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Old 09-07-2011   #1
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Random Techie Phone Talk

Hey All! This may seem completely random, but I thought I could get some feedback here since most all of you that read this probably have a cell phone. Gear talk seemed like the best place to put this...

I'm looking for your input and experiences with smartphones and the outdoors. My little BB Pearl is dying and its time for an upgrade. I really like the newer smartphones but not crazy about the size and battery life. The Pearl has been good to me. Lasts for days, great for camping and river trips. It even fits in a ziplock in my pfd pocket. But the newer smartphones like the Bold are really cool!! Not as pocketsized though, and battery life could be a huge issue. Seems like they have to be charged constantly. Could be a problem.

So, before I drop $250 on a new phone, I wanted to see what other outdoorsy people's experiences have been with fancy smancy smartphones.

Thanks for your input. Cheers!

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Old 09-07-2011   #2
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Depending on the use mine seems to last between 4 hours with use, a day and a half wit h no use. I usually only check my phone once a day when camping for multiple days than turn it off. I have seen threds about charging devices on the river hope that helps.

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Old 09-07-2011   #3
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I only found that I used my smart phone for weather updates, usgs flow sites and the facebook. Seeing that we've all gone for years without these luxuries, I was not disappointed when my Droid fell in the drink this summer. Dead phone='s a downgrade back to a dumb phone...and I'm quite happy with my choice.

FYI- if you are living out of your rig, road tripping, phone can be very handy for staying connected to the world. On longer trips, my wife's smart phone doubles as a mobile hotspot which makes communications and field logisitcs very easy. It really comes down to how connected you want to be....and I know many of us are on the water to avoid the liabilities and demands of the real world.
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Old 09-07-2011   #4
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If you're dropping $250+ on a new phone, it might be worth investing $10-20 on an actual waterproof bag for your investment.
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Old 09-07-2011   #5
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If your budget is $250, wait a couple of more weeks for the iPhone 5 to come out, then pick up a gently used iPhone 4 (not 3G or 3GS) on Craigslist. Should be maybe $250 by then. Then pick up a Mophie Juice pack for about $50, and your battery problem is mostly solved.

While Android is getting a lot of activations and their App Store is getting better every day, Apple's App Store has far and away better quality apps. You can turn your iPhone into a backcountry GPS, hook it up to Spot puck, etc.
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Old 09-07-2011   #6
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Smartphones don't do well with sand/water/snow. We need a shock resistant waterproof version before we can start bringing our smartphones everywhere. I have a Motorola Barrage you can bring everywhere and make calls/texts/emails from eddies to friends and loved ones about status updates, weather, or directions. It has a web browser that works for some stuff. I live out of cable reach, I only have two options for internet, satellite, or verizon. I opted for Verizon because I can bring it with me in the car. I got an additional line for the smartphone for 9.99 and now I can still use my older better phone for daily use. The old motorola battery outlasts the smartphones by two days. As soon as they make a waterproof/shock resistant smartphone I will cancel my old phone. Anybody want to go to Gore?
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Old 09-07-2011   #7
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just saw this Casio Commando water/shock proof android... might have to upgrade my phone!

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Old 09-07-2011   #8
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That Phone looks cool, although, I want to be able to hook up HDMI cable to the tv for streaming of videos like the droid x...I don't want to give up on that option. A waterproof HDMI compatible phone will get me to switch.
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Old 09-07-2011   #9
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Fantastic! Lots of good stuff to consider. Thanks guys!
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Old 09-07-2011   #10
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My iphone never seemed to like skiing. I kept it in an outside chest pocket and I would quite often have to hard reboot it. I think my first one died on the way home from skiing. Perhaps that was not a good place to keep it, but it did seem to suffer from the cold.

I now have an htc inspire and the battery life is terrible.

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