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I found a Galaxy S5 Neo on the street today (looks like it fell from a bike or something), turned off with a PIN-locked SIM. The owner has no Google info setup and there's no way to track him. Should I just keep it for myself?
This seems like as good a place as any to ask: I'm thinking about buying a new phone pretty soon, looking at either a Nexus 5X or a Lumia 950.
I know, both are botnet etc. and I really don't care, but does anyone have a useful opinion on which would be better between those two choices?
Any other better choices? Mainly looking for something that isn't too large, has decent battery life and decent quality camera capabilities. I really don't care about custom roms or any shit like that, I just want my shit to work and for the phone to be responsive and not all laggy.
I need a smartphone that uses Verizon's CDMA network and can be used with Straight Talk's $45/mo plan.
>Straight Talk version of S4
Can this use Verizon's towers?
>Verizon prepaid version of S4
Does this use CDMA? I don't have gsm coverage in my area. Is locking still a thing? Can I buy this verizon S4 and then activate it on straight talk?
Shopping for phones makes you wanna kill yourself all this shit is infested with marketing aids.
For reference these work.
Want to upgrade. $300 max budget, need a 5" screen and 1080p.
The fairphone 2 looks fantastic! Easily disassemble with interchangeable parts. Fairly sourced. Decent specs. Can literally swap any part!
(left is my old s3(!!!!) and right is my g4.
Here's the the same but compensated for the lg having double the resolution, and another area of the same g4 pic
Is the Nexus 6p worth it? I have a almost 5 year old sgs2 and I'm fed up with the slowness. It just feels like a waste to buy a phone for almost 800€ and it doesn't even have a removable battery or a sd slot. I could get 3 OPX:s for that amount, or even a used OPO.
It's probably worth wating to see what comes out of MWC before you get a new phone, that's what I'm doing anyways.
Same chipset, both have great camera iirc.
The 950 will have better batterylife, thanks to the 300mAh bigger battery and WP making sure not a lot it running.
You can probably achieve batterlyife in the same ballpark with the 5x though.
I'd strongly recommend android over WP on high end phones though. A much more full and customizable OS, and much more apps. And nexuses have good updates, countering one of the main weaknesses of android.
That's the 128gb version. The 64gb version would be 100€ lower, but I'm not sure if I wan't a phone so confined. I always hated how I can't store enough music on my sgs2 (total of 32gb on phone + card), so the 64gb might just cut it but I'd still have to lose some of the albums. Chances are I'm also going to install some games and emulators on the new phone, so ideally I'd want the 128gb version.
And no, I don't use spotify. I'd rather pay for more memory than pay for music I already paid for. We don't even have decent 3g coverage here in the rural areas of Finland (let alone 4g)
42 minutes screen time
100 percent battery
That's what I'm concerned about. I'd like to be able to swap the battery easily but it seems modern phones are designed to fail. It only cost 20€ to buy a new battery for my sgs2 a few years ago.
I can't imagine the other hardware being obsolete in 3 years like my sgs2 was. Phones are advancing more slowly these days and the nexus doesn't get Samsung bloat on every update.
That's why it would be frustrating to get a new phone just because it didn't have a removable battery.
Honestly, phones are cheap enough these days that getting a new one every 3-4 years is pretty much the norm. Not everyone feels the need to cling to obsolete 5+ year old hardware.
My note 4 is a year old and I've done the battery swap already, worried the new Samsungs are all apple now and unibody so can't upgrade mem/bat, will be here asking for advice in like October to see what phone to get next...
(Got Note 4 on launch day for $99 because they gave $200 trade in on any smart phone, gave them really old Droid, then I sold my S3 for $140 on ebay, so I made $40 upgrading my phone...)
Google Keep for notes
Wifi file transfer, airdroid of similar for easy syncing without looking for a cable
Calculator++ if you need one at all
OsmAnd has offline maps unlike google
some toolbox/army knife with a bubble level, metal detector, flashlight, heartrate monitor and such
i like data, so i use GPS Logger (by mendhak) since it is specialized for long term background operation and consumes relatively little battery
Tried some raw editing, it killed basically all noise, but it's tedious.
Note on the noise on g4 photos: The one I compared above is using the HDR feature, they are significantly noisier than the normal ones.
Thanks for the suggestions. I have gotten a few utilities, but I've actually turned off GPS location because i don't want apps knowing where the hell I'm going.
I will look for more tools that won't try to data mine me, i actually got a flashlight based on that premise.
I really like Unified Remote, i can do some basic PC stuff without getting up :) (Even if it's next audio track or video file)
and roku remote, remote software if you have an IR blaster, touchtunes, OBD software for car, plex, google translate, RDP client, netflix, soundhound, fing, steam, diff video player (MX player, VLC), where's my droid... so much out there I guess.
yeah, it's still quite far from entirely fairly sourced, but they're putting some effort towards it and that does deserve some recognition.
apart from that, there's a sailfish os port in the works, which is pretty neat.
Is it worth buying a shattered icuck 5s for $50. I can probably replace the screen for $50.
I want to eatshit with my hands for once.
The only problem is that its a Sprint iPhone and I can't use it on tmobile
Should I spend an extra $40 getting the Redmi Note 2 Prime instead of the regular?
As far as I can see it has a little bit more storage, processing power, and ROM. From what I've heard the regular Note 2 is adequate, but can anyone weigh in?
Guess I'm most concerned with future-proofing, I don't really tax my phone atm. Just snapchat, tinder, messenger, jotterpad, etc.
I've got this old HTC One that I've had forever now. I jailbroke it a while ago for some apps, but now I'm sick of being stuck on Android 4.4.2 when I could be updated to 5.something by now. Is there way to flash android system updates like you can with custom Roms? Because I can't update like normal while jailbroken. Or should I just say fuck it and go for a custom ROM like CyanogenMod or something?
Recently upgraded from a note 2 to a note 5. I really liked the feature in the note 2's stock browser called quick controls that has a menu wheel pop every time you have your finger on the side edges of phone that has tabs, reload function, close, etc. Is there a similar feature on the note 5's stock browser? Browsing feels much slower without it even if the phone is newer and faster.
Is £25 quid per month decent for Nexus 6P? It has 1000mins/Unlimited texts/1gb data. I'm not too fussy about the low data since literally everywhere I go to has free Wi-Fi and I rarely use over 400mb a month.
I've been on a shitty lg l9 for ages now, but I need to replace it because the screen finally cracked on me
I want to spend around $300 tops, and have no problem buying used
I also want a good camera and decent battery life. Not being xbox huge would be nice too but that seems to be rare these days so 5,5" is fine too
I was considering buying a used OPO or LG G3
im on t-mobile
That's a very nice picture, anon. Killing noise without losing detail is a bit difficult.
Thoughts on the LG G4 c ?
I can't really find any good reviews on it, that don't sound like it's trying to sell it to me.
I appreciate a good battery life, but I feel like the 1.4 GHz and 1 GB RAM are a little outdated.
the phone costs about €140 right now, and I dont have much more to spend.
Any thoughts or recommendations?
That's a decent price, compared to a moto g for example. consider a chinkphone though, at that price. 1GB ram is fine.
- overpriced, fragile, edge is nothing but a gimmick, meh battery, locked, no roms
+ Good SoC (better than any qualcomm), best screen
Nothing really, unless we are talking second hand.
>is this a painting
Not sure if that's you making fun of the camera, but no it's the view out of my window.
Thanks, yeah. The filters in rawtherapee work well though.
I live in Germany, I have a max budget of 350 EUR.
I am looking an Android with the best camera. What is the best that I can get for this money?
So how's the HTC A9? I think it's a really cool looking phone (better looking than the iPhone it's ripping off).
But I dunno about long-term prospects, battery, updates, etc. Would buying one be retarded? Maybe I should just wait for the (as rumored) HTC Nexus.
Just a shitty blog passing by.
I give up on my Windows Phone. Microsoft can't into phones and operating systems. I bought it mainly because I had no need for other stuff but the basic. With WM 10 I had some hopes that it would get better in general and even having some more alternative apps in the store.
Whoever, as Android kept growing on the low end market, it makes no sense anymore to have a WM phone. I mean, before the advent of the Moto G, all cheap phones were sluggish and server only for some months. At that time it made sense having a WM device.
Now, WM10 feels like shit. It's buggy and featureless compared even with cheap phones such as the Moto E and chinese crap like OPX. I wish I had the same cool features and well maintained apps I have on my tablet (which I bought only for reading textbooks)
Anyway, I give up. I'll probably wait only a little more for the next flagships so I can buy one from 2015 for cheaper. Maybe one OP2? Even a G4 looks nice. Slap CM and be happy with my constant updates and good app.
Got redirected here from /wsr/.
Simple situation: I just want a decent normie-phone, nothing fancy or complicated.
I have no clue about the market though and since I trust you guys a lot I'd appreciate a recommendation.
I'll probably just go with a Samsung Galaxy-model anyways, I'm not planning on paying more than 300€ and that seems to be in range.
Which one should I go for? I was thinking about a Galaxy s5 mini. Anything I should know, or avoid?
>why does my phone camera take bad pictures
>b but I'm too retarded to use it properly
>force touch meme
>the battery will be fuckhuge again
>the best hardware available
>no more meme curve
>volume buttons on the side, power button still on the back (I personally hate the back buttons meme)
>metal build with removable slide-out battery
>excellent hardware, but will probably have a way worse screen than S7
The samsung minis are nothing like the real deal. low/midrange hardware, no software supposrt and so on. It's just a overpriced midrange phone with the "s5" label on it so it can be sold for more.
All the non-flagship Samsungs are very bad. Avoid. SamA Galaxy S5 is still a great phone, you might find one for 300€. For 300 a Oneplus One is still the best bang for the buck, comes with a stock OS that isn't bloated with useless features and isn't complicated to use. If size is an issue, you could consider Oneplus X. They aren't exactly normie phones, though.
Avoid any Samsung "mini" phones, they're overpriced for what they really are and are not worthy of the flagship name.
Huh, good to know that, because I've been told the opposite by my friends.
>Smaller, but more capable and refined!
Now that is a name I've never heard of. Can't find anything below 300€ either.
S5 is also only above 300€ and thats my absolute cutoff-point since I don't even care that much about a new phone to pay more than that. Or is there such a colossal jump in quality between s4 and s5? Because I feel like I'm gravitating more towards an s4 now
So my price range is €180-200
And since I can't get chinkphones (4G complications) I've decided on either a Moto G, or an LG G3 S.
The moto g supposedly has great battery life, but it is not removable, would this be a problem in the long run? I plan on keeping this phone for 4-5 years or so, if possible
If someone would want to recommend something better, any help is appreciated
>Or is there such a colossal jump in quality between s4 and s5
Depends if we are talking the the exynos octa s4 vs the snapdragon 801 s5. The s5 is 1 year newer and considered the last good samsung by many, so It has a lot of software support, that's the main difference I guess
>but it is not removable
Yeah, that'll be a problem in 3-4 years if not earlier, assuming you use it a whole lot. I'd suggest switching after 2 years anyways, probably.
Or buy used, or put down another 50-100 bucks and get a much better phone like a g3 or 1+1.
Replacing the battery is difficult, but possible. Not really worth it for a budget phone.
Point of the Moto G is pretty much to upgrade every year and still spend less money than people who get a new flagship every 2.
>why does my g4 take noisy photos?
Because cameras do that. Even DSLRs take noisy photos, and they'll especially come out noisy if you're shooting RAW because then your phone/camera won't do any post processing, which is where noise is removed or reduced.
>Thanks, yeah. The filters in rawtherapee work well though.
Just tried it, seems worse than Photoshop.
A good way to reduce noise is to simply scale your image down. Pic related, taken with my Lumia 950 scaled down from 5344x3008.
My S3 died after, what, 3.5 years of heavy use.
Which was ofcourse a big flagship when it came out. But I figured if I got a mid-range phone for 170 bucks, which is water proof and has an amazing battery, it'd last me another 3-4 yeras easily.
Would I be wrong to assume so?
My new "midrange" S5 Neo is so much faster compared to my old dual-core device it's not even funny. While I never had multi-second lags on my old phone, everything was a tiny-bit slower, from showing the keyboard to transitioning between views or loading webpages. And that was with a stripped-down CM12.1 port that had some issues (random reboots from time to time).
Also, the 5.1" FHD AMOLED looks pretty awesome.
The problem is that lithium ion batteries rarely last longer than a couple years and if you bought a, say, Moto G 2016 in a few months and the battery was starting to fail by 2018 there'd be no point in not just getting a new phone.
Since I'm going for a maximum of 300€ I'll probably go for the Samsung galaxy S4. Anything I should know or am I good with my decision?
Where can I reliably buy used phones?
>upgrade every year and still spend less money than people who get a new flagship every 2.
That's a pretty terrible idea.
If you buy a 150-200 every year, compared to a cheap flagship for 400-450 per year, you're not paying much more to have a MUCH better phone if you buy a flagship. Or better yet, you buy the old flagship for ~250, and keep it for 2 years, you save a decent amount for money AND have a better phones.
>mid-range phone for 170 bucks, which is water proof and has an amazing battery, it'd last me another 3-4 yeras easily
>Would I be wrong to assume so?
Coming from a s3 myself, I'd say yeah. Depending on what s3 model you have ( I had the 2GB exynos) A mid range phone like a moto g will be the same quality in CPU/RAM and a downgrade in screen and camera quality, or decrease in all areas. I couldn't make that last for long at all.
Oneplus is a Chinese startup company that aims on selling flagship tier phones at cheap prices. The company went viral due to their marketing strategy and that you had to have an invite to purchase one. At first this was because a fresh company selling phones with making just a small profit couldn't keep up with demand, but it soon turned into a marketing scheme. They did drop the invites recently though.
They only have a few phones out, with Oneplus One still being the best bang for the buck. You can order them from their website.
Oneplus phones are regarded to as a meme on /g/ since the One was hugely popular, while some were hating on the invite system. It also has a god-tier amount of dev support, which /g/ loves, but even if you aren't into that the phone is still very, very good.
Don't get a 3 year old phone, bro. My Galaxy S4 just died on me and I can say it's nowhere on par with today's standards.
For used phones you can pretty safely find some on your country's auction/marketplace site. My country has a few and they're pretty good. If you want to be sure it's not a scam buy from people that have good ratings.
>selling phones with making just a small profit couldn't keep up with demand, but it soon turned into a marketing scheme
This. 1+1 was amazing value when it came out, they barely made a profit. It's still decent value, but now they are making a decent amount of money on them since they aren't lowering the price like they should. While you are getting a decent price on the 1+1 still, you are still getting fucked over because you should have gotten it as soon as it launched.
The 1+2 sucks though.
They dropped the price 50€ when the Oneplus 2 came out though.
The One is pretty old now, but it had great value when it came out and it still has some of that value left. Too bad I didn't have to upgrade when it came out, I would've bought one instantly.
I had the 1+1 right after it launched, the comination of kick ass hardware and almost naked version of android for a very low price was unmatched for almost a year.
Really the only thing that disapoints me about the phone is the camera which isn't very good, and that's probably the main reason I'll get an S7 this year if it has a good camera.
The price/value ratio of the OPO was amazing though.
>Is it bad to keep using your phone after the back gets hot
No, it should throttle itself.
> It takes almost nothing to grt my lg-g3 to turn into a handwarmer, is it a bad sign
Kinda, but it should be easily modded away.
kinda happened with my g4, but only when snapchat is left open as the main app it seems...
The processor has a hard time running the pixel-dense screen. You could downscale the resolution to fullHD or something.
And no, it's not bad, technology always heats up when in use.
>They dropped the price 50€ when the Oneplus 2 came out though.
Oh ok, not here. So what's the price now where you are? Did they drop it in the US too?
>Too bad I didn't have to upgrade when it came out
Yeah, me too, but I should have since it was a one time thing.
It costs 299€ here, plus shipping which was 40€ for me. Still insanely cheap. I'm not sure about the US, but it was originally 300€, then they raised it to 350€ because the euro sucks dick, and then they dropped it back to 300 when the 2 came out. I assume in the US the price just went from 350 to 300 $.
>but it was originally 300€, then they raised it to 350€ because the euro sucks dick, and then they dropped it back to 300 when the 2 came out
Oh. I'm pretty sure it was just 300 everywhere else all the time, both in the US and and here in sweden.
>Still insanely cheap
Not as much. There's been stuff like the g4 avalible here for ~€250, that's almost €100 cheaper and still better camera and screen.