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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

Please recommend me a smartphone that is actually durable (won't break when I drop it on the floor).

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 - 32 answers

Each one reach one

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 - 6 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

smartphone with best calendar sync?

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 - 4 answers

My Dream Bucket o' Bolts

Can you help me find an mp3 player with very specific qualifications? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan on Sep 2, 2011 - 4 answers

"Crackberry Thumb" RSI...adaptive icing technologies?

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 - 6 answers

Used phone buying advice

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 - 3 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 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 are some good Android apps for the gym?

What are some good Android apps for weightlifting/fitness? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont on Aug 1, 2011 - 2 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

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 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

It's not rooted yet but that's probably coming

Previously, but 7 months is a long time in mobile phone software. Are there new, good apps for a couple who both have Android phones? [more inside]
posted by galadriel on Jul 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Can my laptop talk to VPNs through my Atrix phone?

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 - 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

Seeking the state of the art in location-based smartphone apps.

Seeking the state-of-the-art in location-based smartphone (iPhone & Android) apps. [more inside]
posted by Tufa on May 31, 2011 - 5 answers

Broken Droid 6 months ahead of schedule. Help!

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 - 10 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

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

help! I bought a cellphone I can't use.

Confused about my new Samsung cell phone.. [more inside]
posted by bearette on Apr 16, 2011 - 6 answers

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