August 15, 2006
Dear CNET members,
During the analog days of cellular service, I was always very pleased with Motorola cell phones, starting with the durable DPC 550 flip phone--remember those?--and ending with the StarTac digital. As digital technology advanced and soon took over, I became a huge fan of Nokia phones--they're reliable, they have an easy-to-use interface, and they have great battery life. Today, there are more than a dozen cell phone manufacturers, and while I have tried several different types of brands over the years, I'm still a fan of Nokia today--I find their simple-to-use interface similar to the one I initially experienced on my first Nokia phone--even though a slew of bells and whistles have been tacked on. And for me, that goes a long way--but enough about what I think. Which manufacturer do you think makes the best cell phones and why? Think back over the years that you've owned a variety of cell phone brands: has one particular manufacturer consistently held up to your expectations? Whether its durability, ease of use, features, form factor, or better reception--tell us which overall cell phone manufacturer wins your brand loyalty.
This week's hot topic:
Best cell phone manufacturer
Many people think of their cellular phone brand much the same way they do their favorite make of car. They're fiercely loyal, and everyone who doesn't agree is just plain wrong. In this "Make the call" discussion, we asked which manufacturer makes the best cell phones, and many of you weighed in.
Nokia first, Samsung is a close second
CNET member steel211 says Nokia takes the cake overall as they are simple to use, have great text messaging, and generally has all the features for the average user. Samsung is a close second, as they are also simple to use, with unbeatable ring tones.
Read steel211's full post in CNET TalkBack
For a phone: Motorola
CNET member Dr. Planarian says that if you want a phone to do what phones do, which is to make and receive calls--as opposed to what cameras or computers or TVs or MP3 players do)--Motorola is the manufacturer that wins his vote.
Read Dr. Planarian's full post in CNET TalkBack
Needs come before brands
Based on experience, CNET member jzin breaks down the pros and cons of a variety of cell phones manufacturers. While he has own personal preference, ultimately he suggests that a brand shouldn't make as big a difference as just finding a suitable phone that's best for your needs.
Read jzin's full post in CNET TalkBack
Which cell phone maker do you think is at the top of the heap? Read "Which manufacturer makes the best cell phones?," then share with us the reasons that you are so loyal to the brand you selected!
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