Do you have a smart phone?

Friday, November 11, 2011 1:02 PM
kpjb's avatar

How much do you pay, Tina? Virgin Mobile is the same Sprint 3G network and charges $35/month for the plan you described.

When I signed up for it, it was $25/month. They raised the price a couple months ago, but grandfathered me in so I won't ever have to pay more as long as I don't miss a payment.


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Friday, November 11, 2011 1:13 PM

coasterqueenTRN said:
...I hate the poor battery life...

I'm not familiar with that model of phone, but your battery life may be related to a particular app or apps.

It may be worth your time to uninstall apps one at a time to see if there is any impact on battery life. I've installed more than a couple apps that brought my battery life down from ~18 hours to ~5 hours.


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Friday, November 11, 2011 1:56 PM
Jeff's avatar

That's the biggest risk for Android... battery life. It's not that the hardware isn't adequate, but a novice will have a hard time finding if some app is sucking the life out of the battery.


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Friday, November 11, 2011 2:36 PM
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Cool Jeff! Thanks.


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Friday, November 11, 2011 2:44 PM
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There are some real nice task killer apps out there that can help with that.


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Friday, November 11, 2011 3:40 PM

Unless your task killer is the battery-killing culprit. In which case you'd need a task killer killer. Yo dawg...


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Friday, November 11, 2011 3:54 PM
Jeff's avatar

The idea that you need such an app is the opposite of consumer friendly.


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Friday, November 11, 2011 4:10 PM

Tina, do you have everything set to super-vibrate by any chance?

Mind you, it's not like you answer your cell phone anyhow [cough]PPP[/cough] ;)

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Friday, November 11, 2011 11:07 PM
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Should have called me, Jim!


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Saturday, November 12, 2011 9:47 AM

I have a blackberry and am looking at getting a reader - either Kindle Fire or B&N Nook (probably nook since it can be rooted to dual boot android).


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Saturday, November 12, 2011 9:49 AM
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I still don't understand the benefit of carrying hundreds of books around with you. You only read one at a time. I like paper.


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Saturday, November 12, 2011 10:58 AM

Actually, when I had more free time to read, it wasn't unusual for me to be reading about 3 or 4 books at a time. For someone like me, a reader would make sense. I'd pick up a book from one of my preferred authors, I'd stumble across something else, start that halfway through the first book, and might pick up another one before I finished reading the first. And I don't use bookmarks.

Plus, there's the fact that you carry around something that doesn't have the bulk of a book as well. But yeah, about those smart phones... ;)


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Saturday, November 12, 2011 11:50 AM
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I get the 'pros' of the Kindle, I just think there are other devices that do what it does almost as well - and well enough to negate the need for one...and the cutter of yet another device that is a unitasker.

Things like the Fire start to make sense in that it does more than create an electronic substitute for the analog book(s) you'd be carrying around.

My daughter received one as a gift last year for her birthday and given the use (or lack of) it's gotten in the past year, I'm glad I didn't drop the cash on it. Her and her friends tend to trade and share books to read. She likes physical copies of the books she loves. It's turned out almost exactly as I predicted - schoolwork and second-level freebies.

Jeff and I had this very discussion recently as he just snagged a Kindle and loves it.


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Saturday, November 12, 2011 12:05 PM
Jeff's avatar

My feelings on it:
http://jeffputz.com/blog/cant-believe-i-waited-so-long-to-get-a-kindle

I will forever disagree with anyone who suggests other devices are "almost" as good. I tried reading even magazine stuff on the iPad (free with Wired subscription), and it hurt my eyes like crazy. A phone is way too small. The e-ink on the Kindle just blows away any other reading medium, maybe even paper.


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Saturday, November 12, 2011 1:10 PM

Acoustic Viscosity said:
Should have called me, Jim!

Gah, now you tell me! We could have facetimed Clint like that time in Blackpool. Oh wait... ;)

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Saturday, November 12, 2011 8:38 PM
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Yeah yeah yeah. I can't help it u called after I left for work. Stupid time zones!


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Sunday, November 13, 2011 5:29 PM
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Guess I should update this... I now have an iPhone 4S :)


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Sunday, November 13, 2011 8:13 PM
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Welcome to the best phone ever.


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Sunday, November 13, 2011 8:50 PM
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invy said:
Tina, do you have everything set to super-vibrate by any chance?

Mind you, it's not like you answer your cell phone anyhow [cough]PPP[/cough] ;)

I still have that voicemail. :) My phone is always on vibrate! :)

As far as my apps, I keep a minimum at all times. I rarely keep anything I install for very long.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011 9:48 PM
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Is there a chance we'll ever see a mobile app for Coasterbuzz or Point buzz?

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