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Shellbot needs a phone

Shellbot
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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      Shellbot

      Well, on sunday I went for it.

      Its pretty and shiney. Now to just figure out how to use it

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      it's the "crow" mentality...it's pretty and shiny lol....of course, I can't say much, it's killing me waiting to get the new BB Q10

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      aidemzo_adanac

      Amazing ! There's a few bugs to sort out, as with any new OS, bu toverall, it's a complete trip and a joy to have. Nothing better than a canuck with a Berry, it's almost a given these days as fewer and fewer people will take a bite form the poison Apple. Oh no! They don't have 136 flashlight apps and 263 music apps, but I guess I'll have to make do. I haven't connected with my Playbook yet but it seems to do the same things itself anyway. I might even ditch the playbook as the Q10 is just so damn cool! RIM all the way!

      Hope you get yours soon, if you are a Berry fan, you;ll love it. All others have had slight improvments over the base models but not much, Q10 is insane fun though, and a business tool to boot!

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      HAL 9000 Moderator

      Enjoy Linux and stay away from Windows.

      Of course I hope you have a Great Data Plan as everything you do on the silly thing requires Data. I already give more than enough to my Phone Company so I refuse to give them any more that I absolutely have to and even then I'm complaining about how much money they steal from me.

      Col

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      Shellbot

      I'm on a plan so i got 2gb a month, but when i'm at home i just connect to my home internet so don't think usage will be an issue. i'm not going to be a heavy user

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      Shellbot

      I can't find the manual! gonna have to get one online and have a go over it :)

      I did find a help button though..

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      aidemzo_adanac

      I like the functionality and love the screens. The actual phone though, the key function of a smartPHONE is ridiculously sad though. It's to the point that I can tell a caller if they are using a Samsung phone simply because if the nearly inaudible quality of the call.

      Nokia, by FAR, leaps and bounds and huge jumps, has the best PHONE in any mobile device, they always have done. Durability is second to none also, bottom line Nokia makes an incredible phone, OS aside.

      HTC, I had phenomenal luck with, great phone quality, EXCELLENT screen and functionality (especially once you start using stylus input to write, print and draw on the screen, the translation to text of line art is absolutely bang on every time!)

      As for iPhone, Apple lovers will tell you nothing beats it, you can buy then download 10 gazillion useless apps, that all do the same thing. The screen is second rate, the input is limited. But if you want to be cool, for at least another year anyway, buy an iPhone.

      I love Android but Win Mobile, despite being beaten down by apple and Android fans, is actually an excellent OS. It is used widely by US government, Health, DoD etc due to security and reliability. Not too many marines using company issued iPhones or Android on an S3.

      If you want it for business use too, Windows and HTC or Nokia are a dead ringer, that's their market, which Apple tried haplessly to infiltrate for a decade and Android doesn't yet get consideration for.

      The largest enterprises in the world use Nokia and Motorola phones with Windows Mobile for a good reason, high security and reliability.

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      jck

      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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      Shellbot

      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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      jck

      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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      CharlieSpencer

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

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      jck

      Video teleconferencing.

      QED

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      CharlieSpencer

      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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      jck

      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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      Shellbot

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

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      Shellbot

      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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      CharlieSpencer

      that some people pay for incoming calls.

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      AnsuGisalas

      Especially with international calls, free beats roaming

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      Shellbot

      but sometimes I'm out and about, or don't have time to sit at my laptop and talk to her, so it would be nice if we would chit chat on our actual phones through skype, or viber, or whatever other free calling services there are.

      There's no roaming charges, I live in Dublin, she lives in canada :)

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      AnsuGisalas

      I am going to be working while my family is abroad for holidays (she gets to deal with my mom by herself :^0 ), so I will be setting up skype on my old Nokia C6.00, so she can get a hold of me when I am at work, without racking up those roaming bills.

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      aidemzo_adanac

      S4 and all other Samsung phones are fantastic for home users fun, BUT....if you want an actual phone that sounds normal, run screaming. I have yet to hear a worse quality PHONE than Samsung.

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      aidemzo_adanac

      I agree with all your comments but have to say that Windows Mobile, while you feel it is a toy, is actually the most widely used OS for large demanding Enterprise applications worldwide. All the high end mobiles, not retail/consumer toys, are using Windows Mobile and always have. They went from Palm OS to Win Mobile and haven't looked back. Reliability, office functionality/compatibility and security are simply unbeatable. Other devices have been looked at but never seriously considered for real enterprise use.

      So when you say child's toy, rather than a technical device, it simply couldn't be farther from the truth. Sure smaller corporations and businesses may have IT guys spouting the virtues of Android and iOS, but what do they know anyway, besides what they think is the best on the street. I also proved quite recently that the IT guys aren't even aware of the high end Enterprise market anyway (as far as what devices are even available, outside of the BestBuy/FutureShop consumer junk), so they have no idea what's actually popular and commonly used for such needs.

      Other than just the one comment, I agree with you.

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      jck

      I would have to beg to differ...when it comes to "Windows Phone"...dunno about "Windows Mobile".

      Time Magazine, ZDNet, et al, have said in published articles (over the past two years...and as recently as April 2013) that the predominant mobile OS used on devices in the mid-to-large enterprise is iOS. Second place goes to Android.

      As for it being a toy, the feel and look of it is more like the modern version of a toy called "See n Say". Besides, why would I want big squares and only see about 8 of them on my limited-sized mobile screen when (with my Android phone) I get 16 icons that I can choose from on the screen? It seems like a terribly inefficient interface...i.e.- poorly planned design.

      More power to people who want it, but everything I've seen of it is inferior to my Android 4.0 device that I paid $99 for and have no contract.

      I'll stick with a generation back that works better. The masses who want to be cool or trendy can go **** their money on whatever Windows Phone is sold on nowadays.

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      AnsuGisalas

      Heck, I've seen long-term apple fanbois switch sides in the last year, so something's definitely going on.
      Of course, that could be because of Ingress
      The things I hear about Android are very geek-friendly, like Tasker, an app that can manage some very impressive home automation.
      WinP8 is being lauded by some as "not as bad as you think", which is of course the usual, when MS swings a non-turkey product. The app selection is weak, though, or so I hear.

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      jck

      a) is cheaper than Apple
      b) is more time-tested than Windows Phone
      c) doesn't require you buy your apps through their proprietary store

      Win-win if you ask me. But evidently, I don't know about anything...

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      Shellbot

      I've been in the MS camp for so long I've gone native :)

      Might just have to make that break..

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      jck

      But, you will find Android as friendly to use. To be honest, I found learning to get around in Android easier than getting around in Win 8.

      Plus like I said...if you're looking to save money, you can get a good Android phone with nice features cheap. And, your phone selection is more varied. More likely to find what you like at a price that's reasonable.

      I've been in MS stuff since 1985, and using Windows since 3.1. Getting used to Android was easy. No need to be scared of it.

      As long as it will let you do what you want, I say go for what is best for the money. Knowing the products out there, that will most likely be some kind of Android smartphone.

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      AnsuGisalas

      No offense (taken or intended), and sorry if this is an impertinent question, but did I say something to offend you? I sort of infer it from that line I just quoted.
      I've been getting a lot of people upset lately, when I wasn't particularly trying to, so I just thought I'd better ask.

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      jck

      Someone else started posting as though I was uneducated.

      Sorry for the confusion.

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      CharlieSpencer

      can I at least second the opinion?

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      Shellbot

      The thing is over here, people buy "hype" not functionality. So when people here say to me "android is great, there's an app for everything to manage your life" I kinda cringe and think "oh god, do I want Google managing my life?" :)

      I didn't actually research the windows apps available .. must go do that

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      AnsuGisalas

      Ya gotta study them first, know how they work... but it can be revealing.

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      aidemzo_adanac

      The most commonly used Enterprise OS for mobility. Though not this years release, it is still the most widely used and trusted mobile OS for demanding business needs. You'll find that when you get into high end mobility, they are at least 3-4 years behind with the OS, as it requires many years of post development before it is reliable enough to use in those applications.

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      TheChas

      I'll be upfront. I'm very cheap when it comes to cellphone service and use TracFone to keep my bill under $7 (US) per month. No smartphone options from them, so I use just a feature phone.

      I do have have a wi-fi only Samsung Galaxy tab that I am fairly pleased with.
      Only problem I have with the Tab is the limited amount of memory for installed applications. Having only 4GB available makes it a bit difficult when an application wants to store all of it's files in the same folder.
      You can only use the external SD card for data. Much of which you have to move manually.

      My sister and her husband are very happy with the Galaxy III (?) phones that they got last Christmas.

      Just make sure that the first application you install is your preferred anti-virus software.

      Chas

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      HAL 9000 Moderator

      But just a thought here Shelly did you consider buying a new battery rather than a new phone?

      After all the idea of a Mobile Phone is having the ability to speak to people over the Phone System without a need for a cord to the handset. With Smart Phones less than 10% of their use is to make Phone Calls or Text. They are hardly a Mobile Phone and much more a Underpowered Computer that is useless if it was to be compared to the NB that most carry. But because they call them Mobile Smart Phones they are acceptable and after all you can play Angry Birds on them so they must be GREAT.

      Though why you would exactly want to make a Bunch of Birds Angry is way beyond my limited understanding and whenever it's mentioned it causes images of Hitchcock's The Birds to appear in my mind.

      Because I'm tight I have a Nokia 3510 I think as the covers are too hard to get off just to look but after replacing it's battery about a year ago it's continuing to do what I require, allows people to call me when I'm out and about. I actually don't want a Hand Held Mobile Computer which is underpowered so I just stick with what I need and don't encourage Wildlife to Attack Me.

      Col

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      Yup

      Shellbot

      I did consider buying a new battery, but I suspect the phone would only have a short life anyways as its been acting crazy for a while.

      I just figured its time to enter the smart phone game. There is some handy things ya can do with it...

      I took the plunge on sunday, just trying to figure out how to use it now!

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      Shellbot

      Well, on sunday I went for it.

      Its pretty and shiney. Now to just figure out how to use it

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      it's the "crow" mentality...it's pretty and shiny lol....of course, I can't say much, it's killing me waiting to get the new BB Q10

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      aidemzo_adanac

      Amazing ! There's a few bugs to sort out, as with any new OS, bu toverall, it's a complete trip and a joy to have. Nothing better than a canuck with a Berry, it's almost a given these days as fewer and fewer people will take a bite form the poison Apple. Oh no! They don't have 136 flashlight apps and 263 music apps, but I guess I'll have to make do. I haven't connected with my Playbook yet but it seems to do the same things itself anyway. I might even ditch the playbook as the Q10 is just so damn cool! RIM all the way!

      Hope you get yours soon, if you are a Berry fan, you;ll love it. All others have had slight improvments over the base models but not much, Q10 is insane fun though, and a business tool to boot!

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      HAL 9000 Moderator

      Enjoy Linux and stay away from Windows.

      Of course I hope you have a Great Data Plan as everything you do on the silly thing requires Data. I already give more than enough to my Phone Company so I refuse to give them any more that I absolutely have to and even then I'm complaining about how much money they steal from me.

      Col

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      Shellbot

      I'm on a plan so i got 2gb a month, but when i'm at home i just connect to my home internet so don't think usage will be an issue. i'm not going to be a heavy user

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      Shellbot

      I can't find the manual! gonna have to get one online and have a go over it :)

      I did find a help button though..

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      aidemzo_adanac

      I like the functionality and love the screens. The actual phone though, the key function of a smartPHONE is ridiculously sad though. It's to the point that I can tell a caller if they are using a Samsung phone simply because if the nearly inaudible quality of the call.

      Nokia, by FAR, leaps and bounds and huge jumps, has the best PHONE in any mobile device, they always have done. Durability is second to none also, bottom line Nokia makes an incredible phone, OS aside.

      HTC, I had phenomenal luck with, great phone quality, EXCELLENT screen and functionality (especially once you start using stylus input to write, print and draw on the screen, the translation to text of line art is absolutely bang on every time!)

      As for iPhone, Apple lovers will tell you nothing beats it, you can buy then download 10 gazillion useless apps, that all do the same thing. The screen is second rate, the input is limited. But if you want to be cool, for at least another year anyway, buy an iPhone.

      I love Android but Win Mobile, despite being beaten down by apple and Android fans, is actually an excellent OS. It is used widely by US government, Health, DoD etc due to security and reliability. Not too many marines using company issued iPhones or Android on an S3.

      If you want it for business use too, Windows and HTC or Nokia are a dead ringer, that's their market, which Apple tried haplessly to infiltrate for a decade and Android doesn't yet get consideration for.

      The largest enterprises in the world use Nokia and Motorola phones with Windows Mobile for a good reason, high security and reliability.

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      jck

      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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      Shellbot

      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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      jck

      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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      CharlieSpencer

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

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      jck

      Video teleconferencing.

      QED

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      CharlieSpencer

      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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      jck

      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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      Shellbot

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

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      Shellbot

      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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      CharlieSpencer

      that some people pay for incoming calls.

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      AnsuGisalas

      Especially with international calls, free beats roaming

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      Shellbot

      but sometimes I'm out and about, or don't have time to sit at my laptop and talk to her, so it would be nice if we would chit chat on our actual phones through skype, or viber, or whatever other free calling services there are.

      There's no roaming charges, I live in Dublin, she lives in canada :)

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      AnsuGisalas

      I am going to be working while my family is abroad for holidays (she gets to deal with my mom by herself :^0 ), so I will be setting up skype on my old Nokia C6.00, so she can get a hold of me when I am at work, without racking up those roaming bills.

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      aidemzo_adanac

      S4 and all other Samsung phones are fantastic for home users fun, BUT....if you want an actual phone that sounds normal, run screaming. I have yet to hear a worse quality PHONE than Samsung.

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      aidemzo_adanac

      I agree with all your comments but have to say that Windows Mobile, while you feel it is a toy, is actually the most widely used OS for large demanding Enterprise applications worldwide. All the high end mobiles, not retail/consumer toys, are using Windows Mobile and always have. They went from Palm OS to Win Mobile and haven't looked back. Reliability, office functionality/compatibility and security are simply unbeatable. Other devices have been looked at but never seriously considered for real enterprise use.

      So when you say child's toy, rather than a technical device, it simply couldn't be farther from the truth. Sure smaller corporations and businesses may have IT guys spouting the virtues of Android and iOS, but what do they know anyway, besides what they think is the best on the street. I also proved quite recently that the IT guys aren't even aware of the high end Enterprise market anyway (as far as what devices are even available, outside of the BestBuy/FutureShop consumer junk), so they have no idea what's actually popular and commonly used for such needs.

      Other than just the one comment, I agree with you.

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      jck

      I would have to beg to differ...when it comes to "Windows Phone"...dunno about "Windows Mobile".

      Time Magazine, ZDNet, et al, have said in published articles (over the past two years...and as recently as April 2013) that the predominant mobile OS used on devices in the mid-to-large enterprise is iOS. Second place goes to Android.

      As for it being a toy, the feel and look of it is more like the modern version of a toy called "See n Say". Besides, why would I want big squares and only see about 8 of them on my limited-sized mobile screen when (with my Android phone) I get 16 icons that I can choose from on the screen? It seems like a terribly inefficient interface...i.e.- poorly planned design.

      More power to people who want it, but everything I've seen of it is inferior to my Android 4.0 device that I paid $99 for and have no contract.

      I'll stick with a generation back that works better. The masses who want to be cool or trendy can go **** their money on whatever Windows Phone is sold on nowadays.

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      AnsuGisalas

      Heck, I've seen long-term apple fanbois switch sides in the last year, so something's definitely going on.
      Of course, that could be because of Ingress
      The things I hear about Android are very geek-friendly, like Tasker, an app that can manage some very impressive home automation.
      WinP8 is being lauded by some as "not as bad as you think", which is of course the usual, when MS swings a non-turkey product. The app selection is weak, though, or so I hear.

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      jck

      a) is cheaper than Apple
      b) is more time-tested than Windows Phone
      c) doesn't require you buy your apps through their proprietary store

      Win-win if you ask me. But evidently, I don't know about anything...

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      Shellbot

      I've been in the MS camp for so long I've gone native :)

      Might just have to make that break..

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      jck

      But, you will find Android as friendly to use. To be honest, I found learning to get around in Android easier than getting around in Win 8.

      Plus like I said...if you're looking to save money, you can get a good Android phone with nice features cheap. And, your phone selection is more varied. More likely to find what you like at a price that's reasonable.

      I've been in MS stuff since 1985, and using Windows since 3.1. Getting used to Android was easy. No need to be scared of it.

      As long as it will let you do what you want, I say go for what is best for the money. Knowing the products out there, that will most likely be some kind of Android smartphone.

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      AnsuGisalas

      No offense (taken or intended), and sorry if this is an impertinent question, but did I say something to offend you? I sort of infer it from that line I just quoted.
      I've been getting a lot of people upset lately, when I wasn't particularly trying to, so I just thought I'd better ask.

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      jck

      Someone else started posting as though I was uneducated.

      Sorry for the confusion.

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      CharlieSpencer

      can I at least second the opinion?

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      Shellbot

      The thing is over here, people buy "hype" not functionality. So when people here say to me "android is great, there's an app for everything to manage your life" I kinda cringe and think "oh god, do I want Google managing my life?" :)

      I didn't actually research the windows apps available .. must go do that

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      AnsuGisalas

      Ya gotta study them first, know how they work... but it can be revealing.

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      aidemzo_adanac

      The most commonly used Enterprise OS for mobility. Though not this years release, it is still the most widely used and trusted mobile OS for demanding business needs. You'll find that when you get into high end mobility, they are at least 3-4 years behind with the OS, as it requires many years of post development before it is reliable enough to use in those applications.

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      TheChas

      I'll be upfront. I'm very cheap when it comes to cellphone service and use TracFone to keep my bill under $7 (US) per month. No smartphone options from them, so I use just a feature phone.

      I do have have a wi-fi only Samsung Galaxy tab that I am fairly pleased with.
      Only problem I have with the Tab is the limited amount of memory for installed applications. Having only 4GB available makes it a bit difficult when an application wants to store all of it's files in the same folder.
      You can only use the external SD card for data. Much of which you have to move manually.

      My sister and her husband are very happy with the Galaxy III (?) phones that they got last Christmas.

      Just make sure that the first application you install is your preferred anti-virus software.

      Chas

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      HAL 9000 Moderator

      But just a thought here Shelly did you consider buying a new battery rather than a new phone?

      After all the idea of a Mobile Phone is having the ability to speak to people over the Phone System without a need for a cord to the handset. With Smart Phones less than 10% of their use is to make Phone Calls or Text. They are hardly a Mobile Phone and much more a Underpowered Computer that is useless if it was to be compared to the NB that most carry. But because they call them Mobile Smart Phones they are acceptable and after all you can play Angry Birds on them so they must be GREAT.

      Though why you would exactly want to make a Bunch of Birds Angry is way beyond my limited understanding and whenever it's mentioned it causes images of Hitchcock's The Birds to appear in my mind.

      Because I'm tight I have a Nokia 3510 I think as the covers are too hard to get off just to look but after replacing it's battery about a year ago it's continuing to do what I require, allows people to call me when I'm out and about. I actually don't want a Hand Held Mobile Computer which is underpowered so I just stick with what I need and don't encourage Wildlife to Attack Me.

      Col

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      Shellbot

      I did consider buying a new battery, but I suspect the phone would only have a short life anyways as its been acting crazy for a while.

      I just figured its time to enter the smart phone game. There is some handy things ya can do with it...

      I took the plunge on sunday, just trying to figure out how to use it now!