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  • garagemark
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    My wife has an Android powered tablet (a Samsung something or other). It is much easier on the eyes that that tiny smart phone screen, but it doesn't make calls. And unless you will be using the tablet exclusively on wifi, you will still incur a monthly fee... and still need a phone of some sort with, yes, another monthly fee (unless you get a prepaid phone).

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  • interiorpainter
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    I am going to get an ip68 rated cheapo from aliexpress in the near furure.
    Why going for these slick mainstream designs when they are so fragile.
    120 dollar for a device with better specs than a 200 dollar samsung.

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  • Dan Dubeau
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    Another thing that might help sway your mind if all your friends and family have Iphones, is the group chat. It's handy. All my buddies except 1 other have iphones. When we're going on fishing trips or such, we tend to feel left out of the decision making process's because it's easier to hammer out details in group chat. Instead we'll get updates on what's happening, instead of being part of the "whole" conversation. I see both sides, as it WAS easier when I had an iphone to group chat things like that. Oh well. It's also just as nice, not to have to hash out every detail and just get told what to bring, and when to show up sometimes

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  • JRouche
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    Originally posted by Dan Dubeau View Post
    I've got a small spigen case on my S7. I like the premise of the otterbox, and agree, that it's a great way to protect your investment.
    I have the otterbox on my old droid mini. Very nice case they make. I would have got one for my new phone but they dont make it for that phone.

    I wanted something as nice as the otterbox so bought four diff. cases. Tudia, Spigen, Poetic and Lightning Knight (crazy names). I really like the LK. Its a two piece like the otterbox and it was only 20 bucks or so. JR

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  • Dan Dubeau
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    I switched to the iphone from my blackberry because the wife had one, and it seemed easy to use, and "top of the heap". I should have done more research and/or used it more. I'm not Apples target audience. I couldn't stand the interface, and the way apple forces you to do things apples way. I grew up on pc's and had never used an apple product in my life. It's different. I eventually found my way around, but the big thing with me was I tunes sync (it sucks, IMO), and the file system. Can't plug it into a pc, and drag and drop stuff like files, music, pictures (I think you could copy pictures from the phone somehow though, I can't remember exactly).

    But the (proprietary) charging port works both ways, so I guess that's a plus.....Wouldn't want to take half a second to spin it around so it fits properly....

    I did find the apple "keyboard" easier to type on though. I misspell words far more on the s7. One thing I don't like about either is the lack of a delete key. But that's personal preference in the way I edit messages.

    They all had plus's and minus. You're just going to have to put hands on some and try them out to find out YOUR preference.

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  • J Tiers
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    I mentioned that friends and family all have iphones. Sorry, assumed that would include wife, but never actually said that.

    But that does not mean I have to. Might in some ways be convenient, but in other ways might be better if we have different ones. They are a bit different, but should all do about the same stuff, maybe in different ways. There is some file sharing and picture stuff that is apparently different between them, but I am not even sure that is insurmountable.

    It's not an easy choice, I may go play around with the android tablet and see what I think, it should work similarly to an android phone other than making calls.

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  • danlb
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    Originally posted by J Tiers View Post
    When my wife got a smartphone, she got an Apple,

    SNIP

    She got an Apple because her friends all had them, so she had "local support".
    That's a bit of information that would have changed the advice posted so far. I always recommend that you evaluate what your spouse / family is using first for several reasons: 1) you can play with it in real life situations for a few weeks 2) you can ask the person next to you for help if you can't figure something out 3) you can help the person next to you when they you need to 4) so you can ask your wife to answer your phone when it rings.

    That last is not a joke. It's not always obvious what to do when a phone makes a strange sound and flashes pictures and words.

    When my wife considered going from flip to smart phone, I had her use my iphone for a week. She hated it. A year later her phone needed replacing so I had her try my new android phone. She liked it enough to make the jump.

    So try out the wife's for a while. It may do everything that you want.

    Dan

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  • Dan Dubeau
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    I've got a small spigen case on my S7. I like the premise of the otterbox, and agree, that it's a great way to protect your investment. But they just add that extra bit of bulk that I can't get past. It's not much, but it enough for me to risk it with something smaller. I wouldn't consider myself rough, but I've dropped my s7 probably 5-10 times now, off my desk, or out of my pockets and there's been no real damage aside from scratches.

    On the radio on the way home they were talking about the new iPhone and how much it costs to replace the front screen ~$250, and back screen~$500. That's bloody ridiculous. Apparently they don't handle small drops very well. My Iphone 5 was great at falling. I did crack the screen though when I came home to take a quick shower before going back out, and left it in my pants pocket right outside the tub. Stepped out of the shower, and instantly knew what that crunching sound was. Heel right through the screen. I put some packing tape on it, and it still works to this day. You can't see ****, but it works lol.

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  • ulav8r
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    Went to a smart phone last fall. Got a Galaxy Luna from Straight Talk. The phone works, the camera is nothing special, but a new phone was only $99 and it fits in a shirt pocket though equipped with a carry sleeve and tempered glass screen protector. Has survived one fall of about 3 feet onto concrete with only a small scratch to the edge of the screen protector. Android 6.0 operating system.

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  • Mike Amick
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    Originally posted by J Tiers View Post
    She got an Apple because her friends all had them, so she had "local support".
    Then show them your the rebel they think you are.

    Grab a Galaxy S7 ... The last year model androids go pretty cheap, and its a great phone

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  • J Tiers
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    Originally posted by Jim Stewart View Post
    ...

    When buying tech toys I usually buy last year's model and save 50% or so - the S7 can be had for $325 new and as low as $180 refurbished from lots of ebay vendors.

    ....
    When my wife got a smartphone, she got an Apple, IIRC it was a 4 or 5, which at the time was the prior model. Verizon sold it to her with the plan etc, cost of the phone a buck... $1..... You cannot beat that sort of deal, it is worth asking.

    The Otterbox case was way more expensive than the nominal $1 phone cost, which she got due to inaugurating the account and the fact ot was an old model. When she next upgraded, the NEW "last year's model" was a bit under half price... still not horrible.

    She got an Apple because her friends all had them, so she had "local support".
    Last edited by J Tiers; 11-07-2017, 06:45 PM.

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  • Jim Stewart
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    I'm ready for a new smartphone. My daughter has a Galaxy S7 - nice big screen. I like it.

    When buying tech toys I usually buy last year's model and save 50% or so - the S7 can be had for $325 new and as low as $180 refurbished from lots of ebay vendors.

    I'll drop in at a couple of the independent cell phone stores around here and see what they have. Small advantage of these guys is they can switch the phone over for me and I don't have to go to the Verizon store.

    -js

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  • garagemark
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    I have, and carry both an iPhone 6 and a Galaxy S7. I have both because my work decided on iPhones and I had previously decided on Samsung phones.

    I do a great many things on the iPhone because someone else is paying the bill. Most of my day to day texting or e-mailing runs off the iPhone.

    Personal mail or private things I don't need the company to have access to (no, I'm not a covert operative) are done with my Android phone.

    The gist is that either, or both phones are pretty intuitive. Both can do amazing things, both take great pictures, both are fast, and juggling between them is almost seamless.

    Your choice ultimately comes down to your wallet.

    And yes, I do HATE carrying two of the heavy things. I even carry a man purse on occasion. Jeesh.

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  • J Tiers
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    Originally posted by Dan Dubeau View Post
    Welcome.

    I held out for a long time. Not getting my first "smartphone" until 2010, when I was forced to switch carriers due to having no signal at our new house. Bell was, and still is, the only provider that has a signal in our house. Others can get a signal while outside, or walking out on the front lawn, but to actually sit at on the couch and make a call, it's bell or nobody. I've actually got my cellular internet through them as well. Anyway, long story short, I couldn't got back to a "dumb" flip phone again. If somebody were to make a "smart" flip phone with a full touch screen and slide out keyboard (luxury but not necessary) I'd go back to a "flip phone".
    The confounded smartphones ought to fold in the middle (it is perfectly feasible) so they are not so big, AND are better protected. They are so thin that even folded they are OK, kinda. Of course if you put an "Otterbox" on them, as any sensible person would, they get a good deal bulkier. Add the clip/front shield, and you may as well carry a purse.

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  • danlb
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    Congrats Ken. Let us know how it works out for you. My wife went for the Note8. The camera is Most Impressive (tm). It starts up in a split second, focuses as fast as you click the shutter and takes great pictures.

    Here's an example; In years past, I'd use a $500 Cannon to take pictures of the pumpkins my wife carves for Halloween. This year I used her phone. The first one required multiple shots and a tripod to get the right settings, focus and no blur from shaking. The second was taken in one shot, hand held.





    Dan

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