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HTC Touch Diamond or iphone??

Postby amiee40 » Sat, 06 Dec 2008 9:57 am

Hi

I need advice here. I am looking to upgrade my current handset HTC Touch to a new model. I am stuck between the HTC Touch Diamond and the iphone.

I bought my current handset from ebay so no cancellation issues here.

Any users outthere with problems with either handsets?

Also, with regards to mobile phone plans, i am on the Starhub Ez Travel prepaid where i can have two sim cards in one phone but now I want to change to a post paid plan with large data volume. Any plans out there?? I don't want to be locked into a 24mth contract.

Thanks

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heard lots of good things about HTC

Postby onleemi » Sat, 06 Dec 2008 7:50 pm

so, i would go for the HTC. iPhone is great too but it really depends whether you're an apple person or a windows person. If I am not wrong, the HTC phone is based on windows platform....

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Postby amiee40 » Sun, 07 Dec 2008 11:27 am

yes thats right, on my current HTC, i have windows mobile 6. I got a HTC for work reason, only phone allowed to sync with work computer and i am not working anymore, so not a deciding factor. I will be using the handset for emailing and sms mainly.

Any bugs/glitches with Diamond or iphone? Heard that there are alot of problems with the new Blackberry Storm.

What plans? Anyone has a large data volume plan?

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Postby DimWit Kid » Sun, 07 Dec 2008 12:53 pm

I have both, and if you asked me a couple of months ago I would say HTC. However now I'd say go for iPhone. The apps are much neater and the safari is somewhat faster with the same plan (I use Singtel's twincard so it's an objective comparison). Reason I would have chosen HTC back then was that with the original iPhone OS (version 1.8 or something) the battery life of iPhone really sucks. Barely make it half a day on heavy 3G data/phone usage. However with the current one (ver. 2.2 - actually even ver 2.1) the battery life is so much better (normal usage, data and voice, mine will last about 1.5-2 days which is acceptable). The good thing about apple is that it is not resource gobbler like any Windows OS. I use windows on my computers / laptops (although we also have mini and macbook for personal uses) as I need the full compatibility with my office systems / VPN / SAPs etc.

About plans - if you ever buy iPhone (and likely it's gonna be from the sole current retailer Singtel) do NOT ever sign up for iFlexi Plan. That is very very poorly designed plan. Compare the iFlexi Premium plan at $205 per month. It comes with 1500 mins free local call + 1500 sms, 3GB free local data, and $300 handset upgrade voucher every year.
I use now iThree Plus + Broadband on Mobile 2000 plan. Total cost is $200 ($180 + 20). I get 2000 mins local calls + 2000 sms, 50 (yes, fifty) GB of local data, and $500 upgrade voucher yearly. The only downside the download speed of iFlexi is 3.6Mbps and this particular Broadband 2000 plan is 2Mbps. Yeah, big deal.

It's no brainer that iFlexi is not worth signing, especially the iPhone 3G also comes at the same price if you don't sign up to the iFlexi but instead the corresponding "normal" voice plan supplemented by broadband on mobile plan. It's even acknowledged by the Hello Singtel staffers... don't know why they still have iFlexi things out there.

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Postby DimWit Kid » Sun, 07 Dec 2008 12:57 pm

Oh sorry, to be fair to HTC it is an easier phone to use for one-handed sms. I have so far only seen 1 person who could actually do sms one handed using iPhone! :P
On the flip side, for reading emails and viewing attachments (photos, documents) iPhone is really much better than Diamond - much bigger screen and easy zooming and navigation.

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Postby onleemi » Tue, 09 Dec 2008 7:39 pm

DimWit Kid wrote:Oh sorry, to be fair to HTC it is an easier phone to use for one-handed sms. I have so far only seen 1 person who could actually do sms one handed using iPhone! :P
On the flip side, for reading emails and viewing attachments (photos, documents) iPhone is really much better than Diamond - much bigger screen and easy zooming and navigation.


Yeah, have yet to see someone send sms using one hand with iPhone! I think it'd be kinda challenging.... :-)

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Postby DimWit Kid » Wed, 10 Dec 2008 10:55 pm

I met that guy in India/Delhi in September, and he has horribly big fingers too! :) He keep typing with his big thumb all the way .....

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Postby sierra2469alpha » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 3:20 pm

DWK - just bought the HTC Touch Pro. Very pleased with it. Let me know if you want some more details. Cheers, P

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Postby amiee40 » Tue, 23 Dec 2008 2:15 pm

DWK. Thanks for the info. However. still abit hesitant to sign up to a plan in Singapore. I am enjoying using pre-paid at the moment, don't have that many friends here at the moment so no need to pay monthly bills.

In Australia, we have data prepaid option when you top up, any phone companies in Singapore offer the same?

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Postby wrcboi » Thu, 25 Dec 2008 10:23 pm

most peeps buy iphone because its iphone or its an apple brand...not becoz of the phone qualities...look at the specifications and the price and think carefully before purchaes

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Postby DimWit Kid » Thu, 25 Dec 2008 10:41 pm

amiee40 wrote:DWK. Thanks for the info. However. still abit hesitant to sign up to a plan in Singapore. I am enjoying using pre-paid at the moment, don't have that many friends here at the moment so no need to pay monthly bills.

In Australia, we have data prepaid option when you top up, any phone companies in Singapore offer the same?


I have both Singtel and Starhub postpaid, and I believe they do not have prepaid data plan (all data plan are served as "value added" service to subscribed voice plan). I'm not so sure about M1 - never used them.

However if I understand you right, you say you don't have enough friends to pay mobile subscription, so you just want to use prepaid mobile voice plan but you also want to surf on your mobile - well then, just get a mobile phone with wifi capability. Wireless@sg is everywhere nowadays, so chances are you would be able to access internet with it when you want it - and it's totally free.

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Postby DimWit Kid » Thu, 25 Dec 2008 10:44 pm

wrcboi wrote:most peeps buy iphone because its iphone or its an apple brand...not becoz of the phone qualities...look at the specifications and the price and think carefully before purchaes


You are insinuating that iphone quality is less than other smartphone - care to substantiate that? I think you underestimate and generalize people too much. Most people (and granted these "most people" here are over 30 so they're adult) I know bought iPhone for specific reasons and with logical consideration.

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Postby danialgoh » Sun, 04 Jan 2009 12:30 am

Both phones are equally great and like what some of them stated above, the platform used by both models are different. Value wise, you would get more for an ipone when you resell it. HTC not that great of a value.

Get an iphone if you don't intend to hold on to your phone for too long. Get a HTC if you have no intention of reselling it.

Cheers....

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 04 Jan 2009 5:55 pm

danialgoh wrote:Get an iphone if you don't intend to hold on to your phone for too long. Get a HTC if you have no intention of reselling it.

Cheers....


Now that's some good advice. I'm still using a dopod 900 that I bought when they first came out. Same with my L6 motorola. I'll use 'em till they crap out THEN replace them. I don't tend to wear my brands on the outside of my clothes either. Except for my old Levi's 501's anyway. :wink:

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Postby amiee40 » Sun, 04 Jan 2009 9:21 pm

Thanks for all your advice.

No, i am not planning to re-sell of phones. I learnt my lesson the hard way. I bought the LG Prada phone when it first came out, before it was even released in Australia. After a few weeks, i found the touch screen keyboard to be hopeless and tried to re sell it at cash converter. They offered $60 when i paid $650.

Thats ok. I will just have to wait until i go back to Australia and get a phone on a plan and free phone upgrade every 2yrs. Cheaper... Will make do with my current HTC.


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