I use Linux-based laptops. I have a full-sized one and a netbook, both with with Kubuntu 13.10. I have no smartphone. I use a prepaid basic LG Tracfone. I hardly make any calls or texts on it. For most of my calls I use a MagicJack Internet-based phone. I have a Windows netbook devoted exclusively to that. I have no interest in spending all day on Facebook or in texting people all day. I don't need a zillion different apps on my phone. I don't need to use it for GPS. I have a Garmin. I don't need to listen to music on it. I have a Sandisk MP3 player. However, there are some things that might make it worth finally making the jump to a smartphone. I keep my schedule on my laptop in a program named KOrganizer and my contacts in one named KAddressBook. It would be great to be able to take that info with me like I used to back when I used a Palm Pilot syncing with Windows XP. However, I understand that syncing has since gone out of fashion in favor of somehow getting the data over via Google. First question: 1. Is this secure? I don't want anyone else to be able to pull up my schedule or contacts. I did find a site where someone talks about getting her data over without Google. This is my first post and so I can't post links, but the following search terms should get you there: Andreas' website Synchronising your Android contacts and calendar with KDE and/or Thunderbird without Google 2. Do many people synchronize in this way and is it very hard? I don't talk or text on my cell much. I intend to put my schedule and my contacts on it, as well as some kind of program that can show LibreOffice Writer and Calc files. I'm going to use the Anki flash card program on it to help me learn French. I might want to use that app that lets you check if an item in a store is cheaper elsewhere. I may use it some with wifi, but I don't feel the need to be able to access the Internet wherever I am. I'm content to use somewhat older technology if it's cheaper. Next questions: 3. Where should I look for a somewhat older and less expensive Android-based phone that will do what I describe? 4. Where should I look to find a cheap month-to-month cell phone plan? I know a lot about PCs and Linux. Because of this, I don't need to buy the latest expensive laptop at Best Buy with Windows 8, which I don't like. I can find an inexpensive used laptop at a pawn shop and slap Kubuntu Linux and my favorite applications on it and have all my needs met. However, I'm not so knowledgeable about Android or smartphones, leading to my final question: 5. Is there a beginners web site you recommend that can get me up to speed about Androids? Armed with knowledge, I want to be able to get a somewhat older Android and a cheap month-to-month plan while still meeting my needs. I very much appreciate any help anyone has. Smartphones, like PCs, are very much a case of what's great for one person is not necessarily so great for someone else. Most of the members of my family have gone with Macintosh and iPhones, which have turned out to be perfect choices for them, but not for me. Kubuntu has worked great for me, as I suspect Android will too.