Another timeout for a tech blog, as I finally have to get with the times. I’ve never owned a smart phone. Considering how many websites I operate, along with related social media, I really should have had one years ago. Problem is, I hate carrying stuff in my pockets, even if I have cargo pants or shorts. Wallet, keys, phone, camera, GPS, music player. The last time I bought a phone, it had the best camera you could find, though its GPS turned out to be less useful than I hoped. While it had internet, it wasn’t 3G. The traditional number pad made it hard to send a text or even enter the URL for a website or search on Google. You know: tap each numeric button multiple times to get a letter, like you used to do five years ago? That’s my phone. The camera was great, though, and that’s the main reason I bought it. One less thing to carry, at least.
I’ve been waiting for 2 years for a phone that meets all my requirements. I’d hoped Apple would address them, but the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 fell short. So do all of the current Android phones. Here’s what I wanted:
- Decent reception, call quality and battery life (features most people seem to forget about!)
- Good camera with real flash
- Native GPS with voice guided turn-by-turn instructions
- Ability to tether my notebook through the cellphone for 3G internet
- HD 720p video capability
- A real QWERTY keypad or touchscreen