My very first smartphone

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    My very first smartphone

    I am looking to by my first smartphone (ever). I am between
    -Thunderbolt
    -Droid 2
    -iPhone 4

    My mind is mostly on the Droid 2, because of the keyboard, so I would like to here users experience on these three choices.

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    What are your desires? What are you looking for in your phone? Battery life? Camera? Healthy amount of applications? Freedom? Qwerty keyboard?
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    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
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    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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    Anything but an iPhone, unless you want to be a tool factory.

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    I would go with the Droid. It's an open platform, and therefore a lot more fun for nerds. It also has multitasking, (IIRC) unlike the iPhone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elysia View Post
    What are your desires? What are you looking for in your phone? Battery life? Camera? Healthy amount of applications? Freedom? Qwerty keyboard?
    I guess two are the big factors:
    -Browsing
    -Custom-made applications

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    That describes every smart phone ever. Pick a few and roll a die.

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    The iPhone 5 should be coming out this summer. If you can wait that long, you should be able to get a killer deal on an iPhone 4 then. You can get an iPhone 3GS for about $50 right now if you sign a contract. And yes, it has multitasking, etc.

    However, if you want Custom-made applications you'll be stuck with Apple's development solution which is very stringent. You can only create apps for the iPhone in Objective-C and (unsupported, but mostly functional) C# using Mono.

    Oh, also, iPhone doesn't support Flash, so that might make your decision easier (or harder) regarding web browsing.
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    Some time ago, due to battery problems on my mobile, I had to go fetch for temporary use my old Nokia 6310i from my odds and ends drawer. Some 9 years old, battered and scratched. Still works. THAT's a smart phone.
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    Well, I cannot say I am a huge fun of smartphones, but ironically it will save me money (probably) so it is a win-win situation. My general opinion is that having dedicated devices is much better rather all-in-one. My ideal combination would be
    Desktop+Small Notebook+Cell phone+Kindle.

    That describes every smart phone ever. Pick a few and roll a die.
    I believe all smartphones more or less offer the same thing anyway. I was looking more on actual user experience.

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    My ideal combination is just a smartphone. Why carry a phone, an e-book reader, an MP3 player, a GPS, a game console, a calculator, and a digital camera when you can just carry a smartphone? (yes, I actually do use all of the above functions all the time)

    I have a Nexus One (Android) and I'm pretty happy with it. But then I'm a bit of a Linux fanboy, so I wouldn't believe me if I were you . I like it because there's nothing I don't like about it.

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    Android definitely. More free apps, open source, endless personalization, nicer desktops, full of widgets, unlike iPhone and so on.

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    Nice to see such a nice opinion. However, it is just that - an opinion, with no constructive facts to back your opinion.

    Some additional meat:
    Rotten apple: Locked system. No flash. You are at the mercy of the rotten apple's whim.
    Android: Great many applications. Pretty. Extremely fragmented. Upgrades not guaranteed. Average battery life.
    Symbian: Excellent battery life. Cool prototype applications. Updates guaranteed. In the case of N8, best camera on the market.
    Last edited by Elysia; 03-31-2011 at 03:04 PM.
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    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
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    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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