I want a phone with…
- The basics: voice, text, picture messaging and voice mail. (check)
- Bluetooth connection. (check)
- Easily transfer files to my Linux computer. (check)
- Working voice dial.
- A real web browser (Opera, Safari, etc., not just WAP).
- Wi-fi capability, at least for its internet access.
- A camera with at least 2 megapixels of resolution.
Those I can get; it’s just a matter of shopping around. (Well, looking at what T-Mobile has, since I’ve got over a year left on my contract) . But I also want:
- A camera that actually shoots good pictures. At least 3 or 4 megapixels, optical zoom, and can pick up color and detail in different light conditions.
- A music player with enough space to hold my entire music collection.
Admittedly, we’re getting into short skirt/long jacket territory at this point, but basically I want one device that can replace my phone, iPod, and digital camera. I’m tired of carrying around all three. At the moment, even the high-end iPhone only has 16 GB, which would just barely hold the music. And while phones are cramming more and more pixels into their cameras, they’re still using tiny, fixed lenses.
I’ve said before that I think the iPhone, or a comparable device, will catch up to what I want in 2010 or so. For now, I’ll have to raid the Batcave for a utility belt.
I can’t quite bring myself to get a Blackberry, but I keep looking at the T-Mobile Shadow. I’m a bit reluctant to run Windows on my phone, and really reluctant to run Internet Explorer, but it should be able to run Opera Mobile. And while the reviews seem to be good overall, they haven’t been impressed with the picture quality of the camera.
Well, one big purchase at a time. (It’s too early for me to get the full upgrade discount, anyway.) And who knows, a new phone that’s a better fit might be available in a couple of months when I’m ready to actually buy something.