April 3, 2005

Unreliable Connections

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at April 3, 2005 5:12 PM

My Nokia 3595 phone has an annoying bug: occasionally when I press the button to accept an incoming call, the vibration alert will get stuck and vibrate continuously until I take off the back cover and remove the battery. On top of this the display shows that the call has been accepted, but the speaker doesn't turn on so I can't hear anything. Whether the caller can hear me or not, I don't know (I'm guessing not.) It's especially annoying if the incoming number doesn't show up, and the caller doesn't try again, leaving me no way to follow up: so if that was you calling at about 4:15 today, this is what happened.

I've turned the vibration off as a workaround, but I'm not convinced it'll work, since I've had the connection fail to complete without the vibration sticking, in areas where my reception was perfect. Better solution: get a new phone. If I had an arbitrarily large amount of money to spend, I'd go for the Motorola Razr V3. If I didn't mind looking like an unbelievable dork* I'd get a Treo. Neither of these things are true, so the choice is less obvious. My criteria, roughly:

  • Small form factor (so it fits comfortably in pants pocket, as I don't want to wear it on my belt. My Nokia 3595 is a bit larger than I'd like; I suspect the flip-phone style is better)
  • At least the internet capability of my current phone, which I think is fairly standard at this point
  • Not too costly
  • Supported by Cingular (though in principle I can switch services)

Any recommendations?

*The fact that I am one notwithstanding—I find it's usually best not to advertise it.

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