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Old June 13th, 2019, 03:06 AM
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Default Smartphone usage

After reading the thread Forums dying in the Front Desk subforum I figured what I need to say is more a technology issue as opposed to the management of the hawaiithreads itself.

I have gone through at least 3 smartphones in the last 5 years, the applications I find useful on the device are:
  • Accessing TheBus's HEA web site (bus stop in front of the state capital building as an example stop)
  • Using Google Maps to find out where I am
  • Reading email, maybe sending short messages, but anything longer I am going to use a regular computer
  • Text messaging people who I am trying to meet kind of soon (like in the next 1 or 2 hours)
Using the device as a phone can get kind of cumbersome if I have to set the speaker off because if I have the device to my ear the microphone on the device doesn't catch what I say.

Something I noticed in general about smartphones, while the user of the device can get information from the device no matter where they are, but it is kind of hard to submit information using the device if one has to type a lot of stuff or needs to copy and paste stuff from other sources to help make their point.

I suspect I might add more to the above list or make a list of stuff I don't use on a smartphone.

If anyone else wants to reply to this thread and write what applications they use or not use on their smartphone please feel free to do so.

Last edited by helen; June 13th, 2019 at 03:08 AM. Reason: add more text to the bus stop
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Old June 13th, 2019, 03:48 PM
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Default Re: Smartphone usage

Helen, if you're using a smartphone to look at HEA, I strongly recommend instead using one of the TheBus apps instead. While the apps were buggy as heck at first, over the years they became much more reliable. Not more reliable than the HEA website, but just a lot easier to use, with a few features that made it one of my most-used apps.

The four apps in my dock (that's the bottom row of the screen, which stays in place however many pages of apps you have) are Spotify, Downcast (a podcast manager), Shazam, and Outlook (which I use only for work emails).

The position of honor, the top-left of my home screen, is saved for Tweetbot, my preferred Twitter client.

Other apps I use every day are Gmail, FB, Instagram, Major League Baseball's AtBat, Words with Friends, Google, Chrome, Swarm, Tootdon (a Mastodon client), Starbucks, my credit union app, and the Washington Post.

I don't use it every day, but I have found the Wikipedia app most invaluable in settling disputes, and IMDb for helping me identify actors I'm seeing on the screen but can't name.
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