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Old 03-04-2013, 09:00 AM   #31
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My Galaxy Note I is not a big phone; it is a very compact rereader with lots of handy extra's.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:19 AM   #32
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Also a big fan of the Galaxy Note. I would never go back to a smaller phone. Even the Galaxy IIIs feels small by comparison. I make a call a month maybe.
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Also a big fan of the Galaxy Note. I would never go back to a smaller phone. Even the Galaxy IIIs feels small by comparison. I make a call a month maybe.
My next one will be a Note. I love my SIII, but I could make use of a bigger screen. I never thought I would get used to such a big screen on the SIII coming from a Blackberry Curve, but it's been amazing having the extra space when viewing web pages and looking up maps.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:20 AM   #34
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How do you all like your galaxy notes for basic phone tasks like making a call or texting? I live in a different state from my mom and use my phone to stay in touch with her. Are they comfortable to use for long phone conversations (15-45 mins)? I saw the galaxy note 2 when I decided to upgrade a couple of months ago and it looked too big. I thought it would be uncomfortable to use for phone calls and also kinda big for my purse. I carry current galaxy s2 in cell phone slot of my purse. This is great because it gives my phone even more protection. I don't think the galaxy note could fit into that slot.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:25 AM   #35
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How do you all like your galaxy notes for basic phone tasks like making a call or texting? I live in a different state from my mom and use my phone to stay in touch with her. Are they comfortable to use for long phone conversations (15-45 mins)?
I find no phone comfortable for conversations like that. Bluetooth is your friend.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:54 AM   #36
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I find no phone comfortable for conversations like that. Bluetooth is your friend.
I hate having things in my ears. So no Bluetooth. All the phones I've had so fat have been comfortable in that regard. Still, anyone have any thoughts about phone conversations on the note.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:10 AM   #37
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How do you all like your galaxy notes for basic phone tasks like making a call or texting? I live in a different state from my mom and use my phone to stay in touch with her. Are they comfortable to use for long phone conversations (15-45 mins)? I saw the galaxy note 2 when I decided to upgrade a couple of months ago and it looked too big. I thought it would be uncomfortable to use for phone calls and also kinda big for my purse. I carry current galaxy s2 in cell phone slot of my purse. This is great because it gives my phone even more protection. I don't think the galaxy note could fit into that slot.
The S3 is a little smaller. I wouldn't want to hold anything for 45 minutes. I prefer a speakerphone and the S3 has one.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:33 AM   #38
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I spent considerable time looking at a Note. I can understand the draw, I just can't see it being for me. 4.25-4.5" is my butter zone.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:35 AM   #39
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I'm in the middle of evaluating my next 'phone'. I'm leaning towards a non-smart flip phone but I'd need a tablet for reading & browsing plus (probably) a mobile hotspot for Internet. Downsides are 3 devices + 2 cell accounts, one of which I'd only use while traveling. Alternative is a smartphone that will work as a mobile hotspot-then I need to decide whether to get a large phone & forgo the tablet or get a small phone & also carry a tablet for reading. Carrying the devices isn't a big issue as I'd use a 'man-purse' aka briefcase. Carrying the extra chargers while traveling is a bigger issue-sometimes it's hard to find even one unused outlet in a hotel room. (Bathroom is the best bet. They usually have an outlet for an electric shaver but setting by a sink isn't where I'd prefer to leave my phone.)

Also, if I'm going to be typing then I prefer an actual keyboard. I think the onscreen keyboards have done as much to degenerate spelling as texting abbreviations have. I find I need to make an average of 5 presses for every 3 characters to get it right. (I.e. at least one 'character' is wrong so I have to press again to back up then press another extra time to get the right one.)

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Old 03-04-2013, 11:52 AM   #40
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I'm in the middle of evaluating my next 'phone'. I'm leaning towards a non-smart flip phone but I'd need a tablet for reading & browsing plus (probably) a mobile hotspot for Internet. Downsides are 3 devices + 2 cell accounts, one of which I'd only use while traveling. Alternative is a smartphone that will work as a mobile hotspot-then I need to decide whether to get a large phone & forgo the tablet or get a small phone & also carry a tablet for reading. Carrying the devices isn't a big issue as I'd use a 'man-purse' aka briefcase. Carrying the extra chargers while traveling is a bigger issue-sometimes it's hard to find even one unused outlet in a hotel room. (Bathroom is the best bet. They usually have an outlet for an electric shaver but setting by a sink isn't where I'd prefer to leave my phone.)
If 5.5" is large enough, a Note II would be all three; Android phones can be configured as hotspots (builtin capability, no hacks/rooting/app needed), assuming your carrier allows it.

If it's not, a WiFi-only tablet plus a smaller Android phone would fit the bill. With a bit of luck, they can share the charger as well; most stuff feeds off MicroUSB nowadays. I have two phones, an ebook reader and a Bluetooth headset that can use a single charger.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:18 PM   #41
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I'm leaning towards a non-smart flip phone but I'd need a tablet for reading & browsing plus (probably) a mobile hotspot for Internet. Downsides are 3 devices + 2 cell accounts, one of which I'd only use while traveling.
How about a bluetooth headset in the shape of a bar phone (didn't find a flip), paired with a large phone like a Note 2 or LG Intuition?

And here is where you can buy it.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:37 PM   #42
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What the article manages to omit is that the "phablet" is catching on with specific demographics -- namely, the people who do not want, or can't afford, to own multiple computing devices and Internet contracts.
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What the article manages to omit is that the "phablet" is catching on with specific demographics -- namely, the people who do not want, or can't afford, to own multiple computing devices and Internet contracts.
The article mentions some phablets, including the gargantuan (by smartphone standards) Ascend Mate. In fact, the last section of the article discusses how 5 inch and larger phones are becoming more common.
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:55 PM   #44
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What kind of pants are you wearing? My iPhone 4S with an Apple bumper fits fine in my pockets and doesn't impede me sitting down. I think the problem is with your pants rather than the size of your phone.
The good old stand-in, 501s. OK, a bit of an exaggeration; I can sit down, but it's not always easy, especially when you combine a seatbelt. Also, even if I can sit down, I can't easily get the phone out if it rings or I want to look something up.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:59 PM   #45
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I have my Samsung Gravity (which could be a smart phone if I wanted it to be) in my backpack off. I very seldom use it. My Samsung Galaxy MP5 goes into my pocket and gets carried with me everywhere. My Nexus 7 stays at home, and now so does my Sony PRS-T1.

The Nexus is my in the house reader, and my Sony will be my outdoors on sunny days sit on a bench reader.

I do the majority of my computer doings on my pc which I can utilize much faster than any of my smaller devices.
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