The corporate office is starting to retire the old Blackberrys and they’ve given me a list of smartphones to choose from. Since this is a work phone, I don’t really care what bells and whistles it will have on it because I’m not going to be able to put apps on it that aren’t work-related and I don’t want to fuss with the BYOD option. I don’t actually have a need for a personal cell phone right now.
I’m leaning towards the ones with the slide-out physical keyboard because I’m a pretty fast two-thumb typist on the other data entry device we have to use. Most importantly, they don’t have a stupid Windows button to accidentally press that will kick the e-mail I’m typing into the Drafts folder, where it takes me 30 seconds to get back into and resume typing. And they don’t have whatever that sensor is that you slide your thumb over to move the cursor, but if you happen to accidentally press it, it acts like a carriage return.
What I am actually looking for is two features that were on one of the first Blackberrys our company had:
When I am on the phone and a new call comes in, if I say I want to ignore the second call, the phone SHUTS UP and does not chirp at me every five seconds to let me know there’s another call.
If I am about done with a call and a new one comes in, I want the feature that lets me switch to the new call and it hangs up on the first call. All I’ve got on the Blackberry right now is something called “Flash”, which switches to the second call and leaves the first active, so you never really know if that call ended. Well, actually, it may beep at you a bit later if that call does end and drown out what the other person is saying for about three seconds.
As you can tell, these are two things that have annoyed me for over three years now, but couldn’t do anything about because the only time the Blackberry ever died, I was given the same model to replace it.
Now I can do something about it. Does anyone have any of the following phones, and if so, do they have these two features?
Motorola Droid Razr M
Motorola Droid 4
Samsung Galaxy 4 Mini (I think this is an S4 Mini)
iPhone 4S 8GB
Samsung Galaxy Victory
HTC EVO 4G LET
Motorola Photon Q
iPhone 4S 8GB