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+ - Non-Apple smart phone options? 2

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Rorschach1
Rorschach1 writes "Words cannot describe how I have come to loathe my current smart phone — a Samsung SCH-i760 running Windows Mobile 6. It locks up frequently, the user interface is unresponsive and unreliable, sound quality is poor, Bluetooth support sucks; I could fill volumes describing the things I hate about this phone, but it was an incident yesterday that solidified the decision to ditch it: My car was hit broadside by an SUV on my way home from work. There were no injuries, and I was able to make an initial call to 911 (which I could have done with the ancient backup phone in my glove compartment if necessary) but immediately after the 911 call the phone freaked out. Calling family and a tow truck required multiple resets, with the phone apparently stuck in emergency mode and once just shutting down completely.

An iPhone isn't an option because AT&T coverage is awful where I live, and Verizon is the only viable provider. The GSM phone I travel with doesn't even get a signal in my house. I will never, ever use another Windows-based phone. On the other hand, I don't think I really need a Blackberry. I rarely use email on my phone (granted, that's mostly because it's so impossible to use on my Samsung) but I'd miss the QWERTY keyboard and ability to occasionally access Google and Wikipedia if I went with a plain old phone.

I miss the reliability of my old E815, and I like the volume and sound quality on my GSM V400. If I could get something as solid as either of those with a half-decent browser and usable keyboard, I'd be very happy. I don't care about playing music, taking pictures, ringtones, downloadable apps, or any of that — I just want a communications device that works right the first time, every time. Does such a beast exist?

Whoever picks a satisfactory replacement for me gets to decide the fate of my SCH-i760. I'll leave the options open, but I should mention that I have about 20 liters of liquid nitrogen on hand and an 8-lb sledge hammer."
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