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Curiosity about smartphone ownership

How many smartphones have you owned?

  • 1

    Votes: 6 9.2%
  • 2

    Votes: 13 20.0%
  • 3

    Votes: 18 27.7%
  • 4

    Votes: 13 20.0%
  • 5+

    Votes: 14 21.5%
  • 10+

    Votes: 1 1.5%

  • Total voters
    65

Janx

Hero
I went from a Motorola Razor when those were cool to iPhone 3g, then 4, 5, 6 and 8. Before the 6, you could get the mid-size model for $300 because the carrier subsidized it and sell the prior model for $150-200, making it modestly priced. Upgrade every other year (my wife got the alternate years, 3gs, 4s, etc) and my wallet kept my sanity. Then the 6 came out and subsidizing died and we delayed upgrading until the battery reminded us "hey, I'm not getting younger". That cost me $800 or so for mine and nearly $1K for my wife's 6+ because she needed a bigger screen. Then we rode those horses for 3-4 years until battery issues forced our hand again. She got the XR and I got the 8 because I needed nothing but a tech refresh and new battery that Apple was offering.

In the midst of that, I also had work phones, Blackberry, and two Androids that sucked. As a tech industry guy you'd think I'd love that open crap, but no. All that freedom is risk and confusopoly. iOS does what I need. Heck I hated when they changed the UI because Ives took over because the UI is harder to see controls and dividing lines. Win10's flat look has the same problem.

At my current age, I'm far sighted so using a smart phone without my glasses is impossible, and I'd question if I really need a smartphone. Most of my day job is at a computer. I don't send work emails to my phone or it'd buzz constantly and in an emergency, I should be called and if one existed, I'd need full size monitors to solve the problem anyway. I'd probably waste less time on social media, too. :)
 

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Ulfgeir

Adventurer
If I recall correctly 4 (counting those cell-phones I could actually surf on and run apps.). Not counting the ones issued by my work, as they technically are not owned by me. Yes, I carry 2 phones. My work-phone and my private one. Yes, I do use my private one for some work (When entering the serieal number of devices, I often use the camera in my private phone to take a picture, so that I can see the damn number better. My private camera a Huawei P30 has a MUCH better camera than the Iphone 6? I have from work). If I need to take a photo that I need to save and use for something, then I use the work-phone and mail the photo to myself.
 

pming

Adventurer
Hiya!

I intentionally chose to not include it, as that option isn't relevant to what I was curious about.

Ahh...it wasn't clear when I read it. Perhaps "Cellphone owners...how many a year?" or something would have been more descriptive. :)

That said, my mother does have one, and she just got it after her other one was getting too old; she had it for about 3 years or so I think. I have one friend who gets a new one every other year, and another who does it very hap-hazardly (e.g., "whenever"...might go 9 months, might go 9 years).

As I have no horse in this race, I'll leave the rest to those tethered to their digital ball-and-chain. ;)

^_^

Paul L. Ming
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Ahh...it wasn't clear when I read it. Perhaps "Cellphone owners...how many a year?" or something would have been more descriptive. :)

The question gets at the information I was curious about. Being descriptive wasn't actually a goal.

And a certain amount of armchair quarterbacking the question was expected.
 


Mad_Jack

Explorer
I bought my 1st, and currently only, smartphone 4 years ago, making it my 4th or 5th overall cellphone since 2001. I'm sitting in front of my laptop pretty much all day, so I don't usually feel the need for it.

This is basically my situation as well - a smartphone isn't necessary for my job (although having the ability to text coworkers would be useful, I won't use my personal phone for work without compensation), I don't use it to listen to music at work, and wouldn't have time to take non-emergency calls there anyway, so I keep it in my locker while on the clock.
If I'm not at work, chances are I'm at home, and probably on my computer, so I really don't do any internet stuff on my phone.
 

The thing is, once people knew I had a smartphone, they would ask me to use features dumb phones didn’t have. So my use of smartphones is largely driven by the needs of others.

At a fundamental level, isn't all use of a telephone driven by the needs of others?

Hell, I was in a restaurant the other day where they were no longer using physical menus- their menus were either online or required a QR code. (And I don’t have a QR app.)

Pre-COVID, I hated this kind of thing. Post-COVID, I'm more accepting of it.

FWIW, QR codes are now handled natively by both Android and iPhone. The normal camera app should recognize them. If you have an older phone you might still need an app, but the default assumption for the future is an if you have a smart phone, you can do QR codes.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
FWIW, QR codes are now handled natively by both Android and iPhone. The normal camera app should recognize them. If you have an older phone you might still need an app, but the default assumption for the future is an if you have a smart phone, you can do QR codes.
Really? Learned something!
 

Zardnaar

Legend
I've only started using QR codes last few months due to the Covid tracing app.

I think McDonalds use them but I very rarely eat that type of fast food so yeah.

Don't really use the phone apps either only a few. Don't at games either as with PS4/Xbox/Switch and his and hers gaming rig PCs it's kinda pointless.
 


Lanefan

Victoria Rules
Four that I've actually used, several others that never saw the light of day (I worked in the mobile biz for a long time, and accumulating phones as performance prizes or manufacturer promos is almost inevitable).

First was an early iphone (3s model?), did me well enough for a few years until Apple "upgraded" their software and effectively rendered it useless. So, between that and Apple's insistence on everything being proprietary only to them, never again Apple.

Second was a Samsung which I had for a year or two and then lost on a bus.

Third was an HTC which was excellent in all ways but one: the battery could not be replaced without destroying the phone (I watched the same battery-replace instruction video as the repair guy did, and I fully believe the 95%-against odds he gave of being able to do it and have the phone still work after). So, eight years later, so much for that.

Fourth is another Samsung, which I've had for all of (checks calendar) six days now...so, good timing on the poll! :)
 

Eltab

Hero
Zero.
I see no reason to bring a Sending Stone of Infinite Interruptions wherever I go.
My land line can take or send calls, plus having it shuts off the question "Where are you?"
 

Mallus

Hero
We’re the opposite. Haven’t had a landline in around 15 years.

I’m on smartphone number 4 (defining it as an 1st gen iPhone or better device). Soon to be 5, because I’m aiming to swap my iPhone 8 for a 2nd gen SE while my current phone is still worth something.
 

When you are sick and want to call a doctor, that's not their needs you are meeting.

The doc needs information to set up an appointment, diagnose problems, prescribe medication, get paid, etc, etc. Communication is a two way street. If there was no need for back-and-forth, you wouldn't be using a phone in the first place.
 

Khelon Testudo

Cleric of Stronmaus
What was the nature of the inquiry such that "zero" was not a relevant answer? Asking as another who has never owned a phone smarter than a watch.
 
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I'm on my 2nd. I helt out with getting a mobile phone for the longest time, till my friends got me one. A strong one that just wouldn't die (I still have it and it still works). Just a few years ago one of my friends gave me her old smart phone, and again I stuck with that for years. Then came the time where the model was no longer supported by Whatsapp, which I rely on a lot to stay in touch with everyone. So I got myself a 2nd hand Android smartphone that is a pretty recent model. And that is what I use today.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I'm super curious about what the next thing will be. Wearables of some kind; smartwatches aren't quite enough on their own (too small), and so far nobody's managed to make smartglasses desirable yet.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
The doc needs information to set up an appointment, diagnose problems, prescribe medication, get paid, etc, etc.

ALL of which are, in this example, in service of your need to not die of covid-19, or whatever.

Communication is a two way street.

1) Not always. Dialogue is a two-way street. Sometimes, communication is one-direction. If data goes from point A to point B, there has been communication of that information. If you watch the news on TV, they communicate to you, but not the other way.

2) This is a substantial step back from "isn't the use of a cell phone driven by the needs of others". I think the point that, no, it is also driven by your own needs has been made, so, thanks.
 
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Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
I'm super curious about what the next thing will be. Wearables of some kind; smartwatches aren't quite enough on their own (too small), and so far nobody's managed to make smartglasses desirable yet.
I’m predicting smartwatches- like smartphones before them- will increase in size. A few tech generations from now and we’ll start seeing a vambrace form show up- like what the Predators wear.
 

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