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11-06-2009, 03:59 PM
I think I've seen threads about this before, but nothing too recent.

Let's talk about smartphones! Including Blackberries, iPhones, whatever HTC makes, those T-Mobile ones that I know nothing about.... if you have one, what kind? On which network? What do you think of it? What features do you use regularly? If you don't have one, what would you consider buying? Would you switch networks for it? Which features are important to you?

I'm not trying to get any specific information, I just thought it would be a fun topic of conversation.

Most of the people I know have Blackberries... although it seems like iPhones are super popular elsewhere. Verizon has the best coverage here in the middle of nowhere in central NY, so I guess that explains it.

The Motorola Droid just came out today, and my husband and I are seriously considering it. (And not just because of the freaking awesome commercials.) Right now we're on a family plan with my mom and her husband (just voice, and limited texts), and my mom pays the bill, and we really need to cut those strings (that's a topic for another thread :D). Just trying to decide if it's worth the money... we've got a bit of extra income and very secure jobs, so now would be the time!

11-06-2009, 04:04 PM
I have a Blackberry Curve 8330 with Verizon Wireless that I love love love to death! It's like my third hand lol. I have tons of apps for it, but I'm mostly on the internet (using Opera Mini, I don't like Blackberry's default browser), UberTwitter, Facebook, and The Weather application. Otherwise I'm texting non-stop lol.

11-06-2009, 04:27 PM
The plans are a lot more expensive in Canada. So I'm happy with my LG Rumour (not sure what it's branded as in the US) it's the one with the QWERTY keyboard. I'm also very limited on what network I'm on, there are two main ones in Canada, and one charges international fees for texts to the US, and the international bundle for texting is very expensive.

Shannon in ATL
11-06-2009, 04:41 PM
My company has our cell service with Verizon and two of the other guys upgraded today to the Droids. So far they love them, but it has been less than 5 hours. :)

I have an iPhone and love it, also have a Blackberry Curve which I'm happy with (work phone). I've had Blackjack, Blackjack II, an Audiovox smart phone, an HP smart phone, so many other phones over time I can't remember... The iPhone is my favorite by far.

11-06-2009, 05:12 PM
I only have a smart phone (Blackberry) because work pays for it. I'm way too cheap and wouldn't pay for a data plan if I paid for my own cell phone.

11-06-2009, 06:19 PM
I prefer to have a PDA and a phone, as I don't like my whole life being tied up in one very losable and breakable piece of electronics. However, they don't make much in PDA's anymore, so I got the G1 a year ago (Android platform). I just traded it in, because that platform just doesn't have the applications I use yet. I've been very frustrated for the last year.

I got the HTC TouchPro 2 a few weeks ago. And I am SO happy! I use my phone to keep track of my checkbook, for a couple of excel files I use daily, and as an ebook reader. I also do occasionally use it for internet access. And of course - phone, texting etc.

Because of the ways I use my phone, I love having the full screen (ebooks and excel spreadsheets), but still having the full keyboard. If I don't have a full keyboard, I won't text, and my friends make fun of me! I'm just too old to fiddle with it.

Shannon in ATL
11-06-2009, 08:50 PM
A full keyboard is important to me, too. I admit I am still struggling with the one on the iPhone...
I love eBooks on the iPhone though.

11-07-2009, 10:34 AM
I have a Palm Centro and hate the thing. it has terrible battery life it is always restarting. My bluetooth head set does not respond all the time-- i go to hang up with it and it will not hang up the phone i will stay connected until i look at it again. And i already sent it in and got a new one and am still having the same problems. I have been looking on and off for a different phone and have not found any that i like. This one is my first smartphone i do like what they can do and love it for that but otherwise i hate the Palm Centro.

DH uses an older HTC for his paper work at work and loves it and is looking at ordering one for his personal phone too.

11-07-2009, 11:16 AM
I have a blackberry tour from verizon and I absolutely love it!

11-08-2009, 03:51 PM
i have a samsung impression- i have no idea if it's considered a smart phone or not. but it has a touch screen and a qwerty keyboard and i am in love with it!! have had it for about four or five months now and i still love it. only problem that has come up is occasionally it stops wanting to send texts and i have to turn it off and back on again to get it to work again.

11-09-2009, 05:49 AM
I wasn't overly enthusiastic about getting an iPhone but my boyfriend insisted . . . and now I wouldn't want to be without it! Text messages are so easy and I love playing Scrabble on it. I also love being able to check my email or certain websites no matter where I might be, plus it's super handy for taking and sending photos.

Oh yeah, sometimes I listen to music on it too. :p

11-09-2009, 06:50 AM
I have a blackberry which has become an extension of my body. I commute 20 hours a week to and from work and spend most of my internet time on the train texting, messaging, twittering, facebooking, or checking 3FC on my commute. I also blog now on wordpress very often from my blackberry. All of my email comes through on my blackberry. So yeah. I'm an addict, but it saves me from using the net when I'm at home - then I have more time at home for exercise and hanging out with my husband.

I am in the Netherlands so my plan isn't really relevant to you guys, but I'm on KPN and it costs me around EUR 60 a month for everything (at least that's my budget and what I shoot for).

11-09-2009, 07:18 AM
I live in NJ and currently use the bberry rim which has a querty keyboard. My current service is thru t-mobile.
When I first bought it I switched out of Verizon bc their pricing was ridiculous! Now I cannot wait to get back to them as the coverage is far superior. Many of my hours are spent sitting on a train above or underground and tmobile just doesn't cut it the way Verizon does.
I would love an iPhone but will stick to a full keyboard bberry for my new Verizon contract starting in Dec. The prices are now a bit more reasonable.
Thx for starting this thread mayness!

06-29-2010, 06:56 PM
Thought I'd bump this one up since my Droid incredible is scheduled to arrive tomorrow (dances on my toes after the month wait for it to ship:dizzy:).

I'm wondering what Droid apps everyone likes to track their weight loss and fitness.

I've found a ton on AppBrain, but it's hard to know what the "good ones" are. The pedometer looks exciting... what else do you recommend?

motivated chickie
06-29-2010, 08:12 PM
JayMar - I have a Droid Incredible. I have had it for a month. I wish I could give you tips on fitness apps for it. The only app I use a lot is the Battery Life application. Turns out the internet eats tons of battery and I run down my battery fast. I carry my charger everywhere with me now.

Otherwise, I love having a smartphone and can't live without it.

bama girl
06-30-2010, 02:27 PM
I have a Palm Centro and have had it for a year. It's a bit old-school-- the last smartphone Palm made with the PalmOS instead of Windows Mobile, but I like it. It's a bit of a throwback to the old Palm Pilots people used to have. It does what I need it to do and keeps me organized. A lot of people complain about its itsy bitsy keyboard, but I have itsy bitsy hands and fingers, so it fits perfectly in my hands. I'm not really sure how I feel about the prospect up upgrading in a year because I love this one. I'm not a huge fan of touchscreen phones without a stylus because I prefer to push buttons. The iPhone freaks me out. I am weird.

06-30-2010, 02:49 PM
I have an iPhone, and I love it! I was sort of afraid I'd hate the touchscreen because I'm a little OCD about fingerprints, but with a good screen cover stays relatively smudge free.

06-30-2010, 02:57 PM
I have an it. I track my calories on the "Lose it" app. So much easier then doing it on my computer. Not so happy with the AT&T service though but I guess you can't have everything. :)

06-30-2010, 05:43 PM
I really want to get an HTC phone. I'm looking at either the Hero or whatever else HTC might release soon. They've been going crazy with new phones, I can't seem to keep up.

Does anyone have an HTC phone? Is it any good? I'm really interested in it because of how customizable the interface is. I hear that you couldn't use a yahoo account for your mail, is that true? DETAILS, please!

07-01-2010, 11:42 AM
Paramedic, my new phone is an HTC Incredible and so far I really like it! You can set up e-mail with any account, you just have to go into the settings, I have both my gmail and a second address hitting my phone now.

And Motivated... Wow Yes! the battery does suck down with the internet!
I think I might invest in a second battery juuust in case.

I found an app for the daily plate (not free) and one for spark people (free)... I'm leaning towards the daily plate one, but whichever I end up using I'm really excited about being able to enter my food while I'm out and about. I'm also looking into restaurant calorie counter apps... a quick peek at my phone and I'll be able to make better choices when I'm out.

And it has a Kindle reader... more happy toe dancing!

07-01-2010, 11:50 AM
I've been thinking about changing my plan to a data plan but wasn't sure if I wanted to pay the extra for it. Now after reading all these posts I'm in. Not sure how I've made it this far without. I've heard once you go berry you never go back ;)

07-01-2010, 08:12 PM
I have an iPhone and I wouldn't trade it for the world. It literally has everything I need. I type on other people's phones now and can't do it because the touch screen is the easiest thing to use. There are so many things you could do with the phone, that it could save you alot of money in the long run. (Think having a GPS and not having to pay hundreds for one)

07-04-2010, 02:09 AM
Thanks for the info, JayMar!

07-04-2010, 03:22 AM
I have an iPhone and am in love with it. It's the best thing I've ever bought and if I had to choose one material possession to keep it would be the iPhone.

The funny thing is before I got it, I was kind of "meh" about Apple and was going to get an Android (HTC Desire), but when I looked around the best good smartphone deal I could find was an iPhone so chose that instead thinking I'd not like certain aspects of it but I'm so in love with it, I'd now turn to Apple first in future for my techie desires. :)

And no matter what brand, I'd always get a touchscreen phone from now on.

07-05-2010, 09:55 PM
I love my iPhone! It's only a 3GS, but it works fine (no need to upgrade to the 4G one yet).

What I don't love is AT&T... They've been dropping my calls like crazy, and they are expensive.

I was particularly mad when I got prank calls, and they told me they could block this particular number for me, IF I payed $5/month. A-hum. Excuse me?

But yeah, other than that, I'm quite happy with my iPhone :) Since I got it, I've started reading the news on my subway commute to and from work... I've never been more informed about current events in my life before :P

07-05-2010, 09:57 PM
oh, and as far as fitness and food logging apps go, I tried Daily Burn and it worked alright for me :) I also tried iFigure when I did Weight Watchers for tracking points. That was also pretty easy to use :)

07-06-2010, 09:44 PM
I have an iPhone 4G and I love it!!!

I have an iPhone, and I love it! I was sort of afraid I'd hate the touchscreen because I'm a little OCD about fingerprints, but with a good screen cover stays relatively smudge free. Have you tried the Invisible Shield by Zagg? That's what I have on my iPhone and it's just fantastic!