Which mobile phone should I get next?

I need some help.

I have fallen out of love with my Blackberry.

When I went on phones4U.co.uk on a bit of a whim last year and got myself a great deal on the new Blackberry Torch I was pretty pleased with myself. I had a touch screen and a keyboard – I was king of the world. But apart from that, what exactly is it good for? The longer I’ve had it, the more I’ve come to realise just how hopeless it has become next to other phones.

It just doesn’t do anything.

People are always telling me about great new apps I can get to do this and that, and I keep having to say ‘I can’t get that on my Blackberry’. My hopeless, crappy Blackberry. While Boyfriend is playing Need For Speed in HD on his HTC I get Shoppers Paradise. I mean look at it – it’s hardly cutting edge graphics is it?

"shoppers paradise"

So shit yet so addictive…

There is a wordpress app, but it takes so long to load It’s quicker just to switch on the laptop.

I recently downloaded the latest updates for my Blackberry, and that was a complete disaster too – I now have terrible battery life, icons popping up all over the place and a sluggish screen that takes a week or so just to turn around if I move it. Come on Blackberry, what’s the matter with you??

Between us at home, we can’t even figure out how to properly switch it off without taking out the battery. It is ridiculous.

*deep breath*

So, I think I can safely say I want a new phone, but what do I get? Bee has an iPhone and Boyfriend uses Android, so I’ve got two different phone camps battling it out for my attention at home – I need some impartial advice.

Which is the best mobile phone for combining work emails, twitter, decent battery life and a good selection of apps, but that doesn’t may me look like a drug dealer?

Please help!



  1. Nesbo
    11 January, 2013 / 10:56 am

    Having been a Samsung fan for years, I finally joined the iPhone mob last month. IT IS AMAZING.


    You know how we all wonder how we ever got by before mobiles were invented? Getting an iPhone is a bit like that. *Sings I was blind, but now I seeeeee*

    I’d never dream about going back to a Samsung, Nokia or any other of the countless brands I opted for in the past.

    It’s made me very ‘appy indeed.

  2. 11 January, 2013 / 11:14 am

    I am a big fan of Sony (or Sony Ericsson a while ago) and therefore I am “Team Android”! :) But I have heard that Iphones are good, too. With smartphones you cant really expect a very very very long battery life I am afraid…

  3. 11 January, 2013 / 11:18 am

    Not wishing to add any more confusion to the mix, but have you considered the Windows Phone operating system? I got bored with Andoid (though there’s nothing wrong with it and my old HTC was fine), I’ve never been an iPhone fan, and Windows phones are just *different*. For all that, they’re very good phones indeed.

    I have a Nokia Lumia 800, which I love and which works well for me on both a business and social level. The latest Nokia Lumia, the 920, is to die for, with amazing camera, HD video with anti-shake/stability thingy (a technical term, obviously). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8_Z7_kJ3_g. Take a look.

    I’ve also just downloaded the WordPress app to my Lumia 800. Not used it yet but it seems to have lots of features and functionality (and you can connect to both wordpress.com AND .org accounts, which is pretty cool if you run both).

    Happy shopping (I’m quite envious, I love shopping for gadgets!).

  4. 11 January, 2013 / 11:41 am

    I have the HTC one x after having the HTC wildfire. I have to say I love HTC they are just so easy to use, and with the android market there’s so many free apps I’m constantly downloading new apps. I have the WordPress app which lets me read blogs I follow, write up posts, share the posts easily through whichever social networks I have apps for, let’s me manage more than one blog at a time, read and approve comments and see my stats.

    The camera is really good and with the latest software update (jelly bean) the battery lasts a lot longer, there are more camera options and the touch screen responds even quicker than before!

    I think the main thing I love about an android system is that you use your Google account which allows you to back up all contacts, photos etc so if you ever lose or damage your phone any important numbers you need can be found on your Google account online. This also makes it easier when switching phones, as I said I previously had a HTC wildfire and within a few minutes all my information had been transferred to my one x.

    I love being able to have several home screens I can add whatever apps and widgets I want wherever I want. I also like the fact you can have several internet tabs open at once so you can switch between them and keep open what you want in the background.

    If you go with android there are phones other than HTC available such as Sony and Samsung.

    I hate iPhone as there aren’t as many free apps available and as for BlackBerry.. I’d rather have my old Nokia 3310 lol

    Best bet is to go into a phone shop and have a play with a few phones see what you like the look and feel of :-)

  5. Jon
    11 January, 2013 / 11:52 am

    HTC One – S or X. I have an S and it’s excellent value for money. It’s an awesome phone.

  6. 11 January, 2013 / 1:24 pm

    Echoing the above comments, I’ve got a One X these days and very impressed – a big improvement on the Desire I had before, which looks so tiny yet bulky in comparison now.

    Wife jumped from iPhone to a Galaxy S3 last year, and hasn’t looked back since.

    Android is really polished these days, and has pretty much shed the “for the geeks” image it had a few years ago, and is now as slick as pretty much anything Apple has to offer – and kicks their behind in lots of ways too.

    Hope that helps!

  7. 11 January, 2013 / 1:34 pm

    I’ve got a Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Goes like the clappers and big enough screen to use as a small tablet as well.

  8. snowygirl20
    11 January, 2013 / 1:45 pm

    I have the Android razr. There’s 2. If you choose it get the one with the longer battery life. Good luck!

  9. 11 January, 2013 / 2:08 pm

    I just can’t help it – I love my iPhone. Hubbie has a Blackberry & it is streets ahead of his. Previously he owned HTC models – and again Android/Google whatever it’s ‘running’ it was just so much slower & more complex than my Steve Jobs tribute!

  10. rich b
    11 January, 2013 / 10:04 pm

    Have a go on one of the new Nokia Lumias, they’re fresh looking, really well built, stylish, with amazing cameras and displays, they’re really fast and easy to use. They make iPhones look dated and Androids over complicated.

    They’ve got free in-built satnav, free unlimited streaming music and excellent integration with any email accounts you’ve got. They’ve also got xbox games so you won’t be stuck with shoppers paradise.

    Have a play with one in a phone shop – you’ll be amazed.

    Nokia is back!

  11. 12 January, 2013 / 4:59 am

    I have an iPhone 5 and I love it. That being said, my friend has the Galaxy IIIs and it is a really neat phone, too. I think either one would make a great phone. If I had to guess, I’d say the Galaxy is probably a little bit better phone.

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