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    Default I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    I've had every iteration of the iPhone but every year around this time (after MWC and big smartphone announcements) I get the itch to ditch iOS for something new. I can safely say I'm an addict of setting up new devices. It's fun for me. Here is my smartphone history just from the last two years or so:
    iPhone 4>HTC EVO>HTC Thunderbolt>HTC EVO 3D>Samsung Droid Charge>Blackberry Torch 2>iPhone 4S>Samsung Galaxy Note>HTC One X>Samsung Galaxy S3>iPhone 5>Samsung Galaxy Note 2> finally back at an iPhone 5.

    I love Android and iOS and so I wish I had the funds available to carry each in smartphone form but I don't. My question to everyone is do you have this problem (maybe not to this extent but...) or do you typically stick to 2 years or so per phone. Currently I can get a Galaxy S4 or HTC One for a good price and make money by selling my 32gb iPhone but I'm not sure. Anyone think I just need to stop? Lol opinions are appreciated!
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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    I have jumped around quite a bit as well. Maybe not as much as you but I get the itch as well. I love tech so I like setting up and trying new things. Every OS offers something that I like. What I find though is that iOS is the system that works best right now with my work and family. I am really interested in BB10 and specifically the Q10 as I love the physical keyboard for pounding out emails. I just came back to the iPhone 5 from the Note 2 because of work and family integration. I also just really like the feel and experience of the iPhone and iOS. Probably because it is the most familiar to me. I think at this point I will keep my daily driver as the iPhone and use my other line when I feel like experimenting with something else. It's just fun for me.


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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    Lol
    Oh gosh I have the same problem. From 3 years here's how it goes.

    Lg env2
    Lg voyager
    Lg enV touch
    Lg enV
    Moto Q
    Blackberry curve
    Blackberry storm 2
    Droid 2
    Droid X
    Droid 2 Star Wars
    Droid bionic
    Droid 3
    Samsung fascinate
    iPhone 4
    iPhone 4S
    iPhone 5

    Luckily right after I got my first iPhone I fell in love with the right phone have always dreamed of owning an iPhone and when I finally did it felt like that was the road it was leading up to, always trading up until I achieved what I wanted lol I did however trade my 4S once for a bionic. Regretted forever and ended up opening a new account just to get my iPhone again.

    Lesson learned. Now I'm getting the urge to trade my iPhone 5 for a note 2 or Samsung galaxy s4 even the Z10 but I can't seem to get rid of iPhone lol I love it too much and can't see my else owning another phone.
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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennisgarcia View Post
    Lol
    Oh gosh I have the same problem. From 3 years here's how it goes.

    Lg env2
    Lg voyager
    Lg enV touch
    Lg enV
    Moto Q
    Blackberry curve
    Blackberry storm 2
    Droid 2
    Droid X
    Droid 2 Star Wars
    Droid bionic
    Droid 3
    Samsung fascinate
    iPhone 4
    iPhone 4S
    iPhone 5

    Luckily right after I got my first iPhone I fell in love with the right phone have always dreamed of owning an iPhone and when I finally did it felt like that was the road it was leading up to, always trading up until I achieved what I wanted lol I did however trade my 4S once for a bionic. Regretted forever and ended up opening a new account just to get my iPhone again.

    Lesson learned. Now I'm getting the urge to trade my iPhone 5 for a note 2 or Samsung galaxy s4 even the Z10 but I can't seem to get rid of iPhone lol I love it too much and can't see my else owning another phone.
    You have all of the above handsets in 3 years?
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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    LOL don't we all...
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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    If I could afford to buy every new iPhone, iPad, and Mac model every year, I definitely would. I would probably also have a few other smartphones just for testing and comparison. My iPhone will always be my primary.


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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    I don't know about being "addicted", but I would definitely find it difficult to go back to using a mere feature phone.
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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    Edit: Man my responses get winded sometimes.

    2000 - 2006 casual flip phones
    2007 - iphone
    2008 - iphone 3G
    2009 - iphone 3GS
    2010 - iphone 4
    2011 - iphone 4S, HTC Rezound, Galaxy Nexus
    2012 - Galaxy Nexus to iphone 4S to Galaxy S3 back to iphone 4S back to Galaxy S3 to iphone 5 to Galaxy Note 2 back to iphone 5
    2013 - iphone 5, Galaxy S4 pre-ordered, inevitably iphone 5S (or whatever they decide to name it)
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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    I was a new device addict before the iPhone...i used to get new phones multiple times per year, and wasted so much money on the "newest" thing. Thankfully now I've kind of settled in, and the fact that i can go online and essentially get the entire user experience vicariously through blogs, reviews and owner forums, it kind of keeps me content where i am.

    I do, however, find myself incapable of resisting buying the newest iPhone every year, so in that manner, i guess I"m still addicted, lol!
    "Speed has never killed anyone; suddenly becoming stationary...that's what gets you." - Jeremy Clarkson
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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    My first smartphone in 2005 got me hooked. And my first iPhone settled me into a comfortable addiction. Here's my roadmap:

    Treo 600
    Treo 650
    PPC 6600
    Treo 750
    PPC 6700
    Blackberry curve (1 month)
    iPhone 3G
    iPhone 3GS
    iPhone 4
    iPhone 4S
    iPhone 5

    I'm sure I'm forgetting a few. But I'm totally content with the iPhone now and my addiction is manageable since a new iPhone is introduced once a year.
    "If you settle for less, you'll settle for anything."
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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    Join the club lol ! This has been going on with me since my first smartphone. So yeah I admit it I'm addicted and I actually panic if I can't find my iPhone we are like glued at the hip lol
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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    I think everyone posting on these forums is a smartphone "addict"
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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    Blackberry curve 8330
    Blackberry pearl 8130
    iPhone 1
    Htc hero(CDMA)
    Optimus s
    Htc Evo
    Evo 3d
    Photon 4g(hence the name)
    iPhone 4
    Evo lte
    iPhone 5 (white)
    Galaxy s3
    iPhone 5(black)
    Note 2
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    iPhone 4S
    Soon to be s4, one, and or iPhone 5


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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    Quote Originally Posted by Photon4glover View Post
    Blackberry curve 8330
    Blackberry pearl 8130
    iPhone 1
    Htc hero(CDMA)
    Optimus s
    Htc Evo
    Evo 3d
    Photon 4g(hence the name)
    iPhone 4
    Evo lte
    iPhone 5 (white)
    Galaxy s3
    iPhone 5(black)
    Note 2
    Nexus 4
    iPhone 4S
    Soon to be s4, one, and or iPhone 5


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    Now you are truly a smartphone addict...
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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    I do too................I don't have the finances to own several phones but if I did I would. I did have the iPhone 4s and the Galaxy S3 and I would switch back and forth. I really like the S3 but I would always go back to my iPhone. So I finally traded the S3 for a iPhone 5 and don't think I'll ever go back........lol.
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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    Quote Originally Posted by nitinparmar1985 View Post
    You have all of the above handsets in 3 years?
    I have had them all yes but it's always been a trade involved, I always moved up so I never had more than one phone at a time but yes in 3 years I have used all those phones at a point in time lol
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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    Quote Originally Posted by SeanHRCC View Post
    I was a new device addict before the iPhone...i used to get new phones multiple times per year, and wasted so much money on the "newest" thing. Thankfully now I've kind of settled in, and the fact that i can go online and essentially get the entire user experience vicariously through blogs, reviews and owner forums, it kind of keeps me content where i am.

    I do, however, find myself incapable of resisting buying the newest iPhone every year, so in that manner, i guess I"m still addicted, lol!
    I'm the same way all those phones I've had an traded with cash on top to trade up have all been to get the iPhone 4 back in 2011, I've been content with apple, it was pretty much why I had so many phones to get to this point.
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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    Yep there are for sure some serious addicts here that would qualify for a 12 step program.

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    ​OH I forgot the next new iPhone this summer for sure.
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    It. Never. Leaves. My. Hand.
    "Sometimes its not the song that makes you emotional. It's the people and things that come to your mind when you hear it."
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    Yeah, seriously addicted here too! It's a sickness and I feel sooooooo ashamed!






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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    I have only had the Pre, iPhone 3gs, Droid 2 Global, iPhone 4s. Rather short list indeed. I like different platforms, but I like stability and familiarity. I like to have things simply work, so I donīt like changing devices too often. I am due for an upgrade in a few months, then I will decide which phone/platform to go on then I would be there for another two years.
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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    Since 2002 I've had almost 30 cell phones and 5 different tablets. Trying to get in under control
    iPad1 - I
    iPad 2 - I
    iPad Mini - I
    iPad Air - I
    iPhone 3G - I
    iPhone 4 - I
    iPhone 4S- II
    iPhone 5 - III
    iPhone 5S - I
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    I believe it was sometime in 2008 I bought a used Palm Treo 700wx on Alltel. That was the beginning of my smartphone addiction. This list is the best I can recall:

    1. Palm Treo 700wx (Alltel)
    2. HTC Touch Diamond (Verizon)
    3. LG Optimus V (Virgin Mobile)
    4. Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G (T-Mobile)
    5. Galaxy Nexus (T-Mobile)
    6. iPhone 3G (SIM Unlocked - Used T-Mobile)
    7. Nokia Lumia 710 (Factory Unlocked - Used T-Mobile)
    8. Nexus 4 (T-Mobile) Current
    9. Nokia Lumia 920 (Net10 AT&T)
    10. iPhone 5 (Net10 AT&T) Current


    I carry 2 phones, and currently the Nexus 4 is my main phone. I carry a 2nd phone for testing purposes; hence the WP8 & iPhone. I actually didn't realize it was quite that many until I made this list just now! But my list still pales in comparison to some of you. And you'll notice I'm OS agnostic. I've used 4 different OS's, counting WM & WP as 2 different ones. That said, my 1st choice is Android, with iOS a close 2nd.
    Last edited by tgp; 05-03-2013 at 08:02 PM.
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    Treo 300 (well not so smart)
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    Default Re: I think I have an addiction to smartphones....

    I have had 29 phones in the last 5 years. That's not counting multiples of the same model. It can be an addiction. When I got my first smartphone (AT&T Tilt) I was hooked. Before then, I really never cared about phones. I was quite content with my Razr. Now I have started to get past it. I have had an iPhone 5 since January and haven't had a serious urge to switch to anything else.
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