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Old 04-16-13, 05:29 AM   #1
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Why would anybody need a smart phone?

I just don't get them. It's not like I'm computer illiterate. I've been using them professionally for decades and have 7 in my apartment. I have a cell phone. I mostly use it as a clock on trips.
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I can now post pictures of cats from almost anywhere on earth, why else, duh?
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I don't need one, but I sure want one. I appreciate the utility of various apps such as maps when I'm away from home or office. I barely use mine for communication or web browsing though.
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I only have a pair of functioning brain cells (I do realize that is more than many). So I thought the SmartPhone might augment them somewhat to make me a functional member of society.
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I've got a cheap-o smart phone (Kyocera Rise) on a no-contract $35/mo plan with unlimited data. What I like it for:

1. Good voice recognition. I just say "navigate to cheesecake factory" and it opens up the navigation app and begins giving me audio directions for the most efficient route. Super useful since coming to FL from NM.
2. Texting is superior. I don't do much sending, but receive quite a bit. Two nights ago we had a tornado warning in the area. Text got sent to my phone and a special ringtone went off. I never would have known, since we don't listen to radio or watch news.
3. Email relays to phone. I don't get much time-critical emails, but the occaisional one I need, it is very useful not to be tethered to the house computers. It was useful to get flight status updates while picking up friends at the airport also.

Useful apps include weather (accuweather, with mostly accurate live report, with radar maps etc) and news feed apps. Fun apps include a few strategy games and I occasionally use the facebook app.

90% of the places I go to (restaurants, shopping, recreation) I don't touch the phone and I never get it out when in the presence of company. But it is nice to have it for waiting in lines, while waiting for the kids at school, or when I am by myself and bored. I have been a smartphone holdout, but now find them to be quite useful devices.
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Smart phones, yeah my wife and both daughters have them. I have a phone that makes phone calls and takes pictures. I'm very happy to have it but do remember the days when you went out with a map, and if you had a problem you used a phone both to call for help, or (gob forgive you should do it today) you would figure it out yourself! FYI, tech gadgets will be the death of humans, I mean look at us, we're the fattest nation in the world, something like 65?-75%? of the U.S doesn't know how to read a map or even change a flat tire. A great majority of our kids a fat little ****s that could run to the front door if their was a fire licking at their fat asses. Yeah, or future looks grim, a bunch of out of shape stink nasty fats asses that can't do much but lay back stinkin' and sweating and causing great structual stress to our bed frames because we don't know how to do anything that takes actual physical movement. RANT OVER!
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I've got a cheap-o smart phone (Kyocera Rise) on a no-contract $35/mo plan with unlimited data. What I like it for:

1. Good voice recognition. I just say "navigate to cheesecake factory" and it opens up the navigation app and begins giving me audio directions for the most efficient route. Super useful since coming to FL from NM.
2. Texting is superior. I don't do much sending, but receive quite a bit. Two nights ago we had a tornado warning in the area. Text got sent to my phone and a special ringtone went off. I never would have known, since we don't listen to radio or watch news.
3. Email relays to phone. I don't get much time-critical emails, but the occaisional one I need, it is very useful not to be tethered to the house computers. It was useful to get flight status updates while picking up friends at the airport also.

Useful apps include weather (accuweather, with mostly accurate live report, with radar maps etc) and news feed apps. Fun apps include a few strategy games and I occasionally use the facebook app.

90% of the places I go to (restaurants, shopping, recreation) I don't touch the phone and I never get it out when in the presence of company. But it is nice to have it for waiting in lines, while waiting for the kids at school, or when I am by myself and bored. I have been a smartphone holdout, but now find them to be quite useful devices.
Need I say more?
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Old 04-16-13, 06:51 AM   #8
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Guess we know who'll be Google Glass late adopters...
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I worked for a company and managed a department that was busy and mobile. Blackberry was the standard issue and I couldn't have done my job without it. I now have an iPhone and while useful, I can't wait for the day that I can have a simple flip phone to make occasional calls... or maybe I am just yearning for a simpler past..
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Lol at this thread. Why do we need smart phones? Op why do you need seven computers in your apartment? Do you live in a seven bedroom apartment?

By the way, this post was made from a smart phone.
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Old 04-16-13, 07:51 AM   #11
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sometimes i find myself checking my e-mails on my smart phone even though i'm sitting less than 3 feet from my computer.
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... RANT OVER!
Wow, way to stereotype. I thought about ranting back to your rant, but I have better things to do with my time.

All I will say is smartphones can make life easier. It doesn't mean it makes a person lazy. It just frees up time to do other things. Like ride a bike, or spend more time with the kids instead of looking for maps.

Oh, and I forgot about the camera. Smart phones will never match the picture quality of high-end cameras. But the camera you have in hand will always beat the camera that is sitting at home.
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Old 04-16-13, 08:24 AM   #13
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Backgammon, moving map GPS, internet browser, and Shazam (the music recognition app).
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I often use mine to look up things, like quotes, etc. Just now I used it to look up Matthew 7:1-5 and James 1:19-24.
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Old 04-16-13, 08:32 AM   #15
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After swearing off smart phones for years I got a Droidv4, dual core. With my preference for apps loaded it's like taking a laptop with you everywhere. HRM, GPS, tunes, movies, web, camera, Gdrive, email and of course phone...it's all in there. Is is necessary - no. Do I use it daily - no. Does it come in handy every once in a while - h*ll yes. I think being able to spot an important email coming in on one of my office e-dresses may justify the expense... though I can become addicted to listening to audible books on a single ear bud or dongle during the day.

Of course the rub is if you actually use the crap out of them they'll be battery dead at the end of the day.
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I travel....a lot. I check traffic and avoid snarls to/from the airport. I can check weather of the aviation variety, flight plans, and jet maintenance records while sitting on various forms of public transport before I ever step foot in the airport. Once I'm in some other city, I can find breakfast/lunch/dinner at some place other than a chain resturant or, God forbid, the hotel and the phone will navigate me there. Also handy for finding things of interest like museums, parks, shopping and navigate to those locations. Then there is the email/messaging and actual phone calls to stay connected with everyone. And I can take pictures of cats and share them from anywhere in the world with Jsharr.
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Old 04-16-13, 08:56 AM   #17
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I like my Note 2 because it rules. It's like having a tiny laptop that I can draw on. It was incredibly functional at work, and now I'm working on comic-strip-style short stories at home... all on the phone. Stuff like this:



I can record song ideas without firing up my recording setup. When my buddy and I were out riding some trails this weekend, he snapped his right crank in half and we pulled up a map of the nearest bike shops, walked five miles, and got his crankset replaced right then and there. +1 for the smartphone!

Lightbulbs, telephones, and automobiles were seen as relatively useless novelties when they first became available, too. A great reminder that A) people had rich, full lives before any of this crap was invented, and B) technology will change our social landscape over and over again anyway.
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All you need is food, water and shelter.

Smart phones, like expensive bicycles, fall into the "want" category. Although you do need a few of these sorts of things if you want to have a nice life.

Never listen to anyone who attempts to rationalise a smart phone or a nice bike - they'll just be rehashing marketing wittering.
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All you need is food, water and shelter.

Smart phones, like expensive bicycles, fall into the "want" category. Although you do need a few of these sorts of things if you want to have a nice life.

Never listen to anyone who attempts to rationalise a smart phone or a nice bike - they'll just be rehashing marketing wittering.
Spoken like someone who has never sat in their cave, enjoying their water and handful of beetles, whilst posting a picture of cat with a funny caption on it.
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I can now post pictures of cats from almost anywhere on earth, why else, duh?
I second that duh.
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I don't have a smart phone either - I refuse to pay for a plan... I already pay for a computer at home and have one at work... already spend way too much time looking at a screen. Bless those who constantly have to be checking social media... I figure they are poor, sad lonely souls with nothing better to do!
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I just don't get them. It's not like I'm computer illiterate. I've been using them professionally for decades and have 7 in my apartment. I have a cell phone. I mostly use it as a clock on trips.
Because how else are you supposed to update your army of online friends (who you never even met) with the trivial minutae of your every waking moment in real time?
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I often use mine to look up things, like quotes, etc. Just now I used it to look up Matthew 7:1-5 and James 1:19-24.
I actually carry around a bible... remember books? Like something in the ancient times...

and ilikebikes... I totally agree with your rant...
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You can pause before answering the question "Is that a smart phone in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?"
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But the camera you have in hand will always beat the camera that is sitting at home.
Not if it's as bad as the one in my elderly smartphone. As a rule if that's the only camera I have with me I just don't take any photos.
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