glen a richter wrote:
I still use a flip phone that makes calls and is unable to connect to the internet. Smart phones seem to me to be a huge waste of money and I've been resisting upgrading even though I'm overdue for one because I know verizon will make me get a data plan even though I'll nevr use it.
I remember when the smaller the phone, the better. Now people walk around with these freaking huge all purpose phones. Can they even be used to make phone calls anymore?
Smart phones can be significantly more money than a "dumb" phone. But like anything else, if you use it, it is well worth the money.
My wife used to say what you are saying. But over time, I think she began to see how useful they could be and finally caved into trying one out.
Last year for her birthday, I bought her a used Droid Bionic to try out. (she would have killed me if I had bought a new one outright or subsidized one on a 2 year contract...so used was the best choice for her to try out a smart phone) After a month or so, if she truly didn't like it, I'd just put it on ebay and cancel her data plan. Once I explained to her how to use it, she loved it. She couldn't stop talking about how great it was. And my response every time was, "Told you so." She RARELY admits to me that I am right about anything...so this was a score for me.
And now she wants a better/faster phone...and quite honestly, I'm surprised it took her this long. The Bionic is pretty old in terms of smart phones...it's almost 4 years old now. The new versions of apps just require too many resources and power...it really struggles now. Think of them in terms of computers 10 years ago. You really needed to upgrade your computer every 2-3 years to keep up. But now, you can hold on to a computer for 5 or 6 years and it should be ok. Computer processing power has outpaced the need for that power, at least in home use...so computers last longer nowadays. Same thing with smartphones.
After having a smart phone, I can't imagine not having one...it is so convenient and useful. It's like a DVR now...I would be depressed if I didn't have a DVR now that I have had one. Having quick access to, well, everything, is so nice and so convenient.
But anyone will tell you that the best part about smart phones is really the vast array of Apps you can install. Just about anything you want to do, you can find an app for in Google Play or the App Store. It's really quite amazing. Tons of apps are free...but ones that cost $ are a few bucks or less most of the time.
I always hated the idea of phones getting smaller and smaller. I didn't understand that. I didn't want to make a call on a dinky phone with a tiny little screen.
Granted, a phone can be too big. If it doesn't fit into your pocket, what's the point? I think now though, companies have found a sweet spot.
I haven't warmed up to the phablet phones yet. A 6" phone just seems a little too big for me...but those who have them, love them...so.... Right now I'm a fan of a 5" - 5 1/2" phone, which most phones seem to be.
Buy a used or new phone outright on ebay, upgrade your line to a data plan and activate that phone on that line. You won't have to sign a 2 year contract or anything...that is only if you subsidize a new phone at a discounted price through Verizon. If you don't like the smartphone after a month, sell the phone and cancel your data plan. You really don't have that much to lose since you won't be under contract and you'd recoup most of your money by selling the phone.