Chocolate Registered User
#1

What features are important to you in a phone? (i.e. camera, gps, FM radio, Stereo Bluetooth)

A good quality camera is essential. I'd like it to have minimum 5 MP. If it has a greater pixel spec, even better.
GPS might be nice but is by no means essential.
As for games, internet, e-mail and radio I have no use for them whatsoever.

Form factor - i.e. touchscreen, slider, flip phone, etc.
Not important. I quite like my old keys for texting but I could cope with touchscreen.

Internet - is 3G/mobile internet important, or WiFi/EDGE
I've never used the internet on a mobile phone yet. So it's not important.

Operator - have you an operator preference
I've come to the end of my Vodafone contract. Don't mind staying with them.

Pre-pay/Bill-pay/SIM-Free - have you a preference for either
Bill pay. I spend around 35 a month. I'm currently eligible for an upgrade.

Price range
Below 100 ideally. Could go a little bit over at a push.

I went to the Carphone Warehouse and the salesman was pushing the Galaxy S2 on the basis of my camera requirement. I came home and watched a 12 minute youtube clip on it and while it looks great, I just don't have the time to play games, listen to music and all the other bits and pieces that go with it. So really, I'm not convinced I need a Smartphone.

I have 3 very small kids so that's why having a good camera is important to me. I want to be able to capture moments without having to search for my Canon camera. Other than that, I'm one of the odd folk who only wants a phone to ring and text people.

LukeS_ Registered User
#2

Smartphones have the best phone cameras now so I think you're going to have to get a smartphone tbh. First phone which comes to mind is the Nokia N8. Fantastic 12MP camera with an excellent sensor which takes really good photo's/720p HD video. Not too sure if that's available on Vodafone or not though.

You should try a smartphone, once you get one, you'll wonder how you ever lived without one.

zinzan Registered User
#3

For a basic phone with a great camera try the Nokia 6700 classic - still widely available, it's a great phone, the 5 megapixel camera produces some great shots, video is acceptable and it also comes with free GPS/satnav built in.
Also, Nokia have been developing the S40 operating system more lately so there are apps etc. coming online for it now so if necessary it would be a good introduction to what's possible on modern phones should you decide to go the smartphone route in the future..

#4

On Vodafone the 6700 seems to be the best non smartphone camera phone.

Other threads you might be interested in...
http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2056020844

http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/10-best-camera-phones-904250

Phones with better camera seems to be touch screens. The best at the moment is the N8. The N86 also has a good camera but hard to find now. Good in low light. The Zenon flash on the N8 would be the best indoors and at night.

A lot of smart phones have some pretty dire cameras. Poor sensors and software, no autofocus, and poor or no flash.

Kevin Irving Registered User
#5

I have both an N8 and 6700 in my house. The 6700 takes decent pictures alright, but the N8 is still the best mobile camera around.

Chocolate Registered User
#6

Thanks to all for the recommendations. Now, I have to do some more research!

Cmar-Ireland Registered User
#7

From what I've read, Nokia are supposed to be bring out a new range of high spec S40 phones. Sept/Oct is the date I read.
Might be worth waiting a while?

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