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Orange! They totally ruined an othewise great (at least imo) phone.

Anyway, you CAN get rid of it. Take it to a local (preferable small, - ie NOT thecarphonewarehouse) and ask them nicely. Got mine flashed with generic firmware for ?30. (IE the one i'm trying to get unlocked for you Paul).

Will post sample pics from Sharp shortly.

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the first one is untouched, the second two were resized to 90% with paint shop pro, as they were over fileshack's 1mb limit.

One disadvantage of having such a good camera, you need more memory!

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Orange! They totally ruined an othewise great (at least imo) phone.

Anyway, you CAN get rid of it. Take it to a local (preferable small, - ie NOT thecarphonewarehouse) and ask them nicely. Got mine flashed with generic firmware for ?30. (IE the one i'm trying to get unlocked for you Paul).

Will post sample pics from Sharp shortly.


Yes reflashing will get rid of the hoescreen and return the N70 to the device that Nokia intended it to be. An N70 without Orange firmware will run much faster than one with it. The N70 is a damn good phone, it's scandalous that Orange are allowed to butcher it so badly.

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Yeah the 903 is great. There are some problems with it, but overall it's very well thought out. I should think i'll stick with it for a little while. But I always say that!

The N70 is cracking. I just get bored easily!

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For me I started with Nokias as well... I started with the Nokia 909 [analog - no sim :)] then went thru, 6100, 6150, 3210, 5100, 8210,8250 [x2 one acted up and had to be replaced], 6210 [x2 - same as 8250], 8310 [x2 - same as 8250], 7650, I then changed to a SE t68i, then back to nokia 3100, N7610 and 1100 [had 2 sims], then went WM [i-mate JAM and Moto MPx220] now I have a dopod 838[got rid of my 2nd sim]. Phones don't usually last that long with me I like to change my mobile alot but ever since I went WM I noticed I kept my device longer [the longest time I've had a phone was 1 yr and 1/2 month i-mate JAM, my MPx 220 I owned for about 6months] I think because I can do a lot more with them and I didn't get bored. I think Nokia S60 is very promising as a Smartphone OS... it's fairly easy to use and there are a lot of applications for it as well, however the designs are really going down the tube...

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being the phone whore i am, I've had my fair share of Nokias.

My last being the 6630, which was a cracking symbian phone. I even keep it as my backup because I know I can depend on it :)

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I've always been a fan of Sony Ericsson, but fairly recently as I saw the Windows Mobile market mature into what many know as the C500, that was when I started to look more seriously into getting a Windows Mobile device. The i-mate SP5 was my first purchase of a Windows Mobile device.

I've never been a fan of Nokia's, and after providing tech support for them for such a long time I really saw a bad side of them I guess. I get the impression that quality has declined greatly over the years now as most feel like plastic toys instead of solid workmanship that I did love from Sony Ericsson. I think now I've found a happy medium of build quality & a much happier place with software :).

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I've gone back to the n70 for now.

Cracking as the Sharp's camera is, I much prefer the Nokia UI.

It's on Ebay, i'll put it on the modaco for sale board later.

I'll be first in the line when a windows smartphone comes out with a decent camera with a decent flash.

I just want to take pictures of my mates on the beer!

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I've gone back to the n70 for now.

Cracking as the Sharp's camera is, I much prefer the Nokia UI.

It's on Ebay, i'll put it on the modaco for sale board later.

I'll be first in the line when a windows smartphone comes out with a decent camera with a decent flash.

I just want to take pictures of my mates on the beer!

I played with the 903 in my local Voda shop,
There's two major caveats that put me off the 903 after my N90:
1) It takes *forever* to save a photo once taken
2) there's no external screen, which means I havn't the foggiest who's calling me, and I can't be doing with having to flip it open to see if I have any texts.

Other than that, it looked like a nice phone. I was going to eBay a Ferrari Red one from Japan a month ago for ?300 but decided to test it in the shop first and wasn't overly impressed.
Still, it'll appeal to some people, as did my N90.

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I've been using nokias all my life. As phones, you just can't beat them. I recently bought an 02XDA IIi for well... work and play (mostly play :) ), and I've become a real fan of the Pocket PC OS. BUT, as a phone, it can't hold a candle to my N70. Symbian really rocks as a phone OS. And the N70 can't touch the 02 when it comes to PIM, browsing, watching movies, IM, etc. But the N70 takes way better photos and Vids. So I'm convinced that lugging both with me everywhere I go is a neccessary hassle, if I need all the featues I want.I wish there could be a phone with all the PDA and data features of Windows (PPC/WiMO 5) and a symbian-like interface (for just the phone application).

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Sporkguy: For some reason (and I'm still not sure why this is) if you take the phooto in the normal mode (ie, the phone normally flipped open) then you're right, it spends about 15-20 seconds on the spinny icon thing, then the saving progress bar comes up saving the picture which takes 3-4 seconds).

If, however, you take the photo in camera 'mode', ie - you flip the screen round and close the phone again, the spinny icon doesn't appear at all, and the whole process only takes a couple of seconds...

Weird, but true.

I'm selling my 903, if you're interested.

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hmm you sure its not saving a lower-resolution image in the other camera mode?

what condition is your 903 in? is it unlocked? I'd be interested in a new toy.. but not sure...

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my fav was the Nokia 7110 myself :)


Cool Phone, definately one of the better nokias...

Also the 3210....that phone was indestructable...i STILL have mine now AND it works....all beit the case is chipped to buggery lol :D

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SDA II makes better use of the same hardware as the C550.


Now that T-Mobile seem to have stopped supplying this - what should I get?

Most important for me is a smallish phone, with a good keypad for making normal phone calls!! I know this seems to be a rare requirement round here - but that's still what a phone is for me! Also need decent bluetooth. Everything else is a bonus (not at all fussed about a camera) - but ability to run Sat Nav would be good and why I was after an SDA II! :)

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Now that T-Mobile seem to have stopped supplying this - what should I get?

Most important for me is a smallish phone, with a good keypad for making normal phone calls!! I know this seems to be a rare requirement round here - but that's still what a phone is for me! Also need decent bluetooth. Everything else is a bonus (not at all fussed about a camera) - but ability to run Sat Nav would be good and why I was after an SDA II! :)

I'll have a shot in the dark at this one :D
Have you had a look at the Nokia N70? It fills all your listed requirements, including the satnav and decent bluetooth.
Its a tad on the bulky side, but then its smaller than an MDA Vario or Compact (which are also excellent choices, especially the Vario!).

Hope that gives you some idea :P

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I'll have a shot in the dark at this one :)
Have you had a look at the Nokia N70? It fills all your listed requirements, including the satnav and decent bluetooth.
Its a tad on the bulky side, but then its smaller than an MDA Vario or Compact (which are also excellent choices, especially the Vario!).

Hope that gives you some idea :D


There do seem to be a lot of reports of people having insurmountable problems getting Tom Tom to run on some N70's.

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I liked my N90 as far as the camera went, video was excellent, as was the internal screen - but it was just too slow and HUGE for me.

Symbian is comfortable to use, but nowhere near as accommodating as Windows Mobile, I'll agree.

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Symbian is comfortable to use, but nowhere near as accommodating as Windows Mobile, I'll agree.


Windows Mobile is the most frustrating, unfriendly, awkward O/S I've ever had the displeasure to use.

I have spent most of today trying to get my SPV C600 De-certified. What a pain in the ass! All I want to do is be able to install some software of my own choosing onto my own handset. but for some stupid reason either Orange or M$ decided it shouldn't be so straight forward. Instead I am going round and round and round trying to resolve an issue that is dealt with in less than 10 seconds on a Symbian handset.

I give up, C600 is going in the bin and I'm going back to a phone that works as a phone, as a smartphone, with a simple straight forward O/S that is well designed and capable of operating as expected.

Windows Mobile sucks.

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Windows Mobile is the most frustrating, unfriendly, awkward O/S I've ever had the displeasure to use.

I have spent most of today trying to get my SPV C600 De-certified. What a pain in the ass! All I want to do is be able to install some software of my own choosing onto my own handset. but for some stupid reason either Orange or M$ decided it shouldn't be so straight forward. Instead I am going round and round and round trying to resolve an issue that is dealt with in less than 10 seconds on a Symbian handset.

I give up, C600 is going in the bin and I'm going back to a phone that works as a phone, as a smartphone, with a simple straight forward O/S that is well designed and capable of operating as expected.

Windows Mobile sucks.


As you know jay, I had exactly the same feelings migrating from a C500 to an N70. Still rocking my C500 and waiting for a phone to offer me something new. I had my heart set on an N80 but the preview I read recently made very disappointing reading - poor battery life and no A2DP. Boo.

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Windows Mobile is the most frustrating, unfriendly, awkward O/S I've ever had the displeasure to use.

I have spent most of today trying to get my SPV C600 De-certified. What a pain in the ass! All I want to do is be able to install some software of my own choosing onto my own handset. but for some stupid reason either Orange or M$ decided it shouldn't be so straight forward. Instead I am going round and round and round trying to resolve an issue that is dealt with in less than 10 seconds on a Symbian handset.

I give up, C600 is going in the bin and I'm going back to a phone that works as a phone, as a smartphone, with a simple straight forward O/S that is well designed and capable of operating as expected.

Windows Mobile sucks.

Jay m8, I'll happily trade you my 6630 for the C600 :)
There's just something about WM that makes things easy for me - I don't know, it just operates a lot quicker at the basics (such as texting, calling etc) - then again that pretty much all I need in a phone - obviously email and internet is important too, but it boils down to how well a phone can do the basics.

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