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(AsiaOne)   Old school cell phones like Nokias, Ericssons and Motorolas are making a comeback because they fit cleanly in your pocket, their batteries last for a week, and they're not as fragile as an egg or a smart phone   (news.asiaone.com) divider line 214
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2014-05-25 07:51:29 AM
You are not authorized to view this page. I'm on a phone. Maybe it's just me?

/is this ironic?
 
2014-05-25 07:52:15 AM

whistleridge: You are not authorized to view this page. I'm on a phone. Maybe it's just me?

/is this ironic?


Don'tcha think?
 
2014-05-25 07:58:07 AM
I keep wondering if I should just get rid of it all and live life without knowing about everything everyone does. Call me if you need to. but I probably won't answer the phone.
 
2014-05-25 08:01:30 AM
Umm -- my iPhone fits in my pocket; I've dropped it at least 8-10 times in the year-plus I've had it, and since I charge it every night while I'm sleeping I never have battery problems. Not sure what world you live in, submitter, but it's a bit divorced from reality.
 
2014-05-25 08:02:29 AM
I have a smart phone but it's wasted on me. All I use it for is phone calls and occasionally the GPS maps. And the death ray.
 
2014-05-25 08:14:52 AM
Before I broke down and got a 3GS (stereo bluetooth), I loved my little Sony-Ericsson clam-shell.  Even now when upgrading, the 5 was too big.  I went with the 4S.  Recent articles suggest that smaller form factors will still be available in the future.
 
2014-05-25 08:19:52 AM
Plus you can speed-dial, Kelly, Jesse AND Mr. Belding!
 
2014-05-25 09:38:06 AM
I don't have any issue with my smart phone fitting in my pocket. The short charge does bother me though. I don't like having to charge it every day.
 
2014-05-25 09:39:10 AM
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2014-05-25 09:39:14 AM
Ha! I'm finally ahead of a trend. I love my old school flip phone. No pocket dialing, and the thing is damn near bullet proof.
 
2014-05-25 09:40:21 AM
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/oblig
 
2014-05-25 09:40:27 AM

doyner: whistleridge: You are not authorized to view this page. I'm on a phone. Maybe it's just me?

/is this ironic?

Don'tcha think?


Hmmm, a little too ironic.
 
2014-05-25 09:43:49 AM
Yep I freely admit that I still use a flip phone. All I need it for is the occasional call and text. I can jam it in my pocket or wherever. Being a clumsy oaf I constantly drop it and lose it behind furniture and the screen never gets scratched. The battery lasts forever. And I don't want the temptation of all those extra functions because then I'd be one of those people... those people who spend half the day staring at their phones. I loves my good stupid little flippy-phone.
 
2014-05-25 09:44:00 AM
Until about 6 months ago, I used an ATT gophone with my sim card, the cheapest one you can buy for $10.  Most of the time it was uncharged, so i went without a phone. I barely noticed.
 
2014-05-25 09:44:12 AM
What kind of butter fingers idiot repeatedly drops their phone?  I bet its the same kind that I purposely hip-check when they stop in the middle of a walkway to check their toy for twitter updates.

/they often drop their phone, boo hoo.
 
2014-05-25 09:44:19 AM

Speaker2Animals: I charge it every night while I'm sleeping I never have battery problems.


My old motorola clam shell could go days without a charge, I haven't had one smart phone that could do that. I'd say that's a step back even if the functionality has improved.
 
2014-05-25 09:44:47 AM
It makes sense for people who just use a phone as a phone. But some people need to Fark(and play Final Fantasy VI) at work without their work knowing.
 
2014-05-25 09:45:41 AM
I'm still using my first cell phone. It's a pre-pay flip phone I bought 6 years and 6 days ago.
 
2014-05-25 09:46:10 AM
As the owner of a flip-phone, I'm getting a kick, etc.

The great thing is that I never have to worry about anyone stealing it, because who would want to steal a 5 year old flip phone? The most advanced app on it is Ms. Pacman.
 
2014-05-25 09:46:33 AM

cgraves67: I don't have any issue with my smart phone fitting in my pocket. The short charge does bother me though. I don't like having to charge it every day.


Why?  What difference does it make?  Not trying to argue, I just really don't understand why charging it every night is so much worse than every third night.
 
2014-05-25 09:46:49 AM
Just in time for them to not be usable anymore on the mobile networks.
 
2014-05-25 09:47:19 AM
If you drop your phone like I do get an OtterBox.
 
2014-05-25 09:48:43 AM
You can't play Earthworm Jim on a flip phone.
 
2014-05-25 09:48:51 AM
I live a mile from work, I ride my bike, walk, or my 150cc scooter. I have tried to justify a smart phone. If I drink enough, I can almost talk myself into anything. but I don't see any need whatsoever for a smartphone. I have my wi-fi at the compartment, and internet at work. I have a tracphone I carry with me, which I will say is cheap and always has bars.
/I'm old
 
2014-05-25 09:50:27 AM
Smartphones are being replaced by tablets and readers so users need a small phone. My last phone would run 5 days and I didn't turn it off at night. Freaking tablet will not fit in my pocket.
 
2014-05-25 09:50:30 AM
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2014-05-25 09:52:11 AM
For the past ten years I've used the same $15 burner phone. It doesn't even have a camera.

/hated smartphones before it was cool
 
2014-05-25 09:54:14 AM
Yea, who wants to be able to connect to the entire world any time they want to read email, google questions, get driving directions, etc.
 
2014-05-25 09:56:42 AM
"It is my phone, sir. Sometimes I don't answer it at all," -Jubal Harshaw
 
2014-05-25 09:58:20 AM

Nocrash: Smartphones are being replaced by tablets and readers so users need a small phone. My last phone would run 5 days and I didn't turn it off at night. Freaking tablet will not fit in my pocket.



Not in my case.  Because I have a smart phone and a laptop, I have no need or desire for a tablet.  I can't see what niche tablets fulfill that computers and phones don't already.
 
2014-05-25 09:59:33 AM
And I'll bet those same people "have to go home" to check their email.
 
2014-05-25 10:00:26 AM
I don't have a TV?
 
2014-05-25 10:02:24 AM

hitlersbrain: Yea, who wants to be able to connect to the entire world any time they want to read email, google questions, get driving directions, etc.


Yeah, I'm with you.  I still see smartphones as a kind of magic trick you can carry in your pocket.
It's a convenience, a fantastic convenience.  But it's not a way of life for me.
 
2014-05-25 10:02:57 AM
Despite my best efforts, I failed to kill my Droid Bionic smartphone yesterday.  You would think that after accidentally dropping it on a wooden deck, and then hitting it with 1700 PSI of soapy water from a pressure washer, the phone would decide it's time to go to cellular heaven.  But no, after a 24 hour drying out, the phone is happily working once again.  Ready to annoy me with it's sometimes bewildering implementation of the KitKat Android OS.
 
2014-05-25 10:03:27 AM
I've still got that little blue Nokia as pictured in the article.  I remember buying it in early 2000.  I even had one of those glowing antennas added.  I charged it up a year or two ago.  It was amusing to look at my last received / sent calls to friends and a girlfriend I haven't talked to in over a decade.

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2014-05-25 10:05:37 AM
Cheap pre-paid phone on Softbank (Japan).  I spend ¥3000 every two months (about $25-30).  Of that, ¥300 ($3) a month is deducted for unlimited emailing on an email address I customized and was given by the carrier.  I rarely make or receive calls since vocal communication offends everyone nowadays, and for emailing it's perfect.

When I'm at work I can't use my phone (in front of classes all day) and when I'm at home I have a custom-built PC that beats a smartphone in every way with regards to usability.  When I'm traveling to or from work I think, listen to music or read a book.  When I'm out doing other things I do those other things instead of pretending I'm socializing or running errands while really checking Facebook for the 90th time of the day.

With each year I grow less interested in smartphones.  They're expensive, they encourage people to tune out of the world and they're turning us into retards when it comes to communication.  We'll see how well today's "connected" youth deal with negotiations or meetings at work when they can't hide behind a screen. 

As for people dropping their phones, I see it all the time.  The tell-tale sound of an iPhone hitting cement or tile is as common as a car horn.  I don't think I've ever dropped my phone before, but then I'm not holding it in my sweaty hand for literally half the day like most other people.  People are utterly careless with their expensive electronics.  They get so tuned out of reality by staring at them that they lose physical coordination and drop them on the ground, or they fail to notice obstacles and bump into them.  I know people who have left them behind at bars and restaurants, as if a $700 phone is something you can replace as easily as a lost sock.  I'm not very sympathetic, but I am scared of becoming someone like that. 

I'll keep on as I do and enjoy the advantage I have in 20 years when I'm the only person around who can recite facts or anecdotes without Googling them first, or who knows directions from point A to B without a GPS map.  I look forward to being able to bend minds to my will because nobody can converse with me without becoming a stuttering moron.  Those will be good times, even though I'll be old and bent by then.
 
2014-05-25 10:05:53 AM
Still have and use.  Bluetooth, text,  even data if you don't mind the tiny screen.

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I still kick myself for selling this.

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2014-05-25 10:06:05 AM
I had a star tac back in the day that was a great phone, small, would hold a charge for days, good sound quality.
 
2014-05-25 10:06:23 AM
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/oblig
//still the proud owner of an idiotphone
 
2014-05-25 10:07:13 AM
If I hadn't become used to the fact of having internet/google/email/etc access at an instant, wherever I am, I would agree. I miss my little old trackphone sometimes.

But frankly(iphone 5s) the farking thing charges really fast and is so slim it fits just FINE in a pocket. Under 2 hours plugged in for a full charge, haven't timed it exactly.

And well, I always wanted a tricorder, and the damn thing practically is one. But if I was some kind of on call professional, say a doctor or something, I would certainly want that phone to just be a phone.
 
2014-05-25 10:07:38 AM
Never had a smart phone.  I use my LG to make phone calls, hold some music and take an occasional photo.    It has a full keyboard for my the two texts I send a month.  I have no idea why someone would want a smart phone.
 
2014-05-25 10:08:29 AM

optimistic_cynic: Speaker2Animals: I charge it every night while I'm sleeping I never have battery problems.

My old motorola clam shell could go days without a charge, I haven't had one smart phone that could do that. I'd say that's a step back even if the functionality has improved.


A problem with battery life on smartphones is that even when they're "off", they're still using a lot of power.
 
2014-05-25 10:12:10 AM

buzzcut73: Ha! I'm finally ahead of a trend. I love my old school flip phone. No pocket dialing, and the thing is damn near bullet proof.


I have yet to understand how (alleged) Smart Phones butt dial people.

/A friend's Samsung Smart Phone would often butt dial me
//Older brother's Galaxy Smart Phone often butt dialed me
///Maybe Samsung phones have it in for me?
 
2014-05-25 10:13:38 AM

hitlersbrain: Yea, who wants to be able to connect to the entire world any time they want to read email, google questions, get driving directions, etc.


Live moving weather radar in your hand. Even Dick Tracy's watch did not have this. Those of you living in Mom's basement,and permanent city dwellers don't need weather info like travelers, boaters, pilots, campers, hikers and anyone with a life outdoors.
 
2014-05-25 10:13:39 AM

Pattuq: As for people dropping their phones, I see it all the time.  The tell-tale sound of an iPhone hitting cement or tile is as common as a car horn.  I don't think I've ever dropped my phone before, but then I'm not holding it in my sweaty hand for literally half the day like most other people.  People are utterly careless with their expensive electronics.  They get so tuned out of reality by staring at them that they lose physical coordination and drop them on the ground, or they fail to notice obstacles and bump into them.  I know people who have left them behind at bars and restaurants, as if a $700 phone is something you can replace as easily as a lost sock.  I'm not very sympathetic, but I am scared of becoming someone like that.
I'll keep on as I do and enjoy the advantage I have in 20 years when I'm the only person around who can recite facts or anecdotes without Googling them first, or who knows directions from point A to B without a GPS map.  I look forward to being able to bend minds to my will because nobody can converse with me without becoming a stuttering moron.  Those will be good times, even though I'll be old and bent by then.


This reminded me of that wacky manifesto guy from yesterday. =p
 
2014-05-25 10:13:43 AM
I still used a first gen Motorola Razr until about a year ago when I told T-Mobile to kiss my ass.
My current, older, Motorola smartphone is used for only phone call and the very rare text msg.

/Hate having to charge the damn thing every night.
 
2014-05-25 10:15:07 AM
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can you hear me now?
 
2014-05-25 10:16:02 AM

somemoron: doyner: whistleridge: You are not authorized to view this page. I'm on a phone. Maybe it's just me?

/is this ironic?

Don'tcha think?

Hmmm, a little too ironic.


yeah, I really do think
 
2014-05-25 10:17:43 AM

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can you hear me now?


That dude was cool as fark.  The first call he made was to the guy heading up a rival team attempting to build a working cell phone system.
 
2014-05-25 10:18:12 AM
I've totally gone back to my Nokia after 2 attempts at switching over to a smart phone. I monitored my usage for 3 months and had 0 kbs data used, about 50 texts and less than 10 minutes talk time. Smartphones really are wasted on me. And as far as email goes, I only check it every couple weeks anyway, so having instant access when I'm away from home or work seems pointless to say the least.
 
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