Will a Smartphone change my life??

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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?
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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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.
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."
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Will a Smartphone change my life??
Yes it will.

I love my smart phone.
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.
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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).
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
Data plans are ridiculously expensive. That's what took us so long.
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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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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.
I love my iphone. Love love love.
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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.
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.
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Last edited by Fifi.G; 09-14-2013 at 10:37 PM.
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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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.
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Last edited by Fifi.G; 09-14-2013 at 10:55 PM.
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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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.
Originally Posted by Fifi.G
There are always cons with technology it's how you use it.





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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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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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Last edited by curlyarca; 09-15-2013 at 11:47 AM.
i still use a dum phone. im waiting for the inevitable genius phone then my life will be awesome
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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.
Originally Posted by Fifi.G
There are always cons with technology it's how you use it.





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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.
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