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Old 11-16-2014, 12:05 PM   #11
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I hated the thought of a a smart phone until I got one. Now i cannot and will not leave home without it.
It works really good when there is a need to settle an argument.

Especially at the local watering hole where it seems someone always has some outlandish proclamation, that is easily debunked with my phone.
I love the "Our Groceries" app and a couple others that are very helpful.
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:05 PM   #12
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I got my first cell phone when I started dating SO (1999). We still have flip phones. Most of our calls are to each other. SO has difficulty with her iPad. Texting and such would drive her crazy. I'd like a smart phone but can't justify the added cost right now.
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:33 PM   #13
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Upon acquiring my first cell phone I immediately felt this sense of security as I used to often go out on mountain bike trips or just be out with friends, away from the house or whatever, or not being able to keep in touch with my business. I used to carry a pager (my last one being a wrist watch pager) but I never like those things.
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:52 PM   #14
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The only reason I ever bought a cell phone was because Buck insisted it after I was nearly killed in a vehicle accident. He wanted the security of being able to communicate with each other when one or the other of us was not at home.

We had a land line so we purchased one TracFone to be used by whomever was going to be away from the house. Worked fine for us for years and we probably would still be following the same plan had he not died.

After his death, I still maintained the land line because it was the most economical avenue for running Internet and also had the cell phone with me when I went out. It was turned off when I was at home.

Now, Glenn and I do not have a land line. He didn't have one when we married, just a cell phone for himself. After we married he bought me a "real" cell phone (a flip phone) and that's what we currently have.

Barely any of the features of any of the Smart Phones are of any interest or use to us. Largely because we live quite simply, don't travel a great deal, which negates the need for GPS, don't wish to connect to the Internet via phone, text or "save" memos, photos, or conversations.

To us, viewing videos or movies via the phone screen is hilarious. If we desire to see these forms of entertainment, the big screen is our preferred choice. I would imagine viewing the burning of Atlanta from Gone with the Wind on a cell phone screen be nothing short of silly.

Even though both our phones are bare bones models, they do have cameras that take both still and video pictures, a timer, alarm, and other features we have yet to figure out.

We've set up our account with our service provider to only have call "receive" and call "send," along with call waiting. No texting or other messaging is included in our bill.

We're not anti-techonolgy, it's just simply that, at this time, none of what a Smart Phone does would be of any use or interest to us.
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:42 PM   #15
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My phone has a 5" screen and it's really handy to have when you want to show people pictures, almost the size of a traditional print. Actually I haven't printed a photo in close to decade!
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:56 PM   #16
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I agree, the big smartphones are great for photos and videos.....and yet small enough to slip into your pocket.
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Old 11-16-2014, 02:15 PM   #17
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To us, viewing videos or movies via the phone screen is hilarious. If we desire to see these forms of entertainment, the big screen is our preferred choice. I would imagine viewing the burning of Atlanta from Gone with the Wind on a cell phone screen be nothing short of silly.
These are some of the things that people without Smartphones don't understand.

I don't have to watch movies on the small screen. I can pull up any movie I own on my phone (I have 400 in my personal library, including "Gone with the Wind") or from Netflix and, using Google Chromecast, send it to any television in the house, including the 65" in our media room. 1080p full HD with Surround Sound.

I can do the same with music. I can play music in one room, or I can play it in every room in the house (at least the ones that have speakers). It's great for dinner parties where you want some background music.

As far as viewing on the small screen goes, you might be surprised. I've watched movies on my cell phone on planes, and while the phone might only have a 5" screen, the clarity is still HD quality and absolutely stunning. And the sound coming through the headphones is as big as it is in any theater. I'll admit it isn't the perfect viewing venue, by any means, but is anything on a plane perfect?
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Old 11-16-2014, 03:52 PM   #18
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Back in the old days (he croaked from his rocker with a blanket across his knees) we had a New England Telephone Company phone with a party line and no TV at all. A computer was something scientists talked about. The changes I have seen in my lifetime are mind-boggling.

I think smartphones are amazing technological breakthroughs. I am fascinated by all you can do with one. Apps that do so many different tasks are free or cheap. Practically anywhere you go, all the information in the world is at your fingertips.

When I tell you I don't have a smartphone, it's not an indictment. It's an acknowledgement that it's a toy that I can't justify buying.
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Back in the old days (he croaked from his rocker with a blanket across his knees) we had a New England Telephone Company phone with a party line and no TV at all. A computer was something scientists talked about. The changes I have seen in my lifetime are mind-boggling.

I think smartphones are amazing technological breakthroughs. I am fascinated by all you can do with one. Apps that do so many different tasks are free or cheap. Practically anywhere you go, all the information in the world is at your fingertips.

When I tell you I don't have a smartphone, it's not an indictment. It's an acknowledgement that it's a toy that I can't justify buying.
I remember party lines. I remember mom asking Betty when she was finally going to get off the phone!
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Old 11-16-2014, 04:40 PM   #20
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When I tell you I don't have a smartphone, it's not an indictment. It's an acknowledgement that it's a toy that I can't justify buying.
I'm in the same camp.

For me it is about appropriate technology defined as sound solutions to real problems. I just don't have many of the problems that a smart phone is designed to solve.

I can see one in my future as various apps become available to monitor old duffers, assist them with various reminders, wellness checks, etc... I think they could become a valuable tool that allows people to age in place until they just can't navigate and have to send that final text.
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