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mark29860
04-01-2012, 07:44 AM
Hello folks, I just upgraged to the Iphone4s, all I've ever had was a flip phone the phone has a good camera but other than that I'm trying to decide if the $30 a month for the internet is worth it. Thanks.


FlyingCircus
04-01-2012, 07:49 AM
yup nothing like having Google in your pocket......it's an argument ender and being able to look at tht when your bored or waiting on something.......

daughtrylc
04-01-2012, 07:51 AM
yup nothing like having Google in your pocket......it's an argument ender and being able to look at tht when your bored or waiting on something.......

X2


swifty
04-01-2012, 07:53 AM
yup nothing like having Google in your pocket......it's an argument ender and being able to look at tht when your bored or waiting on something.......

Yep and to add to that....nothing like surfing the net and listening to music at the same time (something you would not have been able to do with those other POS....:grin:)

Eyeball
04-01-2012, 08:24 AM
If you have a life, you don't need it, won't want to carry that thing around, will get tired of managing it. On the other hand, if you are someone that needs to be entertained ...

The forestry service said you'd be surprised at the number of people that take their cell phone with GPS and head off into the wild ... where there is nowhere to charge the battery ... and get themselves lost.

Cracker
04-01-2012, 08:30 AM
Well worth it.... I bought my first Smart phone about a year ago, I was like you...

You only get lost if ur not smart enough to carry a portable solar panel

5th Tuition
04-01-2012, 08:37 AM
I too just swapped out an old flip phone (no camera) for an iphone4. I never thought I would use it as much as I do. I am a mate on a charter and I use it for instant weather/radar, tide/currents, photo's, and messaging other fishermen on the bay.

I also like the ability to listen to my music in the truck with the phone syked up to the bluetooth capabilities (it's against the law in MD to talk on a cell while driving).

When the commercials say "there's an app for that", they aren't kidding. Customize your phone to your likeing.

Have fun.
5th

notgottaboatyet
04-01-2012, 08:45 AM
Love mine; tht Google gps(speedometer) radio YouTube science calculator. Most recent the crazy braless large woman starts talking too much in line at the pet store whip out the smartphone and hit the ignore app

Real easy to move/take/post pictures. Id suggest a Droid though its faster online and easier to get to tools. My wife likes the simplicity of her 4s I like my Droid. Just look at the keyboard its a tell all, 4s=stupid simple, Droid has buttons with multiple occupations(numbers symbols etc) I'm on it now

Phillyfish
04-01-2012, 09:16 AM
I thought I wouldn't ever get one. He first time I saw one, I knew I needed it for Internet alone (I was amazed!) I'm on my 3rd iPhone ( 1 lost to water, the other banged around in my pocket for 2 years- I work in construction)- .. You'll never lose a number again with iCloud - Internet definitely worth it- IMO And as for the iPhone droid debate. (I never had a droid) but of the 4 people I know that have,all by 1 have switched to the iPhone and love it

bayrunner16
04-01-2012, 09:31 AM
I see those phones and think they are neat, but I already have the internet on my home computer.
I can't see the need to constantly walk around staring at a phone screen.
I feel bad for these folks that can not figure anything out without a phone.

I like when you are walking down the street, you have to be aware of folks walking down the street mindlessly as they stare at their hand held brain.
I like to call those people Thumb Monkeys.

MBruno1057
04-01-2012, 09:33 AM
There are also great apps for wind(windfinder) and tides(BuoyData). I also use the weather channel app. I live by the thing.

Cracker
04-01-2012, 09:39 AM
I also know plenty of people that use the phone for camera and emailing...My driod has a 5 MP camera then I can email a pic from anywhere to anyone..very helpful at times...

evensen
04-01-2012, 10:22 AM
I don't think you can activate an iphone 4s without a data plan. My experience has been that after you have it for few months, it is difficult to consider giving it up.

Snapper Head
04-01-2012, 10:25 AM
I have a Samsung Galaxy somthingoranother, and it makes me look very sophisticated and itelligent.




Big Al

Ranger88
04-01-2012, 10:25 AM
.. You'll never lose a number again with icloud -


lol

davedowneast
04-01-2012, 11:19 AM
I go for days without turning on my phone, so I guess I'm not a good candidate. On the other hand, I've had a cell phone since the days when it cost $1 a minute to use.

I've thought about upgrading to a 4S only if I can use it as a "hotspot" and eliminate my modem. Speed and volume is what is holding me back. I don't game or download large doc's, but I can't figure out if I'd run into trouble if all I had was a cell phone for Internet. Also, I don't have a land line.

Pez Vela
04-01-2012, 11:26 AM
I've never been laid, but I've got a 1st date with a hot chick tonight. I can't decide if it's worthwhile to shower and put on a clean shirt.

Fiesta
04-01-2012, 11:30 AM
I recently got one and honestly, I don't care for it much. Typing is terrible on the small screen, I can't get anything out without lots of typo's and I hate that. It has some nice features, tide info and such but other than that nothing to get excited about.
I guess I'm a minority.

Brad1
04-01-2012, 12:05 PM
I've never been laid, but I've got a 1st date with a hot chick tonight. I can't decide if it's worthwhile to shower and put on a clean shirt.

If your Sister's already use to you being smelly and dirty, she probably won't think any differently about it when you take her out for a date.

Pez Vela
04-01-2012, 12:43 PM
Yeah, but she has a data plan & I need to impress.

MacCTD
04-01-2012, 03:12 PM
Worth it. My wife was dead set against it, she still had a Razor, got her a iPhone, about a week after she said she could not believe she had gone without it, between email and internet she is hooked.

Gator56
04-01-2012, 03:54 PM
my flip phone has everything I need, camera, text, google internet, send work pics to my email when I take photos of jobs instantly and it fits in my pocket. I'll stay with it I mainly use it for talking and photos of jobs it works good.

Here's a pic it took of itself :grin: ancient uh ;)

slapshot
04-01-2012, 04:17 PM
I waited several years with standard cell phones. I finally gave in and got iPhones. I wish I would have done it years ago. It's nice having the internet to look things up anytime. It's nice having weather apps with radar all the time I'm on the water. If you're into Facebook, etc, it is very easy to update stuff on the go.

Tommysmicroskiff
04-01-2012, 06:02 PM
I still use a standard cell phone ...

I play with an android smart phone when I feel like it ... $2 a day when I feel like it

I use it about 2 days a month ... Unlimited Internet Phone and text $4 a Month !!!

GulfC
04-01-2012, 06:36 PM
Hello folks, I just upgraged to the Iphone4s, all I've ever had was a flip phone the phone has a good camera but other than that I'm trying to decide if the $30 a month for the internet is worth it. Thanks.

Yup, it's worth it. If you didn't know, you now have a great road navigation GPS with a MotionX download, an awesome wind forecast app with a windfinder download and all the radio/news stuff you can stand from any one of a 100 or so apps. Oh yeah, and you can very nearly throw your digital camera away; these things have cameras that are better than many from just a few years ago. The list just goes on and on; to those that haven't made the plunge yet, don't.....if you want to save money. Because once you have one, there is no going back.

Mr. Paul
04-01-2012, 06:41 PM
I have stopped lugging a computer when I travel. The I Phone handles everything I need when I am away from work. I too was a a non believer. I also think for the non computer person the I Phone is easy and even makes me look as smart as Big Al.

Snapper Head
04-01-2012, 07:16 PM
I have stopped lugging a computer when I travel. The I Phone handles everything I need when I am away from work. I too was a a non believer. I also think for the non computer person the I Phone is easy and even makes me look as smart as Big Al.

:grin:


Big Al

KJS
04-02-2012, 03:43 AM
I can only echo what everyone else says. I also was a non believer. Heck I am not even an apple guy. However the IPhone has become and important tool for my day to day activities. Sure am glad I am grandfathered in on the unlimited downloads.

Jughed
04-02-2012, 06:02 AM
Daily use of the Iphone-
Weather
GPS
Stocks
Work Email
Networking
Face time (video calls) for the kids and grand parents
radio
entertainment
compass
carpenters level
alarm clock
scheduling
flashlight
camera...

The first two are great on the boat. Satellite images along with the GPS = awesome for the back bays. Throw the weather radar on top of that... takes a bunch of guess work out of the equation.

casualc
04-02-2012, 06:08 AM
Love the flashlight app and the calendar is great.

Tommysmicroskiff
04-02-2012, 06:10 AM
Don't forget apple is tracking you like a RAT !

my android is "sterile" ...

ericinmich
04-02-2012, 06:11 AM
THT while on the growler. Worth every penny...

slipkid
04-02-2012, 06:11 AM
Depends. If you are an old guy stuck in your ways or if you are the type who worries incessantly about small risks (like brain cancer) then don't bother. If not then you will very quickly realize you never want to be without one again.

I use mine daily for:
quick internet searches
weather
notepad
task list
calender
e-mail
flashlight
hearts or poker when bored

GulfC
04-02-2012, 09:35 AM
Don't forget apple is tracking you like a RAT !

my android is "sterile" ...

Sorry to say even if you have an old flip phone, you are not sterile. They've been tracking cell phones for over 10 years now. The only thing that changes is whom is tracking whom. Don't take my word for it, a short search via pretty much any search engine will show the how.

beber
04-02-2012, 01:20 PM
Don't think of it as a phone with the internet, its more of a computer that you can make phone calls from.

I wasn't sure how much I'd use it, but I would never go back now. I love being able to listen to pandora at work, or radio shows from around the world. There are a lot of good boating and weather apps. I read the news paper on it daily. There are also a couple of fitness/running apps that I really really like, and use very frequently.

1 smart phone replaces: standard cell phone, car GPS (tomtom/garmin), handheld boating/hiking gps, basic camera, palm pilot, ipod/mp3 player, and many others

Mr. Demeanor
04-03-2012, 06:32 AM
a buddy has one and I dont. I honestly can not have a conversation with him without him looking up something on the damn thing. If I comment that the weather looks nice for the week he is on the damn thing confirming it. Its really annoying.
I have a laptop at arms reach 90% of the time so I really dont need one.

For the record, I feel like we are moving toward having all the information but almost no knowledge in our society.

Back-in-Black
04-03-2012, 06:44 AM
I've had a cell phone since 1991. Started off with bag phones, vehicle mounted phones and a Motorola Brick. Changed over to smart phones maybe 4 years ago. NEVER use the internet but the email function is awesome for someone who spends most of their time away from the office.

Deriso
04-03-2012, 06:54 AM
If your Sister's already use to you being smelly and dirty, she probably won't think any differently about it when you take her out for a date.

:thumbsup:

Deriso
04-03-2012, 06:55 AM
Hello folks, I just upgraged to the Iphone4s, all I've ever had was a flip phone the phone has a good camera but other than that I'm trying to decide if the $30 a month for the internet is worth it. Thanks.

100% worth it. I would have a hard time without a smartphone.

Snapper Head
04-03-2012, 06:58 AM
For the record, I feel like we are moving toward having all the information but almost no knowledge in our society.

Give this man a @#$%(*^ prize.:thumbsup::thumbsup:


Big Al

swifty
04-03-2012, 07:10 AM
...For the record, I feel like we are moving toward having all the information but almost no knowledge in our society.

Give this man a @#$%(*^ prize.:thumbsup::thumbsup:


Big Al

X2.... I'm in the IT field and couldn't agree with you more Mr D. :thumbsup:

bayrunner16
04-03-2012, 08:29 AM
a buddy has one and I dont. I honestly can not have a conversation with him without him looking up something on the damn thing. If I comment that the weather looks nice for the week he is on the damn thing confirming it. Its really annoying.
I have a laptop at arms reach 90% of the time so I really dont need one.

For the record, I feel like we are moving toward having all the information but almost no knowledge in our society.


Good god that gives me the shits.

It seems as though that is all everyone I know does anymore.

Huh? Lemme look at da app for dat.

I honestly get excited when someone I know looses their phone. It really cracks me up to hear them say, "You Don't Understand, My Life is on that phone!" I say, maybe now you can work on getting a real life since you lost that darn second brain of yours!!!!:rofl:

Mr. Demeanor
04-03-2012, 07:53 PM
Give this man a @#$%(*^ prize.:thumbsup::thumbsup:


Big Al

Ill just take one of these thank you very much :grin:

Snapper Head
04-04-2012, 06:06 AM
Cheers!


Big Al

notgottaboatyet
04-04-2012, 09:00 AM
Good god that gives me the shits.

It seems as though that is all everyone I know does anymore.

Huh? Lemme look at da app for dat.

I honestly get excited when someone I know looses their phone. It really cracks me up to hear them say, "You Don't Understand, My Life is on that phone!" I say, maybe now you can work on getting a real life since you lost that darn second brain of yours!!!!:rofl:

If someone stole my phone they'd have a pretty interesting read. All of my crap is online locked with passwords accept fb which I hate getting on now anyway. All of my associates from back in the day feel like they need to put their lives out there for some reason and for the most part my suggestion would be suicide. When things get slow I whip out the phone and read something much like right now. A coworker I KNOW plays slot machine type games 24/6 and would shat himself if he lost his phone. Out side of work I miss texts and missed calls for atleast 12 hrs if all of my family is home, I'm no receptionist call my wife.

Brad1
04-09-2012, 05:12 PM
Just picked up an LG lucid. Seems pretty nice. $79 @ Verizon. Gotta learn how to use it now.

GulfC
04-09-2012, 06:56 PM
Good god that gives me the shits.

It seems as though that is all everyone I know does anymore.

Huh? Lemme look at da app for dat.

I honestly get excited when someone I know looses their phone. It really cracks me up to hear them say, "You Don't Understand, My Life is on that phone!" I say, maybe now you can work on getting a real life since you lost that darn second brain of yours!!!!:rofl:

If they're telling you that, they probably don't really have a smart phone. If I were to lose mine, 1st I could tell where it was. Then send a message if someone had it asking them to return it ..and.... delete all information from it anyway. I trashed my phone a couple of years ago; setting up a new one meant buying the new phone, activating it, then turning it on. Within minutes all information from the old phone was on the new one with zero effort on my part.



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