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I've been having to text lately. Certain family members and acquaintances prefer it. My cell phone, though, only has a number pad, not a keyboard, so texting is a major hunt-and-peck operation. So I'm thinking, smartphone. But here's the thing. The main things I would want a hand-held electronic device to do for me are:

(1) composition. For when I have an inspiration for writing I need to jot down, or a to-do list item. Right now, I have a writing pad for that, but really, I end up jotting stuff down on random post-it notes and envelopes or whatever's handy.

(2) It'd be cool if the above was voice-to-text, *and* was easy to download to Word on my computer.

(3) texting, of course, since I finally have actual use for such a thing.

(4) e-reader, for storing and reading books

(5) device for storing MP4, particularly TV shows for playback on the device.

(6) Maybe emails, too.

(7) Oh, and a calendar.

Not of this spells "phone" to me. More like iPad/PDA. Right? Any suggestions of such a device?

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May. 5th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
I have a very good smart phone with a bigger than average screen, a Samsung Galaxy S III, and while I can do most of that on it, the small size makes me not want to, so much. I will admit that I haven't worked a lot with the voice to text features, where size wouldn't matter much. My son reads novels on his iPhone and turned down my offer of my old Kindle, but I would hate it. I've watched TV shows and movies on an iPod and it was possible but not as nice as it would be on a larger screen.

I love the camera on my phone, and the ability to see lots of pix and videos.

One thing to think about with on-screen reading is how your eyes handle it. My eyes don't love the backlit computer screen, but the new Kindle Paperwhite is lit in a different way and my eyes never get tired.

I like the smartphone a LOT for texting, reading and quickly replying to emails, quick googles, googlemaps with voice directions, and some other things I didn't know I wanted to do until I had iit---the good thing about the phone size is that you can always have it with you in a pocket when you might not want to bother with something as big as a tablet.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to wind up with Kindle, smartphone, and some kind of Android tablet. Sigh. Plus laptop and desktop and Roku on more than one TV.

Techology. It multiplies...

Edited at 2013-05-05 07:17 pm (UTC)
May. 5th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what I want to avoid, multiple devices for stuff. I could see a tablet and keeping my old phone, as long as the tablet did most of the above (I have a Kindle, but it's the most basic kind, I only bought it to format my novel for e-readers).
May. 5th, 2013 07:30 pm (UTC)
If only it had a phone, a mini-iPad might be what you need.

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May. 5th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
For what you describe in 1 through 7, an iPad is what you are looking for. I love mine; the only downsides are that it's heavy and, given its price, you can't leave it hanging around. I particularly like watching streaming video on it. It's the perfect size.
May. 5th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't need to make phone calls on it. That's what my internet-disconnected Captain Kirk flip-phone is for. ; )
May. 6th, 2013 12:55 am (UTC)
I have a Kindle Fire, and it can do many of these things. I don't have many apps installed, but between it and my phone, I'm pretty well teched up.

Viper had a texting program on his former Ipod Touch that used a phone number, but without the phone. I wonder if Kindles have that. Never looked.
May. 6th, 2013 01:55 am (UTC)
Clearly, research is indicated.
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May. 6th, 2013 03:15 am (UTC)
My phone (Samsung Galaxy II) does all of those thing, but the screen is not so great for long stretches of reading.
May. 6th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
Reading is the lowest priority, since I'm still not much of an eBook reader and have a basic Kindle.
May. 6th, 2013 04:18 am (UTC)
The biggest phone that can do these tasks is the Samsung Galaxy Note. It's huge by phone standards, but not as big as an I-pad mini or Nexus 7 tablet, so may not be as big as you like.

Otherwise, any of the tablets will do what you wish, save for having a phone. Your choice whether you go Apple or Android. As a side-benefit, the Samsung Galaxy Note phone and Note Tablet come with a pen that will allow you to hand write on the device. The Notes don't have as good a screen resolution as some of the other phones, though.

I've spent so much money on my feet this year, that I've pushed back a tablet purchase so I can't give first hand accounts.
May. 7th, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
Oy, so many choices.
May. 8th, 2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
I am finding out tablets have limited texting capabilities. Like, iPads you can only text people with iPads or iPhones, and Android tablets you seem to need a special phone number that isn't your regular cell phone #.
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May. 8th, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
Just my opinion…
When i went to get my last device upgrade I was having trouble with my hands - so holding things, poking tiny keys with my big fat thumbs, and my eyes weren't doing real Great either. Everything about those small phones was making me crazy. My mom was going into the hospital the next day and being her only next of kin I knew I was going to have to communicate with work plus all my cousins and my kids and I really didn't want to drag around a laptop.

I was at Verizon... Where the kids showed me how Seamless and accurate it was to dictate (voice for pages)he showed me the ipad3 screen (yummy) showed me how I could download all my magazines and carry one thing around instead of a whole pile of reading material .

Then he showed me the case they were using in the showroom that had a padded edge and a strap on the back for my hand so I don't have to hold it - it just sticks to my hand.

I brought the iPad 3 with cellular so I could use it at work without going to the companies network (which they monitor really closely and it's none of their business with my bank balance is). I let the guy convince me I didn't need 64K but you know - when you carry around movies and hour-long episodes because " they make you happy if you might need to watch them sometime when you're stuck in traffic or in a train station" you need 64. The extra $100 would've been worth it just for the time I've wasted screwing around in the last six months trying to get what I wanted to fit on my iPad.

Teaching myself to sew is so easy now because this thing has no footprint - and it leans right up against my sewing machine. I use the kitchen all the time for recipes i would have otherwise printed. i sit in front of the TV with my iPad and look at my mail email,zite, twitter, and Make lists for the library for Amazon and anything else I might need to make a list for. I'm more productive, more relaxed, more organized, and more entertained.

I love the big screen but then I don't carry a purse anymore so That's really all I carry. I made a little zippered sleeping bag for it out of some tapestry fabric that makes me happy. It has a bit of padding that keeps it from getting dirty or scratched My eyes are so terrible I really need the big screen - plus it looks wonderful with anything you've ever purchased from iTunes - even YouTube. And someone else can enjoy watching it with me which is more than you can say for a phone.

In Lansing Michigan I find that about half of the places you eat at offer Wi-Fi with enough bandwidth for you to really watch video without it freezing and being really annoying. So when I'm in those places I tend to just read magazines and stuff. Your world is no doubt very different. I love my cellular so when I really need to watch something I can. At home I have no trouble with freezing up - and even to my moms I'm fine with her ancient router and old modem. Apple devices just seem to communicate really affectively. The other thing I like about Apple is that the apps all work. I have friends who have androids and they've had a miserable time trying to find applications that are functional. - apparently the testing they do on the different platforms is really different. Me? I don't have time to dink around with broken apps.

I actually keep my ipad open and turned on right next to my computer at work - I can see when a personal email comes in, I can check my bank balance, I can see when movies start, & what's up in the news. I have my whole photo library, most of my music, five or six books on tape, on this one thin beautiful device. And when head out my GPS Screen is big enough to see when it's laying on the seat next to me. It just works really well for me.

Clearly I need to adjust some of these dictation settings - but I can tell you it's so much better than typing - especially on a tiny keyboard/pad.

Good luck!
May. 8th, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Just my opinion…
I'm a Mac girl through and through, but I don't use iTunes, I use Google Play. I am concerned about streaming TV shows from GOogle Play on an iPad.
May. 8th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Just my opinion…
I think with an iPad you can only text people who have iPads or iPhones, not any old person?
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