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    Smart Phones

    In trying to add new threads that don't start flame wars, I'm curious what smart phones you guys are using. I have the iPhone 4, but that damn thing dies (hard reset required) about 6 times a day. I'm trying to decide if I want to stay with Apple or possibly get a Droid. I already have all the peripheral equipment for the iStuff. I'm not an Apple fanboi, but I do like the phone for it's simplicity. My bro has a Droid and loves the ability to play with the boot, ROM, and other stuff, which would be nice, since I don't want to jailbreak an iToy.

    Any pros or cons to your phone?

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    I use a dumb phone.

    Pros - no data plan necessary so it's WAY cheaper.
    - physical buttons for dialing. touchscreen dialpads are a PITA when you have to deal with automated CS/voicemail systems
    - mine has a physical slide-out keyboard, too, so typing texts is simpler
    - if it breaks I don't have to take out a loan
    - I avoid "cell phone addiction syndrome"

    Cons - User interface/menus are not terribly intuitive.
    - the physical keyboard is a pain sometimes like when I have double letters, esp double vowels like "ee". I cannot just press the e key twice, or I will wind up with diacritical marks on my letters like é so I have to press "e>right arrow>e" to tell it I want to type the next letter and not add an accent or something. Annoying, but not a deal breaker.
    - I need a new battery

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    I was gonna start a thread on this matter also, I hope you don't mind if I join in.

    I also am currently using the iPhone 4. It is my second iphone and quite frankly, I'm just bored with it. I can say that it has never ever failed me and works 100% of the time. So I started looking at the droids and I must say, they are pretty cool. It would be a breath of fresh air for the next 2 years untill apple can come out with a better iOS. Maybe this is exactly what you are thinking?

    Having been able to use both phones previously I can say in MY honest opinion, texting is not as accurate (for me) on droid devices. It's like I'm texting on my old lg navigator from 8 years ago. Besides that I think it's a great device. So, that's where I'm at and i am due in feb. for an upgrade. Let us know what you decide.

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    I wish I could go back to a dumb phone Nate. I use mine too much for business and it allows me days out of the office to be on the bike. It's nice being able to fire off emails from a trail during a snack break. I don't really have the accuracy issue, but the autocorrect will really piss me off some days. Were turns to we're, its to it's, etc. Drives me nuts. The other thing that's nice, I have music, a camera, a phone, a GPS, and other things in it. It truly condenses what I carry.

    I also use mine as my GPS for tracking rides and such and it does decently. Not as nice as my Garmin, but it gets it done. The biggest thing I use mine for is music. I stream Sirius on it constantly and average over 6gb a month in data for all I use it. You can imagine, streaming sirius, running GPS and emailing, my battery life sucks, but I don't think that's gonna matter no matter what phone I use.

    My biggest issue is my apps. I don't want to have to pay for all of them again just to put them on a new phone OS. That's going to cost a lot more than just the initial investment. I know I can transfer my music over, but I can't transfer the apps.

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    Have the 4s with Mophie battery pack. Can go for days without a recharge with this battery/case and it keeps the phone well protected, as well as redirects the sound out the front instead of the bottom which improves the quality and volume. Also love the hands free stuff you can do with Siri even with earphones. Have 3 friend who have the droid and they love it, but all 3 also have cracked screens.
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    I used to have an iphone 3GS and I just got a Nokia Lumia 920 three weeks ago and am really enjoying windows phone 8. Although their are not as many apps there are still tons of them and more than I will ever need and the windows interface is pretty nice. The only complants I have about this phone is its size which is about as big as the galaxy s3. If I had to do it over it again I wouldve gotten an HTC 8x which is a smaller windows 8 phone.

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    I have a Droid Incredible and love it. I'm one to keep phones until they die and not when my contract runs out. I did have to have a factory reset last month when my phone started to turn itself on and off. Android system is less buggy than Apple's. Besides the GPS I use a couple of barcode scanner apps when I think a store's price is bogus or looking to see which store has it the cheapest in the area.

    Hubby has a dumb phone that he keeps with him. He's not into techy stuff and doesn't need all the fancy features.

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    I have a Motorola Droid 4 with Verizon. Love the 4G and the keyboard. I went from a Droid, to Droid 3 and now Droid 4 (with UNLIMITED 4G data!!)

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    I got an LG that is like a smart/dumb phone. In a limited manner it has the capabilities of smart phones, with touchscreen, internet surfing, and DL apps. But it didn't require a data plan just to purchase. And it slides open for the QWERTY keyboard, which I like. Damn thing has taken a hell of a beating too and still works great.

    If I were to upgrade to a real smart phone, I do like the Samsung Galaxy. I have also liked what I've seen with a couple of the HTC phones. Personally I wouldn't pay for an iPhone ever.

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    thankfully I'm not in an industry that would ever require me to own/use a smartphone so I'll avoid them indefinitely. however if I did, my employer would be paying for it, and I'd still have my dumb phone for personal stuff and I'd make sure it was well known that at a certain time every night, the work phone would be getting turned off until the next morning.

    I like my ipod touch, though. because I like it, I'm going to replace my laptop with a tablet when it's time to do that. my opposition to smartphones is primarily because of the expense of data plans. well, and the fact that so many people are glued to them all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    I use a dumb phone.
    - I need a new battery
    Umm, for a self proclaimed geek you need a new phone.
    Apps are not only cool but very productive. Just the amount of $ I'v saved with free red lazer app has saved me more than the phone cost.
    Then add to that the 300+ they wanted for a new disc to update my car nav and for me it was a no brainer. Plus the, again free, waze app works way better than my car nav ever did.
    I'm never glued to my phone unless i want to be, and I even, Gasp, go places without a phone by choice. Yeah, I live on the edge sometimes lol. Remember those days?
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    no. damn house still isn't sold.

    as I said, my biggest objection to smartphones is the cost of the data plan. and knowing me, I'd fiddle with the phone all the time if I had one.

    it wouldn't save me any money over anything else I already do, I don't think. not when accounting for the cost of the plan on top of it. as it is, I think $90/mo for two dumb phones is high.

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    I can definitely see your objection to the data plan. I'm with AT&T for mine and if I wasn't getting a discount with them through one of my former employers, I probably would have jumped off the smart phone wagon a long time ago. Might be something to look into in any job you guys have. I get 20% off every month because I used to work for a D1 college that had a partnership with them. Kind of a perk of the job, almost a benefit.

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    Hmm, guess that's another reason to go apple, pretty sure apple to apple is free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theMeat View Post
    Hmm, guess that's another reason to go apple, pretty sure apple to apple is free.
    Generally this has yo do with the carrier and your plan, not the phone
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    My thoughts too. Just kinda wanna try something new. And part of it is I want one of the NES emulator so I can play all the old school video games. haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by theMeat View Post
    Hmm, guess that's another reason to go apple, pretty sure apple to apple is free.
    no, that is ichat messaging which you do over a wifi connection. the android platform can do it too with fb, aim, Skype, etc.

    anyways i have the galaxy s3. almost a 5'' screen, 8mp rear and 1.9mp front camera. video is also very nice. if you are looking for simplicity though this is not it, basically a small computer. im usually pretty quick to master technology and a month latter im still learning about this thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thickfog View Post
    Generally this has yo do with the carrier and your plan, not the phone
    Thought it had to do with apple to apple going throu wifi. Can even talk, facetime my Apple friends over seas for free even thou I haven't international service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul View Post
    no, that is ichat messaging which you do over a wifi connection. the android platform can do it too with fb, aim, Skype, etc.

    anyways i have the galaxy s3. almost a 5'' screen, 8mp rear and 1.9mp front camera. video is also very nice. if you are looking for simplicity though this is not it, basically a small computer. im usually pretty quick to master technology and a month latter im still learning about this thing.
    Oh, ok cool.
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    iPhone5 here. Not an earth shattering upgrade from 4S but I like it. Tried droids in the past - don't like. Droid OS less buggy than Apple IOS??? Not in my experience.

    Available apps, ergonomics, simplicity - more than enough advantages in my opinion - to stick with iPhone. It meets all my business needs with authority as well, and I am in IT.

    And I didn't even mention cool factor.

    I also have Apple TV and other Apple gear so integration is easy and very cool.

    Having said that - other options are good. I am glad that droids keep pressuring Apple to do their best. Competition is great for buyers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theMeat View Post
    Thought it had to do with apple to apple going throu wifi. Can even talk, facetime my Apple friends over seas for free even thou I haven't international service.
    Typically nothing you do on a wifi connection will use provider data. But as far as I understand, you have to have a data plan to have any smart phone (apple or otherwise) in the US. I suppose there are some out there who only use their phone on wifi connections and not over-the-air, but ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tystevens View Post
    Typically nothing you do on a wifi connection will use provider data. But as far as I understand, you have to have a data plan to have any smart phone (apple or otherwise) in the US. I suppose there are some out there who only use their phone on wifi connections and not over-the-air, but ...
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    I have an HTC One X on AT&T. Like it a lot. Beautiful screen, very fast and powerful, no real glitches so far (couldn't say the same for my first gen Samsung Galaxy S). Took a few days to get used to the size (4.7" screen), but it is ok now. Although I can't imagine going any bigger -- those Galaxy Notes are just too big.

    Very useful tool -- I'm surprised at how much I use it, from sending emails to playing games to internet research to keeping track of my life to, well, sometimes even making phone calls!

    Monthly bill sucks, to be sure, but we have unlimited voice now and got rid of our home phone, so that helps a little.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tystevens View Post
    Typically nothing you do on a wifi connection will use provider data. But as far as I understand, you have to have a data plan to have any smart phone (apple or otherwise) in the US. I suppose there are some out there who only use their phone on wifi connections and not over-the-air, but ...
    i generally turn mobil data off on my phone and only use wifi but you must have mobil data on to recieve picture messages, i find that strange, does anyone know why that is?

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    work pays for mine... all data, long distance, minutes etc... oh and they gave me an i-phone
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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul View Post
    i generally turn mobil data off on my phone and only use wifi but you must have mobil data on to recieve picture messages, i find that strange, does anyone know why that is?
    that's how it works on my dumb phone, too. I have a text message plan that allows me to send pictures via text and not pay a data rare (how 15 years ago of me!) but I have to connect to data to send or receive them. that's confused my wife and mother to no end, and apparently even some CS reps, who told my mother that she could not send pictures with her phone plan (obviously trying to get her to buy a data plan).

    Speaking of Apple TV and integration, I have Google TV on a Logitech Revue box. Love it. Since I got it, I have dumped satellite/cable TV service and am saving more money. Of course, I had to upgrade my internet plan so I could stream HD content. But that was only a $5/mo charge whereas dropping satellite TV saved me $90+. I like that it integrates with my Google account and it makes me curse sometimes that I have an i-gadget instead of an Android gizmo because of the lack of integration. I will eventually migrate away from the iOS world, though. while it's simple enough and straightforward enough and it just works, there are too many limitations for my taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    as I said, my biggest objection to smartphones is the cost of the data plan. and knowing me, I'd fiddle with the phone all the time if I had one.
    99% of my data traffic is over wifi, wifi at the job, wifi at home, friends all got wifi at their homes too, only time I use 3G/4G data is when I use the phone as a car gps.

    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    it wouldn't save me any money over anything else I already do, I don't think. not when accounting for the cost of the plan on top of it. as it is, I think $90/mo for two dumb phones is high.
    Ouch. I have a data plan that costs me something like $12 per month for 3 GB data traffic, free text messages and talk is like 5-6 cents a minute. I only use like 1% of the data, but what the hell at that price. Most my monthly bills are less than $20 including data, texts and chit-chat.

    Got an HTC Explorer/Pico, cool little unit, does all I need it to do and then some, camera is crap though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tystevens View Post
    But as far as I understand, you have to have a data plan to have any smart phone (apple or otherwise) in the US. I suppose there are some out there who only use their phone on wifi connections and not over-the-air, but ...
    How would anyone check that? My brother uses his smartphone purely over wifi and for phone calls, no data plan on his sim card, works just fine. He doesn't live in the US, but just put the sim from his old "dumb" phone into his smartphone when he made the switch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandrenseren View Post
    How would anyone check that? My brother uses his smartphone purely over wifi and for phone calls, no data plan on his sim card, works just fine. He doesn't live in the US, but just put the sim from his old "dumb" phone into his smartphone when he made the switch.
    It's a restriction the carriers here have. The cell phone situation is different in the states than elsewhere. If having a smartphone here was as cheap as for you in Denmark, I wouldn't be whining about data rates. My phone co (Sprint) uses different tech that doesn't even use SIM cards so you can't even try to fool them. I don't know much about SIM cards otherwise since it's been 10+ years since I've had a carrier that used them.

    I do know some folks who buy a used smartphone over here and only use it on wifi. But you don't get traditional cell coverage that way because you don't enable the phone on the cell network. You can try to use services like Google Voice that way that will operate with those kinds of limitations.

    What's sad is that my wife and I don't have big plans. We have minimal talk minutes and the smallest text message plan. It's something like $40 per phone, and then there are all the taxes piled on. Looking at other phone companies because we're considering switching, but for the sort of service we want, everybody is pretty comparable. Even the no contract plans don't cost much different (and cost more for the handset because it's not subsidized through a contract).

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    I know our plan has AT&T irritated apparently. Because of the amount of data I use, we have the older iPhone plan we were forced into that gives us unlimited data. We had a limited text message amount until a couple years ago when they told us unlimited was the same price. We are on a small minute plan and we could go smaller, but we'd lose all our old rollover minutes (about 6000). They have offered to buy out our contract which I've flat refused repeatedly. I've told them more than once, you told me I had to have unlimited data on this phone when we got them, and now you want to limit me? I use more than any plan they offer. They tried throttling me at one point, which I in turn called the BBB and let them know and they referred me to a class action suit against them because of them changing the rules midway into the contract. They lost the suit, so if you are ever throttled by AT&T, you can be credited some money that month.

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    I ditched my dumbphone from Verizon a couple of years ago and went the pre-paid smartphone route. Doing this I cut my monthly bill by a little over $20 and now I have unlimited talk, text, and data. Only downfall to this is Virgin Mobile doesn't have a ton of fancy phones and you do have to shell out for the phone in the beginning. To me it was worth it. If/when my current phone dies, I might pick up an unlocked at&t phone and use one of their pre-paid sim cards...similar deals as VM, but you have access to a bigger variety of phones. One of my friends uses that setup with good luck as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    I use a dumb phone.

    Pros - no data plan necessary so it's WAY cheaper.
    - physical buttons for dialing. touchscreen dialpads are a PITA when you have to deal with automated CS/voicemail systems
    - mine has a physical slide-out keyboard, too, so typing texts is simpler
    - if it breaks I don't have to take out a loan
    - I avoid "cell phone addiction syndrome"
    I have a "Dumb Phone" too with maybe 6 numbers programmed into it. I have NEVER sent a text...

    It’s a PHONE, if you want to call somebody you dial them. Why would you want to read something that was typed with thumbs??

    “Cell phone addiction syndrome”

    I live 15-20 miles from Tahoe. I had a couple of clients fly in from TX that had never seen Tahoe. So… I drive them around the Lake. Maybe ¼ of the way around they get out the ‘smart phones’ and start fooling with them the rest of the drive. ??????? They show me really cool apps (their words, not mine) like the Cockpit App. Hey it shows you a cockpit full of gauges – altitude, airspeed, etc. Wow the Turn and Bank indicator even moves when you tilt the phone!

    Dude how cool… and for that you missed out on looking out the window… ?

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    I'm with Nate on this one. Everyone I know has a smartphone and while they're very useful, I do not need one at this point in my life. I will probably end up getting one someday for a good camera and the gps, but my girlfriend has an iphone and we use the gps in her car or the iphone if we are in my car. I would like to have a camera though for all of the times when I'm out on the bike with my friends or by myself to take pictures of everything I've seen.

    I don't need an ebay app, check my e-mail, or any of those other things. I honestly try to get away from it all when I can. I like to leave work at work and I have the ability to do that with my current job.

    P.S. Strava would be really cool too. I can still do all of the things I mentioned and still have a dumb phone, but a smart phone would put all of these things in one device. I wouldn't need a phone, camera, i pod, stop watch, etc. I would just need my phone. In other words the convenience would be nice, but it is very hard for me to justify it.
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    A bit of a back story is required for my reply.
    I don't like cell phones. I didn't have a cell phone until about 3 years ago when my wife all but forced me to get one so she could be in constant contact while she was pregnant. No I'm not some crusty old anti-technology senior citizen. I'm 34 years old. I had my freebie dumbphone for 2 years. When it was due for an upgrade I thought maybe I would like an iphone so I didn't have to carry around my phone, AND my MP3 player.
    I've had my iphone 4 for a little over a year now and I've had no major problems with it. However I find myself fiddling with it way more than I want to. I have become one of "them"....annoying guy always screwing with his phone. It was habit before I realized what was happening. I never use it for anything actually "useful". I can probably count the number of times I have made a call on one hand. It gets used purely for sending naked girly pictures back and forth with my friends, and spending WAY too much time on facebook.
    Kind of hard to justify that bill every month.
    Once my contract is up I will be dumping cell phone service, saving a bunch of money every month, and going back to just carrying my MP3 player.
    I'm a simple dude....don't need a bunch of gadgetry to be happy.

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    Galaxy s2 here. Switched from a dumb phone a couple months ago.

    I recently moved to an area where I have very spotty internet access at home. Not a big deal since I can do most of my internetting at school in the computer labs, but I wanted a reliable way to check emails and look things up for papers without driving ten miles to the lab. Looked at the laptop plans, but the phone seemed to be the better/more versitile route.

    Gotta say I like it. I can check emails often, so I no longer have to spend half an hour in the morning deleting junk mail. I still spend the time it's just spread out through the day now. Pandora in the car has pretty much eliminated my mp3 player. I can check the weather from the trailhead and determine if I have time for another lap before a storm hits. It has replaced my gps too.

    I do catch myself playing with it a little too often. Mostly just when I'm waiting for something and want to avoid talking to the people around me. I've never liked or been good at small talk, so now I have another excuse to ignore everyone.
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    Another one that doesn't really dig cel phones. I have a company blackberry that I have FB on. I did get an ipad recently and put skype and FB on it and pay the 20 bucks a month for when I just find myself in the middle of nowhere and must post r suffer withdrawals. lol.

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    I enjoy my iPhone 4, might check to see if your phone is still under warranty if your're having excessive battery issues.

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    For xmas I got a Samsung Galaxy Note II

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    The handwriting recognition is out of this world. It is like having a waccom tablet in my pocket all the time. Basically, a digital sketchbook/ netbook.. that fits in my (big) pockets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theMeat View Post
    Have the 4s with Mophie battery pack.
    Thanks for posting this. I had never heard of Mophie. Just checked it out. Good looking stuff.
    mophie: iPhone Battery Case, Charger, Extender: 4S 4 3GS 3 iPod Touch

    I have a 4G with an Otter Box Defender. The Otter Box is showing its age (about 9 months) and I am ready to try something new.

    I used to be just like NateHawk. "I don't want no stinkin' smart phone'. I had a heavy duty military grade Samsung flip phone. The thing was great. It lasted three years, which is a record for me and cell phones. I threw it hard into walls (in frustration about something or other) several times and it just would not die.
    Now, I don't know what I would do with out my iPhone. Pathetic, I know. Its so much fun.
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    I just have a Tracfone dumb phone. Cost me about $100 a year. I keep thinking about upgrading to a smart phone but I really can't justify the cost. The only thing I'd really like out of it is Pandora in the car but even with that I'm only in the car 20 mins a day. I'm not that desperate to get my latest bit of spam mail. I can easily check that crap out during the 8 hours I'm at work on a computer or sitting around the house by a computer.

    I do have an older Android phone I bought used for $30 that I use for endomondo, torque, a remote app for my HTPC, MP3 player, ..... but it is wifi only and no cell service.

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    I've had the Nokia Lumia 800 for a while now. Windows platform which typical of microsoft won't be upgradable to the new windows 8. Instead they are giving us a 7.8 version which I guess you could call version 8 lite?? Also you have to use shyte Zune software to sync with your pc. That aside, the phone has been pretty good with heaps of usefull apps. I couldn't take a good picture to save myself but the camera seems ok for what it is. GPS, maps and all the other stuff you could want.

    I got my wife an iPhone5 for her birthday which she loves. She's an apple freak so it was a happy ending for me although a hooker would have been cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad idea View Post
    i do catch myself playing with it a little too often. Mostly just when i'm waiting for something and want to avoid talking to the people around me.
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    I use a dumb phone as well. Can't afford the price they want for a smart phone and the plan that comes with it.
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    I love technology and all of that, but I have problems with the data plan being forced upon me. I could use wifi at work and home where I spend almost all of my time except for the bike riding and sports where I won't need data, but since it is a smartphone I am forced to purchase a plan. I could stop being cheap and pay the 15 dollars a month or get it bundled for 10 dollars more than what I pay, but it is the principle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Idea View Post
    Galaxy s2 here. Switched from a dumb phone a couple months ago.

    I recently moved to an area where I have very spotty internet access at home. Not a big deal since I can do most of my internetting at school in the computer labs, but I wanted a reliable way to check emails and look things up for papers without driving ten miles to the lab. Looked at the laptop plans, but the phone seemed to be the better/more versitile route.

    Gotta say I like it. I can check emails often, so I no longer have to spend half an hour in the morning deleting junk mail. I still spend the time it's just spread out through the day now. Pandora in the car has pretty much eliminated my mp3 player. I can check the weather from the trailhead and determine if I have time for another lap before a storm hits. It has replaced my gps too.

    You can take all your MP3o catch myself playing with it a little too often. Mostly just when I'm waiting for something and want to avoid talking to the people around me. I've never liked or been good at small talk, so now I have another excuse to ignore everyone.
    You can take all your MP3 music, rip it on a Micro SD 8 or 161gig card, and plug it in your Galaxy S2, and quit hogging all the bandwidth with your pandora music too.

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    I don't think many people "need" a smartphone. But for me, it is a convenience I'm more than happy to pay a few $$ a month for. Two of the biggest benefits are scheduling and accessibility. I have many appointments in my life, and my phone helps keep me on track. Being able to have instant access to a dozen google calendars (from family calendars to work calendars to other organizations I'm involved with) in my hand whenever I want has become almost indispensible.

    The other thing is being accessible. I'm not one who will take a call wherever I am, check email every 5 minutes, or put everything on hold to pay attention to my phone -- I won't answer because you want to get a hold of me. But I like it when I want to be accessible. Here is a scenario where my smartphone literally got me an extra afternoon of riding in last summer. I had documents we needed to get completed and filed, but I wanted to go hit a bike park. I got things far enough along, and took off early afternoon to ride. While on the lift, I could go through revisions to the documents, review emails from my client and my secretary, and oversee the whole process. Hop on the bike, enjoy the heck of a downhill run, check in on the way back to the top. If I didn't have the phone, I would have been stuck in my office all afternoon. Meanwhile, my phone is also playing music for me, tracking my total vertical, and taking a few good photos for me to instantly put on facebook to taunt friends who are stuck in their offices somewhere. I'm sure I drew a snarky comment from other people riding that day (you know, "why doesn't that loser put down his phone and enjoy the outdoors..."). But I wouldn't have been out there without it.

    True, I use my phone more as a toy or a convenience most of the time. But on that day (and a dozen more like it), it is easily worth the $20/mo I spend on the phone, at least for my circumstances. Everyone is different, not everyone can "work" over their phone, but for me, a smartphone isn't something I plan to ever be without.
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    my husband got both of us iPhone 5s this past October. we are in together on the AT&T family plan with unlimited data and texting. It's worth it to me because I use the thing as a handheld computer and keep notes, lists, reminders, etc. on it. I read a ton of Kindle books on it, too; it has revolutionized my reading habits. Oh and podcasts, too - there are some really good ones out there. The turn-by-turn nav has proven invaluable to us in several situations, most notably driving a rental car around Austin, TX with no prior knowledge of the area.

    I also use it for Strava (running) and as my mp3 player paired with a bluetooth headset at work when I'm doing mindless archival work or tech writing and need to focus. I am *constantly* using the calculator and conversions app (I work in biotech in the US, with a Euro client base).

    I had a dumb phone for years and thought the whole iPhone thing was silly, right up until my husband (he was my boyfriend at the time) got me a 3Gs for my birthday.

    n.b. I don't ever use it as a "phone", I use it as a handheld computer. I'd guess my talk time on it is less than 5-10 minutes per month, if that (!), no really. iMessage is a great upgrade since most of my clients (small potatoes coaching business, mostly college kids) interface via text message anyhow.

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    I have yet to own a smart phone but I'm pulling the trigger when available on a Google Nexus4. $299 for an unlocked phone. $35 pre-paid per month with no b/s taxes and fees (just normal tax) for unlimited text and data on T-mobile with 100 minutes of voice. With Google Voice app incoming/outgoing calls can be routed through the net with a Google Voice phone # and not count towards minutes.

    I'll cancel my $25 per month land line so it's almost a wash and if I don't like T-mobile I'll switch to ATT/Sprint ($45 per month unlimited everything) in seconds with a new SIM card.....and best of all, NO CONTRACT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bethany1 View Post
    I have a Droid Incredible and love it. I'm one to keep phones until they die and not when my contract runs out. I did have to have a factory reset last month when my phone started to turn itself on and off. Android system is less buggy than Apple's. Besides the GPS I use a couple of barcode scanner apps when I think a store's price is bogus or looking to see which store has it the cheapest in the area.

    Hubby has a dumb phone that he keeps with him. He's not into techy stuff and doesn't need all the fancy features.
    I have the same phone, hve no issues with it what so ever. Keep it in a Otterbox defender so I don't have to worry about it. I always had the Milspec phones before this one because I am brutal on phones and the otter box has kept it going!
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