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 In a post which may make me seem weird and old and old fashioned, I shall begin by lamenting that a) I need a new phone and b) I do not understand phones these days. To be honest, I only just understood phones when I last bought one, and that was in like 2008, just before everyone decided that the iPhone actually wasn't bizarre and stupid and everyone bought one and never puts them down.

So. I would appreciate any help.

I am seeking:
~ something that I can use twitter on
~ and whatsapp, I hear all the cool kids use whatsapp
~ and maybe google maps for when I am lost
~ something fairly shiny lbr
~ with a half decent battery life

I am not hugely fussed about the camera, or the ability to play music or video, although having the ability on occasion might be nice.

I would like to get something super cheap. Like, super cheap. Whether this means the cheapest contracts available, or buying a mildly expensive handset that is still on PAYG (can you even *do* PAYG with wifi stuff? IDEK that is how ignorant I have become.) I am not sure. I feel bizarrely nervous about being trapped in a contract, despite obviously having my last phone for four years which is bloody old for a phone. 

BASICALLY CAN ANYONE HELP ME

Do you have recommendations? Or brands to avoid? Do you have advice?

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Date: 2012-10-02 04:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
Most smartphones are going to be able to do Twitter and some maps thing; it'll be hard to get one without a camera. Looks like whatsapp works on iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia.

I would go for battery life as first consideration, and make sure it has a microUSB charger if it's not an iPhone, as that's the standard these days. I also recommend supplementing with a battery pack that you charge once a week and keep in a ziplock in your purse, just in case it dies on you.

If you spend any significant amount of time actually talking on the phone, I recommend a headset. Smartphones are designed to be touched and looked at, not held up to your face. Bluetooth is lovely, but if you don't want to shell out for an expensive headset, there are wired ones that work just fine.

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Date: 2012-10-02 04:45 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] alexwlchan
Okay, calling your comment button “Sleep” had me confused for a bit.

First I think it’s worth pointing out that most people don’t really understand phones, and certainly more than you think. Which is kind of the point really: mobile phone networks rely on you not really understanding what you’re getting, because then it’s easier for them to shaft you with a bad deal.

As for brands, I would probably go for a Nokia or an Android from the list of things supported by WhatsApp, on the grounds of price. My knowledge of the Android market is roughly zilch, so I can’t help there, but I’ve had very good experiences with Nokia in the past. My pre-iOS phone, a cheap Nokia brick (1112) survived everything until I slipped on ice, fell on it, and it broke into lots of pieces. I still miss that phone. :( There are some decent, cheap Nokia smartphones.

I’ll second Azz’s recommendation for a headset-like thing (I have some headphones with a mic and controls on the wire), because it’s really useful when it’s cold outside, I want to make a phone call and keep my hands in my pockets. So many frozen hands avoided!

If you want more specific advice, poke me later. Right now, I have to go hit a computer with a stick. *strolls off*

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Date: 2012-10-03 04:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
If you find yourself lost again, Alex, I highly recommend the little "reload page in style:" bit in the menu up top. It's one of the nicest parts of the DW/LJ platform. :D

I have an Android, and it's serving me well except for the phantom alarm.

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Date: 2012-10-03 07:32 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] alexwlchan
I actually found a comment form through my reading page, but thanks Azz.

What’s the phantom alarm?

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Date: 2012-10-03 07:50 am (UTC)
azurelunatic: A glittery black pin badge with a blue holographic star in the middle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
When you set an alarm, you expect it to go off.

When you delete an alarm, you expect it to never go off again.

Somehow, I've managed to get an alarm that appears nowhere except when it's actually going off, which I cannot make stop happening. Other people have had the same problem, and the only way to fix it is, to quote the displayed name of someone you don't know, to wipe the disk array.

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