"Only nokia for me now!"4.0 starson by kmiller010
Pros: Greate smartphone capability
Excellent multimedia apps
Cons: Poor build quality
Summary: My needs:
Since I use a cell phone to sync with outlook and update my calendar, compatibility with MS outlook and use as a PDA was of primary importance.
I also wanted a phone that was a good music player since I also spend a lot of time programming in an environment that is noisy and not conducive to concentration.
Since I already have a family plan and did not want o carry around a company phone as well as a private phone, I wanted to consolidate the needed features of both worlds.
I also feel that the core features of a cell phone are non negotiable (it should be ready at all times to perform as a phone without compromise)
I did a lot of research and decided to buy an LG Incite. This was a huge mistake as that unit fell short on all sides. The engineering philosophy was such that emphasis was put on the unit being all things to all people, and as a result, the phone did everything badly. Even making regular phone calls required some (and often heavy) negotiation. The process to sync with outlook required no less than 5 steps unless you wanted to spring for the $30.00 data plan.
Realizing the Incite for the toy it was, I gave it to my teenager who is very happy with it.
I then decided to purchase the N85 after comparing it to several units from Nokia and other manufactures. In the un-boxing I was immediately disappointed by the build quality, but happily, that is where my displeasure ended. The unit is uncompromising in its utility as a phone, is a solid PDA that is capable of syncing with outlook over Bluetooth with a zero touch paradigm.
It comes with a standard 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and multifunction navigation keys that are customizable; with over 14 features on the outside of the unit before even delving into the menus.
This phone is a very elegant tool, which is workable for both business and pleasure.