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08-29-11, 4:56 AM

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Katoryn said:
Considering how much the top of the line Android phones do, the battery life is amazing.
It's stupid to expect a two day battery life with a phone that does basically everything besides scratch your ass.

Agree with this 100%. I don't really have anything to complain about the battery life.. Sure it could use some improvement, but it's fine the way it is. I mean, is it really that hard to charge it before going to bed? Mine just takes a few hours to charge and it's all set.


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09-19-11, 1:42 PM

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I agree with the above comments about the android battery life.

I will say as much as I hate admitting it, I find my smartphone to be essential in my life.

Things I absolutely need my phone for:
Alarm
Gmail (Job requires us to be attentive to it)
Google Maps (I use public transportation so it's nice to have alternative routes on the fly)
To Do Lists & Calendar (I can't to save my life remember dates and tasks, I used to carry a small notepad before so I guess this isn't necessary but my notepad never "reminded" me of things haha.)

Internet browsing, social networks, games, and entertainment are all perks for me.
 
09-19-11, 2:10 PM

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I've seen no reason to get a smartphone till this point since I always drag my laptop along and free wifi is available virtually everywhere.
For making calls and sending messages my 60€ Nokia is perfect. Not to mention the fact it looks sexier than any smartphone and has a battery that lasts me for a week.
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09-20-11, 12:44 AM

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indeed, I have a Nokia too, and don't even think about changing it for a smartphone... if it can't cook for me, why should I buy one? I already have a PC and a camera, so I don't really need all those functions
 
09-20-11, 1:04 AM

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FYI, I feel stupid not having a smartphone. XD

Having an iTouch isn't all that better either.
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09-20-11, 2:57 AM

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Smartphones----Do we really need their functions?

FIRST WORLD PROBLEM. FOCUS ON REAL PROBLEM
 
09-20-11, 3:54 AM

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It depends on the person, for me i don't own any phone, and i'm quite fine with it
My Parents do though, and i can see how much it helps them
 
08-10-12, 8:43 AM

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I recently bought a smartphone (mine is a HTC Vivid, it uses Android 4.0), and I found it useful a lot. I used it as a GPS navigator, I use it as PDA for notes and schedule, use it to track times around the world, use it t track weather, use it for both Facebook and Twitter, checking email. I love smartphones. I'm glad they exist.

Actually smartphones are excellent weapon against dictators and brutal regime, I believe smartphones are currently use in the Syrian civil war against the Assad regime. They are used to record video and taking pictures of Assad's atrocities and I believe smartphones have been used during the Arab Spring alongside social media (Facebook and Twitter).
 
08-10-12, 9:07 AM

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I get lost constantly so having a smartphone with a GPS is a lifesaver for me.
 
08-10-12, 9:45 AM

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mdo7 said:

Actually smartphones are excellent weapon against dictators and brutal regime, I believe smartphones are currently use in the Syrian civil war against the Assad regime. They are used to record video and taking pictures of Assad's atrocities and I believe smartphones have been used during the Arab Spring alongside social media (Facebook and Twitter).


yeah yeah yeah

consumerism ftw tho
i wonder how many smart phones people have burnt through in the last 6 years
me, 0. -same cell phone- all you need to do is call people anyway

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08-10-12, 2:49 PM

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consumerism ftw tho
i wonder how many smart phones people have burnt through in the last 6 years
me, 0. -same cell phone- all you need to do is call people anyway

Also need to remind African coltan traffic which caused many death (directly or indirectly) in DRC. And there's absolutely no way to exactly know which company buy it. Most probable answer is all of them.

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08-10-12, 2:54 PM

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Smartphones----Do we really need their functions?

FIRST WORLD PROBLEM. FOCUS ON REAL PROBLEM


Yeah! The real question should be, why don't we all have Tablets? People are suffering dammit.

I can see why people like smartphones but i still have like a 10 year old flip phone. It texts, it calls, i am good. I feel like i have so much technology already that if i have a smart phone its just going to make me a bit more lazy. That and when ever i am with friends and they are all sitting there checking their Facebook with their phones it irritates the hell out of me.

Its not all hate though, i can see why people have them and they are impressive pieces of tech but i don't need my phone to do everything so i am happy with my old flip =P
 
08-10-12, 2:55 PM

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Yes. I even get apps to extend the functionality. The only feature I don't use is the FM radio.

 
08-10-12, 3:03 PM

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yeah the genocide in the drc is pretty extreme-10-12 mil dead If i recall
some outrageous number and the conditions are horrid
tho if for consumerism no one really reports it
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08-10-12, 3:15 PM

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I find my smartphone very handy, I don't have a lot of apps on it but the ones I do have I use a lot. It also keeps me well organised, I've got loads of notes and important alerts saved on it. Mostly I love having all my forms of communication available on one device, its great being able to call, text, email and IM using the same thing. Could I live without it? Yes, but it does make things a lot easier for me.
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08-10-12, 3:18 PM

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need? no

convenient? yes
 
08-10-12, 3:24 PM

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08-10-12, 3:28 PM

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Katoryn said:
Considering how much the top of the line Android phones do, the battery life is amazing.
It's stupid to expect a two day battery life with a phone that does basically everything besides scratch your ass.
Agree with this 100%. I don't really have anything to complain about the battery life.. Sure it could use some improvement, but it's fine the way it is. I mean, is it really that hard to charge it before going to bed? Mine just takes a few hours to charge and it's all set.
Singe I changed mine to CyanogenMod 9, it lasts 2-3 days. It only gave me about 18 hours on Samsung's Android 4.0.3
So it really depends on how many power-wasting apps are bundled with the firmware.

 
08-10-12, 4:02 PM

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smartphones are great. thanks to my iphone, i now know what kind of cooking oil i should buy at the grocery store. back in 2006, i would not have access to that information on the spot. i think it's the subtle things like that that show ultimately how integral and important smartphones are to our everyday life.
 
08-10-12, 5:02 PM

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I have a blackberry. Absolutely loathe it. I'm only 18, so I don't need all of the "business functions" it apparently has. I use my BBM, phone call, txt, alarm clock & notepad. Done. I've had "dumb" phones that are more useful to me tbh. But that might be because my bb is utter shit. Freezes SO often n shit. Can't deal with it.

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08-10-12, 7:47 PM

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Monad said:
People say what they use from their phones but they always forget the one thing they use even more than the phone or message communication.
Looking at the god damn time!!! No one even wear a watch anymore. Watches are just accessories now instead of useful objects.

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Do you realize how much more smartphones are useful than regular cellphones?


For most people they aren't. And even many people who play with them all day and seem to use them is not because they really need them but because they are like little kids playing with the cool features or they feel like they have to find use for them since they pay them.


Most people just use computers to check email and fuck around on facebook, are computers useless too because of what the majority does with them?
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08-10-12, 8:07 PM

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Well there are some useful things, for example I use my android as a webcam because I don't have a real webcam. Then there are the time killing games.. but they're not really useful. I've got a japanese training app, that's useful to not forget everything during holidays.

I think there are some new functionalitys that are useful, but the hype around them is a bit too big. Most things can be done with a normal phone and a java application, too.

BUT, smartphones are great nerd toys! :D
 
08-10-12, 8:30 PM

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I just have a normal cell phone with a keyboard for texting, but I do get a taste of Android with my rooted Kindle Fire. It's a great interface, and Google Music is amazing, especially on vacations, which I just used it on. Other than that, I have two great manga apps that I use, and that's pretty much 80% of what I use it for. I certainly wouldn't need a smartphone though, as I usually have access to wifi and I hate traveling anyway.

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08-14-12, 3:10 PM

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I just upgraded to an Android, only because it would actually make my plan cheaper than staying at with the same type of phone (don't ask me why, but that's what they said.)

Some of the things on it are useful. GPS could be useful...someday. I downloaded a few free stories to the Amazon Kindle app, in case I end up stuck waiting somewhere with nothing to do. But I wish I could delete about 90% of the junk they put on there by default. I'm never going to play the golf or racing games, and I'm sure as hell never going to use the NFL thing that's on there. Most of them are demos that you have to pay to get the full version anyway. I don't need to check Fakebook.

I actually do miss my old flip phone; the only downside to that was using the phone pad to send text messages. But it was all I needed. And yes, I can get by without a phone at all. I can't remember when I ever used it when I was "out." But you never know when you might get into trouble somewhere, which is why I have it.
 
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I don't support the e-book market, but I certainly don't hate it. Yes, the e-book is taking attention away from the physical book market, but it's helping many authors get published. I hear stories all the time about people who go around trying to get published at lots of physical book publishers, and they're rejected time after time. They're not rejected because the book isn't good enough, but because the publishers don't want to publish books that are similar to ones they already published and they don't want them competing. Then the authors go to an e-book publishing company, like amazon e-books, and they quickly get published and start selling books. In fact, I was listening to a public radio station a few days ago and heard about a woman who instantly went from being unpublished to being a best seller. Her book was even pictured on an amazon advertisement she was spammed with. Unfortunately, I can't find the name of the woman at the moment. The station that plays my public radio features so many different contributors that I can't figure out where to search.


Was it 50 Shades of Grey?

There's a reason those books have gotten rejected. Now that everyone can self-publish, sites like Amazon are literally drowning in shit. Did a good book occasionally get turned down in the past once in a while? Sure. But at least we had a filter to save us from all this junk.
 
08-14-12, 4:06 PM

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If you're still in high school you don't need one, if you're in college having one could prove useful but your money would be better spent elsewhere and if you job requires frequent traveling then yes it is a useful tool. And no you never "need" it, it may be useful but it's far from being a necessity.
 
08-14-12, 4:22 PM

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Considering I've had this shitty Razr flip phone ever since it came out, IDGAF about smart phones or their features. I get along just fine without 'em.

My laptop on the other hand....
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08-14-12, 4:23 PM

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its good entertainment when i am on the train or bus feeling bored. however i feel that smart phones are way overpriced.
 
08-14-12, 7:30 PM

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This thread is full of people too poor to afford a smartphone talking them down like they're a pointless technology.
 
08-15-12, 5:24 AM

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This thread is full of people too poor to afford a smartphone talking them down like they're a pointless technology.

Indeed.


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08-15-12, 6:17 AM

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I don't like smartphones generally because of the weak battery, unhandy touch-screen and price.

My computer is all I need.
 
08-15-12, 6:45 AM

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Bernd said:
weak battery

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price.


Oh god, spend a little more and you'll get something that lasts a week.

Batteries still suck but not so much on high end phones.
 
08-15-12, 8:52 AM

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Bernd said:
I don't like smartphones generally because of the weak battery, unhandy touch-screen and price.


Yeah, the touch screen is not very good. I've accidentally called people a couple times already, and the on screen keyboard is completely useless. Having to charge the battery every few days is ridiculous, too, but I guess I'll get used to it.
 
08-15-12, 9:26 AM

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Honestly I only really use a chat client on mine besides the regular texting and calling. There is the camera on my phone as well, but it's not the best quality so I prefer to use my SLR.

I also have an iPod touch that I use constantly for watching anime or reading manga, so I would say that those features are important to me but I'm sure I could live without them. I wouldn't say it's something I NEED but definitely something I enjoy using.
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08-15-12, 11:36 AM

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Bernd said:
weak battery

Bernd said:

price.


Oh god, spend a little more and you'll get something that lasts a week.

Batteries still suck but not so much on high end phones.

Meh... It would be just a waste of money for me. I use my phone only to receive occasional incoming calls.
I'm completely satisfied with my LG GX200, I don't have to charge it for months. Seriously.
 
08-15-12, 1:33 PM

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If you're still in high school you don't need one, if you're in college having one could prove useful but your money would be better spent elsewhere and if you job requires frequent traveling then yes it is a useful tool. And no you never "need" it, it may be useful but it's far from being a necessity.


Just like like every piece of technology. No technology is necessary, technology is just convenience.
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08-15-12, 1:49 PM

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Its always useful to have the internet with you when youre not at home
for entertainment and for other things like getting directions and stuff.
Id never buy anything off my phone though, like... with an ebay app...

I wish I didnt have a blackberry right now since the browser is actually a piece of garbage and not an app

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08-15-12, 2:10 PM

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Don't like cell phones in general.

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Leave mine at home most the time, I don't need to be reached 24/7 and the only reason I have one at all is because we got rid of our land-line.

Only use for the smartphones is when the power goes out and I need to check the news or something, People get onto me for not bringing it in the car when it could possibly break down and I'd have to call Triple A.
 
08-15-12, 2:50 PM

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But I wish I could delete about 90% of the junk they put on there by default. I'm never going to play the golf or racing games, and I'm sure as hell never going to use the NFL thing that's on there. Most of them are demos that you have to pay to get the full version anyway. I don't need to check Fakebook.
Root your phone and you can eliminate that junk easily. It could be a headache depending on the manufacturer but the number one benefit of having an Android device is the amazing developer community. Look towards the xda-developers forum and rootzwiki if you're interested.

At the very least, I know my phone will save me in case this ever happens:

And more seriously, stuff like this:
 
08-16-12, 5:25 PM

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A lot of things are pretty useless on smartphones, but I do use things like GPS, alarm clock, calender, internet, and the iPod for music. I could definitely live without it, but it makes things a lot easier.
 
08-18-12, 9:56 AM

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I got a smartphone (not Ipod or android) only to text and that's it.
 
08-18-12, 10:00 AM

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I got a smartphone (not Ipod or android) only to text and that's it.
You have a smartphone with either Windows Phone 7.5 or a propriety OS like MeeGo?

Disgusting.
 
08-18-12, 10:08 AM

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Onibokusu said:
GoldenBRS said:
I got a smartphone (not Ipod or android) only to text and that's it.
You have a smartphone with either Windows Phone 7.5 or a propriety OS like MeeGo?

Disgusting.

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08-18-12, 10:11 AM

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GoldenBRS said:
Onibokusu said:
GoldenBRS said:
I got a smartphone (not Ipod or android) only to text and that's it.
You have a smartphone with either Windows Phone 7.5 or a propriety OS like MeeGo?

Disgusting.

No a Huawel phone
Most Huawei mobiles run Android.
 
08-18-12, 10:15 AM

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I have an Android. Do I need any of the functions? No. Do I like them? Yes. Yes I do.
 
08-18-12, 12:28 PM

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we don't need almost any of the technology that we have available to us today, its not a question of need though its a question of want. We don't need but rather want things that make our life easier and are convenient (for instance a smartphone).
 
08-18-12, 1:46 PM

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You may think i live in the stoneage but....
I really think that cellphones are for talking only :/
For all the other functions i have a pc and a camera :P
So if by any chance i get hy hands on a smartphone i would feel
like having to deal with a nuclear device or something xD
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08-18-12, 1:58 PM

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I have a smartphone.

I can carry as many dictionary in it as I want
Use gmail and internet anywhere I want
Read light novels and watch videos anywhere I want
Use GPS whenever I need it
Use torrent anywhere I want
I can personalize the screen to any extend
Edit pictures and everything

I love my Android.
 
08-19-12, 10:53 AM

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paprikawolf said:
But I wish I could delete about 90% of the junk they put on there by default. I'm never going to play the golf or racing games, and I'm sure as hell never going to use the NFL thing that's on there. Most of them are demos that you have to pay to get the full version anyway. I don't need to check Fakebook.
Root your phone and you can eliminate that junk easily. It could be a headache depending on the manufacturer but the number one benefit of having an Android device is the amazing developer community. Look towards the xda-developers forum and rootzwiki if you're interested.


I've read about that, but I'm not really confident enough to feel I can do it without messing everything up.
 
08-21-12, 3:29 PM

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nope, i have htc evo 3d, never take pics in 3d, and i also never answer my phone, never use apps, pays $500 for bill
 
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