Back from my recent trip to Austin and I noticed that my Nokia cell phone (6102) had started making a "clicking noise" when I flipped it open and close.
Upon closer inspection I found that a crack had developed in the plastic that wraps the hinge.
The phone still works for now, but the hinge seems noticeably looser.
So I have been browsing
Cingular AT&T Wireless's phone selection and reading the reviews for the past two weeks.
I think I may head over to the local store and do some hand's on work also.
Both of the girls have the Samsung Sync. They seem to be very happy with it and I do like the slightly rubberized feel of the keypad. However, Alvis has managed to bust her front-screen by tossing it in her purse loose. Something got jostled and when it hit the screen, it cracked. Phone still works, but she doesn't have the cute little display on the front anymore. Both girls also got it (mostly for the cool factor) so they could listen to music on it. However, after working hard to get their playlists copied over, I've never seen them using it to listen to music. They have reverted back to their iPods.
I've checked and it appears the stock is still out on this model.
Samsung has a similar model, the A437, but the reviews I have found haven't been very positive.
I really like the Nokia's having had many in the past (in a good way), but I don't like their current designs.
Most of our team-members have Motorola RAZR's but the keypad feels very awkward to me and menu system is a bit unwieldy. Fortunately, the BlackBerry I have for work is great.
I've almost decided against another flip-phone for now. I'd like something a bit more durable. And definitely no "sliders".
I'm considering the Samsung A727 which seems thin but has decent talk-time and a large screen. I might even be able to use the girl's Samsung accessories we have already picked up with it, saving the additional (hidden) cost of re-accessorizing a new cell-phone model.
And, to make it worse, I can usually get a better deal from the on-line store than the local one. That's great for the budget, but I hate waiting.
And I am so fed-up with these "rebate" promos. Just take the price off the top at purchase. AT&T seems to like this, as in many cases, if you use their rebate card in their store, you get an additional discount. Thus they drive more purchases. However, while I might buy some accessories, I usually pick those up with the phone, so getting the rebate card 3-4 weeks later is a lost cause as I don't have any other cell-phone needs at that later time. So I have to go and find a store that it will work at as a debit/gift card. (One of the previous AT&T rebate cards we got actually got rejected by a few stores, luckily we finally found that the grocery store took it fine....sheesh.)
So begins the hunt.