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Will a Smartphone change my life??

cailincailin Posts: 898Registered Users Curl Dabbler
Ok, that's a little dramatic, I know.

Currently I have a very basic phone and plan. Unlimited talk and text, that's it. My monthly bill is around $55.

I'm due for an upgrade and I'm not sure if I want to go with a Smartphone. I'd have to get a new plan to include data and obvs a new phone. I figured now would be a good time to get an Iphone 5 as it will be cheaper when the 5S is released. But honestly, I don't know a thing about them, I don't even know if Apple is the best brand or if I'd be better off with a different type.

Then there's the cost issue. I can afford it no problem but I have a very "Is this something I need" mentality. I have basic cable at home and a PC computer and an Ipod Classic I bought years ago.

My coworker told me "you're like my mother, of course you don't NEED it! No one NEEDS it, it's a luxury and you deserve it!" He also said that with the phone you don't need a GPS, you don't need an Ipod it's all right there with you.

So those of you with Smartphones, do you love it, can you do with out it? And which is the best?
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  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    My husband is a late adopter, he just got one last month, and I swear he smiles every time he uses it. I've had mine for a year, and I'm so grateful for the little things like being able to check my calendar and look for directions to a soccer field when the ones I wrote down were wrong. It is very handy.
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  • B-wavyB-wavy Posts: 1,733Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Think of it as a convenience. No, you don't NEED it, but they are very, very convenient. Mr B & I held out for a long time before we got ours because we couldn't think of any reason why we "needed" smart phones. After we got ours, we began to see just how convenient they can be. As poodlehead said, they can be used as a GPS. I keep my shopping lists in mine, all my contacts are in there so no more need for a separate address book, any books I've downloaded can be read on a Kindle app -- that's 3 things right there I've eliminated from having to carry separately in my purse, and I could go on and on. Once you get one, you find more ways to use them.

    As to which one to get, it's a matter of personal preference. I love my Droid; others love their iPhones. Go to a store and play with all of them to see which one you like best.
  • claudine191claudine191 Posts: 8,220Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Well, I had one for about a year, then I gave it up. The only thing I missed was the camera. I found I invented reasons to use it, and that I truly didn't need it.

    I went for a few years without a cell at all, and loved it. Now I have one again for emergencies, but it's rather a nuisance.

    So, I would vote "no."
  • papayahedpapayahed Posts: 1,282Registered Users

    Will a Smartphone change my life??

    Yes it will.

    I love my smart phone.
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I am not a gadget person but yes, I love my smartphone and would be lost without it. I have had smartphones for almost 6 years - iphones, Blackberries and Droids (Samsungs). Blackberries suck. But I LOVE my Galaxy Note II. Meh in iphones.

    They are giving outdated models away for free so I don't see how or why ppl would choose to live in the ages (telephonically speaking).

    Example. Last weekend, I was on a side of town I never visit. I needed to run some errands and wanted to get them out of the way then. So I just talked into my phone, "nearest Target." A list came up, I pressed a button on the touchscreen, and a voice gave me step by step instructions of how to get there. I had old clothes to drop off and I just asked it to find "the nearest thrift shop" and a list of every Goodwill, Salvation Army, Ohio Thrift and Volunteers of America in a 15 mile radius popped up and it voice guided me to the one I selected, a couple of blocks away. I can write in my phone w/ a stylus, so then I whipped out my handwritten grocery list, and bought everything I needed at a supermarket I located thru Google...price checking a few items on my RedLaser app to make sure I was getting them at the lowest price and using my e-coupons I had "clipped" on my phone thru the supermarket's app. And I checked my email and watched a few minutes of a show I had on queue on netflix while I waited in line.

  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    They are giving outdated models away for free so I don't see how or why ppl would choose to live in the ages (telephonically speaking).
    Data plans are ridiculously expensive. That's what took us so long.
    Minneapolis, MN
  • PerriPPerriP Posts: 6,613Registered Users
    We have a few carriers here in Houston that offer $50 (+/- $5) unlimited everything. I'll be happy when my contract is up, I'll be switching to one of those. Straight Talk, cricket, aio are a few of them.

    Will it change your life? Probably. I rarely turn on my laptop any more, most of the stuff I do online I do with my phone. Shopping list, to do list, gift lists, calendars, everything at my disposal.
    I've only ever had Android phones, I currently have a Samsung galaxy s3


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  • anonymous_150263anonymous_150263 Posts: 773Registered Users
    I have a gs3. It does everything. It is my gps, my camera, my planner, calculator, kindle, research device for work or anything really, calorie counter, flashlight, shoping tool to compare prices or read a review. I can even deposit checks on my phone.

    everything is backed up by google so if the phone breaks I can go online and get my calender, contacts, etc.

    Do you NEED it? You only need 3 things to survive, food, water, and shelter so no you don't NEED it.
  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    I love my iphone. Love love love.
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  • Ms.CabernetMs.Cabernet Posts: 137Registered Users
    I love my iPhone as well. You don't really "need" a smartphone but once you get it, you can't live without it. It's very convenient and useful, you have everything at your fingertips.
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    I have a love hate relationship with my smart phone. It's not that smart (and I truly believe smart phones make the user dumber), but it's entertaining. I do not have a computer, so it comes in handy. I don't use the map's or location services often because half the road names are incorrect, I typically know where I am going, and a random stranger can find your house based on a pic you post on line if location services for your camera are enabled. I love my privacy more. It's a time suck and a half. I waste most of my time on it, but rarely on a phone conversation. It's nice to have books and music stored on one small device. Could I live without it? Absolutely. I did for many years. Will I get another one? Probably. It's perplexing, I know.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

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  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,681Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I definitely live in the dark ages as far as phones are concerned, I think I probably still wouldn't have a mobile if one hadn't been bought for me. Like Claudine, for a long time I only used it for emergencies and the only people who had my no. were my SO, kids and their schools. I'm still iffy about giving out the no. as I just don't see the need to be contactable 24/7. My SO has a spare smartphone that he bought but which wouldn't work with his bluetooth thingy. He had to get another and the first one has been sat in a drawer for about a year now. I keep thinking about using it but I honestly don't see the need and I don't think I'd use all the stuff that it's capable of, so I just use my basic prepaid cheapy (rarely).
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    I have to add these, because it's the truth.

    ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1379220736.586105.jpg
    ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1379220756.742857.jpg

    Factoid: Pedestrian deaths in hit and runs are on the rise because people are not paying attention to their surrounding when walking on/near a road, and also due to drunk walking.

    So there's some con's. haha.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    My dad just got an iPhone after always having a basic cell phone. He is in love with the iPhone now. He calls me everyday to tell me something new he's discovered on it or to ask me questions on how to use it. No, we don't NEED it, but it really makes life easier. My father still can't believe all that it can do. Like being able to look up anything anytime on the internet. He loves that. To him the phone is something that was from sci fi back in his childhood. I def recommend the iPhone to anyone who can afford it. Personally it's my favorite of any smartphones and believe me, I have had many of them. But it's all about user preference. For newbies though I think it's the most user friendly
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  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users
    Fifi.G wrote: »
    I have to add these, because it's the truth.

    ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1379220736.586105.jpg
    ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1379220756.742857.jpg

    Factoid: Pedestrian deaths in hit and runs are on the rise because people are not paying attention to their surrounding when walking on/near a road, and also due to drunk walking.

    So there's some con's. haha.
    There are always cons with technology it's how you use it.





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  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users
    I'm on my third smart phone. First was a Blackberry, as everyone said, it's sucks (except for email.) Moved on to an Android and updated to a Samsung Galaxy Note II last month. I'm 61, so probably don't use it as much as the younger folks. However, can't imagine being without it.

    Got the new phone because I was helping one of my parents' friends learn how to use his new Samsung Galaxy S3. Now that the S4 is out, Verison is selling them for $29.95, plus the $30 upgrade fee. Being an educator, my first dozen years were on Apple computers. At this point in my life, I prefer Android. It's all a matter of opinion.

    DH has had he smart phone for a little over two years. He's not a tech savvy person, at all. Rarely uses it, but still likes to have it. Asked him if he wanted to upgrade to an S3 when I was buying my Note--he wasn't interested, since he doesn't use what he has.
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  • curlyarcacurlyarca Posts: 8,449Registered Users
    The Blackberry does not suck. :(

    Let me stan for Blackberry real quick. I have one (Z10). It's great. If you had a Blackberry prior to this year, then you're probably referring to the ubiquity of the touch screen phones which made the Blackberry's small screen and old school keyboard antiquated. You should check out the Blackberry now. Still doing email better than all of the other smartphones. I love the predictive text and keyboard, both easily the best of any smartphone out there. They're an awesome Canadian company, easily the grandfather of all smartphones (great grandfather being PalmPilots). I love Blackberry, I even have a Playbook. Will be sad when they sell themselves, looks like Microsoft may buy them.

    That said, a smartphone is life changing in that you basically have a very convenient multi-tool when you get one. However, data plans are expensive. Plus, you have to constantly charge it if you're using it for every function it's built for....I prefer to have separate devices. So I have a laptop, a tablet, an e-Reader, a smartphone, and an mp3 player. Honestly, I could have a fancier e-Reader and get rid of the tablet. But the tablet was very convenient for me when I was still in school. It took the place of the laptop since it was easier to transport. My laptop has become a desktop, it never leaves the house anymore. I've considered using my smartphone as my mp3 player, but it kills my battery. So that's just not going to happen. My smartphone is my only phone. I use the GPS on my phone in a pinch, but usually I use my TomTom.

    A smartphone is not life changing if all you want is something to make phone calls on and if you do not want to be connected to everything all the time.

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  • OBBOBB Posts: 4,174Registered Users
    i still use a dum phone. im waiting for the inevitable genius phone then my life will be awesome
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    Blueblood wrote: »
    Fifi.G wrote: »
    I have to add these, because it's the truth.

    ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1379220736.586105.jpg
    ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1379220756.742857.jpg

    Factoid: Pedestrian deaths in hit and runs are on the rise because people are not paying attention to their surrounding when walking on/near a road, and also due to drunk walking.

    So there's some con's. haha.
    There are always cons with technology it's how you use it.





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    Just like witch craft.

    :)

    It is all in how you use it, but still a rather wild statistic. I can vouch that vehicle vs pedestrian accidents are on the rise.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

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  • anonymous_150263anonymous_150263 Posts: 773Registered Users
    I don't understand when people are so concerned with their privacy and people knowing where their house and is? Sure if your talking to a stranger online that's turns out to be a psychopath. But if you are a normal person then anybody can look up your address in a phone directory. Anyone can walk by and break into your home. One concern would be posting when your not at home and if you have your information public someone could break into your home if they were targeting in that manner. Just set your Facebook to friends only then.
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    I don't understand when people are so concerned with their privacy and people knowing where their house and is? Sure if your talking to a stranger online that's turns out to be a psychopath. But if you are a normal person then anybody can look up your address in a phone directory. Anyone can walk by and break into your home. One concern would be posting when your not at home and if you have your information public someone could break into your home if they were targeting in that manner. Just set your Facebook to friends only then.

    There are psychopaths on line. Several women have been stalked, found, and murdered by people who found their info on line. I take calls from people who are victims of on line stalking all the time. It's still not huge, but you are actually upping your risk. Does that mean I don't get on line? No, but I do try to be careful. I also did not have a smart phone or Facebook account until I was in my 30's. I am simply not as comfortable with it as others may be, and that's fine too. It's not just psychopaths, sex offenders, etc... you have to worry about. Did you ever see this video?

    It's a PSA from Belgium:
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    And here is an interesting article:
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Flifehacker.com%2F5904966%2Fwhy-you-should-care-about-and-defend-your-privacy" class="Popup
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

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  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    I saw that video before. It was too funny. I'm so glad I don't have a Facebook right now
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    I saw that video before. It was too funny. I'm so glad I don't have a Facebook right now

    Yeah, my best friend (who talked me into joining over several years) had a major freak out about privacy, and deactivated his account. He came back about a year later and that video was the first thing someone posted on his wall. Haha. True though. I am beyond careful about who I accept, when people ask that you change settings so you are not sharing their info, I do. I try to be respectful. I have all my setting locked tight now, but I have received a few emails saying my photos have been used in advertising. What, I do not know, and it happened through a group that a good friend added me to. I keep waiting to see my face under "Penis Enlargement!" or "White Girls On The Prowl". You know how those stupids adds are.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users
    Fifi.G wrote: »
    Blueblood wrote: »
    Fifi.G wrote: »
    I have to add these, because it's the truth.

    ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1379220736.586105.jpg
    ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1379220756.742857.jpg

    Factoid: Pedestrian deaths in hit and runs are on the rise because people are not paying attention to their surrounding when walking on/near a road, and also due to drunk walking.

    So there's some con's. haha.
    There are always cons with technology it's how you use it.





    Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk 2

    Just like witch craft.

    :)

    It is all in how you use it, but still a rather wild statistic. I can vouch that vehicle vs pedestrian accidents are on the rise.

    Don't need to vouch - I'm in a different country to most of you and I could go into a rant about pedestrians walking staring at their phones including when crossing the road. Unfortunately it's the kids 11-14 who are the ones getting injured and killed.
  • Ms.CabernetMs.Cabernet Posts: 137Registered Users
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  • Ms.CabernetMs.Cabernet Posts: 137Registered Users
    These are some of the great things you can do with an iPhone:
    - Use as a GPS. It works great for me. No more printing directions before I go anywhere.
    - Use as flashlight, alarm, write your shopping list, deposit your checks, as another poster already said.
    - Check your email/Internet during boring work meetings, while waiting at the Dr.'s office, when you can't sleep, etc.
    - Use WhatsApp (great if you have family overseas and don't want to use regular texting).
    - Use the different radio apps and pick music from everywhere. Use as an iPod as well. No need to buy CDs.
    - Come here to CurlTalk whenever you want.
    And so on.
  • gagirl09gagirl09 Posts: 2,316Registered Users
    " I just want to say
    that ever since l got a smart phone
    I was able to get my phone bill paid, I got sounds and 13's
    put up in my Cavalier and I was able to get a free trip to Cancun
    And what's most importantly is that I ain't gotta f*** Ray Ray's
    broke a** no mo'"


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  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    Fifi.G wrote: »
    I saw that video before. It was too funny. I'm so glad I don't have a Facebook right now

    Yeah, my best friend (who talked me into joining over several years) had a major freak out about privacy, and deactivated his account. He came back about a year later and that video was the first thing someone posted on his wall. Haha. True though. I am beyond careful about who I accept, when people ask that you change settings so you are not sharing their info, I do. I try to be respectful. I have all my setting locked tight now, but I have received a few emails saying my photos have been used in advertising. What, I do not know, and it happened through a group that a good friend added me to. I keep waiting to see my face under "Penis Enlargement!" or "White Girls On The Prowl". You know how those stupids adds are.

    Lmfao. I can't believe they're doing that. Sheesh. I mean I closed my Facebook for personal reasons but I never knew I was saving myself this much trouble. Ppl always think I'm weird when I saw I don't have a Facebook page but I like my privacy very much. Sure there are some cons but overall it's not something I think about on a daily basis or anything so I'm used to it
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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    Yes it will change your life and for me navigation was the main issue. I use it for driving and walking around it's very helpful in a new city. I've been without one for short periods of time and that's when I realize how much a smartphone does. I use it to find businesses near me, shops, order food on the fly, find a restaurant while I'm driving through a new city, etc.

    It's nice to have email and fb but those are not necessary for me. The camera on the phones are great. I was just thinking over the weekend how much more of my life is captured in pictures now due to smartphones (I never liked carrying around a camera to take pictures). It's also nice not having a separate gadget for music (I use it mainly when working out) and the music options are unlimited.
  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,498Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    Ppl always think I'm weird when I saw I don't have a Facebook page but I like my privacy very much. Sure there are some cons but overall it's not something I think about on a daily basis or anything so I'm used to it

    i've never had one and don't plan on ever getting one.

    i got a smart phone last month on clearance from my carrier, but i use pay-as-you-go and don't have a data plan for it.

    i also have an older iPod Touch and a tablet and laptop. the tablet is my e-reader and computer when i visit mom (though she doesn't have internet).

    the most annoying thing about my smart phone - LG Optimus 3 - is that it keeps telling me that i'm trying to access the internet, when i'm not!

    :laughing1:

    there's so much free wi-fi around these days - the entire downtown here in London has it - that i don't see the need for a data plan.
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