to find dirt-cheap accessories for it. But the Chinese seem to prefer a blatant cosmetic copy of a Western brand (like the iPhone) to an "up there with the best of them" outright Chinese make. I'd make a guess that this is based on the ramshackle nature of China's mobile phone network; no point in having a fancy sportscar if the roads where you live are little more than dirt tracks.... likewise, no point in having a high-tech phone, if it's not going to be reliably supported by the local network. I bought a dirt cheap "iPhone 4 lookalike", that's still only "2.5G" (so it has GSM and GPRS, but no 3G) with a jazzy touch screen, and dual SIM slots; when there's no signal from one network, you can switch to the second.

    Vodaphone seem to have released not just one new Chinese-sourced Phone, but two - your "845", and the even better "945". The 945's screen is nearly half an inch bigger, AND it's capacitative, not merely the (cheaper) resistive type.
  7. I have an Orange Desire HD, and have long suspected that Orange have limited this excellent phone by their pedestrian software.

    Can you tell me more about 'getting root' and does it invalidate my contract or insurance if I do? Also what are the implications of unlocking my phone?

    RSVP - Walt
  8. It's what iPhone users call "Jailbreaking", and (if you're sensible!) there's no reason why it should invalidate warranties. In the simplest terms... "smart phones" are actually computers, just like PCs, only smaller. If you've got a PC which came with Windows 98 pre-installed on it, "Getting Root" is simply over-riding the bit of software on the phone that stops you changing your operating system to a better one - say - Windows XP. How DO you upgrade? Just download a small file, copy it to the MicroSD card in your phone (Back it up first!) Then turn the phone on while holding down the "HOME" Key. There are detailed instructions on specialist sites like Modaco, AND links to the "small file" you need to download. Links also to a file that will put things back exactly as they are now, allowing you to affect a look of injured innocence if anyone suggests that you might have been "tinkering". There are obvious advantages to "getting Root". For example, it allows not just access to "plain vanilla" versions of Android, but also "tweaked" versions. Most "regular" versions of Android assume that you're going to want to play games on your phone, and set aside resources to make games "play better"; if you're NOT a games player, then a "tweaked" version of Android that releases those resources results in a generally faster-running and more reliable phone.

    Orange - one must assume of reasons of pure greed - loaded the San Francisco with software developed for Orange phones generally (like "Orange maps") which not only aren't as GOOD as Google Maps, but also cost money to use. You can still use Google Maps.... but the "default setting" is to use the inferior Orange maps. "Getting Root" allows you to replace Orange's version of Android with a "de-Oranged" version. If you need to do so later, you can put things back exactly as they were originally. Not difficult.... just requires you to overcome the (surprisingly commonplace) fear that pressing the wrong button might lead to a mushroom cloud appearing above the place where your phone used to be.

    The GOOD news, for you, is that your phone is "More HTC than it is Orange", and HTC work very closely with the Android developing community. So HTC phones are generally both safer AND easier to "tweak" than most other makes.