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Within a week I get to upgrade to a SmartPhone...
06 Feb 2012 | US Navy Vet

Posted on 02/06/2012 2:47:42 PM PST by US Navy Vet

...any recommendations, Suggestions?


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KEYWORDS: smartphone; vanity
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Any ones to stay away from? My Carrier is Verizon.
1 posted on 02/06/2012 2:47:50 PM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

Too bad. The best phone is a windows phone, but ATT had the best windows phones. Check out the windows phone if you are new to smart phones. It does everythign you’ll need but makes it easy. Read about how great windows phone was received at CES this year (January). It was all the rage.


2 posted on 02/06/2012 2:51:38 PM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: US Navy Vet

Well a couple months ago I finaly downgraded to just basic phone service @ $27 per month. No texting and no media service. Damn, just like it used to be, a phone that you just use to talk on!


3 posted on 02/06/2012 2:55:53 PM PST by eastforker (Don't be ornery for Romney, instead Root for Newt!)
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To: US Navy Vet
Awesome. You'll love it.

I have a Samsung Galaxy. With AT&T.

Had a Razor prior...wow. It was like going from a horse carriage to a Cadillac (to me). Can't tell you the pros or cons of each type though. Went with Samsung mostly because it is compatible with Windows and I'm in real estate and most of the applications are not Mac / Apple compatible.

Good Luck..

4 posted on 02/06/2012 2:56:28 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (The 2nd Amendment IS my concealed carry permit)
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To: US Navy Vet

I really like keyboards. I really hate those simulated keyboards that you run your finger across.

If you’re ok with Verizon as a carrier and Android as your OS, the Droid 4 will probably be the best phone w/ keyboard.

I’m trying to wait for when Windows brings out Apollo (their latest OS for their phone. I’m hoping they’ll have a phone w/ keyboard.


5 posted on 02/06/2012 2:56:38 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: US Navy Vet

After having Verizon for 6 years I just switched to Straight Talk at Wal Mart. Bought an LG Optimus Q phone - unlimited talk text and data for S49.00 per month taxes included. Love it.


6 posted on 02/06/2012 2:57:24 PM PST by 30Moves
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To: US Navy Vet
I have been using pre-paid plans exclusively for about fifteen years. If you do any international travel including Canada or Mexico, pre-paid phones won't work there.

I am using the LG Optimus V, the V is for Virgin Mobile.

Android phone.

The Prepaid plan I have is (now) at $35/month, unlimited 3G until you hit 2.5GB, then it goes to 128kbs. 300 minutes of talk time.

Sprint owns VM, and the phones will only work on the Sprint network, no roaming.

$45/month gets you 1200 minutes.

$55/month unlimited minutes.

http://www.virginmobileusa.com/cell-phone-plans/beyond-talk-plans.jsp

If you go with Android, you had better like Google. Gmail, Gmaps, GCalendar. It will work with others, but it won't like it.

7 posted on 02/06/2012 2:57:35 PM PST by garyb
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To: for-q-clinton

I have AT&T and am due for a new phone in 2 weeks. What is a windows phone?


8 posted on 02/06/2012 2:57:52 PM PST by MustKnowHistory
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To: US Navy Vet

Always take the classic. The Blackberry.


9 posted on 02/06/2012 2:58:38 PM PST by Bruinator ("For socialism is not merely the labour question, it is before all things an atheistic question")
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To: US Navy Vet

Get the ones with the longest antennae............

10 posted on 02/06/2012 2:59:14 PM PST by Red Badger (If you are unemployed long enough, you are no longer unemployed.)
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To: for-q-clinton

Verizon version of the Focus S if you go windows phone. Otherwise the. Verizon version of the Samsung galaxy s2 skyrocket LTE.


11 posted on 02/06/2012 2:59:27 PM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: US Navy Vet

just went with an Iphone 3G because my carrier (verizon) gave it to me for nothing. Had to sign a two year contract. Like the phone....still trying to figure most of it out. Anything would have been a vast improvement over the dinosaur I had for about 9 years


12 posted on 02/06/2012 2:59:38 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: US Navy Vet

My family is very happy with iPhone 4’s and Verizon service.


13 posted on 02/06/2012 3:00:16 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: US Navy Vet
Advice? Don't.
Stay with a basic phone. Mine is the LG VX8300 by Verizon and it is as rock.

I will never get a "smart" phone.

14 posted on 02/06/2012 3:02:20 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Do all He commands. Receive all He promises.)
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To: US Navy Vet
Samsung Galaxy w Android v 2.3.4 and on US Cellular's network.

One hell of a phone and provider. Absolutely no problems/issues.

If I had a gripe tho...I'd ask for better battery technology...but then, I complain a lot!

15 posted on 02/06/2012 3:02:24 PM PST by Logic n' Reason ("To keep you is no benefit; to kill you is no loss.")
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To: US Navy Vet
I've had the Motorola Droid (original version on Verizon), an iPhone 3 (AT&T) and an iPhone 4 (Verizon).

Honestly, I don't have a strong preference between them. If you happen to use a Mac computer, then an iPhone is the obvious choice.

The iPhone is more "locked down" but it also tends to operate more smoothly. The Android phones have more things you can "fiddle with". There seem to be some significant security issues with the Android phones that haven't occurred with the iPhone.

I've heard some nice things about the latest Windows phones, but they don't seem to be selling at all well, so if you go that route, you might find yourself with an "orphan" that doesn't have much 3rd-party support.

If you have any particular software you really want on your phone, make sure it's available on the phone you're going to choose. Go to a store and play around with them to see if you like the "feel" of one more than the other.

Good luck with your choice!

16 posted on 02/06/2012 3:03:50 PM PST by Johnny B.
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To: US Navy Vet
I have a galaxy nexus on verizon. Its fantastic and especially good if you will use your phone for web browsing b/c the screen is very large. Only complaint is the camera isn't great - though it takes pictures pretty much instantly.
17 posted on 02/06/2012 3:06:25 PM PST by AMitchum
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

iPhone 4s - Love it!


18 posted on 02/06/2012 3:09:22 PM PST by CTGOPPER (Republican in Connecticut)
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To: US Navy Vet

Avoid Motorola like the plague.


19 posted on 02/06/2012 3:13:14 PM PST by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: AMitchum

DROID x here.. but im old school..


20 posted on 02/06/2012 3:13:14 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: US Navy Vet

If it’s for work... keep a regular phone for talking... and get a tablet if you need mobile computing.

Don’t be afraid of things Apple. They do work, quite well.

By the way, Halliburton is leaving Blackberry of iPhone...

http://www.imore.com/2012/02/06/halliburton-ditching-blackberry-favor-iphone-ios/


21 posted on 02/06/2012 3:14:29 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: US Navy Vet

The “keypad” touchpad on the iPhone is big enough to see and Verizon is much better than AT&T. I believe there are more apps available for the iPhone as well.

Anything except a Blackberry IMHO, I need reading glasses to see the keys and they are much too small if you have sausage fingers like me.


22 posted on 02/06/2012 3:14:53 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Michael Barnes

You’re smoking crack Mike..


23 posted on 02/06/2012 3:15:16 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: US Navy Vet

If you have an iPod, get an iPhone...one less gizmo to figure out. AND it’s a really cool phone.

I love mine!


24 posted on 02/06/2012 3:16:36 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland ( Santorum/Palin 2012, the rest stink...)
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To: US Navy Vet

The top of the line phone right now is the Samsung Galaxy S2. I have one thru Sprint.

Very powerful, lots of memory, and a very big screen.

Only $200 with activation. I strongly recommend.


25 posted on 02/06/2012 3:17:00 PM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: US Navy Vet; Swordmaker

Of interest to the List?


26 posted on 02/06/2012 3:19:45 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: goseminoles
Yeah...Right now everyone is happy with the ICS releases on their shiny new phones. Wait for another 18 months when Motorola could care less about upgrading your phones OS. GB is fine, don't get my wrong, but both models of motorola I have run with GB have issues just spontaneously rebooting, goofy UI hangs and running hot as hell (literally).
So, what are you running to keep your gear more up to date? rooted CM7? Maybe a taste of CM9? The Atrix 4g is more than capable of ICS, guess what? Motorola won't commit to it even under Google's EULA for carriers...Still think I'm smoking something?
27 posted on 02/06/2012 3:20:23 PM PST by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: US Navy Vet

My upgrade is next month...I’m going with the new Iphone that Verizon has. Google Android can KMA..I would have stayed with a DROID but Google changed my mind.


28 posted on 02/06/2012 3:24:07 PM PST by hope
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To: Johnny B.

Microsoft can’t afford to get out, unless they want to essentially leave the consumer market, because everything is going portable from desktop to cellphones and tablets.

They’ll be fine.

It’s Blackberry I’m concerned about. They’ve had a three years and it doesn’t look better for the next year for them.


29 posted on 02/06/2012 3:26:50 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: US Navy Vet

ping to read th answers...I also need a new phone...and another laptop. I bought a cheap Dell and it has died. Never again. Any suggestions on laptop would be helpful...can I replace a laptop with an iPad? Really?

Thanks for letting me tag along on your thread, ‘vet!


30 posted on 02/06/2012 3:27:40 PM PST by SueRae (I can see November from my HOUSE!!!!!!!! 11.06.2012, the Tower of Sauron falls,)
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To: US Navy Vet
I have an HTC EVO 4G. But my service is through Sprint, not Verizon. Talk, text, internet, camera, videos. Everything but cleans house and cooks breakfast.

BTW I seldom use the 4G. I keep it set at 3G. Saves some battery life. There are newer models that show videos in 3D, but I think that's a useless feature since watching videos on a phone just seems silly to me.

31 posted on 02/06/2012 3:30:46 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Michael Barnes

Got burned by those early Razors, huh? I’m sorry to hear that you dislike them that much. They have a rep as being a pretty solid platform, even though there were notable cock-ups like those Razors.


32 posted on 02/06/2012 3:34:39 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: US Navy Vet

I’m on Verizon, and my Windows Phone (HTC Trophy) is the best phone I’ve ever owned. Yes, I’ve had a Droid and an iPhone. The level of integration and ease of use is amazing. I’m hoping that Big Red will offer one of the new Nokia phones or something like the Titan, soon.


33 posted on 02/06/2012 3:37:47 PM PST by rivercat
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To: alice_in_bubbaland; US Navy Vet

Alice makes a very good point, Navy Vet. What machine do you normally use? Windows? Mac? Linux? Weigh that when you go to the micro-mini computer that is a smart phone. It’s wayyy more computer than phone, and you should at least try something that is similar to what you already know.


34 posted on 02/06/2012 3:39:08 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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35 posted on 02/06/2012 3:39:21 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: SueRae

Toshiba makes very good consumer laptops.

I’ve had mine for about 7 years and it still performs pretty decently.


36 posted on 02/06/2012 3:39:36 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: US Navy Vet

I run a Samsung infuse 4G here and wifey loves her iPhone4 .. shop around. we’re at+t for now.. and ever I reckun. Good luck.


37 posted on 02/06/2012 3:39:57 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: SueRae

Toshiba makes very good consumer laptops.

I’ve had mine for about 7 years and it still performs pretty decently.


38 posted on 02/06/2012 3:40:16 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Stay with a basic phone. Mine is the LG VX8300 by Verizon and it is as rock.

I had the 8350. Great for music out of the speakers. I had it for years but it started acting up. Would shut off every time I slammed it shut.

Now I have the Samsung Convoy. Got it free from the IT guy at work. It's like the LG but a lot more durable.

Sometimes I wish I had a smartphone but I would get into trouble with it at work.

39 posted on 02/06/2012 3:42:22 PM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Michael Barnes

Yes.. your rambling is incoherent...


40 posted on 02/06/2012 3:43:56 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: Retired Greyhound

Concur. Got a casemate case, and one of those “military grade” screen protectors. Lots of cool stuff that it can do, but does take some playing around with it to get to know it.


41 posted on 02/06/2012 3:44:18 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: MustKnowHistory

Personally I’d hold out until the Nokia Lumia 900 is out. Bing search it! It’s going to be the phone to own in 2011.


42 posted on 02/06/2012 3:47:06 PM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: US Navy Vet

Droid Razr. Quad processor is so fast, the gps never says ‘recalculating’, it instantly auto corrects Verizon Navigator is free with the data plan. Love the ultra fast 4g tech, even 3g is fast enough to download Netflix movies without waiting. I love mine and the Verizon service so much I call her Ann. It comes preloaded with quik office that is easy to work on MS office programs.


43 posted on 02/06/2012 3:49:45 PM PST by sportutegrl
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To: for-q-clinton

While the Lumia 900 should be a very nice phone, even Nokia is saying to wait for the phones that will accompany Apollo.

I’m trying to hold off until then.


44 posted on 02/06/2012 3:50:03 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: for-q-clinton

I agree 100%. I’m going to upgrade my LG Quantum windows phone to the Nokia Lumia 900 when it comes out. I can’t wait!


45 posted on 02/06/2012 3:54:07 PM PST by ChuckHam
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To: US Navy Vet

You do realize that by getting the smartphone you are required to have a data plan. Depending on which phone you choose, this could add up to $29.99 per month to the bill.

Just wanted to let you know if you didn’t. If you knew - then carry on!

I have an old grandfathered smartphone ENV 2 and I love it. No data plan necessary and a nice QWERTY keyboard. Rock solid phone. My 2 cents!


46 posted on 02/06/2012 4:03:10 PM PST by jcsjcm (This country was built on exceptionalism and individualism. In God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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Oh? I’ve been pretty happy the last 4 years with my 1.5G Moto 9Q.


47 posted on 02/06/2012 4:03:10 PM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: Jonty30

I agree the next version is going to be what let’s windows phone dominate; however, you’re looking at 2013 or so to see that. If you want a smartphone today I’d wait just another month and get the Nokia lumia 900.

And then upgrade to Apollo later. And also remember windows phones can be updated like iPhones so that you can get the latest OS installed. It may not have the latest sensors built in the phone or dual core, but I’m sure you can go a year with the 900 upgrade to Apollo.


48 posted on 02/06/2012 4:09:34 PM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: Retired Greyhound
The top of the line phone right now is the Samsung Galaxy S2. I have one thru Sprint.

Very powerful, lots of memory, and a very big screen.

Only $200 with activation. I strongly recommend.

I agree but lack of 4g is a real nuisance here in San Diego for Sprint. I stayed with Sprint because of their unlimited data plan but they threw sand in the face of their long time subscribers(2001)just before they released the Galaxy Epic, so do not expect Sprint to have the unlimited data when they roll out their LTE network.

The phone is amazing.

49 posted on 02/06/2012 4:14:23 PM PST by Cyman
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To: US Navy Vet

At this very moment I am on my Toshiba Thrive tablet which is hot spotted to my Samsung Charge talking on the phone with my blue tooth and listening to Howie Carr on an app with no loss of speed.

It has great battery life and I just love it!


50 posted on 02/06/2012 4:15:04 PM PST by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (I sure wouldn't get away with kiting a $9000 check to the IRS.)
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