Looking for mobile phone advices

I have a question for the Mac OS X and mobile phones users out there. I need to buy a mobile phone that works in both the U.S. and Europe, mine (a Motorola Accompli 008) works only in Europe. Can you advise on a model, provided it has the following features as a minimum:

  • GSM tri-band (800/1800/1900 MHz), preferably GPRS, must be unlocked (I'm sticking with my current provider but I'm reluctant to be forced to)
  • Bluetooth
  • Fully compatible with iSync or provide a mean to synchronize address book and calendar with Mac OS X. Better if capable of synching with Entourage, although I can live with just iSync plus iCal and Address Book
  • Good autonomy (the Accompli needs a refill everyday and it's a bit painful)
  • Excellent reception (I live in an area that's not very well deserved and only one among three GSM providers has a 1800 MHz GPRS signal that works in my appartment)

Nice to have but absolutely not a selling point to me is a built-in camera, in which case it also must provide synching with the Mac.

I have an additional question: for those who use "traditional" phones with a numeric keypad, how convenient are they to enter contacts and events? I'm asking because I'm used to the smartphone (PDA/phone) combination with the Accompli which provides a keyboard on its sensitive screen that allows me to enter long texts, and I don't buy Steve Jobs' argument that you don't need a keyboard since you can use a Mac to enter those information. I'm constantly in situations where I'm fully autonomous with my Accompli and don't need to have the PowerBook with me just to take quick notes, update my agenda or send SMS, and I'm dubious of the usability of most models with a traditional numeric keypad.

I've done a quick assessment yesterday and found a few potential candidates, such as the Sony Ericsson T610, Z600 or P900 (the P900 looks like a very powerful, and expensive, replacement for my smartphone). I didn't dig the Nokia world so far.

Also if you have positive or negative experience on a model used in conjunction with a Mac, I'd be happy to hear the details from you (no "brand X sucks" without a legible explanation, please ;-).



I loved my T610. Now I love my P800 even more (got it used for a very good price, which is why it is not a P900).

Syncing with the Mac works great. The T616 is too small and too fiddly to really enter anything into directly. The P800 has stylus-based entry as well as an on-screen keyboard, and does voice memos, too. That being said, entry is always easier into the Mac directly, with

I ditched Entourage a long time ago, so can't say anything about synching capabilities.

Both the T610 and the P800 have cameras. The T610 is unusable (280x155) and the P800 is decent for quick shots (640x480). Posting directly to the web via email using Flickr.com is highly recommended.

Final word: get a T610 if you want to sync contacts and calendars in a highly portable, power-efficient packate. Get the P8/900 if you want an all-in-one smartphone that will likely do everything you need it to, plus lets you install other software.

I would say that my Nokia 3650 fits those requirements. My personal opinion of the Sonys is that I don't really like the UI--it seems confusing and not very well designed to me. Not that I have a lot of experience with them, though...

I don't know about the Mac part, but my work phone is a Nokia 6820, which has a folding keyboard that I've liked. It also has an IMAP email client (my selling point to get the phone in the first place). AFAIR it's a tri-band phone so that shouldn't be a problem.

But then, you should remember that I am a Finn...

To get Entourage to sync through iSync you'll either a) have to wait until Apple opens the API for iSync so Entourage can talk to it or b) try one of the following solutions:

PocketMac GoBetween, http://www.pocketmac.net/products/gobetween/index.html

Paul Berkowitz's Entourage-iCal Sync and Entourage-Address Book Synch AppleScripts: http://scriptbuilders.net/category.php?search=sync+entourage

Andy, thanks! That's very good to know. I've always felt at loss with the Accompli re. connecting it to the Mac. Even my boss with the same phone couldn't get it in synch with her PC.

If I were you, I would STAY AWAY from PocketMac GoBetween. In my experience, It is SLOW, support is bad, and it doesn't sync well. It pops up on the screen every thirty minutes, on top of everything else, slowing down my PB 1.5 to a CRAWL.

It is a total nightmare. I asked for a refund, and have heard nothing back from them.

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