On Thu, 18 Mar 2010, John P. Looney wrote:
> Well, lets not talk about phones which aren't out yet anywhere in the world
> just yet. The N900 is nice, but serves a different purpose. HTC got it
> *almost* perfect with the N1, and the software is pretty good too.
The trouble is that (given the criteria), the Nexus One isn't out yet
either. I've heard talk of Meteor looking at the HTC Legend, but that's
just more vapour right now.
As it stands, the Hero is available today for €80 with an affordable bill
and seems pretty good. The N1 is certainly better but the price difference
seems to be at least €400-500 here in Ireland and I'm not sure the improved
hardware justifies that. This probably does reflect the strange Irish
phone market, but that's the one most of us are in so we have to play the
game we're given.
As far as I can tell, when we pay mobile bills we pay for the phone
subsidy. With that in mind, I'm inclined to take that subsidy. It would
be nice if there were a discounted "source your own phone" price plan, but
that doesn't look likely.
> My main thrust is 'Hero is OK, but it's three year old hardware with a nice
Fair enough. If I thought the N1 or Legend would be available subsidised
on a reasonable bill soon, I'd wait, but I'm guessing it'll be a while yet.
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