iPhone or Nokia? Help me decide.
November 20, 2008 9:24 AM Subscribe
Yet another iPhone AskMe. Feedback needed from (US) iPhone owners: Do I want an iPhone, or do I want to just upgrade my Nokia? Specific details inside.
posted by caution live frogs to Technology (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Sorry about the length here, but I find myself in a quandry between two shiny gadgets.
I am currently using a Nokia E62. It has a lot of features: Full tactile keyboard, hot-swappable miniSD slot, quad-band, polyphonic ringer, syncs with iCal and Address Book via Bluetooth. Different contacts and contact groups can be assigned different ring tones (MP3 or AAC). Easy one-touch switch to silent mode. It has an MP3/AAC player built-in, but I only move songs onto the phone to use as ring tones. Voice recording, voice-activated dialing (based on contact name - no programming required), Bluetooth file transfer. Contains an Office suite and there are a decent number of applications that can be added to the phone (Symbian OS).
I did at one time have a data plan for this phone. However AT&T in all their wisdom has decreed that data on a Symbian phone costs more than data on any other platform, so I dropped the plan - goddamn bloodsucking bastards. (I went cellular to get rid of AT&T, then they go buy my provider...) I do like the idea of checking my email on the phone, on occasion. It would be nice to have some web capability. I don't think I necessarily need it 24/7. I just rely on my MacBook Pro and free WiFi now, and do OK, but not having to carry the laptop would be nicer on my back.
So here's the problem: My wife wants to upgrade our phones, and wants to do all of them at once (all 3 phones on the plan are eligible for upgrade now). She suggested I move to the iPhone. I am not sure. My original plan was to upgrade to the Nokia E61i - all the same features as the E62 (sans USB port - but I don't use that anyway) but with an added 2 mp camera, microSD instead of miniSD, and WiFi.
iPhone would cost me ~200 up front. E61i would be about $100 more for an unlocked model (goddamn AT&T doesn't carry any Nokia phones except shitty featureless flip models).
What I'm looking for here is feedback from people who currently (or previously) use the iPhone: Specific questions below.
1. What features of the Nokia will I lose by moving to the iPhone? I had heard there was no Bluetooth sync - do I really need to have one more goddamn cable with me just to sync iCal? That seems uncharacteristically stupid of Apple...
2. How restrictive is the App Store lock-in - anything really useful that Apple refuses to offer? I don't intend on jailbreaking the phone if I buy it, but I also don't want to end up really ticked that I can't do X when I really ought to be able to do it.
3. What happens with my payment plan? We're currently on a nationwide family plan, dating back to Cingular prior to the AT&T buyout. For ~$80/mo we've got three phones, unlimited calls between AT&T customers (none of that dumb "pick 5" garbage for me, thanks). I thought the iPhone required a specific plan. How much is this going to cost me per month? Can the iPhone be put on an existing plan or would I have to change everything about our contract?
Last but not least: How the hell does the iPhone work, if there's no SIM card slot? I really like the idea of an unlocked phone, and while the iPhone looks like a cool gadget, I'm just not sure how much of my soul I want to sell to Apple and AT&T. My past experience with Nokia gives me a lot of trust in their phones; on the other hand, I do like my MacBook Pro. Your experiences and opinions? Good or bad, help me make up my mind. I can't decide if I want to go iPhone, stick with Nokia, or just say to hell with it all, keep my perfectly functional current phone, and spend my $200 on a EEE netbook...