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  09:35:04  20 February 2015
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Smart Phones ( today's hand held computers )

Since the iPhone came out in 2007 shaking up the industry and leading
the way to the modern smart phones we have today, there has been a
lot of changes in the past eight years. Today people spend as much time
on their phones interacting with the internet as much as they did with
their PCs a decade earlier. With that thought in mind I was curious what
people now had for a smart phone. So that's the question for all here.

Myself, I was using a Samsung Galaxy S4 when my no-contract carrier
recently got bought out by AT&T and we were forced to go from a CDMA
network to a GSM network which means I had to replace my phone. As
I had no interest in buying for the same thing or paying more for the
miniscule changes with the S5, I decided to buy an unlocked phone that
my carrier didn't offer because I wanted something really nice & modern.
So now as of a few weeks I have a new Google Nexus 6 ( Motorola ) phone.

What phone do you have and why? Like it? What would you replace it with?

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  10:13:37  20 February 2015
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Charcharo
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ZTE Grand X Pro

It was cheap and on sale
It reads books, makes calls and opens forums. Can do music and YouTube!
More then good enough for me
  16:05:37  20 February 2015
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On Sony Xperia Sola now. All my previous phones have been used for at least 2 years. Current one had nice price and I does everything I need it to do. Didn't see need for anything expensive. Took it for full price (a.k.a no contract). No plans about replacing it for now.

But yeah, it has been some serious road in phone evolution. I still have Nokia 5110 somewhere. They had those black/white, greenish-yellow/black screens. But now, just few buttons. For example, mine has frontal 3 buttons based on touchpad. Nowadays or soon phone with buttons is going to be some retro
  19:25:13  20 February 2015
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My one and only phone is a column with the mouthpiece at the top and a speaker on the end of a wire that you hold to your ear - you might have seen such things in 1920s movies. It isn't original, but a modern copy.

I dislike everything about mobile phones, except watching texting idiots in the street not paying any attention to where they're going and regularly bumping into lampposts or wandering out into traffic.

Still, every one that gets run down and kilt lowers the planetary population and raises the planetary IQ level.

Think of it as evolution in action.

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  20:21:41  20 February 2015
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Hi, I have HTC Diamond and I like Windows CE.
  21:59:26  20 February 2015
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Smart Phones ( today's hand held computers )

Steelyglint~

For those having trouble visualizing what you mean:
http://www.target.com/p/crosley-cr64-1920-s-candlestick-phone-black/-/A-749815#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=Crosley+CR64+1920%27s+Candlestick+Phone+-+Black+

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  22:22:02  20 February 2015
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My personal phone that I am in the current process of retiring is a prepaid Samsung GT-S5511T. This has recently ran low on credit and I can't be bothered topping it up again (I actually heard from the carrier that I needed to use my credit up, or it would expire), so I'm starting to use my work phone more now (since the boss pays for the plan, and hes been on my case about me never using it, and he doesn't mind it being used for personal stuff).

The work phone in question is an HTC1 Smart Phone that doesn't even know its own number due to the fact is too dumb to read it off the SIM (so much for being smart). So I keep my number listed in my contacts so I can hand it out, and its easier to get to as well.

I get to keep the phone and the number when I finish there, so it makes sense that I start using it as my personal phone. Besides, the Map and Calculator are so much easier to use than the ones on my current Samsung flip phone.

Either way, my new phone get used marginally more than my old one, and I still miss half the calls and texts I receive simply due to the fact that I hardly get any, and can't be bothered to take it with me when I go to the kitchen when I get a drink, etc, and while there, a text pops through, which doesn't get found until I turn the phone alarm off the following morning, or someone calls/texts me while I have the phone at hand.

I still keep getting told off for not taking my phone with me wherever I go (seriously, do I really need to take my phone to the bathroom with me? My hands usually aren't free to answer my phone).


@Steelyglint
I was in the same camp as you recently (although not that old fashioned). The maps feature gets used if I'm in an unfaimilar part of town, and the calculator is handy in the supermarket trying to decide if the 600g can on special is cheaper $/g than the 1kg bulk can. The alarms useful, since I can put it on the other side of my room, so when it goes off, I actually have to get up and out of bed to turn it off, unlike the alarm clock on the beside table.

But yes, it is amusing watching the idiots on their phones - until you're in a crowd, and there is one directly ahead of you who doesn't spot you until they spot your feet right before they collide into you.
The worst is the gaggle of school children taking up the entire sidewalk, all of them texting or facebooking on their phones and not looking where the **** they are going. Don't get me started on respect, or the lack thereof that the little ***** have.
Even worse are the drivers on their phones. I almost got ran down along with half a dozen other people while crossing the road on a green man a year ago. The driver had a red arrow. What happened next was a veritable honking of car horns at this woman who almost hospitalized a bunch of pedestrians due to the fact she was paying more attention to her phone than the road. Thank god we all spotted this moron flying through the intersection and managed to run out of the way.

So 'evolution in action' doesn't always cull the idiots from the pack. Sometimes it allows the idiots to cull the smart.


In short, modern smart phones are good, its just that some people need to be taught some etiquette in regards to using their phones.


PS. Sorry for the wall of text, I didn't mean for it to get this big.
  22:37:59  20 February 2015
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I did get a Samsung Gio, but only because it was (basically) for free - I rooted it immediately and tried to poke around with it to see what fun could be had, but... there's just too much hassle:

I didn't like the touch-screen thingie (refused to work when it was cold outside), didn't like the abundance of 'apps' and I didn't like the fact that it felt 'fragile', etc.

but most of all, I have a very hard time trusting any phone-device that's hundreds of times more powerful than my first computer (a Commodore 64)

call me an idiot, but I just never found a use for all the features and such that smart-phones have; I mean, sure - every once in a blue moon it can be a good thing to have internet access downtown, or similar - and I've gotten lost on several occasions and could certainly have had use for a map of sorts, but...

I'm using a Nokia 106.1 model right now

http://static.mvideo.ru/Pdb/30018845b.jpg

it's got buttons, it's got a color-screen: it can send/receive sms, it can make phone-calls... that's all I really need a phone to be able of doing

I only know one other person who has a similar model as mine, which suits both of us perfect, as we can still send silly pictures (the ones included in the Nokia models) to each-other... that and I've got a flashlight on it (for good measures), not to mention battery-life... and I can use it in any weather.. .and it doesn't break from falling out of my pocket... and it's dirt-cheap (I bought this latest model about 6 months ago for around 20€)
  13:04:20  21 February 2015
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Galaxy S5

After Nokia-era bought my first Samsung (S3) and then 4 and now 5, waiting for 6. I'm very satisfied with samsung, never ever problems.
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  03:56:08  22 February 2015
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Smart Phones ( today's hand held computers )

Roberos~

I was happy with my Samsung Galaxy S4 too but when the S5 came out
the changes/upgrades were so tiny it wasn't worth it. I was actually
relieved as I didn't feel compelled to spend the money. When my carrier
got bought out forcing me to replace my phone for a GSM network, my
carrier offered a GSM S4 for $429 and S5 for $589. I couldn't justify
spending that much for what I already had. As the S4 was from 2013
and the S5 was from 2014, they were old technology ( electronics get
outdated quickly ) that I couldn't see being an upgrade at that high cost.

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