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Goldtop
12-11-2012, 07:08 AM
A little change of pace. I've got a friend who is thinking of getting a new cell phone. He asked me what I would recommend, and I didn't really have an answer for him. He's wanting to get rid of his Blackberry, but in favor of what? I've always been a Motorola guy, but he's looking at Samsung and of course the latest I-Phone. What do you use? What are some of the pros and cons?

Lloyd/Goldtop

JMintzer
12-11-2012, 07:25 AM
I have the iPhone 5. But I've used an iPhone for the last 4 years, so nothing to compare it to...

Pros? It works. Sync to my Mac seamlessly.

Cons? The new one's battery life could be better...


Jamie

LindseyP
12-11-2012, 07:28 AM
The iPhone is an iPhone (I have one). It's proprietary, so you have to go all in, more or less. Other phones use Android operating systems or a Windows for phones, so there's a lot of variety out there. I'm still waiting for my Samsung Galaxy Note to arrive. I own two tablets - an iPad and one of the brands that run Android. There are a lot of applications for both systems that are quite similar. "Whatapp" is a messenger application that talks to both systems, there are other apps that are made for both systems. Your phone plan and call quality are far more important than the phone. There are a couple of Android-specific apps that I wish were on the iPhone (GoogleMaps), we had to wait for SJ to die before getting proper YouTube, and there are some things I can do on my iPhone that are not covered (yet) by 'Droid apps. There is convergence on the horizon, though, given all of these lawsuits between Samsung and Apple :shakehands:

CoreyT
12-11-2012, 07:43 AM
I am an Android user.
I had the original Motorola Droid when it came out, now I have the Droid Bionic which I will keep until I upgrade again sometime in late 2013.
I like the Android platform very much.

The GPS/Google Maps built in is just as good if not better than most dedicated talking GPS units you buy separately to put in your vehicle.

Also with Verizon, and I have the LTE 4G which is scary fast, almost as fast as my 25 to 30K megabit speed of my home Comcast cable.

themike
12-11-2012, 07:46 AM
Samsung Galaxy SIII - as a tech nerd, it's the first phone where I haven't been counting down the days until I had an upgrade for something new.

http://cdn02.androidauthority.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/s3.jpg

south89
12-11-2012, 09:00 AM
I am also going to be upgrading sometime soon and maybe even changing carriers from sprint to AT&T so I am curious about everyones opinion. I am currently using motorola photon but was thinking about switching over to iphone mostly because you can get the cool guitar apps and an Irig and play guitar,

andy474x
12-11-2012, 09:09 AM
I tried the irig, and it was ok but not ground breaking. It's cool toy, but if I have an amp around, I go for that every time.

Love the iphone though. A lot of techies don't like them, but as a 70 year old man in a 26 year old body (I've already lost track of technology) I think they're great. Everything just works, you hardly even have to think about it. Especially if you're switching from a blackberry, you'll feel like you just got out of prison!

Shawn@PRS
12-11-2012, 09:14 AM
I have an iphone and love it. It's very intuitive and user-friendly. If your friend is a big techy he may like the Droid better, but for average folks the iphone is awesome.

themike
12-11-2012, 09:18 AM
I have an iphone and love it. It's very intuitive and user-friendly. If your friend is a big techy he may like the Droid better, but for average folks the iphone is awesome.

That is the best way to sum up the Droid vs iPhone debate - way to end the war with a sentence, Shawn! hahah

james
12-11-2012, 09:28 AM
iphone

somewhat on topic: can we talk about ringtones? vibrate is the only option. you might not know that because no one felt bold enough to tell you, but...please...vibrate.

rugerpc
12-11-2012, 09:43 AM
iphone

somewhat on topic: can we talk about ringtones? vibrate is the only option. you might not know that because no one felt bold enough to tell you, but...please...vibrate.

war on ringtones, James??

james
12-11-2012, 09:44 AM
war on ringtones, James??

maybe just a small uprising. i have been cursed with manners and good taste. i can't help it.

Mikegarveyblues
12-11-2012, 10:05 AM
I haven't upgraded my mobile for a few years. The girlfriend has an iPhone which - to be fair - is pretty cool and i'll likely take use of that when she upgrades on contract. Got a Google Nexus tablet which is Android based and seems equally as cool as the iPhone. If I was buying a new smartphone i'd probably go with an Android based one based on what you get for the money.

Hopeful Sinner
12-11-2012, 10:39 AM
I have the iPhone 5 and love it. Been iPhone exclusive since the 3G.. Intuitive is a word that gets thrown around a lot and I can't think of a better explanation of the user interface. I'm partial to them but I hear good things about the Galaxy phones.

rugerpc
12-11-2012, 10:48 AM
maybe just a small uprising. i have been cursed with manners and good taste. i can't help it.

What?? You don't like hearing a tinny, low res version of "Endless Love" coming from the waistline of the large dude next to you?? Next, you'll be telling us that you don't like all the barking cars when people set/unset their car locks.

Ok - I'm with you on that. Coming out of a Macworld Expo at closing one day in about '93, the parking lot was alive with barking cars as people remotely unlocked their vehicles. The cacophony!

DRM_777
12-11-2012, 10:53 AM
I currently have an HTC Wildfire S but will be upgrading to the Samsung Galaxy SIII real soon.

newfmp3
12-11-2012, 10:58 AM
I've have been apple the last couple of years for my mobile devices only. I would never consider a Mac computer but I can see why some in the music industry do prefer them. I haven't really liked the Apple Ecosystem. It's extremely buggy and restrictive and is killing the freedom we have always had on computesr. My ipad, ipod, iphone all having issues with each gen. Every update that comes out seems to create more issues then the ones they fix. I hate being tied to itunes, and the latest release is very fussy. I'm acutally in IT, and have been a techy guys for 30+ years. Only got into Apple because I forced myself to learn it for my career. We have tons of Apple machines on campus, and I can't tell you how many issues they have. Their products are just over-marketed, overhyped toys. Apple is good at one thing, brain washing people into thinking that Apple is innovative and great quality. Apple hasn't actually invented anything really. I have never seen another product where people just blindly believe all the hype so much despite the countless issues. And Apple as a company is just a hateful, monopolizing dis-respectful company far worse then their competition has been over the years.

Now that Steve is gone, their products are just getting worse and worse. Do they have an App for just about anything, yup, and that is their one savoir right now.

Try Windows 8 phone, new Black Berry coming out in Jan. New Samsung is nice. Personally would avoid the overpriced Apple right now.

james
12-11-2012, 11:00 AM
I like you, but I think every single sentence of that post is inaccurate.

rugerpc
12-11-2012, 11:12 AM
... I haven't really liked the Apple Ecosystem. It's extremely...

I'm with James on this - I'm not sure how you reach your conclusions because your generalizations are baseless....

JMintzer
12-11-2012, 12:01 PM
I like you, but I think every single sentence of that post is inaccurate.


I'm with James on this - I'm not sure how you reach your conclusions because your generalizations are baseless....

Sh!t just got real! :o

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Daniel
12-11-2012, 12:05 PM
Goldtop, My father (74) switched from a Blackberry to an iPhone 4s several months ago and seems happy with it.

vchizzle
12-11-2012, 12:08 PM
Have an iPhone 4S. Like it a lot. For guitar players, JamUp Pro is the best app for playing guitar. I'm not sure any apps on the droid platform have anything that works well for playing? I've read battling latency is the biggest issue.

Rango
12-11-2012, 01:06 PM
I like you, but I think every single sentence of that post is inaccurate.


I'm with James on this - I'm not sure how you reach your conclusions because your generalizations are baseless....

+3

Any complex system has issues. In my day job I deal with both platforms... Both have issues.

I have gone Apple for everything at home - just easier for my family to use - I don't have to provide tech support at home - in my experiance, it just works....

IPhone 5, 4s and 4 all in the family at the moment. My wife was a DIE HARD Blackberry user. I made her a deal - Since ATT has a 30 day return policy, Use the Iphone for a week - if you don't like it, we'll return it and get you whatever you want.... 3 days in she told me "You were right" - Words a Husband rarely hears! :D

Guitar Toolkit is an AWSOME app too!

newfmp3
12-11-2012, 01:57 PM
I like you, but I think every single sentence of that post is inaccurate.

Lol. No worries. Just my opinion.

I do tend to look at computers from a business point of view. My Apple products work fine for home use (although I have had issues with each device i.e. batteries, lockups, crashing, wireless issues on ipad, another ipad that died after 4 months use and it never left the house) but at work, they are a nightmare. I have supported them for a long time. I'm not getting into a flame war over it, and lengthy posts of example after example, this is a guitar forum. Not a Apple vs the world forum.

So my opinion is simply, there are other good phones besides Apple. However, there is no denying the sheer amount of apps on the IOS. Staggering.

Rango
12-11-2012, 02:00 PM
Well said, we're all friends here.... Cool that we can have a discussion :D

Shawn@PRS
12-11-2012, 02:18 PM
Not to change the subject, but I just got an Apogee Jam adaptor for garageband on my macbook. Very cool little device!

newfmp3
12-11-2012, 02:26 PM
Not to change the subject, but I just got an Apogee Jam adaptor for garageband on my macbook. Very cool little device!

I'll join you in derailing the topic!

I got a irig stomp to play with. Effect wise amplitude is nothing special, its not exactly sudio quality although much better then the original irig, but it does have a nice 8 track recorder/looper that will record for what seems to be forvever. I'm assuming it'll record until I run out of space. I have my home Mustang III conncted to it so I can use the effects on the Mustang or Amplitude and record/loop. Or just a quick headphone setup for on the couch. For $50, its already paid for itself. Keep in mind though that amplitude is another few $$$ too.

I'm still learning garageband. I love the idea of a small setup for just messing around.

south89
12-11-2012, 02:39 PM
I'll join you in derailing the topic!

I got a irig stomp to play with. Effect wise amplitude is nothing special, its not exactly sudio quality although much better then the original irig, but it does have a nice 8 track recorder/looper that will record for what seems to be forvever. I'm assuming it'll record until I run out of space. I have my home Mustang III conncted to it so I can use the effects on the Mustang or Amplitude and record/loop. Or just a quick headphone setup for on the couch. For $50, its already paid for itself. Keep in mind though that amplitude is another few $$$ too.

I'm still learning garageband. I love the idea of a small setup for just messing around.

This is what I was wondering. Maybe I should just start a new thread. Just wondering what are some of the better guitar apps for Iphone or Ipad.

rugerpc
12-11-2012, 03:16 PM
Guitar Toolkit is an AWSOME app too!

The tuner in GuitarToolkit is awsome - I actually like it better than the 2 Korg rack mount tuners I have...

Goldtop
12-11-2012, 03:16 PM
Thanks very much everybody. I've passed along what I've seen here, plus I've also told him to stop in and take a look himself. He's not a guitar guy, but he is into music, so maybe he'll like what he sees and join us.

Lloyd

alantig
12-11-2012, 05:03 PM
Using an iPhone 4S. Love it. I'm a geek, but it just frigging works.

Have gone primarily Apple at home, and I'll say this - iTunes on the Mac is a different animal than iTunes on Windows.


somewhat on topic: can we talk about ringtones? vibrate is the only option. you might not know that because no one felt bold enough to tell you, but...please...vibrate.

Aw, hell no! I love doing my ringtones! It's to the point that something will come on TV and my wife will just look at me. My tone for her is from J. Geils' "No Anchovies, Please". Hers for me is Stephen Colbert saying "There is no god but Alan". I've also given her a couple from Family Guy and The Cleveland Show - "I like fat guys..." and "I thought I'd have to fall a lot farther before I became a fat man's toy."

aduayer
12-11-2012, 07:04 PM
Used to be a Nokia guy, then I got my first iPhone. Loving it
My favorite apps are Tc Electronic PolyTune and Tone Print (is a life saver when you are gigging) and the Ampli Tube
here is a picture of my set when I am practicing in the road: Apogee Jam, iPhone, guitar and the Jawbone's Jam box.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8069/8264806029_1ed9e90d91.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/73286327@N07/8264806029/)
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