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R.I.P. Mo – so what next
I've been thinking about a new phone for a few weeks, having realised that my n900 was having charging issues. They came to a head on Friday night when he was unable to charge. I removed the cable, and the usb socket came away with it. So that's that for Mo. I cried a little: I know he was only a piece of technology, but Mo introduced me to so many wonderful people and took me to places I would never have been without him. Besides, I need to find a way to get the data off him with a dead battery!

Which leaves me needing to rather rush my decision about a new phone.

I narrowed it down to a couple of choices, and asked my friends on twitter: Galaxy s2 or Nokia n9?Unsurprisingly given the people I interact with, they came down in favour of the n9. But I still haven't quite decided, as I have a few niggling doubts. So I thought I'd blog about them – partly as a way of getting my thoughts clear, and partly so people who know better than I can address the doubts and see if they're meaningful.

So: In favour of the S2:

Terrific specification – probably still the best phone spec on the market. Though some of that is because Android needs a fast chipset. Except...

Future proof: S2 is expecting to get ICS in the next few months. And ICS runs on a slower chip in the nexus, so presumably will run like lightening on the S2's chip.

Software: android market is huge, with stuff that's both practical and fun. I can probably make it do everything I want – and it will include DRM stuff like kindle and kobo books. I have both on the HTC flyer and it would be nice to have the same book on the phone so I can read at work.

Novelty items like locking (face unlock with ICS)

Against the S2:

Reputed to be plasticky build quality

Android operating system is a bit clunky in places. Though I do ok with it on the Flyer (actually, preferred Gingerbread to Honeycomb, to be honest)

Big phone for small teddy paws.

In favour of the N9:

Spec is pretty good. It has most of the features I would want to use, including that Carl Zeiss camera lens.

Harmattan is reputed to be the perfect operating system, running like silk with amazing integration.

Reported to have solid build quality – though the n900 is not a good recommendation given the problems those have had. Lovely shape, too.

Against the N9:

End of the line operating system – no future proofing

Do I want a phone I can't access the battery? No slot for an SD card, either.

Will have to switch to a micro-sim card so extra hassle

Less apps etc, though it has most of the things I'd look for apart from kobo/kindle app.

So that's where my thinking has got me. On the irrational side, I think I feel more excited technologically about the idea of an S2. But the n9 would bring me back into networking with the people who've been such great friends with the n900. Which is why I'm still sitting here undecided. I hoped one would drop in price today as the sales start and that would help me decide. But sadly not.

If anyone has comments I'd be really glad of them (Unless you're selling UGG boots – I've deleted a lot of those comments already!)

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My n900 died the same death. But I brought it back! I bought a Hama universal charger set which came with micro usb sockets. One of those I removed and soldered to the n900's motherboard (very, very carefully!). Then I bought two-component epoxy glue and covered the board and socket in glue. It's there forever now! A new life for my best friend :)

That requires a degree of courage I don't have. I tried it with my Treo 600 (opening and new battery) and never managed to save him. Time for a new phone, sadly.


^^ I've got that one.. ;) three weeks standbye time, no worries about OS's going EOL or whatever... doesn't do networking though.. or txt.. or anything else.. ;)

*hugs Kathy*

I need a converged device. or a very, very large rucksack for all the things I need to carry.
*hugs Santa back*

:D you've become quite the gadget girl over the years :D I'm far more a neanderthal when it comes to certain things ;)

When I was in the market for a new phone, back in June, my husband refused to buy me a Nokia, saying their app development was NBG compared to the Android's. And I do like my Android phone, although the small screen was a mistake.

Well, I think Nokia are aiming to put that right with the move to windows phone. Unfortunately, that leave the n9 rather out in the cold on its own, which is part of my reservation about it.

I have an android tablet, and love that.

Buy a second hand N900 and save yourself a pile of cash

Well that's an option. But given what just happened to Mo, I wouldn't vouch for the life expectancy of a second hand n900.

As a next step after s2 you might consider Galaxy Note - bigger faster

I think the S2 is as big as I could possibly want to go. My hands are not that big! Besides, if I want big I have the flyer.

On the N900 front: contact Nokia now. The USB port falling off is a known manufacturing defect and should be repairable free of charge, plus most European N900s should still be under warranty.

On the what's next front: it's a tool, not a romantic partner. Figure out what you are going to use it for, and choose the device that does that best.

At over 2 years old, I seriously doubt that Nokia will give a damn.

As for the phone, I assure you I'm even choosier about romantic partners. ;-)

The things that pushed me over to the N9 was the carrier IQ scandal and an info graphic, Android Orphans, that shows how poor the android ecosystem has been at keeping their phones up to date.

I too wish it had a sd card, and I have occasionally found myself wishing for some apps on my N900 that people would show me on their androids or iphones. (and I expect that to continue.)

Now that I have the N9, it is pretty. swype is pretty neat, and I'm hoping that Mer or Cannonical will succeed on getting another actual debian-like OS shipped on a handset.

the same thing happend to me and i went to the phone repair shop and payed only £20 for a repair job, haven't had a issues since.

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