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Does a smartphone have a real useful purpose?
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I just can't find a real use for it, i mean a necessary one. It's only for communication ...
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>>45267456

to better track you, my dear
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>>45267456

Necessary use? No.
Something that makes your life easier as long as you don't spend every waking moment on it? There is a lot of that.
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>>45267456
It's pretty much my computer away from home OP especially when I can use it to remotely control my desktop with almost no lag or speed problems
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To look that I have something to do when my friends aren't around.
>tfw
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>>45267456
life isn't necessary. i mean you can reduce pretty much everything to "not necessary".

semi-necessary / very helpful in everyday life:
>GPS / maps
>calendar
>all of my university stuff (slides, flashcards etc)
>notebook
>camera
>news app as replacement for newspaper
>can read books (i read several novels on my phone)
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>>45267456
it is not a necessary but it is a damn convenient a lot of time (Navigation, calendar remainders,...
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>>45267556
Yeah, a lot of the shit I would have logged in to do years ago I can just do instantly on my phone.
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But communication isn't necessary either. If it'll get you fired from your job, get a new job.

You're starting down a silly rabbit hole. Instead, try getting your head around the kind of lifestyles people have in which smartphones would be integral. Take the question of purpose as a stipulation rather than an open-ended question.
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Did you find the pda useful? If no then you will hate smartphones.
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Hacking obviously
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>>45267583
>actually getting lost
>needing a calendar to remember shit
>what is a laptop
>what is a laptop
>what is a laptop
>what is a laptop
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>paying monthly for a call/text/data package
>don't actually have friends
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>>45267623
Can your laptop fit in your pocket?
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No, most technology is placebo.
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>>45267456
>no use
>only for communication

never change /g
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>>45267456
Sorry that you're a friend-less NEET.
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>>45267623
>>what is a laptop
>>what is a laptop
>>what is a laptop
>>what is a laptop
something that i have a hard time fitting in my trousers pocket.
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>>45267679
>something that i have a hard time fitting in my trousers pocket.
then you don't need all that shit in your pockets you fucking neet
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>>45267696
? what are you even saying.
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>>45267696
Lug around 5 pound chink pad all day
Or carry a not even a full pound device that is just as capable for light daily use.
Logic is mysterious thing for you.
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>>45267735
>till the macbook air is albs

oh wait you confused me for one of you thinkfuckers
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>mfw i realised that i don't need smarphone because only time that i don't use computer is when i go to a swimming pool.
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>>45267743
That's still way bigger than a phone, and twice the price.
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>>45267724
It's probably just a gay laptop user who can't really justify the usage of one, as he isn't in school, and it's not used in work related task.
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>>45267623
>>45267696
>>45267756
probably just can't afford one lel
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>>45267752
>$899
>twice the price of $699
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>>45267623
If you're a neckbeard that never goes outside then a laptop does that for you. If you actually have a job and visit customers having that shit is making it a whole lot easier.
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>>45267770
Moto g isn't that much...
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>>45267578
>friends
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>>45267679
>>45267724
those are me, the rest is all someone else. just to clear that up.

i also have no beef with laptops i just see why i should use one if all i need is what i stated in my first post.

>>45267768
i actually have a 1200€ desktop, a mbp and a phone. get fucked
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>>45267770
>Thinkin price for an iphone is the same as price for a useful phone.
The lumia 930 is 400 bucks you mongoloid, and you can get a ueful business phone for a lot less if wanted.
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>>45267768
>probably just can't afford one lel
You write like a 12 yeAR OLD:
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>>45267779
because it's subsidized by the google/lenovo botnet
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>>45267790
>>45267806
i just had to get that out of my system. i didn't blatantly shitpost for quite a long time
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It's nice if you use things like public transport a lot.
I also use mine to track my rides when I go cycling and obviously GPS if I need it.
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I bought a Nexus 7 because I wanted to be able to use android apps without actually having an android phone.

Besides the few times I used it for my university apps, it gets very little use. The biggest thing it's there for is

>Alarm in the morning
>Weather app to tell me how cold it is
>Gmail app to tell me when I get mail
>occasional portable textbook reading device

I haven't even used it for the textbook much since I figured out I could just fucking skip all my classes and learn the shit better at home on my laptop.
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>>45267811
>because it's subsidized by the google/lenovo botnet
If a mac book air is your solution I got news for you. There's a bonnet all up in your shit as well.
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>>45267623
>laptop as a camera
Get a load of this faggot
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>>45267814
lel well alright i can relate to that.
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>>45267842
Apple isn't in the business of selling my personal information. Google is and Lenovo's chinese.
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for me its a really expensive alarm clock and easy way to watch porn
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>portable
>mini computer away from home
>weighs less than a 20lb chinkpad
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>>45267850
>Apple isn't in the business of selling my personal information.
Keep telling your self that goy. Enjoy apple's targeted adds just for you.
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>>45267850
>Apple isn't in the business of selling my personal information

Anon I have some bad news for you.
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>>45267856
>2015
>porn
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>>45267850
T
This has got to be bait
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>>45267878
should i be watching nu-porn?
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>>45267641
trick question, neither can most phones today

>>45267456
Instead of carrying around
an mp3 player
a laptop
a wifi hotspot
a dvd player (unless your laptop comes with a cd drive)
a beeper
a phone
a discrete camera

you can take all of that and put it into 1 device. Necessary? No. Convenient? Hells yes
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i ise it to kill time because I'm scared to talk to pedestrians around me
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>>45267914
My nexus 7 fits my pants pocket just fine. So a phone is no issue
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>>45267917

I'm terrified of talking to strangers but at the same time I always see people who I think look good and I get this urge to go up to them and say "Hey I just wanted to say your hair/hat/boots looks great today", but then I don't because ONLY FUCKING FREAKS talk to strangers.

Also it seems like a slightly gay metrosexual thing to compliment women on their clothes and hair and shit so I suppress it.
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>>45267929
Why not both? I use my phone for loads of things
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>>45267929
>My nexus 7 fits my pants pocket just fine. So a phone is no issue
Is this bait? It is too stupid to be true.
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>>45267946
What?
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>>45267456
>It's only for communication ...
That's like saying a PC is only for word processing.

>administering my server on the go
>googling
>ereader
>music
>movies
>games
>etc.
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>>45267456
on-the-go shitposting
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>>45268005

>typing anything of length on a touchscreen
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Smartphones are one of those things you don't think are necessary until you have one. It's a handheld computer. You can write shit, browse /g/ wherever the fuck you want, play games while you shit, take pictures of things without bringing a dedicated camera everywhere you go, calculator on the fly, music, etc.

It's everything you could possibly need in an electronic device while you're out and about. You don't have to bring your laptop with you everywhere when you have a smartphone. You don't have to fill up a backpack with various devices because it's in your pocket.

After using smartphones for four years now, I can't imagine going back to a dumb phone. Even my 60 year old parents have smart phones smartphones now.
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>>45267957
>>45267914
I edc a Venue 8 Pro, stop wearing women's jeans.

>>45267791
>smartphone
>useful without apps
Sure buddy

>>45268015
>can't type on a touchscreen
I'm so sorry
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Just get a nexus 4. They're only like $100 these days and are fucking great. Mine's still chugging after 2 years.
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>>45267940
>it seems like a slightly gay metrosexual thing to compliment women on their clothes and hair and shit

Nope. Bitches love it. They take the time to look good specifically for dudes to notice. Show them that you notice, bro.
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>>45267456
Gives me something to pretend to do while avoiding social contact in any way or form.
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>>45267578
I assumed that is what everyone was doing with their phones.
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>>45268037
>Sure buddy
WP8 has all the apps I need you dumbfuck.
And it's implementation of onenote and office lens is the best out there, it is genius for archiving notes.

>no apps
>missing the 1/100 chat apps on a business phone
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>>45267456
Because you need a phone if you want to get a job or run a business or whatever, and land lines are stupid.
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tfw can't bear writing on touchscreens
tfw 140 wpm on normal keyboard
tfw you cant achieve half at fucking touchscreen

pls kill this technology
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>>45267456

I use mine to read books on my way to college, and that's pretty much it... I also play checkers sometimes...
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>>45268073
>implying I only use my phone for communications
lol you just keep fucking up
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>>45267456
>Does a smartphone have a real useful purpose?
Not really. It's a shiny, shiny toy. It makes money for the wireless companies.
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>>45268105
You fail to tell any arguments, your just shitposting. Tell me an app you need for business then that isn't on winphone.
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>>45268128
I don't need to justify the uses of my phone to you. If you assume that I use a smartphone as a dumbphone then that's your own fault.
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>people crying about typing on a touchscreen
It's supposed to be fucking convenient to use for quick messaging and browsing not something to replace the keyboard with and code
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>>45268091
>tfw worked myself into typing shittily on real keyboards
>whopping 60 - 65wpm
>get iPod
>lots of texting later
>can type 70ish - 75wpm
>can even be mid sentence, look up at someone, and continue typing as I hold a conversation
I still prefer physical keyboards
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>>45268128

iFuckyourmoma
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Legit helpful things I can use my smartphone for that would otherwise pose a legitimate problem

>using GPS to find places
>using transport app to check next train/tram times
>reviewing the language I'm learning
>quickly answering work emails
>printing a document when I didn't bring my laptop

I didn't even include any entertainment shit because that shouldn't be the selling point.
Oh and obviously any phone can text or take calls.
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>>45267929
I'm not wearing cargo pants, and only idiots puts electronic devices in their ass pockets
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>>45268068
No they don't, they take the time to look good because other women judge them.
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smartphones are as useful as you want to make them, they're just really small computers
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>>45268306
>only idiots puts electronic devices in their ass pockets
#readingcomprehension
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>>45267456
I'm really in this same place.
I hate how expensive and unnecesary they are
but I need a Phone, GPS, and something to google on
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>>45268389
you put your clown phone in your pocket. there are 3 possibiilities
1) you wear normally sized cargo pants and use the cargo pockets, congrats sperglord
2) you wear normal pants and use the back pocket, you can't fit it in your front pocket unless you want people to see that your phone is bigger than your boner
3) you're so fat that you have to wear huge pants, so the phone fits because of huge pockets

you're right, i missed one didn't i, fatty?
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>>45268418
>I hate how unnecessary they are, but here's why they're necessary
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>>45268443
i don't see what's wrong with 2) and putting it in your front pocket.
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>>45268443
4) not fat and put phone in front jeans pocket
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>>45268306
I use an Otterbox and have no problem with phone in ass pocket. I'm a mechanicfag and beat the shit out of, well, everything. Only idiots fail to protect delicate electronic devices no matter how they carry them. I expect what I own to serve me and not the opposite.

Muh smartphone has many uses. I buy and sell motorcycles and trucks via Craigslist so GPS plus satellite view ensures I get to target without spending more time and fuel than necessary. Many times the truck I'm collecting from a yard will be in the satellite view. I stay in touch with my mechanicbros via text which beats the shit out of voice comms in a loud body shop. Text has largely replaced email for non-synchronous communication and not just among youngsters. I carry manuals and parts books as .pdfs when I go to motorcycle swap meets, and I can check teh intarweb to price a part or see if it fits my application. I can order parts and tools from my bros who work at local shops by text and send pics to eliminate any doubt. >>45268091

My phone lives in RAM X-Grip mounts in my trucks and on my Harley. I grew up long before the internet and cell phones existed and I'm inexpressibly fucking delighted those days are gone. I don't live on my phone, but I use the shit out of it. At home it sits in another RAM mount next to my chair so I can monitor it while using my PCs. I type using a Logitech K810 bluetooth keyboard so I don't have to move the phone or disconnect the charger.

>tfw 140 wpm on normal keyboard

With a proper USB adapter and cable keyboardfags can still use their old Model M if they like. I did it for grins, but like connecting to my monitor I don't have a need at the moment.

I don't dock my phone to my monitor because I can't toggle between phonish and true desktop environments, but I can see how some users are able to replace their desktop with a phone.
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I'd say they're handy to have. I can check my bank account, keep track of my grades, and communicate quickly with other people. I have a Note 4 so I have S Health which let's me keep track of what I eat and my activity level.

It's also nice for entertainment. I use it to browse 4chan and send stupid pictures on Snapchat, as well as kill time with endless runner games. Phones are powerful enough to run Second Life at this point, so I can keep track of my virtual real estate business and see how much I've earned from content I've created.
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Yes, a 24/7 cellular tracker, SSID braodcaster, constant GPS.
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So don't buy one. I can't find a use a use for a lot of things so I don't worry about them.
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>>45267456
gps navigation is incredibly useful
how the fuck did anyone get around in the old days using small non-reflective street signs that you can only read once you've passed where you needed to turn

sometimes streets don't even have a sign posted

gps navigation systems fuck yea
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>>45267456
i can shitpost while my fucked up kernel doesn't compile
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No.
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There are some valid reasons.

But most have to have the latest phone for 'social status'
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>>45267564
>I can use it to remotely control my desktop with almost no lag or speed problems
I never owned a smartphone before and this sounds very appealing. anyone care to explain
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