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Well, depends on your budget, I guess. I personally have a iphone 3GS and I love it...don't really have any plans at the moment to upgrade my phone, although at the moment, there are some really nice phones out there. It depends on how much usage you're going to get out of them. I don't really play games on my phone - I usually go online and check facebook, surf the net and check the Aussie Rules Football news.

My boyfriend, who worked in the mobile phone industry for a bit, is of the general opinion that iphones are good for people who want phones that are set up and ready to go, while android phones are more customisable. I think there are some pretty good budget android out there at the moment.

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Well, depends on your budget, I guess. I personally have a iphone 3GS and I love it...don't really have any plans at the moment to upgrade my phone, although at the moment, there are some really nice phones out there. It depends on how much usage you're going to get out of them. I don't really play games on my phone - I usually go online and check facebook, surf the net and check the Aussie Rules Football news.

My boyfriend, who worked in the mobile phone industry for a bit, is of the general opinion that iphones are good for people who want phones that are set up and ready to go, while android phones are more customisable. I think there are some pretty good budget android out there at the moment.

Ah. Thanks.

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I just got a smart phone for the first time a year ago, and Android. I can't remember what I did when standing in lines, etc., before it. It also is invaluable for contacting people when I am in the ER with my husband, because I can text people as to what is going on. ER doesn't like you to make calls, although we do it sometimes.

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I love my android phone. It is a T Mobile Sidekick. It is great, and I am no young techy kid, I am over 50 but I surprise myself at what I can do with that phone. Take a picture and email it directly to someone else. awesome

plus you can synch up your gmail contacts

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I just got a smart phone for the first time a year ago, and Android. I can't remember what I did when standing in lines, etc., before it. It also is invaluable for contacting people when I am in the ER with my husband, because I can text people as to what is going on. ER doesn't like you to make calls, although we do it sometimes.

what kind of hospital do you go to that lets you use a smartphone in the ER or inpatient ward?

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I love my Kindle, but it is just an e-reader. Although I carry that around to read in waiting rooms, as well. So you probably were probably just suggesting an alternative electronic pastime in the first place. :)

what kind of hospital do you go to that lets you use a smartphone in the ER or inpatient ward?

Stanford University.

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I love both my android phone, and my iPad. Between the two, I can actually tolerate things like waiting on line.

BTW, both iphones and androids have pretty good Kindle apps.

Which do you use more? Which settings or environment is better for the ipad?

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I suspect it is done because it makes it easier for the staff, so the staff would have to say they would put up with it. At Stanford, I have actually seen doctors tell people to call on their cells for family or friends to come help. Seriously, I am hardly ever the only person in the ward on my phone.

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Interesting about hospitals not letting people have phones. When I was wandering around the public hospitals, no-one had a problem with me using a phone. Then again, it wasn't the psych ward, it was emergency, so maybe different rules.

If you're thinking of getting an iPad - there's also a lot of other tablets out, like the Samsung Galaxy. I think Motorola also have something out too recently. I don't mind the iPad and I like the Galaxy [boyfriend has one], but I've not tried the Motorola tablet. Best idea is to go down to a shop and try them all out. Personally I would find walking around with a tablet to be a bit cumbersome, which is why I haven't bought one, but perhaps it'll be different for you. I'm just happy with a smart phone.

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I love my iphone 4. It's been invaluable to distract me when I'm feeling bad, and when I'm at work I can still access CB for support if I need to. A really useful function that I didn't think about when I bought it was the option to use it as a wireless hotspot so I can have internet as long as I have 3G service. I use it to journal and track my mood as well.

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