I’m at a dilemma here. I’m on a contract that ends in July for my phone, and I do want something better. However, I am stuck at some issues that is coming out. I don’t think there is anything perfect as for solutions, and this is of course partially the fault of the carrier. Maybe I should explain my situation. I bought a RIM Blackberry 8320. For those that don’t know, this is like the 8300, but lacking GPS for wifi, and UMA calling. I love the 8320 with the exception of the that as with all Blackberrys with numbers between 8000 and 8999, the data connection is EDGE. Also, the 8320 has no GPS. So, this means if I want GPS, I have to rely on Bluetooth, and the one I bought kills the battery, and was pretty much crap.
So, what do I want in my phone? Well, a smart phone of course. I am not going for iPhone even if it was on T-Mobile, and forget WinMo as a standard phone. I heard too many bad things of Windows Mobile, and I am not committing to 2 years of anything to regret over. GPS, and 3G is a must. I hate relying on Cell Triangulation, which could be accurate from 100 – 1000 meters. Oh, yeah – really good if I should have to go into a wheelchair, and trying to find a bus stop. EDGE is OK for some things, but I do rely on my phone for more than just basic browsing, and basic email. I definitely would love to have a call manager. I think it is more flexible, and cheaper to control incoming calls from the phone than to rely on Google Voice for the half ass way they do the phone rules. Don’t get me wrong, Google Voice is great, but not perfect. I would like to have UMA, although I am not as important to since I’m unloved, and no one calls. However, UMA is still important to keep my cell phone bill assured down.
So, what’s out there? Well, in the RIM forefront – we have the Bold from AT&T. Well, AT&T is a bunch of asses who don’t know how to do thing properly. And when I was a customer with them, and asked them about UMA, they said they had no intention on offering it unless a bigger carrier did. AT&T for some stupid reason is #2. Verizon which is CDMA is #1. UMA can’t work on CDMA. We have the Storm which is the touch screen Blackberry. It’s a 3G phone but tied to EVDO with an EDGE global connection. You can hack it to work with T-Mobile, and sure AT&T as well, but it would only run on EDGE. And as many problems as I heard of Storm, that is out of the question as well. Then there’s the RIM Blackberry 9630 which supports everything but 4G. However since T-Mobile has to install the instruction set for UMA and doesn’t offer it to the general public, or as an OTA for their customers, this phone has to come to T-Mobile for it to be closer to perfect.
Then there’s Android. To me, this has the best promise because of its open nature, and easy writing for new apps. However, no matter what, finding a call manager such as iCall Manager Light for RIM is as elusive as the pink elephant. Really, is this going to be like another iPhone where it’s all about silly games? I think Google has more dignity, and if nothing else would encourage development of useful apps. However, a call manager is a very useful app. It is constantly on within my phone. And yes, if there was a good call manager, I would consider an Android phone.
So please, for the love of the gods – developer, manufacturers, and T-Mobile – get off your asses, and make something that I can be happy with by the time I am going to upgrade.