I have been doing some experimental posts this month, and this is also a part of it (Read: I am in holiday mood, and hence no patience to do serious posts!)
When I wanted to buy a touch screen phone (I wanted a touch screen phone because it is much easier to browse the internet with them on the phone), and had a limited budget of Rs. 10,000/- (INR) only, there are two good options that I short listed on: The MOTO ROKR E6 and HTC P3400i. Since I was already using MOTO ROKR E6 and ended up buying HTC P3400i, I thought I could compare both of them on my blog.
MOTO ROKR E6 is more of a phone and less of a PDA. HTC P3400i is more of a PDA and less of a phone. The former is based on a Linux Operating system. And the latter is on Windows Mobile. MOTO ROKR E6 comes with a reader-only for word, excel, pdf and ppt files. But HTC P3400i comes with a mobile word, excel and pdf editors. Not that I have used these applications on my cell phone!
The display size of the HTC P3400i is bigger and the touch screen of this phone is easier to handle. The problem with touch screen phones is typing big messages (like blog comments or emails). It takes time to type them using the built in on screen keyboards. So, if you are an SMS freak, don’t buy a ‘touch screen only’ model. But the advantage of such phones is the ease of browsing the internet and selecting options.
The HTC P3400i beats the MOTO ROKR E6 when it comes to the internet options. It has the EDGE capability but the other has only GPRS. Meaning, the web pages load much faster on the HTCP3400i. Both don’t have Wi-Fi or 3G, and I don’t think that is a big dis-advantage. It took one day for me to configure and use my laptop for internet browsing through the USB Cable provided by the MOTO ROKR E6 phone. It took two hours on the HTC P3400i (Experience?)
Both are surprisingly good when it comes to the music options. The MOTO ROKR E6 has a 3.5mm universal headset jack which means, I can directly connect the phone to my computer speakers with sub-woofer and play the songs on the speakers, without a PC! The sound and clarity of the external speakers are better in MOTO ROKR E6. But the head-phone experience (with equalizer) is better with HTC P3400i. The MOTO ROKR E6 comes with a built in radio.
Both of them have a decent 2MP camera and the MOTO ROKR comes with a 1GB memory card (expandable upto 2 GB) but no such luck with the HTC mobile. You could always buy a 2 GB Micro SD Card and put it on(Expandable upto 4 GB). The mirror for taking self portraits is on the front for the HTC!
There is a good phone locking capability with MOTT ROKR E6 – by just sliding a button you could lock the touch screen. But with the HTC P3400i, you could switch off the touch screen by just pressing the power key once (It will get auto on, if a call comes in).
It is easier to configure work email on HTC P3400i. I configured my personal Gmail id too, and I am notified whenever a new email comes in either. The MOTO ROKR E6 also gives you the option, but I was not able to configure it.
If you have any questions, please leave it in the comments section, I will answer it. And don’t expect a very long life for the touch screen. But you’ll be glad, when it fails, as it is an opportunity for buying the latest model J
You could find similar articles in the Concepts and Ideas section of this blog.