Your NEXT Cell Phone! What are you eyeing?

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DJSTEVEZ

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I'm liking the Galaxy 4...I like the Note II

I can't find anything on the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx II which is set for a 09/13 release.

I really like the HTC One, but it's not going to be released on Verizon so later for that and the current model (DNA) is over 18 months old so its' shelf life is almost done.

The BlackBerry (who? lol) Z10 looks good in print but is unimpressive in person and is on the BlackBerry network. Let's face it, Research In Motion got to the the Touchscreen Smartphone party way too late and is still playing catch up.

What say you?
 
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bill_smith

MobileBeat Moderator
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I was dragged unwillingly into the 21st century by my lovely bride with an Iphone 4S.

I am intrigued by the capabilities, but all I really want to be able to do is easily dial numbers when I am driving and answer calls. You have to use the slide to answer a call and frankly, in NC, looks like you are texting which is now outlawed.

The Iphone dialing capability while driving simply sucks. I'm going to have to get a bluetooth so I can use voice command.

I'm not a facebook or texting addict. I'd rather talk to someone really, in person with LIVE interaction.

I would have preferred to keep a " Leroy Jethro Gibbs NCIS flip phone " and answer calls easily , and dial numbers with a big keyboard of numbers.

I'm a simple guy, at heart, and while I am engulfed in all sorts of technology and understand/use a lot of it, I prefer a direct "A to B" functionality that is simple easy to use, and doesn't affect my lifestyle of phone use.

This has. I'll bet I use the phone 80% les than prior to Iphone4S. The risks in using it while driving are simply not worth the effort to use it.

But, my lovely bride IS happy. So on I go to get a bluetooth.

Maybe that will improve my functionality.
 

djtunes

Checking Reality
Ditto a lot of your points Bill.

I tried the smart phones and got frustrated at the (perceived ?) delicateness and the cumbersomeness of making and answering calls compared to my flip phone.

However I'm now about to dive in because as much as I'm out and about it would be great to receive and respond to inquiries quicker. A call comes in, we talk and then I tell them I'll e-mail them details when I get back to the office. With a new phone I can just pull over and send it NOW. When an e-mail comes in many times I don't read it until tomorrow because I'm not in front of a computer. The phone may pay for itself in less than 6 months just by getting to the clients quicker.

It is a change I just have to go with if I want to live in the "instant/artificial" world we live in now.

So I'd be happy to see a few people post some in depth details here about some phones; cheaper vs. expensive, carriers, uses and abilities, camera quality, all of it.

I'd like to take decent quality pictures at my events with the phone. It would save me a lot of trouble in remembering the camera then putting the pictures on the computer etc.

Thanks.
 

DJSkinnyGuy

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probably the s4. next runner up would be htc...um..the good one, whatever it's called. will have to see what next iphone is like...but will probably stay with android.
 

NickyB

Gear and Equipment Moderator
All I need is a something akin to the Motorola RAZR flip-phone. I currently use a Droid-4 with a blue tooth earpiece but its getting to be more a nuisance than a useful tool not to mention the bills are a lot higher. They're not all they're jacked up to be and the phone company loves them. It used to be that only the person who initiated the call had to pay but with smartphones, you're using open-air transmissions so both the initiator and the receiver get to pay. It looks to me that the only thing smart about a smartphone is the telephone company.....they automatically doubled their income at our expense.
 
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bill_smith

MobileBeat Moderator
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I already had the functionality before of getting a text to my cell phone from DJI, so I could get the information and make a call as you describe below. I never have felt like I had to send an Email , and in fact, expalined that I was driving, and could the yemail me wit hthe promise of a quick turnaround when I got home.

I booked that cleint just last Thursday. They didn't mindwaiting the hour it took for me to go home, get their email, call them, and book them.

I explain that I'm on the road, coud l I get their email address (if needed), or set up a time to meet or talk later that day when I get home. I think everyone understands a delay (if you tell them) to get back to them if you are driving.

I don't think(*iphone)'s quicker either. You have to keep your email on, figure out where the hell that is at in the Iphone, hope you have a wifi(unsecured mostly) hotspot, then you've got to use a stupidly small keyboard to tap out a message. the backspace bar sucks out all of the speed I might have by deleting characters I tap out.

By the time you've finished, you could be back home working in ease.

I've never had a client tell me I had 10 minutes to respond. But, I could also be unique.

I prefer simple. I hate complicated.

The Iphone has turned me into a grumpy Old b#$%stard, which is totally out side of my normal demeanor.

One day I may use the POS as a frisbee.

That's how frustrated I am. In my entire life, I've never gotten so mad that I could not control my temper, but this thing is trying my last nerve cell.

Until 2004, I was at the forefront of every tech advance in telecommunications.

Yes there is more capability, but there is a layer of complexity added, and ease of use is nil.

There is an app called fast camera that takes great pix. I loaded it, and if you hold it still enough, will snap 30 shots in 30 seconds. but it's so fast, it takes 5 pix of your damn thumb first the moment you turn it on. It gives you no chance to aim before it takes pix, which frankly is how technology works today.

Wait for it....

Shoot, then aim.


Ditto a lot of your points Bill.

I tried the smart phones and got frustrated at the (perceived ?) delicateness and the cumbersomeness of making and answering calls compared to my flip phone.

However I'm now about to dive in because as much as I'm out and about it would be great to receive and respond to inquiries quicker. A call comes in, we talk and then I tell them I'll e-mail them details when I get back to the office. With a new phone I can just pull over and send it NOW. When an e-mail comes in many times I don't read it until tomorrow because I'm not in front of a computer. The phone may pay for itself in less than 6 months just by getting to the clients quicker.

It is a change I just have to go with if I want to live in the "instant/artificial" world we live in now.

So I'd be happy to see a few people post some in depth details here about some phones; cheaper vs. expensive, carriers, uses and abilities, camera quality, all of it.

I'd like to take decent quality pictures at my events with the phone. It would save me a lot of trouble in remembering the camera then putting the pictures on the computer etc.

Thanks.
 

djtunes

Checking Reality
Have you thought of turning your flip phone back on and disconnecting the smart phone then just sitting the smart phone in front of you when your wife is around? :)
 

Mark Evans

Mobile Beat Moderator
Staff member
The next iPhone for me. I have the 4 and love it. No problems dialing BECAUSE I DON"T USE THE 90's TECHNOLOGY!!! :) Old people just need to learn the new way and yes you should have a bluetooth earpiece on when driving. Back to the phone. It just integrates well into my daily life unlike the past HTC and Windows phone I had in the past.
 

bill_smith

MobileBeat Moderator
Staff member
I haven't completely built my air conditioned dog house yet;)

Have you thought of turning your flip phone back on and disconnecting the smart phone then just sitting the smart phone in front of you when your wife is around? :)
 

ascdj

Member
Like Bill, I had a flip phone that I used until last week. Now, like Bill, have the iPhone 4S and LOVE it! I use Siri to make my calls. I just pick up the phone hold the button down and say "call ___" and it does. No taking my eyes off the road. It also works with texts - no typing. Siri gets things surprisingly accurate. I hold the button and say "tell ____" then whatever my text is to say. Again, no fumbling with the tiny keyboard etc. If you look anytime the keyboard comes up, there is a button with a mic. press it and dictate to Siri and it will type it all out for you. I LOVE my iPhone 4S. When I get e-mails that have a time / date to meet it has a link and automatically puts in on your calendar. When looking at your calendar, if you don't remember why / who the meeting is with, it will like back to the original e-mail. WAY COOL!

~CHuck
 

Billabong

Rock Lobster
I'm on an Droid RAZR right now (Android), but I can seriously see myself going to iPhone 5S/6 when my contract is up the end of this year. Guess my iPad was the gateway drug. :)
 

adjtogo

Well-Known Member
I've had a Motorola Razrr Max for just beyond the warranty period and it died out on me. The sound is dead on it. I'm using one of my older talk and text only phones to get by for now. My contract with Verizon is just about up and I'm probably switching to Straight Talk and buying one of their smart phones. Can't beat $45 for unlimited talk, text, and internet. Their prices are way lower than Verizon and they use the same towers. I don't need anything fancy. I'd like to get an Iphone, but they are pricey.
 

hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
I've kinda 'locked' myself into the android system.. :-(
Went with the Samsung phones cause our TV's and blu-ray player were samsung and I was pretty happy with them.. (and I thought it would be cool that they can 'work' together)
just bought a samsung tab 2 so we are even locked in more LOL..

I would never recommend them though.. They seem great in the first year and then the luster fades pretty fast after that.. (horrible customer service, no updates, multiple weird issues, etc etc)
 

Scott Hanna

Member
I was an avid android fan and anti apple. Got tired of my phone not working, and having to fix my wife's cell phone.

Both iPhones now and both working great. iPad too

Use my email a lot

Hooks up to Bluetooth on my car

I use Siri to send an email or text while in the car.

i use google now to find locations by voice. Very handy

I love adding an appointment by voice and it auto syncs on all computers and tablets

I love being able to take notes on my phone or iPad and have them be backed up everywhere

I love using "remember the milk" to make to do lists that get synced with wife/employees

I love having my phone remind me about something by location "remind me to put the garbage out when I get home" or pick up the dry cleaing next time I drive near it.

Do banking,take credits cards and signatures all right on my phone, contracts too

Turn lights on and off at my house

Dmx controller.

Scan documents

Check in for flights, notify me of flight time changes, and store my boarding pass

All on my phone.... Worth the extra money? You bet
 
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