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To Smartphone or Not to Smartphone?

I'm a devout smartphone lover now, often espousing the virtues of the iPhones and the BlackBerries, but I remember the days of having a regular cell phone and thinking — I didn't need all that "junk." I just need a cell phone for calls, I thought. How young and naive I was. Then of course, I wanted a camera on my phone, so I hit that up. And it sounded nice to have email whenever I wanted too, so I started to succumb.

By the time the iPhone came out, with its gorgeous Internet interface, touchscreen, and integrated iPod, I was first in line (well, first in line when it died down a week or so later).

I can't imagine life without a smartphone now and could absolutely never go back, but I still hear the same things now that I thought before — either that you don't need "fancy" features, or worse, I know girls who say a smartphone is too "high tech" for them, which I hate! When did accessibility and convenience become equivalent with high tech? I hate overly complicated gadgets, and I think the iPhone and Blackberry are totally not.

So I want to know, do you have a smartphone or a regular cell phone? And is there something keeping you from getting a smartphone, besides the price?

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colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
I love my Centro, but I'm not too in love with its web browser. It does the job though, and I have Microsoft Office.
ranksubjugation ranksubjugation 8 years
REGULAR PHONE! I wish you could choose to leave certain features OUT of a phone. I absolutely HAAAAATE it when people text me... I tell them not to, but they do anyway, and then I have to pay for their stupid messages whether I read them or not!
aoitenshi aoitenshi 8 years
I have a regular cellphone because I have an iPaq and a notebook already.
kiwigeek kiwigeek 8 years
I live in New Zealand, where having a smartphone makes you a 'someone' the iphone hasn't even been released here, so ther're only your average crackberry's. I personally just have a Nokia 6610 which gets me around, it has a camera and video, which is all I (think I) need for when i've forgotten my digi cam. And with 2000 txts per month for just $10, life is sweet! By the way, I'm a teenager...
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 8 years
I currently have a Nokia N95. It's my fifth smart phone, all Nokia's of course. I love the features and can't live without them now. I do have a Sony Z610 as a backup phone and it a RSS reader and few more features, but it's nothing like my N95.
Calliegirl25 Calliegirl25 8 years
I have a blackberry & a regular cellphone. But only til July. Then it'll just be the BB. That's how bad I wanted a blackberry, I got the family plan to get the discount.
Phorrest99 Phorrest99 8 years
I got a BlackBerry in December, it was my Christmas present to myself. Now I can't imagine living without it! It's come in handy countless times, I'll never go back to a regular ole cellphone!
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 8 years
I have a regular cell with all the bells and whistles a reg. cell can have (I will admit my camera on it is awesome). I do want a smartphone though. I'm up for upgrade come May and will be upgrading to a smartphone. I'm all up in the air - iphone, blackberry or palm centro. I am LOVING the look of the palm centro in white though. Decisions, decisions. I would love an iPhone, but my iPod is fairly new and I just can't justify the iPhone's price. At least with the centro or the blackberry I'll get a discount. AT&T doesn't offer an upgrade discount on the iPhone. ;)
modernbombshell modernbombshell 8 years
I have a Blackjack II and love it! I've had smartphones for my last two phones and can't go back at this point!
sauterhead sauterhead 8 years
I'm torn. I have a regular cellphone - and I despise that it has a camera. I generally feel like cellphone cameras are a scourge of the earth - they take hideous pictures and it's just another excuse for people to be annoying. If it were an option to have a phone that didn't have a camera (but wasn't old and huge) I would. That being said, if I had an iPhone, etc. I would definitely use it for email, looking up directions or restaurants without a problem. I guess I equate smartphone with computer more than cellphone?
haydee haydee 8 years
I used to have smartphones (blackjack, tilt, treo), but switched back to a regular cellphone. I can still check my email and blog all the time minus the bulky phone.
JessieSP JessieSP 8 years
The Smartphone and Iphone are both pretty good.
verily verily 8 years
I have a SmartPhone, an iPhone. If left to my own devices, I would have stuck to a regular phone as I never saw any use for the myriad of features that a Blackberry offers. However, my office gave me an iPhone, so I use it. And it's pretty cool. On trips, Google Maps is indispensible. I used it nonstop to navigate a large city and find landmarks and restaurants. When I'm stuck waiting somewhere like the doctor's office, I often find myself taking out the phone and checking my email or surfing the web. Now I don't think I could ever switch back. Granted, AT&T contracts are expensive, but I ride on my mom's family plan and just pay for my portion and the $20 for data service. $30 a month isn't all that bad. ;) When the AT&T contract with Apple runs out, I'll probably switch over to Verizon if it's an option.
Lindira Lindira 8 years
I have a regular cell phone, and I barely use it as it is. I can't even bring my cell phone into work, so most of the time it just sits in my car. And I'm a hermit and I don't have enough going on where I'd need to use it as a planner, so I definitely don't need a smartphone just yet. I probably wouldn't use even half of the features. For right now, I only need my phone for occasional calls, text messages, and in case of emergency. If I have a lot of extra money (which is likely not to happen for MANY years) and if my needs change, I'd consider getting one.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
i have a 'regular' phone but i badly want a smart phone i'm holding out for a phone thats coming out here hopefully the second half of this year!! i'm a tech geek =D
maisiegirl maisiegirl 8 years
I have an IPhone and I love how it simplifies my life! It more than meets my expectations and I love it, it is wonderful.
kizzmeistah kizzmeistah 8 years
I LOVE MY iPHONE XOXOXOXOX
liladdieshudiva liladdieshudiva 8 years
I prefer a smartphone. I can't live without it.
Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
I have a regular phone. They do just fine with me. I don't like the fact that people can reach me at any time, etc. I think I would get caught up in the phone-ness of the all feature phone, so, I'm staying away from it. That is, until I get an important job that will buy me one. ;-)
EllaDee EllaDee 8 years
I have a regular cell but have been wanting to get another phone. I'm thinking of going the smartphone route. Of course, I'm also keeping the iPhone in mind. ;) I'm having a little trouble deciding what to get honestly.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 8 years
I have an iPhone. :) (It's new!)
Fabuluxe Fabuluxe 8 years
I absolutely heart my iPhone. It ties my personal and business lives together flawlessly. Syncs with Outlook, inserts Google and I'm good to go.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
I presume a SideKick counts as a smart phone? Even though, in retrospect, it seems like a teenagers' phone. I really preferred the screen size on the LX when that came out last fall, so I reserved in advance and picked it up the day it was released.
Bonne Bonne 8 years
I have a cell phone, a basic phone. I keep it in the car for emergencies. I don't like being on call for everyone and don't have a need for immediate communication/information. I know that the cell will help to call 911, a friend if I get lost or Roadside. Heck, I'm a hermit and don't even have a landline. :P
MuffinGal MuffinGal 8 years
Too much information. I rather just have a plain cell for now.
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