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  1. lunatic59

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    What smartphone feature do you never use?

    I was putting my phone in my car dock this morning, like I do every morning and I noticed a hole on the top of it. For a second I thought "I don't remember that being there" and then I realized it was the headphone jack. It occurred to me that I NEVER use headphones with my phone. I have a separate device (okay, it's an iPod -- 3rd generation nano -- the square one) that I use for tunes with a head set.

     

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    I haven't used the headphone jack for years! When I went to the office I used BT headphones, I think the last time I had 'plug in' was back in 2010 or so.

    I don't know what else I don't use because, well, I don't use whatever it is.
     
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    For me it's the wireless hotspot feature. I have tried it but that was just to see if it worked.
     
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    IR Blaster.

    I used it once to test, thought it was rubbish and I'll never ever use it again.
     
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    Interesting. I use it quite a bit, at least on my Tab 4 (Nook branded). I find it very handy to mute the TV or change the channels while reading. The gotcha is to find an app that supports the codes for your devices since they don't seem to learn codes too well.
     
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    Odd how people vary. I also never use the IR blaster, but use both headphones and hotspot regularly.

    But I can go a year without using Bluetooth, and never use any voice control, voice search or speech to text features.
     
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    Sounds like your usage is very similar to mine Hadron.

    And Google Now/voice commands etc are amongst the first things I turn off. Used them once, never again.
     
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    Love my Moto voice commands! I use them mostly in the car to call people, listen to texts (never respond while driving!) and firing up maps if I need directions.

    I don't have an IR blaster to not use, actually think I would use one though.

    I have, on occasion, used wifi hotspot. Not for me but I've let others use it off my phone. Handy when needed.
     
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    I'm forever saying "okay Google" I suppose I should change that to "Hey you #%^&$%^@ piece of tech" ;)

    I use the hotspot infrequently, but i do use it. I make a call every now and then, too. ;)
     
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    I have a small amplified speaker that I plug into the headphone jack. I used it this morning in a presentation to 40 people.

    I use the wireless hotspot occasionally. It is certainly cheaper than a separate account for a seldom used laptop.

    I never use NFL preinstalled anything.

    ... Thom
     
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    Another one for the headphone jack,haven't used it ever,going back to 2011 & my 1st smartphone.
    On the Note5,I miss the IR Blaster a little,but,not enough for it to be a deal breaker on an otherwise nice phone.
    If given the choice,ditch the headphone jack & gimme back the IR Blaster....
    NFC is another seldom-used option,but,I want it there anyway.However,I'd gladly swap it for the IR Blaster if given the choice.
     
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    NFC!!! Damn, I forgot that one even existed :p
     
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    Haha, I use NFC every chance I get with Google Wallet!!!
     
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    That's pretty easy to do, considering the teams. ;)

    I use NFC for the easy transfer when flashing phones and to transfer pictures. I've not used wallet yet, but I'd like to give it a go.
     
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    Well, NFC is def one I don't use....yet. I might eventually. Headphones I use often, if I don't have my iPod with me then I've got a few tunes with me
     
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    You realise I had to Google alternate uses for NFC to find out what you were talking about :p

    Google Wallet payments haven't launched in the UK (at least not NFC ones - there is an option to send money via GMail using Google Wallet, but its profile is about zero). Maybe Android Pay will instead, in the fullness of time...
     
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    NFC disabled, bluetooth disabled, most of Google disabled. I don't need maps, I know what's on sale where locally that I'm interested in, so why bother.
     
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    Never use NFC or speech anything. IR blaster is cool, but it's easier to just grab my remote than fire up the phone. I do use the headphone jack quite a bit.
     
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    Haven't used google voice, anything like that..not at all, never crossed my mind
     
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    Don't use:
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    Preferences definitely run the gamut,all the more reason mfgs should tread lightly when paring down features on their flagships...
     
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    Yep, we all use them differently.
    I never use the headphone jack, nor the Hotspot, nor the IR blaster thingy what that is.

    I do use my Blue Parrott Trucker's headset every day, sometimes for hours at a time. have to so I can keep my hands free to use the keyboard to type dictation at times.
     
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    Also, I have a Samsung phone, and anything with S- in front of it got disabled or turned off as soon as it came out of the box.
     
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    I used NFC once to scan my London Underground Oyster card, but not used it since. Voice command(Mandarin only) I tried it out, but not really used that either.
     
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    in tribute to this thread....wherein i realized that i rarely use anything...i've retired my moto x and canceled my cell service.

    picked up a moto g for 19 bucks from best buy, set up google voice, and now i have a cheap little device on which i still won't use anything. thanks for the motivation people.

    gonna blow my savings on beer!
     
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