Five Ways to Get Over Your iPhone Envy
3. LG Voyager VX10000
Carrier: Verizon Wireless
If I seem obsessed with phones that have hidden QWERTY keyboards, it may be because I've spent too much time tapping out text messages on tiny cell keypads. The LG Voyager sports an iPhone-like touch screen on the outside, and flips open clamshell-style to reveal a screen and a full keyboard on the inside. One of the increasingly rare smart phones that do not run Windows Mobile, the Voyager comes with a slew of useful applets: You can record voice memos, set alarms, calculate tips, snap 2-megapixel photos, and use its integrated GPS when you get lost. Full media capabilities are available via Verizon's V-Cast mobile TV and music service (starting at $15 per month), and you can play your own MP3s and WMA files too. The
4. Palm Centro
At the risk of ticking off half the population, this is a smart phone for the women in the audience--and not just because of the Palm Centro's curved lines and stylish red color scheme. Palm has taken the Treo and
5. Nokia N810 Internet Tablet
In my sometimes humble opinion, what the iPhone does best is put the Internet in your pocket, allowing you to switch quasi-seamlessly from AT&T's cell network to Wi-Fi for access. So if you're really looking for a portable Web browsing device, Nokia's N810 might be a better call (no pun intended). Since the N810 is a Wi-Fi device, not a cell phone, you don't get that "All Internet, All the Time" experience. (Then again, AT&T's coverage isn't exactly universal.) At 5 inches wide and nearly 8 ounces, it's closer to an ultramobile PC, but without the hefty price tag or Windows OS. A 4.1-inch screen slides up to reveal a 42-key QWERTY keypad; a Webcam and a GPS chip are also built in. The Linux-based unit supports a Mozilla browser, Flash 9, and the Rhapsody music service; when you're in range of a hotspot, you can use Gizmo, Google Talk, or Skype for voice calls. At $479 (with no carrier subsidy), the N810 ain't cheap. On the other hand, you won't be forking over $50 to $100 a month for a voice-and-data plan.
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