Thoughts on Smartphones?
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Because I'm a nurp and require the intellectual opinion of people I actually trust, I'll be posing a quick question for those of you that look at my journal!

I haven't had a new cell phone in many years. In fact, the "new" phone I bought (and still have) from my last upgrade (several years ago) was specially ordered from a warehouse because they didn't make it in stores anymore. It was "too old" for the market.

I'm in a situation now where I have an upgrade with my plan and I'm being prompted to get a new phone. My old phone (which I love to pieces) is starting to show some signs of age with its software (and probably me bogging it down with loads of pictures -of my dog if anyone cares).

SO. I'm looking into getting something reliable. Something that works. And something that other people have had luck with.

First thing's first- I'm not looking at iphones. I'm not a brand whore, so I'm not impressed with things of that nature. I'm more interested in quality and most importantly, longevity (which I understand wont be a factor with any new phone people might have).

If you are still with me, let me know what you know about the smartphones you or your friends/family own that are reliable.

I'm looking at Droids by Verizon, currently.

Oh. And if it's important, I am on Verizon sooooooooooo...yeah. And I'm not big on the whole "reprogram this AT&T phone to fit your verizon needs".
A: I'm not smart enough for that.
B: I'd like to stay legal plz.
C: I really have no need to do anything like that so...yeah.

Anyone have a droid? What do you think?

Any other types currently on the market that you or your pal/mom would swear by?

Thank you in advance!
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bardicsidhe|Professional Interface Designer
I have been waiting for a night when I was at my computer to be able to comment on this entry. Cuz mah bebe was here, but you know that already. :heart:

ANYWAY.

I wish I had more to contribute. I am still using my Palm Pre from at least two years ago, and it's been lovely with almost no problems, BUT HP discontinued WebOS, so the newer apps and stuff won't be available for most phones running WebOS. If you're looking for a used smartphone, it might be something to consider because it's been really reliable for me, but yeah, not so much with the updates. :\

I've heard a lot of good things about Android phones. I do not have one, but have major phone envy of a few buddies who have Droids.
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I have a Droid 1 as well. it's beginning to have some issues such as randomly rebooting but it's not often and frankly for a first gen phone that was one if the first droids I'm not griping. I've had it for a year and a half. I love the slide out keyboard. For me trying to type on the screen just doesn't work. If you overload the phone with apps it will get slow just like your computer but move everything to the sd card and no more problem. It does everything I want it to do and considering how may times I've dropped the poor thing it's held up remarkably well. Auto correct will get you funny things if you do use the touch screen but you have the option of adding words to it's dictionary so that it won't correct twits to twist...

As Kin said it will get hot. I had a case and have since taken it out because the face plate part broke, but I digress. If you talk to people for more then 20 or so minutes at a time invest in a bluetooth it'll save your ears. The GPS on mine works great rather then telling to turn around if you miss a turn it recalculates a new route and away you go. Only has trouble if you are trying to go somewhere Google Maps doesn't recognize.

I also enjoy the customizability. I've removed a couple of apps that came on the phone either because I don't use them of I didn't like the permissions the update requires but it lets you do that. Iphones don't by the by.

Mmm I think that's it.
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NiteMuse|Hobbyist General Artist
I've got the Droid 3, with the slide out keyboard. but even without the keyboard, they have a cool little feature called Swype. You swype your finger over the general area of the letters, and it either gives you the word you want, or a list to choose from.

I really like the Droid 3. I had a Motorola Citrus with the Android platform for a while, but for performance, you really want one of the actual Droids. I heard the Razr is pretty good too.

With what I've got, there really isn't anything I can't do with it. I can go online and there are so many apps to use for just about anything.
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Kinaheso|Professional General Artist
I have a motorola droid (version one, that they don't sell anymore) with a slide out keyboard. Mine has worked awesomely, haven't had a problem with it at all. I like it a lot, find it is generally straight forward to use.

Hooking it up to the computer the first time made me a little confused since it was the first smart phone I had and I couldn't figure out how to get it to actually connect. Turned out on mine it pops up a prompt (on the phone) and you push the button to turn on the usb storage. Other wise it just sits and charges the phone from the computer.

Since I use the slide keyboard anytime I need to type anything I don't have any experience with the auto correct. I hate using the touch screen keyboards... but that is on just about anything.

It has menu buttons on the bottom (touch screen instead of clicky popped out buttons) and sometimes your hand might brush up against one of them while just holding the phone, and then it makes the phone do stuff you didn't want it to do... like go back to the home page, or back out of the contact info you were trying to fill (that happened to my husband enough to make him pissed off... but he has big hands). It doesn't happen often but can be a little frustrating when it does.

HEHEHE I have fun with the voice part of the search option it has... you can get some pretty amusing results.

Overall I have been pleased with the droid. It does get hot on the back, if you use it to say surf the web for a long amount of time, or talk on it for over an hour.

Then again mine is in a case so it might be the case that makes it too hot. I'll have to take the case off to try it sometime.
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Sorry Blue, everyone I know either has T-Mobile or the Devil (AT&T).

But if you want longevity I wouldn't go for an android phone. They're not made for that, and subsequently don't often last the 2 years of your contract. That’s been the experience for my friends that have them. Every time I see them it seems they have a new phone.

I have a slider (because I'm a freak and have to have a full keyboard) that's fairly new and holding up well, I don't see the big draw of paying out the poop hole for what is essentially a tiny laptop. But then again this is the Shi that just got into texting in the last year, so it's not surprising for me to be disenchanted with tech.

I'd go to the verizon, best buy, wal mart, and amazon websites and look at the reviews on the phones your interested in. Some of the people on amazon are brutal, which is nice and what you’re looking for I think.
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