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Title: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: ExGingi on May 08, 2019, 02:29:51 PM
DW is always having problems with her phone. Part of it is her lack of tech savvy, and it seems like a major part is a buggy or faulty phone.

I currently have her on a Moto G6 which I bought her based on reviews, thinking it would be a very decent price/performace option. But unfortunately, it is constantly freezing and crashing. I suspected full storage, but that doesn't seem to be the case, as there's about 5GB free.

That's besides for the fact that I suspect the proximity sensor isn't so good, as she says it doesn't work well at the ear, so she is always using it on speaker.

I must get her a working phone, and was thinking the Pixel 3 or 3a, but looking at the specs, the 3a doesn't seem to be that much ahead of the Moto G6. What I really need is something reliable that will work for her, without too much of a learning curve. What are the recommendations out there?

My other option would be to switch her from the H2O prepaid plan she's on now, to share my plan with VZ, and get her an iPhone, which I find to be built much better than most other phones, though iOS isn't as flexible and won't have the same apps she has on the G6.

Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: ~King Lake~ on May 08, 2019, 02:43:49 PM
the iPhone is definitely a good option as you cant play around to much with it, people call it "the phone for dummy's"
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: whYME on May 08, 2019, 02:45:42 PM
I currently have her on a Moto G6 which I bought her based on reviews, thinking it would be a very decent price/performace option. But unfortunately, it is constantly freezing and crashing.
I also always had issues with DW's Moto G6. I got her a moto x4 a few months ago and it's been much better.
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: yoshyosh on May 08, 2019, 02:49:50 PM
I must get her a working phone, and was thinking the Pixel 3
The pixel 3 is amazing and very simple to use.
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: ExGingi on May 08, 2019, 02:59:47 PM
The pixel 3 is amazing and very simple to use.

Is it worth the premium over the 3a?
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: sky121 on May 08, 2019, 03:01:29 PM
Is it worth the premium over the 3a?

Depends for who.

What apps does she use on android that she needs that she won't have on IOS?
I'm an Android user myself and prefer it to iphones but phones are less likely to be messed up by those that aren't tech savvy IMO.
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: Definitions on May 08, 2019, 03:05:03 PM
DW is always having problems with her phone. Part of it is her lack of tech savvy, and it seems like a major part is a buggy or faulty phone.

I currently have her on a Moto G6 which I bought her based on reviews, thinking it would be a very decent price/performace option. But unfortunately, it is constantly freezing and crashing. I suspected full storage, but that doesn't seem to be the case, as there's about 5GB free.
Where did you buy the phone? Was it a third party seller on Amazon?
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: ludmila on May 08, 2019, 03:12:44 PM
the iPhone is definitely a good option as you cant play around to much with it, people call it "the phone for dummy's"
Are you calling me a dummy? :) :)
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: aygart on May 08, 2019, 03:33:22 PM
That's besides for the fact that I suspect the proximity sensor isn't so good, as she says it doesn't work well at the ear, so she is always using it on speaker.

This can often be caused by screen protectors
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: ExGingi on May 08, 2019, 03:39:58 PM
Depends for who.

What apps does she use on android that she needs that she won't have on IOS?
I'm an Android user myself and prefer it to iphones but phones are less likely to be messed up by those that aren't tech savvy IMO.

I was asking Pixel 3 vs Pixel 3a.

She uses WhatsApp, some Gmail, Jewish apps (zmanim, siddur, tehillim etc. - better free options available on Android), CashApp, and not much more. However while iPhones might be less likely to be messed up, the on-screen keyboards on Android are superior to what's available on iPhone (I know SwiftKey is available on iPhone, but I can't tell you how many problems I have with it, and the phone switching on its own between SwiftKey and native keyboard).

This can often be caused by screen protectors

I don't think it's the issue in this case.

Are you calling me a dummy? :) :)

The other alternative is Tech Savvy. I consider myself such, and for years avoided anything Apple due to the perception of it being made for dummies and the closed garden wall. However, after switching due to the fact that at a certain time it was the only option to access corporate email, I've come to appreciate the build quality, and other technical advantages, while conceding its disadvantages.
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: Yonah on May 08, 2019, 03:44:24 PM
I am a big fan of the oneplus devices. I bought me and DW the OP3 when it came out in 2016 - so I've been using it for nearly 3 years, no problems and love the fast charging.

They're launching the OP7 next week - not sure what the Pixel 3a means for their price point, but in all likelihood they'll drop prices on the OP 6T -which is still a pretty good phone - I think that the OP6T at $450 is probably better than the Pixel 3a
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: aygart on May 08, 2019, 03:46:06 PM

I don't think it's the issue in this case.

When it was happening with my phone I didn't think that was it either until I cut away a bit more of the protector and it stopped being a problem.
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: ExGingi on May 08, 2019, 03:51:23 PM
When it was happening with my phone I didn't think that was it either until I cut away a bit more of the protector and it stopped being a problem.

I don't think there's a screen protector on it.
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: ~King Lake~ on May 08, 2019, 03:57:28 PM
Are you calling me a dummy? :) :)
To a certain extend ;)
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: ExGingi on May 08, 2019, 03:58:16 PM
To a certain extend ;)

I guess that goes with that spelling. ;)
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: Naftuli19 on May 08, 2019, 04:05:52 PM
Iphone, iPhone, iphone ;D
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: ~King Lake~ on May 08, 2019, 05:44:52 PM
I guess that goes with that spelling. ;)
:( :-[
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: cozmohoot on May 08, 2019, 06:13:33 PM
I got a g6 for my mom and it's been great for her. No lagging and awesome battery life.
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: Zalc on May 08, 2019, 10:04:02 PM


I was asking Pixel 3 vs Pixel 3a.

She uses WhatsApp, some Gmail, Jewish apps (zmanim, siddur, tehillim etc. - better free options available on Android), CashApp, and not much more. However while iPhones might be less likely to be messed up, the on-screen keyboards on Android are superior to what's available on iPhone (I know SwiftKey is available on iPhone, but I can't tell you how many problems I have with it, and the phone switching on its own between SwiftKey and native keyboard).

I don't think it's the issue in this case.

The other alternative is Tech Savvy. I consider myself such, and for years avoided anything Apple due to the perception of it being made for dummies and the closed garden wall. However, after switching due to the fact that at a certain time it was the only option to access corporate email, I've come to appreciate the build quality, and other technical advantages, while conceding its disadvantages.

Based on this, I'd recommend the 3a.

Especially with the $100 gift card offer from B&H (and 3 months free service).
Worth a shot, return if you don't like it.

You didn't mention photography, but this phone will blow her current one out of the water.

Bonus: it has a headphone jack!

Nothing as smooth will come close to that price, and they tend to stay un-messed up.

(Maybe the new one plus 7? Who knows)
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: ExGingi on May 09, 2019, 08:07:08 AM
Iphone, iPhone, iphone ;D

The i is like the אל״ף of ויקרא.
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: Naftuli19 on May 09, 2019, 10:58:52 AM
The i is like the אל״ף of ויקרא.
LOL ;D
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: Naftuli19 on May 09, 2019, 11:02:35 AM
i had the same issue as u DW kept calling me all day how do u do this and that on the S7 S8... so we took a bold move and got her the latest most expensive iPhone on the market (cause they deserve it ;D) haven't heard a question since (or maybe its more complex and she cant figure out how to call ;D ;D ;) ;)
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: ExGingi on May 09, 2019, 12:26:25 PM
i had the same issue as u DW kept calling me all day how do u do this and that on the S7 S8... so we took a bold move and got her the latest most expensive iPhone on the market (cause they deserve it ;D) haven't heard a question since (or maybe its more complex and she cant figure out how to call ;D ;D ;) ;)

LOL.

More likely the phenomenon of people of a certain gender having a different language. She was saying all along that she wants you to get her the latest iPhone just like xxx has. You just didn't understand her language.
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: Naftuli19 on May 09, 2019, 12:32:13 PM
LOL.

More likely the phenomenon of people of a certain gender having a different language. She was saying all along that she wants you to get her the latest iPhone just like xxx has. You just didn't understand her language.
Ha Lol, she gets the latest phones every year anyway on iPhone tho if u want decent amount of storage u can pay big $$$! but that is prob what happened ;D >:( ;D
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: ExGingi on May 09, 2019, 12:37:43 PM
Ha Lol, she gets the latest phones every year anyway on iPhone tho if u want decent amount of storage u can pay big $$$! but that is prob what happened ;D >:( ;D

Forgot to mention that she doesn't even know why she wanted an iPhone, nor does she particularly like it, but it's probably too soon to let out that secret.

Also, don't forget that no matter how much phone storage you'll get her, it will get full. The advantage of the iPhone is that it will automatically move photos to the cloud for storage (assuming you have that set up and are paying at least $0.99/month for that storage). It seems like the Pixel has something about unlimited Google Photos, does it help manage phone space?
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: Naftuli19 on May 09, 2019, 01:30:58 PM
Forgot to mention that she doesn't even know why she wanted an iPhone, nor does she particularly like it, but it's probably too soon to let out that secret.

Also, don't forget that no matter how much phone storage you'll get her, it will get full. The advantage of the iPhone is that it will automatically move photos to the cloud for storage (assuming you have that set up and are paying at least $0.99/month for that storage). It seems like the Pixel has something about unlimited Google Photos, does it help manage phone space?
u can set up on iphone to upload to google photos to dont know if it saves storage tho
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: ~King Lake~ on May 09, 2019, 02:46:12 PM
u can set up on iphone to upload to google photos to dont know if it saves storage tho
you could set up from any phone to save your pic's to google photos automatically but you need to delete the pic's from the phone manually
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: Yonah on May 09, 2019, 03:01:51 PM
u can set up on iphone to upload to google photos to dont know if it saves storage tho

Google Photos has an archive feature which helps you delete photos from your phone once they're up in the cloud. While clean-up for regular photos is manual, it does a decent job of archiving photos that aren't of people - i.e. the pictures of food items I text DW asking -' you mean this one?'  while I am in the supermarket.

It also has a 'spouse/partner' feature that let's you automatically share photos of your kids with your spouse.
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: cozmohoot on May 09, 2019, 06:39:53 PM
My wife still has a 16gb iPhone.
Because of Google photos there is no issue of full storage. She doesn't use many apps so that helps too.
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: Zalc on May 10, 2019, 10:10:21 AM
My wife still has a 16gb iPhone.
Because of Google photos there is no issue of full storage. She doesn't use many apps so that helps too.
WhatsApp images not an issue?
Title: Re: Which phone to get for the Tech unsavvy?
Post by: cozmohoot on May 10, 2019, 04:26:04 PM
WhatsApp images not an issue?
She doesn't use WhatsApp. But that could also get backed up if needed