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Old 03-20-2012, 11:08 AM   #1
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New Phone

Ok guys, I am in the market for a new phone. I have had an older blackberry for the past couple of years, but it time for a new one. I am trying to do the research on what the best one would be for our line of work. I have looked at some Apple and Android based phones, but I want some real life experience opinions, not just what is the hottest thing on the market right now and everybody is jumping on the band wagon. I want something that will stand the test of time and not be a pain in the butt to work with. I want some sort of smart phone not just a regular phone. Something that will help me with the work that we do in our trade.

So with that being said, what are you using/recommending and why.

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Old 03-20-2012, 11:22 AM   #2
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anything 4G..
Have to get used to the larger size though...
I have a HTC Thunderbolt.. (High Tech Computer)
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:33 AM   #3
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I have been an iPhone user for years. I like Android based phones as well but I am extremely happy with the iPhone. You'll get those that will slam one over the other but the truth is, app developers are developing for both platforms so aside from some visual differences in the software, they will basically do the same thing.
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:38 AM   #4
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I also have the HTC thunderbolt and love it. Most any android phone will be great though, and 4G helps a lot.

The reason I chose Android over iphone is purely because I could not get insurance on a new iphone. This may have changed by now but I don't think it has. I pay a few bucks a month extra and I can smash my phone, throw it in the pool, or lose it entirely - pay a deductible and get a new one. I'm actually planning on "losing" my phone today and getting a new one. Granted, the deductible is $100 but any new phone without a contract is much more expensive. Apple will replace screens for $100 I think and do repairs under a $13/month service contract, but they did not have an insurance policy for badly damaged/lost/stolen phones when I got mine.

These fancy phones break easy but you cant live without it once you get one.

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Old 03-20-2012, 12:24 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses guys. I will definately be going with a 4G. I guess if one company has an app for something you can also get it with the other. Hopefully I can figure out what to get and just pull the trigger and buy it.
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:56 PM   #6
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We got Iphones @ work, I think they are very useful, but I-tunes which is required to setup the phone, is the least friendly piece of crap in my opinion... Updates required about everytime you plug your phone into your computer (sync)

Have 2 computers, or multiple email accounts? Good lord almighty... Plug it in with the wrong setting and loose all your recent contacts and music plus gain double of the old contacts.

Damn nightmare...
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:18 PM   #7
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iTunes is no longer needed to set up iPhones and iPads. You can activate them right out of the box like any other phone
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:39 PM   #8
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Took me a long time to get used to the touch screens of android phones. Frustrating at first, but get used to it over time. I do miss the simplicity of the Blackberries though. I have the HTC Inspire 4g for AT&T and it's been great.
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I'm partial to Android and have a Motorola DroidX, almost two years old now. Smartphones are great but if you use it a lot, especially in poor signal areas, your battery life will be an issue. For that reason alone I can't see myself going to an iPhone which has no user-replaceable battery. With my DroidX I can carry a spare battery with me and pop it in if the first one gives out.

I loved the iTouch, still have it. Battery life is awful now that it is a few years old.
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What's awful? We gotta charge ours every day now...
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My first smart phone is the iPhone 4. I think is quite durable. It's about a year and a half old, and still works fine and fast.

I bought this case a few months ago, has a battery in it, so I have a full charge at anytime. Very useful.
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:40 PM   #12
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Thanks guys,

I was looking at the HTC Thunderbolt, but I can't get it with an ATT plan. I think I am leaning toward a IPhone 4
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I've tried all kinds of smart phones and nothing compares to the iPhone IMHO. Sure you can do all kinds of techy things with an Android but I'm not a techy. The touch screen is the smoothest I've found. I have the 4s. That SIRI thing is pretty cool. Just talk to it and it gives you all kinds of information. I use it to make emails, text messages and schedules along with reminders.
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Casio-GzOne-Commando. It's (nearly) bulletproof and you can drop it in a bucket of water too (I only did that once). It's waterproof, shock-proof and tile guy proof.

I wouldn't go with an iphone. Personal thing. I DO know you can NOT get the deflecto app for the iphone.
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I have the iPhone and love it. couldn't see me using another phone.
I do like the looks of the others but some are just too wide now and trying to get too big.
my girl had the Samsung Android and liked it for a while until she got the new iPhone and she couldn't go back she said.
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