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So thisLAZY OLD GEEK (LOG) decided to get a smartphone. So being who I am, this involved some decision making and this Instructable explains some of my decisions, so maybe this could be called:
Smartphone for dummies, OLD, cheap, frugal, Lazy, aging, seniors.
But who would read it with a title like that.
So I am OLD, I remember using the rotary phones. (See picture) Simple to use and reliable. Almost everyone could use them.
Then there’s the wireless phone and cellphone (See picture). For making calls, still pretty simply. You just might have to push a button to make a call or hang up and you had to stay in range.
Then there’s the smartphone! Yikes, millions of manufactures, versions, features, options. So what is a smartphone? Wikipedia has a definition:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartphone
 
To me a smartphone is any cellphone that can do a lot more than just make calls.
NOTE: There are very few physical buttons. Significant later.
 
Okay, your first decision, should you wish to take this assignment is do you really want a smartphone. Here’s a good guide that may help you decide.
http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/high-tech-gadgets/5-tips-for-picking-the-right-smartphone.htm#page=0
 
So, I’m a GEEK, I like tech so this was pretty easy decision. Yes, I wanted a smartphone.
 
 
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onemoroni110 months ago

I too have entered the realm of smartphones (first one) in old age. Learned a lot by making a few mistakes going to Radio Shack and letting them steer me into the two year sentence contract. Always remember, they are there to sell stuff that make them money. All in all I'm happy with it.

msuzuki777 (author)  onemoroni110 months ago

I try not to go into a store for a major purchase unless I already know what I want.

A two year contract is probably fine for a lot of people. But I've heard that after the two years, you can usually find a better deal.

Glad you're happy with your smartphone.

LOG

Phil B11 months ago
My wife and I got Apple iPhone 4S phones in our mid-60s. I was in love with a Samsung Galaxy III, but the sales guy said the iPhone is easier to learn and I could help my wife when she has struggles. We are doing well after a year of experience. I like the camera, the maps, the audio player for Podcasts, and instant access to information on the Internet. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on choosing a phone.
msuzuki777 (author)  Phil B11 months ago
Thanks for the info. It seems like most people who buy iPhones are happy with them.

LOG
Phil B msuzuki77711 months ago
There are some basic things, like using the calendar or synchronizing regularly with iTunes by cable connection to the computer, I would like my wife to learn. She objects. As long as I am around I am expected to do it for her. If I die first, she plans to live near our kids and get to them to do those things for her.

I had been using a Palm handheld for several years. I have had to help others with their computers for several years. Making the move to a smart phone was. to a big jump for me.