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Shellbot needs a phone

By Shellbot ·
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Right so, my little Nokia C3 is starting to wind down. I'm going to need a new phone soon. * sigh *
The time has come, I should probably get a smart phone. I've held out for years.
I'm no apple fan, so doubt I'd go for an iPhone. Ideally I'd like a windows phone, but the only ones that are available here are 2 HTC's and some Nokia's that I don't like.

Which brings me to Android. All the pretty phones are Android. The new Samsung, is shiny, and sparkly, and pretty, and did I say shiny? But its Android. Not only is it shiny, but we just bought the new Samsung 8 Series Smart TV (holy cow its a 55" beast boys and girls..this thing sings, dances, makes tea..) and it would connect to the phone if I got it..

Sadly, despite years of being cool (I'm cool right?) and up to date with the tech, I've gotten left behind. I'm looking to you, my most trusted techy allies for advice.

Whats your thoughts?

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by jck In reply to Shellbot needs a phone

First of all...hi there :)

I have Virgin Mobile here in the states. I got a Kyocera Rise. It's Android 4.0 and is enough to give me what I want (Google Play, Google Talk, YM, Firefox, etc.) and has a slide QWERTY keyboard. Never could deal with a touchscreen keyboard. I need tactile points.

If you're willing to dump a lot of money into a phone, I heard that new S4 from Samsung is nice. I've not used it, but most things I've read say it's the phone that is turning the mobile phone battle with Apple around somewhat.

Just depends on what you really want. I would never go with iPhone, because I won't drop all the money into it that is required (either upfront or with a 2-year overpriced contract). And, I won't go with a Windows Phone simply because it offers me nothing I need and the look and feel of getting around just seems like a child's toy rather than a technical device.

But, that's just me.

So, what qualities are most important?

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by Shellbot In reply to Well...

Hows things going?? Been ages :)

Well, I suppose its a combo of price and functionality (and some shiny).
Unless I order from overseas, my options are limited for phones. For whatever reasons, the providers here only sell a few brands/models. I'd order from abroad, but if there's problems and such, I just don't want the hassle of dealing with it. I want to be able to walk into my provider, dump it on the counter and say fix it now

I currently am in a contract, but its term has expired, so they are of course offering me an upgrade to get me to sign on again. The contract I'd be taking would be 40 euros a month (500mb data, free calls/texts to vodafone numbers, 100 min intn'l calls, 100 intn'l texts - and i can purchase reduced rate add ons for intn'l calls & texts) it suits me fine. If i sign up to that plan, i can get the new Samsung S4 for 100 euros, which I think is reasonable. I can get a host of others for 50 or even free.

Your thoughts on windows is interesting. The few phones available here that do have it, look and feel cheap and plastic-y. The interface didn't impress a whole lot, but I guess I'm so used to MS that I was thinking it would integrate with the IT side of my life. Maybe I'm just putting too much thought into it??

The first 2 things I would do with it is download app for checking my bus times, and skype to talk to my daughter with. :)

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Hmm...good question

by jck In reply to Well,

Not sure about the phones available there. But from the sounds of it, I'd say get Android. There's probably a LOT more Android choices, since Microsoft is "partnering" with specific phone makers. And, Android phones are a lot more reasonably priced than Apple.

As for the IT side, not sure what Android can't connect you to...unless it's like Office 365 or something. Would have to know exactly what the IT needs are to be able to say.

As for the bus app, I dunno. And as for Skype under Android, you can get it.

But, Android is the best cost alternative for a good phone that's pretty stable and gives you a well-rounded stable of applications.

And yeah, it's been too long. I'll tell you about the trials of the last few years. Been through a lot. But, I keep going despite it all.

Dunno if it's cause I'm tough, or just too stupid to quit. X-D

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Knowing even less on this subject than you claim,

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Well,

Why would you need Skype on a phone? It's a phone, right?

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Idea #1

by jck In reply to Knowing even less on this ...

Video teleconferencing.


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Maybe it's just me,

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Idea #1

but am I the only one who doesn't see the advantage of video conferencing if all that is being displayed is faces? Especially on a 3" phone screen?

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by jck In reply to Maybe it's just me,

Sometimes that 3" screen is enough when you've been away from home longer than you wanted, and you want to see the one(s) you love.

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My grandson

by Shellbot In reply to Depends

Is still small, he fits into the 3" screen just nicely!!!!

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a very good reason!

by Shellbot In reply to Knowing even less on this ...

So I can talk to my daughter for free :)
She doesn't have a house phone, only a cell, and the package she's on, she pays for incoming calls.
So if I call her, she pays for talking to me. Would be much easier if we could just connect with the phones using skype. Sometimes ya just want to have a 1 minute phone call, so logging into the laptop and sitting at the table isn't always ideal.

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In my inexperience, I keep forgetting

by CharlieSpencer In reply to a very good reason!

that some people pay for incoming calls.

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