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Re: Strange turn of phrase

My Mrs has gone from iPhone to android. She hated her iPhone (as I told her at the time) from the outset - I can say "told you so" and have done for the last 18 months when she finally admitted it.

Personally I love android, has devices since version 2 and it has improved leaps and bounds since those days. But each to their own - if apple works for you fair enough.
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Re: Strange turn of phrase

Another Nexus 5 android owner and in my case it came with a FREE nexus 7 tablet 2013 model (latest). My wife has Apple phone and tablet and keeps asking me to sort it I am lost , I have to ask a child to sort it for me.
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I have been toying with the idea of getting a smart phone for photo purposes. I think three of my cameras can be connected to it and provide various functions. Also internet on the move would be handy. With very little use for voice or text, the main benefit for me would be internet data use.

What I would like to get some feeling for is how much internet use you get for your money. I see that the 5 tariff gives 20MB and the 7.50 gives 250MB. I presume it is on 3G?

Please can you give me some kind of feel for what 250MB per month gives?

Would it give, say, 2 hours/day browsing and e-mail?
As I use the 'phone mainly from home using the WiFi connection, I can't really say how much 250MB would give with the useage you state.

The giffgaff forum is very helpful. You could ask the question there. As it's a monthly tariff, you could try it and see how it goes. A SIM is free and there's no upfront cost. I did initially use PAYG, but it was expensive browsing.

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Re: Strange turn of phrase

+1 for the Motorola G, stuffed with Kit Kats I think, cheap on Tesco. And they automatically reduce the tariff after 2 years, rather than the customer having to remember to sort out an upgrade. Innit.

Oddly my first phone was a Motorola.
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Re: Strange turn of phrase

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...What I would like to get some feeling for is how much internet use you get for your money. I see that the £5 tariff gives 20MB and the £7.50 gives 250MB. I presume it is on 3G?
Please can you give me some kind of feel for what 250MB per month gives?
Would it give, say, 2 hours/day browsing and e-mail?
One of the problems with android phones is that the apps are continually being updated with minor, possible even trivial, bug fixes and changes. Your phone (tablet) regularly checks for updates and will download any updated apps eating into your data usage. The good news is that if you are within range of your home router and have wi-fi turned on then it will use that in preference to mobile data so it will not come out of your SIM tariff.

I have been trying to get my home & business calendars, my contacts, and my business and personal email synced to both my phone and my tablet so both devices have been on quite a bit but not constantly. I don't as yet do a lot of browsing, maybe 2 or 3 hours a week, as I prefer the PC when its available. I don't do any downloading of audio or video. Even so both machines have gone through close to 300MB each per month; in the case of the phone only 10% of this was as mobile data (the rest over wi-fi) but it gives a clue as to how much overall data can be used so be careful where you are when you go online.

If you are using it for tethering (connecting a PC to the phone to use the phone's internet connection) then be aware that PCs use an awful lot of data just sitting idle. Web pages with all their fancy adverts also use a lot of data. My PC at work easily tops 500MB per day and can reach 1 GB... and thats with no dowloading of audio of video to contend with as well.

Your home router should have a page with data statistics on it. It will tell you how much data you have used and how long it has been up since it was last reboooted. Look at that for a guide for your daily usage and then think what you have been doing.

Android will give data usages under the "data" heading in the "settings".

Of course this is just my usage pattern and everyone else's will differ. Feel free to chip in.
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+1 for the Motorola G, stuffed with Kit Kats I think, cheap on Tesco.
I got my Moto G from Tesco and unlocked it so I could use giffgaff.

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Re: Strange turn of phrase

Jeremy thanks that explains a lot of USE ! with the tablet

Jim like you I shall investigate giffgaff
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Re: Strange turn of phrase

If you get a Google Nexus phone then be prepared for a vanilla (un tweaked) Android. It doesn't have Samsung's idea of Android plastered over it. This may be a good or bad thing depending on your outlook. My wife's Samsung came with all sorts of nice and simple apps pre-installed.

Me, I am an engineer and a tweaker, so I am happy with vanilla Android. I regularly tinker with the settings to reduce data costs and battery use. If you don't want to get involved with that sort of thing then maybe a Samsung or similar is the best choice of android for you.

If you really don't want to get involved in optimising the phone, then I guess an iPhone is the best choice

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Re: Strange turn of phrase

I have a Samsung phone and would buy another, until I got my nexus tablet and love the lack of bloatware and the fact you don't have to have anything on it you don't want.

Chances are I'll get a Nexus X when it is released.
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I ... love the lack of bloatware and the fact you don't have to have anything on it you don't want.

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Re: Strange turn of phrase

Hello. I also bought my own phone and use GiffGaff. Dropped from almost £30.00 per month to £7.50 GiggGaff goody bag

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Re: Strange turn of phrase

I have a Nexus 4 (still a very good phone!) and also use GiffGaff. I'm on the 10 Goodybag deal as I use a fair amount of data.
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Re: Strange turn of phrase

I'm afraid I went the other way, smartphones have a very short life expectancy out here on the "office", too much water and no such thing as a steady flat surface. I went for the JCB sitemaster, its waterproof, floats, bounces, gets a signal 2 or 3 miles further offshore than an iphone, the battery lasts a week, it has a laser to play with the cat, a torch (not an app!), and I can get the dogs to bring it to me knowing it will still work after they have had a tugowar to see who does me this service - once I have wiped the slobber off!

Hourses for courses I suppose

I agree, gif gaf are great value for money, dont bother with the data bit though.
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Re: Strange turn of phrase

What carrier do GiffGaff use?
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What carrier do GiffGaff use?
O2, so there's good coverage - at least where I am. I live on a popular estate less than a mile from the town (Watford) centre, yet I couldn't get any signal whatsoever from Virgin or 3.

It 'piggybacks' off O2 in some way. It means that sometimes people complain that internet surfing is slow.

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