Fred Barclay wrote: M0em wrote:
BigEasy: no iPhone here! Actually no smart phone at all. I keep telling myself I'll get one within the year... and never do.
Oh well, by this time next year I'll be viewing this forum on my new smartphone.
My wife and I had been using Motorola W555 flip phones since Alltel offered them in a 2000 minute sharing plan for $55. That was about 10-15 years ago. About 5-10 years ago Alltel was bought out by Verizon. Gradually, Verizon jacked the charges up till they were in the vicinity of $85, while they gradually cut the sharing hours to 1000 minutes. We decided to switch to iPhone's. The best Verizon could offer was two Androids for $130 for 1GB of data and 1000 minutes and I forgot how many text msgs. For iPhone's we'd have to pay about $165-180 for two lines, etc.... Our budget couldn't take that hit just for phone calls. We often used Google talk from out laptops, with its free minutes inside the US. That worked nice, including using our real phone numbers. All in all, we replaced the batteries in those Motorolas about five or six times.
In January of 2015 we decided to switch to smartphones. We were looking around when my son called and said that they had purchased a six line plan for their family of four, because of the price break, and had two extra lines that we could use for $100/month, which includes sharing 30GB of data and unlimited phone and text. We got hefty discounts on purchases of an iPhone 6+ for myself and an iPhone 6 for my wife.
I was STUNNED by the power of my iPhone 6+.
OUt of 64GB of RAM the user capacity is 55.3GB I have 30.7GB unused. The used RAM includes 22 videos, 408 photos and 97 applications and their data. Of all the things I used to do on my laptop I have moved EVERYTHING to my iPhone 6+ except for playing Minecraft with my grandsons and flying the Orbiter 2010 space flight simulation, and visiting my wife's hospital portal, which doesn't include a smartphone form factor. However, I have photographed every medical document related to my wife's heart and hip operations, and all the followups. Friends makes it easy to see where my wife's phone is, when she misplaces it.
The app I use the most is Calendar. I schedule all of our personal appointments with it. It syncs with her iPhone. When either of us enter an appointment it appears on both of our calendars. The multiple alarm features, combined with maps makes it a perfect tool.
Next most used app is Mail, followed by Safari. I have Chrome on board but rarely use it. I also have Ghostery for those sites that get too particular about knowing my particulars.
There are a few things I could never do on my laptop.
One is give my wife an ECG. With a $75 attachment and a free app from Kardia I can take Lead I, II, III, V3, V4 and V5 ECG's anytime I want. For $2 I can have a tech look at it. For $12 I can have a board certified cardiologist send me an analysis, which I can forward to my wife's doctor or cardiologist. When I had an episode of tachycardia last August my own ECG confirmed 144 bpm with AFibs. An echo later confirmed my heart veins and arteries are clear and the episode was probably due to MSG on a salad consumed the night before. After a couple months I stopped taking Metoprolol and Warfarin.
Using my laptop as a GPS receiver was too awkward and frankly the Linux software stunk. Using "Speedometer" turns my iPhone into a GPS device that blows my old 3.5" Garmin away. And, the GPS function does NOT depend on a cellphone tower connection!
I could never tap a cash register with my laptop and pay a bill. The convenience of having my phone alert me instantly when my Chase card processes a transaction is too important to ignore. Ditto for my bank. It is the best way to stop food service people from ripping you off. No matter where I am at I can access my bank data and update my local checkbook. I can pay bills from my phone at any time, any place.
The iPhone volume can be so loud that on occasions my wife and I watch an online movie from Amazon or YouTube while in bed. Looking at a 5.5" diagonal screen at 1 foot is like looking at a 44" screen at 8 feet. Instant access to the library for book browsing, reserving and renewal. Editing photos and videos.
The planetarium apps are awesome! Puniverse, GoSkyWatch, SolarWalk, StarWalk2, etc., give easy access to simulation tools. WolframAlpha, Calculator Infinity, Sage Math, Photomath, and a variety of other math engines make modeling easy. QuickElem refreshes my memory, which used to know all 92 elements by name, AN, AW, Density, Eneg, orbital structure, etc...
The ACLU's NE Justice app allows one to begin a video recording of an encounter with the police with the press of a single button. The recording is streamed live to an ACLU server and cannot be erased by police if they confiscate the phone with that intent in mind, which they are want to do. The camera can set in my shirt pocket with the camera port facing outward and give no indication that a recording is taking place.
I never forget contacts now. I wish I had that ability when I was running my consulting business between 1980 and 1997, instead of a Rolodex.
Need a carpenter level? Got it. Need a compass? Got it, but with maps who needs it? Flashlight? Got it. Music to soothe the savage beast? Got it.
GasBuddy tells me where the best gasoline deals are at any location I may happen to be.
I have a hunting and fishing license. I have NE PocketRangers for both on my iPhone. Maps of all the state parks, fishing spots, rules, regs, etc...
FlightRadar24 allows me to track any non-military aircraft in the world. You would be amazed at all the squawk 7700 codes (general emergency) I see happening in Europe and other places, and how few happen in North America. Want to watch the police helicopters patrol a neighborhood? You can see their flight track from takeoff to landing, with all the loops in between. You can identify them by the tiny helicopter icon with rotating blades! Great for keeping track of my kids flights around the country, to time drop offs for departures, time arrivals, etc...
When my youngest grandson gets too big to play Minecraft (my middle grandson has abandon Minecraft a month ago for baseball and girls!) and the hospital releases a smartphone app for its portal I may find myself abandoning my 17" laptop. And Linux. I've had a personal computer since the summer of 1978, when I bought the first Apple ][+ sold in the state of Nebraska, and made my living using it since 1980, when I quit teaching HS to start my own business. I've run Linux on my laptops since May of 1998. My Acer 7739 may be the last laptop I will ever use or own. That is a span of time that saw the birth of the PC and the beginning of its demise. 38 years. Those were the glory years of the PC.