Smartphone Showdown

The time has finally come for me to upgrade to a smartphone. I need a QWERTY keyboard, and the Internet access functions would be nice for several reasons. My choice is down to the MOTO Q9c or the HTC PPC6800 (known as the Mogul on Sprint). If anyone out there has experience with one or the other, please let me know what you think.

Some quick background: I’m on US Cellular and this is what they offer. They’re a CDMA network, so unlocked phones are not an option. They have Crackberries, but I’m not paying an extra $15 for the Crackberry service. I’d prefer a Palm phone over a Windows Mobile phone, but US Cellular only has WM phones.

AT&T is not an option because their coverage sucks. If I were to buy an iPhone, it would be useless in a few months because AT&T reserves the right to cancel my contract since I’m in “partner coverage” 99% of the time. Verizon offers the next-best coverage in my area, but the Wife and I are full-time cellular and it’s not quite good enough. Nextel claims coverage, but I have yet to see that bear true for a few Nextel users. Even if I could get coverage, I’d have to wait until January when my contract expires, and I don’t have that kind of patience right now.

So. The Q9c or the PPC6800. Thoughts?

Update: I just found out I can get a Crackberry plan for the same price as a Windows Mobile plan. The extra $15 is only if I want to access corporate email, which I don’t. As such I can add Crackberry Curve 8330 to the Showdown.

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Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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  1. Brian says:

    I have the AT&T Tilt / HTC 8925 & I love it. I have no problems with AT&T, possibly because I live in New England. The Q9c & the Curve have smaller screens and keyboards. The PPC6800 has Microsoft® Office Word Mobile, Office Excel® Mobile, Office PowerPoint® Mobile, Office Outlook Mobile, Internet Explorer Mobile, Windows Media® Player 10 Mobile, ActiveSync®, Pocket MSN®, PDF® Viewer.

    For me (being an XP/M$ Office user) getting the PPC6800 is a no-brainer. The bigger keyboard & screen seals the deal.

  2. Mike says:

    Thanks, Brian. The HTC’s keyboard and screen are the biggest advantages I’m seeing. I’m not an Office user, and ActiveSync will be useless to me on a Mac, but I’m told IE Mobile does a good job.

  3. Brian says:

    If you don’t need Office Mobile on your phone, why get a smartphone? Are you just looking for a keyboard & internet access?

  4. Mike says:

    Yup. I’ve outgrown my current phone, need a QWERTY keyboard. Flickr, Twitter, Remember the Milk (to-do list), and Google Calendar are becoming my most-used apps. Email is a bonus.

  5. Mikey says:

    As you saw, Mike, I like the Samsung 760i. The larger, slide-out keyboard is better for bigger fingers. I’ve owned four Crackberries over the last 7 or 8 years, and while they were reliable their swuished keyboards were bothersome.

    My phone came from Verizon, though. You cannot use Verizon, right? I know nada about the ones you mentioned.

    -Mikey-

  6. Mike says:

    Your phone was pretty cool, but no, no Verizon for me. Their coverage is sporadic indoors in town, and very spotty in the town our junior high campus is in, so it’s pretty well useless to me. Which is too bad because they have a nice selection of phones, and I think they allow you to use unlocked phones.