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Which Phone??

Which Phone???
by Gary Woods

The question I get asked most often is "which cell phone should I buy?" There are a lot of phones out there. The shelf life on phones seems to be really short because every time I turn around another one pops up.

My old standby for a response is to go to Google and put in whatever phone you're thinking about purchasing and put the word reviews behind the query. You'll get a bunch of people giving you opinions. The responses will be anywhere from things like CNET Reviews to bulletin board or blog posts with people whining about or praising their latest purchase.

I found a website recently that allows you to actually try out some of the features of a particular phone. The site is called TryPhone ( and it could be a good way to narrow down your search.

The site shows large replicas of selected handsets, complete with a few clickable keys that activate screen and demos for important tasks such as creating a new contact of SMS message. I wouldn't make my entire decision based on TryPhone but it's a pretty interesting place to start.

As for me I just purchased a Samsung i760 because it's a Windows Mobile 6 device which allows me to synchronize Contacts, Calendar and Tasks as well as send and receive email and get access to the Internet. The phone doesn't have what I call the "gee wow" factor of the iPhone or the name recognition of Blackberries but for me it's a great fit. Happy hunting in finding your new cell phone.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc