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    The Cell Phone Thread

    I've searched and the only phone related threads I found were phone-help ones and the favorite app thread. So, let this be whatever it becomes, but hopefully it can be a thread for new phone info, giving reviews for phones, getting phone help and anything else phone related.

    Now, onto the reason I started this. I usually keep up on technology, not necessarily owning it, but knowing about it. Cell phones however, not my specialty, which is odd because it is probably the most popular tech out there. The phone I have currently is from 2007- I think- it's been so long that I don't even remember, it could and probably is older than that. Basically it's a dinosaur in the phone world.

    I don't really think I need a smart phone at this time. I know they will soon take over the world, but right now I'm just not interested in one. I have AT&T and through some research (no idea how in depth it was, like I said, I'm a n00b when it comes to cells) the best I've found for messaging phones are the Pantech Laser and the Samsung Flight II. I went to the store and tried both. I liked the keyboard on the Flight a little better than the Laser, but I liked pretty much everything about the laser better.

    Now comes the reviews. I've tried going to phonescoop like six times, and each time it starts to time out before I get very far into the site. So, I've gone to Cnet. The Laser got good editor reviews, but horrible user reviews, mostly dealing with terrible battery life and charge time, and also problems with over heating. The Flight II got mediocre reviews from the editor and user (editor was worse than the Laser, user was a little better).

    Anyone own either of these that could tell me about them? Or, anyone know of any better messaging phones? This will have nothing to do with business, basically just personal use for texting and tFacebook (does that count towards data, or is it free when accessing off the phone?). Again, I have AT&T and would prefer one with a slide out keyboard, or just an external keyboard. My giant hands would probably not handle a touchscreen keyboard very well. I'd like to try to keep it under $200. I don't want to start a new contract so I won't be buying through AT&T, I'm just planning on transferring the SIM card.
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    Re: The Cell Phone Thread

    www.howardforums.com is a good resource for phones as well. that is where i have gone to research phones in the past.
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    I can tell you this, avoid Samsung phones like the plague if you can. (especially if you ever go to Smartphones) There are way better companies to deal with. Beyond that I cannot help you I have an HTC Evo so I am all smartphone all the time
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    Right now I have a Casio gZone Brigade (one of the "tough" phones that are designed to be dropped, waterproof, etc.) I wouldn't recommend it. I've been getting really bad call quality lately, and the software is buggy as hell. I've had it crash after sending a text multiple times, and went through a period where I was getting double texts (but that seems to have fixed itself.) Pretty sure it's the phone, since Verizon has been good to me otherwise.

    I've heard mixed reviews on LG's. Had an enV2 for a while and it got the job done, with a few quirks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Handyman View Post
    I can tell you this, avoid Samsung phones like the plague if you can. (especially if you ever go to Smartphones) There are way better companies to deal with. Beyond that I cannot help you I have an HTC Evo so I am all smartphone all the time
    Don't know what issues you've had with Samsung, but I've had a Captivate for over a year and I love it. I've rooted it and installed the Cognition RAM and have no problems. YMMV of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twitch Boy View Post
    Right now I have a Casio gZone Brigade (one of the "tough" phones that are designed to be dropped, waterproof, etc.) I wouldn't recommend it. I've been getting really bad call quality lately, and the software is buggy as hell. I've had it crash after sending a text multiple times, and went through a period where I was getting double texts (but that seems to have fixed itself.) Pretty sure it's the phone, since Verizon has been good to me otherwise.

    I've heard mixed reviews on LG's. Had an enV2 for a while and it got the job done, with a few quirks.
    I had the Motorola Adventure, which was supposed to be another "tough" phone. I broke it before the end of my new every two with verizon. My LG that I had before that was more rugged. Must be something about the Verizon tough phones that they have to suck.

    I have never had any major problems with LG phones. My wife always had good luck w/ Samsungs, until the Intensity 2, which we both have and both hate.
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    They still make non-smart phones?
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    Don't know what issues you've had with Samsung, but I've had a Captivate for over a year and I love it. I've rooted it and installed the Cognition RAM and have no problems. YMMV of course.
    It wasnt me, it is more what I read from people who had them. You rooting it also basically makes it into a much better phone so it kinda voids your argument (Samsung Android phones seem to get the worst of the updates unless rooted)
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    One thing I've noticed about Smart Phones, they same to be in their owners hands all the time. They never put them down and are always looking at them. How do you get anything done?
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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    One thing I've noticed about Smart Phones, they same to be in their owners hands all the time. They never put them down and are always looking at them. How do you get anything done?
    I don't think I could get anything done without it. Do you know how handy it is when I'm outside working on an engine at a customer site and I need to get online to check on something and I can just fire up my wireless router on my phone instead of going off in search of somewhere with wireless I can use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblue_dl View Post
    I don't think I could get anything done without it. Do you know how handy it is when I'm outside working on an engine at a customer site and I need to get online to check on something and I can just fire up my wireless router on my phone instead of going off in search of somewhere with wireless I can use?
    I can understand that, I know electronics tech that do the same thing, sometimes they need some software to correct a problem, they can get it easily. On the other hand most folks aren't doing that.
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    After some more research, I'm leaning towards the Samsung Strive. I would like a horizontal slider, but it seems like the Strive has better ratings than all the other horizontal sliders I was looking at.
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    Didn't want to get an iPhone like everyone else, so went with a droid--the motorola backflip

    anyone else have it?

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    Quick question, hopefully someone will answer this before the night is over.

    So I decided on the LG Xenon, got it from a guy on Ebay. It came on Friday, I tried to charge it, but it wouldn't charge. I call the guy, and he says it's probably the charger and sends me a new one right away. I found a Blackberry charger that matched the same port of the LG charger and tried it, but that also didn't work. I'm guessing that when the new charger arrives tomorrow that it will also not work.

    So now for the question:
    Is it possible for a battery to be defective and not charge, or is this a problem with the phone itself? I want to be able to tell the guy tomorrow if he needs to just send a battery or if he should just ship out a whole new phone.

    Also, I should add that he tests these phones before he sends them out, but he made it sound like he only tests the phone, so I suppose there is a chance it's a defective charger or battery, but it seems weird a battery would be completely dead and unable to charge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
    Quick question, hopefully someone will answer this before the night is over.

    So I decided on the LG Xenon, got it from a guy on Ebay. It came on Friday, I tried to charge it, but it wouldn't charge. I call the guy, and he says it's probably the charger and sends me a new one right away. I found a Blackberry charger that matched the same port of the LG charger and tried it, but that also didn't work. I'm guessing that when the new charger arrives tomorrow that it will also not work.

    So now for the question:
    Is it possible for a battery to be defective and not charge, or is this a problem with the phone itself? I want to be able to tell the guy tomorrow if he needs to just send a battery or if he should just ship out a whole new phone.

    Also, I should add that he tests these phones before he sends them out, but he made it sound like he only tests the phone, so I suppose there is a chance it's a defective charger or battery, but it seems weird a battery would be completely dead and unable to charge.
    Is it the micro/mini usb style port on the phone? I had a BB before that had to be replaced by VZW because the port got bent or something on the phone and wouldn't charge. Could be the case here I suppose if it isn't the battery.

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    Is it the micro/mini usb style port on the phone? I had a BB before that had to be replaced by VZW because the port got bent or something on the phone and wouldn't charge. Could be the case here I suppose if it isn't the battery.
    I think so, it's like a trapezoid with a couple edges sticking out on the bottom. The problem is, two of them didn't work (LG and BB). Hopefully it's the charger somehow, but if not I guess I'll wait until Friday or Saturday. Also, do you think it's just the battery, or could it be the phone too even though he tested it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
    I think so, it's like a trapezoid with a couple edges sticking out on the bottom. The problem is, two of them didn't work (LG and BB). Hopefully it's the charger somehow, but if not I guess I'll wait until Friday or Saturday. Also, do you think it's just the battery, or could it be the phone too even though he tested it?
    Yep, that should be the right shape for the mini usb.

    The thing with the port is you wouldn't be able to tell it doesn't work by just looking at it most likely. Seeing how 2 chargers didn't work, my guess would be battery or the port, since I would think it is unlikely that both chargers are defective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeyplayer1015 View Post
    Yep, that should be the right shape for the mini usb.

    The thing with the port is you wouldn't be able to tell it doesn't work by just looking at it most likely. Seeing how 2 chargers didn't work, my guess would be battery or the port, since I would think it is unlikely that both chargers are defective.
    So should I ask him to send a new battery and a new phone tomorrow, and tell him I'll send back whatever doesn't work or whatever I don't need?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
    So should I ask him to send a new battery and a new phone tomorrow, and tell him I'll send back whatever doesn't work or whatever I don't need?
    Hmmm, might now be a bad idea to ask, worst case is he says wait on the phone until you rule out the battery.

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    I doubt it is the battery...I would say the odds are heavy that it is the charging port. I say skip the battery and ask for a replacement phone.
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