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  • No, I'm happy with my ordinary mobile

    29 25.66%
  • No, but I want to get one

    22 19.47%
  • Yes and I'm using most of its features

    58 51.33%
  • Yes, but I'm not using its all features and can easily switch to a normal phone

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    Do You Have a Smartphone?

    Smartphones, mobile development, mobile Internet are at boom now. And I was thinking about joining a bandwagon, however I'm just wondering how many SitePoints actually own a smartphone and happy with it.

    I mean, of course, there must people who after getting a smartphone simply cannot imagine their lives without having phone. While I have just been always using an ordinary mobile phone.

    If you are happy with having a smartphone, can you please elaborate what you're using it for and what features were the deciding factor of a purchase.

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    I have an iPhone and use most of the features.
    I love having the weather and maps right there - I use the GPS a lot.
    I use the browser and email constantly. In fact, part of my job is to Tweet so I can do that on the move, which is awesome.

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    I have an iPhone and use most of its features. I mostly use it to stay in touch with clients and chat with them via Skype. It's pervertedly cheap even when the person on the other end doesn't have Skype.
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    yup, as above I have the iPhone and use most of the features. Maps/GPS is pure gold and worth the money in itself!
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    This is a great thread - I'm using an ordinary Sony Ericsson Walkman W910i, im not a fan of the fiddly touchscreen on the iphones but definitely interesting to hear how ppl use theirs, i just dont get what deal is with them, I mean I'm very much the gadget collector but I just didn't get it with these iphones! - Like, I can use email on my oridinary mobile and the messengers/chat; the touchscreen on the iphones just puts me off I guess

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    I make phone calls with my phone I like not having access to the internet from time to time.

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    I have a Blackberry 9700 and my husband has a new iphone so it's quite nice to be able to compare the two directly (as most people seem to be biased either way). He uses quite a few apps - some of which have made his working life much much easier so he loves it!

    They both have their pros and cons - neither perfect.
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    I have an iPhone and I use for a lot of things. Just this morning I used it to get Swedish commentators to my Dutch live feed of the Olympic hockey, SWE - FIN.

    Also use the GPS/Google Maps often—got me around Amsterdam when I moved here. Sadly enough, I can't see myself living without it. Life would become so... inconvenient.
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    I have a Nokia E66 at the moment, which I intend to replace with the HTC Desire next month, when I'm due for an upgrade.

    I really don't understand people who shun technology and features, and people who say 'I just want it to call people' - they are completely missing the point!

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    6 years ago I bought a phone, which is still working great(even the battery). But the moment it gives , or my battery starts draining within 48 hours, I'll buy a smartphone...

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    I have an iphone. it works well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormrider View Post
    I really don't understand people who shun technology and features, and people who say 'I just want it to call people' - they are completely missing the point!
    Which point? I live comfortably without a smartphone. What am I missing?

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    Blackberry Storm 1 (no wifi)

    Though I do not have service for it. I just use it for an mp3 player, camera, video camera.

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    I love my gphone. They keep updating the software, and it gets better and better. Most recently, the GPS rocks.

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    <-- Nokia N900.
    Often use: Email (and exchange), Web, Calendar, Weather, Phone, GPS/Maps, taking notes (drawing with stylus).
    Also gotta love the full keyboard.
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    I have an "ordinary" cell phone. I use it to make phone calls, nothing more. I made a grand total of 8 phone calls from my cell in 2009, and received none (I never have my phone on unless making an outgoing call). My average phone conversation on a cell phone is around 30s, and my average phone conversation on a land-line is around 20s. I don't use text messaging since I can't see any benefits that it offers over voice communication.

    When someone can demonstrate to me a set of features on a smartphone which I would find useful, and which outweigh the disadvantages, I'll be happy to buy one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohoutek
    I have an iPhone and use most of its features. I mostly use it to stay in touch with clients and chat with them via Skype. It's pervertedly cheap even when the person on the other end doesn't have Skype.
    This is something I've thought about doing. What's the call quality via skype on a mobile? Is it just like talking via the phone's normal telephone function?

    The prohibitive thing for me is that I don't want to spend &#163;30-40 a month on a mobile phone. That's what smartphone contracts with unlimited internet seem to be priced at in the UK (I wouldn't get a limited internet one). I currently spend &#163;10 or less a month with my Nokia 6301, with a 2GB microSD so I can use it as an MP3 player, and I'm pretty happy with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Borozdin View Post
    Which point? I live comfortably without a smartphone. What am I missing?
    I'm sure you are, but I bet you'd live even more comfortably with one :P

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    I do not have one and can not think why I would need one.

    If I travelled a lot and the screen could be opened up to say 15" they might be useful. I brought an IPAQ and used it a couple of times, that was an expensive waste of money; I still have it in a cupboard somewhere.
    I had a phone with internet access for 6+ years and only went on the net a couple of times when I first had it to try it.

    My phone sends and recives calls and tells the time and thats all I need. In fact I quite often do not bother carrying it with me.

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    iPhone.
    I use Mint.com, Banking, music, camera, calendar and words with friends like a mad man..

    and like the other folks - maps/GPS/googledocs - I would be lost without my iPhone.

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    I just have a regular phone...but I do have an Ipod Touch! I just can't justify the cost of a smartphone

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    Current one is a Nokia E71x. That's the third or fourth in a series that goes back to 2002?, when the smartphone was a real brick, comparatively.

    Google Maps. Web browsing. Email. Contacts. Notes. Music. Pictures. All needed. Oh, and telephone, too.

    Some of our people have iPhones, and love them. Not all, though. Wife uses a simple soap bar give it away free flip phone. And not much of that, either.

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    I have HTC Touch 2 and I love its features but I wish it has a bigger screen as I find browsing the web hard for a 2.8" screen.

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    I have regular phone


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