Smartphone Round Robin

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We are now launching the cool project we were hinting at in the last podcast: the Smartphone Round Robin. For the next 2 or three weeks, all of the editors of the various Smartphone Experts sites will be using one of the "other" smartphones out there.

For me, this week, it means using a BlackBerry 8310. For Dieter of WMExperts, it means using a Treo 680. for Jennifer of TreoCentral, it means using her iPhone. And for Kevin of CrackBerry.com, it means using the AT&T Tilt. There are rules that we've all got to follow -- we all have to give the device a full shakedown. I'll be posting an article later today about my first few days with the Curve, and then a full article on Friday.

This week, I'll be posting a few articles about the strengths and weaknesses of using a BlackBerry. I've already got a few posts in at CrackBerry.com.

So what's in it for you? Well, there's a chance to win a prize: a smartphone of your choice and plenty of coupons to spend at the store associated with it. Just leave a comment in any Round Robin thread in the forums. Four sites, four chances to win per day. Just head on over to the Smartphone Round Robin update page for the deets.

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Smartphone Round Robin

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Too bad no get to use any CMDA Palm becuase the 755 and the centro seem to be much better devices in a whole.

I'd like to see people use the more "different" phones - for WM, make them use a Q or Blackjack, for Crackberries the Pearl, and for POS - the 650 (haha j/k, the 680.) Not that there's much choice on the iPhone though ...

I'd like to see people use the more "different" phones - for WM, make them use a Q or Blackjack, for Crackberries the Pearl, and for POS - the 650 (haha j/k, the 680.) Not that there's much choice on the iPhone though ...
Amen, I'd like to hear about the "other" devices too. They get so little play. (I'm a Q user).

[quote=LFD153;1367838]Amen, I'd like to hear about the "other" devices too. They get so little play. (I'm a Q user).
I just think that they should be using more end-user consumer type phones instead of a poweruser phone. But meh, that's just me.

If the CDMA world would open up their handsets for use on other carriers, there's a shot that we'd return to CDMA. Unfortunately, if we tried this with CDMA devices, it would be a bit of a sham as we wouldn't be using our actual phone# for the device.

I'd like to see people use the more "different" phones - for WM, make them use a Q or Blackjack, for Crackberries the Pearl, and for POS - the 650 (haha j/k, the 680.) Not that there's much choice on the iPhone though ...
There are just so many WM phones to choose from.. we decided to go with the current GSM "powerhouse", even though it isn't exactly the one with the best ease of ues (no one-handed like a Treo)

So no Symbian then. I appreciate that the selection reflects the SPE component sites, but since Symbian devices outsell all WM, Palm OS, Blackberry and iPhone devices combined by a factor of two to one, it does leave a pretty massive hole in the comparison. Don't get me wrong, I think it's an intriguing idea and I'll be reading all of the articles, but a more encompassing approach would have been nice. Heck, you might even have ended up starting 'Symbian Experts'!

I just think that they should be using more end-user consumer type phones instead of a poweruser phone. But meh, that's just me.
Sorry but all the phones reviewed are no longer being viewed as "Poweruser" devices imo, these phones are already (some may say fastly becoming) the norm, would you prefer we reduced them down to a RAZR 2 or something I'd love to see that reviews for that MOTOMAGX/JUIX OS.

Well, I know you guys are still working the rest of the Round Robin, but I've made a few decisions based on what is offered in your articles (particularly Treo Gal's article) and, frankly, what is not offered by the manufacturers.
I'm currently happy with the 755P, and will likely get another year or 18 months out of it. Also, I am very intrigued by the iPhone.
I've made a decision to purchase a companion device to my Treo. It will be the iTouch- wifi capability, ability to port movies to larger screen etc. without the weak Edge network and issues of the iPhone. And just an aside, I tried the Sandisk Connect briefly and had to return it...just awful connecting to wifi. So, I have hopes for the 755p/iTouch combo.
Frankly, I feel the 755p is still the best phone choice for me if I had to choose a stand alone device. Just one example is in needing to get online in many hotels with PdaNet. Once again, its the third party aps. Really. My notebook is consistently connected and blazing along faster than with most hotel's bandwidth reduced wifi networks. The points other Treo owners have made on here about EVDO devices not needing wifi are valid in my experience. But could Treo improve by offering a large screen and porting options? We all have our needs, and the answer for me is yes.
I foresee looking for a replacement smart-phone/media-device about the time Palm, if its' latest delay update is accurate, releases L-POST (Linux-Palm OS II). So- if they hang on, and are able to compete with everyone else's latest 2009 offerings, they may just keep my business.
For now, I am truly excited to try out the iTouch. I love Palm, but an objective decision on the phone best for my needs does not mean the one we own is the device we should subjectively look at next time.
This is, after all, the point of the Round Robin.

Enjoyed reading your very interesting thoughts roams11! Ya know, I'd thought about selling my iPhone and cancelling my data plan for it and of course paying the fee to break the contract early. Then get an iPod Touch. I already have a 680 and a 750. Lord knows I didn't really need the iPhone but I just HAD to have it at the time. Then here comes the iPod Touch!
Anyway, your 755p/iPod Touch combo sounds pretty good! I hope you get to do that and enjoy that combination! As much as I love the iPhone for all its great features, I could get the iPod Touch and have everything but the phone. I'm still thinking though....

So no Symbian then. I appreciate that the selection reflects the SPE component sites, but since Symbian devices outsell all WM, Palm OS, Blackberry and iPhone devices combined by a factor of two to one, it does leave a pretty massive hole in the comparison. Don't get me wrong, I think it's an intriguing idea and I'll be reading all of the articles, but a more encompassing approach would have been nice. Heck, you might even have ended up starting 'Symbian Experts'!
We just might - Nokia is making a bigger push than they have before with the n95. We're still mainly a US (and now Canada)-focused group, though, and Symbian really hasn't made a big splash here yet. Still, we have an n95 in the office here and I suspect I'll be giving it a go-round after the round robin is done. A bonus round, maybe. :)
Sorry but all the phones reviewed are no longer being viewed as "Poweruser" devices imo, these phones are already (some may say fastly becoming) the norm, would you prefer we reduced them down to a RAZR 2 or something I'd love to see that reviews for that MOTOMAGX/JUIX OS.
I wonder if Moto is going to drop Juix in favor of Android.
Frankly, I feel the 755p is still the best phone choice for me if I had to choose a stand alone device. Just one example is in needing to get online in many hotels with PdaNet. Once again, its the third party aps. Really. My notebook is consistently connected and blazing along faster than with most hotel's bandwidth reduced wifi networks. The points other Treo owners have made on here about EVDO devices not needing wifi are valid in my experience. But could Treo improve by offering a large screen and porting options? We all have our needs, and the answer for me is yes.
I think you made the right choice, especially if DUN is important to you. Even if the iPhone does get some sort of DUN app next year, it will still be Edge only.

I wonder if Moto is going to drop Juix in favor of Android.
That's the same line of thought I just brought up in the Android thread... They're a member of the alliance and supporting two Linux OSes seems a bit like overkill so one could only assume...

That's the same line of thought I just brought up in the Android thread... They're a member of the alliance and supporting two Linux OSes seems a bit like overkill so one could only assume...
As Mike/Overthrow has said on our TreoCast, though, is that Motorola seems to be enamoured of signing on and following nearly every freaking OS out there. They just signed on to Symbian again, for pete's sake. I agree they should seriously consider either dropping juix or just porting it over to android...
...hm.. man, imagine what would happen if one of the big three - MS, Symbian, or RIM, announced they were getting on board and porting to android. We KNOW it won't happen with MS, but Nokia/symbian/allthem and rim are intriguing...

As Mike/Overthrow has said on our TreoCast, though, is that Motorola seems to be enamoured of signing on and following nearly every freaking OS out there. They just signed on to Symbian again, for pete's sake. I agree they should seriously consider either dropping juix or just porting it over to android...
...hm.. man, imagine what would happen if one of the big three - MS, Symbian, or RIM, announced they were getting on board and porting to android. We KNOW it won't happen with MS, but Nokia/symbian/allthem and rim are intriguing...
I'd love to see RIM drop BBOS for Android... I don't know if Symbian will ever go away.