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Old 11-17-2014, 01:33 AM   #21
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I have a Samsung Gs4, but only because I'm on my daughter and SIL's family plan and they give me their 'old' phones when they get an upgrade. Daughter programs it for me for what I'm likely to use, and I'm happy to accept that. I've asked them before what my share of the family plan is and offered to pay for whatever that is and share the cost of any upgrades, but they tell me not to worry about it, so I don't.

I do love the quality of the pics and videos and how handy it is to use! I haven't even used my digital camera in a couple of years because my phone takes better quality pics and videos than my little Nikon digital, and is so much handier. Not to mention the few apps I use, such as weather reports and couponing. :-)
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Old 11-17-2014, 02:19 AM   #22
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One thing for sure, the cameras in phones have gotten so much better they replace most point and shoot cameras.
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Old 11-17-2014, 02:25 AM   #23
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I have one of those free cell phones that are paid for by the government. I can send and receive calls and I can text. I just don't know how to text yet. Maybe someday. Anyone who knows me, knows not to text me, because I don't know how to retrieve it either. And besides, I like the sound of a human voice. I get 250 minutes a month free. And for $5.00 I buy an additional 250 minutes. I very rarely use all my minutes each month.

Because of my heart condition, I do take my phone with me everywhere I go. Even to the bathroom. I keep it in my housecoat pocket. I got rid of the landline. And if I know I am going to be on the phone for a while, I use my computer to make a call. For one, it saves my minutes and it is free also. I call through my Skype account. Which is free also. I too can see no need for me to have all the extras that the latest and greatest has to offer. When The Pirate is here and his phone rings, he tells me to answer it as he is busy. I still haven't figure out to even answer the fool thing.
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:03 AM   #24
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.....I too can see no need for me to have all the extras that the latest and greatest has to offer......
My wife's new smart phone.... she only uses it to make and receive calls, the other 95% of the features of her phone is practically useless for her. She has absolutely no use for data, she's never been a computer person.
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:02 PM   #25
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Bakechef, I am with you. Although I work in IT and normally embrace technology, I resisted buying a smartphone for many years. I just didn't get it. Then my wife got an iPhone and once I saw the different things she was able to do with it, I was hooked. I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and will be upgrading again here soon. Just a short list of all the things I use it for:
  • Email
  • Photos
  • Taking notes in meetings
  • Maps & GPS
  • Comparing prices
  • Music
  • Watching Hulu and Plex (sending to Chromecast)
  • Clock and wake up alarm
  • Recipes
  • Remote control (my phone has an IR blaster)
  • Grocery lists
  • Audio books
  • Checking flight information
  • Flashlight
  • Browsing the web
  • Keeping up with football scores
  • Calendar
  • Storing contact information
  • Buying movie tickets
  • Texting (although not that often)
  • Set up reminders (to take pills, for example)
  • Stopwatch and cooking timers
The list goes on. The few times I have forgotten it at home, I've felt totally disconnected and lost.

All of the above. Plus
  • Reading newspapers every day
  • Bank of America,
  • OpenTable,
  • Uber,
  • Facebook,
  • buying train tickets,
  • Buying anything and everything on Amazon
  • Kindle
I couldn't live without my iPhone. I am waiting for my new 6 to arrive!
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:37 PM   #26
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....I couldn't live without my iPhone. I am waiting for my new 6 to arrive!
Congrats! Which one did you order? My wife loves her big one as she had trouble using the smaller phones previous to this.
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:51 PM   #27
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Don't need no stinkin' smart phone any more!

I find it amusing that we've come full circle on phones. Used to be that smaller was better, easily tucked into any purse or pocket. Now, with all the features available, we're back to big, honkin' phones!

I like both my iThings, especially my iPad, which has pretty much replaced my PC. Been thinking about going iPhone 6, but I like the size of my 5s.
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Old 11-17-2014, 01:04 PM   #28
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The younger folks have no trouble with teeny devices. At our age we appreciate the larger buttons and icons. Many of the smart phones we use practically look like mini tablets these days... My wife is petite and her new phone is as big as her head....
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Old 11-17-2014, 01:06 PM   #29
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Congrats! Which one did you order? My wife loves her big one as she had trouble using the smaller phones previous to this.

Just a regular 6. I carry a bag but often put my phone in a pants pocket and the 6+ or whatever it's called just seems a bit big. But I hear you about smaller phones being harder to use. I hated my Blackberry because of that.

The cameras on the new iPhones take stunning pictures!
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Old 11-17-2014, 01:19 PM   #30
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The cameras on the new iPhones take stunning pictures!
Yes they certainly do! I always carry with me, in my man purse, a separate point and shoot camera.
I just wish one day some of these advanced point and shoot cameras come installed with phones.
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