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  1. 1. What kind of phone(s) do you have? (click all that apply)

    • Smartphone
      23
    • "Dumb" cell phone
      8
    • Home phone
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    • IP based phone service, or Skype
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i'm thinking of getting a real smart phone in november... looking at pay as you go, picking up an S3, parlty because i've used it before.... with a price tag of ~$400. would anyone recommend something else?

I'd wait and see what the next Google Nexus device is like before making a purchase. It should launch in October. Rumours have it pegged for a 1080p display, 13MP camera and LTE. It'd be far more modern than the S3, with fast updates and a better UI.

sounds like a reason the S3 should drop in price again....i don't need bleeding edge...

But there's a good chance the Nexus 5 will cost the same as the S3, even after a price drop. Google sells the Nexus devices at barely any profit. For example, the Nexus 4 with 8GB was sold for $300 at launch.

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It's sold out forever. Google just cleared things out to make way for the Nexus 5.

However, the Nexus 4 is a good device. You'll probably find some unopened models on your local Craigslist or on eBay.


Still, I'd recommend waiting for the Nexus 5. It promises to be a very good phone.

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The instability I've observed w/ the 2 Android phones and tablet I've had (and my sister's phones and tablet) does concern me w/ Android in general, though..freezing, crashing, the screen going blank randomly, non-responsive apps, etc. The Apple products I've used just seem to work.

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The instability I've observed w/ the 2 Android phones and tablet I've had (and my sister's phones and tablet) does concern me w/ Android in general, though..freezing, crashing, the screen going blank randomly, non-responsive apps, etc. The Apple products I've used just seem to work.

I'm on my 3rd Android here and only on the first one did I have those problems, but it was a very early device. The second device was a great phone crippled by a horrible network. I've been very happy with my 3rd one and my tablet as well.

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ps. Careful with iOS 7! You can end up getting other people's text messages...

Your family members keep receiving iMessages/text messages that are meant for the other person



You and your family members must all have individual Apple IDs unless you want to keep receiving messages meant for the other.
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If you and your family members are sharing the same Apple ID across multiple devices, every time you use iMessage to text the other person, whoever else is using that ID will also receive the same message.

To stop your kids from receiving messages meant for Dad and vice versa, they will need to set up their own Apple ID, or log in to iMessage using their phone number instead of a group email. The same goes for you and your significant other.

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The instability I've observed w/ the 2 Android phones and tablet I've had (and my sister's phones and tablet) does concern me w/ Android in general, though..freezing, crashing, the screen going blank randomly, non-responsive apps, etc. The Apple products I've used just seem to work.

I've been using Androids since the G1 Dream... on beta versions, stable versions and Cyanogen versions... freezing, crashing, etc. have been very rare. That said, I have only used Android on good phones... there are a lot of Androids out there that are designed to be bargain specials... and I steer clear of them.

My G1 still lives actually... Ran Froyo with it for a bit... then rolled back to 1.6.

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The instability I've observed w/ the 2 Android phones and tablet I've had (and my sister's phones and tablet) does concern me w/ Android in general, though..freezing, crashing, the screen going blank randomly, non-responsive apps, etc. The Apple products I've used just seem to work.

I've been using Androids since the G1 Dream... on beta versions, stable versions and Cyanogen versions... freezing, crashing, etc. have been very rare. That said, I have only used Android on good phones... there are a lot of Androids out there that are designed to be bargain specials... and I steer clear of them.

My G1 still lives actually... Ran Froyo with it for a bit... then rolled back to 1.6.

The G1 runs a pure Android experience, which is why you've had few issues.

Any issues with Android are typically the fault of brands like Samsung or HTC who put their own skins and software on top of the core OS, which causes a lot of issues.

For example, my Note 2 does have occasions where it heavily lags due to Samsung's TouchWiz software. My buddy's Note 2 which runs ParanoidAndroid, is amazingly quick, no matter what.

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The instability I've observed w/ the 2 Android phones and tablet I've had (and my sister's phones and tablet) does concern me w/ Android in general, though..freezing, crashing, the screen going blank randomly, non-responsive apps, etc. The Apple products I've used just seem to work.

I've been using Androids since the G1 Dream... on beta versions, stable versions and Cyanogen versions... freezing, crashing, etc. have been very rare. That said, I have only used Android on good phones... there are a lot of Androids out there that are designed to be bargain specials... and I steer clear of them.

My G1 still lives actually... Ran Froyo with it for a bit... then rolled back to 1.6.

The G1 runs a pure Android experience, which is why you've had few issues.

Any issues with Android are typically the fault of brands like Samsung or HTC who put their own skins and software on top of the core OS, which causes a lot of issues.

For example, my Note 2 does have occasions where it heavily lags due to Samsung's TouchWiz software. My buddy's Note 2 which runs ParanoidAndroid, is amazingly quick, no matter what.

So I've heard...our phones have been Motorola Droids (Droid 1, 2, 3 and Razr Maxx HD) (Verizon) and the tabbys Kindle Fire HDs (which run a forked version of Android 4.0).

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Motorola's were notorious for their skinning with Motoblur, often raising the ire of reviewers and the general public. It's believed that Motoblur contributed to the company's massive decline in Android marketshare. For the past year, they've cleaned up their act and offer a fairly standard Android experience, albeit a couple versions behind the newest Google release.

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I just wish the phone companies would not screw with the consumer the way they do, seems the closer you get to the end of your contract the worse the phone works and they seem hell bent on NOT offering upgrades to the phones.

I wish Google would stop with their Open source customize crap for everyone as there are just way to many versions and you should be able to upgrade their OS just like Apple or MSFT. Not too thrilled with my Android Samsung Charge right now. I also Blame Samsung for not offering an update on the OS.

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Or get a Google Device with Google Software and it all works, no muss no fuss.

The problem is the carriers and the phone manufacturers putting bloat on there.

But that problem is also an advantage. It also means that I can customize my phone in an infinite number of ways.

and I still have a bigger dick screen.

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gee, get an apple device with Apple OS and apple software and it all just works without fuss. :)

:puke::puke::puke:

Apple products suck IHO, their interface is not user friendly nor intuitive to me, I would rather have a windows phone before an Apple. I like the Android, just wish they were better about updates. Decided I am going to try a windows phone next. Apple will never get a cent out of me.

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