GIVING AWAY AN OLD PHONE

ConsumerAffairs.com has an article about wiping your old Android phone before giving it away. The bottom line: sexy photos, corporate secrets, and old love notes may still be there, even after a full factory reset.

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GETTING A NEW PHONE

A reader pointed out that we don’t seem to do cell phones. That’s true. And the reason is they change so fast, you can become trapped into becoming a phone columnist. We don’t talk that much. But this one’s for you, dear reader struggling with Holiday decisions. If you’re in the market for a new phone, how do you decide between iPhone and Android? If you want an Android phone, which one? You hear about Apple’s iPhones all the time, and they’re nice, but Android phones are 82-percent of the market. We have a Samsung Galaxy S3. It’s still going strong after several years and we see no reason to upgrade. Our only annoyance is that some of the latest […]

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GETTING THE JITTERS

A friend’s 93 year-old mother is getting a new phone so she can call a ride service to be picked up when she’s out and about. She’s never used a cell phone. We suggested the Jitterbug. We’ve mentioned this before and what we really like about it is you can talk to a human if you’re lost.

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THE BEST PHONE CAMERA

Most people take photos with their phones, not digital cameras. So Yahoo.com/Tech did an informal test of the best phone cameras, using four tech reporters, and looking at six top phones. LG’s G4 phone won easily. Next came Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 4.  These were followed by Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6. HTC’s “One M9” came in last.

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HOT PHONE RESEARCH

Joy had noticed her cell phone was hot in her pocket and wondered why. We were in an elevator when this came up and Bob said “why not do a quick survey.”  So we spoke up and asked the three people in the elevator if their phones were hot. We didn’t mean “hot” as in stolen or “hot” as in “cool, man,” but they got it. A young woman answered immediately and said her phone was hot all the time, Someone else nodded in agreement. But the tall guy had the answer: “It gets hot when it’s always searching for a signal.” So that’s the problem. Well at least it was the biggest part of the problem. Joy had inadvertently […]

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BRACELET PHONE

We sometimes wear our hearts on our sleeves and soon may be wearing our phones there. A company is raising funds on Indiegogo.com, a crowd funding site, like Kickstarter, for what they call the “Blu Wearable Smartphone.” This is not like Apple Watch and similar wrist watch gadgets, this one wraps all the way around your wrist or forearm and you can read the display as your turn the band. The screen is as big as a regular cellphone, only it’s curved around your wrist. It’s ten inches long when unrolled, and two inches wide, You can do that these days, using Corning Glass Company’s “gorilla glass,” which is so flexible you can bend it almost completely back on itself. […]

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THE TRADE IN ON AN OLD PHONE

If you’re like us and have a so-called “unlocked phone,”‘ with “prepaid service,” you may be curious on what it would cost to upgrade. First off, the trade-in value: Amazon would only give us $80 for a Samsung Galaxy S3 that cost us over $500 a few years ago. If we wanted to buy that same phone (used, without contract) from them, the price was $95. Not bad. T-Mobile, our service provider, by contrast, offers to buy it for $40, and sells it for $200. By the way, we pay only $30 a month for unlimited web and text usage and a paltry 100 minutes of phone calls. (That’s okay, we normally only use about ten minutes. We don’t talk […]

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ANOTHER LOLLIPOP GOODIE

After we temporarily lost our cell phone, we added a lock code. Now, no one can get in unless they know the code, but it’s frustrating to have to type it in every time the screen goes dark, which happens in just one minute of idleness. With the new Lollipop operating system, available on phones with Android 5.0, the phone is more responsive to your environment.

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NO APPLE WATCH, BUT HERE’S A LOLLIPOP

Remain calm. We are not going to talk about the features of Apple’s new Watch. Enough ink has already been spilled there to float this newspaper for the next thousand years. And the watch isn’t even out yet! Let’s talk about smartphones instead; hardly anybody ever talks about those.

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A DELUXE PHONE AT HALF THE PRICE

The “OnePlus One” phone, made by Chinese manufacturer OnePlus is said to have the key features of a $600 Samsung Galaxy S5 phone for half that price. Previously, you could order one only by invitation, but they’ve recently started selling them to the rest of the world on OnePlus.net. As Bugs Bunny used to say: “You know, of course, that this means war.”

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