recommendations for a cell phone?

Hey everyone, I'm going to be getting a cell phone this week, but its my first one and I have no clue whats good out there. I already know that I'll be using Verizon, so I wanted to see what everyone would recommend thats available on there network. I would like a flip phone with a decent camera and text/pic messaging capabilities, but beyond that I'm not too concerned about extra features. And I refuse to get the Razr, so don't even suggest it.

Here is a list of verizon's phones:
Verizon

Thanks!

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teaaddict31410 years ago
i have the SONY ERICSSON W810 and it has 4 gig mp3 player...its not a flip but the camera is amazing!!!i can record videos and edit them on my phone..i can add music to clips and shorten clips and add them together and even add effects!!!! on rogers its $200 with a 3 year contract
Andrew546 (author) 10 years ago
Thanks for the help everyone, I went ahead and got the SCH-a930. So far, it seems pretty nice.
trebuchet0310 years ago
I go for the phones with the least amount of features ;) Less features, less disappointment when that feature stops working :P It's been my experience that cell phones are designed with the idea that the service life is 18-24 months. This kinda keeps you on the two year renewal contracts :/ If I want wireless internet - I'll bring my laptop :P If I want GPS - I'll plug the receiver into my laptop :P Our of curiosity - why don't you want a razr? My parents and my sister just got the second gen razr and haven't had any problems since they got it a few months ago.
Andrew546 (author)  trebuchet0310 years ago
uh-oh...he asked the question... [/rant] First off, I've seen several people who broke it. Usually the glass on the external displays cracks (seen this on multiple razrs) Also, I know one guy whose keypad quite literally fell off (yes, it really did). Reading some review online, these failures don't seem entirely uncommon either. And it usually happens after a few months, so people like your parents and sis give them good review, just to have them fall to pieces right as the warranty runs out. I also think the razr is crazy ugly. Its disproportionately wide, it way too thin, and its difficult for me to hold (big hands). That and its a complete fad phone. Everyone wants one just because they've been hyped so much and now everyone and their brother has one. I want at least a little bit of individuality. I think that pretty much sums up my hatred. [/rant]
I also think the razr is crazy ugly. Its disproportionately wide, it way too thin, and its difficult for me to hold (big hands). That and its a complete fad phone. Everyone wants one just because they've been hyped so much and now everyone and their brother has one. I want at least a little bit of individuality. I think that pretty much sums up my hatred.

I agree with you there :P I wonder if they fixed it for the v3 models (I haven't read any reviews though). My father has that other one...the non flip one, I think it's called krayzer or something like that - his has been in service for a year now in some pretty crappy conditions :P He hates it :P He doesn't like using the "lock" feature, so it sometimes dials out for him :P
Andrew546 (author) 10 years ago
I've been looking around and reading some reviews, and the Samsung SCH-a930 looks pretty nice. Does anyone have any thoughts on it?
Personally, I like Samsung's newer phones. I've got a Samsung SPH-A640 myself. Not quite the SCH-A930, but I like it.
LasVegas10 years ago
If you want to save money, download the program BitPim and look at the list of supported phones from Verizon. This utility will allow you to transfer your address book(s), calanders, pictures and ringer sounds directly from your computer with the appropriate serial cable for the phone.

Not all phones are compatible and would require a subscription service from your provider to access that data on the phone. This can get very expensive! Verison charges $0.25 for every photo emailed.

Also, bluetooth is great, but only if you have a computer with bluetooth or intend to use a headset.
LasVegas LasVegas10 years ago
Oh... Sorry. That cable is actually USB, specific to the particular phone model or brand and can usually be picked up on Ebay for under $15US, with shipping.
Andrew546 (author)  LasVegas10 years ago
Thanks for the heads up. bitpim looks very useful. :)