I'm on my third Orange C500 phone. The first got lost on a flight home from the Channel Islands at Easter 2005. It's replacement died last November. I've got the phone pretty much how I like it.
However the design is 3 years out of date. New phones have better screens, support push e-mail, have Wifi. I expect to see a lot of Microsoft people toting the newly announced Orange E600 before long. My dilemma is do I get one too ? Why ? Because there might be something better around the corner. As a major customer Orange give us some hints about what they're thinking, but often that is "We haven't ruled it in or out". Lots of different form factors are coming out of HTC, but unless and until it goes in the right bit of Orange's catalogue nothing is certain. And it's what you can do with different form factors which has interested me since 2000 when I got one of the first iPaq devices in the country. I think about this as six axes.
Phones and PDAs have converged, and in the Mobile 6 there is precious little difference (a touch screen and Remote Desktop client according to this post of Jason's). The only Windows Mobile devices that Orange have with 3G (today) are PDAs, but for me the greater portability of the phones is more important. Orange's page for the E600 says it is "only" Windows mobile 5, they haven't said anything about upgrades to 6 - otherwise I'd take it and that would be that. If I don't, the HTC S710 (aka Vox), isn't far away; a search for 'Orange HTC Vox' showed HTC have already announced that Orange will introduce it as the "E650". Would it's slide out keyboard be better ? It's too small to touch type and the E600's thumb pad might be better besides, if that's important, why not go for the PDA Option) . How long would I have to wait... by the time it's available the 3G version will be imminent (the Wings or S730) with GPS receiver built in. This shower of questions shows that things are getting silly: I'm on point of saying I'll wait for a device which might never be available, for the sake of 3G - which I said I could do without and integrating GPS which I've got already as a standalone device !
Choice is good, of course - but doing nothing offers the chance of better choices in the future, and always will. Too many choices can result in the inability to decide...
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I want all the above features! which as you state doesnt help the decision making process.
No longer HTC based but I-Mate are releasing an interesting range of windows mobile 6 devices which may be of interest to you:
I recomend the Sony Ericsson W950i, however i suppose you might be more intrested in either the P990 or the M600.
the W950i is a truly beautiful phone, it has a few little bugs but nothing major. has good community support too esato for instance and se-world
Sadly I need to have a device supported by orange which rules out the iMates. The Sony devices, pretty as some of them are, don't support one-note or communicator or Exchange Active sync. Nor do they play WMA files.
Their memory is also incompatible with every other device I own (mini and Micro-SD come with an adapter which lets me use them in my cameras). I will never buy anything which uses Memory stick.