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Duane Benson
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Duane Benson   3/14/2011 10:47:40 PM
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I will stay away from the smart phone train for a while. It's not that I don't see the value in the products. I do. Rather, I just have a different set of priorities. Beyond a certain feature set, the size of the phone becomes more important to me than extras like email and Internet access. Iíve always wanted a phone that I can comfortably and safely keep in my front pants pocket. I do miss email and Internet access, but I would miss the added portability even more. That and I donít miss the $30.00 extra a month for a data plan. Iíve noticed an odd phenomenon with smart phones. People tend to set them on the table when in meetings. I donít know if itís a status thing or just that they donít have a convenient place to keep the phone while setting down. When cell phones (and PDAs) were new, I noticed the same thing. Iíve also observed that those smart phones sitting on the table tend to get used during meetings a lot more frequently than do smaller phones. Maybe the meetings are boring enough that the attendees feel the need to check out and surf or email, but I find it to be incredibly disruptive and quite annoying. Iím curious if others have notice the smart phone on table / in meeting use as I have.

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old account Frank Eory   3/15/2011 12:11:56 AM
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Duane, I'm with you on this one. As much as I would love a smartphone, for now I just can't justify it. For those of us who spend most of our workday in front of a computer and of course have one or more of them at home, the only time I'm without internet is when I'm driving. For $30/month, I think I can live with that inconvenience for awhile. The form factor issue is a real consideration. I too like to keep my phone in my front pants pocket, and I think women have a distinct advantage in this regard because they carry purses. My wife's Droid X is always nearby, in her purse, but I don't see myself carrying something that large in my pocket. Sure, there are more pocket-friendly form factors out there, but there's always a trade-off. Your comments about meeting etiquette -- not only regarding smartphones, but also laptops -- should be the subject of another blog. Regarding people who 'check out' and spend an entire meeting absorbed with their portable devices, my question is why did they even bother to attend?

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Rick Nelson   3/15/2011 12:59:43 PM
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Following the allusion in your headlineóI have a shoe phone, and it would be impolite for me to place it on the table during a meeting. No, just kiddingóI have a conventionally shaped smart phone, and I do tend to put it on the table during meetings. Iíve not given it much thought, and I do not take calls during meetings, but it does strike me as impolite, now that Duane and Frank mention it. As for a laptop during a meeting, there might be legitimate reasonsótaking notes, for example. As for smart phones in general, Iíve had several, beginning years ago with a Palm model with the hieroglyphics. I used to use them to read the newspapers while commuting by public transportation, although thatís out now that I have to drive to work, due to a relocation. If you donít have a smart phone already, you might see what develops in the tablet world. A dumb phone and a tablet might be the best combination. I havenít got onboard with the tablet yet and am debating whether to go with a full-blown tablet or a Nook or Kindle e-reader.

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John McGehee   3/15/2011 7:07:22 PM
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Just get a new battery. They wear out.

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Bob Virkus   3/15/2011 11:14:00 PM
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As for form factor, I carry my iPhone in my jacket pocket at work and my front pocket when in my jeans. No problem. Since you've switched to a Mac the iPhone is your obvious choice; no contest. Apple builds elegant products that you would be proud to put on the table during the meeting. Android may sound intriguing being open-source and all. But with it comes the usual issues of incompatible applications and the threat of malware. Don't cry foul Android users. I seeing more and more headlines about Android attacks, still have seen on about the iPhone. Sometimes a closed system is better, particularly when comes to something as personal as a smart phone. It becomes an extension of how you get your work done and manage your personal life.

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prabhakar_deosthali   3/16/2011 2:19:36 PM
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I am still waiting to board the smart phone train. Since newer and newer things are coming to market so fast, I thought of waiting till the dust settles. My idea of a smart phone is the one which will replace all those remotes in my household and also my TV set top box. I will buy that smart phone which will fulfill my above wish-list.

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MindTech   3/22/2011 5:37:43 PM
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I am just about to jump head-first into the smart phone pool. 2 phones ago (6 years) I was basic, no frills calling. With the last phone I got on board with texting when I bought a phone with a keyboard. Now I want something I can play with, tinker with, program for, and hopefully reconnect to some light social networking with. I've felt disconnected for the past few months since we had a baby and I don't get as much (or hardly any) computer time anymore. Having something that can actually twitter, facebook, and maybe do some light blogging from would be amazing. I'm just about to go and get the Atrix, because the thought of a dual processor system in my hand makes me giggle a little.

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jimfordbroadcom   3/23/2011 9:37:19 PM
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Yep, here's to late adopters. No smart phone for me in the foreseeable future. Can't justify the extra monthly expense; my dumb phone has what I call the "they don't even want you to know they have it" $30/mo. plan from Verizon. Same exact phone for almost 5 years now; if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Another thing stopping me from joining the smartphone revolution is the complexity and time consumption that goes along with fiddling with yet another device with an operating system. I just know I'd be spending precious minutes or even hours a day trying to synchronize with my home and work computers.

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zeeglen   3/23/2011 10:58:37 PM
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Every time I needed a new battery I was informed that replacement batteries were no longer manufactured and I had to 'upgrade' for a fee. Now my latest forced phone has features on it I never bother to use, even though by today's standards it is still considered a dumb phone. I dread what I might be forced to accept when my current dumb phone battery craps out.

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Robotics Developer   3/24/2011 1:17:14 AM
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I do not need nor want to text/surf the web/ code / etc. on my phone. I only need a phone (not even the camera!!). I sit in front of a computer all the time and don't need another one to travel...

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