Friday, July 31, 2009

I plan to get the Samsung Omnia on VZW

I've decided that my Verizon XV6800 (HTC Titan) is dying. The replacement sent by Verizon didn't work out and I think I'm simply going to have to bite the bullet and get a new phone. Since I'm stuck on Verizon, I think I'll go with the Samsung Omnia. It's currently listed at $199, so I'll wait until the price drops some more. It should drop relatively soon since the Omnia 2 may be coming out in late 2009 or early 2010 (according to my speculation). I admit that I'm really tempted to wait for the Omnia 2, but I don't want to spend more than $100 for a new phone. I get $100 of credit from Verizon, so if I can wait until the price is around $150, then I may bite the bullet. The BlackBerry Storm is already $99, so I could get that phone for free.

Ultimately, I want a smartphone that can:
  1. Tether and connect my laptop to the Internet (both Windows Mobile and BlackBerry will do that)
  2. Free GPS (prefer to use TomTom software. Don't want to pay for VZ Navigator. No TomTom for BlackBerry)
  3. Run plenty of medical apps (this is also where the BlackBerry Storm falls short)
  4. Browse the web (The Storm has a better built-in browser. However, you can run Skyfire or Opera Mini on Windows Mobile)
If I get the Samsung Omnia now, will I regret it when the Omnia 2 comes out? Probably. But I'm willing to live with that. I'm an early-adopting technologist, but I don't always need to have the latest and greatest when it comes to smartphones. I'd rather live more on the practical side and save $ (especially during these economic times). I've gone through enough smartphones and PDAs to know that these have a very finite life span and what you buy now simply won't last very long. So why pay much for something that will only last a few years at most?

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