Which Phone Should You Buy?

The newest iPhone’s have just been released as of September 2018, and the newest Samsung and Google devices have been announced. I originally wrote this article in 2014, but I think the same philosophy applies today, and have re-published this to help people decide which phone is best for them.

I don’t know how or why everyone started acting like kindergarten children when it comes to the technology we use, and bragging about how their device, is so much better than your device, but no doubt, you have gotten into one of these discussions yourself, and may even be confused about which phone you should buy?

You also need to be careful about taking someone’s advice or “opinion” on what you should get because lets face it, opinions are like, You-Know-What… and everybody has one. The problem I have seen, is that their needs, or situation, might be different from yours, and these devices have become so “personal”, that you really need to take your own needs into account when deciding.

I normally would not even bother giving my opinion, because mine is not necessarily any better than anyone else’s, but I get asked so many times, almost daily, about which one is better, So here goes.

While my preference is usually with the Apple devices, because I have other IOS and Mac products, I have asked a lot of people about their devices, and rarely have I had anyone say it was a bad experience, and the reality is, you will probably love any of the current offerings out there. The most common feedback from people who buy other devices, like Samsung are, that they can do things you cannot do with an IOS device. This can be technically true, but I have interviewed hundreds of users and rarely have I seen a useful example, for the average user, of when this is true. Most people I have interviewed, that like the ability to customize or “tweak” their devices , are usually more technically inclined too, and average users are usually more concerned with the whole user experience, and again, everyone I have interviewed, has provided feedback that they love their device, no matter which one they had.

I do a lot of support work about not only mobile devices, but also desktops, laptops and many other technologies, and one important thing not always discussed is the “entire” user experience. What I mean by this is, if you have other Apple products, an iPhone might be the best choice for you, where as, if you are entrenched in the Windows world, maybe a Windows phone would be a better choice? Without going into too much detail about this one, let me just say that feedback from users has been more positive from the Apple world, than with some of the others. Does that make any of the others bad, absolutely not! It really depends on your own needs. Very rarely do I talk to anyone who does not use either an iPhone or a Samsung, these are without question, the 2 most popular.

That being said, here is what I own. The iPhone XS Max 256GB. I usually always find a reason I want the newest, which is the iPhone XS Max, as of this posting. iPhone, iPad, iMac, IBROKE!

Top 3 smartphones

  • iPhone
  • Samsung
  • Google Pixel

With the millions of apps available, I have found I can carry out anything I could ever want to do, and creative ways of using these devices, are being discovered daily.

Interested in learning more about how to use your current IOS device? Or maybe not sure if you need one? For those of you that live near Minden or Gardnerville area, I will be giving a class at the community center. More classes and subjects will be offered in the future as well.
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Which Phone Should You Buy?

The newest iPhone’s have just been released as of September 2015, and the newest Samsung device has been announced. I originally wrote this article in 2014, but I think the same philosophy applies today, and have re-published this to help people decide which phone is best for them.

I don’t know how or why everyone started acting like kindergarten children when it comes to the technology we use, and bragging about how their device, is so much better than your device, but no doubt, you have gotten into one of these discussions yourself, and may even be confused about which phone you should buy?

You also need to be careful about taking someone’s advice or “opinion” on what you should get because lets face it, opinions are like, You-Know-What… and everybody has one. The problem I have seen, is that their needs, or situation, might be different from yours, and these devices have become so “personal”, that you really need to take your own needs into account when deciding.

I normally would not even bother giving my opinion, because mine is not necessarily any better than anyone Else’s, but I get asked so many times, almost daily, about which one is better, So here goes.

While my preference is usually with the Apple devices, because I have other IOS and Mac products, I have asked a lot of people about their devices, and rarely have I had anyone say it was a bad experience, and the reality is, you will probably love any of the current offerings out there. The most common feedback from people who buy other devices, like Samsung are, that they can do things you cannot do with an IOS device. This can be technically true, but I have interviewed hundreds of users and rarely have I seen a useful example, for the average user, of when this is true. Most people I have interviewed, that like the ability to customize or “tweak” their devices , are usually more technically inclined too, and average users are usually more concerned with the whole user experience, and again, everyone I have interviewed, has provided feedback that they love their device, no matter which one they had.

I do a lot of support work about not only mobile devices, but also desktops, laptops and many other technologies, and one important thing not always discussed is the “entire” user experience. What I mean by this is, if you have other Apple products, an iPhone might be the best choice for you, where as, if you are entrenched in the Windows world, maybe a Windows phone would be a better choice? Without going into too much detail about this one, let me just say that feedback from users has been more positive from the Apple world, than with some of the others. Does that make any of the others bad, absolutely not! It really depends on your own needs. Very rarely do I talk to anyone who does not use either an iPhone or a Samsung, these are without question, the 2 most popular.

That being said, here is what I own. The iPhone 6 Plus with 128GB. I usually always find a reason I want the newest, which is the iPhone 6S, as of this posting. iPhone, iPad, iMac, IBROKE!

The new Samsung S7 has just been announced for Feb 21 in Barcelona.

The top things I like about my iPhone 6 Plus (Currently IOS 9.2.1).

  • I am interested in trying a bigger screen.
  • I love the fingerprint sensor in these.
  • I am curious about the acceptance of Apple Pay.
  • I enjoy the user experience across the board with Apple products.
  • I will benefit from the “Optical Image Stabilization” on the 6 Plus.
  • With the current choice of 1.3 Million apps, I have found I can carry out anything I could ever want to do, and creative ways of using these devices, are being discovered daily. At last count there were 1.7 Million android apps!

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Interested in learning more about how to use your current IOS device? Or maybe not sure if you need one? For those of you that live near Minden or Gardnerville area, I will be giving a class at the community center. More classes and subjects will be offered in the future as well.
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Zus Smart Car Charger

Zus Smart Car Charger

This an amazing smart charger device that puts 4 very useful features in one very well designed and useful product, and at a price less than most retail chargers alone!

  1. It’s a nicely designed car charger with 2 charging ports
  2. It’s an elegant light
  3. It’s a car locator
  4. It even has a parking time alert built-in!

Car Finder and Charger in One!

Even on their fundraising page this device is $34.95 Plus shipping but these guys put together a deal for $29.99 that includes free shipping!

50 Tips for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

50 Tips for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus running IOS 8

The list below are items from the video listed which are features for an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

Accessibility
Show Accessibility Settings
Turn on Voice Over
Turn Off Voice Over
Hide Quick-type
Easily send photos/videos and audio in messages
Better photo syncing through photo and camera setting and much more.
Selectively clear your browser cache
Location based shortcuts on lock screen. Like when you are near a Starbucks you will see an icon on lower left of screen and you can go right into their Application.
Customize mail options
Quickly hide a draft of email by dragging down
Lots of options on mail messages by swiping to the left
More choices on notification banners
Third party keyboards
Recent contact and favorites on top of screen from multitasking screen
Easily delete all or only selected notifications
Fine tune exposure in camera
Time-lapse photos
Built in quick tips
Widgets
Enable do not disturb for individual contact or chat
Enhanced spotlight search
Custom sharing options
Better App categories
More photo editing options
Add travel time to calendar notifications
Auto song wish-list from SIRI searches
Battery usage control
More search engine choices like Duck Duck Go
Better formatting options in notes
Improved weather updates
Hand-off feature
Health Apps
Scan credit card options in Safari
WiFi calling
Ability to hide photos
Raise to listen which works for audio messages and to use SIRI
Auto erase text messages options
Disable notifications for specific Apps
“Hey SIRI” when plugged in
Easily purchase music right from listening screen
Voice dictation improvements
Family sharing
Send last location, great for finding your phone when battery dies
Speak screen option
Grey-scale mode to save battery
Ask SIRI what song is playing

Using an IOS Device

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Should you by an iPad or iPhone? What can you do with the iPad or iPhone? Since the lines are blurred between iPads and iPhones, both devices will be covered in an upcoming class, to be held at the new Douglas county community center in Gardnerville, NV. Class is designed to help students decide if one of these devices is right for them, and if you already own one, to share tips and tricks for getting the most out of these devices and how to make them fit your passions or hobbies. There is so much these can do that class will be structured to try and accommodate student needs, based on survey feedback for attendees.

Contact the center at 1-775-782-9828 for this and many other classes

Grand Opening December 6th

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1329 Waterloo Lane
Gardnerville, NV 89410