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Old 02-06-2015, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Just as I previously wrote. 'I spent $400 and I drop $70 a month'. So to get my monies worth, instead of writing my shopping list on a piece of paper like I've done for the last 25 years, I now enter it on my phone. This way, not only do I get to waste my time but I can show everyone I have a $400 phone.
Why not whip out your laptop, We'll really be impressed.
You're really out of touch. Smartphones in combination with mobile data have put infinite knowledge at our fingertips and greatly increased productivity. Basically they make life easier. Using a shopping example, I can compare prices from different retailers simply by scanning the barcode on the merchandise. If a price online at Amazon for example is better than in the store, I can instantly place the order right there from my smartphone and have the product at my doorstep the next day. Another example is that I can easily manage and monitor all of my bank accounts and credit cards from anywhere at any time. Amex sends a notification to my phone for every single charge that is made. That goes a long way towards monitoring possible fraud on your account. It's definitely not about showing off as almost everyone has one these days.

Get with the times, or continue living blissfully in your vacuum.
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Old 02-06-2015, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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it has become a symbol of prestige.
Sorry, Tim, but this attitude drives me mad. A symbol of prestige? You have GOT to be kidding me. That is ridiculous.
How is something that you can get for FREE a symbol of prestige? Something where a top end model costs $199/$249 on a contract?
Owning a smartphone is about as prestigious as owning a toaster...
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Old 02-06-2015, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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In line?

I used to do math in my head, ponder philosophical questions, talk to people in line around me, come up with new ideas...but, hey. Angry birds.

*eyesroll*
Right, because everyone plays Angry Birds. You aren't very with the times, Angry Birds is so 2011.
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Old 02-06-2015, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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You are right, this is a kind of addiction, people are unintentionally hooked on their smartphones these days. They have created such a hype in the general public. Now from a teenager to an adult, everybody carries a smartphone and it has become a symbol of prestige.
If everyone carried it then it wouldn't be a symbol of prestige. Besides, it's not a symbol, it's a tool we use to make our lives easier. The difference between cars and Smartphones is that almost anyone can afford the top of the line newest and greatest smartphone, only the rich can afford the top of the line newest and greatest automobiles that sometimes cost more than the average American will make in a 5 year span.
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Right, because everyone plays Angry Birds. You aren't very with the times, Angry Birds is so 2011.
Wouldn't know what with living life and all that.
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Old 02-06-2015, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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OK all you smartphone owners, you've got me convinced. I too want 'infinite knowledge' at my finger tips. I'm running out tomorrow at 9 AM to buy one. Maybe two so I can be like my neighbors. They track each others movements with the GPS function. While talking to my neighbor in his driveway, it was 5:07 and he was wondering were his wife was picking up the kids. He whipped out his toy, showed me on an aerial view, tracking his wifes car on the street and parked in a driveway. 'There she is'. I told him I didn't like that function of his toy. He then told that his wife asked him why his car was parked so long at a bar after his softball game. I told him I REALLY don't like that function. Maybe I'll just buy one phone.
Are smartphones actually used to make a call to actually talk to other people or just an expensive toy to 'scan bar codes' to compare prices at Amazon. I'm old fashion. I still use my computer and view a 19" screen.
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Old 02-06-2015, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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OK all you smartphone owners, you've got me convinced. I too want 'infinite knowledge' at my finger tips. I'm running out tomorrow at 9 AM to buy one. Maybe two so I can be like my neighbors. They track each others movements with the GPS function. While talking to my neighbor in his driveway, it was 5:07 and he was wondering were his wife was picking up the kids. He whipped out his toy, showed me on an aerial view, tracking his wifes car on the street and parked in a driveway. 'There she is'. I told him I didn't like that function of his toy. He then told that his wife asked him why his car was parked so long at a bar after his softball game. I told him I REALLY don't like that function. Maybe I'll just buy one phone.
Are smartphones actually used to make a call to actually talk to other people or just an expensive toy to 'scan bar codes' to compare prices at Amazon. I'm old fashion. I still use my computer and view a 19" screen.
Well that's fine if you want to be old fashioned. You just get things done slower and less efficiently than the rest of us. I'm sure you'll still survive. We did it before smartphones. I still use my computer too, but it's nice that modern technology also allows us to have a mini computer on the go.

I'm sure there are people out there who prefer to use their walkmans and cassette players over MP3 players as well. I suppose in the end the walkman is still a portable music player, just far less efficient.
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Old 02-07-2015, 06:27 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Ha ha no clue I don't have any
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Old 02-07-2015, 07:00 AM
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Location: Cary, NC
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OK all you smartphone owners, you've got me convinced. I too want 'infinite knowledge' at my finger tips. I'm running out tomorrow at 9 AM to buy one. Maybe two so I can be like my neighbors. They track each others movements with the GPS function. While talking to my neighbor in his driveway, it was 5:07 and he was wondering were his wife was picking up the kids. He whipped out his toy, showed me on an aerial view, tracking his wifes car on the street and parked in a driveway. 'There she is'. I told him I didn't like that function of his toy. He then told that his wife asked him why his car was parked so long at a bar after his softball game. I told him I REALLY don't like that function. Maybe I'll just buy one phone.
Are smartphones actually used to make a call to actually talk to other people or just an expensive toy to 'scan bar codes' to compare prices at Amazon. I'm old fashion. I still use my computer and view a 19" screen.
In answer to your question:
Yes, smartphones are "actually used to make calls to actually talk to other people." Ergo the compound word that comprises the label: "smartphone."

Here is the definitive explanation of the worries expressed in the thread from folks who prefer not to own smartphones, but who belittle those who do:

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Some folks just worry way too much about what other folks are doing.
Recognizing the indisputable truth in that statement will also help you. You appear to care that your neighbors have chosen to own smartphones. You appear to judge them for that choice.
OTOH, no one in the world cares one iota if YOU own a smartphone, with the possible exception of smartphone vendors and data plan providers.
You are as free to make your choice as your neighbor is to choose to own a smartphone with applications that he finds agreeably functional. Respecting the right to make choices is truly an "old fashioned" value worthy of embracing.

(Posted the old fashioned way, from my desktop and 25" screen.
Explanation: Not bragging on the screen size at all. 19" is a fine choice, as long as You ARE pleased with it. I think I need a big screen for stuff I do.
Further Explanation: I may well read this post later on my smartphone. That would be my choice, and I am comfortable with it, and pleased with the phone. YMMV, so do what pleases YOU.)
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Old 02-07-2015, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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OK all you smartphone owners, you've got me convinced. I too want 'infinite knowledge' at my finger tips. I'm running out tomorrow at 9 AM to buy one. Maybe two so I can be like my neighbors. They track each others movements with the GPS function. While talking to my neighbor in his driveway, it was 5:07 and he was wondering were his wife was picking up the kids. He whipped out his toy, showed me on an aerial view, tracking his wifes car on the street and parked in a driveway. 'There she is'. I told him I didn't like that function of his toy. He then told that his wife asked him why his car was parked so long at a bar after his softball game. I told him I REALLY don't like that function. Maybe I'll just buy one phone.
Are smartphones actually used to make a call to actually talk to other people or just an expensive toy to 'scan bar codes' to compare prices at Amazon. I'm old fashion. I still use my computer and view a 19" screen.
If you don't like that function then turn it off. Phones have options.
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