What is the advantage of a phone that has internet access? What can you do with a modern phone that I'm missing? Is it worthwhile getting email to your phone or is that really just another interruption?
In my work, an Internet Connection via Cellular Device allows me to:
1.: Download Cut-Sheets in the Field, 2.: View &/or Send E-mail Messages in the Field, 3.: Download / Upload Plan Sheet Markups in the Field, 4.: Use for a Mobile Hot-Spot in the Field (Wireless ADSL Connection for my Laptop).
Scott " 35 " Thompson Just Say NO To Green Eggs And Ham!
I do not have a cell phone and do not plan on getting one, yet if I were too, I highly recommend getting one with internet access for all of the reasons above and more. They have come a long way and are very usable. It will take some getting used too and you may need a teenager or otherwise experienced user to help you with apps and other vagarities.
One item thing that should go into your decission is the amount of on board memory. I am not referring to how much memory that can be added on, but built into the device. This will be your practical limit and certain apps have to live there along with all the crapware of your service provider (unless you are lucky enough to be able to jailbreak it - another job for the young). As to how much is needed depends on what is preloaded, and what you want to do with the device. Research it on the internet (or have a teenager do it that is not swayed by wanting the best that is out there - then again, with the best you will have fewer issues.
I talked to my wife about this. She is the phone person here. She says the net capability is great for looking up part numbers, ordering things, checking documents that may be online etc. She also likes the online weather radar and forecasts to plan outside activities like scheduling work on the roof.
If none of this interests you, get a dumb phone like I have. Here guys also use texting a lot for business communication but just about any phone does that.