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Galaxy vs iPhone

Help me decide between a Samsung Galaxy S4 and an iPhone 4S. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Mar 31, 2014 - 24 answers

 

How do I know the app I'm selling is, um, selling properly?

Background: I work for a (small) company and was put in charge of helping manage the creation of a smartphone app, related to our business (both clients and non-clients would find it relevant) and geared at business professionals in the US. I was given this task due to capacity and not skill, so it's been a learning curve. An outside developer was brought in to actually create the app (for both iOS and Android). Both versions are functionally identical (with identical text in the respective stores) and sell for the same price ($1.99, if that's relevant). It's now been a few months since the apps went live in their respective stores. Our PR firm has been helping promote the app to generate sales/spread the word. As it turns out, the iOS version is outselling the Android version by a factor of 12 to 1. Given that Android appears to have a much larger market share than Apple, this seems a little odd. I'm looking for input from those who have sold apps in both stores to see if this is akin to their experience or any resources that might help explain why this is. I've done some searching on my own (both here in the green and on the web) but haven't found anything concrete.
posted by Twicketface on Feb 5, 2014 - 16 answers

Which entry-level smartphone should I buy?

I'm finally going to ditch my trusty LG enV 3 for a smartphone, but I want one off-contract, and I don't want to spend a ton of money. [more inside]
posted by jcreigh on Jan 22, 2014 - 15 answers

Recommend an internet/phone setup for me, and/or explain hotspots to me

I'm looking for the cheapest way to have home internet and a cell phone. [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Jan 3, 2014 - 9 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

WiFi tethering: Nexus or iPhone? Which carrier?

My dumbphone died, so it's time to start from a clean slate and get a smartphone. WiFi tethering is a must-have; do I want an Android phone or an iPhone? (USA) [more inside]
posted by phliar on Nov 7, 2013 - 14 answers

But it's state of the art....for 2002.

I'm still using a Samsung flip phone from the earlier part of this century. It works fine; I'm not a big cell phone user, but it calls and texts, is reasonably cheap, and I'm quite happy with it. For some upcoming graduate work, though, I need a device that is capable of runnings apps (specifically drug information, like Epocrates) and am weighing my different options. More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by lharmon on Sep 5, 2013 - 10 answers

What phone should I buy?

Is a several-years old (2009-2010 era) smartphone worth $30 on eBay? [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Jun 2, 2013 - 11 answers

random weird smartphone texting conundrum of random weirdness

My friend keeps getting a text from my number, but I actually haven't sent said text. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on May 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Traveling to Canada with a smartphone

I'm heading to Vancouver BC next month, and I have a smartphone. How can I use it without it costing eleventy bazillion dollars? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Apr 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Need an iPhone game that's like Civilization, SimCity, or Age of Empires

Need some iPhone games that are as engrossing as Civilization, SimCity, and Age of Empires. (Yes, I already have Civilization Revolution and SimCity DLX.) [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 28, 2013 - 19 answers

Can I downgrade Android 4.1.1 to 4.1 on a Motorola Razr M w/o Rooting?

So Verizon finally updated my Razr M to 4.1.1 and, for some reason, the battery life has become absolutely horrid and wifi tethering has basically stopped working. [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Mar 10, 2013 - 4 answers

iRegretful?

Current Droid Charge user. Contemplating a move to my first-ever iPhone. Mistake? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Oct 19, 2012 - 20 answers

cheapest smartphone plan with good coverage?

Three people would like to get on smartphones as cheaply as possible. We are willing to take a two-year contract to accomplish this. Any US Mefites on a plan that we would like? [more inside]
posted by segfault on Sep 2, 2012 - 13 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

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

Android phone buttons: we differentiate because we can!

Why do different Android phones have drastically different configurations of buttons (home, back, menu, search, etc.)? Does it make a difference? [more inside]
posted by meowzilla on Jun 23, 2012 - 6 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

cellphones are proof we live in the future

What cellphone and service should I choose for an upcoming 6-week vacation to Australia? [more inside]
posted by jepler on Jun 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Best set-and-forget ROM for Droid Eris?

What is the best (fast, stable) 3rd party firmware for the Droid Eris? [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on May 12, 2012 - 5 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

Verizon Smartphone Upgrade: Drioid 3 vs Samsung Stratosphere vs Droid 4

Upgrading smart phones with Verizon, January 2012 edition: moving from an original Motorola Droid and a Droid Eris, and unsure how critical 4G LTE and Super AMOLED are for phones we'll have for another 2+ years. More thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Smart phone without data plan?

Smart phone without data plan? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Dec 6, 2011 - 3 answers

Android Media Player alternative to smartphone?

Is there an Android -based media player that I could tweak to use as a smartphone? [more inside]
posted by SuperErin on Nov 9, 2011 - 8 answers

How much will it cost me to read Metafilter on the bus?

I'm tentatively in the market for a smartphone or tablet or other such device that would allow me to do computery things, preferably things that use the Internet, while on public transportation. However, I'm pessimistic about my ability to actually afford anything that would provide the functionality I want. Am I wrong? [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish on Nov 9, 2011 - 31 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

What is one more G worth?

Time to get a new smartphone, and I'll have a data contract for the first time. I'm a power user of computers, who carries 2k+ contacts and appointments around, and occasionally programs my own apps (what we oldtimers used to call "programs"). I'm really attracted to the dual screen of the Kyocero Echo, but it's 3G-only. I don't intend to tether/hotspot my phone. Will I miss the 4G, a/o "limitless" data plans?
posted by IAmBroom on Aug 2, 2011 - 6 answers

What goes on during the smartphone assembly process?

What goes on during the smartphone assembly process? A lot of it is opaque. Does anyone have insight about what happens from the time the phone's components enter the factory until the time it leaves in end-user packaging? [more inside]
posted by Lugos on Jul 28, 2011 - 4 answers

How many smartphone users are there in New York City?

How many smartphone users are there in New York City? [more inside]
posted by dmd 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

Help Me See Where the Heck I'm Going

Is there a good solution for putting smartphone and its GPS in (preferably waterproof) view on my bike? My Google Fu is failing me.
posted by bearwife on Jul 15, 2011 - 10 answers

the app for that exceeds your monthly allowance

Smartphonefilter: how to choose a data plan under Verizon's new tiered-fee structure? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Jun 24, 2011 - 17 answers

HOW CAN I KILL BIG BROTHER?

My Google/AT&T smartphone is recording my voiceprint biometrics, my GPS location at all times, and my every email, text message and cameraphone picture. How can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Jun 22, 2011 - 20 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

Smartphone - call plan - data plan = PDA + WiFi?

I have a Samsung Captivate smartphone with a rate plan and data plan. If I were to cancel my AT&T contract (and pay the required fee, of course), could the phone continue to be used to access the Web via Wi-Fi to sync my Google calendar/contacts/e-mail, surf the Web, and run Web-enabled apps? Would I lose anything else besides telephone and 3G data capabilities?
posted by davcoo on Apr 21, 2011 - 2 answers

What to look out for when purchasing a smartphone via eBay?

What should I look out for if I want to purchase a smartphone from eBay for activation on Sprint's network? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Apr 12, 2011 - 5 answers

Ideas for enhancing smartphone audio recording for live events

RecordingFilter: I got the idea of using my new Android phone to make a live recording. I just used the Voice Recorder app that came on the phone. The resulting recording is obviously pretty low quality, but not completely terrible. How can I find ways to make future smartphone recordings sound better? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Mar 26, 2011 - 4 answers

There's a mobile site for that.

Smartphone apps - what's the fuss all about? Why use them? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Feb 4, 2011 - 33 answers

Cheapest phone with wifi tethering.

I'm looking for the cheapest, unlocked GSM phone that will let me wifi tether to my locked iPhone so I don't have to pay the obscene AT&T roaming charges outside the US. [more inside]
posted by birdherder on Feb 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Best Buy Smart Phone Deal?

I would like some help choosing a phone! Some snowflake (and long details) inside. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Dec 9, 2010 - 4 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

How do I control what I want sync'd in Android?

I'm a new smartphone user... How do I sync calendar/contacts but not Gmail in Android? [more inside]
posted by branparsons on Dec 1, 2010 - 6 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

Can you hear me? Now?

[New Smartphone Selection Filter] Droid X vs Droid 2 vs ??? Help me decide! [more inside]
posted by PlutoniumX on Sep 16, 2010 - 7 answers

iPhone versus Android for an ubergeek (no holy wars, please)

I'm looking for experiential narrations of what it's like to own and use an iPhone or an Android phone as an ubergeek. This will help me decide what to do now that my non-smart T-Mobile phone is starting to die. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Aug 25, 2010 - 27 answers

Can't afford smartphone. What will do instead?

A Rumor Touch looks like my best bet to stay with this carrier. I might like the LG Prime, though. Do I have any other good options? Can I find an affordable no-contract smartphone? [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Aug 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me find the best Android resources on the net!

What are the best resources on the net for Android, in terms of apps, and the latest news? [more inside]
posted by antifuse on Aug 17, 2010 - 12 answers

How can I monitor and manage my data usage on the HTC Aria?

How can I monitor and manage my data usage on my HTC Aria with Android 2.1? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Aug 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Playing YouTube videos on a Moto Droid

Is there a way to play entire playlists from my YouTube account with the Moto Droid pre-installed YouTube app? Failing that, is there any other app that can do this?
posted by prenominal on Jul 25, 2010 - 3 answers

HTC Desire vs. iPhone 4

Should I get an HTC Desire or an iPhone 4? [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl on Jul 19, 2010 - 31 answers

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