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Old 02-27-2008, 06:29 PM   #1
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If you guys are anything like me cell phones don't last too long especially keeping them in the nail bag. Wondering what you guys have, and how long they have lasted. The cell phone insurance is a scam, and am sick of buying them off the internet. So guys, what have you got? Pros and cons? Cheers Stu.
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Old 02-27-2008, 06:38 PM   #2
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I bought a palm treo 755 last summer. The thing is awesome, it fits well in one of the smaller front pockets on my workbelt, and is as durable as a smartphone can be. Also, I got the insurance through Sprint on it for $5/month and it was the best decision I have ever made. I threw my phone at a cab that came inches from running me over in Boston on New Years and only had to pay a $50 surcharge and I got a brand new one in 2 days. Then 2 weeks later I lost it in FL on vacation and had another brand new one 2 days after that. For a $600 phone, I would say $50 per replacement is a steal.

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I have a Casio G'z one, which is only offered by verizon. It's the ruggedized water and shock resistant one, aimed at contractors, extreme sports enthusiasts, and anyone else that's really hard on a cell phone. It's a pretty simple phone, but what it does, it does very very well. I'm really hard on cell phones, and after 6 months, most of this phone still looks new (other than the deep scratches on the bottom and bumper from multiple 10'+ drops). The camera takes pretty good photos, and the phone pulls in reception when no one around me can. The battery lasts for ever, and you can turn on the camera flash LED to use it as a fairly impressive flashlight. It's big and clunky, but over all, it works.
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Whatever phone I have goes in the left thigh pocket of my pants:



I used 1 phone(Samsung SCH-A950) for 2.5 years:

....only reason I got a new phone was because the speakers finally crapped out from playing mp3's on it all the time.

The new phone is a LG 8700:


Whatever phone get lifespan will be shortened by mingling with nails, dust and crap in a nail bag.

I'm not a big fan of having NASA available at my finger tips, so for me a "Smart Phone" is not an issue. I need just the basics....but with some flash
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Try searching for 'rugged' here http://howardforums.com/ This is a must-have go-to place for phone and carrier information

You can even search under your carrier, or specific makes.

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Whatever phone I have goes in the left thigh pocket of my pants:


Mine goes in the smaller one on the right side. I swing a hammer with my left, so I use the hammer loop on occasion, so I don't really use the pocket under the loop. The nice thing about the big clunky phone is that it doesn't fall out of my pocket, and it holds the 6" channel locks in the pocket behind it in as well.
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Old 02-27-2008, 09:33 PM   #7
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Back in the late 90's (96-97) I had an nokia phone that took one heck of a beating. I was out riding my motorcycle (96 suzuki 750) with some buddie heading to our loacl hang out. I busted a wheelie and my tank bag wasn't zipped closed and my phone came out and hit the road about 90mph ( I had no clue I losted it until my buddy pulled up and asked if I lost something.)
It got some major road rash, But I turned it on and it worked like the day I bought it. (Just didn't look as pretty)

I just wish I can find another phone with that kind of quality.
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I got a Samsung SCH-i760 about 4 months ago.

http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/d...SCH-I760ZKAVZW

Great phone. PDA style. Touch screen. Not like the jumbo sized PDA's, this one is smaller.

You can do hand written notes using a stylus (that you can pull out of the side of the phone).
Basically, you always have a pen and paper with this phone. I can take measurements, dimensions, material descriptions, prices, etc - and save it on the phone, like a palmsize notepad. You can save the info. You can make the phone transcribe your notes.

Has, 1.3 mp built in camera. Speaker phone.

Slides open to reveal a full key pad, tho you can pull up a key pad on the screen and use the stylus.

It has a Windows-mobile operating system. You can use/download/transfer excel and word programs.

You can wirelessly download and transfer files from/to your desktop.

You can program it to recieve up to 7 email accounts. The emails come directly to the phone. It beeps, you can read the email immediately, like a text message.

It is blue tooth enabled, and Wi-fi capable (internet access). When you get online, the screens (websites) look just like what is on your desktop.


I keep it in a brown leather phone case (with belt clip) that I got at lowes for cheap.

Definitely an asset for the needs of my business, tho, it may be overkill for others...
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Without a doubt, the Nextel i580!
-Waterproof
-Shockproof
-Dropproof
-Goofproof
-MP3
-Great speaker
-Mansized
-1.3 MP Camera & Video
-Bluetooth
-Internet
-Calender
-Great Directory
-Mini SD Chip
-GPS
-Cell Phone + Direct Connect Radio

It's encased in all rubber,
is easy to grip,
easy to dial the numbers (even with gloves on),
is weather proof,
and is built to Military Specification.

It is the best phone for contractors.



What's it like? Like a Stanley Fat Max Extreme tape measure.

i580 Video Test

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2704,2011141,00.asp
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Old 02-28-2008, 05:32 PM   #10
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I just got the i580 and i love it. You dont have to worry about haviong it in your pocket and crushing it while you work.
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Motorola IC602 the hybrid with the camera. has the same features as the i580
but its a hybrid so I don't lose signal as much up here in Pennsyltucky. And the charger is a mini usb which it can also use to export data to a laptop or printer. problem is no video..... so when we drop a deck or big soffit off a house I got no video of it. good phone though I've tossed it around a few times and it fell out of a third story window opening to a concrete slab and still worked like it always has.

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I'm waiting for an i580 to come in Hybrid mode. I got the ic402's for my daughters. I can't wait to be able to get on that network. So far my phone service is great, but Hybrids have superior web features and outstanding multi-media (Internet, TV and I hear Satellite TV soon).

But if I never get on that Hybrid network, I'll be completely happy with my i580. All I wanted for my work phone was for it to be practially bullet proof and to make and receive phone calls. All the other features are just icing on a very substantial cake.

I don't have to worry about getting tar or sawdust on it or if it gets a little PL Glue or if my sweaty hands dial it. It's a worry free phone. I originally thought about getting two phones: a full feature Hybrid and a pre-pay Nextel Boost for the Direct Connect (one clean phone, one dirty cheap phone). I got both in the i580.
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Personally, I like to get the cheap plasticy pieces of japan trash. They tend to break faster and screw up more often thus leading to less time wasted talking on the cell phone all day.

I can always check my v-mail from my non-hammered, smashed, ran over, dropped in the port-a-jon home phone.

Doesn't seem to matter what I buy, they are all crap. They are made for momma's boy sittin in his office with his suit and tie on with one of his $1499.34 cell phones placed neatly on his desk. Don't even get me started about the ear thingies.
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Doesn't seem to matter what I buy, they are all crap. They are made for momma's boy sittin in his office with his suit and tie on with one of his $1499.34 cell phones placed neatly on his desk. Don't even get me started about the ear thingies.
Take a look at the G'z One or the I580- they aren't made for sitting in an office, that's for sure.
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The JCB Phone!
This is the ultimate contractor phone
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Verizon Gzone. Its perfect -water resistent, shock proof, no springs, sealed unit for dust and water. i went through 3 phones then got this one, had it about 6 months and havent broken it yet. especially when trying to text after cutting tile on a wet saw.
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The best is the one that I "accidentally" leave at the house. I get SOOOOOO much done on those days.



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Verizon Gzone. Its perfect -water resistent, shock proof, no springs, sealed unit for dust and water. i went through 3 phones then got this one, had it about 6 months and havent broken it yet. especially when trying to text after cutting tile on a wet saw.
how does yours do as far as pulling in a weak signal? Mine seems to do really well, and I was wondering if that matches your experience?
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old post, but its been a while and I was wondering if anyone had the Motorola Adventure....its "ruggidized" just like the Gzone....its is Verizons other "tough" phone they offer.
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I have this one.It is very durable.

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