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Smartphone Cameras Sure your Leica M9 takes better picts, but is is smart enough to make a phone call ?

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Old 01-06-2013   #51
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For me a phone is just a phone, I carry one but hardly use it and although my phone has 'aps' I never use any of them.
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Old 01-06-2013   #52
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Smart phones are intriguing; having that much computer in a pocket-size package. My wife has an iPhone 5 and loves it. I have just a regular cell phone, plus an iPad Mini and a laptop for mobile computing.
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Old 01-06-2013   #53
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I use wifi tablet for the net and a flip phone for calls. I am never more than 10 minutes from a wifi hotspot, so why pay extra for an unneeded data plan? Do you need to download porn while on the highway, or can't you wait for five minute?
I have had a corporate crackberry leash before, I see no need for one unless the boss pays for it..
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Old 01-06-2013   #54
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$15 Go Phone. Makes calls. What more do I need ?
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Old 01-07-2013   #55
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i like mine.
i'd also like an android powered fuji x-e1. the integrated capabilities to postprocess, manipulate and upload are just great.
telephone? oh, yes, it's also a telephone. i almost forgot ....

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Old 01-07-2013   #56
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Of course I like smart phones. Anyone moaning about spying, etc.; what are you doing on the internet in the first place? You really think that connecting through your browser is any more secure than through a smart phone? Pfftt.
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Old 01-07-2013   #57
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I don't have one, I don't need one but I like them. No, I don't care about them but I like the fact that technology never stops and that they exist. They do and I don't need them so I never bought one but it would be worst if one day I happened to need one and they didn't exist!

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Old 01-07-2013   #58
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I have one and I love it. Quite amazing devices. Unless you pay cash for EVERYTHING and don't leave your house then "they" are watching you as well. But only if you are interesting.
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Old 01-08-2013   #59
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I hate how smartphones are changing the way humans interact. When I used to go on breaks at work, I liked to just shoot the breeze with my coworkers. Now the majority of people in the lunchroom are gazing at their phones with glazed over eyeballs being "sociable". I even see couples at restaurants doing the same. Its really disappointing.

I have one mostly because that's just how phones are these days. I use it just for calls and texts.

A friend of mine with one of the latest model Samsung phones saw me with my X-E1 and remarked that his phone has "practically made cameras like that redundant".
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Old 01-08-2013   #60
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I don't really like smart phones, I love computers, and I thought the Psion, Palm, Newton, Zaurus (not the Linux one) were amazing. I even kind of liked Windows CE. But I feel smartphones have sucked the life of handheld computing, we have a few different platforms, most of them basically the same, telling us we should all be running "apps", because you just know a program for 99p will be great.

So, I love computers, but no love for smartphones.

People have allowed smartphones to dominate their lives, like Harry says, you see people everywhere ignoring their partners at the restaurant table and focusing on their phone. It's sad, but it's not the phone's fault, it's the person's.

I do own a smartphone, as does everyone I know, but 90% will not use it at the dinner table, or if they do, it's very quick and unobtrusive. Some will whip it out at the first opportunity though, and it is irritating and somewhat rude.

As for the comment about texting being like returning to the telegraph, technologically it does seem that way, but it suits me far better than a phone call. When someone phones you, it's like saying TALK TO ME RIGHT NOW, which could find me busy, or otherwise not wishing to talk, whereas a text/email allows me to reply in my own time. The telephone is a technological marvel, but I find it unsuited to my way of working.
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Old 01-08-2013   #61
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I love my iPhone. I hardly ever use my computer anymore. I can access information about anything anytime and anywhere almost instantly. I can communicate with anyone in the world for free. When I don't want or need to be connected, I just switch my phone off and leave it at home.

The New York Times app records information about the articles I read in order to recommend articles I will probably like, so I'm OK with "spying". The "Where's My Phone?" app will locate my phone in case it is stolen, so I'm also OK with GPS tracking. I am aware that I am sending a lot of information about myself to various companies, but it's just for marketing purposes. You are sending exactly the same kind of information when you watch cable TV, join a store's membership program or visit web sites on a regular browser.
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I resisted until this year - ***'h, ***'d them as another unnecessary recurring expense. Now, it's a must have. It's not just "a phone". In fact, I rarely speak on it. Texting is much better. It's a GPS, a calorie tracker, a workout a pedometer, game system, a text reader, an MP3 player, a pocket computerized chess companion, a black jack player, a digital pinball player, a browser, can stream Netflix, listen to Pandora stations, and take reasonably okay pics but I now always have a camera on me.

Yeah, color me sold on the damned things.
Phew! I've highlighted all the things in that list I might find useful.

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Useful gadgets, in their place and yes I do have one (relatively old). I do think they are grossly overpriced for what they are, so I refuse to buy the exorbitantly priced Apple, Blackberry etc.

Unfortunately, nowadays people allow their lives to be ruled by them and use them for anything and everything possible. I know people who get twitchy when the thing is not in their hand and panic if the battery is low. Quite sad to be that addicted but it's all too common. There is life beyond that little screen!
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Old 06-03-2013   #64
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Yes, but not for photography.
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Old 06-03-2013   #65
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When I commuted everyday, having email on the go was great, as I run my own business, if I can get some work out of the way on the train, then great, this lessens the load when I get to work.
I work from home now, so a smart phone is rarely required, but it's nice if I need to use a map or get a phone number from a website or something.
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Old 06-03-2013   #66
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I started off voting no in this poll then got a smart phone and thought "What was I thinking, this is great!"

After six months of ownership I'm back to my original point of view ... which is a pain because I still have eighteen months of my current plan to go. Nice to carry a phone around but a computer with an interface for teenagers I'm not so sure about.
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Old 06-03-2013   #67
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Yes i love it!
I'm electrician,and i'm always around the cities for my job. To have internet in the poket in wathever moment,don't have price,i can downlad mail,downlad in real time tecnichal schemes. And now,with the good camera quality of the smartphone,i can take pictures that i can use to remember,for example,cables connection or i can order new part of a broken devices etc...
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What about the IQ stickers????
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What about the IQ stickers????

Have never used a "smart" phone in spite of doing PC consulting for the last 25 years, including small to medium business networking. No Smart phones. No Facebook, No Skype, No Twitter, Tweet or Twat.

I do know however, that store clerks seem annoyed, or simply baffled, when I ask where the tags listing IQ (Intelligence Quotient) ratings are on the phone. I suggest that I am not about to use a Smart Phone with at least my own IQ.

Some clerks actually say, "Gee, let me get the manager to help you". Ironically some managers actually have responded...."??? Gosh, we'll have to contact the manufacturer on the phone you pick???"

How smart (phone) is that?
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So... have you found ......
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Yes i love it!
I'm electrician,and i'm always around the cities for my job. To have internet in the poket in wathever moment,don't have price,i can downlad mail,downlad in real time tecnichal schemes. And now,with the good camera quality of the smartphone,i can take pictures that i can use to remember,for example,cables connection or i can order new part of a broken devices etc...
So, I am prone to ask, have you found a smart phone or other social networking device that you can load film into?

That based on your sig line. ???
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So, I am prone to ask, have you found a smart phone or other social networking device that you can load film into?

That based on your sig line. ???
LOL :-)
I don't have found any smartphone with this feature,but in this case i'm happy,because i don't need to waste film to make picture like this example...
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So, I am prone to ask, have you found a smart phone or other social networking device that you can load film into?

That based on your sig line. ???
Well, there is the Lomography film scanner accessory and app, wherein you can backlight a negative, photograph it with your smartphone camera and process it within the app into a positive image.

Technologies like these are serving to keep film alive while introducing it to a whole new generation of users. Remember, film users are always one generation away from obsolescence. You not only must carry the torch, but must pass the fire on to others.

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Well, there is the Lomography film scanner accessory and app, wherein you can backlight a negative, photograph it with your smartphone camera and process it within the app into a positive image.

Technologies like these are serving to keep film alive while introducing it to a whole new generation of users. Remember, film users are always one generation away from obsolescence. You not only must carry the torch, but must pass the fire on to others.

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Have you ever tried one of these lomography scanners for smartphone?
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Old 06-03-2013   #73
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$15 Motorola Go Phone. 5 years old and it makes calls. Two or three will fit inside a smart phone.
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I seriously suspect that when my current phone plan expires I'l go back to normal phone ... if they still exist that is!
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My smartphone is a phone, alarm clock, development timer, navigator, notepad, newsreader, calendar, plane ticket, music player, mailreader, wireless hotspot just to name a few. Life without smartphone? No way. And most stuff I use is even possible without network connection.
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