by Volker Weber

I am very promiscous when it comes to phones. While I always gravitate back to my iPhone 4S, it does get neglected for weeks at a time. Whether it was the Google Nexus line of Android phones, BlackBerry Bolds, the Lumia 800, I love them all. And I am currently loving the Nokia 808 PureView. This camera is outstanding, I am well connected to email, Twitter, Sports Tracker.

And it has something I am not getting from the iPhone: a perfect network connection, including Internet access, on O2. Where the iPhone would tell me it cannot connect to the Internet, and then does it after going in and out of flight mode, the Nokia soldiers on.

Dependability. Often overlooked.


Sorry, OT, but this picture is so completely gorgeous!

Hubert Stettner, 2012-06-26

>> Dependability. Often overlooked.

Not here! I can't count the number of times you point out that when you travel - especially internationally - the Blackberry comes along as your communication lifeline. :-)

Ragnar Schierholz, 2012-06-26

Reliability also depends on the carrier you use.

My french Orange BB is not a strong supporter when travelling around the world. It often cannot get a stable connection outside of France which cann only be resolved by taking out the battery. This is a constant issue for a lot of my colleagues i.e. not a BB issue.

BB's work very fine and reliable with a good provider.

Thomas Koester, 2012-06-26

I don't know much about coverage in Germany, but my philosophy has always been to stick with the best mobile provider. Here in Australia it is Telstra and while in Sweden I used Telia. On my recent business trip to the US I used a AT&T SIM card (of course AT&T 4G being extremely slow compared to Australian 3G is another story).

Going with the best provider usually solves any issues with the handset.

Erik Ferrari, 2012-06-26

Erik, I am comparing devices on the same provided. Everything else would be nonsense.

Volker Weber, 2012-06-26


Sorry if i misinterpreted you, I thought you were comparing devices on o2. My experience is still that choosing the right provider is more important than choosing the right handset. Just my 2c.

Erik Ferrari, 2012-06-26

@Erik: I don't have that much experience of 4G LTE on AT&T, I just got my 4G phone last week. But I am getting pretty good speeds, yesterday I tested it in the mall, 15Mbps down and 14 Mbps up! That was right at a booth where a provider was selling wireless 4G modems, using the Sprint Wimax network, and his laptop got 9Mbps down and 1Mps up...

Now, I live in Dallas-Ft Worth, where we supposedly have the fastest 4G speeds on AT&T at the moment. So I don't know about other parts of the US.

Karl-Henry Martinsson, 2012-06-26

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