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[Discuss] how much can i use a smartphone as a computer?

On Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 03:38:27PM -0400, Kent Borg wrote:
> On 09/09/2015 01:09 PM, Chris Markiewicz wrote:
> >My personal list of reasons I would keep my smartphone over going back to
> >something I only have to charge once a week [...]
> I don't think a "smartphone" is going to be a good replacement for much of
> your current technology, I don't think you want to start programming on
> something smaller than a notebook, rather I think it will let you do new
> stuff.
> I have a smallish Android phone and a small Android tablet. Rarely do I talk
> on my phone but I never go a day without using both for something. I
> frequently go days without talking on the phone.

And what about the talking, meaning the voice quality? I'm finding
numerous people lately have cellphones with horrible voice quality. One
in particular recently went Verizon + Iphone and she's almost
impossible to understand much of the time. I'm assuming this isn't
my phone or network since I have clear voice with other people,
particularly my family in Canada, who tend to use landlines. It
makes me hesitant to get a new phone, even beyond my policy of
not changing electronics while the old units still function
adequately for their main purposes.

Does it tend to be the network or the device that leads to bad voice
quality? Or could it be less regular things like the tower she
happens to be near or the configuration of buildings around hers?
Or does it hurt to cross networks? Come to think of it another
person I couldn't stand talking to had verizon (and I do not).

Mike Small
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