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Poll: When it comes to smartphones, do you think that translators are mostly "Androidians" or "iOS-ans"?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "When it comes to smartphones, do you think that translators are mostly "Androidians" or "iOS-ans"?".

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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English to Portuguese
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I don't know Feb 28

I have a dumbphone...

Susanna Martoni
Sabine Braun
Angus Stewart
Philip Lees
 

Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
Italy
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Member (2009)
Spanish to Italian
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Doubts Feb 28

I have to buy a new cellphone and, after one year with an Ios (an idea by my daugher) I would say: never again. To tell the truth, I have Microsoft PCs and they generally speak to Android and not to Ios. So, why should I further complicate my complicated life?

Ciao a tutti!


Olar Adrian Marius
neilmac
Anja Hajek
Mariana Borio
Ann Marie Bohan
Mario Freitas
 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Don't know Feb 28

A lot of translators like to use Apple computers. I seem to recall that most of the French translators I know used Apple in preference to PCs, whereas in Spain most translators were using PCs. However, 20 odd years ago, most translation software was PC compatible but ran into problems on Apple computers, so I've always stuck with non-Apple options. My daughter has an iPhone, but she's not a translator. When I eventually gave in and got a smart phone, I went for the Android option.

Susanna Martoni
 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Danish to English
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No idea Feb 28

I have two joint phones with my husband, both Android, both horrible!
(One is for travelling, one for home use when we can't use the land line.)

I have no idea what others prefer - translators are a mixed bunch, so probably a random mix.
I have to have something relatives can help me out with - I seem to radiate rays and vibrations that phones don´t like!

The daily phone goes dead whenever I try to answer it, and I have to call back later. ...
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I have two joint phones with my husband, both Android, both horrible!
(One is for travelling, one for home use when we can't use the land line.)

I have no idea what others prefer - translators are a mixed bunch, so probably a random mix.
I have to have something relatives can help me out with - I seem to radiate rays and vibrations that phones don´t like!

The daily phone goes dead whenever I try to answer it, and I have to call back later.
Still, I can find a few good pictures of my grandchild on it, so I keep trying!
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Susanna Martoni
 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:31
Member (2012)
French to English
I don't know Feb 28

I would guess that translators are a mixture of Androidians and iOS-ans, not forgetting those who take some kind of pride in not having a smartphone at all, as if that conferred some kind of moral superiority.

For me, it's Apple products all the way.


Susanna Martoni
 

Justin Peterson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 05:31
Member (2007)
Spanish to English
I left The iPhone Sect Feb 28

I had an iPhone. I thought "this is cool!" Then I realised the other phones were just as cool ... and cost half.

Still, I do love my iMac.


Susanna Martoni
Muriel Vasconcellos
Fiona Gilbert Riley
 

Angus Stewart  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Member (2011)
French to English
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I don't have one Feb 28

Like Teresa I don't have a smartphone. I used to live in Versailles and there was a long-standing joke about town that the inhabitants considered themselves too posh to own one.

Tom in London
Teresa Borges
Susanna Martoni
Paul Lambert
Muriel Vasconcellos
 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
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Member (2008)
Italian to English
Duh Feb 28

I couldn't care less.

I have an old model iPhone that sits on my desk. I hardly ever take it out with me. I know I can be tracked wherever I go - even if the phone is off. I never use it to buy anything or pay for anything. I know my purchasing habits and other online activities are compiled together with other information about me, and sold for commercial purposes or, even worse, used to track my personal life for nefarious surveillance purposes.

I really only have an
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I couldn't care less.

I have an old model iPhone that sits on my desk. I hardly ever take it out with me. I know I can be tracked wherever I go - even if the phone is off. I never use it to buy anything or pay for anything. I know my purchasing habits and other online activities are compiled together with other information about me, and sold for commercial purposes or, even worse, used to track my personal life for nefarious surveillance purposes.

I really only have an iPhone because certain people require me to have one, such as the tax authorities and banks.

I am not on Twitter and I don't do Facebook (because I need to watch my blood pressure and my mental health).

I am constantly aware that iPhones are made by overworked, underpaid and underage Chinese people working for Foxconn.



[Edited at 2020-02-28 16:42 GMT]
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Susanna Martoni
Christine Andersen
Michael Harris
Jennifer White
Muriel Vasconcellos
 

Marjolein Snippe  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Member (2012)
English to Dutch
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fairphone Feb 28

Tom in London wrote:


I am constantly aware that iPhones are made by overworked, underpaid Chinese people working for Foxcomm.




[Edited at 2020-02-28 12:33 GMT]


That is why, if/when I buy a smartphone, I would like to buy a fairphone.


Susanna Martoni
 

Alexandra Frolova  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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English to Russian
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? Feb 28

Angus Stewart wrote:

Like Teresa I don't have a smartphone. I used to live in Versailles and there was a long-standing joke about town that the inhabitants considered themselves too posh to own one.


Why so?


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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English to Afrikaans
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I don't know, but... Feb 28

I always find it odd to discover that someone whom I had thought was otherwise perfectly normal uses an Apple product. It's just so strange.

I know there are such people (and some of them are good friends or colleagues, therefore I don't judge them), but I always wonder what disaster must have befallen them in their past to have resulted in them having an Apple product. There are potential reasons even for using Linux. But what possibly can the reasons be for using an Apple produ
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I always find it odd to discover that someone whom I had thought was otherwise perfectly normal uses an Apple product. It's just so strange.

I know there are such people (and some of them are good friends or colleagues, therefore I don't judge them), but I always wonder what disaster must have befallen them in their past to have resulted in them having an Apple product. There are potential reasons even for using Linux. But what possibly can the reasons be for using an Apple product? I'm not being judgmental. I'm just [often] astounded.

I'm also surprised when I encounter anyone with an iPhone that does not have a cracked screen. I'm not joking -- unless it's a new phone, the screen is cracked, you can bank on it.
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Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:31
Member (2008)
Italian to English
Disaster Feb 28

Samuel Murray wrote:

.... I always wonder what disaster must have befallen them in their past to have resulted in them having an Apple product....


Personally I worry about the disaster that has befallen Apple since (a) Steve Jobs died (b) Jony Ive left. Apple has become a revenue-generating brand, the biggest, greediest, most unscrupulous company in the world that is only interested in one thing now: getting money out of your pocket so that it can keep paying dividends to its shareholders. It isn't run by computer people the way it used to be; it's run by accountants. They still stand on stage wearing a microphone and Levis, but they're not Steve.

But despite the pointless, cynical recent updates to the MacOS, which are intended to kill off your older Apple computers/software and force you to buy new ones, the OS (up as far as El Capitan anyway) is still the most delightful, trouble-free operating system that exists.

Back in the early '90s I was a DOS person (Microsoft had not yet developed its knock-off of the MacOS, which they decided to call "Windows"). I thought I was Mr Cool, knowing all those DOS commands I needed to move a file to another place, etc.

Then I tried a Mac, and discovered that I didn't need to know any command lines. If I wanted to move a file somewhere else, I could just drag and drop it there. And if I wanted to open a file, I didn't have to open the programme first. I could just click on the file, and the computer knew how to associate it with the appropriate programme, and open it. I was speechless. This was in about 1995. Dial-up internet access was just coming in, but there was no Google and there wasn't much on the Internet at all.

I have stayed with the MacOS ever since. I have never installed any antivirus software and have never - ever - had a virus. I kind of know how that works, and how the operating system protects itself. I'm not a computer expert, but I quickly learned how to get my computer running when things went wrong (Macs used to freeze and crash, back in the day, but that doesn't happen any more).

I have never -ever- needed to call on a "computer technician" to come and help me.

Sorry if that all means I'm not normal. HOWEVER Apple needs a new miracle to happen, the way it did when Jobs moved the whole operating system to Unix. But I don't see the miracle happening, under the current management.



[Edited at 2020-02-28 17:34 GMT]


Susanna Martoni
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Paul Lambert  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 05:31
Member (2006)
Swedish to English
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Embracing change Feb 28

Angus Stewart wrote:

Like Teresa I don't have a smartphone. I used to live in Versailles and there was a long-standing joke about town that the inhabitants considered themselves too posh to own one.


I was once like that. In fact, it is a bit funny. Back in 1994, I was one of the few people around who had a mobile telephone at all, and I thought that made me rather posh and special. However, by about 2000, mobile telephones (I still refuse to call them "mobiles" - a mobile is something that hangs in the ceiling of a baby's bed) started looking like toys, they became more and more associated with chatty little teenage girls and they really took a turn toward being utterly vulgar. I then got rid of the mobile telephone and took pride in not having one for years.

Circumstances have forced me to come around again and I now have a smartphone. I do admit they are very handy and useful when getting around. All of the applications allow me to do so much business when I am away that I can't imaging being without it.

The pendulum has swung.


Susanna Martoni
 

Paul Lambert  Identity Verified
Sweden
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Member (2006)
Swedish to English
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Are we really that important? Feb 28

Tom in London wrote:

I couldn't care less.

I have an old model iPhone that sits on my desk. I hardly ever take it out with me. I know I can be tracked wherever I go - even if the phone is off. I never use it to buy anything or pay for anything. I know my purchasing habits and other online activities are compiled together with other information about me, and sold for commercial purposes or, even worse, used to track my personal life for nefarious surveillance purposes.

I really only have an iPhone because certain people require me to have one, such as the tax authorities and banks.

I am not on Twitter and I don't do Facebook (because I need to watch my blood pressure and my mental health).

I am constantly aware that iPhones are made by overworked, underpaid and underage Chinese people working for Foxconn.



[Edited at 2020-02-28 16:42 GMT]


Yeah, I understand the concerns about the possibility of being tracked (though it would be obnoxious of me to feign any concern for Chinese people).
Still, I wonder if I am really important enough for people to want to track me. It might be more conspicuous to go out of one's way to hide one's tracks and not carry such telephones. Perhaps hiding in plain sight would serve better to conceal ourselves.


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