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    Smartphones!

    I've been a die hard iPhone user since the first one, and have had every one until the 5a. A couple weeks ago I dropped my phone into the Sacramento river, and my friend was coming up from San Fransisco to meet me here in the the capital so I told him to pick me up a new one on his way up. Anyway, the store didn't have any so not knowing what to do he got me an LG Escape 2 instead. At first I was like *** mate I don't want any of this android crap.... But now I'm hooked. I can't believe I've let Apple deceive me all this time, I thought android was cluttered and slow, but I'm quite impressed, and the app support is amazing.

    Anyway, this LG isn't bad but now I'm considering getting a Galaxy s6 Edge or a Note 4... Any thoughts?
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    Go big, yo! Note 4!

    I have an iPhone 6+

    About the same size..
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    Yeah if I go back to Apple it would be a 6+, as long as it fits in my pocket I want it to be as big as possible.
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    EW! Mainstreams! I have a Nokia Lumia 920 running Windows 8.1 and it is amazing. I have the whole Microsoft Office on it, access to my OneDrive, and some other cool stuff, lol. I can also get free money for apps by getting a Bing miner and redeeming my points for credit on the Windows App store.

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    G4 ftw
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    I've got the Galaxy Note 4 and love it. The stylis is quite handy, the screen is great, takes amazing pictures, and is just a great phone. I can do everything with it.
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    I don't get smartphones. What apps are you all running. I have a Samsung S3, obviously I don't keep up with the latest, but unless one is a gadget guy, I don't get the buzz about smartphones. I am only happy on my 17" laptop.
    I tell people - see the size of the smartphone? See the size of my laptop screen? that is about the ratio of productivity.
    Weasling thru app screens is just not for me, and I think all the carriers/manufacturers are putting one over on us.
    Checking email is so clunky, I don't have time to fiddle.
    Just my 2c as I happened upon this discussion.

    PS I am a past electronics designer, so it isn't a capabilities thing - I just think all the hullabaloo about smartphones is hype.
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    I didn't get a smartphone until late last year, so I am a slow mover in this regard.. but got to admit that smartphone is convenient.. check e-mail, chat, Facebook, taking picture, GPS (Google Map), internet, etc. with you all the time.. It is mostly for fun for me, not for work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrightGarden View Post
    I don't get smartphones. What apps are you all running. I have a Samsung S3, obviously I don't keep up with the latest, but unless one is a gadget guy, I don't get the buzz about smartphones. I am only happy on my 17" laptop.
    I tell people - see the size of the smartphone? See the size of my laptop screen? that is about the ratio of productivity.
    Weasling thru app screens is just not for me, and I think all the carriers/manufacturers are putting one over on us.
    Checking email is so clunky, I don't have time to fiddle.
    Just my 2c as I happened upon this discussion.

    PS I am a past electronics designer, so it isn't a capabilities thing - I just think all the hullabaloo about smartphones is hype.
    This is so very true.

    I get that they are convenient for when you're away from your computer, but I don't understand how people can use them as a primary device, and I can't stand people who get annoyed when you try and talk to them while they have their face buried in their phone, it's like "hello, I'm in the real world over here trying to interact with you in real time". I also get the whole comparing different models and stuff like that, but it also gets taken too far most of the time.

    Smartphones are a handy gadget to have, I just wish people weren't so consumed by them sometimes. I'm sure my grandparents probably said the same thing when TVs became common place.

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    Been through all the recent flagships, still prefer my Z2, will probably buy a Z3. Only Sony phones for me from now on. For me a smartphone is primarily a communication device of course, but second it's a camera, and Sony have the best cameras (in terms of features if not always in terms of sensors and lenses, eg 720p 120fps, excellent burst modes, the list goes on), the bundled software with Sony phones is mostly outstanding (Walkman, Movies (the native video player) and the Gallery are all excellent). Of course some of it is not needed, but very little of it is intrusive or childish (Samsung), the interface is slick, modern, not emotionless (LG) and most of all the thing is beautiful to look at. It's a black monolith, all glass and alloy, it represents me perfectly. I charge it on average eery 2 days and the Z3 battery is supposed to be even better. The fact that it natively supports a Dual Shock 3 wireless controller and is waterproof are both just icing on the best smartphone cake in the biz. It's a look and feel thing, how it makes you feel when you use it...no other manufacturer made me love their phone. My 2c.

    P.S. Best power/standby button in the biz too, a feature all on its own, you'll see what I mean when you use one.

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    I use:

    Desktop computer for photoediting, document typing, video editing etc

    iPad for emails, forums, skype, texting other iPhones

    iPhone for calls, texting and taking pics, weather app and the odd Googling on the go.



    It's a generation thing.
    Younger people have grown up with portable devices and have no need for a desk/laptop computer.
    They are happy with basic apps and the limitations of them as compared to "full" versions.
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    Well here's an interesting twist. The LG of mine just died. Dead. the only phone I've ever had that just died without any physical trauma. I don't blame LG, I'm sure its a fluke. AT&T replaced it no hassle, but now I'm definitely going to get something else. Probably a Galaxy S6 Edge, I like it. Overall I gotta say I'm an Android convert though.
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    Overall it's the app store and google play thing I think. The payment system is so easy. I can pay with a card, with paypal, or even just have something thrown on my phone bill. It's much more capitalistic feeling than Apple's soviet style control over everything.

    I still get irritated with some of the "clutter" and windows style bogging down that happens, but the more I learn about the system it's easy to avoid those things.
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    I've gone back and forth and back and forth over the years. Currently Android because it was a better deal. I like it. They all do more things than I can ever bother with. What really matters to me is service. If I cant connect to the interwebz the freaking phone I have is pointless.
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    Whatever you do, don't get a Motorola. I bought one YEARS ago... I've been riding the free warranty replacement wave for years now... from Droid 1 to what they have me on now, which is the Droid Maxx. I must have gone through over 12 of them altogether. While they may be strong phones, the updates from Google are the amongst the worst in the industry (thank you motorola)


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