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Recently I was looking up phones. This is my new thing since getting an android phone and realizing that an Apple iPhone is not the end all for a smart phone. Now I love my Android phone, but there are limitations to it. I mean it is now made for my T-Mobile prepaid network.

LG DoublePlay™

I came across the LG doubleplay™ which is a REALLY nice looking phone. This is a new phone on the T-Mobile network. Initially, it looks like a normal Android cell phone with a 3.5″ main display and running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which gives access to all the apps available on the Android Market… and there are TONS of them on there. It also has 7 customizable home screens for organization as well as 9 shortcuts on the touchscreen display for easy navigation. (My current phone only has 5 and I have them customized for Games, Work, Social media, etc.). I like a nice thin, small phone because I work in an ER and need a phone I can keep in my pocket for convenience since I input my patients vital signs into my phone until I can put them in the chart as well as house my drug book for reference.

The more I looked at this phone; it seemed it had a very odd slide out keyboard. The slide out keyboard is essentially cut in half as it also houses a customizable 2.0″ display making this phone great for social networking. You can play Angry Birds on the 3.5″ display while keeping up with twitter or text message on the lower display. Or surf the web one display while scanning emails on the other. And both screens are touchscreens for added ease of operation.

Of course, the phone also comes with the built-in virtual Android keyboard which also uses Swype® which, if you haven’t used it is a GREAT feature. What Swype® does is allow you to enter text on your phone by running your fingers over the keyboard to the letters you want and it is about 95% accurate in choosing the correct word you were looking for. If it is confused about a word, which I have found to be more active with 3 letter words, if shows a pop-up box with choices of words it thinks you may have meant. It even learns from your choices and makes your last choice the first choice should the same swype ® and confusion occur. I love this feature in my current phone as it makes text input much easier and faster.

Android also has voice-to-text as well. When you are looking to input text, the text box has this little microphone next to it. Click on the microphone and then just talk to the phone and it will translate the speech to text. For longer texts this is VERY convenient. Unfortunately, this feature also requires connection to the internet via cell connection or Wi-Fi connection to work.

Now, I also take a TON of pictures especially of my gorgeous 6-month old daughter so a camera phone and video are also important to me. My current phone has a 3.2 megapixel camera. No flash. So when I need to take a picture for my daily picture of MJ to my wife, I have to make sure I have good lighting or I have to turn on lights to make sure the shot is good. The video on the phone is not very good, but since I always have a pocket camcorder on me I do not fret about it much.

The LG Doubleplay™ has a 5.0 megapixel camera, which is MORE than adequate for the shot you need and is has a flash. For video it has the ability to recorder up to 720HD. Now, everyone likes the “bigger numbers means better” cameras, but a 1080HD video takes nearly twice as long to load as a 720 video and the quality is not very visible with the naked eye. All I ever look for in video is 720. In fact, both my pocket camcorder and bigger camcorder can both handle 1080HD recording, but I have them both always set to 720. It makes uploading to Facebook, YouTube or sending video via texting easier and faster.

If I could get a new phone, I think the LG Doubleplay™ would be the phone for me. And since the phone is exclusive on T-Mobile, which is my current provider already, I know the service and quality is there. My T-Mobile has coverage in my job where other, bigger named providers who I will not name, do not have any service.

Further, for social networking this phone offers CloudText™ and GroupText™ which allows users to have the ability to send and receive texts for a PC or Tablet or create chat-groups for faster, more efficient content sharing. So for social media and content sharing, the LG DoublePlay™ seems to be the ultimate Social Networking phone.

Now, I do send texts and pictures via messaging but it’s not really that excessive. Do you text a lot? If so how many texts do you send each month or how many hours a day do you spend texting or keeping up with your social networks? And, of course, never text and drive. Also, how many hours do you spend with social networking whether it’s your blog or reading someone else’s, Facebook or YouTube. I am sure the LG Doubleplay™ would make your experience much better, but how do you think this phone would change the way you interact with your social networks? Whether it’s your subscribers or playing catch up on your favorites. Let me know in the comments. You know we all love to hear from our readers and feedback ROCKS!!

The only way I think this phone could be any better is if they sent me one for free! Which it esentially is on the T-Mobile network with a 2 year contract.

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I was never an Apple fan. I always felt the tech was overpriced and overhyped. But I have always had a great respect for Steve Jobs. Anything the man touched turned to gold because of his innovativeness, perfectionism and attention to detail of what the public wants.

The first, and only, Apple tech item I own is an iPod Touch 2nd Generation. I use this for everything from running (Nike +) to drug books (I am a Nursing Student).

The way his mind worked and he took the knowledge that digital media was not a fad and made EXTREMELY popular devices around such as the iPod and iPhone is simply amazing. He revolutionized the industry.

About 10 years back tablets were designed. They were different and the technology of the time made them heavier and slower, but once technology evolved enough, he made the iPad tablet PC and it took off! Now everyone wants a tablet. Initially the name iPad was not a good idea but he knew, given enough time, the name would even catch on… and it has.

Apple always thrived when he was at the wheel and now, the future is not so clear.

Steve Jobs was an innovator and true technology legend.

He will be sorely missed, even from us PC fans.

Thank you Steve Jobs for all you did for us!

February 24th, 1955 – October 5th, 2011

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A couple of weeks ago my wife and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary. Now, I don’t give presents in the traditional sense. For me, I would rather give a non-traditional gift that I know someone would use than to go with the normal, traditional gift which might be used once or twice and then gather dust in a closet somewhere.

The traditional 2nd anniversary gift is cotton. Now I have no idea who was the genius who came up with these things. I mean why give cotton for being married for 2 years. What woman would be happy with something made of cotton, maybe a shirt that may or may not fit? Because, face it, as guys we SUCK at picking out the right size. Even when we go to your closet to find your size on the clothes, it’s usually an OLD pair of something and we STILL buy the wrong size.

I did do the “normal”, traditional gift of sending her flowers. I mean I think that is tradition to send flowers for an anniversary, but for the main gift I bought her a new cell phone.

I looked in T-Mobile’s site and now they offer Android Smartphone’s for the prepaid customers. FINALLY!!! They recognize that most people only use about 25% of their phone features and realize that giving good phones for the prepaid money savers was a good idea!

I looked at the features and there were two phones I liked, the Samsung Dart and the LG Optimus T. I chose the Dart for my wife… and she LOVES IT!

This phone has everything. We took the Sim card from her phone and put it into this phone and everything worked perfectly.

The phone has wi-fi connectivity so we can use the wireless internet wherever we find it so we didn’t need to sign up for a data plan. And we have wireless just about everywhere nowadays, and it is only expanding. We recently went to Pennsylvania and I needed to find an address to something that was NOT in my GPS. So we stopped to change MJ’s diaper and I pulled out my iPod (I had not purchased the phone yet) and jumped online, found the address and went.

What is also GREAT about the wi-fi on this phone, you can use it for calls! This was a HUGE plus for us. My in-laws live in Maine. The cell phone service there is HORRIBLE! But they have wireless in the house. So we can connect to their wi-fi, use wi-fi calling and have perfect service on the wi-fi. It does use the minutes, but I would be using the minutes anyway. So this was a HUGE plus.

It is small and lightweight. Her old phone was a flip phone and closed it was only slightly smaller than the Samsung Dart but the Samsung was much thinner.

The phone is all touch screen, but it has an on-screen full keyboard so she can text easier like she wanted.

It has the Android OS so she can download apps such as Angry Birds and such, most of them free!

The phone has 3G capabilities and a 3.2 megapixel camera. Now most phones have better cameras, but her old phone was a 2 megapixel and Samsung devices take REALLY great pictures. I had a Samsung slider phone with a 2.0 megapixel camera and it took better photos than my friends 5 megapixel Google phone. This phone is no letdown in this department. In low light conditions, the pictures are fuzzy, but all cell phone cameras are like that.

Now, the video is just a standard resolution at 640×480 which was a little bit of a disappointment, but since we always have one of our many cameras with us and they all take HD video, I decided to overlook it.

It also has speakerphone and stereo Bluetooth capability. Right now she doesn’t use Bluetooth, so she doesn’t use the phone in the car, but that can help me get her Christmas presents! So that was a plus.

This phone also has voice control, so we can hit the microphone button and say what we want like “Call Home” and it will dial the house.

Plus it has all the extras and some minor ones that are major for her, such as the ability to put the phone on vibrate right from the opening screen. It has a voice recorder which helps with things related with her job if she uses it, which she probably won’t and most people forget about. Cell phones are so very common now, that if there were a situation which needed to be “monitored” you can just start the phone to record and now there is a copy of the conversation. No one even thinks twice about a phone sitting there in someone’s hand. So, ladies, don’t be afraid to use this function if you are being harassed by someone at work!

I even set it up for her email to come into her phone so she can do a quick check on her emails if she is expecting something.

This phone had Everything and THEN some. So much so that the next day… I ran out and bought one! J

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