Should I get a Smartphone?

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Nov 4, 2010

Should I get a Smartphone? by Jakob95 at 5:52 AM (4,834 Views / 0 Likes) 53 replies

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    Well I always wanted a smartphone currently I have a feature phone. The thing about smartphones that always drove me away was that it they were to expensive and that I had to pay $30 extra on a Data plan. I have Verizon Wireless and no I can't leave it. Recently Verizon made a new plan for Smartphones and now let you pay $15 dollars only for Data Plan for 150MB only. Is 150MB only too little, what I will do with 3G probably will just check my e-mail, go on GBAtemp on the browser time to time and that's about it no youtube and stuff. I will be using Wifi most of the time anyways on the phone plus I have an iPod Touch. $15 dollars extra is still a little to much for me so I was thinking of dropping my $5 texting plan and get the Data plan and text people using the internet on the phone instead. How does that work on most Android phones texting using the internet will that waste a lot of MBs? Another thing I want to get the LG Ally its an Android phone if anyone knows if its good please post it comes with Android 2.1 plus its only $50. Paying an addition $10 is still pretty tough on me since my family doesn't have any money to burn at this stuff.


    Another thing how do I convince my Dad to buy me it he thinks smartphones are useless because phones are meant to be used to call people. He thinks a normal phone will do just fine for me. But I am sick and tired of my crappy LG Voyager.
     


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    So many run-on sentences...Anyway, if you're so worried about the cost and that your family has no money for this kind of stuff, then why are you going through with buying a new phone? If it's your money to use, you shouldn't be worrying about your family's money...
     
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    Android is pretty data hungry so I don't think 150MB will cover it. I have Sprint's unlimited data plan and I use about 3-5 GB of data per month. I don't use WiFi at all because I feel whats the point of using it when my data is unlimited anyway. I don't know how using WiFi will effect the data usage. There are plenty of instant messaging apps on the android market so that can be a way around using text.
     
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    Because I am not the one who pays the monthly bills for the phones.
     
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    150 MB is good enough if you don't do any heavy surfing and/or app downloading. Just get a data transfer monitoring app and you'll be fine. Also use Opera for browsing since they will compress pictures and stuff before sending them to you which makes the data transfers a lot smaller.

    The reason to use Wi-Fi is cause Wi-Fi data transfer rate is usually much faster than that of 3G. Also some apps behave differently when connected to Wi-Fi rather than 3G, like YouTube which will download a higher-quality video on Wi-Fi.

    Using email/IM on your phone instead of texting is a viable option, but the problem is: will your friends have phones that can receive emails and IM messages lol. If you friends have androids then using gtalk to message people would be a good choice. MSN isn't recommended since leaving it on drains a huge amount of battery. If they have smartphones that are not androids then using emails would probably work, but still unless they have a Blackberry or something these messages won't arrive as instantly as an SMS message would. (many phones are set to check for new emails every 10/30/60/etc. minutes)
     
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    Well I think I will be able to use Textplus to text them. I also found out after 6 months I can drop the data plan. So I will be basically paying 90 dollars for 6 months on it. Since I will also be removing text messaging($5 dollars a month) I will be removing 30 dollars away from my bill in 6 months. So its like I am only paying $60 more dollars on Data. Still that is sort of expensive but I think I can live with it.

    Anyone on Verizon here that had success removing there Data plan in 6 months?
     
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    There is one thing ive been noticing lately, and that is that file transfering from computer to phone isnt as simple as you think with a Iphone, you have to get Itunes and do alot of stuff there just to transfer 1 file, im currently using a Xperia X10, i had the choice between this and Iphone G3, call me dumb but i chose this because of its fast file transfer, and depending on if you listen to music often or movies a good file transfer phone is necessary, if youre more in for it for the apps and games then i suggest Iphone, ive heard that the connection on it sometimes break loose however.
     
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    [​IMG] I never said I wanted to get an iPhone I am on Verizon they don't have iPhones. I want an Android phone!
     
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    Xperia X10, any of them is good, ive heard that some of samsungs smartphones have some problems, blackberry for example.
    From what ive heard and seen Galaxy seem trustworthy enough. Still not certain on that however [​IMG]
     
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    Well I found a good website that sells Cell phones for a cheap price.
    wirefly.com as my 2 year contract ended I am able to upgrade my phone. I am on a Family Line an not the primary holder. So the HTC Incredible will not be free for me but instead I will have to pay $50 for it. The LG Ally will still be Free for me though.

    What phone do you think I should go with? I am not really sure about which phone will be better for me.
    Incredible:
    1GHz Processor, 512MB of RAM, Android 2.2, 3.7inch screen, $50 bucks, no keyboard(not really a con I guess I am doing fine typing with my iTouch)

    Ally
    Free(major lmao), 256MB of RAM, 600MHz Processor, Android 2.1, has a keyboard!, from reviews they say that this phone lags, also say thats its very hard to scroll in the web browser because of the lag.
     
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    If you do want a smartphone, get a good one. Like one from Sony or HTC. Not from piece-of-crap-LG.
    I've yet to see a not crappy LG phone...
    Anyway, the HTC wildfire is a pretty cheap smartphone [​IMG]
     
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    I have verizon.
     
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    Do you guys think I should pay the extra $50 for the Droid Incredible? Its a lot better then the Ally but the Ally is free.
     
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    The Incredible is most definitely worth the $50 premium.
     
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    Do you think I will be able to watch Flash on the LG ally? It has a 600MHz Processor.

    The Incredible is really good and will probably be updated for a while which I doubt the Ally will ever get 2.2. I am not really sure if I will buy it I don't have a lot of money plus I have to pay those data money.
     
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    Flash 10.1 on Android requires an ARMv7 architecture processor, while the 600MHz processor in the Ally is an ARMv6.

    If you can, though, for Verizon, I'd also really look at the Fascinate, the Droid X, and the Droid 2, all of which have better hardware than the Incredible (better GPUs), and way better hardware than the Ally.
     
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    Those are way expensive phones!. Any other stuff about the Incredible that is better then the Ally?
     
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    Your current handset can browse the web, receive email and go on GBAtemp, all the things you said you'd use it for. You already have an iPod Touch, which has access to the iPhone apps store. I don't really think you need a new phone too. Shiny toy may look tempting, but it won't offer you anything your current combination of devices doesn't already have covered.

    (Besides, if Mum and Dad are nice enough to pay your phone bill and buy your handsets for you then I think it's kinda rude to demand something that fancy anyway. Pay your own phone bill and you can do what you like [​IMG] )
     
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    well my parents just make me pay for the extra data plan, so whatever extra money it costs a month i have to pay for

    and you just get the droid incredible, it's a lot better than the Ally, mainly for the performance
     
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    No those are the only things I am going to do with the 3G on the phone while I am having it. I am going to do a lot more stuff with Wifi such as download apps and what not. I don't have data on my Voyager and the web browser sucks like crazy on the voyager.

    Also does anyone know if the Ally battery is better or worst then the Incredible? And is the Ally's web browser faster then the iPod touch 2gs?
     

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