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Thu Nov 3, 2016, 02:35 AM

Can anyone tell me what an Apple or Samsung phone for 500 bucks and up...

does that my new LG phone for 50 bucks doesn't do? And LG is charging big bucks for some of its other phones, too, but they don't tell me what's so great except for a slightly larger screen..

I got a big battery, WiFi, bluetooth, and 4G; and I can watch movies, load all sorts of fun stuff like a level, voice recorder and currency converter; and deal with email, my liked calendar, messaging, Facebook, Dropbox, and Evernote. And it took 32Gb microchip.

It is a lot faster than the Moto G it's replacing, and can actually load my 7-11 app while I'm at the register, but the Moto G was cheap,too.

So, why would I want to spend the extra money? Am I missing something?

No, I don't play games on my phone-- that's how I waste time on my desktop.

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Reply Can anyone tell me what an Apple or Samsung phone for 500 bucks and up... (Original post)
Scary Red Nov 2016 OP
FORD Nov 2016 #1
Scary Red Nov 2016 #2
Currentsitguy Nov 2016 #12
RATFINK_5.0 Nov 2016 #3
Scary Red Nov 2016 #4
RATFINK_5.0 Nov 2016 #5
ProudNYSTaxPayer Nov 2016 #10
ProudNYSTaxPayer Nov 2016 #11
M41 Nov 2016 #6
RATFINK_5.0 Nov 2016 #8
M41 Nov 2016 #9
Attila Gorilla Nov 2016 #7
LeeCPTINF Jan 2017 #13

Response to Scary Red (Original post)

Thu Nov 3, 2016, 02:57 AM

1. The latest Samsung phones can be used as an explosive device.

 

I guess that's an interesting feature.

And the Apple's security is apparently good enough that the Feds had to beg them to unlock somebody's phone for them. Which doesn't justify all of their cost, but maybe a little piece of it.

Don't take my word for it though, I'm still using a semi-dumb phone. I can text on it, and play Tetris, but that's about it. Don't need much else... I certainly wouldn't use a phone for typical internet stuff anyway.

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Response to FORD (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 3, 2016, 03:13 AM

2. I don't know what you call typical, but questions come up sometimes...

like at meetings and stuff, and having a browser in my phone can be very handy. Dropbox even handier so I don't have to lug copies of stuff around.

And once an asshole parking valet locked my keys in the car and I called OnStar to get them to unlock it remotely. Then I found the Chevy app so I can unlock it from my phone-- it doesn't connect directly with the car like the keyfob does, but goes online somewhere and something in the cloud points a mighty finger down and unlocks it a few seconds later.

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Response to FORD (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 7, 2016, 12:20 PM

12. It's not a bug..... It's a feature!

But seriously, I have the previous gen Note. I like the larger screen and I find the stylus a great feature.

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Response to Scary Red (Original post)

Thu Nov 3, 2016, 03:22 AM

3. Best Damn Smart Phone I've ever used is a Kyocera Brigadier.

Designed for abuse in construction field. Battery life is awesomeness !

About $300.00. Got mine cheaper through cell network promotion. But then after abt a year Verizon changed their unlimited data contract & couldn't afford contract anymore.

Verizon, cough.

It's still worth it. Just use Android platform.

I do understand how people working for anyone, including HRC, can have multiple phones for different reasons, like to keep politics, business & family separate.

No law against that. James Comey, wouldn't know though ... he's very old school.

I must have @ least 5 old ones in last ten years. Phone companies force the issue w/ 2 yr contracts.

How many I use @ this time remains 'Confidential'.

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Response to RATFINK_5.0 (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 3, 2016, 03:49 AM

4. I haven't had a contract for years...

You do get cheap phones, but they build it into the rate so it seems cheaper than it is.

Dumped Verizon years ago when they got too greedy, but TracFone ended up much too flaky and cost a bundle if you actually used it.. Been with Boost for a while now and the monthly fee goes down. Never over 50 bucks for pretty much unlimited everything I need. The network is Sprint, but I've had few problems.

Since it's no contract, you pay up front the huge costs for the fancy phones if you want one. Had a Kyocera phone a while back with TracFone-- the phone was OK even if TracFone wasn't. Had another LG a while back, too, and it still works on WiFi or as an FM radio should I need it.

Yeah, I don't need two phones any more, but I still ended up with three-- I pay Skype for a phone number I've had for 10 years or so, the cable company gives me a phone # for less than 20 bucks, and the cellphone. I'm tempted to drop the cable phone, but too many people have the number.

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Response to Scary Red (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 3, 2016, 04:40 AM

5. At&t v. Verizon. Both the same. We have cable land lines @ work, yet ...

All we get are solicitors, w/ a few clients. Doesn't mean we're doing badly though.

Fortunately, I work in industry that requires few contacts unless they have probs or questions.

Still, I need to step up my game.

Lot's of work ahead.

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Response to Scary Red (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 3, 2016, 10:30 AM

10. I second the Brigadier

I had one until I left it in an airport. Afterwords my wife convinced me to get a Samsung S6... wish I still had the Brigadier. The S6 is a little faster, but not much, and I do really like Samsung Pay which you can only use with Samsung phones. If getting a new phone it would either be the Cat S60 or S7 Active if we switch carriers. If you have a chance google the CAT S60, it is amazing.

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Response to RATFINK_5.0 (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 3, 2016, 10:30 AM

11. If you like the Brigadier

check out the Cat S60, you will thank me.

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Response to Scary Red (Original post)

Thu Nov 3, 2016, 04:56 AM

6. what happens to old smartphones?

are they sent overseas and melted down?
something else?

what is the oldest Apple smartphone
that is still considered workable?

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Response to M41 (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 3, 2016, 05:25 AM

8. Sent overseas if you dispose of them where they can be hacked by open contracts.

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Response to RATFINK_5.0 (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 3, 2016, 06:20 AM

9. I am not overseas..can the phone be repatriated..how much $$ ....nt

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Response to Scary Red (Original post)

Thu Nov 3, 2016, 05:13 AM

7. I wondered the same thing.

I recently bought a ZTE Warp 7 from Boost. The battery life is amazing and it has quick charge. Marshmallow operating system. I can't think of anything else I would need.

As said above, at $120.00 a month Verizon was way over priced. Twice they charged me double that. Fuck Wall Street.

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Response to Scary Red (Original post)

Sat Jan 14, 2017, 09:42 AM

13. I like the note taking ability of my...well, Note

Scribble down a shopping list, directions to a location, etc etc.

Hand writing analysis to text is pretty cool too. I much prefer just using the stylus and scribbling out stuff rather than typing it (fat fingers, small keyboard).

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