The audio connector on my Qtek 9100 smartphone (handheld computer cum cellphone) has crapped out for the second time in two years. The warranty’s lapsed, and repairing the thing would cost a third of what an equivalent machine of a current model would set me back. My 9100′s battery life is flagging, it’s a 2005 design and it has a number of irritating design glitches. So I’m in the market for a new handheld.
When I asked my readers two years ago to recommend me a machine, I didn’t get a single answer. You guys are a wee bit more numerous these days, so I’m thinking maybe you might have an idea about what I should get.
Here are the specs I’m aiming for.
- Cell phone connectivity
- Wifi connectivity that actually allows me to connect, not just see that there’s an access point
- Swedish qwerty keyboard
NOT Windows Mobile Works as a vanilla USB drive when connected to a desktop computer, orhas removeable flash cartridge
- GPS navigator
- Full-screen time & date readouts when in sleep mode
- Hardware key-lock button
- Stable touch-screen that needs re-calibration less than once a year
- Decent camera
What model smartphone are you using, Dear Reader? Are you happy with it? What should I get?
Update 16 April: Browsing the market, I find that I’ll have to accept another Windows Mobile machine since there are too few alternatives. And it seems that the HP iPAQ 914, the Samsung SGH-i780 and the soon forthcoming i-mate Ultimate 8502 might be pretty good. (I’m not going for the descendant of my current machine, the HTC TYTN II.) Opinions, anyone?