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Title: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: MrTorso on September 07, 2014, 06:00:38 PM
I am tired of my iPhone and Apple shenanigans in general.  I want a new phone and I am looking elsewhere.  I use my phone for web browsing, e-mail, texting, occasional phone calls. I am leaning towards the Samsung Galaxy s5 at the moment. I like that I can change the battery and also throw in a fat SD card to boost the storage capacity.   What do you use? why do you like it?
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: RVR II on September 07, 2014, 07:07:31 PM
My Galaxy S4 was a big upgrade from my old Blackberry Bold 9900, and yeah I've got an extra battery for mine and a 32g sandisk card 8)
I would like to upgrade to the S5 but I'll wait till I can get it for free through AT&T like I did with my S4 ;D
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: Darth Geek on September 07, 2014, 07:08:58 PM
I have a Samsung Galaxy III, and I really like it. I am thinking of getting a Galaxy S5 in the next month or so.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 07, 2014, 07:16:10 PM
I have the Galaxy III too, and I find it works really well for what I use it for.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 07, 2014, 07:24:47 PM
I quit buying Apple stuff 3 or 4 years ago because of "shenanigans".  ;D

I've had a Samsung Galaxy Express for about 2 years now, it's only available on AT&T.
It's basically a slightly less powerful version of the S (therefore cheaper), but I barely use any apps so it's been perfect for me.

I just replaced the battery (generic brand 2 batteries and a charger for $20), last few months I was starting to have to charge it every 2-3 days, now it's back to once or twice a week like when it was new.

Put a 32GB card in mine, after 2 years it's only 1/3 full...  So I guess I didn't need one that big....

Other nice thing about android in general is being able to sync it with your gmail account.  I know some people at work with iPhones that always seem to have trouble syncing their contacts and calendars between their computer and phone.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: MrTorso on September 09, 2014, 09:49:45 AM
Galaxies rule the roost I see. Just from playing with the S4 and S5 at the store, it seems pretty snappy. It is a little bigger than what I am used to in my pocket. I like that the samsungs will play a variety of file formats. And with the addition of a fat sd card I can take some movies or shows around with me that are the same as I use at home. If I ever want to play anything on my iPhone I usually have to make a special iPhone version .
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: TheUnabeefer on September 09, 2014, 10:03:24 AM
I have an LG G3 and I am in love with it. My co-worker who is an android nerd (and gets every Galaxy that comes out) saw my G3 and said that that's his next phone.

I told him that the next Galaxy will probably match and/or surpass it, and then so on with the next LG phone, in some cycle of friendly competition.... but yeah, the G3 is amazing.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: BathTub on September 09, 2014, 11:21:16 AM
Yeah if I was to upgrade, a Galaxy would be very high on my short list.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: Darth Geek on September 09, 2014, 01:04:58 PM
I need to check again how much Sprint gives me back for my Galaxy 3 when I upgrade to a Galaxy 5.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: k1 on September 09, 2014, 01:52:14 PM
I'm still rocking an old AT&T iPhone 4 with a broken home button.  I really need to do something about that...
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: Variety of Cells on September 09, 2014, 03:18:56 PM
I'm still rocking an old AT&T iPhone 4 with a broken home button.  I really need to do something about that...

The 6 was just announced.  Will be released on the 14th I think.  Once I'm due for an upgrade I'll probably grab one, as my 5 has slight water damage that's annoying.

I'd switch brands, but I don't like the idea of buying all new apps, so I'll stick with my iphone for now.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: k1 on September 09, 2014, 04:57:01 PM
I'm still rocking an old AT&T iPhone 4 with a broken home button.  I really need to do something about that...

The 6 was just announced.  Will be released on the 14th I think.  Once I'm due for an upgrade I'll probably grab one, as my 5 has slight water damage that's annoying.

I'd switch brands, but I don't like the idea of buying all new apps, so I'll stick with my iphone for now.

Yeah it looks pretty slick. Not sure I want a huge honkin' phone in my pocket though. I want to actually get my hands on one and see how it feels. I use my iPhone for a ton of stuff at work.  I'm basically weighing options right now as far as which phone (5s, 6, 6+) and which carrier can get me the best deal for my wife & I.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: Variety of Cells on September 09, 2014, 05:27:19 PM
I'm still rocking an old AT&T iPhone 4 with a broken home button.  I really need to do something about that...

The 6 was just announced.  Will be released on the 14th I think.  Once I'm due for an upgrade I'll probably grab one, as my 5 has slight water damage that's annoying.

I'd switch brands, but I don't like the idea of buying all new apps, so I'll stick with my iphone for now.

Yeah it looks pretty slick. Not sure I want a huge honkin' phone in my pocket though. I want to actually get my hands on one and see how it feels. I use my iPhone for a ton of stuff at work.  I'm basically weighing options right now as far as which phone (5s, 6, 6+) and which carrier can get me the best deal for my wife & I.

Yeah 6+ seems too big, and I'd break it easier. Probably just a normal 6 for me.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: Lembach on October 19, 2014, 08:35:38 PM
I am still using a Nokia 2610 (using prepaid minutes with T-Mobile) from 2008. That should give you an idea of how much I'm into the whole smartphone thing.

I don't really care about data plans. I rarely leave the house! I don't need anything portable that can't be done on my PC. I just want a less embarrassing phone. Maybe something that can run some decent apps. Play mp3s.

Can I get some suggestions? Maybe something in the $100-$300 range?

Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: Lunquewill on October 23, 2014, 11:09:43 PM
I still use my Sanyo VI-2300 flip phone. I've been through 3 batteries and a cracked case. It's time to replace it.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: BathTub on October 23, 2014, 11:30:10 PM
htc touch2 is apparently what I have.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: k1 on October 24, 2014, 07:50:03 AM
Just got my iPhone 6+ last night.  Really liking it so far, but it's still gonna take some getting used to.  Not a fan of the headphone jack on the bottom of the phone (like on the iPod touch) since I have to have it sitting upside down in the cup holder of my car to use the line in for listening to music/podcasts.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: Sideswipe on February 14, 2015, 04:43:16 PM
LG Ultimate 2
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on September 22, 2018, 10:22:03 AM
Pardon the necropost, but I thought I would respond to mention that I stopped being such a Luddite and joined the smartphone club.  I saw the movie Searching a few weeks ago and was intrigued by Facetime.  I thought that video chatting with my friends from out of town would be fun.  Also, it was becoming inconvenient to not have a smartphone.  I have to get dental surgery in November and I'll need a ride home from that.  It will be handy to be able to summon an Uber for that.  Also, there are these rentable scooters all over downtown Indianapolis and I'd like to try those.

So I bought a refurbished Iphone SE for 70 bucks and a pay as you go plan from Straight Talk Wireless.  The wireless plan is $35 a month.  The phone is tiny and I'm still getting used to it.  But I love that I can have the Bubble Bobble theme as my ringtone.

Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: stansimpson on September 22, 2018, 11:13:50 AM
Very cool! I upgraded from a barely functional iPhone 3 to a 6 this past year. It was like finally entering the decade. Wife was pregnant and I wanted a good camera. Planned to get Android but iPhone had the slightly better camera. Co-worker sold me hers for $100 which was quite the bargain.

I held off from getting a smart phone as long as I could originally (got the 3 about four years ago). I was needing to google phone numbers, movie showtimes, and directions so much that it became necessary. Congrats on the new phone!
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: wihogfan on September 24, 2018, 07:07:41 PM
Currently have a Samsung Galaxy S8+. Got it for free due to phone immediately before this one being a LG G4- had 8 diffrent LG G4's- fortunately my provider replaced each 1 for free, but the LG was the worst phone I ever owned due to each of them going bad for various reasons (first couple had screens that quit working, a couple that wifi quit on, last one caught on fire while charging).
Had a S2 and then an S4 prior to the S8+ (and before my horrible experience with the LG). Never had any problems with any of the Samsung phones, so to me they're the way to go.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: Pastor of Muppets on September 24, 2018, 11:51:13 PM
One of my co-workers was saying yesterday "It's Iphone season! I'm thinking of upgrading to the 8 (or whatever the newest model is I forget what he said)".

It strikes me as odd and wasteful that people do this.  Buy a new phone when they already have a perfectly good one.  This guy is a 24 year old kid and he's remarkably bad at managing his money.  He goes out to eat 2 or 3 meals a day.  He buys a lot of video games.  He could make that work pretty well previously because he was living with his mom until a few months ago.  But he's got bad adulting skills and I hope he comes to his senses before he sinks into a lot of debt.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: Darth Geek on September 25, 2018, 07:05:08 AM
One of my co-workers was saying yesterday "It's Iphone season! I'm thinking of upgrading to the 8 (or whatever the newest model is I forget what he said)".

It strikes me as odd and wasteful that people do this.  Buy a new phone when they already have a perfectly good one. 
Depends on if he trades it in and gets a discount. Or if he has it paid off he can donate the old one.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: CJones on March 09, 2019, 12:10:00 PM
Smart Phone? I don't even own a regular cell phone.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: RVR II on August 01, 2020, 01:54:30 AM
So yesterday I was forced to retire my old Samsung Galaxy S4 that I had for several years and upgraded to an AT&T Radiant Core smartphone. I wanted a cell phone that I could change/replace the battery if needed. That to me was Priority One because the charger port on my S4 went out and wouldn't charge my phone anymore but I was able to swap the battery out with one I had charged on an external charger and continued using the phone for the rest of the day. Had a battery go bad a couple years ago and it was easy getting a replacement from ebay.
The Radiant Core is still an Android and cost around $75 total from the AT&T store. It took the rep around 2 hours to swap over my service along with my contacts, music files, videos,  etc. because they couldn't use an AT&T app to link up my S4 to their tablet because my S4 was too old so they had to 'chain' them together through another 'copy my data' app from my S4 through their tablet to the Radiant Core to transfer everything over.
I ordered a heavy duty case for just over $9 from Walmart, and a 2nd battery from ebay for just over $20. Already have an adjustable style external battery charger that will charge this new battery, and my old Galaxy S4 charging cables work on this AT&T Radiant Core so I think I got of light paying less than $100 for everything I needed.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: Variety of Cells on September 27, 2020, 08:01:19 AM
With iOS 14 I can finally set Firefox as my default browser instead of safari. I mainly like that it can sync with my PC, but there are other nice features, like how tabs are laid out so I can actually see what I have open.

Before, I could use Firefox, but links from other apps would open in safari, which made Firefox next to useless on my iPhone.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: Darth Geek on November 26, 2020, 09:06:54 AM
I have an Samsung Galaxy s8 and it is getting a bit old. It only holds a charge for a day if I'm lucky and it has occasionally lost connection with the SIM card so it has to be restarted.
I had no idea there were so many different versions of the Samsung Galaxy now. A bunch of S20s and now a bunch of A numbers too? Does anyone know the difference between all the different ones?
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 26, 2020, 09:22:08 AM
I have an Samsung Galaxy s8 and it is getting a bit old. It only holds a charge for a day if I'm lucky and it has occasionally lost connection with the SIM card so it has to be restarted.
I had no idea there were so many different versions of the Samsung Galaxy now. A bunch of S20s and now a bunch of A numbers too? Does anyone know the difference between all the different ones?

Look up videos on how to replace the battery, I've replaced the batt on my S7 3 times now.  If you can use a screwdriver you can probably replace the battery.  Kits that have a new batt and all the tools you need are pretty cheap.  You do have to pry off the back, so getting a replacement back and possibly the glass camera cover is a good idea in case they break while removing them.

I've been looking at getting a new one but can't see spending that much when the S7 still does what I need just fine, the knockoff replacement batts only seem to last about a year, but $25 is a lot less than a new phone.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: Darth Geek on November 26, 2020, 02:57:20 PM
I have an Samsung Galaxy s8 and it is getting a bit old. It only holds a charge for a day if I'm lucky and it has occasionally lost connection with the SIM card so it has to be restarted.
I had no idea there were so many different versions of the Samsung Galaxy now. A bunch of S20s and now a bunch of A numbers too? Does anyone know the difference between all the different ones?

Look up videos on how to replace the battery, I've replaced the batt on my S7 3 times now.  If you can use a screwdriver you can probably replace the battery.  Kits that have a new batt and all the tools you need are pretty cheap.  You do have to pry off the back, so getting a replacement back and possibly the glass camera cover is a good idea in case they break while removing them.

I've been looking at getting a new one but can't see spending that much when the S7 still does what I need just fine, the knockoff replacement batts only seem to last about a year, but $25 is a lot less than a new phone.
That's an interesting idea. But what about the occasional losing SIM card connection issue? So far it hasn't been a big deal, but I'm concerned it will get worse.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 26, 2020, 03:09:06 PM
I have an Samsung Galaxy s8 and it is getting a bit old. It only holds a charge for a day if I'm lucky and it has occasionally lost connection with the SIM card so it has to be restarted.
I had no idea there were so many different versions of the Samsung Galaxy now. A bunch of S20s and now a bunch of A numbers too? Does anyone know the difference between all the different ones?

Look up videos on how to replace the battery, I've replaced the batt on my S7 3 times now.  If you can use a screwdriver you can probably replace the battery.  Kits that have a new batt and all the tools you need are pretty cheap.  You do have to pry off the back, so getting a replacement back and possibly the glass camera cover is a good idea in case they break while removing them.

I've been looking at getting a new one but can't see spending that much when the S7 still does what I need just fine, the knockoff replacement batts only seem to last about a year, but $25 is a lot less than a new phone.
That's an interesting idea. But what about the occasional losing SIM card connection issue? So far it hasn't been a big deal, but I'm concerned it will get worse.

It may simply have a bad contact.  Taking it out and putting it back in may be enough to clean the contacts and stop it.  If it's a bad internal connection caused by a drop then it may get worse over time. 

FYI: SIM cards are really slow compared to other memory cards, so it sometimes takes a phone minutes to read the SIM after you put it in.
Title: Re: What smartphone do you use?
Post by: Darth Geek on November 26, 2020, 03:52:21 PM
I have an Samsung Galaxy s8 and it is getting a bit old. It only holds a charge for a day if I'm lucky and it has occasionally lost connection with the SIM card so it has to be restarted.
I had no idea there were so many different versions of the Samsung Galaxy now. A bunch of S20s and now a bunch of A numbers too? Does anyone know the difference between all the different ones?

Look up videos on how to replace the battery, I've replaced the batt on my S7 3 times now.  If you can use a screwdriver you can probably replace the battery.  Kits that have a new batt and all the tools you need are pretty cheap.  You do have to pry off the back, so getting a replacement back and possibly the glass camera cover is a good idea in case they break while removing them.

I've been looking at getting a new one but can't see spending that much when the S7 still does what I need just fine, the knockoff replacement batts only seem to last about a year, but $25 is a lot less than a new phone.
That's an interesting idea. But what about the occasional losing SIM card connection issue? So far it hasn't been a big deal, but I'm concerned it will get worse.

It may simply have a bad contact.  Taking it out and putting it back in may be enough to clean the contacts and stop it.  If it's a bad internal connection caused by a drop then it may get worse over time. 

FYI: SIM cards are really slow compared to other memory cards, so it sometimes takes a phone minutes to read the SIM after you put it in.
Thanks