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What's the best mid-price phone for Pokemon Go

The time has come- I need a new phone, and I want to play Pokemon Go on it. I have Virgin Mobile, and I can't pay $600 for a top of the line phone. What's the best phone under $250 that can actually play Pokemon Go, and that works on Virgin? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Jul 19, 2016 - 21 answers

I'm drifting......how do I regain direction?

I've just turned 52 and I feel like I am currently drifting along in life with no clear goals and a lack of focus and direction. How can I get a plan and regain direction? [more inside]
posted by blokefromipanema on Jul 14, 2016 - 5 answers

iPhone headache

Issues with iPhone 6 with Sprint, Eastern USA, major metro area. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jul 10, 2016 - 4 answers

What are "essential" apps for a new smartphone owner?

Okay, so I don't like recurring monthly bills. I've had a TracFone flip phone for a few years but they're discontinuing 2G service. Their upgrade program allowed me to get an Android smartphone for a decent price, so I've done that. I really am not wanting to use the phone for much, but I would like it to at least be a bit more augmented than it currently is. What apps should I consider? [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jul 8, 2016 - 41 answers

Is there an app that will vibrate my phone every 10 minutes?

I want an app that will vibrate my phone every x minutes from 9 to 5 (or whatever hours) every day. And not through "notifications", because I don't want to have to take it out of my pocket or even touch it to make it stop, or clear popups from the screen later. Is there anything like this? Android & iOS suggestions both welcome. [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist on Jul 7, 2016 - 9 answers

Help for U.S. Moto G smartphone in Europe

My parents are in France right now, with this cell phone, Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation Cell Phone Unlocked US Version Black. I bought them a Vodafone Ireland microSIM off eBay and had the seller add 20 euros credit… but they're not getting any service. [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on May 7, 2016 - 9 answers

Is it time for an iPhone? Help a somewhat Luddite decide

Finally, after a number of years of lugging around books, cameras, dumb phones, an iPod and an iPad, I'm thinking it might be time to streamline my daily life a little and cross over to the smartphone side. Because I use the iPod and iPad heavily already, I'm not really considering anything other than an iPhone, but I have questions, mostly about what it will do to my iTunes library. [more inside]
posted by FavourableChicken on May 6, 2016 - 10 answers

How to get only certain events from a google calendar to sync

I would like to get only events with certain key words in the description to sync with another calendar-- the calendar on my iPhone would be ideal, but another google calendar is fine. [more inside]
posted by Henrietta Stackpole on Apr 18, 2016 - 4 answers

Quiet, cross-platform, local multiplayer phone games?

My GF and I are at a café with our respective, slightly outmoded Android and iOS phones. We want to play a game, but Spaceteam is TOO LOUD for public. What’s something fun, quiet and cross-platform? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Apr 10, 2016 - 7 answers

PAYG sims for both Ireland and UK

Which pay as you go SIMs should we buy in Ireland that will allow us to access data in the UK as well? We are spending time in both Ireland and the UK (flying into Shannon), so we would like one service that will work in both countries. [more inside]
posted by soelo on Mar 31, 2016 - 4 answers

Why is my Android phone so slow?

I have an HTC One M8 (on Verizon), and it's exhibiting a number of strange problems. Over time, my phone has gotten slower and slower, to the point of occasionally becoming completely unresponsive. It's also developed a habit of spontaneously rebooting itself. Performing a factory reset or upgrading the OS seems to fix both of these problems for about a month, before they start creeping back. More details inside. I'm primarily interested in tracking down why this is happening, and identifying the root cause so I can make it stop forever. Technical answers/explanations are welcome. [more inside]
posted by schmod on Mar 30, 2016 - 9 answers

Obsessing over Instagram is really bad for your health.

I care too much about social media, particularly Instagram. Help me change my attitude! [more inside]
posted by sucre on Feb 24, 2016 - 6 answers

Yes, this will be my first smartphone

I'm finally caving and buying a smartphone. Size is a major factor, but I'm also not sure how concerned I should be about the security of phones that are stuck with older versions of their OS. [more inside]
posted by teponaztli on Feb 13, 2016 - 25 answers

Help me make my brand new awful job less awful

Basically, I need a step-by-step explanation/tutorial on how to play audio files on my phone (not stream; play from memory). Android. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Nov 25, 2015 - 15 answers

iphone apps for running; out of town edition

I am looking for an iPhone app that will take me on a nice run in a town I am unfamiliar with. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Nov 20, 2015 - 3 answers

How can I use my iPhone to track my wandering last weekend?

I need to use my iPhone to find out where I drank last weekend. Lost some things I must have set down at a bar. [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping on Oct 14, 2015 - 7 answers

What's next for a retired smartphone?

We had an "old" smartphone so my husband gave it to my son. He's only 8 but he is going to use it to text my husband since my husband travels a lot. It also has a camera he can use... What other cool things can a you do with a old smartphone? Good apps to download? (This one happens to be a Galaxy nexus)
posted by ReluctantViking on Sep 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Should I buy a new smartphone? iPhone 6S edition

Should I upgrade my iPhone 5 to the new 6S, or an as-yet-unidentified Android phone? Biggest priority: SMALL size with best specs possible. [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Sep 10, 2015 - 15 answers

Best inexpensive smartphone/plan these days?

What is the best smartphone/plan combination right now, given a budget of $250 max for the phone and $45/month max per month for the plan? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Sep 10, 2015 - 22 answers

Travel Life Lessons

I consider myself a fairly savvy traveler yet one who still makes noob mistakes that end up costing me disproportionately in either in time, money, or enjoyment simply because I didn’t know better. Although I’ve gotten better with each trip, it leaves me wondering what easy changes I still have left to make that can boost my travel skills without having to learn them the hard way? Bonus points for recommendations that take advantage of a smart phone! [more inside]
posted by Goblin Barbarian on Sep 5, 2015 - 29 answers

Help me pick a new phablet to upgrade to, because I don't like Note5

I have used the Galaxy Note2,3,4, and I loved them. I specifically love the removable battery, and the external sd card slot, along with the huge screen and really long battery life. Help me pick my next smart phone (as the note 5 has no removable battery/ micro sd card) [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Aug 29, 2015 - 5 answers

what smartphone OSs exist besides android & iphone? Customising?

Anybody got experiences using OSs besides iphone, android? Customising them? Dual config eg of sailfish, ubuntu? Best phones to try this on? Tips? Avoid? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Aug 24, 2015 - 10 answers

Making better use of smartphone veg-out time

What are some apps that can make better use of my down time? I currently dip into Hay Day, a farming game, if I want to relax for a bit. It would be great if all those spare moments could be used for something useful - think distributed computing projects such as SETI and Folding@home, but for humans. [more inside]
posted by fix on Aug 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Most engaging Android smartphone games?

I love Plants vs. Zombies 2. LOVE. But I've finished it, and I need a new game to play on my Android smartphone. What should it be? [more inside]
posted by purpleclover on Jun 23, 2015 - 21 answers

GoogleFi - yea or nea?

I received my GoogleFi invite this morning, but now I'm confused about whether I should take the plunge. Does anyone have any experience with this yet? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jun 11, 2015 - 10 answers

Using a China/HK iPhone 6 in US and UK/Europe?

I've been offered a spare iPhone 6 by a relative (my current US iPhone 4S on a AT&T phone is aging and not always working well) but this iPhone 6 was bought in Hong Kong and was used in China. Is it possible for me to use it on a US carrier plan without too much extra trouble/expense? What about in the UK and elsewhere in Europe ? Will I be able to transfer the iPhone 6 to my US Apple account (with all my iTunes/App Store content) OK? Thanks for your tips, MeFites!
posted by zresearch on May 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Smartphone entertainment contingency for possible rainout

Whenever I go camping, I try to prepare for things to do just in case we get rained out and stuck at the campsite (or if it's late at night and I can't sleep or leave). I've already prepared the classic stuff (a bunch of books to read), but this is the first time I've had a smartphone with me on an extended trip! I'd love to hear suggestions of what I can put on my phone that would be a good timewaster just in case? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on May 16, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I make my Galaxy S5 distraction-free?

I recently got my first smartphone - the Galaxy S5 - and having the web and email on my phone is way too distracting. I want to make my phone distraction-free (inspired by the distraction-free iPhone). Basically I want to stop myself from constantly checking my email and surfing the on my phone, but retain the ability to use email and the web if I really need them when I'm out. Any ideas on how to make my Galaxy S5 distraction free? [more inside]
posted by catquas on May 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Smartphone in Japan for 1 Year

I'm getting assigned to work at the parent company near Tokyo for a year. Yay!!! They won't be providing a mobile phone. Boo!! What's the best way to have a smartphone in Japan for the year? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on May 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Tinder: "there was a problem getting your code"

Every time I try to log in to Tinder I get asked to enter my phone number for a verification code. And every single time after I enter my number I get the same error: "there was a problem getting your code. Please try again". I have looked through Google and tried various "fixes" for this problem but none have worked for me. I'm hoping the super-geniuses in the Hive Mind can help me. My phone is a QUE 5.0 running Android 4.4.2. My service is through Net10 (which uses AT&T towers).
posted by MattMangels on Apr 29, 2015 - 4 answers

External microphone for shooting video on an iPhone?

Suggest a microphone to plug into my iPhone 5S to improve the audio of my iPhone videos? Lavalier preferred, but a little shotgun thingie would be ok too. Hoping to achieve improved voice quality with less roomtone, and I need the audio file to record right onto the video file- I don't want to sync it in post. Thanks!
posted by pseudostrabismus on Apr 20, 2015 - 4 answers

(Insert clever pun about phone games here)

Very briefly: I need a handful of fun Windows Phone games that can be played without a data connection. Help? :) [more inside]
posted by Dilligas on Apr 6, 2015 - 6 answers

Selling a phone for the first time

Due to some changes in my wireless plan I have a basically new Samsung Galaxy Five that I need to sell, which is a Verizon phone. I tried an ad on Craigslist and got 0 hits. If you've sold a phone in similar circumstances before, what do you recommend for success? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Mar 31, 2015 - 13 answers

Best/cheapest smartphone access in Israel

Traveling to Israel in May. What are my best options for using a smartphone while in-country without breaking the bank? I won't need a lot of data, but I'd like to be able to check email and consult Google Maps. I have an iPhone 6 on Verizon in case it makes sense to use that. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Mar 25, 2015 - 7 answers

How can we amplify the wireless internet signal in our concrete apt?

How can we amplify the wireless internet signal in our concrete apt? [more inside]
posted by zyxwvut on Mar 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Flagship Android phones: which ones to consider? (Early 2015 edition)

I want a new Android phone. I need to have it in my hands on June 5, 2015. I will be buying it out-of-pocket (no contract or subsidy) and using it on T-Mobile. My only requirements are 1) faster / more responsive than my Nexus 5 and 2) better battery life than my Nexus 5. I'm overwhelmed by the options. Which phones should I be looking at? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Mar 9, 2015 - 17 answers

Can I replace the SIM card in my Galaxy SIII in France and Italy?

I've read that for some smartphones it's possible, when traveling in Europe, to buy a local SIM card and put it in the phone. Is the Samsung Galaxy S III, purchased in Toronto, one of these phones? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Mar 7, 2015 - 8 answers

What smartphone would you buy?

I'm a newbie to smart phones and want to buy the best one I can while avoiding pitfalls. I don't even know what I don't know about them, enlighten me please! [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on Feb 19, 2015 - 21 answers

Smartphones for Dummies

I have resisted getting a smartphone for years, but it's time to give in. My problem is that I'm totally clueless about how to do this. What phone should I get? What provider? What kind of data plan? Please help! [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Feb 13, 2015 - 28 answers

Old smartphone with no sim. How to get it running again?

I have an LG smartphone (lucid) from my previous phone contract with Verizon but no sim. So it just goes to a setup screen with a language selection option and buttons for emergency call or setup. Setup tells me I need a sim. What do I do to turn this into a usable portable computer with no phone? I'm not that interested in spending much money on it but it would be handy for a few things.
posted by srboisvert on Jan 13, 2015 - 5 answers

What Are Some Android Apps Worth Paying for?

I've been using android phones for the past three years. I haven't bought a single app from Google Play store. I'm interested in knowing if there are any paid android apps that would make my life easier.
posted by Carius on Jan 3, 2015 - 20 answers

Which prepaid smartphone should I get for international travel?

I'm planning my first (and hopefully not last) international vacation and I'd like to get a smartphone for traveling that can be used on a prepaid basis for both voice and data. When not traveling it will not be used as a phone, although I'd still like it to perform double duty as a mp3/move player at home. Home is the united states and travel will be to Iceland (and beyond). [more inside]
posted by waxboy on Dec 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for iPhone games that will get me out into the real world

I recently installed Ingress, a massively multiplayer augmented reality game for smartphones, which involves walking around in the real world to find and capture virtual "portals". I thought it was a neat idea, until I realized that it's a thinly disguised Google data mining project. Boo! Are there similar games which aren't (or at least don't appear to be) creepware? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Dec 22, 2014 - 4 answers


Help maximize my small data allowance! [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Protected text messages randomly disappeared from my RAZR droid

I regularly delete my messages from my droid. I have a bunch of protected messages that I have locked and they always stay there when I delete all of the thread. I just went to look for one of those messages and they are all gone!!!!!!!!!! Is there any way to retrieve these? I see a bunch of threads on the net, but can't find anything that works HELP!!!!!!!!
posted by kbbbo on Nov 24, 2014 - 1 answer

Using a Verizon or T-Mobile iPhone 6 on LTE in the UK

My google-fu has failed me, and I sheepishly turn to you. Need help trying to figure out if the non-Sprint US iPhone 6 will work on LTE in the UK. [more inside]
posted by palionex on Nov 17, 2014 - 1 answer

Smartphone durability during daily life?

Can I jam an iphone in my tight side jeans pocket, with a bunch of other crap, sit down, etc., and not have it be destroyed? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Nov 17, 2014 - 30 answers

Phablet / Smartphone help, Holiday 2014 edition

I am contemplating replacing my flip-phone with a phablet, or even a 10-inch tablet. Fashion dorkiness aside, is this a viable phone for me? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Nov 13, 2014 - 9 answers

Optimistically, a mobile device fresh start.

My iPad 2 recently bit the dust. Before then, I had been using the iPad for entertainment + school, as well as a droid smartphone for typical smartphone things. My droid is also on its last legs, and I'm considering changing my technology situation to an iPad Mini with mobile data + a dumb phone (just talk and text). Questions ensue. [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Nov 10, 2014 - 11 answers

Which smartphone?

Which smartphone will serve my needs best: the Samsung Galaxy S4, or the Nexus 4/5? [more inside]
posted by altopower on Nov 4, 2014 - 14 answers

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