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What's the closest smartphone to iPhone

We have various old iPhone and they have given their life.  We want to purchase the current iPhone, but the cost is too steep for now.

What other cell phone, mobile or smartphones that we can considere to purchase that would run as close a to an iPhone runs?

We are looking more in the area of screen similarities, touch, menu options, navigations, connectivity to the PC (outlook, etc.).

please advice
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bcrosby007Commented:
Look into the Google Droid. Every wireless carrier is carrying them now. They support activesync with your email server, just like the iPhone. Plus it has it's own app store, like the iPHone.
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Is that a model or a type of phone?
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bcrosby007Commented:
It is the software that runs on the phone. There are alot of phone manufacturers who use it.

http://www.google.com/mobile/android/ 
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moonie42Commented:
I'm holding out for the HTC Thunderbolt, set to be released on 2/24 at VZW and Best Buy stores...at least if you believe the Internet speculation!  This phone also runs Android (I think 2.2), has front and rear-facing cameras, acts as a wifi hotspot, has a fast processor and lots of storage, supports active sync, and best of all it's a 4g/LTE device, so once the network gets fully built out, you'll have faster speeds for downloads.

http://www.htc.com/us/products/thunderbolt-verizon
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Don ThomsonCommented:
I've had the Sony-Erricson Expedia 10A - Best smartphone I've ever had - It's not the cheapest but anyone who has an iphone and has seen it says that it beats the iphone functionality hands down
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bcrosby007Commented:
Personally, I use the iPhone and support all platforms (droid, iPhone, Blackberry, Win Mobile). The iPhone is the easiest to pick up and use from the box. It is pretty intuitive. But the droid has way less limitations and doesnt rely on Apples quality control for good apps.
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RobMobilityCommented:
Hi,

Best value for money would be Android phones - HTC Desire range, HTC Wildfire etc.

Windows Phone is meant to be a very good contender too.

Regards,


RobMobility
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
I used to have THC; it comes with windows mobile which in no way resembles iphone interface.

What phone resembles the closes to iPhone... right we're looking for videos or specs on the phones and comparison; if you guys have any, please send.
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RobMobilityCommented:
Hi,

HTC devices now have Android on them as well as Windows Phone - older HTC devices had Windows Mobile.

Have a look at this: http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/best-android-phone-which-should-you-buy--717819

Regards,


RobMobility.
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Thanx.

I haven't found a movie of any android to see how the interface software is.... any ideas?
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savoieadamCommented:
My vote would go to the Samsung Galaxy S.
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IT-Monkey-DaveCommented:
After using an iPhone 3G for almost two years, I switched to an HTC EVO for about a month, then to a Samsung Captivate (Galaxy S).  I used that phone for 3 months.  I ended up dumping it and got an iPhone 4.  I can give you a long list of annoyances with the HTC and Samsung if you want but suffice to say the "user experience" with an iPhone is far superior to me over either of those sets.
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Greatly appreciated the feedback, but is that based on the "Android" or Windows Mobile?
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IT-Monkey-DaveCommented:
Adroid on the EVO and Galaxy S.  My single biggest complaint is they mangle links embedded in HTML-formatted emails (besides displaying them as plain text, not html).  You can't click on the links.  And there is no copy & pasting of the links out of the email into a browser.  As far as I know this is still true on Froyo, based on comments from a coworker of mine.

Battery life was attrocious on the EVO if all it's features were enabled, like 4G and Wi-Fi.  That phone could barely make it through an 8-hour workday without needing a recharge.  Two users here with EVOs carry chargers and spare batteries with them all the time.  Not for me.  My iPhone 4 has everything enabled and can easily go 2 days without a recharge, as long as I don't leave the GPS on all the time (I manually kill apps after they use the GPS).  Battery life was better on the Samsung Captivate but still not as good as the iPhone.

Everyone's experience is different, but for me, after using an iPhone for a long time, Android seems disjointed and clumsy in comparison.  I am no fan of Apple either.  
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nethermitCommented:
Reverting to your original question, "What other cell phone...would run as close a to an iPhone runs?"

I'd definitely vouch for a Google's Android phone particularly the HTC Desire and/or HTC Desire HD. I am, however, in the opinion that iPhone is, for the lack of a better word, a luxury prison in the sense of flexibility, freedom, and interactivity on its home pages -- where you scroll horizontally to access apps.

On the other hand, the HTC counterpart offers the flexibility thus, perhaps making it more eye candy and enhances functionality. Android frees you yet empowers you with iPhone like apps..

Currently I'm on iPhone 4 (6 months), but i still prefer Android OS, as I have been using it for the past 3 years. Looking from the cost side of things, Android is cheaper. iPhone locks you in its iTunes, and make you buy everything from iTunes and only iTunes alone.
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Thanx nethermit.

We have viewing the links provided also went into youtube to view reviews, demos, etc.  We see are considering Motorola Milestone.  Have any EE tried tis unit & how android runs on it?
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spidey23Commented:
iPhone 3GS $49 at att, doesn't get much cheaper than that.

Plus no need to learn a new phone.

Good luck.
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
We reviewed a series of Androids via Youtube and are more inclined to purchase our phone with  "Samsung galaxy S" as the most closest to iPhone.

Thanx all!
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Thanx
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IT-Monkey-DaveCommented:
I don't understand what you mean by "closest to iPhone".  Close in terms of what?  User interface?  Smooth glitch-free operation?  Music management? Screen resolution?  Sorry, not trying to be argumentative, but I don't understand what "closest to iPhone" means.  Android and iPhone are oranges and apples (so to speak).

Do your users ever receive html-formatted emails?  Check out carefully how Android displays them.

Will users be permitted to install anything they want from the Android App Market?  Half the stuff up there has not been vetted for security etc.  At least with the Apple iPhone you get someone acting as a gatekeeper on the apps.
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IT-Monkey-DaveCommented:
(Oops, sorry, you closed the thread while I was composing my last post.  Disregard if you've already made your decision.  :) )
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