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    Default Smartphones Pros and Cons

    As one of the six people remaining who doesn't own a smartphone, I am actually considering getting one for my grad program. I think it might be helpful in terms of keeping track of my schedule, looking up real-time transit arrival times, etc.

    However, I'm not convinced the benefits outweigh the negatives. Of course it's a really cool thing to have the entire internet's worth of information at your fingertips, but I'm not sure it's that big a draw that I cannot wait until I can get my laptop out. Seems like so many people just turn it on automatically once the world stops being stimulating enough, and I could see that happening to myself too, if I get one. The worst is when you are with another person and s/he would rather be on the iphone than interact with you.

    So. Pros and cons. What do you guys think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    As one of the six people remaining who doesn't own a smartphone, I am actually considering getting one for my grad program. I think it might be helpful in terms of keeping track of my schedule, looking up real-time transit arrival times, etc.

    However, I'm not convinced the benefits outweigh the negatives. Of course it's a really cool thing to have the entire internet's worth of information at your fingertips, but I'm not sure it's that big a draw that I cannot wait until I can get my laptop out. Seems like so many people just turn it on automatically once the world stops being stimulating enough, and I could see that happening to myself too, if I get one. The worst is when you are with another person and s/he would rather be on the iphone than interact with you.

    So. Pros and cons. What do you guys think?


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    You can watch porn on them
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    We are Borg.
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    Your life, as it has been, is over.
    From this time forward, you will service us.
    We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own.
    And adapt it to service us.

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    Ya what religion failed to achieve smartphones did over night . thats what you have to pay if you dont adapt your sect timely
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    Good thing I made this thread...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Good thing I made this thread...
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    It's easier to carry around than a laptop. As for contacts, everyone's number is blocked.

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    Pros:
    convenient
    Easy access to to internet/email/GPS (can look things up quickly)
    has apps/games/more functions (could be a pro or con)
    Virtual keyboards/voice dictation/word prediction/swype are easier than the number keypad and a lot of the cheap qwerty phones (don't have to worry about the keys not working as much)

    Cons:
    Expensive
    Fragile
    Potentially addictive/distracting

    I think the main thing is do you need/want quick access to email/internet (and other features) to be more productive? I like being able to look up directions random facts, email/listening to music/the keyboard.

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    I resisted and resisted and resisted until last summer when my old dumbphone finally died. I almost didn't make the switch even then.

    Now you can have my iPhone when you pry it from my cold, dead hands. It's kind of shocking. The best thing about it for me is not having to pull out and fire up the laptop just to check my email or look up a quick thing on the internet. It's also nice to have something to read or a game to play when waiting around somewhere or sitting on a train or plane. I don't feel the need to obsessively check it when I'm engaged in another activity, but it sure is fun when you have a random 10 minutes to spare.

    The cost of the monthly service is completely ridiculous, and not a small concern. But that's really the only con to me. The cost is even offset a bit by how much money iMessage saves me in text message fees.
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