What’s Your Phone Of Choice, And Why?

What’s Your Phone Of Choice, And Why?

Last week, Nick over at Gizmodo asked readers what their current mobile phone of choice was. It was a pretty interesting exercise, so I figure it’s worth repeating for Lifehacker as well.

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Overall market share data gives us some idea of what people put down their hard-earned cash for. According to Gartner, these were the top 10 manufacturers globally for mobile phone sales in the first quarter of 2010:

  1. Nokia
  2. Samsung
  3. LG
  4. RIM
  5. Sony Ericsson
  6. Motorola
  7. Apple
  8. ZTE
  9. G-Five
  10. Huawei

It’s probably a fair assumption that Lifehacker readers are more likely to use a smart phone. In that category, here’s the biggest selling platforms, again from Gartner:

  1. Symbian
  2. BlackBerry
  3. iPhone
  4. Android
  5. Windows Mobile

But none of that data tells us why people choose a particular phone over its rivals. So I’m asking Lifehacker readers: what’s your phone of choice, and why did you choose it? Price? Application range? Input method? Mobile network coverage? Liked the bezel? Tell us in the comments, and I’ll round up the results next week.


  • 4. Android – Google Nexus One

    Because it’s a real smart phone with a very intelligent and practical UI. It promotes openness and is first to get updates. Plus it gives me the freedom to do with my phone what ever I like.

  • Functionality, form and possibilities.

    While the iphone does have some nasty restrictions attached (I’m looking at you iTunes) with a little patience (and may some jail breaking), it’s something I can live with

  • I use a Blackberry, its simple, fast and easy to use on the go. No fuss = less time fiddling around.

    The main reason I got a blackberry is that it was designed specifically for use in business. The form and function is close to perfect. Am onto my second version of the bold and the improvements have been fantastic.

  • Symbian, because I’m still on contract.. and will continue to be Symbian because the others are out of my price range at the moment.
    I’m hoping the HTC Wildfire (Android) launches in the sub $50 and preferably the sub $30 bracket.
    Not interested in iPhone until it gets 900MHz 3G, Blackberry is too business focussed and Symbian is just old and from what I can see, dying..

  • HTC Desire – Android

    Price – Very good MRO on Cap Plan with Telstra

    Hardware – Great hardware like camera/cpu. Expandable mempry, standard USB, etc..

    Software – Not locked down like an iCrap, but well supported and full of apps. Apps don’t need to be approved by Uncle Steve..

    Form – Looks nice, which is a change for HTC..

    OS – Very stable, very open plans for upgrades. Easy to use, and easy to change (with the help of XDA) if i don’t like the look of it.

    overall, it makes me happy all of the time. no issues to date.

  • Iphone – love the internet expirence and easy of use and of course apps available, I now like how easy it is to emails and mms photos, like the txt conversations layout.
    HATE itunes… I use winamp for GF’s ipod, Y cause its easier and better to use. Terrible battery life, but I live with it. Terrible “phone” all round really for making phone calls sound output, 3g connection, mic input all work against it being a decent phone compared to say a nokia.
    I just like the net… i mean lifehacker and apps at my fingertips and can deal with the downfalls… and have so for 2 years and 2 iphones, soon to be 3rd. sad really.

  • Nokia e71 (& Blackberry given at work).

    Lifehacker readers are generally tech savvy so i will be surprised their vote for iPhone in the apple’s secure banking.

  • HTC HD2…couldn’t live without it. Had to get Winmo due to exchange requirement. Why isn’t HTC on that list of top manufacturers…I thought they would have been in the top 5 at least!

  • I have previously always said Nokia. They have Previously been stable and full featured. But now they I have a N97, I’m at times wanting to choose my previuos E51 over it. I’m on a contract with the N97, so I’m stuck with it. The trap I fell into with the N97 is that the phone works great when there is nothing on it. I played with it in the shops and it was a good experience. Now that I have it loaded with Contacts, calandar, emails, tasks via MS Exchange, its not a happy phone.

  • Nexus One, simply because it’s the best phone out there right now. It’s a true smartphone and does just about anything you could want it to do.

  • Ive posted this before, but i have a UK Motorola Milestone on android 2.1 on the Optus Network.

    Android is the most up to date, and open Smartphone OS available, and it has very few limitations. The biggest limitation on my phone is that i cant use an unsigned kernel (Motorola has locked the bootloader), because thats what Motorola want, but as i see it i was never going to Hack away at the OS, I don’t want my daily phone to lose its stability.

  • I bought a first gen iPhone two years ago as I was working on pen/touch technology and wanted to see what the experience was like.

    The sheer awfulness of iTunes and the nasty walled-garden politics of Apple have left a bad taste in my mouth, so when that phone dies I’ll look at something else.

    By then I’ll be living in Europe and looking for a phone that is less locked down to a single provider or by Apple’s contracts with US providers.

    I had the misfortune to own a Nokia N80 before which was horrific. So HTC or some android phone is most likely candidate.

  • HTC Touch Diamond – Win Mobile 6.5 on Telstra

    Why? Integrates with corporate networks. Configurable. Lots of applications. Good hacking / modding community. At the time of purchase best available from Telstra. Good coverage from Telstra NextG.

  • Nokia E71. Got it when it was first released and it is probably the best nokia have done imho (except maybe the E72 update). I’ve been a long time nokia fan but unless the new Symbian OS is a massive improvement, something with Android will be getting my dollars next. Nokia just haven’t kept up unfortunately. I’m due for a new phone and I’m happy to wait until a few more Android phones are released in Australia. I wish our telco’s would keep up with the Android releases. HTC Desire and Legend are a good start though. HTC Legend styling with high end internals would be nice. Are you listening HTC?

  • iPhone – mainly because at the time I needed to replace my old dumb phone that had died in a hurry, and deal on the iPhone was really good, and the deals on Android based phones were so mediocre.

    While I find the iPhone great as a smart phone device, I do waver between desiring an Android based phone (I would rather write Java than objective-C if I’m gonna hack) and the Nokia N900 for it’s extreme openess and hackability.

  • HTC Hero – Android 1.5
    Got it because needed a work phone – was looking at Nexus One, but couldnt go that path because exchange support was too low – HTC adds some extras that allow more functionality. Even so, needed a few tweaks on exchange server to allow device. Loving android, but really hanging out for the 2.1 update. Personal phone is Nokia 6110 Navigator, but contract has expired, so when 3 releases some new android handsets, will be upgrading.

  • I have a Nokia E63 at the moment and have had it for almost a year now. At the time, great phone, still is. I don’t think I could go back to not having a QWERTY keyboard and not having multitasking.

    It has, unfortunately, had nice hard cement, asphalt and other assorted floor and ground covers attempt to make friends with it, but it still works (just with a few scratches, bumps and bruises).

    I am looking at replacing it some time in the next few months with a HTC Wildfire, but I would give my right arm for a Motorola Milestone.

  • I have a 2+ year old SE k850i, which replaced my 3 year old k750i.

    It does MMS, email, internet (not well, but well enough) and is bullet proof around my 2 toddlers.

    I would like an HTC running android, but just can’t justify it when my phone runs beautifully.

    Anyway, isn’t part of the Lifehacker ethos about getting more use out of what you have, rather than getting the latest and greatest?

  • Nokia e71 – got it because it was cheap and I wanted something that was solidly built and reliable. It has plenty of features, I browse the net on it a lot and best of all it has amazing battery life. At the time I got it I wanted an android phone but prices were too expensive. That’s not to say I’ve been at all disappointed with the e71, it’s been nothing short of fantastic and the best phone I’ve had in awhile. However my next mobile will most definitely be something running android, maybe a HTC Legend or Desire

  • Using a Nokia N900, and have been since January this year. I think the Maemo platform certainly has a lot of potential, and the communal aspect is a resource other phone OS’s sorely lack. However, with Google’s apparent intention to merge Chrome OS with Android over time it’s becoming apparent that Android may well be the way of the future. Certainly the level of integration it offers with Google services will be unparalleled.

    At any rate, I imagine in the future I will use whatever manufacturer decides to keep including a tactile keyboard. I can’t stand the idea of an exclusively touch-based interface. It’s too jarring, especially on a capacitative screen.

  • Google Nexus One – Android for me – love this phone and its openness – Google made a perfect, powerful phone that you have full freedom to hack, customize, and do what you want with, and to help you along they backed it up with full source and regular updates. On Froyo now and loving it!

  • Android Nexus One, I believe the Android OS is the best thing that happened after iPhone. to me it’s all about choice, and now we have a choice to choose great phones from manufacturers, and great OS from google. Its the openness, and pple like cyanogen that get me to love Android

  • Seriously, why has nobody mentioned the Nokia 5110?

    This phone actually does blow every phone mentioned on this page out of the water. It is the right size, weighs only 10 grams, and features DirectX 10 built in!

    Watching things like youtube is a breeze, and the brilliant 1080p display is simply amazing to marvel at.

    The nokia 5110. Get yours from ebay today!

  • Nokia N900 – simply the best phone for hackers? How many other phones support running your own kernel and also act as a playstation controller?

  • WinMo in the early days, then iPhone (since first release) and now Android on HTC Desire. It’s all about Internet connectivity for me and existence in the cloud. The larger and higher res the screen, the better the web experience. A full blown browser and tight integration with cloud services makes it for me. Final factors that make the choice for me are customisability (iphone has always been jailbroken). Now that Droid phones are coming of age I feel that they are the most powerful phone on the market. I have been able to leave my laptop at the office for more and more of my onsite client visits now.

  • had a blackberry but lost it, so i bought a HTC desire.
    Fantastic phone, sense UI is awesome, havnt had a problem!
    but i do miss the blackberry’s keyboard

  • Sony Ericsson Satio – don’t want to have to carry around a phone AND a camera and this has an awesome 12 mega pixel camera with xenon flash.

    Runs Symbian S60 5th Edition, which is fine but would be great to have more apps, and it’s a bit frustrating that some Symbian apps don’t run on Sony Ericsson’s variation of S60.

  • iPhone3Gs 16GB: Form; easy functions esp text and messages; excellent coverage in the bush where i live and travel(Telstra nextG);packaged so well priced; PC sync actually works; great choice of apps that are useful; wifi useful on my home network. Finally – its very easy to use – intuitive for a not so tech savy over 60y/o!!! Gotta Luv it!

  • HTC Desire.

    I’m already deep down the Google rabbit hole, so it made a lot of sense for me to hook everything up. I didn’t want to feel strangled by a limited Steve Jobs experience.

    Would have bought a Nexus One locally if I could have, but I didn’t want to import.

  • Google Nexus 1 with Android 2.2

    Open, fast, multitasking & easy to use app store (you can just browse free apps or scan a barcode from a website using Google Goggles).

    It’s a shame none of the Australian carriers have taken up this phone but the unlocked price was not too bad & it worked no problem straight up with my Virgin sim.

  • Nexus One – Android.

    iPhone got stolen, though I’d try something different and after 2.2 was released I’m even thinking against buying the new IP4g… at this stage its just thinking. I’ll run both and see what I like better at that point in time.

  • Nokia E71 – has been absolutely awesome. Being the first smartphone I’ve owned, the upgrade from my previous Nokia phone was like upgrading from a radio to a TV. Most used apps – Google Maps, Exchange, Gmail, Opera. Love having a keyboard.

    Next phone will definitely be Android-based, though. Were there no such thing as Android, still would never buy an iPhone for personal use.

  • Nexus One, Android 2.2

    Was originally a lovely device, but is now stunning with the Froyo upgrade.

    1) Functionality – does all the iPhone can, and more without Apples’s oversight of what I can and can’t do (hello Flash!). Has more interesting apps. What sold it for me was Locale (location specific phone functions), free GPS navigation (with offline cacheing using Maverick), Gmail integration, Outlook/iCal sync, tethering and (although it’s not that practical, it’s very cool) Goggles. And no bl**dy iTunes requirement.

    2) Form – it’s a lovely device – much prettier (IMO) than the iPhone. Screen is a joy. And surprisingly, the trakball is really useful for precice selection. Interface isn’t quite as flawless as an iPhone, but the difference (once you change out a few stock apps for 3rd party) is pretty small now.

    3) Cost – compared with a 2 year plan for a decent iPhone 3GS, even imported from Singapore it’s about the same overall, without the contract.

    4) Individuality – I admit it – I didn’t want to be an iClone (and this is from a rabid Mac user). And yes, it is fun making iPhone users jealous just with the galaxy wallpaper. And the little green android is so cute!

  • Android on a Motorola Milestone. I switched to Android as soon as the Dream launched on Optus.

    I chose Android for a few reasons. I use Linux on all of my desktop machines, and the ease and depth of integration Android manages with modern distributions is awesome. Main reason I’ve been sticking with it is the openness of the platform. If Google were to drop all support of Android tomorrow, I’d still have a great phone with a thriving community. The same can’t be said for any other smart phone ecosystem.

    Went to Optus based solely on them launching the first Android handset in .au, but the whole Android Market disaster and their lacklustre support of the Dream has put me off them a little.

  • HTC Magic, Android (Cyanogenmod)

    Android was the key selling point. I don’t love the hardware but the application range is great. The fact that it’s open source is a big seller for me too. Syncing Gmail, contacts etc is so easy. I’m also now using the built in MS Exchange Activesync (Android 2.1) which is awesome! Are Australian developers still restricted from selling applications? If they are I think this needs to be fixed asap.


  • Im using a Sony Ericsson C903.
    Got it a few months ago when my Ericsson W910 died.

    I loved my W910 which is why I got a C903.
    Ive been more and more regretting my purchase. Its not a bad phone, just feels flimsy and navigating menus is a chore.
    The number pad is horrible to use too.

    I want a new fancy pants phone that seems to be the trend these days but I really cant justify the hundreds of dollars for a phone. A phone!
    Its just a bloody phone!

    I dont need one, I dont need one, I dont need one. . .

  • I have an HTC Dream (G1) that was imported from the US, running Android.

    Why Android? Open development is important to me. I don’t like vendor lock-in, and I certainly don’t like vendor censorship. Google are winning my patronage on merit, not by force, the application integration is great.

    The G1 has a real keyboard which I will miss when I upgrade to a Nexus One later this year.

  • While I am making do with my ageing LG Prada now, in the coming months, I will be getting a smartphone, and while I do like the apps and simplicity of the iPhone’s, Apple stonewall mentality, and childlike patent sueing, has really put me off them. By stonewall mentality, I mean their complete refusal to cooperate in any way with other companies, even when it could benefit them. Steve Jobbs being a complete and utter F***face. Apple, you have lost my money.

  • Have the iphone 3gs, wasn’t impress with the iphone 4 so was thinking of going the android way when my contract expire next year. The Dell streak look awesome, hope version 2 improve greatly on the original. Any one know when it going to come to aus ?

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