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Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:27 PM

Need some technological advice.

Ok, I will admit my limitations I know NOTHING about smart phones. My cell died and I am looking for a new one. My former students say I need a "windows compatible" phone, others say an I phone or a "droid". Help!

I use my phone quite a bit but am not attached to it at the hip, in fact I turn it off from time to time. I would like gps for trips home and would like a few apps.

i am so confused, it is like buying a car....

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redstatebluegirl Sep 2013 OP
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Marrah_G Sep 2013 #3
redstatebluegirl Sep 2013 #5
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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:28 PM

1. Droid...

 

most economical and built in South Korea not China at Foxxcon Slave Labor Camps...

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Response to VanillaRhapsody (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 05:20 PM

37. As opposed to South Korea's slave labor camps

 

is there much of a difference? I think not.

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Response to LordGlenconner (Reply #37)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 06:11 PM

43. I think so sir....

 

Are they packed in like cordwood...are there suicide nets around the buildings? Is there barbed wire on the fences to keep them in? Do they live in dorms of 10 to 12 to a room with 100 to a bathroom?

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:29 PM

2. iPhone

the debate is done, now go buy one.

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Response to Bay Boy (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 08:52 PM

60. AKA iFraud.

 

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:30 PM

3. I just went with a not to expensive droid

No problems with it and it does what I need it to do. Call, text, gps, audiobooks in the car, internet ( if I have to look something up when away from home and occasionally facebook.

Iphones are over priced and the windows phone I could see being good if you used it for business, IMHO.

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:32 PM

5. Which one did you buy?

I have seen a Nokia that I can get for less than $100 but I'm unsure since they keep trying to upsell me at the ATT store.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:41 PM

11. I have an LG my touch

My son has an older galaxy S

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 05:10 PM

34. Samsung Galaxy S3 is a solid model that you should get for $50 or less

Samsung came out with the S4 recently so the S3 has dropped a lot in price but it is a great phone. I got it recently for this reason and am very happy with it. Just replaced my work blackberry with an S3, also.

Actually it will probably do WAY more than you need, from the sound of your post, but if you are looking in the $100 range anyway, you should consider the S3. Then you may be pleasantly surprised with all you can do and how easy it is to use.

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Response to MH1 (Reply #34)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 06:13 PM

44. I have this model and it is AWWWWWWSOOOMMMEE!

 

like having a computer everywhere I go....I even got myself an android smart stick to use the android operating system on my television! Hands down a winner!

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Response to MH1 (Reply #34)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 10:06 PM

65. I agree.

I have had a lot of phones over the years and the S3 is my very favorite ever. No iPhone, would not have one. Had a Mac for as long as I could stand it. Samsung makes great products.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 06:21 PM

45. Check Amazon for a deal.. I got a Samsung Galaxy S3 for $30.00

It was added to my son's account & only costs me $28 a month including insurance.. See if a family member has "space" to add you on.. I just paid our son a year's worth of my share and in a year I'll do the same..

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:30 PM

4. Someone told me the iphone has charging issues is that true

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:35 PM

6. No mine

Mine is a 4S IPhone. Had it for several years. Had a droid and a blackberry but will never go back.
I love the iPhone.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:36 PM

7. Not sure what they mean but I'm on my third iPhone and love it.

 

The issues I've had are that if your settings aren't right, the battery doesn't last as long as many other phones.

Once you have the settings right, it's not a problem for me.

I do keep it plugged in and charging while driving distances and plugged in every night.

Only rarely do I need a mid-day charge, but never do I go several days without a charge.

The customer service can not be beat, I've had two replacements given to me after warranty expired.

That's how they roll at the genius bar.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #7)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 04:09 PM

21. I have a question.

 

Why are you on your 3rd iPhone? Did the first 2 iPhones breakdown, or did you simply upgrade to newer models?

I use an iPod Touch and a flip phone. I have no desire for a smart phone.

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Response to Jenoch (Reply #21)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 04:19 PM

23. Upgrades, my work covers the costs. Ipads as well, now on my 3rd, a retina 4G.

 

The iPad 3 4G gets better reception than the iPhone 5, which surprised me, and the battery life is fantastic on iPads.

For me, the smart phone and Internet capability are really useful. I have Internet anywhere without paying-- many hotels charge, I hate that.

Also, mapping, finding services, etc., while out of town and out of state are so easy to do with a smart phone.

Of course they're not for everyone.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #23)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 04:24 PM

24. I forgot, you're an IT guy, correct?

 

I can see where you would need to upgrade your phones and iPads. I mostly don't wish to pay the big bucks for a huge data plan every month. I also don't do all that much traveling for work so I get by with just a phone.

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Response to Jenoch (Reply #24)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 04:30 PM

26. Nope, but I have a Masters in Educational Technology.

 

My bachelor degree is Architecture.

I need these tools because my employer is out of state and my job is largely web-based.

I travel to provide give presentations, to visit schools and gov agencies and NGOs, etc., and fuss about with email all day long since my territory includes Hawaii and Alaska and my office is in the Washington DC area.

There have been times when someone needed something and I've pulled off the side of the road, opened my laptop, and edited a document or spreadsheet and sent it off.

Having to wait until I got to a conventional Internet spot, hotel, cafe, starbucks etc., would be frustrating, even though we all had to do that five years ago.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #26)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 04:37 PM

27. Many years ago,

 

before wireless computer technology I had to print a document for a client at our state capitol. There was no compatible printer in sight but there were phone jacks so I faxed the document to a fax machine in the office. Damn, that was close to 20 years ago now. Like I said, I'm lucky to do most of my work in an office or meeting with clients. I do remember sending a lot of faxes with that Powerbook 540 though.

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Response to Jenoch (Reply #27)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 04:50 PM

28. Ah, the facsimile machine.

 

I had a job in NYC and moved back to the west coast in 1987.

The NY boss wanted to keep me so bought me a 486-33 top of line (at the time) PC and a fax machine, and I telecommuted industrial design work that way for about seven years.

Occasionally I'd fly out there for a meeting but otherwise FedEx sent prototype models and outgoing docs went by fax.

Dot matrix printers were the rule of the day and nobody had the Internet, at least I didn't, until a couple years later.

Amazing how spoiled we're becoming, and the things we have were truly unimaginable then.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:36 PM

8. It depends on what carrier you're on.

And I confess I'm biased, but the Moto X is a nice entry smartphone. And it's assembled in the USA.

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Response to Hong Kong Cavalier (Reply #8)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:37 PM

9. I like that it is made here.

I will look into that one.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #9)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:38 PM

10. Unfortunately, they do start at $200 on-contract.

But if you're on AT&T you can totally customize the phone's colors. And it'll get shipped to you in 6 days or so.

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Response to Hong Kong Cavalier (Reply #10)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:41 PM

12. I can handle that, I'd rather not but I look at this as a 5 year purchase....

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #12)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:48 PM

15. Okay. Take your time, do some research on websites, and don't make a hasty decision.

There's plenty of good phones out there: iPhone, Android, and even Windows 8 phones are coming into their own.

Sharp_stick's post below hits all the good points.

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Response to Hong Kong Cavalier (Reply #8)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 10:09 PM

66. I really like Motorola phones as well

I still like my galaxy 3 better but Motorola makes a really good phone.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:44 PM

13. Good Luck

You're about to be swarmed by Apple fanboys and Android nuts who smell blood in the water.

Before you get consumed by them take a few minutes and figure out what you need and what you want. When you're looking at apps try to find some that you like and see where you can find them. Some apps are specific for a specific system only but in general the big ones are available for all.

Windows, iPhone and Android simply refer to the operating system of the phone and any of them will provide you with phone service, a GPS service and some apps.

Windows phones seem to be trailing the Apple (iPhone) and Android but all three are easy to find.

IMO your first visit should be to your current providers website or store where you can take a quick look at what's available. Most of the big providers (Verizon, ATT etc.) offer all or most of the phones. If you go into the store you can usually handle the phones and play with them a bit too. Just don't fall for the upsell...you know the "Sure the Samsung Galaxy 3 is available for only $49.00 but if you drop $200 you get an extra 1/8" of screen space.

If you don't like your provider check with some others. Check out a mall kiosk or Costco if you're a member - some pretty good prices there.

Good luck, and for what it's worth I just upgraded to the HTC One (android) last month and I love it, but if all you want is something basic you can do it for a lot less money. For what you mentioned in your OP you could probably do very well with a lot of the "no charge" smartphones. A quick look at my Verizon page shows 8 basic smart phones for less than $10 for the phone itself.

I have the HTC One on Verizon, it's a recent Android phone and it's absolutely beautiful but it's $200 down with a two year contract.

Have fun.

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #13)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:48 PM

14. Thanks Great Advice!!!!

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #13)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:48 PM

16. +1

Good post.

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #13)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 04:55 PM

31. Good post

 

I'm partial to Android, but others are worth looking into. I had a Windows phone and despised it, so I'm probably highly biased against them.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:54 PM

17. you'll find many arguments pro and con

 

for each. The truth is they are very similar when comparing features offered.

Start looking at prices, plans, and network. If you already have a plan, you may have to buy a phone that is supported, and so your choice may have already been (mostly) made for you.

If you have no calling plan and are shopping for a new service, ask yourself what you can afford each month, then compare plans in your $ range, and let your plan choices guide your hardware decision.

I keep a phone for infrequent calling, use only a very few apps, including a dumb game, GPS and other related services. My phone (Kyocera Hydro running Android 4.0.4) was $100, has camera and video functions, a decent (but not top line) processor, and runs on Sprint's 3G network. My Carrier is Boost Mobile, and I have a prepaid "Unlimited" plan. I started paying $55 per month, but Boost reduces your monthly fee by $5 for each 6 months you're on time. I'm now down to $45 per month, and am eligible for another, final $5 discount before I max out on that benefit.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 03:59 PM

18. depends on how you use it

Do you use it mostly as a phone or for other things? As a phone, you don't need much.


I recently got a $150 no contract android. I can talk on it all day - battery lasts and great quality even with no signal bars. GPS/maps works great locally but won't last an 8 hour trip without a car charger. I can browse any web site, but not as snappy as more expensive phones and I can't have lots of tabs open at once - checking scores is no problem.

Most games work just as well as more expensive phones. Same with bluetooth, networking, calendar, email, camera, video, music, and many other things. I don't do much with facebook but do notice it's not as nice as with better phones. I can use it to manage servers I'm responsible for (check status as well as running a terminal to look at logs when I need).

I can't have lots of background tasks notifying me of weather, sports, etc. Just run email, sms, and calendar notifications in the background and the battery lasts all day. Facebook notifications drains the battery (even though I don't get many if any each day)

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 04:00 PM

19. My advice is not to buy one

 

Sorry, but not interested in them.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 04:03 PM

20. You can get an iPhone 4s for "free" with contract from most carriers n/t

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 04:11 PM

22. I'll be the odd one out on a tech thread, again

First question, do you really need a smartphone?
What you described sounded like your're just a regular, you know, CALLER.
You did say you'd like "some apps and GPS". Like, yes, but need? Non-smart phones have a couple apps (like a calendar & some games) on them as well. Will you really use the GPS? Don't you have one on your car?

Keep in mind that a smartphone is mainly used by the people that have to facebook whilst on the toilet or send pictures while sitting in a bar etc (sorry, I'm being a bit black & white ). So maybe you're like me and very happy with the most basic of phones that gives you zero fumble and, you know, CALLS. You can get that for 40 bucks, make it 60 with internet capability.

Second point, privacy. A smartphone should rightly be called a spyhone, as you know if you've kept up a bit with the NSA revelations. If you care about that, stay away from the iPhone and the Microsoft ones. And in any case be aware that apps very often send home a lot of personal information, sometimes with and sometimes without consent.

Last point, you mention you look at it as a 5 year investment. I like that thinking. But it's no secret that you could drive a truck over a Nokia of 10 years ago, and now it's all built to fail soon.

If you still stick to having a smartphone, have a look at the Fairphone!

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 04:26 PM

25. It is like buying a car

Pick one that suits you.

I do not recommend windows phones, because I hate what Microsoft has done to every technology they ever touched: Make it more difficult to interface with.

I do not recommend the iPhone, because there is one and only one manufacturer. Same for blackberry (even though I did own and like one a few years ago)

That leaves android as an operating system for your phone. It works pretty well and many manufacturers make android phones. It is a well supported platform and many apps are available.

One thing I will say is you want to be able to turn up the brightness on the screen so you can see it in sunlight or other harsh lighting. My current phone is lousy in sunlight and it is a pain in the ass to read outdoors.

I tend to buy the latest fastest processor because it will be able to keep up with new releases to the platform. I got a platform update last year and it felt like I was given a new phone.

I've been shopping for a new phone and the LG G2 is leading the results for me, but I'm a developer.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 04:52 PM

29. Android

 

Windows phones are crap. iPhones are good, too, but come at a premium. But no Windows phones. I had one and despised it. Others may love them, but it was a battery hog and has few app options.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 04:52 PM

30. I have a Nokia 828 and it works fine for me

 

Nokia HERE Drive + has US maps installed on the phone, so the GPS directions work without using your data quota.

Contacts sync with Outlook Express on my PC automatically via hotmail.

I'm not a big user of games or apps, so the fact that it has several tens of thousands fewer apps than iPhone or Android doesn't matter.

I haven't used the others, but from experience and from reviews, the actual phone, mail and texting functions are among the easiest to use.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #30)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 05:00 PM

32. It's a Windows phone, though

 

Android or Apple have a plethora of apps.

My Windows phone ate up the battery like a starving elephant, too.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #32)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 05:09 PM

33. It doesn't matter whether there are 50K or 100K apps in the store

 

So long as there are the few dozen that most people use.

Battery life has not been a problem for me. Of course, if you download some app that continually keeps the radio on, that might be a problem.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #33)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 05:16 PM

35. Fair enough

 

I just didn't like mine LOL. Maybe it had a defect.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #33)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 05:30 PM

39. Put Task Manager on a screen... then hit "stop all" every now and then

 


There may be an easier way, but that is how I keep my apps from running in the background.

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Response to Motown_Johnny (Reply #39)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 05:38 PM

41. On Windows 8 phone there is a battery saver option under settings.

 

Keeps apps from running in the background.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #41)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 06:05 PM

42. I have that too, but it is set to kick in below 30% battery life.

 

I use the task manager regularly. Sometimes I do let things run in the background like Yahoo Sports or My Radar.

You can select which apps to stop but if you just want to save battery life you hit "stop all".

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 05:18 PM

36. Droid girl here.

Had a droid, got it wet at the pool (my fault) best deal we could get was an iphone 3 a couple years ago, lost that one, got a Samsung Galaxy 4 this summer and LOVE it.

I'm hanging on to this one for dear life....plus my husband has had it.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 05:24 PM

38. any android phone running 4.0 or 4.1 will do you fine

 

If you were an apple person you would not even be asking.


As was stated in a previous post, that is the operating system. If you just need some basics anything running 4.0 or higher will be more than you need.


When comparing phones, do it like a laptop computer. Processor, memory and battery life. Also they vary in size so if you want a larger screen go that way. If you want a smaller phone that is easier to carry around then go that way. There is a trade off no matter which way you go.

Personally I buy LG brand phones. They are made in South Korea, unlike many phones that are made in China.

I have a Motion, which was down to $99.00 last time I checked. A friend of mine just got a Viper, it is very similar but a little nicer.


One thing I did differently this time that you might want to consider. I bought my phone at Best Buy and sprung for the two year warranty. It cost me more out of pocket but if I break the phone, or if it just stops working right, I get a replacement without cost. Or if they can't replace the exact phone I get full purchase price credit towards a new phone. I am pretty tough on phones so I am betting it works out for me. It may not be for you but I think it is worth considering.



Good luck, and don't sweat it to much. Whatever you get will work.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 05:36 PM

40. What's your comfort level with non-phone computing?

Those can vary quite a bit - I'm probably only slightly less clueless than you about contemporary smartphones, but I'm very comfortable around desktop computers, for instance.

That can affect the answer some - someone who's a power user with computers would probably enjoy an Android phone more than an iPhone or the other options, for instance, if just because it's easier to get under the hood with those, so to speak.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 06:38 PM

46. Make sure you get an battery upgrade -

Laz and I have the Galaxy Nexus (Andriod) phones with the battery upgrade.
Each phone lasts a good 24 hours until the next recharge under full use: calls, lots of texts, twitter feed (Laz loves his twitter), music (doubles as an ipod), "kindle/blog" reading, playing music, camera use, and the occasional game, checking e-mail, or internet upload/download, as well as a few RSS apps like weather, traffic, meds schedules etc, that are on 24/7 in the background.
What's nice about the Android phones for Google is that they don't come with a proprietary overlay and I've been able to access pretty much any internet site on normal view using the latest Android Google as a browser; which saved my ass big time when I had to get onto Turbo-Tax (Hint - not everyone is on IE 10 or the latest and greatest of everything else!) and download/e-mail a pdf of my 2012 tax return on very short notice. There have been times I've done classwork (Windows Compatible!) and run Powerpoint presentations from my smart-phone, when my personal laptop couldn't connect to the local server, so there is a lot that is possible.
However, many mobile "apps" or mobile views for business websites from service provider app stores suck major ass if you want to do something your phone service consider "not normal for mobile", so you need to make sure you do have the ability to view web pages in normal mode (even if they do become teeny, tiny pages and they're a bit out of proportion).

Best thing to do is read some reviews - both positive and negative on both the phone and the service you want to subscribe to. Many of the negative and "meh" reviews will show you where the pitfalls an average user can trip over, while many of the positive reviews are made by professional techies who know what they're doing discussing what the phone is capable of doing, so it's best to try and balance the reviews that describe actual functions and how the phone works over various providers and plans as opposed to the reviews of "it's great/it's a piece of crap/I hate Sprint/I hate Verison".
You need to figure out what you will be doing with your smart-phone, and do your homework on which is the most capable phone and service for your needs.

If you go to a phone retailer, ask to see the personal phone the salesman or the manager is using. Yeah, they're going to try and sell you the most expensive, but they've probably went ahead and ordered the phone they felt was the best.

Haele

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 06:50 PM

47. I've had an android for about a year and a half that I like.

I ruled out Apple because I don't like contracts. (Windows and Blackberry are too marginal.) My carrier is Virgin Mobile, which is pay-as-you-go and Android. Virgin doesn't support every Android phone but has a lot of good choices, and good customer service in my experience. I got the Motorola Triumph, which has a big screen and a lot of features while being pretty easy to use.

Smartphones are very handy but have a steep learning curve. It isn't too bad just getting started, but to get them to do what you want does take some research. There is lots of info on the net though, at all different knowledge levels.

One thing I would suggest, is getting a warranty. Smartphones can crash irreparably, and in that event you want it replaced.

Suggestion two, keep another copy of your contacts elsewhere than on your phone, and get an app that backs them up. (I have the Norton Mobile app which does this, and backs up texts as well.)

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 07:10 PM

48. Where are you taking it to?

 

Sounds silly, but I take mine (an android cheaper end) to emergency scenes. It works ok, a tad slow for web searches, but...I take mine to fairly hostile environments. Got armor for it, as in a nice hard case.

If I did not take it to things like that, I would have considered spending a little more money.

Regardless of operating system, buy the fastest processor you can afford. At the time I even considered am apple IOs device, but if it should die in a rock slide, yes it happens where I tae mine, it is cheaper to replace.

So consider the use you are going to put yours through.

(I need to get an extra battery btw)

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #48)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 07:22 PM

49. At&t iw my carrier but I can shop since I am up for renewal.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #49)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 07:24 PM

50. Good. Check those contracts carefully

 

And if you go to rural areas, we do, it really matters little what carrier. We have AT&T, and coverage in the country side is spotty, so is for everybody else.

But what you are buying is a computer. So processor speed matters for long term use.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 07:27 PM

51. In six months you'll be one of us

 

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Response to Boom Sound 416 (Reply #51)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 07:30 PM

53. .

 

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Response to Motown_Johnny (Reply #53)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 07:34 PM

55. Lol!

 

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 07:27 PM

52. Best smart phone is HTC DNA.

 

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 07:32 PM

54. It's always the monthly costs that put the kibosh on it for me. What are people REALLY paying??

 

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 07:37 PM

56. You say you can shop around

Since your contract is up for renewal. If you are planning an getting another contract, consider going to somewhere like radio shack and getting a refurbished phone. I got an iPhone 4, for free, because I was going to get a contract anyway. I've had it for almost 3 yrs now, and it works well for my needs.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 07:48 PM

57. Probably overloaded by now but here is my 2 cents.

 

I have owned at least half a dozen android phones a Samsung galaxy, HtC One, Lg touch, a pantec that I really liked . They all had one thing in common. They were unreliable, and the android market has some very peculiar terms of use that you must agree to, to use them. One big data mining network if you ask me. I also always felt like I was nothing but a beta tester. After a short period android phones are hard to give away, as they hold no value.

I have ended up going back to an iPhone. I sold my almost four year old iPhone original for 175 bucks. I call that holding value. The thing to remember with an iPhone is Apple controls the hardware, and the software. They are one cohesive piece of equipment. Meaning there are very few problems.

Android is an open market and the hardware varies from manufacture to manufacture phone to phone. A lot of androids I owned were not upgradeable. And in closing do you really think an operating system that is based on candy names is really serious.

I wish I had more time to offer some more info/opinion here but I have to run.

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Response to Soundman (Reply #57)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 08:27 PM

58. Overloaded yes but I am reading all of this!

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 08:52 PM

59. People tend to get downright evangelical about their phones

I'll bet your friends would let you take a look at their phones to get a feel for them. Nothing like getting a first hand look.

Smartphones plans are crazy expensive! If you're not really that big of a phone user and are not really into the apps then you might be better off to get a dumb phone and a Garmin GPS for your car. For a long time, I had a dumb phone and an iPod Touch. The Touch could run most of the iPhone apps but I could only use it with wifi. I did eventually get an android smartphone but I still sometimes (every month when I pay the bill) think it was a mistake to go that route.

If you want to go for the smartphone - I've tried the iPhone and it is pretty cool - easy to use app store with huge selection. But I absolutely despise the on-screen keyboard and the autocorrect. I decided to go for an android phone with a slide out keyboard (Samsung Captivate Glide). It is much easier for me to type on. It still has good apps, it just might take a little more research to figure out which ones to get.

Good luck!

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 09:00 PM

61. I got my daughter an HTC One (android), with Virgin Mobile service

unlimited texting and data for $35 a month, no contract, and its a really nice phone. She's pretty picky, at a highly phone-dependent age, and subject to much peer-pressure, but she really likes it. Near-new on ebay for $60 or so isn't hard to find. I still just use an $8 tracphone myself...

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 09:06 PM

62. My cell phone looks like this and I'll be sad when it dies...



When it dies (or I lose it) I'll replace it with the next "free" model.

Doesn't matter much to me which phone I have. I don't turn it on when I don't want to talk to anyone. If this is an emergency, call 911.

For computing I might carry my beat-up old Pentium III laptop with me. Mostly I carry a paper notebook and an old camera.

Old school.

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Response to hunter (Reply #62)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 09:19 PM

63. Is it one of those 'Obamaphones' that the right wing idiots are yelling about?

 

Looks like one.

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Response to Koko Ware (Reply #63)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 10:28 PM

67. If you need me that bad you know what to do and I may be EXTREMELY grumpy.

Someone gonna die? No? I'll call you back in the morning.


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Response to hunter (Reply #67)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 10:38 PM

68. No problem. I don't want trouble.

 

My phone is a S3 and I really like it. I would recommend it to anyone who asks me about it - someone who has experienced all three. Even my own Dad who's a Microsoftphile admitted that the Windows phone suck, even after using iPhone4, then going to Android and loves it. He is using a ATT's brand of Samsung Infuse, which IMHO is woefully underpowered, and I have used Blackberry Curve, then Epic 4g now Samsung S3 owner, I'm happy with the technology, and will look into S4 when my contract is up next year. Or they'll have something with fancy new toys. Who knows.

Somebody has to start sometime, and I've seen all kinds of phone, but the "Obamaphone" thing also riles me up. There is NO such thing.

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Response to hunter (Reply #62)

Wed Sep 18, 2013, 04:43 PM

72. No, I'M Old School! Pen, paper, and film 35mm camera!

 

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 09:47 PM

64. 'Feature phone' here

LG800G - Java -Lite, no Android, IOS or Windows. Has touchscreen, so-so camera, can store tunes, and technically can access the Net but the browsers are too cheesy to consider it. No plan, it's a TracPhone pay as you go, which for folks like me who simply don't use many minutes can save quite a bit. No user-accessible GPS, however, and virtually no apps worth downloading.



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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2013, 08:45 AM

69. Thanks everyone! Great info here!

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #69)

Wed Sep 18, 2013, 09:08 AM

70. My old 32GB iPhone 4 with a Defender series Otter Box case...

still looks and works great. Never any problems with it.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 04:27 PM

73. Just to let everyone know

i bought an Iphone 4 (not the new one). I am getting used to it going from a razor to this is quite a jump but I am learning....

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