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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Help me use my phone as a small office conference call solution (smartphone/android). [more inside]
posted by yonation
on Dec 1, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Please recommend me a smartphone that is actually durable (won't break when I drop it on the floor). [more inside]
posted by sockpim
on Oct 9, 2011 -
What is the smartphone software that uses other nearby phones as a a kind of p2p wireless network - ie. sends a message by transmitting it to any other phones in range that are also running the app, which will then pass it on in a similar fashion, etc.? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard
on Oct 8, 2011 -
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 -
What mobile phone / smartphone has the best calendar sync (with Lotus Notes 8.5.2) right now? [more inside]
posted by pu9iad
on Sep 13, 2011 -
Icing, massage, less frequent use of the device (as if!) So....I know I could stick my hand in a bucket of ice. But has anyone actually devised any sort of glove into which one can put ice and ice down that thumb joint in a less liquid/messy way? Years ago, I used to ice down a knee with a bag of frozen peas. Would love to find or make a smaller, simpler alternative similiar to the "knee peas," for the left thumb joint.
posted by dorgla
on Aug 11, 2011 -
Best bet for a deal on HTC Thunderbolt? It can be refurbished or lightly used. I lost my Droid Incredible (or it was stolen). Contract not due until late 2012. Don't need an additional line.
Besides eBay or Craigslist any suggestions or warnings? I don't want to overpay or get scammed. Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by joz1
on Aug 5, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Is there a way to allow vpn passthru on my tethered Motorola Atrix? I don't want to use the vpn client on the phone (which I've heard is buggy), just use the internet connection and the vpn client on my laptop. [more inside]
posted by mneekadon
on Jul 7, 2011 -
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 -
Seeking the state-of-the-art in location-based smartphone (iPhone & Android) apps. [more inside]
posted by Tufa
on May 31, 2011 -
My HTC Droid Eris is pretty much out-of-commission...6 months before my contract with Verizon is up (and I'm eligible for a discounted new phone). The warranty is up also. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski
on May 17, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I just got a smartphone. What are some great ways you've found to use your phone? I've got a good array of basic apps, so I'm not so much looking for recommendations, but instead for your ideas about how to integrate the phone and its combinations of apps into a productive and creative way of life. [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Apr 16, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
Lost my iPhone (3GS, 16GB, refurbished, it was $50 with my upgrade) - my contract isn't up for another year and a half. Is there any legitimate place online where I could get an equivalent replacement? Minimum retail price with AT&T is $250...
posted by leedly
on Mar 23, 2011 -