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Consulting the Oracle - mobile phones 
2nd-Nov-2010 01:41 am
Bird entrails etc optional.

My mother's looking for a new phone. Her requirements are broadly as follows:
  • Will be predominantly for basic talk and text
  • She's keen on a touchscreen device
  • Good UI - she's also been exclusively a Nokia user to date
  • Not too complex - she views phones like my N97 or my sister's iPhone as over-sophisticated/complicated
  • Not too big - again, she thinks my N97 is a bit on the chunky side

So, anyone know of a mobile which meets the above reqs?
2nd-Nov-2010 10:07 am (UTC)
Find a second-hand T-Mobile G1. Basic Android, decent screen, slide-out keyboard. An old Sidekick would probably work well, too.

The trouble these days is that everything ships with bolted-on IOdine (like HTC Sense) which just overcomplicates things.
2nd-Nov-2010 11:33 am (UTC)
n5800? fairly easy to use and one of the smaller touchscreens.
2nd-Nov-2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that one had occurred to me. I take it you're pretty happy with yours?
2nd-Nov-2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
I liked mine, before I killed it, but I kill all tech after about a year.
Pretty simple interface, responsive touchscreen. Generally kinda easy to use, especially if already used to Nokias
2nd-Nov-2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
I have to ask who is doing her tech support,

... and what country does she live in?
2nd-Nov-2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
Tech support - that'd most likely be me. She's in Malaysia which can make the whole support issue tricky at times. She's also on a SIM only contract, if that makes a difference...
2nd-Nov-2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
Sony have some nice looking non chunky phones. I was tempted by the Vivaz! Though the other Sony I could've had, the Xperia Mini seemed a bit too small!
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