For those who pulled out their smartphones and tallied all the above features (or those who used the tried and true pen and paper), the smartphone won't save money like it claims. For serious purposes, stand alone products are needed. While video capabilities have grown with each new edition of the iPhone, those who are looking for high quality video or photo editing applications aren't going to be happy with it. It can't store all of your photos like a digital camera and memory card can, and it won't offer the type of musical playback that an iPod or mp3 player will.
What it does offer is convenience. It's convenient to bring the phone to a meeting and organize your calendar, record the meeting, and access your e-mail without bringing several different gadgets. However, most people walking down the street don't need these applications. They use the phone for gaming, online networking, and random applications. For that, it's far overpriced.
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I am so glad you posted this; I have been going back and forth trying to decide if I was going to get one. So, no I'm not. I wouldn't use it to warrant the extra charge from ATT. Thanks
I'm preparing to take the plunge and get a smartphone. I'm looking forward to to the aps that will let me compare prices when shopping. I don't have any of the 'extras' the author mentions; therefore I'm not out all those dollars paid for those - lap-top, digital camera, music player, etc. I have a camera on my old old phone now and I download as soon as I get home;I use the 'timer' to remind me of things to do (saves on cooking, watering, picking up children).
I won't have to turn the phone off. I can receive texts without bothering those around me. It will cost me $35 more a month, but I'm figuring it will be more fun and more usable! Thanks for the information though!
I get many of these features on the phone I got free with my ATT phone contract, few cost me extra.
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