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    Default Which smartphone?

    I just have a simple phone - it makes phone calls and sends and receives text messages. It does not have a camera. It cannot use the internet.

    I do not really know anything about smartphones. My ex has an iphone 4 which he loves. My daughter (13yo) has a Samsung Galaxy i900 and says I should get an android phone not an iphone.

    I have no intention of buying apps for the phone.

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    The mobile plan I am on includes 500MB data usage a month, which I am obviously not using, so I thought it was time to look at a smartphone.

    I want to be able to use the phone as a GPS, and share internet to a laptop.

    Dual SIM is nice but not essential. A decent camera would be a bonus since I don't have a camera at present. And I would probably like basic access to the internet, perhaps for email (yahoo) and checking bus/train timetables.

    I will be using the Optus network so can use a phone locked to Optus, though an unlocked one would of course be preferable.

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    So with my lack of knowledge, I've started looking at ebay.

    I like the look of this one because it includes a keyboard
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-NOKIA...ht_4209wt_1210
    It doesn't mention anything about Internet sharing, so I dont know if it supports it or not. It also says Symbian OS not Android like my daughter suggested.

    Here's another one with a keyboard, and Android OS this time, but still no mention of Internet sharing. I think this one looks a little too bulky.
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/New-Samsu...ht_3683wt_1139

    This one looks good, but still no mention of Internet sharing
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-HTC-D...ht_4006wt_1210

    This one mentions WiFi hotspot so I think perhaps it is the one I should get. As a bonus it uses dual SIM. It does say the camera isn't too crash hot, which is a pity. And no keyboard - oh well.
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/4-5-Andro...ht_7133wt_1210

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    So now I'm asking those more knowledgeable than I. Am I looking at the right things.
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    Default Which smartphone?

    I would just go the iPhone. Lots of apps etc, easy to use, decent camera, connects to iTunes etc. good luck

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    Default Re: Which smartphone?

    When you say internet sharing do you mean using your mobile as a wifi ?

    I have a Samsung galaxy s 2 and I love it, its Android, has a 8 mega pixel camera and you can use it as a portable wifi so you can share internet credit between devices.

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    WiFi would be easiest, but I wouldn't mind if I had to plug in via a USB cable. (And yes it is so I can use the internet credit from my mobile plan for a laptop.)

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    Default Which smartphone?

    I loved android until I got an iPhone.

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    I didn't even know my phone could do that until my cousin showed me


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    Yep I was all for android until I got my iPhone 4S and now I won't go back lol

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    I would avoid samsung. Everyone seems to have issues with them.
    I had a galaxy that had nothing but problems, accidentally dropped it down the toilet and got a galaxy s2 through insurance. That started having problems early on and is currently with optus atm having it's issues looked into.
    I've got a galaxy mini while i'm without my other phone and it's seriously nothing but a piece of crap too! Any messages i send don't make it to the receiver.
    Another common issue is the chargers stop working. It happened to my first one and my friends and the other day when i was in the Optus shop a lady was there with hers complaining that it didn't work.

    I'm thinking i will go iphone when my contract is up. At least if it has issues, you take it straight into an apple store and it's dealt with immediately. Whereas android needs to be sent of for 2-3 weeks minimum.

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    Default Re: Which smartphone?

    IPhones are ok, but you mentioned wanting to use it as a GPS. Apple maps is VERY lacking. Anything with Android will have google maps as one of the GPS apps. Also most smart phones will be able to do hot spot or tethering.

    I hate my phone, but I think I just got a dodgy one, as everyone else who has one has had no problems what so ever. Its easy to use, as proved by my mum. Its just a adding galaxy s2

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    I have a Galaxy s3 and I love it. It can be used as a WiFi hotspot. The camera is great.

    I have not had any issues with it at all. I use the google Maps thing all the time for directions and have never had an issue with it.

    I don't pay for any apps at all, everything I have used has been available free through the play store.

    You can sync your email to the phone. I haven't because it annoyed me. But I do check my emails from the phone if I am out.

    I have found that people are either Iphone or Android lol so you need to have a look at both and see what you think.

    Oh our plan was cheap as so it was better for us to buy the phone outright which is what we did

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