I remember when my only communication device was a phone connected to the wall. I'm old! Then came wireless handsets. They seemed so space age. I was untethered! I could wander all over the entire living room without dropping a call. The bedroom was too far for the signal to travel, but hey, you can't have everything.

Time passed.

Then along came the brick-sized cell phone. I thought of it as more of an emergency device. I kept it in the car and tried to use it as little as possible.

Then came the Blackberry. OMG. It was like a little miracle in my hand. Not only could I walk around (anywhere!) and talk on the phone, but I could do email like a demon thanks to its nifty keyboard. I was talking and typing all day long. I was addicted. I was a communicating fiend.

Then came the iPhone. In theory, it would do all that the Blackberry did plus apps! In practice, it dropped every call that lasted more than a minute. That has more to do with the AT&T network where I live and how the iPhone works with it, I'm told. No problem. I weaned myself off of voice calls. I don't like talking on the phone anyway. I trained my friends to use email to contact me.

But I couldn't do email anymore either. At least not much of it. The iPhone keyboard was too frustrating. Every message came out like xmopoi aljsdo vooe. I could go back and fix each word, but it wasn't worth the time. Instead, I used the iPhone to check incoming mail, but I waited until I was back at my computer to respond with more than a sentence.

Then came the Android phone. I just got one. I can make phone calls again! It's just like the 1970s! I sound like I'm underwater in a barrel, but you can usually tell what I'm saying, unless I call another cell phone, in which case the call is largely unintelligible. And that's not counting the dumbass things I actually say that don't make much sense even if you hear me perfectly. I'm just saying you should email me. Don't call.

To make things worse, a call between cell phones creates just enough of a transmission delay that I can't interrupt the other person. And if you happen to get a talker on the other end, you're in for a long ride. You can't break in.

By the way, if you're one of the people who owns a cell phone and doesn't understand that you have to use it like a CB radio, meaning you say your part and then pause a second to see if there is a response, let me be the first to say everyone hates talking to you on the phone. Talk briefly, pause at least a second, and listen for a response. That's the rule. The talk-until-you-get-interrupted model is something that only works in person and on landlines.

Anyway, my Android phone works most of the time for voice calls. But I'm afraid to actually use it because the battery life is about an hour and it's no good to me with no power.

Now I only think of my phone as an emergency device, like my first brick-sized cell phone. I wouldn't use it to make a social phone call. My battery wouldn't last. And I wouldn't often use it for email because the keyboard sucks and the battery drains then as well.

Yes, I have researched all the many ways to save battery life. I have apps that kill other apps. I turn off Wi-Fi and 4G and Bluetooth until I need them. Nothing seems to keep my battery from draining like a frat boy's bladder on a Saturday night. Result: I leave my Android plugged in all the time, whether I am at my desk, near my bed, or in the car.

Thank you Google for inventing a corded phone. I can't wait for your next innovation: the butter churn.

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Jul 20, 2011
If you've never had really fresh butter straight from a dairy farm let me just say it is as delicious as ice cream. I can't wait for Butter Churner 1.0.
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Jul 20, 2011
One small man for step, giant man for stepkind, or something like that. Eventually, with the help of technology, we will devolve, remove our flag from the moon and go back to roasting our meals over an open flame. Vinyl records are back, so it's not long until the rotary phone returns. And, wouldn't it be great that instead of emailing and blogging we could all share a phone line...like a party line telephone sort of thing. Wouldn't that be great? Just shoot me when plaid pants come back.
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Jul 20, 2011
It's called progress. =D
Jul 20, 2011
@rbgos, I'm glad I'm not the only one to love their iPhone. I got mine as a wedding gift, otherwise I wouldn't have bought one (not an Apple-addict although I'm considering a MAC when my laptop craps out).

I'm in Canada, which means I get price gouged to use it, but they gouge us for everything so it's just a matter of degree. I never drop calls, and I get a signal just about everywhere. I use it for everything. I can get a good number of hours of battery life with heavy use. The charge cable is small enough to fold up into my wallet which means I can easily charge it at my desk via computer connection. The plug itself is a little bigger, but fits into a purse or pocket for days out where you're not at a computer.

It wakes me up and puts me to sleep, reminds me of all my appointments, keeps me connected to all my friends and family, lets me find my way, directs me to places I want to go, keeps me entertained ten different ways, if it was anymore a part of my life we'd need a cohabitation agreement or a special interface of some kind...
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Jul 20, 2011
The battery life of the Android phone is quite good if you switch it to airplane mode...
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Jul 20, 2011
Those of us in the transportation industry are using our phones as CBs or maybe walkie-talkies (Mike or 10-4 service, which is push-to-talk). And since there are no bluetooth devices that allow you to use the 10-4 without physically pushing the button on the phone, and since practically every jurisdiction has banned hand-held cellular devices, that means we have to keep our phones hidden. No, officer, it is NOT practical or safe to pull off the road every time we have to talk to dispatch!

Except...here in Ontario you can use a hand-held IF you are driving a marked/company-lettered vehicle AND the device is plugged in AND you're using the 10-4 service. So if my vehicle isn't lettered and the phone doesn't have a cord dangling from it, it's not safe for me to use the 10-4? Huh?

So essentially we're back to the CB, without the fun aspect of everyone else listening in and commenting.
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Jul 20, 2011
Why don't you go back to the BlackBerry?
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Jul 20, 2011
Are American mobile networks much worst than British ones? I've had an iPhone for a year, NEVER dropped a call (other than obvious causes such as travelling through a tunnel). No apparent time-delay during conversation. I can hear the person at the other end no problem, unless one of us has very marginal signal strength (which is rare), and (as far as I'm aware) they can hear me fine too.

Battery life is, well, OK, as long as I don't spend all my time taking photos, playing games, or checking up on Facebook. Which I do. So I've trained myself to connect it whenever I'm in the car or at work, which keeps it topped up enough almost always. It's a better compromise than the alternative, which would be a bigger, heavier 'phone.
Jul 20, 2011
That remember me my first Palm pilot (a Vx):
I was using it all the day long and charged it about once a month... After a year or so I replaced it with a great looking Sony Clié with high-resolution color screen... and I had to charge it every day :o(

Anyways, here are two things about your issues:
- Your app that kills apps is a very bad idea on Android. Just uninstall it and you'll get more autonomy (don't trust the market page of the app which of course says the opposite)
- There are plenty of alternative keyboards available on Android. Some of them using very innovative methods lightyears away from the "mechanical typewriter" usual design. So they ask you a little adaptation time, but after a week or two of practice you should now if you have the keyboard that is made for you. Swiftkey or Swype are good alternatives (swype is in beta but really stable. you need to register (for free) on http://swypeinc.com/). 8pen is funny too but I never get used to it. I mention it because it is the only keyboard I know who actually allows you to type without looking your phone.

Also like someone said before, voice recognition is very reliable (if you have a good data connection).

Jul 20, 2011
I agree with CodeJammer. I'm a developer too (iOS and Android) and having had iPhone4, SGSII, BB Torch, Nokia E6 and E7 in my hands for enough time to find what's good and bad about each, I've found myself using the E6 for everything except playing games (which I didn't do anyway). I can get two days (easily) out of a single charge with heavy use, keyboard is a dream.

I take it that Scott is on the lookout for a new phone and is using his flying monkeys to do the research. That's ok, it's time I gave something !$%*!$%*!$%*
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Jul 20, 2011
I've had a Motorola Dext for well over a year. The combination of touchscreen and keyboard are a perfect combination and the battery doesn't let me down, and I'm a fan of the interface. I am holding onto this phone for as long as I can, it still seems a better fit for communicating and browsing than all other phones. Google's isn't the only Android phone.
Jul 20, 2011
Have a look at this site to see what happens with the little keys on the iPhone. http://damnyouautocorrect.com/
Jul 19, 2011
Its a lifestyle problem. Some people like my cousin-in-law carry three phones, a Nokia for emergency voice calls, a blackberry for corporate email, and an Apple phone for the aps/Facebook. No life other than what happens on her Facebook page, no real friends, she even spends the family reunion dinner on-line. I think she'd be happiest when Tron becomes fact and she can inject her being into a computer fantasy. She's just about as mentally ill as any religious fanatic, but thankful much less dangerous.

Other than my nuclear family, only 4 people in the world have my cellphone number. I don't even remember the brand of my previous cellphone, but do remember the color of the sky last month up at Big Bear.

Cheers to Dilbert for a good laugh and to help us outside the cubicals remember how lucky we are.
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Jul 19, 2011
I resisted getting even a basic cell phone for the longest time because I had such horrible memories of being tethered to my former company's sales staff by pager (to provide product and technical support whenever they got caught out during a client meeting). It was a thousand degrees of awful. A cell phone sounded like more of the same.

I caved because it is impossible to function without one if you have to coordinate with other people. No one does the kind of advance planning that allows for anything other than "I'll call you when I get close."

Now I love it. I work from home, but rarely concentrate well at home. (Until I manage to boot a few more kids out, my home office, like my homeschool classroom of old, is my kitchen table.) Rather than a leash like my pager in the 90's, my phone untethers me from home because I can access e-mail, phone and the internet from anywhere. I don't mind the keyboard hassles because it gives me an excuse to be more succinct than I might otherwise.

Caller ID means that as far as my evil sister-in-law is concerned, I'm always, unfortunately, too busy to talk. Life is good.
Jul 19, 2011
Why don't you go back to a Blackberry? I recently purchased a Blackberry Curve and its qwerty keypad is the best thing ever for frequent texters like me.
Jul 19, 2011

uh, my Moto X2 the battery lasts two days, with heavy use I could drag it down to 1 day
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Jul 19, 2011
Scott, Scott, Scott,

You need more confirmation bias...

On the iPhone.

If you could just make a dang commitment and stick to it, you would be able to use the phone you bought.

Jul 19, 2011
... er it's $70 for two phones...
Jul 19, 2011
After two years with an iPhone (with expensive monthly plans for both me and my wife), I decided to get a no-contracts, cheap pay-as-you-go Samsung candybar phone (Samsung T-369).

Going back to a phone that I only have to charge once a week is awesome. Sound is good, I can talk on it for hours, and it's a "slider" with a keyboard for copious texting. Monthly fee is like $70, which is less than one iPhone plan. Odd, because it's still an AT&T service. And I get a decent signal everywhere, including my "weekend ranch" out in the country, where my iPhone refused to work.

Most amazing thing? I was fishing with my daughters, and dropped the damn thing in the river. It was fully submerged for like 2 minutes before I got it out, and it still works perfectly. In fact, I was only able to find it because the display was glowing brightly at the bottom of the water. compare and contrast with the iphone which can quit working if you have sweaty hands (which will void the warrantee).
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Jul 19, 2011
Talk about being old, I can recall back when i was a kid in the mid to late 60's being on a party line. Often I would pick up the phone and some other household would be talking. It was so damn cool once we went from party lines to private lines. Imagine our own dedicated phone line no one else but our household could use!! Now I use a prepaid Trac phone and even out here in the sticks of central Missouri phone reception is crystal clear, never drops a call. transmissions are instantaneous just like a landline. all for $19.99 every 5 months. We also now have indoor plumbing too!! The 21st century is awesome. Now if Missouri could become its own sovereign nation we'd have utopia here. But what do I know, I'm just a redneck hillbilly out here in the middle of no where.
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