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Time for a new Droid?

Android question: Despite the fact that it is now owned by the Google itself, Motorola has decided that my Android (Atrix 4G) will not be upgraded to the Ice Cream Sandwich OS (which isn't even the most recent OS). Is it time to change phones? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Oct 2, 2012 - 8 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

Should I just get backpack straps for it?

How do I carry this massive smartphone around? [more inside]
posted by daboo on Sep 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me ditch my dumb-phone.

New to smartphones; want to buy an unlocked, preferably quadband phone. Advice? [more inside]
posted by artemisia on Sep 17, 2012 - 4 answers

How to get the most out of an android device?

So I followed my own advice and I now own a Galaxy Nexus. It's my first android experience. Help me get the most out of it. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Sep 16, 2012 - 27 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

Smartphone Pay As You Go Plans in Canada

I'm currently using an iPhone 3GS in Ontario with Fido. With the new iPhone on the horizon, I'm considering buying the phone unlocked through Apple, and switching to a "Pay as You Go" service. I'm hoping the kind folks at Metafilter can help me choose the best plan. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar on Sep 5, 2012 - 7 answers

difference between GPS on a smartphone and a stand alone unit?

What is the difference between GPS on your phone and GPS on a stand alone unit? [more inside]
posted by waylaid on Sep 4, 2012 - 21 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

How do multiple users update conditions from the field?

What's the best way for mulitple users to update an online "conditions report" via cellphone? [more inside]
posted by bethnull on Aug 30, 2012 - 2 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

Can I use a French sim card with my Droid Razr?

Can I use a French sim card in my Droid Razr? [more inside]
posted by mollywas on Aug 16, 2012 - 2 answers

Can my smartphone simultaneously (i) accept input from my mouse and (ii) send output to my monitor?

Can my smartphone simultaneously (i) accept input from my mouse and (ii) send output to my monitor? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Aug 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Decent Android phone, no contract. Possible?

Looking for the best Android smartphone to buy for a pre-paid service, preferably GSM based.... [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Aug 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Have Superphone, Will Travel

I bought a Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ and an unlimited pay-as-you-go plan. Ummm. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Jul 31, 2012 - 7 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

Looking to find a good reputable screen replacement vendor.

Looking to find a good reputable screen replacement vendor. Some of my end users (CEO among them) have recently broken their smart phone screens. I'd like to find a good vendor who can replace the screens and they've got to work on more than just iPhones. Thanks!
posted by covert7 on Jul 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Smart Phones at Virgin Mobile

My wife and I are going to swap our elderly "regular" cell phones on Sprint for smart phones on Virgin Mobile. My wife is going to go with the Optimus Elite. My question is this: Can it possibly be worth it for me to go with the less expensive iPhone ($550) over the highest-spec Android phone (the Evo V 4G at $300)? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Jul 13, 2012 - 22 answers

Making Youtube Videos to promote your site on a shoestring budget

Is there a way to make high quality youtube videos using a smartphone (Iphone 4 or Samsung Galaxy S2)? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Jul 13, 2012 - 1 answer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Customizable/Universal Tracking App?

I would like to use a single smartphone app to track a customizable set of personal attributes and/or behaviors. For instance, I would like to track my daily weight, peak flows, alcoholic beverages consumed, run distances, and hours slept. I would like to do this with a single app, and not an app for each attribute/behavior being tracked. [more inside]
posted by u2604ab on May 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Spartphone App Makers

Best online service for creating and submitting smartphone apps? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Apr 21, 2012 - 3 answers

A Tried and Tested Tripod

Where can I find a tripod for my smart phone (Samsung Galaxy S2)? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Apr 1, 2012 - 3 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

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

Droid won't load web pages on open WiFi connection

Probably a stupid Droid question: My Motorola Atrix will connect to open (unsecured) WiFi networks, but I am unable to load web pages. Can't even perform a simple Google search. There must be an option somewhere that I can't locate. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Dec 18, 2011 - 8 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

Time for a new phone, what should I get?

In the market for a new smartphone— Android or iPhone? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Dec 14, 2011 - 39 answers

Touch here to switch to espanol every. single. time.

Is it possible to detect a smartphone user's language settings and serve them web content in their chosen language? [more inside]
posted by Uncle Ira on Dec 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me stop missing email

It's time to start looking for a new smartphone. I have the Nokia E71, and I like it well enough but for one thing: I need a phone that can adapt automatically to a small number of wireless networks for email, as I move between them. What phone should I get, or failing that, what is this function/feature even called? [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Dec 12, 2011 - 11 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

Smart phone without data plan?

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

Converting a phone into a SPEAKER phone.

Help me use my phone as a small office conference call solution (smartphone/android). [more inside]
posted by yonation on Dec 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Smartphone injury?

I use my smartphone a lot and my hands/thumbs are getting sore. I know how to stave off pain from typing and hunching over my computer, but those techniques don't work for this. Can you recommend stretches or massage techniques? [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Nov 26, 2011 - 6 answers

What’s a good smartphone for journalling in (while on the subway)?

The end of paper: what’s a good smartphone for journalling in (while on the subway)? [more inside]
posted by foxjacket on Nov 15, 2011 - 9 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

Let's Go For a Test Drive!!

I want to buy a new "smart phone". (Hopefully smarter than its soon to be owner.) I want to try (or test drive) them out first. Is there a way to try various phones for a few days before actually purchasing one? [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn on Oct 10, 2011 - 10 answers

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