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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by SirEagle, May 1, 2010.

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Which one the majority of the time?

  1. 3G

    50 vote(s)
    62.5%
  2. WiFi

    12 vote(s)
    15.0%
  3. Half and Half (not in your coffee)

    18 vote(s)
    22.5%
  1. SirEagle

    SirEagle Well-Known Member
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    Which do you use the majority of the time?

    Why would you use WiFi when we have to pay for unlimited 3G anyhow?
     

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  2. W4LLY

    W4LLY Well-Known Member
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    Wi-Fi: Work and Home

    3g: On the go when needed.

    Wi-Fi does burn less bat.
     
  3. Demache

    Demache Well-Known Member
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    Wifi is faster and more consistent bro. That's why you would use it. I get full wifi signal in my basement but the mobile network signal is pathetic there and can only really do voice well.
     
  4. AdrianC14

    AdrianC14 Well-Known Member
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    I only use WiFi at home when my 3G signal sucks.
     
  5. Bswartz95

    Bswartz95 Well-Known Member
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    I use 3G most of the time. If I'm at home or work, I'll use my PC.
     
  6. thenestor

    thenestor Well-Known Member
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    My WiFi router at home has some latency issues, so I only use it if I want to:

    1. download a file more quickly (PB00IMG.ZIP, for instance),
    2. browse the web while I'm talking on the phone, or
    3. download files from another computer on my Windows network (using EStrongs File Explorer).
     
  7. smacky

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    I don't even have my router's passkey in my phone after doing the reset. And I'm not missing it. I don't think I've used WiFi on my phone in a month. Before that, I was just conditioning myself to live with the battery life of having 3G on all the time. It lasts me a day, no problem.
     
  8. doogald

    doogald Well-Known Member
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    I have shaky 3G at home, so I use WiFi here. I don't use it anywhere else. Well, I might if I was in a place with a crappy signal, too.
     
  9. ttran97

    ttran97 Well-Known Member
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    I think there's something wrong with my wifi antenna because whenever I connect to a router, either mine or my school's, I can only go to the first page of a bookmark. If I click on any link, I get taken to an error page saying there's no connection.

    This has been going on since 1.5, so I'm pretty sure it's a hardware issue. So I just use 3G.
     
  10. gpa111

    gpa111 Well-Known Member
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    I use wifi at school and home, when im working 3g.

    I use wifi whenever I can, because its faster.
     
  11. smacky

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    Take it in to the store. You're covered under a one year warranty. Best scenario is you have 1.5 and not 2.1. Even if you have 2.1, give it a shot and see if they can fix it. 2.1 isn't an unofficial upgrade, so try and make your case.
     
  12. vertig0730

    vertig0730 Well-Known Member
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    I just checked my usage from the bill for last month, it was 669MB for march. I use wifi when I am at home or at work. So I would hate to see the real total traffic for a month.
     
  13. OfTheDamned

    OfTheDamned The Friendly Undead
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    I use 3g 95% of the time.

    My bill shows 2 to 3 gigs of data on average.
     
  14. Bswartz95

    Bswartz95 Well-Known Member
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    Wow, Verizon has made some changes to their website. This is the first time I have logged in for a month or so.

    I used just under 1 gig last month. The month before I used just under 3 gigs (I think I downloaded a lot of music).
     
  15. IFLATLINEI

    IFLATLINEI Member
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    Its not as simple as the poll. When at all possible I use my own WiFi network because its secure, I have access to the files I may need on my PC's, I also have access to my media server, But most of all because its FAST! Otherwise I use the 3G network and very rarely use any non familiar WiFi Hotspots.
     
  16. CoreMemory

    CoreMemory Member
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    Wi-Fi at work. Have to toggle the Use static IP setting to ON every time I arrive there.

    3G between work and home.

    Have to toggle off the Use static IP at home.

    Would be neat if the two Wi-Fi sites could have their own settings.
     
  17. ttran97

    ttran97 Well-Known Member
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    It seems like my wifi is working more reliably now. Maybe the v3 helped the antenna...

    For those of you that use wifi a lot, do you have your settings set to "never sleep"? Does wifi really make that much of a difference in battery life? Thanks.
     
  18. erebus

    erebus Active Member
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    3G when I'm out and about, but wifi at the house when I don't feel like pulling out my laptop. 3g is week at my house.
     
  19. jreed2560

    jreed2560 Well-Known Member
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    +1 I have weak signal at my house as well so I turn on wifi to prevent battery drain. I use 3g when I'm out and there is no wifi to connect to. Wifi is just faster, which is whats important right?
     
  20. BigRedGonzo

    BigRedGonzo Well-Known Member
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    I have a Droid. I have a prog that sets my WiFi on at home and at work and I use 3G elsewhere. I did a very non-scientific test about battery life and this is what I have found.

    I take the phone off the charger at the house at 6:00 am and put it back on the charger at 10-11:00 pm. With WiFi never on I would get home with between 20 and 40% battery depending on usage. I did this for a week. Then I did the WiFi at work and at home. Typically, using WiFi, I plug the phone in at night with between 60 and 70% remaining battery. I am running stock OS. During that two week period, I did not connect my phone to any charging devices or computers so I could see the real difference. IMHO, WiFi is definitely a battery saver and it is much faster than 3G (even with good signal.)

    My wife has an Eris and I'm trying to get her to do the same, but being allergic to technology; she never does.

    Anyway, Happy WiFi-ing,
    BigRedGonzo
     
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  21. zutmin

    zutmin Well-Known Member
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    Wifi at home and whenever possible. 3G when on the fly.
     
  22. SirEagle

    SirEagle Well-Known Member
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    What's the name of it?
     
  23. BigRedGonzo

    BigRedGonzo Well-Known Member
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    Sorry, I didn't see this earlier. The program's name is Setting Profiles by Probeez. The dev keeps it up to date and responds to questions on the Google group set up for that. There is a trial version that allows one profile and then the paid version is just a couple of bucks. Well worth the money.

    BigRedGonzo
     
  24. mobimop

    mobimop Well-Known Member
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    I use WiFi 98% of the time at work and home.
     

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