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Old 08-15-14, 01:00 PM   #1
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you (fellow) geezers like smart phones?

I'll need a new phone soon and I'm not impressed with the battery life, size, fragility and abundance of unnecessary clutter on smart phones. Should I get one anyway? If so - any practical thoughts on the subject?

Any buyers remorse? As in, "darn, I got this but now I know I should have gotten that"

I have a small phone now that conveniently slips into a small cargo pocket in my pants and frequently takes a fall here and there and only loses the battery and cover which snap back in like the old break-apart demolition toy cars. If I don't use it much the battery can last a whole weekend and then some, even when on around the clock.
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I've got a cheap samsung android device (galaxy ace) that replaced my trusty old flip phone about 4 years ago. I added a 32 gig memory card to hold a reasonable size music collection.

Battery life is fine - if I just use it as a phone it will go up to 5 or 6 days between charges, but if I use it as a gps receiver, mp3 player, camera and heart rate monitor (things it will do simultaneously mind you), it will run down a full charge in about 7 hours.

My current problems will be familiar to any computer owner - not enough ram and the tendency for new software to run poorly on 'outdated' processors.
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Old 08-15-14, 01:37 PM   #3
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I can't wait to go back to a simple phone. That will be when I retire though as smartphones are just far too capable to be without. Text, Talk, Social media, email, photo, entertainment etc. I would be lost without a smartphone right now... but when I retire..

If you get one, get a good case. Otters are great protection.
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Old 08-15-14, 02:08 PM   #4
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I'm still using a flip phone. IT s a newer' model that'll do instant messaging, and only costs me about $10/month (prepaid plan, but going to rise to $25/mo in teh near future). I can't see the point in having a smartphone to check in on all your friends/family/websites at any time; its really distracting, and I can do that when I'm not involved in something. And no, I'm not on Facebook, LinkedIn, or other social media systems - I can't see the point in those either.
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Old 08-15-14, 02:15 PM   #5
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I resisted smartphones for many years, as I couldn't really see much use for one. Not worth a data plan anyway.

But I did kind of want a tablet that was pocket-sized and had wireless connectivity - I've wanted one since the 60's in fact when it was a staple of science fiction. So when they finally came available without needing a contract or data plan, I picked up a cheap one. I mainly use it as an e-reader (no more carrying paperbacks), for GPS and for occasional notes and photos. And as a phone of course. No regrets about it.
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Old 08-15-14, 03:08 PM   #6
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I like my android. Samsung Galaxy S4
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I've got an android phone and I could do without most of the stuff it has on it.
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Love my $25 flip phone and my pay by the minute plan from T-mobile. I spend around $200 a year on my phone. I mainly rely on a landline since your internet provider will practically give you free nationwide calling.
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Old 08-15-14, 04:33 PM   #9
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I have an android pre-pay phone, AT&T Go Phone. No data plan, I only use wi-fi, and $25 refills @ dime a minute for calls usually lasts me more than 2 months. Sorry, no $100/month cell phone bill here.
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Consider HTC One - doesn't have all the clutter - good battery life. Nice screen etc. Metal case. Highly rated.
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after i got a smartphone, i seldom turn on my pc anymore. it's an attractive and small lg phone with android with free data/texts from virgin mobile for $33/mo.

the gps has saved me several times out on the road, and i use the bicycling map all the time.

can't imagine life without it, though i would probably read more novels like the old days...
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I guess I am a geezer. I call them dumb phones, Bad enough I am spending money on cell phone service. I really don't need to spend the extra money for a data plan just so I can be connected 24/7.
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Old 08-15-14, 05:58 PM   #13
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I'll play. HTC One S,...expensive android phone. For making the average call, I liked Samsung flip phone better. However, got to admit that these advantages are addicting:

Bluetooth with my Plantronics dongle
Checks all my email servers automatically, an office interface on the go
Runs Audible flawlessly, so I listen to a failry wide selection of books on the go
Powerful. Wi-Fi and 4G
Good speaker phone and overall phone utilities
Full internet, include voice activated searches which has come in very handy
Slingwatch for watching sports, on demand and TV when away from my home system
Full music library with Google interface, plus radio stations via iHeart and others
Built in camera and video recorder has come in very handy

A gazillion apps, but most of these I consider more silly stuff. For the high price of the monthly contract, no...really hard to justify. if you are not paying the contract or can write it off as a business expensive...cool to have.

On the other hand, these things are fairly fragile. A lot or things I could use it for, sports-wise, I won't because I'm certain it would be busted in a matter of weeks. So, mp3 players, running gps, stop watches, pedometer, cycling computer, all these other gadgets I'll use separately.

If you are a power-user, you'll be lucky to get through the day without a dead battery.

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Old 08-15-14, 06:29 PM   #14
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I have had good luck with the hardware in my iphone 4 and now my new iphone 5s. The hardware is real nice and seems to be reliable, and I get good battery life. There is a lot of unnecessary crap that you have to put up with from Apple so you have be able to ignore all of that. And an iphone on a major carrier is a pretty high monthly charge. People that don't want to put up with Apple buy androids or windows phones instead, and I think you can get android phones for less money on some of the secondary carriers.

I use maps and traffic a lot on my phone, access weather and email occasionally, and access the internet frequently when I'm away from a computer. It is hard to determine if all of this is worth the high monthly cost but I suppose if I'm willing to pay for it then it is. I don't put music on my phone but occasionally watch videos.
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Old 08-15-14, 08:01 PM   #15
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I have an android pre-pay phone, AT&T Go Phone. No data plan, I only use wi-fi, and $25 refills @ dime a minute for calls usually lasts me more than 2 months. Sorry, no $100/month cell phone bill here.
I'm not quite a geezer yet unless you ask the 20 year olds at work, only 42 here. I'll never have a decent smartphone. I still have kids at home for many more years yet and I'm not paying $200 or more for smartphones. I too use AT&T GoPhone. No data and we hardly ever call. We only call in emergencies. I have the $0.10/minute plan. It was certainly worth the $0.20 it cost for my wife to tell me she was hanging upside down in her car.

All we routinely do is text. I have 4 phones and they cost me $10/month each. I just use them on wifi when at home, at work, or at a store if I want to look something up. I don't have a need to be taking stupid selfies for Facebook while I am driving down the road.

Mine and my wife's phones are old and really outdated now (well, any prepaid cheap smartphone is outdated when you buy them new.) My oldest (13) just bought herself a new phone and it's pretty good for a cheap phone. She gave her old phone to her younger sister so I reactivated it and that was the 4th added. $40/month for all 4.
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Old 08-15-14, 08:19 PM   #16
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Old coot, still using a flip phone here. I am disappointed that there are not many ruggedized smart phones out there,
save for the Casio G'zone series. I suppose that sooner or later, I will have to yield. Then again, I don't socialize a lot,
so taking "Selfies", and all the rest of it has no appeal for me. Sorry, rant over.

So, anyone use a Casio G'zone ruggedized smartphone, and if so, what's the scoop?
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Old 08-15-14, 08:26 PM   #17
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Not sure if I qualify as a "geezer" just yet. However, I have an LG G2 with 4G and a 3000mAh battery. Bigger screen than the wife's iPhone but lighter with longer battery life that will get me through 24 hours on my average day. Best uses for me are texting, email, weather, and pulling up company data associated with work.
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Old 08-15-14, 08:42 PM   #18
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My wife and I use the apple iPhone..... because all the cool old geezers in our group have iPhones. The iPhone has turned out to be the most reliable hunks of technology I've ever used. And I am an old tech-nerd.
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I love the galaxy 5s. expensive sure but pretty impressive.
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Old 08-15-14, 09:18 PM   #20
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I still have my first smartphone, the iPhone 4, had it 4 years now. I love it and would not want to go back to a regular phone. On many of my relatively short business trips I don't have to bother with bringing a computer or tablet. On a recent drive from South Dakota to Portland, I was in eastern Oregon before my songs started repeating. Google maps with turn by turn directions is wonderful and text messaging is very convenient. I also use it to run MapMyRide. Depending on how much I've used it I charge it once every two or three days. Email and my calendar, look up something when I think of it, or store a note for future reference. And the flashlight app is a godsend. Even got an app that make the phone an identical clone of an HP 12c financial calculator for something like $3. I have a free planetarium app, airline apps to check in for my flights and love having the camera. Facetime is great. I was in Bermuda last summer for 9 days, and my elderly mother had to go in for some surgery, I was able to facetime her thru her iPad, which was wonderful before and after the procedure. I will probably get a 5s pretty soon, but the 4 has been incredibly reliable.
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My HTC Evo came in darned handy over a few moves over the last three years. Emailing/texting the realtor, financial advisor, banking, relatives, landlords, etc. All that was made far easier because of my smartphone. It's been relatively hassle-free compared to the personal computers I've had...excluding my iMac. Love my mac.

Battery life takes some getting used to. I have to charge mine once a day. It might make it two days if I didn't do much with it. My old LG flip phone was great. Charged it once a week.
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Consider HTC One - doesn't have all the clutter - good battery life. Nice screen etc. Metal case. Highly rated.
I have the same phone; it was my first phone after years of using a tracfone.........love it. I was tired of getting multiple rapid texts from my work and contacts with the trac and unless you know what I refer to, it was flirking fusterating having to end your text to make certain that I wasn't missing some part of the latest text while forming my response.

The web browsing function on a 'modern' handheld array is also superior to what I was dealing with before.
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I didn't like my smart phone at first, but I'm now tolerating it in being smarter than me.
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Not a geezer by a few decades, but I'll offer my take anyways.

What are called "smart phones" now, are not really phones at all, and probably shouldn't be thought of as such. They are really a portable general purpose machine that replaces several devices (some more poorly than others). Separately, you would need a dedicated GPS reciever, a handheld radio, a digital camera, a "normal" phone, a cd player, an internet device, an atlas, weather station, book stand, ect... to replicate the range of capabilites that a "smart phone" has. Best of all they also make phone calls.

If you don't need all of those extras in a phone, then any basic free carrier phone would suffice. However, it's very nice to have google maps at the finger tips, nice to be able to check the weather in an instant, nice to be able to call the wife if needed, check ebay for a nice set of handlebars, record a ride with the gps, snap a quick picture of something neat, read a news article, and listen to some music all on the same device.
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Guess I'm a geezer. I've got a 10 year old flip phone. A rugged model I can toss in the pocket of my golf bag and not worry about. Haven't felt the need for greater connectivity and although heavier than a smartphone, it's more compact for pocket or seatbag.
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