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If my phone runs, I'll chase it down and kill it.
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  • by Rogerborg (306625) on Friday June 08, 2012 @07:00PM (#40263817) Homepage

    And my phone makes phone calls. I think I can SND TXTS LOL; I'm not entirely sure.

    The youngsters I know who have "smart" "phones" seem to use them almost exclusively as games devices. I'm not entirely clear on why they pay so much every month for that functionality, rather than spending a lot less on a DS and a basic PAYG phone. Can anyone clue me in?

  • Primary phone? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ubergeek65536 (862868) on Friday June 08, 2012 @07:11PM (#40263939)

    I don't have a phone, seriously. I used to have one but I hated people calling when I wanted no distractions. It was easier to tell people that I don't have a phone than to explain why it wasn't turned on.

  • by snspdaarf (1314399) on Friday June 08, 2012 @07:21PM (#40264031)
    My primary phone is a Tracfone. It's an evil, bad tempered, pain in the ass, and I have no idea what it runs. It makes phone calls, unless I really, really need to make a call, and does SMS messages, except when the keys get stuck. I may have to hunt it down and kill it, as it just will not die, and I am too cheap to replace it unless I have to. But, when that glorious day comes, I will probably get an Android phone.
  • Blackberry (Score:2, Interesting)

    by blackbear (587044) on Friday June 08, 2012 @10:26PM (#40265351)

    I want to make calls, check my e-mail, and keep my schedule and contacts; in that order. My Blackberry does that exceptionally well.

    Everyone I know with iPhones and Androids tells me about all of the "cool stuff"(tm) their phones will do. The awesome apps, amazing games, and wasted time. Other times they tell me about the dropped calls, crashes, and reboots. They never talk about these things in the same conversation.

    I want a tool to communicate and make my job easier. I don't want a toy. Enjoy your toys if that's your thing. I have my Blackberry, and I like it.

    BES 5, on the other hand, is a pile of steaming horse crap.

  • by ktappe (747125) on Friday June 08, 2012 @11:45PM (#40265767)
    I'm rather surprised by the results. It's no exaggeration that 9 out of 10 smartphone users I know use iPhones. Androids are rare (though not unheard of). Interested in thoughts as to how there can be such a stark difference between this poll & what I'm seeing IRL.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 09, 2012 @03:11AM (#40266683)

    You're probably in the US (or UK). Simple as that. Android overtook iPhone outide the US in 2011. Apple has very little market presence outside of english speaking coutries (which is why english language tech sites, like Slashdot, seem to non-english speakers to be hopelessly fixated on irrelevant little Apple ;-).

    If you want to see how Android compares with Apple in real global market share, try a site like Right now they have no Apple articles on the front page, 2 for Samsung, and 3 for Google. There was a world-war, Apple lost. The US missed it.

  • Maemo - Nokia N900 (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Zarhan (415465) on Saturday June 09, 2012 @06:59AM (#40267261)

    Still have my N900. It has it's flaws, but unfortunately there is no real replacement. The repositories are full of interesting software, I can run even stuff like Wireshark and the like (which is kind of nice when you are a network engineer and occasionally need to debug stuff over mobile network).

    N9 has no keyboard, and is pretty much a dead end since Meego is pretty much dead with Nokia going the way of Windows Mobile.

    Anyway, one day the hardware is probably going to die - is there *any* phone that would come even close? With Android I need to pretty much tie myself to a google account - sure, I can root Android phone but then I pretty much have to start scaveging the net for software. It's been pointed to me that there are several alternates to Android market, but no one bothers to list examples.

    From what I've seen on my wife's phone about software for Android - it looks like *everything* is adware. For Maemo everything seems to be based on common open source software. I can run stuff like Stellarium, Ur-Quan Masters, ScummVM, AbiWord, Gnumeric and stuff like that...Heck, N900 was the first phone where I could get IPSec VPN to work properly - I can just get the normal openVPN up and running. Oh, and sharing your 3G net connection over WLAN works too - there's of course Joikuspot, but for other systems it costs money, with N900 I could just set up ethernet bridging + ad-hoc WLAN like with a common Linux box.

    It looks like I could get most of these functionalities on an Android phone, but I'd have to find ad-loaded alternatives, tie the phone to a Google account - including having to sync phonebook and calendar with Google...kinda feels like step backwards.

  • Re:Nothing. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by GIL_Dude (850471) on Saturday June 09, 2012 @03:13PM (#40269721) Homepage

    Besides, a land line is a *household* resource, which all members of the family, young and old, have access to.

    It is interesting how the engineers at Google don't seem to understand that. I imagine none of them have home phones. For example, on Android, if you have two contacts that share a home phone (like say my Mom and Dad), if I choose the one that comes second on the contact list and have the phone call them - the picture and name for the one that comes alphabetically first in the contact list shows up on the dialer screen. Inexcusable.

    Likewise, for awhile Google Voice wouldn't let two people who were both using GV have the same home phone number. It would tell you it was already in use.

    A home phone is a shared resource. Why some folks don't get that I just don't understand.

  • Re:Dumb phone (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ldobehardcore (1738858) <> on Sunday June 10, 2012 @01:17AM (#40272341)

    Regarding always on me net access: I can attest that I've had it for the last 7 years, and I'm 22 now, so about a third of my life.
    When I lose service I honestly feel like I've had a stroke or been lobotomized in my hippocampus. I use it so often to look up general info that I feel quite disconnected from my whole knowledge base.
    And I even did well in high school. Graduated w/ a 3.6 (w/ honors), and I'm great with trivia without the internet as long as it doesn't involve sports, history, or (shudder) sports history.

    But I feel like the internet is just another part of my mind. A place that I know that holds all the specific information, and instead of keeping it in my brain, I learn things once and they fade quickly if I don't use them. But I can always look up the info again in a few seconds if the need arises.

  • Re:Nothing. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by trdrstv (986999) on Sunday June 10, 2012 @10:31PM (#40279199)

    For everyone else, there's caller ID. If its disabled, don't expect me to answer.


    My Cell Phone (and probably most at this point) allows you to set a custom ring tone per contact. What I do is Set a ring tone for my contacts (even if most of them use the same one) but set the "Default tone" for "No ring". This way, if you're in my list I'll hear it and can decide if I answer, but if it's someone I don't know they get voice mail and I can check it later at my convenience.

  • by (245670) on Monday June 11, 2012 @12:30AM (#40279783)

    Heck, I loved my Windows Phones. I didn't switch to Android because of evil. I switched because people stopped developing for WinMo. I would have gone with iOS if Apple wasn't so far behind on the data side. Last to get 3G, last to get tethering, and last to get LTE 4G. I'm being optimistic on that last one.

    I don't care what my phone is running if it's got the features and software that I want. Right now, that's Android.

A method of solution is perfect if we can forsee from the start, and even prove, that following that method we shall attain our aim. -- Leibnitz


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