New Phone or New PC?

// May 13th, 2009 // Geeky Stuff, General

I’m in quite a pickle at the moment. I’ve been saving up to get something that I really want (because I should be allowed to treat myself) but I don’t know what to go for: a new phone, or a new PC? Here’s my arguments for both…


Nokia N97

“From the desktop to the laptop and now to your pocket, the Nokia N97 is the most powerful, multi-sensory mobile computer in existence,” said Jonas Geust, a vice president at Nokia. “The Nokia N97 mobile computer adjusts to the world around us, helping stay connected to the people and things that matter most.”

  • Responsive touch screen and full QWERTY keyboard, taking me, in part, back to the days of my old Nokia 9110i Communicator
  • Can browse websites properly while on the move
  • Huge 32Gb internal memory
  • Bragging rights; Will put iPhone users in their place, more so than current phone
  • Current phone has broken flash and volume control
  • Current phone, albeit with broken volume and flash, still works
  • New OS will mean current phone software will not work on it
  • Because it’s brand new to the market, may not get mature firmware until a few months from now
  • Possibility Nokia will release a different (possibly better) version within the next year, like with the N95 and N95 8Gb
  • If it breaks, would have to send back to Nokia for repair instead of a local shop, as I plan to get it from Nokia directly


AMD Phenom II Quad-core 3.2Ghz

“Live your life in HD. AMD Phenom™ II is for high definition entertainment, gaming, creativity, and beyond. With AMD Phenom™ II processors as the foundation, you’ll enjoy a new level of responsiveness and visual intensity. AMD puts high definition computing within everyone’s reach.”

  • Bundle would include new processor, motherboard, and RAM
  • Would increase my PC performance by 2.5 times
  • Encode videos and perform other tasks quicker and more productively
  • First step towards having HD at home; will easily support an internal Blu Ray drive
  • Old PC setup could be used to make media box in the front room
  • May need a new PSU and case, which would bump the costs up
  • Don’t play games on PC so might not get all the use out of it
  • Already have enough parts for a Media box for front room, minus a HDD
  • Current setup still has potential
  • Can upgrade bit by bit; don’t have to get it all at once.

So yes… a difficult decision, to say the least. I’ve tried to enlist the help of others to make a choice, but almost no one cared one iota, and those who did didn’t really help as much as we’d all hoped as the tally of votes were tied.So it seems the decision is all down to me, since barely anyone gave a shit. Hmm, difficult…

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