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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TIPS AND TRICKS FOR YOUR NEW IPHONE 6

The new Phone 6 makes text messaging a lot easier. Send a text message to a group, add your map location and your voice, pictures and video. It’s all in the “details.”

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MARRIED TO YOUR PHONE

One of the things we like best about our Samsung smart phone is not having a contract. We have a T-Mobile prepaid phone plan and can walk away any time. But what if you signed up for one of those multi-year contracts? You are married to your phone.

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ADDING PHONE SERVICE FROM A MENU

We won’t forget the time Joy racked up a $264 hotel phone bill for three hours of casual conversation with a girl friend. She’d run out of minutes on her smart phone, so she decided to switch to the hotel phone. A new phone plan from Virgin Mobile would have skipped that.

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UPGRADING AN IPAD OR IPHONE

Bob has a kind of loose rule about high tech products: never buy anything with a low serial number. This would apply to the new iPhones and anything else that is guaranteed, they say, to improve your life.

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IPHONE CASE

The Mophie “Space Pack” is an unusual case for the iPhone 5 and 5s. It charges the phone and provides 32 gigabytes of extra storage space for 16,000 more photos, 9000 more songs or14 hours of movies. A free app lets you organize all that stuff on the phone and your computer. It’s coming in March, but you can pre-order it at www.Mophie.com for $150.

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PROTECTING YOUR CELL PHONE

We’re leery of those thin screen protectors, because the ones we’ve tried always seem to leave bubbles. A new one from Seidio is made of tempered glass. Result: No bubbles. The Seidio “Screen Protector” comes in sizes for the Galaxy S3, S4 and iPhone for $40. Seidio also sells the “Ledger,” a phone case with a front and back cover to prevent people from peering at your work. It opens like a book and has a slot for business cards. The phone goes into sleep mode to save on battery life when the cover is closed. More info at Seidio.com.

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THE READER’S DILEMMA

A reader presented us the following dilemma: He is retiring soon and will need a phone and a computer, or maybe just a tablet. What should he get? We suggested he get all three, which if bought at current discounted prices, cost no more than just getting an iPad. Buying older versions of each of these, the total cost could come in as low as $400 and $530 at the maximum. Getting a new iPad by itself would cost $500. Here’s how it works: The iPhone Most people say that the iPhone is easier to use than an Android phone. We have to agree. We got an Android phone because we wanted to be able to test Android apps for […]

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