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Old 03-03-2016, 08:13 AM   #1
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I'm would like to up grade my limited flip phone to a ? What phone do you have? What provider are you happy with. What apps. do you use the most. A good camera is a must for UFO and ghost photos Your input might help others as well as me Use this thread to update new technology and apps. as it evolves, or for problem solving. You guys are the best...streaminwild.
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Old 03-03-2016, 08:32 AM   #2
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We have been using the Samsung Note series Android smart phones for the last 4 years. These are large screen phones that took a little getting used to, but now we would never go back to the baby-sized phones. These large format Samsung phones have the best screens in the industry.

Our carrier is Verizon. Even though there are better deals out there, Verizon is the only game in town if you travel to remote areas like we do.

The apps that we use the most, and get the most from are:

Gas Buddy
Google Maps
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FoxFi (creates wifi hotspot)

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active (the "militarized" version of the S5, with better water resistance but still not completely waterproof). Provider is AT&T.

Mos-used apps are Google Calendar, AllStays, the Red Cross Disaster apps (Tornado, etc.), email of course, and Kindle reader. But there are dozens of others that I use often enough to keep them loaded up on the phone.

Except for the preloaded apps I can't delete, if I go for three months without using a particular app, it comes off the phone. Not to save memory— because I've also got the highest-capacity microSD card that will work with the phone— but to save on processing power and bandwidth. Those automatic updates are just wasted megabytes on your data plan if you're updating apps you don't even use!
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What type? We have an iPhone and like it (them). Of course this is a personal preference. I really believe that they are all good and the larger screens are very nice.

I have two apps that I use a lot. Allstays and iExit. When traveling iExit will find which amenities are available at the next exit, all exits for that matter. We are in Southern California and will be heading north soon. I can ask for rest areas and then choose a highway and what direction we are going. Bingo, a list of all the rest areas pops up on the map along with the exit number. You can do this for gas stations, fast food places and select specific brands if you want. Pretty useful tool.
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IPhone for me and ATT. Google Maps, RecGovCamp, Rest Area, KOA Finder, Yelp, are the aps I use.
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Wow Thanks for the fast responses. Rumor has it, that on'March 11 the Samsung Galaxy S7 $675.00 and S7 Edge $800.00 is for sale. With dual-pixel sensors (a technology borrowed from canon DSLRs) for 2 to 3 times faster autofocus. Also a wider f/1.7 aperture, and bigger pixels letting in 90% more light in. Maybe Samsung will have a sale on the S6s soon.
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Look at the S5. It has a removable battery and has a micro sd slot for additional memory.

The S6 is nothing more than an Android iPhone.

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Moto X - Verizon - Nice smallish screen compared to the new ones out there. Light weight, good service and reception with this phone. Issues, no battery to take out and remove - it's locked in and same with SD card. Have had this model phone for about five years - ran over two of them, they don't hold up well under the front left tire of an F350.

Thinking of going with an I Phone 6, the smaller screen.

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Look at the S5. It has a removable battery and has a micro sd slot for additional memory.
The battery is removable, but you don't have to remove it to charge the phone. It's just very convenient (not to mention safer) to be able to carry a charged spare battery if you know you'll be away from electricity for a while, like perhaps on an extended hike or kayaking trip.
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iPhone for us on Verizon. I have Mac computers, iPads and iPhones so they integrated.

Try them all out at a store to see which one you like.

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Have had this model phone for about five years - ran over two of them, they don't hold up well under the front left tire of an F350.


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paiceman That commercial was for a Timex watch not a Smart phone I know that I asked the right age group for advice...logic vs teens impulse. I like the idea of having a spare battery or able to replace should it go bad. Leaning harder towards the 5 now. I don't talk much, so this phone is for the apps. and to stop kids from laughing at me when I pull out the flip. Is there a class for phones, or should I pay a teen to show me how? Maybe Youtube... teacher of all. As always, your knowledge is priceless...Thanks streaminwild
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We have iPhones. Verizon provides the best service for the places we travel.
Apps.....Air Forums, Gas Buddy, Weather Underground, iPhone Maps, Google Maps, Google Earth, Yelp, iHandy level, Surface level, many others not related to trailer travel.
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We also have the Samsung S5 phones with AT&T. Got 2 free phones with a 2 year contract. Google maps used most often.
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