What kind of phone should I get?

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What kind of phone should I get?

Postby Artemis » Sat May 21, 2016 4:42 pm

So, I've decided to finally get a cell phone.

What are important things/features to consider?

Is it better to buy a phone or do one of those contract plans with a mobile phone company?

I'm looking for a larger screen because I'm getting old and can't see as well as I used to.

I want to be able to use email and other social media such as Facebook, Instagram, etc.

I don't plan to listen to music on my device because I like to be able to hear what's going on around me.

I'm still going to keep my land line.
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby creep » Sat May 21, 2016 5:11 pm

i always buy my phone outright. i don't like to be tied to a carrier. i can switch whenever i want to which is nice. i have owned the google phones since they have come out. i am cheap and i always get the old model after a new one comes out and i usually buy refurb phones. the google nexus 6 just came out so i recently bought a nexus 5 for $150. one nice thing about the google phones is that they don't have all the unnecessary software and restrictions that you might get with a phone locked to a carrier.

the nexus 5x is a nicely featured phone for $350 US. it has a 5.2 inch display.

https://store.google.com/product/nexus_5x

if you want a bigger screen the nexus 6 is $500 with a 5.7 inch screen.

https://store.google.com/product/nexus_6p

this is what i have. $185 new. it has a 5 inch screen

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Unlocked-LG ... SwstxVHveN

i wouldn't worry about memory. i don't use my phone for music either and i could never fill up a 16g phone.
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby kv » Sat May 21, 2016 7:30 pm

Moto g....Android so you can get good apps and cheap and easy for starters
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby Pandemonium » Sun May 22, 2016 7:28 pm

I have a Samsung Galaxy Mega (SGH-1527) which is a 6.3 inch screen and about as big as it gets for a phone. I've had it for a few years and I still really like it even though it's huge and fairly heavy for a phone. The only downside is I think the camera isn't very good in poor light situations. I charge mine about every other day so it gets decent battery life. Regardless of what phone you go with, I'd add go with an Android OS phone no matter what. My wife has stuck with iPhones for the past 6+ years and she always has Apple OS-related problems.

I think they retail now about $300 but I'm sure you can do better - it's been around for a few years.
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby mockbee » Sun May 22, 2016 8:48 pm

I was a long hold out on any mobile phone and didn't get a smart phone until a year or two ago. I have a LG L21G whatever that means , Android OS with a big screen and a good camera.
It takes great photos and you can add notes easily to them.
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It cost like $65 and have used TracFone for the service (prepaid minutes) for the last several years. It's great, I only pay about $30 a month for all the minutes and data that I need, and the reception hasn't really ever been a problem... :noclue:
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby Six7Six7 » Sun May 22, 2016 11:29 pm

iPhone.

Because it's the best one.
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby nausearockpig » Tue May 24, 2016 2:10 am

Six7Six7 wrote:iPhone.

Because it's the best one.


Yup. So this ^^^^^^^^^^^


Android phones are so meh. Who gives a fuck that you can choose one of five hundred MP3 players....

Get the 6 or 6S, the Plus is just too big.
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby perkana » Tue May 24, 2016 6:32 am

In my opinion, any other phone but iPhone. They're too expensive and I feel it's more a status thing like "Look, I'm cool" (I'm not saying everyone, but some people here in my country do). I would look online for one with the characteristics you're looking for and go for the cheapest one.
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby Romeo » Tue May 24, 2016 7:31 am

I liked my Android. But I had so many issues with the charging port which seemed to be a common issue on Samsung

I'm back with team I-phone.
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby Artemis » Tue May 24, 2016 12:01 pm

Thanks for all the great feedback! :tiphat:

I'll post what I end up getting.
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby nausearockpig » Tue May 24, 2016 3:55 pm

Image

hehhehhe

Bluetooth? Meh
Portable Storage - Yeah conceded
Free Music - what is this?
Split Screen Multitasking - Useful I'm sure but what do you need to multitask on a phone?
Installing Apps from Anywhere - Conceded but a LOT of apps are shit and having App Store veto them ain't so bad.
Custom Home Launchers - I guess that would be OK....
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby Hype » Wed May 25, 2016 11:42 am

You'd be surprised how useful that bluetooth file sending thing is. For less tech-y people, it allows easy sending of photos or video or music or whatever from phone to phone. Apple of course has a similar feature (Air-drop) but it only works iPhone-to-iPhone, which is lame (literally -- if Grandma has an LG, you have to explain some convoluted way of getting the pictures...).
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby Six7Six7 » Wed May 25, 2016 2:33 pm

Hype wrote:You'd be surprised how useful that bluetooth file sending thing is. For less tech-y people, it allows easy sending of photos or video or music or whatever from phone to phone. Apple of course has a similar feature (Air-drop) but it only works iPhone-to-iPhone, which is lame (literally -- if Grandma has an LG, you have to explain some convoluted way of getting the pictures...).


Yeah, it's so convoluted to select the pictures you want to send, and then press the "message" button to send a text message.

And then it's super hard to press the button on the text message called "Save all photos"

3 steps: convoluted.

Meanwhile you can just select the photos you want to send, press the bluetooth button, the other person can accept the connection and receive the photos.

3 steps: not convoluted
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby Six7Six7 » Wed May 25, 2016 2:37 pm

perkana wrote:In my opinion, any other phone but iPhone. They're too expensive


They literally cost the exact same as the premium phones by every other phone maker.

and I feel it's more a status thing like "Look, I'm cool" (I'm not saying everyone, but some people here in my country do).


So you get to be cool for the same price as having a phone that doesn't work? Sounds like a sweet deal to me.

I would look online for one with the characteristics you're looking for and go for the cheapest one.


They all do the exact same thing. No smartphone is any different than any other. The only difference with Android is that you get extra features you won't use, you can change the color scheme with ROMs some kid made in his basement, and you don't get security updates.
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby Hype » Wed May 25, 2016 3:24 pm

You have to have a data plan / have data turned on on the phone to send photos via text message... :neutral: You might be lucky, but you might also have to explain all those extra things.
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby Six7Six7 » Wed May 25, 2016 4:18 pm

It's 2016. Who doesn't have a data plan?
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby perkana » Wed May 25, 2016 9:13 pm

Romeo wrote:I liked my Android. But I had so many issues with the charging port which seemed to be a common issue on Samsung

I'm back with team I-phone.

I'm having a problem like that with mine. My phone just died and won't turn on. I've already taken it to two places and I'm waiting for a reply from the last one. It's not the battery, though but I guess it has to do with that. I might not get a Samsung, but definitely a phone with android system.
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby perkana » Wed May 25, 2016 9:16 pm

Six7Six7 wrote:It's 2016. Who doesn't have a data plan?

I don't... :noclue:
I use wifi when I need to use internet. I hardly use it for calls. Mostly texts.
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby Hype » Thu May 26, 2016 6:59 am

They all do the exact same thing. No smartphone is any different than any other. The only difference with Android is that you get extra features you won't use, you can change the color scheme with ROMs some kid made in his basement, and you don't get security updates.


This is inaccurate, but not totally wrong. You do get security updates with Android, you just don't get major updates to the OS that include UI changes because each company needs time to update their shitty overlay. Of course if you compare flagship models from the top companies a comparison will sometimes come down to minor differences -- most people won't notice or care about the difference between Apple's continued use of lower-resolution, lower-contrast IPS screens versus Samsung's use of higher res, higher contrast AMOLED. There might be modest battery gains from one or the other, but these tend to come out in the wash of ordinary usage -- Android allows more fine-grained control of what's using up the battery, which is why they added a low-battery mode to iOS.

Most new models have fingerprint scanners, which allow the use of proprietary payment apps (apple pay, samsung pay, android/google's stock version of this). In Canada this is less of a selling point still because of low market uptake of the new tech (Apple Pay has only JUST started to become a thing people can actually use in a few major retailers). There's some evidence that Apple's fingerprint sensor/processing is faster than Android's.

For some people the specific camera differences may matter (Google's Nexus phones tend to have relatively poor cameras by comparison to Samsung or Apple, where the differences are more difficult to pin down).

iPhones are far less user friendly about getting files onto and off of the phone, especially if you want to do anything manually. You're stuck with iTunes, or using iCloud, which sucks by comparison to Google's cloud services, which everyone already uses to some degree anyway. Some of these are usable on iPhones anyway (my default mail app is Inbox rather than "Mail").

But it can also be important to know about flaws with specific models. The iPhone 4, for example, had a serious problem with the wifi antenna coming loose over time due to heat, almost always long after the warranty period was over. My iPhone 5 has a broken volume button because it's a little rubber gasket inside that has a tendency to come loose, and is almost impossible to replace. Earlier models of the Samsung Galaxy had very thin plastic parts (especially the back of the casing) that tend to get scratched or broken easily. The design of pre-S6 Galaxies meant it was easier to crack a screen than it is on an iPhone --- but this can be solved with a good case.

It's true that most major apps are available for both iOS and Android, so this isn't likely to be a problem.

It might just come down to playing with a bunch of different phones in the store and just going for it.
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Re: What kind of phone should I get?

Postby perkana » Thu May 26, 2016 3:21 pm

Hype wrote:You have to have a data plan / have data turned on on the phone to send photos via text message... :neutral: You might be lucky, but you might also have to explain all those extra things.

My sister who has a data plan has to disconnect her internet data when she visits as my parents and I do when we are in the US because it costs a lot. We have AT&T here so I don't know if it would make any difference since I use a national company. You have to buy an internet/message plan when abroad. I think this is stupid. I just connect to wifi and more since there are a lot of places in the US that have free wifi, unlike here.
It's been a while since I've sent a photo via text message, I use whatsapp since it's included for free, even if you don't have a data plan.
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