One of my sons-in-law buys the new flavor apple iPhone every time one comes out. Its always a must have. Befuddles me. He almost always sells the outdated model for at or near the cost of the new one. Don't ask me how - but he does it. So he's essentially getting new goodies for a few bucks.
My son on the other hand researches things - and decides. He's a computer guy so I think he is a bit more discriminating.
However neither one is a T&F fan - so I discount everything they say.
I still have a simple flip-phone but am ready to get a smart phone. I've heard the pros and cons of the iPhone vs. the Android OS phones. The former sounds easier for non-tech folks to use, the latter with more possibilities if you're into tapping into them. I'm comfortable either way, but I'm not sure I'll use it for more than email, looking up trivia on the Internet, checking a restaurant address, and maybe some basic medical apps like drug interaction programs. Which one do you guys use and like?
Rye Catcher wrote:We bought I-phone 3s several years ago and they have changed our lives. Does far more than I need so I see no reason to upgrade though after witnessing free Skype on an I-phone 4 I am tempted.
I am in Dr. Jay's part of the population (well, if I got to be as smart as him, but there has to be some slack in the group definition). Can you elaborate on what the smart phone does that I: 1) need; 2) would need if I knew about it and how to re-structure our lives; 3) is really neat and cool and worth points from that score. I have younger kids and having 'whizzy' electronics is not the standard I want them to emulate any earlier than necessary.
26mi235 wrote:I am in Dr. Jay's part of the population (well, if I got to be as smart as him...
A little false modesty from the guy who posted:
"The systematic effect does not have to be too large. I am guessing that they measurement is based on the frequency with which they get Tau versions but I find it confusing if that is the mechanism. Specifically, my confusion is that the high speed of neutrinos means that they take longer on our clocks to decay than on their clocks. But, how does this calculation work when you have v > c and what partical is it when the mass has gone through an expansion due to terms of the form 1/((1-(v^2/c^2))^1/2 [going from memory here]??"
but my son does virtually anything that can be done on a desk or lap top - with phone calls being just one function. He is charge of a company's security needs and keeping the whole network running smoothly and up to date. He does some of that from his fancy phone.
Both have games - but I think you can select/remove/control
I have a 4 year old grand-daughter who asks for 'the IPhone" to play games but my daughter has only educational or developmental games available for her. She's been doing this for close to 2 yrs, i.e., games w phone I guess are + or -But she knows how to get into it and choose from a fairly large menu /selection of games.
I'm sure others will more clearly be able to describe the pros/cons and capabilities of these. I've just stayed with your basic blackberry and rarely venture into the twilight zone of these magical contraptions.
I could live with a smart phone in general, perhaps, but not without my iPhone.
Excuse me if this sounds like a commercial for Apple, but the ability to "seamlessly" link things like my calendar, contacts, bookmarks, etc., etc. (among my phone, home machine, office machine and laptop), having my phone with me keeps me in the loop at all times.
And this from a guy who uses it as PHONE, actually talking to people, on the average less than once a week, incoming or outgoing.
Still beetling along with my 2009 BlackBerry Storm. Aside from the battery going bad this past May, and the occasional crash that necessitates a battery pull, I can't say anything is encouraging me to part with $200+ to try the latest iPhone flavor.
Thanks for the comments. I do not have the contact and connectivity needs of gh or many people with a lot, but fewer such contacts. The security position argues for having a lot of things to manage the demands and how effectively to deal with them and have a life.
I suppose that I might describe my wife and I as technically sophisticated techno-phobes, if that makes any sense. It just seems like there is so much stuff to do in order to get advantages in getting things done that I want to do. We have a 'narrowly technical' daughter of 15 who has a cell phone that she hardly ever used and only got texting on it because she was taking various trips to regional and national competitions where they were communicating with texts. She finally decided that she need a computer when working on her the SOW of 'rocket club' team for their funding proposal to NASA and needed to drag all the pieces and the simulation software around to meetings and eventually to launch sites. We are hoping she shows up enough of the steps for various things...
Having a smart phone (not an i-phone but a droid) but having played around with relatives iphones as well as other smartphones, I just don't get it. It was really cool at first. Somethings are handy. I like the GPS functions for driving especially. I have come to realize all in all, it does not change my life that much and in some ways hurts it. It is certainly not valuable enough to keep going after next generation modifications that add a little feature or two. I have a brother and a nephew that always have to have the next new thing. I am sure Apple needs these people to continue to fatten their bottom line, even if the incremental value they are providing is marginal.
I am actually deleting apps that end up wasting time on garbage I don't need in life where I can replace it with something that adds more value. Sometimes as a human race I think we are too plugged into technology, games, movies, etc. and not enough where it counts . . . with family and friends and activities where we can learn or develop skills.
Definitely not alone. There are very few "apps" that are worth even 10 seconds of your life. Most are utter time-wasting crap that add nothing. I even find myself going back to real books since the experience is much more familiar and comfortable than the e-readers.
I wouldn't describe the BlackBerry's stopwatch function as great. Its operation is so unlike that of a normal stopwatch that half of the time, I mess things up when I try to use it by pressing the wrong button at the wrong time.
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