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Author Topic: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing  (Read 1612 times)

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Offline zach

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seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« on: January 15, 2015, 09:23:54 PM »
The continuing saga, but I'm almost there, I promise

Tried to find my phone thread, couldn't. I know some of you are gadget geeks, I need advice please.

iPhone or Android? I'm leaning towards Android right now. I'm going to buy a used one, whatever it is will have to take a royal beating, I don't need the lastest and greatest. Any suggestions? Samsung, HTC? Model? Couple generations old probably.

I'm getting the phone early Feb, now I need to choose which one. Carrier is Verizon, they are known for the best coverage where I'll be.

I need a phone that will run Spotify well, for most of this year it will be a high priority. I'll be downloading playlists for offline play. I've heard iPhone doesn't like Spotify.

Twitter/Tumbler/Instagram... what the fuck? Could someone give me a brief? I need to be able to post a short journal entry, maybe daily, probably only a couple or few times a week. Something I can post photos and journal to, something that will post to FB automatically for me.

Something with a decent camera on board, I'll be taking a lot of pictures.

Gonna try not to get pissed and throw this thing in a river.

Thanks
« Last Edit: January 15, 2015, 09:27:11 PM by zach »
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Offline marcmoral16

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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2015, 10:44:14 PM »
Well I work in wireless retail but for the other big company. That's rather here nor there  8)

Now onto the phone. A good phone that has great battery life and a freaking awesome camera is the Z3v. It's a Sony phone that waterproof and meets military specs. I say this phone because as much as I love my phone (iPhone 6) it's very fragile.

Now if you put an otterbox defender on any phone you won't have much to worry about. But the phone I mentioned above is a good start. If you want a truly rugged phone they have a Kyocera phone that can survive a nuclear war. Specs are MEH but it can get the job done.

My recommendation Sony Z3v.
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Offline tednlou2

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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2015, 11:48:55 PM »
I am an Android fan.  And, a huge Samsung fan.  I take a lot of pics and everyone always comments how the pics on my Samsung are so much better than other Android phones or Apple.  My better half went with the HTC One.  He wasn't happy with the camera and he had problems with it in general.  My brother gave him his bigger HTC One Max.  Same thing-- camera not so good and problems with it running properly.  The GPS won't work.  Of course, that could be an issue with just that phone.  But, this makes two HTC phones that had issues. 

So, I would go with Samsung.  It depends on the size you want.  Are you a size queen?  Seriously, the bigger versions like The Note are easier to do things like journals and surfing the web.  However, they are just too big for me.  I like the size of the Galaxy series.  I can text with one hand, using my thumb.  With the larger phones, I feel like I have to keep a good hold on them or I will drop them.  And, they don't fit too well in pockets.  But, my brother loves the bigger phones. 

I am liking the Samsung Note Edge.  It has this curved screen, which can scroll info.  Just a gimmick, I'm sure.  It is larger, but not as big as the regular note or the HTC One Max.  I think I could handle that size.  With my upgrade, it is $400+.  So, I doubt I will go that route.  In fact, I love my Samsung Galaxy 4 so much, that I am thinking of just not upgrading.  Well, unless the new Galaxy 6 is really different.  It is suppose to come out soon.  But, you are looking for affordable.  So, the Galaxy 4 would be probably most affordable, since there is a Galaxy 5 on the market for a year or so.

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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2015, 11:50:41 PM »
I love my note 3 … really love it .

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2015, 12:12:36 AM »
In the past six months I have owned a Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone, an iPhone 6 Plus, a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and currently have a Galaxy Note Edge. If you want something that is easy to use and "just works" get an iPhone. You can buy a used iPhone 5S for about $300 if you don't want to be locked into a payment plan. If you want something that is more customizable or a different phone design go Android. Curved screens, big screens, small screens, physical keyboards... Android has it all. I like phones by Sony, Samsung and LG. I recommend going to the store, playing with the different models and seeing which one you like.

Apple and Android both run Spotify.

Offline mecch

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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2015, 06:39:47 AM »
Just curious why you own 4 phones in a year.  ???
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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2015, 07:09:16 AM »
Just curious why you own 4 phones in a year.  ???

Nokia 1520 broke when I dropped it down a flight of concrete stairs. Replaced it iPhone 6 Plus because everyone said it was the best but I didn't like it. Bought Galaxy Note 4 and put iPhone up for sale but a guy online said he would trade his Note Edge for my iPhone, so returned Note 4 to the store. To be honest I still like the Nokia 1520 best but there are apps on iPhone and Android that I can't get on Windows Phone, for example on Windows Phone there are no real estate apps or snapchat, Pinterest, Amazon instant video, Nook, etc.

Offline mecch

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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2015, 07:24:19 AM »
You all seem like very complete smart phone users.

I use mine for: listening to music. watching news podcasts. maybe a short tv show. calculator. calendar. taking a photo here or there. sending and receiving texts. a phone call now and then.

I never started managing anything internet related on my phone.  Zach - you sure that is necessary? 

I admire everyone's ability to keep up with the times. Im sure its all very useful and convenient.  Im sure there are ways of managing information via smart phone that have nothing to do with computer-based communication and management. 
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2015, 09:56:42 AM »
... moving on to the Apple Watch!
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Offline tryingtostay

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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2015, 12:24:37 AM »
afaik the new iPhones can be used on almost all of the major carriers, not like where you couldn't take your Verizon iPhone to AT&T yrs ago.  another good thing is they can be used across the world - i could be wrong on this, i know China gets specific iPhone models

the big thing is Apple Pay, once you use Apple Pay for a transaction the code used for that transaction will change after 24hrs

http://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-6-now-available-unlocked-and-sim-free-in-us/

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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2015, 10:12:13 AM »


I love my new fangled gadget phone.

 :) :D ;D
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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2015, 11:36:30 AM »
Zach, I have a iPhone 5S you can borrow for a few months to see if you like it. PM me, or Facebook message me.
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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2015, 11:48:55 AM »
thanks for the offer abs, but whatever i carry for the next 5 months is sure to be ruined by the end of it, if it makes it... hell, if i make it
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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2015, 12:22:22 PM »
thanks for the offer abs, but whatever i carry for the next 5 months is sure to be ruined by the end of it, if it makes it... hell, if i make it

Have I missed a thread somewhere??  What are you about to embark on?
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Offline zach

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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2015, 12:40:08 PM »
Settling in on a Galaxy S4... now looking at the extra shit to go along with it.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1TOUI6YGAIRM4/ref=topnav_lists_1

Mind taking a look my shopping list? Input is greatly appreciated here. Do I seem to have this well put together? Anything glare to experienced users that I am neglecting? Is there a more elegant and simple way of achieving my goal. Less is better, and trying to be as streamlined and light as possible.

The goal of this package is to be unsupported. The external battery, I need to go a maximum of 5 days between access to power, most of the phone use will be as a camera and to play music, rarely use the phone or internet during those stretches. This will charge the phone in between.

I'm figuring on dumping the pictures I take onto flash drives via the OTG cable.

When I'm near power and access to internet or wifi, I'll update my Spotify downloaded playlists for offline play. My thinking is that is why I want the minisd card for the phone.

I'll want to charge the phone, and the external battery at the same time, and have a couple open to share. Thats what the four port wall charger is for, and the three pack of cables.
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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2015, 01:07:51 PM »
Hey Ted (whens your birthday btw)

Since you mentioned GPS, I'd like to circle back and talk about that. I've put quite a bit of time and effort into saving placemarks in Google Earth, I'd like to be able to export those to the Android for use in the field. I'm pretty sure I've read good instructions for doing this, and until I have everything in hand I'm just researching.

Any experience with this?
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Offline tednlou2

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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2015, 12:31:15 AM »
Hey Ted (whens your birthday btw)

Since you mentioned GPS, I'd like to circle back and talk about that. I've put quite a bit of time and effort into saving placemarks in Google Earth, I'd like to be able to export those to the Android for use in the field. I'm pretty sure I've read good instructions for doing this, and until I have everything in hand I'm just researching.

Any experience with this?

I've not done too much with Google Earth, besides looking at my house and other places of interest.  I've seen the Google Man come down the street twice (what are the odds) and I looked to see if I got into the Street View.  I didn't. 

It is my understanding that Google Earth doesn't work like YouTube, where you can save favorite videos and view them on any device.  I will have to defer to others.  I would be interested to know, too.  I don't think saved places on Google Maps syncs with Earth, unless you go through a big process.  Could be wrong. 

Offline zach

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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2015, 11:53:12 AM »
Thanks yall posting this from a galaxy s4

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Offline tednlou2

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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2015, 12:59:14 AM »
I love my S4.  I thought I had an S5 for a while, but its an S4.  I love it so much, that I didn't feel the need to upgrade, even though its time.  I'm waiting to see what the S6 will be.  Heard they may do an Edge version of that, along with a regular S6. 

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Re: seeking tech geek advice... the damn phone thing
« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2015, 10:30:32 PM »
Settling in on a Galaxy S4... now looking at the extra shit to go along with it.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1TOUI6YGAIRM4/ref=topnav_lists_1

Mind taking a look my shopping list? Input is greatly appreciated here. Do I seem to have this well put together? Anything glare to experienced users that I am neglecting? Is there a more elegant and simple way of achieving my goal. Less is better, and trying to be as streamlined and light as possible.

The goal of this package is to be unsupported. The external battery, I need to go a maximum of 5 days between access to power, most of the phone use will be as a camera and to play music, rarely use the phone or internet during those stretches. This will charge the phone in between.

I'm figuring on dumping the pictures I take onto flash drives via the OTG cable.

When I'm near power and access to internet or wifi, I'll update my Spotify downloaded playlists for offline play. My thinking is that is why I want the minisd card for the phone.

I'll want to charge the phone, and the external battery at the same time, and have a couple open to share. Thats what the four port wall charger is for, and the three pack of cables.

You didn't mention what you are doing. Sounds like camping?

If so, perhaps the bio light stove? It's a small stove, wood powered, that also charges use devices. The inventor was just on an NPR show about this device.
http://www.amazon.com/BioLite-BL-CSA-Wood-Burning-Campstove/dp/B00BQHET9O#

 


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