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View Poll Results: What type of phone do you use?
Smartphone (iOS) 14 20.59%
Smartphone (Android) 27 39.71%
Smartphone (Other) 6 8.82%
Feature phone 6 8.82%
Non-feature dumbphone 13 19.12%
No mobile phone at all 2 2.94%
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Old 2011-12-25, 11:29   Link #41
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Old 2011-12-25, 13:38   Link #42
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Anyone remember PDAs, beepers? All rolled into one now.
I remember them although I avoided getting one because I commuted by train to university each day, so I always had my bag with a laptop in it. I think if I had lived on campus I might have gotten a PDA as a lightweight device, but as I had my laptop with me at all times it didn't make sense.

One of my friends had good fun playing pocket Age of Empires (muted) in lectures where he already knew the material.


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I go to bed with it. Is that bad?
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I call mine Marisa because she is hardworking and draws the attention of any girl I meet.
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I call her... uh... Desire?


I think you guys need to wait for the life-like robots to turn up before you become too 'attached' to your gadgets .
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Old 2011-12-25, 13:49   Link #43
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They've become like this?
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Old 2011-12-25, 14:05   Link #44
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^ That's basically what Siri is...except her listening skills could be better
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Old 2011-12-25, 14:39   Link #45
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Nono, Siri is either this
http://www.dilbert.com/2011-12-16/
or that
http://www.dilbert.com/2011-12-17/
depending on it's mood I guess.
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Old 2011-12-25, 17:10   Link #46
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I go to bed with it. Is that bad?
For your health yes

MIne is a Samsung Wave. So the OS is Bada
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Old 2011-12-25, 17:52   Link #47
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I only ever use my cellphone for the sake of calling the very few friends that I have, work related things (mainly job interviews, which I don't expect to have for another while), and mostly so to keep in touch with my family. Other than that, I don't feel the need for a cellphone, so I can do without all the thousands of millions of features that a smartphone offers.
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Old 2011-12-25, 18:39   Link #48
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To be real honest, the iPhone is a nifty invention. If only it was properly usable as a FRIGGEN PHONE. Compared to my old dumbphones which I had for many years, its reliability, reception and speech quality it is MASSIVELY worse. Which annoys me to no end.
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Old 2011-12-25, 18:49   Link #49
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I recently upgraded to a iPhone4S and am amazed at its speed, matter of fact it has all but replaced my laptop for browseing the net and watching videos.
You can buy a flash player from the app store for $3.99, and there are a lot of iPhone dedicated sites that support it's video playback system.
As for reception, mines always been crystal clear, both phone wise and other wise.
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Old 2011-12-25, 21:39   Link #50
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To be real honest, the iPhone is a nifty invention. If only it was properly usable as a FRIGGEN PHONE. Compared to my old dumbphones which I had for many years, its reliability, reception and speech quality it is MASSIVELY worse. Which annoys me to no end.
I supposed that you used a Motorola DynaTAC before.

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I call her... uh... Desire?
What kind of lame name is that? At least call her Elise Lutas or something!
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Old 2011-12-25, 21:56   Link #51
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I supposed that you used a Motorola DynaTAC before.

What kind of lame name is that? At least call her Elise Lutas or something!
Rosebud.

"It was his phone."

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Old 2011-12-25, 22:09   Link #52
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The "for want of notepad thread" reminded me that smartphones aren't everywhere just yet.

Do you use a smartphone or a dumbphone?

Final question for those of us lucky enough to live in Japan. I think QR codes originated in Japan, since QR codes are generally associated with smartphones, am I correct to assume that smartphones are very popular over there?
Is that what young americans are calling it now, 'dumbphone'?

I have a normal mobile phone, Japanese one. I can send/receive emails and make/receive calls.
Does me fine as a mobile phone.
When I want to stroke a screen all damn day, I'll turn to my laptop
But I prefer the sensation of buttons which register effectively my key presses, something i can do without being restrained to stare at the screen when I type, something that's a loss with touch screen technology now.

Smart phones are getting popular in Japan due to the fun, commercial aspect. People are getting them for the sake of getting them cause it's popular (a 9 year old got an ipad for Christmas I saw yesterday, and I'm wondering what does she need one for, when she has all the latest DS and PSP handheld consoles)

However since Japan developed it's own system here, smartphones are actually not blending in culturally well, almost everyone has 2 mobiles, a smartphone and a regular because many shops and services rely on the QR code or mobile membership system and iphones do not recognise those well or no application has been made for it actually.

Also all commercial and public service websites in Japan have a mobile phone application for Japanese mobiles, not American made smartphones (another major cause of contention for business men as I found out, having a foreign market 'steal' their customers in the world of electronics and technology)

A lot of mobile application companies are also re writing software to be displayed and used for smartphones too (Tokyo Metro being one of the latest companies now), so very busy period for programmers over here, but most who have a smartphone also have a regular phone as it's tied to too many services in Japan (travel, shopping, etc), in the form of e-money, so in a sense it becomes inconvenient.

PS: What's a feature phone?
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Old 2011-12-25, 22:40   Link #53
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Is that what young americans are calling it now, 'dumbphone'?
Actually, this thread is the first I've heard that term used. It seems just a natural bit of ironic slang since "smartphones" aren't really smart at all ... well, maybe they're smart to market drones

PS: What's a feature phone?[/QUOTE]
Its a marketing term (actually meaningless if you think about it). It really is just a trendy term for phones that don't have "data services/internet" but have voice, mp3, text, calendar, calculator, etc.
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Old 2011-12-25, 22:43   Link #54
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Its a marketing term (actually meaningless if you think about it). It really is just a trendy term for phones that don't have "data services/internet" but have voice, mp3, text, calendar, calculator, etc.
So its just a modern phone then basically?
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Old 2011-12-25, 23:12   Link #55
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Is that what young americans are calling it now, 'dumbphone'?
That's what I hear a lot of my friends and coworkers calling them. Its not a smartphone, so what is it?

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However since Japan developed it's own system here, smartphones are actually not blending in culturally well, almost everyone has 2 mobiles, a smartphone and a regular because many shops and services rely on the QR code or mobile membership system and iphones do not recognise those well or no application has been made for it actually.
interesting. thanks for the info!

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PS: What's a feature phone?
A phone with a lot of extra non-phone features such as a mp3 player, really basic mobile internet browser, etc.

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Actually, this thread is the first I've heard that term used. It seems just a natural bit of ironic slang since "smartphones" aren't really smart at all ... well, maybe they're smart to market drones
What do you call non-smartphone phones? Dumbphone does sound more like a marketing term trying to get everyone to pay more when I think about it...

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I think you guys need to wait for the life-like robots to turn up before you become too 'attached' to your gadgets .
I'm not that close with my mobile phone. Its mainly Siri's fault that our relationship hasn't developed more though. She doesn't seem to want to marry me. TT_TT
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Old 2016-06-05, 18:45   Link #56
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A Camera Lens Breakthrough Could See Smartphones
Outperforming DSLRs:


"Thanks to years of refining the manufacturing processes for electronics,
producing these metalenses will be relatively easy and cheap using the
same techniques used for microchips. The other huge advantage is that
these lenses won’t have to be the size of Pringles cans. Once the
technology is perfected, the same lens used in a DSLR could be squeezed
into a smartphone. They say the best camera is the one you have with
you, but soon your smartphone might actually be as good as it gets."

See:

http://gizmodo.com/a-camera-lens-bre...per-1780397803
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Old 2016-06-10, 08:46   Link #57
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I've used cellphones primarily for one thing: to contact my family in coordinating outings or for errands and emergencies. My contact list is pretty anemic compared to the gargantuan lists my family has.

Of course, since my phone (a Kata brand whose model I can't remember) has all these features, I just take advantage of all of them:

- I like taking pics during outings, and using the camera to take pics of lists, receipts, and other important things I'm too lazy to remember but need to recall later.
- Music player of course for those long trips.
- And Solitaire and Temple Run for those long queues in banks and other establishments
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Old 2016-06-11, 00:14   Link #58
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... I'm just going to say that I'm probably one of the handful of Americans left who still just has a dumbphone, though I probably should add the "Under 50" demographic as well. My main reason is simple though: I got the phone for free years ago, and I currently like having to only pay about $30 a month. It also helps that A) I don't talk or text all that often (though I swear I'm not a hikkikomori!) and B) Due to being surrounded by trees, any form of cellular reception at home is god-awful
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Old 2016-07-16, 22:19   Link #59
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The Morning After Turkey’s Smart Phone Coup:

"Both sides used smart phones as weapons, and the aftereffects of the
coup attempt will ripple through Turkey and beyond for weeks to come."


"We are now finding that this coup was largely orchestrated using
encrypted smart phone chat app Whatsapp. This was reportedly the
primary form of communication among coup participants. At the same
time, Erdogan’s administration used smart phone tech in a massive
way to counter the military coup. Not only did Erdogan use FaceTime
to speak to his constituents in the hours immediately after the coup
began, telling his supporters to fill the streets and stand up against the
military’s power-grab attempt, but the government also sent out
millions of SMS emergency text messages to everyone in population
centers telling them to do the same.

Erdogan’s call to his supporters to disobey the military’s evocation of
martial law and their demand for people to stay inside was the largest
factor in Erdogan’s political and possibly physical survival. All this
underscores how powerful non-traditional forms of electronic
communication have become during major geo-political and military
conflicts."

See:

http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone...art-phone-coup


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Social Violence Networking:

"This use of social media has led to a new dynamic that bypasses the
"redirecting - calming - slowing" influence of traditional media and the
government. This new dynamic is raw, unfiltered, and fast. It also
radically increases both the likelihood and the intensity of social
violence."


"This roiling dynamic for amplifying social violence is very, very
dangerous. It has the potential to rip the lid off of this country faster
than we can respond."

See:

http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/...nce-media.html


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Are smart phones becoming one of the most politically/socially
influential technologies of the early 21st century?
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Old 2016-07-18, 12:29   Link #60
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I voted feature phone, because I guess my phone has some kind of MP3 player feature (maybe others?) that I've never used and have no intention of using. I own a laptop, man, I don't need internet or anything like that. I just want to be able to call, text, and maybe take some crappy pictures if I happen to not have my actual camera with me.

I think my phone is great. I only have to charge it once a month (if that) despite its age as long as I don't go live in rural areas for days... and I usually live in the citiest city that ever citied in my state, so that's rarely an issue. It also has a super neat double-hinge thing that allows me to have a real keyboard without having to deal with crappy smartphone touch screens. When I first got the phone like... 5 years ago? I was so sure the hinge was just going to explode one day, but I've dropped the thing on extremely hard surfaces from high up and the hinge is just fine.

I kind of hate touch screens since they're just asking to become disgusting messes of finger oils, and they don't seem to like my fingers very much since half the time touching things on them doesn't do anything when I try. Flip phones are really the way to go, anyway, if you ask me, because it protects the screen without some pricy screen protector and butt-dialing is impossible. I'll switch to smart phones when they make one just like my flip phone. And I really mean just like it. The only phone I had before this didn't have the double hinge dealio and I can't stand typing letters with phone numbers, or whatever you call that. So... I'm probably going to be using this phone forever. I'm going to look at my age and contemplate what's gone wrong with the world, now.
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