The Cell Phone Quest – Part 3

iphone_home Well, I had to get to it at some point.  So here it goes…the iPhone! (Full disclosure – I do not own an iPhone nor have been give one free of charge by Apple or AT&T)

Hands down, the iPhone was and still is a game changer.  As I have mentioned earlier, I have an iPod Touch (everything the iPhone is with out the phone or AT&T) and just love it.  If Sprint carried the iPhone, it would be lights out!  Done deal!  Out of the park!  But they don’t.  So I still have to make a difficult choice.

What I like best about the iPhone is that it just flat out works!  It’s designed well.  It looks good.  It run fast enough.  The screen is large and easy to use.  It has a million apps (ok, thousands)!  With out taking the service into account, it wins!

However, and that is a big however, there are some issues.  Look at the numbers.  Total two year cost for the service is $2700!  That is almost $1000 more than Sprint.  It would require moving over to At&T.  Sprint has terrible customer service at times, but I have heard nothing good from AT&T customers.  It does lack a full QWERTY keyboard, something I have come to love on my Moto.  Battery life is poor and the connector to your PC is proprietary (means you have to spend $20 at the Apple store to get one).  It also lacks additional storage in the form of an SD slot.  Not a big deal, just would be handy at times.  The basic service plan comes with twice the minutes, but look at the data and text costs.  Ouch.

So I continue to look.  I have until Sep 11th to make a decision anyway.  Think I’ll go and look at some other phones at the Sprint Store.  They may show up on blog. 

Note: The Lower the Score, the Better.

PhoneMoto Q Palm Pre iPhone 
Service ProviderVerizon2Sprint1At&T3
Full ScreenNo – 2.1 in 320 x 2403Yes – 3.1 in 480 x 3202Yes – 3.5 in 480 X 3201
Corporate EmailYes1Yes1Yes1
Touch BrowserNo3Yes1Yes1
Qwerty KeyboardYes1Yes1No3
Storage64 MB38GB216 GB1
SD Card SupportYes1No2No2
Bluetooth1.2 with A2DP32/1 + EDR with A2DP12.1 + EDR1
CameraYes – 1.3 megapixels3Yes – 3.2 megapixels1Yes – 3 Megapixels2
Music Player / PodcastsYes1Yes1Yes1
Battery LifeLi-ion 18 – 24 hours1Li-ion 4 – 6 hours3Li-ion 5 to 10 hours2
Removal BatteryYes1Yes1No3
Turn by Turn GPSNo3Yes1Yes1
OSWindows Mobile 53WebOS1iPhone OS1
TetheringYes with additional data plan2Maybe2Yes – but not supported3
Headphone Jack2.5mm33.5mm13.5mm1
Charger TypeMini USB1Mini USB1iPod Connector3
Score 44 28 34
Cost for PhoneFree $199.00 $199.00 
Monthly Cost$80.00 $70.00 $60.00 
DataUnlimited included $30.00 
Text$10.00 included $15.00 
2 year Contract$2,160.00 $1,680.00 $2,520.00 
Total$2,160.00 $1,879.00 $2,719.00 
Number of Minutes450 450 900 
Employee Discount12% 7% 7% 


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