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Dec 09, 2012 21:02 |  #76

I just want a plain old fashion Dumb Phone again. After carrying a Blackberry for almost 14 years
I'm honestly sick of all the crap on the phones. No more camera, no e-mail, no messaging. I just
want a phone again for emergencies, when I'm out and about. People have gone nuts in the last
few years thinking you should be available every waking moment, and that they have some god given
right to know that your doing every minute of it.

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Dec 09, 2012 21:11 |  #77

Just got an S3 and so in love with it!


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Dec 09, 2012 21:13 |  #78

Evan Idler wrote in post #15347039 (external link)
I just want a plain old fashion Dumb Phone again. After carrying a Blackberry for almost 14 years
I'm honestly sick of all the crap on the phones. No more camera, no e-mail, no messaging. I just
want a phone again for emergencies, when I'm out and about. People have gone nuts in the last
few years thinking you should be available every waking moment, and that they have so god given
right to know that your doing every minute of it.

Yeah, if only these smartphones had a way of switching them off!


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Dec 10, 2012 07:52 |  #79

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Dec 10, 2012 08:43 |  #80

Littlejon Dsgn wrote in post #15153789 (external link)
Its about time to upgrade phones, I am running the Motorola Droid X currently and I really like it. I am sticking to a Android based OS, not a fan of apple (nothing against it just not my cup of tea). The reason I am asking on a photography forum is I want something that will complament my hobby, I plan to get the DSLR controler and play around with that so screen size comes into play. Any other apps that are a must have for photography?

I have been looking at the Samsung Galaxy S3, wondering if thats the best option to go with. Also looked a little at the Droid Razor, Droid Maxx and the LG Intuition. Whats everyon elses thoughts?

I realized I wanted to go big for two main reasons:

1. I've begun using my phone quite regularly as a mini-portfolio for "elevator speeches," and the biggest screen that would fit my pocket (either a jacket pocket or the back pocket of jeans) would be what I needed. I don't and won't always have a laptop or larger tablet on me.

2. I do a lot of reading, plus using Square plus camera remote control and some other tasks that have made a large screen on my phone rather more valuable of late.

That gave me two options: The LG Intuition or the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Of those two, my best available carrier, Verizon, offered an upgrade price for the Intution of $99. Their upgrade price for the Note II is $299.

So I got the Intution and have been pretty happy with it. The 4:3 screen ratio that puts off most reviewers is just fine for portfolio and reading--my primary uses.

The Samsung Note II is an overall better phone, although the screen ratio is better for movie viewing than reading and portfolio. But inasmuch as the cost is three times more, it certainly should be an overall better phone.

The only irritant I had about the Intuition is that it lacks a parking space for the stylus. That's rather mitigated by the fact that there is little need for a stylus--a fingertip works as well. But I got the Belkin-Verizon book-style cover for it, which provides a stylus slot. Annoyingly, the Belkin-Verizon cover is the only one that provides a stylus pocket, but it's available only through Verizon...it should really come with the phone.

I would argue strongly that photographers glom onto big phones like the Intuition and the Galaxy Note II. Between a convertible ultrabook (which can handle fairly heavy tasks like editing and true content creation) and a big phone, there's little need for a tablet.


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Dec 10, 2012 11:12 |  #81

hollis_f wrote in post #15347080 (external link)
Yeah, if only these smartphones had a way of switching them off!

There is a way to do that.
Under settings you can shut off the data, set apps to sync only manually and turn off GPS data (specially in the camera since it gets imbedded in the pictures metadata).
If you get a cheap upgrade it is worth getting a smartphone better to have it and use it when you need it then have to upgrade later and pay more.
On black Friday I got a Galaxy S3 for $0.99 from Sprint so I am a happy camper:cool:


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Dec 10, 2012 11:38 |  #82

Heard of sarcasm?


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Dec 10, 2012 11:39 |  #83

Don't you just love it when someone gives a real answer to a sarcastic comment? :D:cool:


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Dec 10, 2012 12:30 |  #84

Sarcasm translates poorly in wide-open forums such as this. Cultures, experience levels, et cetera, are far too broad (and some cultures don't really sarcasm at all).


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Dec 10, 2012 12:53 |  #85

fotocrack wrote in post #15349020 (external link)
If you get a cheap upgrade it is worth getting a smartphone better to have it and use it when you need it then have to upgrade later and pay more.

Here's a serious rebuttal to a serious response to a sarcastic comment. Is it really worth getting a smartphone even if you get it cheap? The real cost of that S3 you purchased is not $.99, but rather is the cost of the data plan you signed up for. Even if you turn data off, you're still paying for the plan. I am not aware of any pre-paid or pay-as-you-go data plans yet.

Over the next couple of years, consumers will be faced with finding the right balance of devices to suit their needs. Do most people need a desktop/laptop, subscription based tablet AND a smartphone with data plan? Probably not.

Myself: Between consumption and creation, I have a preference and need for creation devices. This means that I will most definitely need a desktop or laptop computer. Currently, I have a personal laptop and a work laptop. I will not likely ever purchase another laptop, instead opting for a powerful desktop. When I'm on the go, my company provides me with a tablet for e-mail consumption and document access. That's all I really need.

As a consumer, I have to ask whether I need a smartphone. Since I already have a tablet, I don't really need to have a data capable phone. I'm seriously considering downgrading my phone to a basic cell phone for text messaging and voice.

To further complicate matters, my company also provides me with a company cell phone (I could use it for personal, but I like to keep them separate). When I'm eligible for an upgrade, I might consider something like the Galaxy Note... if that's the case, then the need for a tablet is back up in the air even though it's company provided.


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Dec 10, 2012 12:59 |  #86

RDKirk wrote in post #15348470 (external link)
That gave me two options: The LG Intuition or the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

As of right now I'm planning on getting a Note II. If I strike quickly enough that'll be the one. If I lag I'll probably end up with a Galaxy S4 when it comes out...


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Dec 10, 2012 13:03 |  #87

RDKirk wrote in post #15349353 (external link)
Sarcasm translates poorly in wide-open forums such as this. Cultures, experience levels, et cetera, are far too broad (and some cultures don't really sarcasm at all).

I'm pretty sure sarcasm exists in Cali. I'm also pretty sure Hollis is well aware that smartphones can be turned off. No cultural or web-board translation needed, really.

I'd guess Mr. fotocrack was just trying to be helpful and replied just a bit too quickly! ;)


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Dec 10, 2012 13:20 |  #88

Nathan wrote in post #15349440 (external link)
Here's a serious rebuttal to a serious response to a sarcastic comment. Is it really worth getting a smartphone even if you get it cheap? The real cost of that S3 you purchased is not $.99, but rather is the cost of the data plan you signed up for. Even if you turn data off, you're still paying for the plan. I am not aware of any pre-paid or pay-as-you-go data plans yet.

Answer: Google Nexus 4 - $300 from http://play.google.com (external link) + T-Mobile new subscriber monthly @ $30/month (100' talk, unlimited text/data -- 4G speeds up to 5GB/mo -- additional talk at only $0.10/minute).

So, that saves me $50/month ($80 (VZW) - $30 (T-Mo)) = $600/year. Take out the extra $150 for the phone, and it's an extra $6.25/month, but still a lot of cash saved.

2013, America will see a bit of a revolution for mobile access. T-Mobile is going away from phone subsidies in 2013 (external link), and only offering their value plans to customers. Then, you have Google under-cutting the crap out of all other top-tier unlocked GSM phones ($300 for a Nexus 4 vs $1000 for iPhone 5, $500 Galaxy Nexus) -- so we're sure to see many $300-and-under quad-core GSM phones to compete.

The best thing is that we'll be free from the stupid provider apps and lockdowns on the phones. If only we could roll over the cable monopoly.


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Dec 10, 2012 14:01 |  #89

Nathan wrote in post #15349440 (external link)
Over the next couple of years, consumers will be faced with finding the right balance of devices to suit their needs. Do most people need a desktop/laptop, subscription based tablet AND a smartphone with data plan? Probably not.

I think we see sales data indicating that the market is shaking itself out in terms of who needs what, although maddingly the pundits don't seem to understand what they're seeing. It's not phones versus tablets versus computers, it's content creators versus content consumers. The next "War and Peace" will not be written on a tablet or phone.

As I mentioned, with a Note-sized phone ("phablet") supplying my mobile "consumption" and voice communication needs and a convertable ultrabook supplying my mobile creation and text communication needs, I have no need of a tablet (and the two devices share a data account, thanks to PDANet).

Not real soon, though, will either device replace my image editing desktop. For that, I will continue to need a combination of ram, cpu speed, and monitor size that won't come in an an ultrabook format for a long time...and should not.


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Dec 11, 2012 02:42 |  #90

RTPVid wrote in post #15349470 (external link)
I'm pretty sure sarcasm exists in Cali. I'm also pretty sure Hollis is well aware that smartphones can be turned off. No cultural or web-board translation needed, really.

I'd guess Mr. fotocrack was just trying to be helpful and replied just a bit too quickly! ;)

Touche! I missed the sarcasm :oops:
Regarding the cost of the plan I did not factor that in since I am only paying $30 for voice, text and data. I got a cheap good ol sprint plan


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