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Is it acceptable to use a smart phone in a public talk?

I went to a talk by a well-known author yesterday in an auditorium. The lights were somewhat dimmed, but definitely not dark. The person in front of me spent about half of the talk live-tweeting bits from the talk. The lights were sufficiently dim that the (5-6") cell phone of the person in front of me was quite distracting to me, since it shined directly at me (the user actually turned the phone away from them a bit, which I wonder was due to the brightness of the screen.). However, I am somewhat more sensitive to bright light than other people. Has smart phone usage reached sufficient social acceptance to allow usage in a non-darkened auditorium? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum on Sep 10, 2014 - 33 answers

Problems with storage on an older Android phone

I have a Samsung I200. I like it well enough, but it doesn't have much on-board storage (4 gigs). I recently put a 16GB card into it to increase storage. However, I'm still running into problems with having enough space. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Sep 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Need to replace lost cell phone

I lost my cell phone over the weekend. I'm 8 months away from an upgrade (AT&T 2-year contract). I don't want to pay AT&T's exorbitant prices for a new phone that I'll get a good deal on in April. What are my cost-effective options in the interim? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Sep 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Taking my iPhone to Canada -- how to not get burned by fees

I am confused about my options for using voice/data/texting on my Verizon iPhone 5 while on a trip to Canada. [more inside]
posted by capnsue on Jun 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Smart phones with a physical keyboard

What are my options for using a smart phone with a physical keyboard (whether built-in or as an attachment)? I am on Verizon and want to stay. I would prefer to stick with Android but would consider an iPhone. I used to love the Blackberry back in the day, but I don't think I can go back. I do not want a Windows phone. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Mar 12, 2014 - 17 answers

What to do about my expensive family wireless plan?

Please tell me what wireless plan to get for my family! We have four lines (mom and dad, two grown kids) on our family plan from Verizon for $188/mt. I think we can pay less but I'm really overwhelmed by all the options and possibilities. [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Nov 20, 2013 - 14 answers

What do you use your phone for?

I wish for my smartphone to have more utility. What do you use yours for? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Sep 28, 2013 - 47 answers

Can I fix this, or do I need to suck it up and get a new phone?

I've had my phone (a Samsung Galaxy S Blaze) for about a year and a half, and it is no longer under warranty. Recently, it has developed two problems relating to aspects of the hardware. I need to determine if I (a person with little to no experience with fixing electronics) can fix these problems inexpensively, or if I should just bite the bullet and buy a new phone. (I'm a student, so buying a new phone after less than two years is not something that makes my wallet happy.) [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Why Doesn't My Smartphone Stay Unlocked Abroad?

I live in Spain and travel regularly to London. I have a Sony Xperia Arc S which I unlocked when I changed mobile companies. It works fine here in Spain for voice and data. HOWEVER, when I go to London, voice works fine but I cannot get data to work. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Sep 14, 2013 - 5 answers

How do iPhone trade-in programs work?

I have a relatively-new iPhone 5 that I'm thinking of selling or trading in. It all seems a bit confusing, though, so please explain to me how this works. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Sep 10, 2013 - 13 answers

What are today's good phones? When will they be obsolete?

Need a new phone for myself and my wife, usually there's a "hot" phone (iPhone, HTC Evo 4G, Samsung Galaxy S3, etc) - whatever the top phone is. That seems to change every 6 months, and I just can't keep up. Also, I don't keep up with the release cycle - if I buy the hot phone today, is it essentially going to be obsolete in 3 months? [more inside]
posted by 0x006DB0 on Apr 27, 2013 - 18 answers

Choose my phone!

I'm tired of my cheap, app-less phone. It's time to upgrade to something nice. [more inside]
posted by elizamina on Apr 10, 2013 - 19 answers

What are the best inexpensive, unlocked Android options?

A friend would like to switch to a cheap, unlocked Android phone and a prepaid plan within the next month. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Feb 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Need Help on Navigating Smart Phone Plans

I am looking for advice on finding the best smart phone deals. I have an old clamshell phone. I need very little for myself...not even texting though want the occasional use of apps. I am currently moving to Denver and may switch from AT&T though my wireless and phones are bundled and very cheap ($90/mo for our two cheap phones and wireless for home though that would change *a lot* with upgrades?). I am really confused on what the hell is a decent deal. I don't make many calls whatsoever but my wife will be calling family or perhaps using Face Time/Messaging via an iPhone if we can afford. We don't need the newest and best phones but am not sure where to start for packaging costs, especially as we may do wireless separate once we get to Denver. Any thoughts on how you would go about this, where you would buy a phone (new or refurb), deals that have worked for you (assuming you don't use the phone for a lot but still want the options of some of the apps). iPhone? Samsung? Razr? Carriers recommendations? I want to go as low $ as possible but not make a stupid decision out of pinching the hell out of the pennies.
posted by snap_dragon on Sep 19, 2012 - 14 answers

To smartphone or not to smartphone?

To smartphone or not to smartphone? Can I have the advantages without being sucked in by the electronic leash? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Sep 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Why is a brand-new smartphone worth the money?

How do you use your smartphone to actually improve your life/work? How would you persuade someone upgrading is worthwhile with real-life examples? [more inside]
posted by likeyoubutme on Aug 31, 2012 - 35 answers

I need a phone to hold me over until my upgrade on Verizon

I need a Verizon phone to carry me over until the new iphone release. What's a decent cheap phone to get without doing the contract renewal or using up my upgrade? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Aug 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Cheapest bulk smart phones for social science research project.

I am looking for suggestions on the cheapest way to get bulk (25-100) smart phones (android preferred, but iOS could also work) for an academic research experiment. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Jul 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Smart and Thrifty?

Recommendations for an inexpensive smartphone/plan combination? My wife pays $40-50 for her dumb phone now. Would love to pay the same or not too much more, but actually be able to take pictures, text without 3 keys per character, and sync her calendar. web surfing would be nice but is optional if the calendar works. Google Calendar would presumably require a data plan; but is there a windows/outlook calendar that would not? She has Outlook at work.)
posted by msalt on Jun 26, 2012 - 21 answers

Travelling with a Samsung Galaxy III to the US

I am travelling to the US in August and want to be able to use my smartphone for web browsing while I'm there without paying exorbitant fees from my local carrier (Telstra in Australia). Can you all help me figure how to do this? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Jun 8, 2012 - 8 answers

E.T., Phone Hope

Advise me on how to navigate my smartphone issues with the smallest out-of-pocket expense possible. [more inside]
posted by erstwhile on Jun 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Audio Looping on Smart Phones

Smart phone question: Is it possible to be directed to a website and have a sound play on loop automatically (I suppose through Flash or HTML5). [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Jun 4, 2012 - 4 answers

A dumbphone with email access?

Not-so-smart-phone filter: I'm looking for a Sprint-compatible cellphone with a full keyboard and the ability to read/send email. The catch is, I don't need (and actively don't want) more internet access than this; I'm already too connected as it is! Does a phone like this exist? Or is there a way I can juryrig one, as someone who's only half tech-savvy? Am I doomed to a flip-phone and a separate pocket email-reader thingy? [more inside]
posted by tapir-whorf on May 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Is my phone's accelerometer broken?

I think the accelerometer on my phone (HSPA+ Samsung Galaxy Nexus) is broken (evidence). Am I right? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Feb 6, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I use my smart phone as a camera and not pay data charges?

How can I use my smart phone as a camera in the US and not pay data/mobile network charges? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Dec 27, 2011 - 19 answers

What are the things every Android Phone needs?

I just got a Samsung Stratosphere LTE, my first smartphone and first Android device. I'm not looking to use it as a mini computer (i have an iPad for that) but I am interested in how to best use it as a phone and what capabilities or apps are available that don't have an iOS equivalent or work better than their counterparts. What super-neat abilities does a Stratosphere have that might not be immediately apparent?
posted by The Whelk on Dec 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Hardly Using My Smartphone. Should I downgrade? Did you?

Anyone have experience switching from a smartphone to a feature phone? My current phone is a Blackberry. (Its Blackberry-ness isn't the issue.) I pay AT&T $90 month. I bought an iPad 6 months ago and my use of the phone has dropped precipitously. I initiate one or two voice calls per week and just a few texts. I never user it to browse the web. I do use it to check mail but I never respond to or initiate email on it. I travel with the iPad, so that relegates the phone to the bench on those occasions, too. In other words, I have much more phone than I need and I'm paying ATT $90 each month for services I barely use. So, I'm thinking about terminating the contract and going pay-as-you-go with a cheaper phone. Has anyone done the same thing for the same reasons? How did it work out? Did you regret it?
posted by justcorbly on Dec 17, 2011 - 22 answers

Android noob seeks new phone

Should I get an unlocked Android instead of a dumbphone? If so, any tips on things to consider when buying a Android phone for a smartphone noob? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Dec 14, 2011 - 8 answers

A Flip-Phone Style Bluetooth "Headset"

Does-this-product-exist-filter: a bluetooth "headset" that looks and acts like a mid-late 90s flip-phone? [more inside]
posted by hoople on Dec 8, 2011 - 4 answers

What smartphone gives me root, has an OS that'll be around in 2 years, & won't crash too much?

What smartphone should I buy if I want root on my device (without having to jailbreak it), hardware & OS quality (crashing once a month or less), and upgradability? [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Nov 2, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me find an unlocked Android smartphone with a pre paid voice/data plan

I’m looking for suggestions on an Android phone and pre paid voice plan and a pre paid data plan for occasional use. I have looked at the past threads but they get outdated quickly. [more inside]
posted by WizKid on Sep 26, 2011 - 7 answers

I want a phone that is a computer

I want an Android phone that I can use like a computer - keyboard, monitor, wifi. Does one exist? What is it? [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon on Aug 3, 2011 - 4 answers

What's the most "geek-friendly" phone on the market today?

I'm looking for a smartphone that's hackable and moddable, but I'm a lazy geek so I'm really looking for something that has a strong and independent development community that's already done most of the hacking and modding for me. What's the best phone for me?
posted by wheloc on Jul 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Help keep my phone safe on bike rides.

I'd like to take my smartphone (HTC Hero) with me when I'm cycling and use it as a trip computer. Problem: I'm nervous that I'll be taking it home in pieces. Are there any smartphone bike mounts that will secure my Hero to the bike as well as protect it in the event that I crash?
posted by talkingmuffin on Jul 21, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I segue music tracks on a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone. I use it to listen to music. But the music player is set up to include a brief gap between each track. This is particularly a nuisance when I'm listening to albums with segued tracks (such as live albums). How can I set it up so there are no gaps between tracks?
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jul 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Best way to root a Motorola Droid and use it as a mobile hotspot?

Is it possible to turn an original Motorola Droid into a mobile wireless hotspot by rooting it? If so, what's the easiest way to do that? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on May 9, 2011 - 9 answers

Smartphones for world travel

What's the state of the art in quad-band capable Android smartphones? Essentially I'm looking for alternatives with capabilities similar to the Motorola Atrix 4G. It needs to be carrier unlocked and support 850/900/1800/1900MHz GSM 2G functions and 2100MHz WCDMA. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Apr 21, 2011 - 5 answers

What's the best Android phone to get for a developer?

What's the best $100-150 (new or used) Android phone to get for a developer? [more inside]
posted by loudguitars on Apr 11, 2011 - 17 answers

Free iPhone! Now what?

My girlfriend got a used iPhone for her birthday! Now what? [more inside]
posted by saladin on Dec 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Help my find a Smartphone for my Linux addicted dad?

Can you help me find a smartphone to give my dad for Christmas? All his colleagues seem to have gotten iPhones. He is somewhat of a Linux geek tough, so I'm thinking a phone more in that spirit. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Dec 2, 2010 - 17 answers

Nexus One + Softbank Rental SIM + Japan = Affordable data access?

What do I need to do, or what do I need to be aware of, to use mobile data on a Nexus One using a Softbank rental SIM card in Japan? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Nov 3, 2010 - 2 answers

I want an old T-Mobile smartphone

I want an outdated T-Mobile smartphone, preferably Android-based. I don't even know where to start. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Oct 8, 2010 - 18 answers

Cell Phone/Provider Recommendation

Complex cell phone recommendation question... [more inside]
posted by saladin on Sep 28, 2010 - 10 answers

Credo/Sprint in Los Angeles?

So, Credo, which uses the Sprint network, finally has a smartphone that apparently doesn't suck (the HTC Hero). I'm very tempted to switch over from Verizon, especially since the latter tends to drop calls when I'm sitting in my living room. But I don't want to go from the frying pan into the fire, so to speak. Can any LA Mefites give me your opinion of Sprint's coverage, especially in the Echo Park/Silverlake/Los Feliz area? More generally, if anyone has experience with Credo's customer service, I'd appreciate hearing from you too. I want to support good causes, but I don't want to drive myself crazy in the process.
posted by chicainthecity on Jul 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Are they killing the Incredible? Why?

What's the deal with the HTC Droid Incredible's sudden agoraphobia? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jun 29, 2010 - 14 answers

Safely delivered to Alderaan.

Droid filter: I'm getting the new Droid X the morning it comes out but I've been a loyal Palm customer lo these many years. Help me Obi-Wan... [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Jun 25, 2010 - 10 answers

Do Androids stream my electric beeps?

[Yet another Android app question] Android music app choices look to be slim. Looking for recommendations for playback, streaming and recording apps. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 on Jun 22, 2010 - 8 answers

What are the privacy issues for a work and personal smartphone all in one?

My work will reimburse me for the purchase of a smartphone plus $40 per month for service. If I use the smartphone for work email, personal email, personal web surfing, and personal phone calls, how private are my personal communications and activities? [more inside]
posted by pitseleh on Jun 19, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me pick a phone that isn't an iPhone...but is kinda like an iPhone.

My boyfriend wants a smartphone for his birthday, but he doesn't know which one. Can you recommend one, based on the criteria inside the fold? [more inside]
posted by lwb on May 5, 2010 - 24 answers

How do I make karmic Ubuntu and WinMo 6.1 play nice?

Why won't Ubuntu 9.10 recognize any recent pictures or new folders on my Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone when I plug it in? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 18, 2010 - 5 answers

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