In summary, Sony Ericsson had the best menus, Nokia made the best hardware but also have the worst OS software and menus and Apple are good at everything except open ports, open memory and open applications. So, if Nokia made an Android phone, it should be really good but then they would ruin it by making it sync only via Microsoft Windows XP. I don't know anything about Samsung apart from the pretty Galaxy S but HTC seem to make some lovely Android phones which could be what I have been waiting for. A new 2 GHz Motorola Android phone looks very tasty indeed in June 2010.I really want one with naked Google Android so I do not have to wade past social interfaces that hide the actual applications underneath.
The Apple antenae problem on the iPhone 4 does not exist as an iPhone-specific problem, the story is mostly journalistic hype because all phones lose signal if you wrap your hand tightly around them. Apple is honest and journalists are often misleading or worse. If you want to reduce the (non-ionizing) radiation entering your body, or improve your reception in far-flung locations, hold the mobile phone in your fingertips. The iPhone 4 is lovely if you do not care about freedom or price. Most people who want a smart phone are now going for Google Android.
I own a N95 8GB (bought second hand cheaply years ago) which has excellent camera hardware and movie-making that Apple and Microsoft still do not match before July 2010. It has a normal USB port and can act as a USB drive but cannot sync with Mac OS X or Linux. The N95 8GB does not even support the old AT commands that my Sony Ericssson phones still do so the N95 8GB is an excellent phone killed by bad or closed software. My Nokia 95 and Linux page may be of some help but do not buy Nokia Series 60 phones if you use linux; it is too much hassle. Wammu and Gammu are excellent linux programs for sync operations with SMS messages converted to mail or XML, backups and contacts saved as VCF. I wonder if mobile phone companies themselves have ever understood syncing and Java and things that make life easier now that phones are more computer than phone?
I have used a Nokia N800 (is not a phone) for years and it was wonderful but one must always turn off Adobe Flash but the Maemo (GNU/linux based) software has been abandoned and even the new N900 (is a phone) will never be upgraded and supported on the new MeeGo operating system which Nokia plans for all its high-end future phones. Unfortunately, my Nokia N800 screen is broken: constant scrolling like a broken vertical sync on an old CRT T.V. and a flashing background. It is a common problem with these Nokia N800 screens. I actually turn off Adobe Flash on all my computers except one ASUS Ubuntu netbook to ensure that all web pages download quickly and safely and then once per week, I go and view the videos that I was not able to see earlier. Adobe Flash is useless for everything except videos IMHO and I cannot wait until Flash dies everywhere.
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