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vikingshadow
12-24-2006, 03:34 PM
This is rather long, but bear with me - there is a point to this! See tl;dr at bottom if you're lazy!

Well, to start off with, I usually don't care about cell phones. Actually, I hate em! I was the guy that when asked what the single worst invention made in the 20th century was, said "The cellphone." You can't get away from anyone anymore - they're always right there in your ear. It really bugs me to see people driving down the road talking on them, people in malls bumping into each other while they talk without the slightest "excuse me" or whatever. My wife is constantly on her phone, and gets irritated that I don't like to talk on the phone (I don't even like talking on regular phones - face to face is the best for me!)

In fact, the ONLY reason I got one in the first place was because I got tired of running back to layaway at Wal-Mart to answer the phone when my wife forgot to write something on the list and she would call to tell me or to remind me of something, and even more importantly, so I don't have to walk ALL the way down the hall (literally on the other side of the building) to answer a phone call or call a parent when I'm at work...however, I also realize that in this day and age, a cellphone is not just a cool thing for kids, but sometimes a necessary evil.

That being said, I realize it's the "cool" thing for kids to have a cell phone. That, and I realize my oldest daughter is growing up....so I decided to put her on my plan and get her a phone for Christmas. Now, there will be rules, of course - due to my personality and the fact that she's only an 8th grader, there HAS to be rules involved. There is a reason other than "coolness" for her to have a phone, though. She's starting to do more social type things, like working concession stands at ball games, hang out with friends after school, stuff like that - and I remember back in the day, hating to rely on others (although it wasn't for a phone back then!) so I decided now would be a good time to get her one and maybe teach her some responsibility in the process (oh, yes, when she's old enough to work, she will pay her share of the bill! Hahaha!) So, I signed up under a new partner plan, got her the free Samsung phone (better than my current one) and am swallowing my pride and the weird feelings I have about my baby growing up....of course, I'm going to have Hell to pay on Christmas when younger sister (5th grader) sees she didn't get one!

But, this isn't what this thread is about - it's actually about getting a phone for myself. I currently have this cheap (as in free) phone I got when I (re)signed up on this plan - a Motorola V180. It's ok, but it's hard for me to hear on - too many concerts when I was younger, it's not really "comfortable" if you know what I mean, and although it's not given me any problems, I just don't care for it all that much. And like everyone else, I want to get new things as well - I am a gadget man, after all!

I can get a new phone at a discount in just 2 weeks (January 11) and I've narrowed it down to two phones. The first is the Motorola Blade. It's really small so it will fit in my pocket well, which is important to me. It's got features I really don't care that much for - a phone, some kind of music thing, so on and so forth, but I really like the idea that it's Bluetooth ready. It's 50.00, but there is a 50.00 mail in rebate involved.

The second phone is the Razr (sp?). Now, the guy told me that it's a pretty fragile phone, being so thin and all. However, he also told me that it's by far the best one as far as hearing goes - and it has good tone. It's also Bluetooth ready, and has the same things the Blade has that aren't too important to me. One more thing, it's a flip phone, which I've really come to like better than the standard form, although it's rather wide and tall - about the same height as the Blade when closed, so it's not that small. This is 100.00, but with the 50.00 rebate comes to only 50.00.

Now, my knowledge of these things are limited because as I've said, I'm not that worried about them, but I would really like to hear a bit better on them and I realize that if I get one of these phones, I'll be using it for a long time. However, I also realize the guy was a salesman and he may or may not work on commission - I don't know for sure, but it makes sense he would try to sell me one of the more expensive ones...

My question - and it may be a stupid one - has anyone had any experience with either one of these phones? How is the clarity on them (I realize this is probably different from company to company) and is there anything that makes one better than the other? Which would be the better deal? I don't need anything fancy like text stuff or internet - but if I'm going to do this, I want to get the best deal for my money....

tl;dr:

Well, to start off with, I usually don't care about cell phones. Actually, I hate em! I was the guy that when asked what the single worst invention made in the 20th century was, said "The cellphone." You can't get away from anyone anymore - they're always right there in your ear. It really bugs me to see people driving down the road talking on them, people in malls bumping into each other while they talk without the slightest "excuse me" or whatever. My wife is constantly on her phone, and gets irritated that I don't like to talk on the phone (I don't even like talking on regular phones - face to face is the best for me!)

In fact, the ONLY reason I got one in the first place was because I got tired of running back to layaway at Wal-Mart to answer the phone when my wife forgot to write something on the list and she would call to tell me or to remind me of something, and even more importantly, so I don't have to walk ALL the way down the hall (literally on the other side of the building) to answer a phone call or call a parent when I'm at work...however, I also realize that in this day and age, a cellphone is not just a cool thing for kids, but sometimes a necessary evil.

That being said, I realize it's the "cool" thing for kids to have a cell phone. That, and I realize my oldest daughter is growing up....so I decided to put her on my plan and get her a phone for Christmas. Now, there will be rules, of course - due to my personality and the fact that she's only an 8th grader, there HAS to be rules involved. There is a reason other than "coolness" for her to have a phone, though. She's starting to do more social type things, like working concession stands at ball games, hang out with friends after school, stuff like that - and I remember back in the day, hating to rely on others (although it wasn't for a phone back then!) so I decided now would be a good time to get her one and maybe teach her some responsibility in the process (oh, yes, when she's old enough to work, she will pay her share of the bill! Hahaha!) So, I signed up under a new partner plan, got her the free Samsung phone (better than my current one) and am swallowing my pride and the weird feelings I have about my baby growing up....of course, I'm going to have Hell to pay on Christmas when younger sister (5th grader) sees she didn't get one!

But, this isn't what this thread is about - it's actually about getting a phone for myself. I currently have this cheap (as in free) phone I got when I (re)signed up on this plan - a Motorola V180. It's ok, but it's hard for me to hear on - too many concerts when I was younger, it's not really "comfortable" if you know what I mean, and although it's not given me any problems, I just don't care for it all that much. And like everyone else, I want to get new things as well - I am a gadget man, after all!

I can get a new phone at a discount in just 2 weeks (January 11) and I've narrowed it down to two phones. The first is the Motorola Blade. It's really small so it will fit in my pocket well, which is important to me. It's got features I really don't care that much for - a phone, some kind of music thing, so on and so forth, but I really like the idea that it's Bluetooth ready. It's 50.00, but there is a 50.00 mail in rebate involved.

The second phone is the Razr (sp?). Now, the guy told me that it's a pretty fragile phone, being so thin and all. However, he also told me that it's by far the best one as far as hearing goes - and it has good tone. It's also Bluetooth ready, and has the same things the Blade has that aren't too important to me. One more thing, it's a flip phone, which I've really come to like better than the standard form, although it's rather wide and tall - about the same height as the Blade when closed, so it's not that small. This is 100.00, but with the 50.00 rebate comes to only 50.00.

Now, my knowledge of these things are limited because as I've said, I'm not that worried about them, but I would really like to hear a bit better on them and I realize that if I get one of these phones, I'll be using it for a long time. However, I also realize the guy was a salesman and he may or may not work on commission - I don't know for sure, but it makes sense he would try to sell me one of the more expensive ones...

My question - and it may be a stupid one - has anyone had any experience with either one of these phones? How is the clarity on them (I realize this is probably different from company to company) and is there anything that makes one better than the other? Which would be the better deal? I don't need anything fancy like text stuff or internet - but if I'm going to do this, I want to get the best deal for my money....

Vote in the poll, and if you don't mind - please post why you think one is better than the other!

marvin-martian
12-24-2006, 03:49 PM
why is your tldr the same length, if not longer, as the first one?

timmyshoota
12-24-2006, 03:59 PM
LAWLZ at the tl;dr. Vike FTW.

Get the Razr. I was so close to buying one, but I went with a Samsung slider instead.

marvin-martian
12-24-2006, 04:04 PM
wow, i just noticed that. im slow tonight.

marvin-martian
12-24-2006, 04:40 PM
but to contribute, i dont like razrs. they just feel bad when you put them up to your ear.

vikingshadow
12-24-2006, 04:47 PM
LOL - I wish I could take credit for the tl;dr but I actually saw this done a while back on another forum. While I was typing this and realized how long it was going to be, I started thinking no one would read it, so I thought it'd be perfect in this case!

Anywho, marv, it feels bad? Like how - it's too big, edges too sharp, too thin? Can you hear ok on them, though? What do you think of the Blade?

marvin-martian
12-24-2006, 05:04 PM
i could hear fine when i got it situated right, but it was uncomfortable. i had to hold it funny with my hand because it was so thin, and i dont like the angle it folds at. like i dont think it fit the size of my head properly. i am the only one that i know of to complain about this, so maybe im just being dumb. i dont know, take this with a grain of salt. as for the blade, i havent heard anything about it, or had any experience with it at all.

vwjimmy
12-24-2006, 05:10 PM
I currently have a Motorola Slivr and Cameron has a Razr...
They both are nice but I cannot have another flip phone....they simply are not as durable as my Slivr....
The I-Tunes feature is available on both phones and they have very simular if not identical software and features.
They are both loud enough, they both work fine and have great reception (we are on Cingular) so the real choice is ergonomics and taste....
I voted for the Blade...
My .02

Theheroguy
12-24-2006, 05:32 PM
blade I never used it but I don't like razrs at all

fragile feeling don't know if they actually are
wierd feelling and are too thin

badlandsrox
01-06-2007, 08:30 AM
i think those new krazr's look pretty neat, havent tried one out yet though, maybe you should go for one of those.

xtraking
01-06-2007, 01:34 PM
Getting a new phone is not this complicated vike haha.

Muddytaco
01-06-2007, 02:23 PM
my cousin had a blade and it was a major POS, he took it back like a month after he got it.

vikingshadow
01-13-2007, 05:15 AM
I decided to go with a Razr, and so far I like it a lot.

Now, I need to know where to get good REAL tone, um, ring tones that don't cost a fortune (remember, I just put my daughter on my plan!) I don't know how to mix anything, and like the real tones better....

Any ideas?

durrell
01-13-2007, 08:18 AM
If your service provider is Cingular, they're having a promo right now that gives you your first ringtone free. Let me know if you are and I'll get you the coupon code. :up:

08Lud08
01-13-2007, 09:12 AM
Motorola has a software for it for $40 and you can put your music on your phone and make any of your songs into ringtones, my sister has it.

vikingshadow
01-13-2007, 10:15 AM
D - I have Cellular One (blech).

Lud - Not sure the wife would let me get 40.00 more for my phone...

Alex228
01-13-2007, 01:05 PM
My girlfriend has a pink Razr with T-Mobile. As far as holding the phone is concerned, none of us have really had a problem with it. What is very bad is the reception. I do understand that many times its the provider, but she use to have a different cellphone and her reception was always crystal clear and got service in places were normal cellphones shouldnt. If you read reviews on cnet and similar websites. Many people complain because of the bad reception. The reception on her cellphone is horrible. I don't know anything about the Blade but at least in my opinion, anything is better than the Razr.
Hope this helps.

Maxx-Damage
01-13-2007, 02:11 PM
My dad has a razr, and like its. He hasnt had any reciption problems for the past year. we have verizon, idk if that makes a diffrence.

*EM1-Master*
01-14-2007, 07:25 AM
I had a slivr before it got stolen at a party :( But it was a great phone.