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Old 21.12.2007, 13:56
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Suggestions for mobile phone needed

I'm searching for a new mobile phone. The technical requirements are low, wouldn't it be for the condition that it has to be synchable in OS X. This still limits the choices, regrettably. In the past I liked my Nokia phones most, but am not up to date anymore about the phone industry. After some research it looks like the market is dominated by autistic MP3 phones and pricey organisers with little in between.

Here are my requirements in more detail:

Must haves:
  • Basic synchronisation functionality in OS X via Bluetooth(=contacts; see below)
  • Responsive user interface (no lag when browsing the menus and typing)
  • Swiss GSM
Nice to haves:
  • Triband
  • Candybar or slider form factor
  • slightly advanced sync functionality in OS X (think birthday calendar)
  • UMTS
OS X supports by default the following Nokia phones:

Nokia N70
Nokia N80
Nokia N90
Nokia E61
Nokia E62
Nokia N71
Nokia N72
Nokia N73
Nokia N91
Nokia N93
Nokia 3230
Nokia 3650
Nokia 3660
Nokia 3600
Nokia 3620
Nokia 6021
Nokia 6102
Nokia 6103
Nokia 6111
Nokia 6126
Nokia 6131
Nokia 6133
Nokia 6230
Nokia 6230i
Nokia 6260
Nokia 6270
Nokia 6280
Nokia 6600
Nokia 6620
Nokia 6630
Nokia 6670
Nokia 6680
Nokia 6681
Nokia 6682
Nokia 6820
Nokia 6822
Nokia 7370
Nokia 7380
Nokia 7610
Nokia 7650
Nokia 8800
Nokia 8801
Nokia 9300i
Nokia N-Gage
Nokia N-Gage QD


Some of these probably aren't new anymore but still on sale if one knows where to go, this shouldn't be a problem for me in Zurich. There are additional plug-ins from Nokia for a couple of their newest phones available, and some third party softwares of varying quality for a couple of older phones.

I'm looking at the medium priced segment but am ready to buy cheaper or dearer if the offer is right. So far the Nokia 6500 Classic is the best match, but it is not officially OS X supported. If it is a brand-new phone (meaning support possibly improves) or if it is an outstandingly good phone, I still might buy it.

I've reached a point where I'm searching for opinions and experiences, and haven't even begun to study the offers of the competition. Who here is synching his mobile phone in OS X? Does anybody have experiences with the two new 6500 models or similar phones?

Many thanks in advance.
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Old 21.12.2007, 14:10
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I'm searching for a new mobile phone. The technical requirements are low, wouldn't it be for the condition that it has to be synchable in OS X. This still limits the choices, regrettably. In the past I liked my Nokia phones most, but am not up to date anymore about the phone industry. After some research it looks like the market is dominated by autistic MP3 phones and pricey organisers with little in between.

Here are my requirements in more detail:

Must haves:
  • Basic synchronisation functionality in OS X via Bluetooth(=contacts; see below)
  • Responsive user interface (no lag when browsing the menus and typing)
  • Swiss GSM
Nice to haves:
  • Triband
  • Candybar or slider form factor
  • slightly advanced sync functionality in OS X (think birthday calendar)
  • UMTS
Many thanks in advance.
Nathu, have a look at the N series from Nokia, good feature set. N73 looks your best bet regards fit.
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Old 21.12.2007, 14:12
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Re: Suggestions for mobile phone needed

I LOVE my Samsung SGH-E590, dunno about OSX though.
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Old 21.12.2007, 14:14
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Re: Suggestions for mobile phone needed

Oh & posting on behalf of Krlock ... better wait for the iPhone ...
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Old 21.12.2007, 21:33
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Re: Suggestions for mobile phone needed

The N73 looks very interesting and is fully supported in iSync. Thank you for this suggestion, I'll definitely have a closer look at the N series.

In comparision with the 6500 Classic, I could save a nice amount of cash with the Samsung E590, it has an absolutely sufficient feature set but according to web sources, it is, like most other Samsung phones, virtually unsupported in OS X Thanks anyway!

And krlock would probably recommend me the iPhone if I hadn't stated recently that I don't like it very much (the first revision, that is). And it's kind of a christmas present and I mean christmas 2007.

/ Will probably buy a phone tomorrow.
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Re: Suggestions for mobile phone needed

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The technical requirements are low, wouldn't it be for the condition that it has to be synchable in OS X. This still limits the choices, regrettably. In the past I liked my Nokia phones most, but am not up to date anymore about the phone industry. After some research it looks like the market is dominated by autistic MP3 phones and pricey organisers with little in between.

Here are my requirements in more detail:

Must haves:
  • Basic synchronisation functionality in OS X via Bluetooth(=contacts; see below)
  • Responsive user interface (no lag when browsing the menus and typing)
  • Swiss GSM
Nice to haves:
  • Triband
  • Candybar or slider form factor
  • slightly advanced sync functionality in OS X (think birthday calendar)
  • UMTS
Hi

Have you tried the Nokia 6121?

1.- As much as I know all Bluetooth Nokia phones support synchronisation with OS X. I have synched the 6230i on all my Macs without problems
2.- The 6121 has a very fast ARM processor, actually, while I could be wrong, the fastest CPU on all Nokias
3.- Quadband
4.- HSDPA

If you like Macs, sorry for insisting but wait for the iPhone

Just my 5 Rappen
Best Regards

PS: E51 is cool too and in some months there may be a E51 without camera
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Old 22.12.2007, 02:33
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Hi

Have you tried the Nokia 6121?

1.- As much as I know all Bluetooth Nokia phones support synchronisation with OS X. I have synched the 6230i on all my Macs without problems
2.- The 6121 has a very fast ARM processor, actually, while I could be wrong, the fastest CPU on all Nokias
3.- Quadband
4.- HSDPA

If you like Macs, sorry for insisting but wait for the iPhone

Just my 5 Rappen
Best Regards

PS: E51 is cool too and in some months there may be a E51 without camera
Not all Nokia phones sync equally well with OS X. My old 6310i failed totally in this regard. Back then I had other priorites though and it still is the best phone that I've owned. Regrettably there's no support available from Apple and Nokia regarding the 6121 and OS X.

Just because I own Macs doesn't mean that I want to use Apple's phone and MP3 player and TV box and... Well actually I own the MP3 player but you get the picture

You're the second person to mention the E51, I'll have a look at it tomorrow. Thanks to you, too.
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Old 25.12.2007, 13:56
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Re: Suggestions for mobile phone needed

I bought the Nokia N73 Music Edition. This is the "hip" reincarnation of this two years old phone. The main differences are that the 2 GB memory card and headphones are now part of the package. Plus if you really want, you can download five songs per month for a cool 10 Fr.

The price was a nice surprise. Without contract it costs 540 Fr. at digitec and 800 Fr. at Swisscom. I'm in the third of four customer categories (cat. C) and the phone costs 110 Fr. with a 24 months contract prolongation or 250 Fr. with a 12 months prolongation.

So far I like the phone.
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Re: Suggestions for mobile phone needed

Go to talk talk for the cheapest rates in switzerland and get the Motorola Qh9 hand held for free , it can deal with sync to mac or PC , comes with windows mobile , interner browser and you can up load open office no problem - my experience is that swisscom is expensive , with talk talk you can register your home number and get free calls to and from the mobile 24hrs - our average bussiness bill was 400.- with scomm we now pay around 180 with internet access from the phone....
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