do i really need an iphone?

  • highforthis

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    Sep 02, 2012 7:24 PM GMT
    i've been behind the times and using the same flip phone for almost 8 years. But I seem to need wifi on the go, and also I want to try Jack'd or Grindr lol. Can a smartphone (ie Samsung Galaxy ace) w/ android 2.3 do the trick, for $500 less than an iphone? I heard there are "issues" with android, but want to hear a 3rd opinion.
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    Sep 02, 2012 7:27 PM GMT
    It depends on what you want and what you need it for. People tend to be very fanboyish about certain brands, but in reality, different phones have different advantages and disadvantages.

    Getting some reviews from some professionals may help you sort through all of the options:

    http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phones/
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    Sep 02, 2012 7:34 PM GMT
    Grindr and Jackd is available on both iOS and Android. Also, you don't need a smartphone. ipod touch or Samsung Galaxy Player are basically smartphones, minus the phone part. You just need wifi and you're all set.

    But if you need to connected all the time without needing to hunt for an open wifi connection, then yeah it might be best to get a smartphone with data plan.

    If cost is a concern, I'd say get a prepaid Android phone. Not sure about your area, but here in the states, there are several prepaid providers that offer high end Android phones at an affordable price. Usually around $300. I would recommend staying away from the cheap low end models.
  • vj2004t

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    Sep 02, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    I have a android HTC 3d and I love it. Thousands of apps I also have a Air Rave which is a mini cell tower so I get 5 bars all the time. Internet wi fi is always up and it is great when say your computer may be down. I can even take pictires in 3d. Sprint is real good at takeing care of any problems that come up. I totally happy...Val
  • TennisJock10

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    Sep 03, 2012 2:47 AM GMT
    I have an iPhone 4 and I absolutely LOVE it! I'm addicted. I had several android devices previously, and while they aren't terrible, they weren't for me.

    It really depends on what you prefer so I would look into it and decide what device is going to be best for what you intend to use it for...I would say an iPhone though!!! I have already converted three of my friends to iPhone. Next is my mom and brother (tired of going home and nobody having an apple charger).

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    Sep 03, 2012 3:33 AM GMT
    Android is much better.

    iphones aren't cool anymore
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    Sep 03, 2012 7:59 AM GMT
    I haven't spent much time on Android devices, but, I can tell you that my Idevices have changed the way I use The Internet, and how I communicate.

    The Iphone, and the iPad, put everything right at my fingertips.

    I work for a huge networking company that constantly does Web Ex meetings. I can do those meetings on my Ipad, Iphone, PC, and even my Apple TV.

    I've been pondering Android, but, I gizmos are so vested to me now, and I have substantial investment in my iPhone, iPad, Apple Tv, and iPod, that I'm reluctant to move to Android.

    My Apple TV is cool, and, I can hit it from my PC, my iPhone, my iPod. It's a full 1080p with 5.1, and it works flawlessly.

    Do you need a smartphone? No. Is it life changing? Yes. It completely changes the way you interact with The Internet, and communicate with others.

    I get Time magazine, Nat Geo mag, and Reader's Digest, among others, delivered to my iPad. I have apps for everything from Walmart to internet speed to Pac Man.

    Love the I gizmos.
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    Sep 03, 2012 8:04 AM GMT
    I have a Samsung Galaxy Precedent (el cheapo 3G smartphone) from Wal-Mart, on Straight Talk.

    It handled Grindr with no problem, though I deleted it after a few days cause I didn't like the "selection."

    It also does everything else I need it to do. The only improvement it needs is a better camera w/flash, and more memory (this one's only 2 GB). Oh and 4G would be nice. But those are "wants," not "needs."
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    Sep 03, 2012 8:37 AM GMT
    xrichx saidGrindr and Jackd is available on both iOS and Android. Also, you don't need a smartphone. ipod touch or Samsung Galaxy Player are basically smartphones, minus the phone part. You just need wifi and you're all set.

    But if you need to connected all the time without needing to hunt for an open wifi connection, then yeah it might be best to get a smartphone with data plan.

    If cost is a concern, I'd say get a prepaid Android phone. Not sure about your area, but here in the states, there are several prepaid providers that offer high end Android phones at an affordable price. Usually around $300. I would recommend staying away from the cheap low end models.


    This. If you're in an area where free wifi is readily available then you can access the web through an Ipod or Galaxy player device without the data contracts and keep your basic phone for phone calls. Or for a few $$ more, go to a small tablet- I've had my Nexus 7 for almost 3 weeks now and I love it. Between the tablet and the $10 Tracfone I figure I've got everything I need covered.
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    Sep 03, 2012 8:54 AM GMT

    Oh Apple..

    Embrace your individuality...


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  • Buddha

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    Sep 03, 2012 9:48 AM GMT
    You certainly don't need an iPhone. I had an android, it worked okay, but I got annoyed that my screen seemed to small for the androidsystem so some apps just didn't work because there was a button at the edge of the screen that I just couldn't click on. So the fact that there is no "standard" was a bit problematic for me because I got excluded.

    Then I wanted to get Grindr, but it said it wasn't available for the version of Android that was on my phone. So I had to check in one the manufacturer's page (Samsung), look in the forum and see if anyone said anything about it. After a while I found out there used to be an upgrade, but they pulled it back because it didn't work for the phone, but it'd be released in 4 weeks. Okay. I waited 6 weeks, then they basically said they cancelled their plans of upgrading the Androidsystem after that. They essentially told me that if I wanted to run the latest apps, I'd have to buy a new phone. And that seriously pissed me off, I had only been using my phone for about 6 months. So I just got an iPhone.

    I think the Android has the potential to become really great; you don't have to tell me twice how awesome open source is. As a game developer, Android is also wonderful because it doesn't cost anything to develop for the Android. For the iPhones, you need to buy their kit and shit and then it's not even certain that it'll get on the market. But my biggest pet peeve is just the lack of standardization. There's not an app on the AppStore that's not gonna work on my specific phone. Sure iPhones don't release as often, but I don't want a new phone every six months anyway.
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    Sep 03, 2012 10:13 AM GMT
    I don't have much experience with smart phones or older versions of Android; my first encounter with Android is the Jelly Bean running on the Nexus 7 and it's freakin' amazing. I keep finding things that it will do that make me sit back and say "Wow- I didn't know I could do that!"

    There's thousands of apps on Google Play and once you register your device it will tell you whether or not they are compatible. Though I have found some that don't run well depending on the version, so I uninstall and try something else.

    I haven't tried Grindr or Jack'd yet, but will be shortly.
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    Sep 03, 2012 11:07 AM GMT
    I'm currently on my second Android phone, and I love it. From what I've read, the best advice is don't get a cheap, low-end Android phone.
  • MichaelG

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    Sep 03, 2012 11:18 AM GMT
    iPhone without a doubt. Easiest to learn and just does what it is supposed to do. Never a problem.
  • FireDoor211

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    Sep 03, 2012 11:26 AM GMT
    Honestly, android is cool and everything because u can download more apps, and they have a wider selection. However, anyone can design those androi d apps and put them in the marketplace. Apple has a stringent reviewing system for their apps before they hit the iTunes store. Most people I know who have droids have had them ruined by the apps they downloaded. I have never heard of this happening with iPhones. I am a happy iPhone user and honestly would never go back to any other phone. It's prefect in so many ways for my daily uses. It even has a card reader that I use when taking payment for freelance jobs. It keeps me organized, and pretty much anything I can do with my computer I can do with my phone. Even access my computer at home from anywhere using my phone so I can email them to myself and share them with clients. It's pretty much the center of my universe. Also I use this thing to track my work out logs and progress, it will map oh my runs and bike rides and tell me how many calories I burned. The list goes on. I will be an iPhone user For life.
  • somedaytoo

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    Sep 03, 2012 12:13 PM GMT
    iPhones are getting antiquated, and Androids are mostly iPhone wannabees. The 3rd option would be a Windows Phone. These are amazing phones with a fresh, new Interface. Windows Phone 7 Is out now, but we're expecting Windows phone 8 to be available around the time that Windows 8 is released in late October. Check this out before making a decision.
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  • calibro

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    Sep 03, 2012 12:59 PM GMT
    just get an ipod touch
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    Sep 03, 2012 1:26 PM GMT
    calibro saidjust get an ipod touch

    I was thinking this exact thing when I read the original post.

    If you only need Wi-Fi and don't need to be connected to the internet ALL the time (for whatever applications like Grindr) or if Wi-Fi is abundantly available, and if you don't need the GPS, then just get an iPod Touch.

    I don't need the benefits of a smartphone, but do like to have more than just a phone. I find my iPod Touch is plenty for me. Wi-Fi is also quite widely available where I live, so connectivity isn't too much of an issue. It's also cheaper (unless you want more memory, but then it's still cheaper).

    And one main reason I'd go for the iPhone/iPod Touch that hasn't been stated yet is quite a big deciding factor for me. The Retina Display. It's the best screen I've seen!
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    Sep 03, 2012 1:50 PM GMT
    It doesn't matter as much whether you get a smartphone or not, it's whether you can afford/are willing to pay the added monthly cost of the data plans required to make it work. It's like buying an SUV and then having to deal with the monthly cost of filling it up.
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    Sep 03, 2012 1:55 PM GMT
    Depends on where you are. In Toronto iPhones are pretty popular, 99% of my friends have iPhones so having the same system makes communication and sharing easier(text, images, video calling, multiplayer apps, airplay music at a party and so on). The same can apply to looking for dates/hookups on apps like Grindr. If it is all mostly iPhones around where you spend most of the time, it would make more sense for you to also get an iPhone, if it is mostly Android then get an Android handset.

    There are advantages and disadvantages to both systems but I dont think you will care so much about those. I personally wouldnt get either right now. The iphone is due an upgrade in a few weeks, so prices will drop by $100 for the current model if price is an issue. Same goes for Android, the S3 and the Nexus have been around for a few months as well and might be upgraded later this year. Also keep in mind that Android handsets get really really cheap over time which is awesome in a way but kinda sucks if you want a new phone for whatever reason since you will barely be able to sell it for more than 30% of what it costed you. iPhones are more expensive but they also have the best resale value.

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    Sep 03, 2012 3:26 PM GMT
    RJ technology questions- it basically all comes done to this.icon_smile.gif
    highforthis saidalso I want to try Jack'd or Grindr lol.


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    Sep 03, 2012 3:37 PM GMT
    YES! I've had so many cell phones. When the first iPhone came out, I got it and it was magical. I tried switching to blackberries, Nokias, even Androids but I always went back to the iPhone. I've had every single one they've made and now I can't go to anything else. I have a Mac, so it's way easy to sync all my music to iTunes and go! That's probably the feature that I like most about my iPhone. Also build quality is great, it's something that other phone manufactures don't focus too much on and I don't understand. The iPhone feels great in your hand until you drop it...
  • ohioguy12

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    Sep 03, 2012 3:49 PM GMT
    gelandewagen saidYES! I've had so many cell phones. When the first iPhone came out, I got it and it was magical. I tried switching to blackberries, Nokias, even Androids but I always went back to the iPhone. I've had every single one they've made and now I can't go to anything else. I have a Mac, so it's way easy to sync all my music to iTunes and go! That's probably the feature that I like most about my iPhone. Also build quality is great, it's something that other phone manufactures don't focus too much on and I don't understand. The iPhone feels great in your hand until you drop it...


    I'm guessing you work for Apple?
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    Sep 03, 2012 5:22 PM GMT
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    gelandewagen saidYES! I've had so many cell phones. When the first iPhone came out, I got it and it was magical. I tried switching to blackberries, Nokias, even Androids but I always went back to the iPhone. I've had every single one they've made and now I can't go to anything else. I have a Mac, so it's way easy to sync all my music to iTunes and go! That's probably the feature that I like most about my iPhone. Also build quality is great, it's something that other phone manufactures don't focus too much on and I don't understand. The iPhone feels great in your hand until you drop it...


    I'm guessing you work for Apple?


    Oh yeah you know me.
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    Sep 03, 2012 5:31 PM GMT
    somedaytoo saidiPhones are getting antiquated, and Androids are mostly iPhone wannabees. The 3rd option would be a Windows Phone. These are amazing phones with a fresh, new Interface. Windows Phone 7 Is out now, but we're expecting Windows phone 8 to be available around the time that Windows 8 is released in late October. Check this out before making a decision.
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    This! I have this phone. It is quite different but I'm absolutely in love with Windows Phone, particularly the Nokia Lumia 900.