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Android 19 43.18%
I Phone 15 34.09%
They are the same. 2 4.55%
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Old 12-26-11, 02:11
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OK I picked up my LG Optima. Right now I hate it. I just got a call and I didn't know how to answer it. I the touchscreen requires a very light touch. of course for about an hour I tried pushing the buttons harder and harder. took 45 min to log into yahoo
but I'm sure once I get the hang of it things will be fine. The touch screen buttons seem very small for my sausage like fingers.
When I got my smartphone I pretty much fiddled with it for a whole day...mucked back & forth on all the buttons etc...
It will seem good in a day or so. Then you will wonder how you got along without it
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Old 12-29-11, 04:38
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Hitch, depends what you're looking for. iPhones are certainly the complete package and everyone I know that has one really likes it.

I have a Droid Bionic and have always been an Android fan for reasons that most people don't care about. I can load custom ROMs (operating systems) on it and completely customize it. I happen to be a software developer so this is something that appeals to me.

Droids can still be good if you use a lot of google services. It of course entirely integrates with everything (well almost) that Google offers. The navigation capabilities are outstanding and I love having it tied to Google voice for my voice mail instead of Verizon.

I've also heard good things about Windows phone 7 from some friends that have them.

I'm not sure you could go wrong with any of the above choices. Smart phones are super useful to have and I'd hesitate to be without one today.
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Not mobiles, but im thinking of buying my dad a tab. Is between Google.nexus 7 and amazon kindle fire hd.

Anyone got either or got an opinion?
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Not mobiles, but im thinking of buying my dad a tab. Is between Google.nexus 7 and amazon kindle fire hd.

Anyone got either or got an opinion?
Google nexus...it's a real tab vs the kindle which is limited in what it can do compared to a real tab.
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Hey Hitchey.
saw this review...is this what you were looking at?

http://www.zdnet.com/google-nexus-10-review-7000006821/

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I have a very bead relationship with phones and the people thats sell them. I have had two ifones fail from riding around in my jersey pocket . I have broken the glass both front and back on all version of the ifone. I was impressed that on 5 the glass back, that served no purpose was discontinued. There are so many great apps for the ifone. Huge step back by getting rid of Google maps. The new map system is sh!t. The main reason I discontinued using ifones is battery life. It is a crap design. They needed to make the phone thicker not thinner in order to have some battery life. Why not make a phone that doesn't break from...everything.

Ok now my first,second,third go around w droid phones. Talked w sales rep, he told me of the wonders of gorilla glass and great battery life on the Motorola. The first day I owned the phone I was careful to charge it completely and handle it gently. The second day after it was in my fron pocket it came out with a huge f-cking scratch from being co-pocketed with a few bills and some coins. I lived with the scratch. the third day the phone worked well for about 4 hours and then the battery was toast.
I blamed myself. I charged the phone completely again, the battery was done after 6.5 or so a hours. I thought I had a lemon and returned to the store. The guy said with a dirty,ugly smile that I should have got the max model instead if battery life was a must for my use pattern. I traded the phone in and was charged $35 and $55 for the better phone. The battery was better, the phone broke in my front pocket after 3 days wo a case.

The headphone jack broke after less than a week of use. After getting two more new ones I bought a OuterBox case for 33 more dollars and increasing the overall size of the phone by 10% it has been working good for 4 months. The rubber case makes the phone almost impossible to get in and out of a cycling jersey or jacket. The cut off top water bottle that I use to keep cash and a patch kit doesn't have enough room for the new mega phone.

The GPS programs that come w the phone work great. The music playing on the phone works OK, easier than being an itunes hostage but not much better.

As in years past I just use my Sandisk music player it works without problems, can put up w some rain,snow and body moisture. Costs 30 and is worth 5 times more.
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I haven't got a clue! I'm the proud owner of a Nokia 1661 myself.

All that smartphone stuff just ain't my style. I wouldn't be able to figure out half the functions anyway...
I'm very sympathetic to this. I have no mobile phone in the U.S., there are very few times when I would need it. Like most if not all modern technology, mobile phones are designed not so much to satisfy needs, but to create new needs that you didn't have before. In the U.S. I see so many people on their phones all the time, and I think, how did you poor things survive in the days when there were no phones? Do you really have to update your life to all your friends every few minutes? Is the world such a dull place that you need to listen to hours of music every day just to get through it? I just feel I miss too much of what's really worthwhile in life if my attention is on a phone.

And make no mistake, this is only the beginning. There is new technology that in effect puts an enlarged screen right in front of your face, so you can use the phone all the time, no matter what you're doing. It becomes in effect part of the sensory environment, so you can shift instantly from the world of people, cars, trees, etc., to the world on the phone screen.

However, I have a very simple Nokia when abroad, mostly for texting. It costs less than $20 new, and there are very serviceable second-hand ones for even less. Doesn't even have a camera, if I want to take pictures (not very often) I use a digital camera that costs about $100. You can buy mobile phones with cameras for less than that, but I think the digital camera provides more for the money. If I want to email, I use a laptop. If that is the new old-fashioned, so be it, I really don't understand how people can browse the internet on a device with a screen about the size of your palm, anyway.

Where I am, SE Asia, contracts are not so common. You just buy a load for a few dollars, and when it runs out, you buy another. So you never end up eating a lot of money when you leave.

End of Old Fogey's rant.

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I'm very sympathetic to this. I have no mobile phone in the U.S., there are very few times when I would need it. Like most if not all modern technology, mobile phones are designed not so much to satisfy needs, but to create new needs that you didn't have before. In the U.S. I see so many people on their phones all the time, and I think, how did you poor things survive in the days when there were no phones? Do you really have to update your life to all your friends every few minutes? Is the world such a dull place that you need to listen to hours of music every day just to get through it? I just feel I miss too much of what's really worthwhile in life if my attention is on a phone.
I agree with this, it is no different in Europe, unsurprisingly. On the train, in the park, even when talking to real life people, the mobile phone seems to be ever-present. To the extent that people do not experience things anymore for the here and now, but simply to tell things that happen in real-life to people that weren't there. Quite pointless and it begins to annoy me, even though I am sometimes part of it as well (although I generally avoid updating my personal life on the internet, I tend to browse news sites and such way too often).

I do need my mobile phone with internet for my work though. It is possible without it, but it would cost my employer quite some money if I wouldn't use it (for me personally it doesn't make that much of a difference).
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I'm very sympathetic to this. I have no mobile phone in the U.S., there are very few times when I would need it. Like most if not all modern technology, mobile phones are designed not so much to satisfy needs, but to create new needs that you didn't have before. In the U.S. I see so many people on their phones all the time, and I think, how did you poor things survive in the days when there were no phones? Do you really have to update your life to all your friends every few minutes? Is the world such a dull place that you need to listen to hours of music every day just to get through it? I just feel I miss too much of what's really worthwhile in life if my attention is on a phone.

And make no mistake, this is only the beginning. There is new technology that in effect puts an enlarged screen right in front of your face, so you can use the phone all the time, no matter what you're doing. It becomes in effect part of the sensory environment, so you can shift instantly from the world of people, cars, trees, etc., to the world on the phone screen.

However, I have a very simple Nokia when abroad, mostly for texting. It costs less than $20 new, and there are very serviceable second-hand ones for even less. Doesn't even have a camera, if I want to take pictures (not very often) I use a digital camera that costs about $100. You can buy mobile phones with cameras for less than that, but I think the digital camera provides more for the money. If I want to email, I use a laptop. If that is the new old-fashioned, so be it, I really don't understand how people can browse the internet on a device with a screen about the size of your palm, anyway.

Where I am, SE Asia, contracts are not so common. You just buy a load for a few dollars, and when it runs out, you buy another. So you never end up eating a lot of money when you leave.

End of Old Fogey's rant.
I agree with this. Before i had a smartphone i would spend the 3 hour journey i take each day with a book. Once i got the smartphone tmptation is always there to kill time by watching vids or go on forums or playing tetris or stuff like that. Thankfully though i.still.mostly read books other than when im not quite yet into a new book like now.

as for spending all day listening to music, i agree too its a new need and i don't know if people are really enjoying themselves spending their 2 hour commute listening to the same top 20 hits each day. Not.like a book where you can actually immerse yourself and forget you are on a bus/ train. Of course people do what they want and i won't deny them that right but like mcdonalds i consider it to be what js mill called a lower pleasure.
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Hey Hitchey.
saw this review...is this what you were looking at?

http://www.zdnet.com/google-nexus-10-review-7000006821/

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No that is the nexus 10 which is a 10 inch tablet and therefore costs around 400 us. I was talking about the nexus 7 and the kindle fire hd which are 7 inch tablets (between a phone and a tablet) and cost about half the price.

Anyway I've already chosen the fire as even though it isnt as good, it would cost less to return if he doesn't like it
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