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>reviews and specs
>Z5 and Z5C now available in US sans fingerprint scanner
>Verizon says "fuck net neutrality", starts zero rating their in house video service
>iPhone 7 may include AMOLED screen, ceramic back, and waterproof design
>Blackberry lays off 200 in Canada and Florida
>First HTC One M10 photo leaks, does away with black band with logo
>MWC'16 happening from 22nd-25th
traded in a bunch of shit to the tmobile store and dropped att and sweet talked the tmobile dude and got a LG g4 for 200 bucks.
trying to decide if i should keep it or sell it and get something else
kinda like the Lumia 950. This G4 is so much more badass than I expected tho
So I finally got my little shitposting machine up and running, but I've got a few minor issues. Being battered, beaten, and pretty old, the keyboard doesn't always like to respond to input. The battery life isn't what it used to be, either, and the phone gets pretty hot. Really, I'm primarily going to use it for browsing the web and running SNES/GBA emulators.
What I want to know is if there's any phones newer than the Droid 4 that have similar features - a physical keyboard, easily rootable, etc. I wouldn't mind a slightly larger screen and mildly more updated specs, but it's not too big of a deal if it's around the same level. Compatibility with Verizon would be great too.
I'm also kicking around simply buying a good-condition used one off Amazon or ebay but if there's a better option I'd like to hear it.
I'm going to buy a 5x tomorrow if I don't find a reason not to. I'm only wondering about a valentines day discount Google will run; or so I heard here.
Anybody have info off the top of their head about it? I checked Google, but can't find anything other than maybe the current 50 off the price from back in December is the discount but won't go lower soon.
Unlocked verizon note5 user again.
Is there anyway i can slap a tmobile sim into this? I understand the difference between cdma and gsm, but if the phone recognizes and connects to tmobile, shouldnt everything work with a few edited settings? Would rathet keep this phone then try and sell it and go with another gsm unlocked phone.
Windows phone is really terrible. W10M is beta quality, just go to the windowsphone subreddit. It's a mix of depressed actual users and rabid fanboy pajeets. I would stick with the G4, Android offers much more freedom.
Blackberry Priv will probably be -
Besides the Priv, there is very little in the way of modern phones that have keyboards. You're probably out of luck.
Dunno about any Valentine's day sale. The 5X is a pretty worthy phone, just some rare intermittent performance issues and sometimes the camera app glitches out. Hopefully this all gets fixed with the promised updates.
According to Samsung's product page it includes a GSM radio, so it should just be a matter of inserting a valid T-Mobile SIM card and you're up and running. It does have to be unlocked, which Verizon would do for you for a fee (but it sounds like this was already done)
However(!), it doesn't include support for Band 12, so you may experience issues getting LTE inside large buildings. T-Mobile has been heavily pushing Band 12 so this will only get more prominent in the future. Might be worth it to get the T-Mobile variant or another phone like the 6P that supports Band 12 so you get LTE in more places.
No worries, I understood that you're looking for anything newer that has a keyboard. But besides a couple Blackberry models there hasn't been similar keyboard phones since 2012, at least to my knowledge.
Is there any reason I SHOULDN'T get a 6p?
I'm looking to upgrade the only legit complaint I have heard about it is that for some people its just to big.
I don't mind that since I do use my current phone to watch shit and will with my new one, plus I might download some games, I'm not sure.
Yeah better specs like 3 gb ram instead of two, 8mp front camera instead of 5, more data storage.
If you don't mind the bigger screen, potential durability problems, and higher price then it's just a better phone.
6P is probably the best phone you can get if money is no object. There are some concerns about build quality, but besides people smashing the camera glass and one ripped youtuber using all their retard strength to break two of them, i think this is just a meme. It should be fine as long as you're not actively trying to break it.
6P has more RAM and a more powerful SoC. However, if you're looking for a phone to last you 3-5 years it might be worth considering waiting for the Snapdragon 820 phones coming out this year, provided that Qualcomm has fixed the issues that plagued the 810. Still, from all reports it doesn't sound like the 6P overheats like the One M9 did during initial reviews, so it's still not a bad investment.
no problem, sorry I couldn't be more help. The Neo900 project might be interesting to you, they're trying to recreate the Nokia N900 with more modern internals while still being hacker friendly. It doesn't run Android though, unless it gets ported.
>Windows phone is really terrible. W10M is beta quality
So sad, but so true.
Guess I'll stick with the LG G4. I feel as though I have gotten a much better deal with this than my Galaxy S6 that I got last year.
Yeah I saw that one youtube guy bending the phone, it raised some concerns but after watching a bunch of other people do the bend test and not being able to bend it with all their might it didn't seem like it was really an issue.
Maybe that dude just abnormally high finger strength or something...
Is it worth rooting a Zenfone 2?
What will the phone benefit from?
Yes, it's easy and can be undone and still get OTA updates, you just have to unroot before every update and then reroot.
It's totally worth it to disable some of the awful bloatware that is included on the phone. Better yet, flash CM after unlocking the bootloader.
root and install emoji switcher from the play store. you can get iphone emojis, or samsung ones.
Currently own an iPhone 6 and able to renew my contract.
For just a few euros a month extra I can get a "free" phone.
Do I get a nexus 5x, G4 or wait and see if they get the G5 and hope it will be just as cheap for me this way?
I really like the idea of expendable storage but not sure if I'd use it all that much. I don't like the G4s leather back too much but neither do I really care for the plastic Nexus back.
Anyone have any experiences with the Honor 5X?
Seriously considering it because of the cool fingerprint things you can do with each finger opening a different app, tap to take pictures and swipe features.
Do other Android phones do this stuff, or is it just to unlock the phone?
Me too, I've had the note1, 2, 3 and 4. 5 came out and that doesn't have an sd card so I'm on the z5 premium. The battery on this is awesome.
cool friendo, the stamina modes look pretty impressive from what I have seen
I am dropping the GS5 for regular Z5, wish I had never bought the galaxy it's a piece of shite software wise
Z5 Premium. Has access to 4k video, and I think a bit larger battery as well?
My friend has the regular Z5, I'm using the premium. We both have the gold coated backsides, however his is more matte than mine.
All in all, there's no reason NOT to get the Z5 Premium if you're thinking about getting an Xperia device. Avoid Samsung like the plague.
To the guy that says
>unlock and flash CM asap
every time someone asks about G4:
What is, besides LG UI being just ugly, so bad about G4 software that it NEEDS flashing a new ROM?
I'm G4 owner for a month, didn't even root it, and it works like a charm on 6.0, especially after recent update. I just installed Nova Prime for more customization and stock-like looks, and it's perfect.
Am I missing anything?
Had an S6 Edge prior to my Z5 Premium.
The S6 Edge had:
- HORRIBLE battery life
- Shit camera
- No MicroSD card slot
Also, Samsung getting cucked so hard by Apple they're trying to replicate them in any way they can.
As I said, avoid Samsung.
Can confirm shit camera. My friend is having S6 edge and we were both shooting some awesome night view, and my G4 was godlike compared to his S6. Samsung's camera software is garbage tier, while I could setup everything to make the photo look perfect.
Besides the nice looks, overall it's meh phone.
My S4 camera was great, probs better than my Z3 I have right now; and most comparisons online suggest that the S6 has one of the best, if not the best camera atm - better than the Z5... I don't know what to believe anymore ;_;
Hey, I have some questions about G4, if you would be so kind as to answer.
Does the screen have a visible blueish tint? Reviews say it has about 8000K color temperature, which seems pretty bad.
How's the audio quality?
Do you have any performance issues with more demanding apps (game sin particular)?
Does it heat a lot?
I didn't notice any, when looking at the phone close to my gf's galaxy s5, so I guess it's even less noticable when you don't compare it to any other screens.
Loud and clear, the speaker is just easy to accidentally cover while watching something
None. Everything is perfectly smooth.
Sometimes, yeah. It's not uncomfortable, but noticable. Mostly during heavy multitasking and high screen brightness, but it can even get warm when just surfing the internet on Chrome.
What's curious, it doesn't get hot while gaming. A little warm, yeah, but much more when doing above-mentioned things, not gaming.
Yeah, I've been watching/reading a few comparisons and feel like the S6 wins most of the time.
I can definitely tell it is better than the Z3 but I still feel like it isn't as good as it should be. It seems like colours are washed out a lot of the time and that it has trouble focusing properly.
Anyone with the LG G4, how is the screen for reading? I got a Nexus 4 and I might upgrade it the G4 with Tmobile this month or next.
I don't really play games on mobile devices. Most of my usage with my Nexus 4 is reading articles and some novels, along with checking stats with various apps for Eve Online.
Hmm, this has 8000K as well. Thanks anyway. I guess it's not very visible once one gets used to it.
>Loud and clear, the speaker is just easy to accidentally cover while watching something
What about when listening through headphones?
Also, any other issues?
I'm like 6'2 and have pretty big hands, I only played around with one in a store for like 3 minutes while waiting for a mate to come out of a different store.
But it was one of the tethered display units with this giant fucking thing on the back so I couldn't have a proper hold to see how it would fit, but I think it would be fine.
Is it water resistant or anything?
I work in a cafe and its already hot where I live, so I usually wear thin pants but when I am in the back cooking sweat from my leg just seeps through my pockets.
I mean I can just put it on a bench, and my current Galaxy S3 doesn't seem to have any problems with sweat so its not really an issue, but thought I might as well ask anyway...
>majority of online reviews says s6 has good battery life and even dxomark says s6 has one of the best cameras
>z5 premiums ranks worse than s6 for battery life
spot the shill
What's the Sansa Clip (cheap, functional, durable, cheap as hell) of smartphones? I don't text or use my dumb phone a lot (I use a pay as you go plan) but would like to upgrade since a few apps like the Anki one look useful to use when on the bus.
should I buy oppo r7s for $350?
will I regret it?
Alright /spg/, can I get an upgrade recommendation since I don't keep up with the progress of smartphones. Currently have a Droid HD Maxx and its age is showing
What my best option for a phone with a good camera (Still leaning Android)? I'd like to have a nice camera on my phone and I don't need much else out of it than basic smartphone stuff and being able to change the battery once in a while since I don't upgrade often.
The other day one of my brother's friends recorded a slow-motion video of him with his phone and I don't know what he used but damn do I want one that can film in slo-mo too
Are screen protectors bullshit? I just ordered a 6p and want to keep it nice and safe. I also think I'm going to order one of those Speck cases for it, unless someone has a better suggestion.
Eh they work
Still feels weird still needing a case these days but i dont drop my phone
financing your phone is a bad idea.
Take it from me. six months in if you decide you don't like it you can't sell it, and when the price of the phone inevitably goes down, you're stuck still paying the full amount.
Have a lagdroid currently, HTC m8, would like to upgrade by the end of this year.
Any chance Windows phone will be good by then? Even a surface phone perhaps. I don't know about going for another Android because it will probably quickly turn lagdroid with updates that the phone can't handle.
looking for a phone on a budget (200-250$)
Important: -Battery life (currently have an iphone 4s and have to charge the POS every day with low usage)
-Music quality: Not sure about the difference in quality between phones but I listen to a lot of music
- I dont want it to lag AT ALL, want silky smooth transitions between simple apps like soundcloud, Dolphin browser and mail apps (and of course the GUI) . Norhing fancy coz I dont play on my phone.
-Dont want the phone to be huge. Same size as an older iphone or a bit bigger is perfect.
- I want it to be good performance wise as well so future patches dont fuck up the smoothness
Dont care about: - everything else.
Also I live in an eastern european shithole FYI But probably can get my hands on anything.
So glad this finally came out in the US.
I've been on the fence for the longest time debating whether or not to just buy an international one at the expense of no warranty, which I feel nervous about not having given the reports of the phone's self-cracking screen.
I think this phone's been out long enough, yet there doesn't seem to be widespread reports of how shitty it is.
I understand the 810 overheating meme, but that only seems to appear when doing dumb shit like recording in 4k.
I don't care about the lack of fingerprint sensor either. None of my phones before had them, why should it suddenly be a needed feature.
Also, having been on a Galaxy S3 for the past almost-3 years, I kind of enjoyed the process of unlocking it, and putting CM on it.
Along with putting a zerolemon battery in it, and not worry about battery for 3+ days of heavy use.
I really want to get this phone, but I'm still on the fence about self-cracking screens, how shoddily made it is in person, and the lack of expandable battery.
So the Z5 just came out in the US, but it's debuting at $599.
How long will it be before it gets discounted on Amazon (their official phone seller, it looks like)?
Would it be best just to buy it from Expansys or Ebay or whatever considering it's already discounted on those sites (albeit no warranty, ugh)
Most fingerprint scanners just unlock the phone. I have only heard of Huawei offering special fingerprint scanner features like that.
I'd get the Z5 over the S7 unless some serious changes have been made to shitty touchwiz. Z5 Premium is a meme, noone uses a 4K screen, not even Sony (everything is rendered at 1080p unless viewing 4K media).
Just personal preference, I hate LG's skin and think it is ugly and bloated.
You get better bang for your buck with the 5X, but the 6P is obviously better (and bigger).
I'd consider them if I was Australian/European and chinkphones supported my LTE bands.
If music quality is your biggest concern, I'd check out HTC. The A9 has an underpowered SoC but and overpowered DAC.
I'd get it from expansys so you get a model with a fingerprint scanner. You do trade having a warranty, but read up on their policy.
Best cameras according to DXOMark (camera benchmark site) are the Z5 and S6. I'd go with Z5 since it doesn't have touchwiz.
I'd try out CM13 nightly and see if it is stable enough. Worth it for Doze and app permissions.
You'll probably have to wait for the Z7C in that case, they only release one every other generation
Also the Z5C doesn't have a flap for the charging port, I'm really looking forward to getting mine
>Best cameras according to DXOMark (camera benchmark site) are the Z5 and S6
It's weird that the Z5 topped the charts when it released, but it's outperformed by the S6 in every comparison I've seen
...hold on, is this gonna be the year of 7? Z7, S7, iPhone 7
yeah I've heard it was disappointing so I'm intrigued that DXOMark says it is tied for best.
>year of the 7
Looks like it. Weird since this year ends with a 6, but I guess 2017 car models come out this year.
The problem is 2015 was a shit year. We got overheating 810 from Quallacomm, followed by slightly better 808, but with a shit GPU and ISP. HiSilicon and Mediatek's offers aren't serious and the only decent CPUs (Exynos) are Sammy-only, besides one chink called meizu pro 5.
Totally worth it for those two features. Plus Motorola has been becoming shitty with updates since being bought by Lenovo, and Sony always lags behind with updates, although they eventually do get updates (generally).
The size is the only thing stopping me from placing the order asap. Used to an M8, so it'll be a jump.
I'll be getting $150 back when I buy it, so that makes it easier to swallow.
Eh, I like my LG G4.
But I only paid 200 for it. So... YEah, I guess if I was having to pay 600 I'd feel ripped off. At this price it just feels like an interim.
Guess we'll see how the 820 stacks up.
Gonna be a fun year.
Aright ya'll, So I am out of the loop of the root/rom scene since maybe 2013. Haven't really felt a need since the Moto X gave me near stock, which was always what I was after.
Anyways, I may want to root or rom my Nexus 5x, but I have questions:
>Does the camera quality tank?
>Is Adaway still around and does it work?
>Is Viper still around and does it work?
>Is Cyanogenmod still the top dog in the rom world?
Any help is appreciated.
Yes, I know I can lurk the XDA forums for a few days and get all these answers but those forums are shit senpai.
from what i hear, people get used to the size pretty quickly
i'm a manlet though, so I have a 5X.
cant wait for the 820, really stoked to see if HTC can pull out of this tailspin they've been on.
>Does the camera quality tank?
No, this is only a thing on the Z3 and possibly other Sony phones.
>Is Adaway still around and does it work?
Yes, works great.
>Is Viper still around and does it work?
Works but is probably placebo and drains battery.
>Is Cyanogenmod still the top dog in the rom world?
Yes, but with the 5X you're probably better off just running the stock ROM, rooting and installing Xposed modules for the functionality you want.
because SD cars are horribly slow, and when you install apps on it your phone starts lagging in general. But i agree, it's nice to have for media storage. Most phones have it, tho.
Removable batteries are not needed, since most of the flagships have quickcharge.
Limited selection to:
>maximum 5.2" screen
>minimum 2GB RAM
>price range $179-$259 USD
>Battery Capacity minimum ~2500mAh
Can't guarantee any of these will have outstanding audio quality but they should get the job done. at the very least, these are the best quality and best reviewed of the selection pictured.
>Motorola Moto G
below are 2-3 years old and would be preowned.
>Sony Xperia Z1
>Samsung Galaxy S4
most other phones in this list are just not a great phones in general.
forgot pic and link
What's /g/'s veredict on the Moto X play?
I stopped researching phones about 2 years ago and this weekend I went to my phone service provider and found that moto finally released what looks like a moto X with expandable memory, which is what I've always wanted.
But I want to make sure it's that and it isn't missing features or is slower or something than the moto X(maybe 2nd gen?).
If any of you have researched it, do you know if it can be rooted and/or it's bootloader unlocked to allow roms?
>Moto X play
Only issue i've heard is that with the 615 in it, it can sometimes lag. Pretty good phone if you can get it at a good price, I've heard that it gets excellent battery life. But it is a mid-range phone, so keep that in mind if you're expecting a flagship.
Motorola is generally good with close to stock software, unlockable bootloaders, and rootability. However, some carrier models don't allow you to tinker with it.
Shit quality control and warranty, so expect to get dead pixels and tinted panels without RMA
Overpriced for specs other than the RAM
Rootable without loss of warranty with dev rom. What's the catch? Chinese botnet? It's probably a pain to buy too.
Was at a bell store and finally got to take a look at the 6p and damn is the screen ever beautiful. The only issue I have is that I'm a tiny dude and the phone felt a little cumbersome so I don't know if I could easily carry it on my person. Is there a smaller phone out there that would have a display as good as the nexus and doesn't feel cheap?
Anyone have the S5 Active? Is it really waterproof?
My living arrangement atm doesn't afford me much privacy, but there are a lot of shelves in the shower, so I thought I could just set the phone on there and jerk off when I shower.
Would that work? Is it just a meme or can it actually take the abuse?
quick note on using phones in the water, shower specifically. It doesn't work.
>source: I have an Xperia Z3
If you try using the screen at all in the shower, the digitizer loses its mind. probably has something to do with it not being able to detect where your natural static charge is coming from. it picks it up everywhere.
maybe if you were completely submerged in water it would work, but definitely not with the millions of droplets hitting it at once.
and the Active line is definitely WaterPROOF if i'm not mistaken. 6ft for 30min?
I know the standard S5 is only WaterRESISTANT and can only handle splashes or a walk through the rain.
Well if you're looking for a smaller 1440p AMOLED screen you'd have to look at the S6. However I don't think it's worth it due to touchwiz.
The 5X has a good display with very accurate colours (some people complained about yellow screens which is a defect, but whites do look more yellow than on a typical blue phone screen.) It's "only" 1080p but it looks great for the size, and won't drain your battery as much. Also the phone is made of plastic, so you might think it feels cheap. It's available on contract from Bell but only in the 16GB variant, which isn't really enough in current year.
The Z5 has a fairly good screen, and the Z5C is nice if you're looking for a really small phone. Only the Z5 and the Z5 Premium (with meme 4K screen that runs at 1080p 90% of the time) is available on contract at Bell.
The HTC One A9 has a nice AMOLED screen and is made of metal so you'd probably like the build, but the screen is also "only" 1080p. It also has a 617 in it, and as such is rather expensive for what you get. For instance you could get a Z5C for the same price as the 16GB A9. Also of note, the bands supported by the (presumably Asian model) A9s sold on Expansys don't have key bands used by Bell/Telus/Rogers (notably band 4) so you might be stuck with HSPA+ most of the time.
Fingerprint scanner is so incredibly useful I don't see myself buying another phone that doesn't include it. Only downside is that cops can use your prints to unlock the phone, but I hopefully will never have reason to be in such a situation.
thank you :) gonna check these out for sure
have my waifu as a token of my gratitude
Anyone else fall out of the rooting and roms scene? Used to download that shit like candy on my old Galaxy Nexus but my 6P I have left stock and unrooted. Just don't need it anymore really.
Doesn't help XDA was taken over by Chinese and Indians who go crazy if they don't flash the latest Euphoria Remix XxDEODEXEDXx zipaligned bugged up bullshit.
Thanks, I'll have to take a closer look into the z5 but I've heard some bad things. Maybe I'll end up getting the 6p regardless if nothing shows up at MWC but it really looks like a nice phone
>Poweramp is incompatible with the meme screen
Irksome, but I think I can work around it.
I'm really interested in the Perfume / M10
We should see an announcement sometimes shortly after MWC so at the end of the month thereabouts. They really need to pull off something special to save their brand. There's also rumours that HTC is making the new 2016 Nexus devices which should also be something to keep an eye on.
I'm an unfortunate Britbong stuck with shitty electronics prices.
Shitty as in, for alot of devices, just replace that dollar sign with a pound £ sign and enjoy getting bent over and loved not-so-tenderly.
Right now, on contract the nexus 6P is a couple of £ more expensive per month than the S6, and the S6 is a couple of £ more expensive than the Z5.
Is the 6P actually of more value and a better phone than the S6 to justify being more expensive here, or in the States is it one of those "this is a superb superb vanilla handset - for the price."
6P is the best phone you can buy period, provided you like phablets. It is light years ahead of the S6, but if you can get a Z5 for significantly less it might be worth it. I know they recently reduced the price of the 5X in Europe making it more competitive, dunno if they've also done similar with the 6P in Bongland.
Is (more than) double the storage worth $100 to you? It all depends on your budget and use case. There's no going back and adding more storage, so consider your choice carefully.
I'm using the 5X @ 32GB and find it roomy enough me. I have about 10GB of audio and ~6GB of Mongolian moving pictures. I'd of course prefer more, but streaming is all right for stuff I don't store on the device.
How's the G3 compared to the G2?
The internal memory on my G2 isn't cutting it anymore so I need an SD slot, but I really don't like the Galaxy S line.
Is the G3 worse than the G2 in any ways? Any notable issues?
Windows 10 Mobile is starting to look pretty interesting, but the anaemic app support is troubling.
Continuum looks pretty amazing too, though i can't see many situations that i'd use it in.
You're a hero, anon, thank you from >>52872127
Does the Z5 (non compact since I have spindly witch-fingers) have any issues? I've heard of glass cracks and overheating, any truth to that or other flaws?
Would you say it's not worth waiting for the to-be-announced S7/Note 6 and it'll be super expensive anyway?
Continuum is a gimmick. Would you buy a Surface RT so you can run Windows Store Apps?
No. You would want to run x86 applications like Hexchat and Photoshop and pretty much any decent program. These are not available on ARM Windows (aka Windows RT).
Nobody bought the Surface RT because the apps are shit and the Windows Store is filled with spam and garbage. The whole point of Windows is running legacy applications and games, neither of which you can do with Continuum/RT.
Has the 810 in it, which is a beast but can overheat, but only when doing intensive things like filming 40 minutes of 4k video. The Z3 back was notorious for cracked back plates, but I have no idea if they have fixed this with teh Z5.
Another thing with the Z5 is apparently the fingerprint scanner (huge selling point) is underperforming (they actually removed it for the US release). I've heard some anons trash it for this and other issues, but I don't have one myself so I can't really tell you if this is true.
Do you have a decent phone right now? If so, I would wait until MWC and the announcements after it to see what is announced, plus you might get a discount on currently available phones when the successor models are released. Might be worth waiting and getting a phone with a Snapdragon 820 in it, especially if it fixes all the issues with the 810.
hi /g/, i've never been here before but had a question. i found pic related on the ground, it has tmobile service and i have sprint, is there any reset code or anything to where i can unlock it and use it?
thank you for any responses
About the self-cracking screen/back. Would buying a good quality screen protector (like one of those Zagg ones or the ones that have the pictures hammers and shit beating the screen) prevent the crack issue from happening?
Essentially just holding the thing together
is 32gb cuck tier for a phone? I want the 6p but $500 is my budget, and the 64gb gold phone is out of stock
it's actually not me, i'm asking for someone else.. and she is a stripper so there's a chance it is stolen lol but i'm thinking that some drunk customer just dropped it as they were leaving the club one night
i googled how to unlock it, so i guess i'm basically just asking you guys if there's a way to get a free unlock code?
are you implying that my mom is the stripper? and i do agree the lost and found would be the best but what are you gonna do?
I'm a bit of a dumb ass, and am struggling with xposed. What version would I download on my moto g 4g? Do I just get the apk and install it? Also, how do I use modules that are from online (as in downloaded from a browser)?
>Do you have a decent phone right now? If so, I would wait until MWC and the announcements after it to see what is announced, plus you might get a discount on currently available phones when the successor models are released. Might be worth waiting and getting a phone with a Snapdragon 820 in it, especially if it fixes all the issues with the 810.
That is an excellent idea, thank you very much anon for your great help and patience answering my questions. I'm using a dying nokia lumia 735, hope it can hold on till MWC
820 is gonna be what the 810 should've been, meanwhile Samshit has had two full years to perfect the finFET process on their SoC.
Gonna be another year of Exynos domination but it doesn't even matter any more. Phones are hitting the same plateau desk top computers hit 8 years ago. Diminishing returns are a bitch.
There's virtually no difference in general user experience between the 808 and the Exynos 7420 in the Galaxy s6.
Honestly if Samshit could just change a few key things they would be god tier. Hoping the s7 delivers, but I'm not holding my breath.
Got my eye close on that HTC one m10 ...
GOnna be an interesting MWC.
Yeah I can't wait for MWC and HTC's announcement after that. Hopefully this year is better for phones than 2015.
Z*C series is the only small phone that doesn't sacrifice performance for a smaller device. Sony's skin is also a lot better and less bloated than Touchwiz or LG UI.
I'd go 6P unless you absolutely need a stylus. Touchwiz is still to be avoided, despite reports of it being "much better" it's still shit.
I'm currently on the WP train and want to get off. I would like something that isn't that much of a botnet phone. I have issues with google and how much they track you.
What would be the best way to enjoy android's freedom and functionality without giving all my info to the overmind?
I've done some reading and see that a custom rom (like CM) with modded/ without gapps seems like the best method. But I'm still not too sure.
gsmarena says that headphone audio is pretty bad, I listen to alot of music through my phone via bluetooth, would i be better off with the note 5 for the audio even if its thru bluetooth
Sony doesn't pay due attention to the US market
This is a US centric board
People hate what they cant have
This is the way I see it
Sony does fuck up every now and then though, but the Z series got a bunch of things right and there's a healthy dose of development for sony devices on xda
For what it's worth I have to get a new phone after a year with my Z3C
The overheat is not that bad, but I'm fucking done with glass back panel.
It looks great, sure. But either you go naked and leave it prone to cracking, or put a case on it and lose the aesthetic purposes.
It's a shame since Sony is one of the last few companies that makes flagship phone with less than 5.5" screen
>People hate what they cant have
I'm American and I don't use carrier contracts so it's a non-issue for me. My people should stop slaving themselves to contracts which greatly limit their phone choices.
My friends often apply a sheet of tempered glass on top of the glass back. It doesnt ruin it's looks (as much as a case does) and takes some of the fall damage, should you ever drop it.
Does anyone else consider reversed nav keys (eg recents-home-back instead of back-home-recents) enough of a reason to avoid buying a specific phone and/or brand?
Fuck samsung and a dozen of chinese OEMs, right?
been having trouble with saving pics on my phone lately.
the download arrow in the notification bar doesn't go white when I save a pic but stays greyed.
I check my file manager and the pic is there but it doesn't show up in my gallery app. what's up with that?
Its just an Eq in steroids, although it does a damm God job.
What's a cheap GSM phone I can use to get around tethering limits on an otherwise unlimited T-Mobile plan? I'm headed to a conference and they sprung for the cheaper hotel this time. LTE preferred, removable/extended battery just a plus.
That's a relic. Pretty much any phone would be an upgrade from that, especially if you've updated to iOS9 and are experiencing lag. You don't even have LTE.
iPhones leave you trapped in a walled garden. S6 is filled with bloat called Touchwiz. You can do MUCH better than Samsung and Apple.
I'm not familiar with T-Mobile tethering but you'd likely want something with an unlockable bootloader so you can modify it to enable tethering. Cheap phone? Maybe the Moto G (16GB/2GB RAM). Again I don't know how to enable tethering since I don't have a provider who gives me "unlimited" data and then restricts it.
Sounds like audiophile whining, it's probably fine. Get an HTC A9 if headphone audio is your main concern (you'll sacrifice a lot for it though). IDK why you care so much if you're using bluetooth though. If you really want the Note 5 go for it, but I sure hope the S-Pen is worth the frustrations of Touchwiz.
I wouldn't put up with it. Then again the only phone I have got from a carrier was the Nexus 5 and it was exactly like the one from the Google store. Wasn't even locked to my provider.
Can't really help you without knowing what phone you have, what app you are using to download the picture, etc. Your gallery app (gallery app from your OEM? Google Photos? Third party?) should have an option to view device folders, and it probably isn't looking in your download folder.
Back button on the right drives me crazy. Will never buy a Samsung phone for this and many other reasons. I personally don't like off-screen buttons in any case, much less when they're reversed.
Perpetually 6 months away from being ready. If Microsoft can't make a viable mobile OS I doubt Ubuntu can.
Neato. Gen 1 LTE the only one with LTE? And you're right, as much as I want to like them, they're fixing to get hit hard with net neutrality especially after their free music/video streaming thing.
I think only the 3rd Gen has LTE, but I could be wrong. GSMArena shows no LTE for the 1st and 2nd generation Moto Gs. You can also get the 16GB variant with 2GB of RAM, which is the recommended Moto G to get.
I'd also consider the Nexus 5 (2013). Can be had for under $200 and is still a very capable phone albeit with somewhat poor battery life. I found a guide for getting unlimited T-Mobile tethering, just requires root and editing an sql file on the phone.
You can at least avoid googles datamining if you don't flash gapps. Get a cyanogenos phone and flash cm without gapps. Or you look up the cm webpage and check which phones have support and buy one of them on eBay for example.
whats a good verizon phone thats $100-200?
main things im looking for are build quality, ability to root, and battery life.
was thinking of getting an m8, or a moto x, but i cant decide if getting a newer budget phone might be a better idea
How can I be anonymous using my android device?
Lets say, I will buy cheap phone and change the device IDs to random IDs. I will change MAC address, use fake gmail address, use proxy+tor and use public WiFi. Can anyone still identify me?
Dropped my SGN3 and smashed the screen, cbf repairing it
>please provide your carrier
vodafone, but any unlocked phone will do
>what country you live in
>and what features are important to you
screen as big or bigger than SGN3, prefer not to get another samsung, prefer a brand that provides android updates and a tolerable stock image, thinking of getting a Huawei P8 Max.
Tfw still waiting for a smartphone with physical t9 keyboard
So ive had an S4 since October 2013 and it's time to change. I've already paid for an s6 edge+ but I'm having second thoughts and they haven't even shipped it yet.
I'm really out of the game desu, what other contenders are there that I should consider instead?
I mostly use it to browse, take pictures and non intensive apps. Id like a good battery life cause as of now I'm 5 hours I'm down 50%. generally I'd like a strong phone that'll last me 2 years or so.
5 h standby or what ?
If you want a good battery life then I'd suggest a Sony phone. But keep in mind that those newer flagships have a non removable battery. You could also get a lg G3/4 and buy a huge 6000 may battery.
5h sot is quite good IMO.
If you have the money to spare and want that 4k gimmick screen. Then go ahead and get the premium. Normal z5 is good too.
6p is /g/s phablet. Since its a nexus phone it gets fast updates. And people say that the build quality is good too.
I'm considering going back to stock 4.2 jelly bean from 5.1.1
I don't feel like the lost battery life and functionality is worth it. The camera on CM is fucking awful - the photos are not just bad - I can't configure the metering modes, can't take videos, software OIS is gone, I can't take HDR photos..
Lollipop is nice and all, but it's not worth it for me.
Yeah sounds rather sad.
I rolled back to kitkat because of performance, battery life and camera features, which was a joke on cm12.1
Cant go back to stock though, ICS doesnt cut it anymore.
This is /g/. Everything that isn't stock android or an iphone sucks m8.
The camera sucks major balls though. In different reviews they said that htc is somehow too stupid to create software that processes the raw images correctly (for general usage it's okay I guess. I wouldn't complain). If the images really suck you can actually save them as raw files and process them later on with a different software.
Blu one x? No idea how that phone performs. /g/ was shilling it a while ago.
So, come April I'll be able to upgrade to a new phone for $0 down with T-Mobile. When I went into the store I looked at the LGV10, the newest note, and the S6. I was a bit turned off by the lack of a removable battery and no SD cards on the Samsung phones, and have had nothing but bad experiences with LG phones. What phone would you recommend for someone who is into photography, reading comics, and prefers larger phones?
Should I even upgrade immediately like that, or will something else come out in April?
Christ, this thing looks fucking awful. I don't usually care THAT much about how my phone looks, but I had honestly planned to get an S7 and this fisher-price bullshit really puts me off it. Guess I'm going for a Nexus 5X.
>my hand is 18 cm long
>average 5.5" screen phone is 15-16 cm long
ITS NOT FAIR
I tried a BLU Life One X for all of a day before I returned it. Huge piece of shit; first impressions of build quality are actually pretty good but the performance lags unacceptably even for a $100 phone and when you try to use headphones there's a constant background hiss. I heard it very strongly while connecting it to my car with an AUX cable.
alright, then your best bet would be a used phone. Flagships from 2013 are still good imo. Many have Cyanogenmod Support which is practically vanilla android with a few tweaks here and there (and a shit camera app)
Honestly less than $200, I'd just pick up a used 2014 flagship on Swappa. If you're patient you can probably score a decent condition Galaxy S5 for 190-210, which should do just fine.
I had the same problem. I hate feeling like I have to baby a phone and I hated the idea that you couldn't replace anything easily (look at the iFixit teardown; if you try and open it up, 9/10 times the screen or visor will shatter), so basically when the battery starts to go or you drop it, that's it, you're fucked.
For these reasons I returned it. Beautiful phone, just...
Forgot to mention: for this reason I downgraded to a 5X. Same benefits of Google stock etc, but the battery is SUPER easy to replace (I mean not as easy as a Samsung but you basically just pop off the back and unscrew a few things and there's the battery)
What the fuck are people doing to their phones?
I feel like the 6P is one of the more sturdier phones I have owned, yet there seems to be quite a few people complaining about it bending.
Was there a manufacturing error or something?
Nice fingerprint scanner, and the US version has all the proper LTE bands that I would need. However, it only has a 615 in it, which would be a significant downgrade from the 6P's 810 or even an 808. The Moto X Play has a 615 and mostly stock Android, and I've heard reports of lag. Plus you're giving up fast updates, the Honor 5X is still on 5.1 with a weird skin on top.
Just on a personal note, I find 5.5" too big. That's part of the reason i sold the Zenfone 2 and got a Nexus 5X instead, that .3" makes all the difference, although I wouldn't mind an even smaller phone (thinking of swapping for a Z5C).
Yeah I'm stoked that it should be really easy to replace the battery in a couple years when I need to.
Basically they release the update, your carrier (if you bought it through them) tests the update and adds several months before you see it, then you get a notification on your phone to download the update via wifi (preferred) or data.
On a Nexus device you can just download the zip of the update and flash it the day they release it, or you can wait for an OTA notification. I can't do OTA because I have a custom recovery and am rooted and stuff.
probably just repeating the meme from Bane using all his strength and bending the phone for youtube views. I'd be hella surprised if it bent at all during normal use.
That eliminates the carrier delay in getting updates, so you generally get updates as soon as they are available from the OEM. Nexus gets updates ASAP and for at least two years (three for security patches), Sony tends to lag a few months behind but generally gets updates. OEMs like Samsung that use tons of modifications on vanilla Android take much longer to receive updates, since the skin must be updated as well. Cheap phones tend to get no updates at all, and it isn't unusual to see them still stuck on kitkat.
Yeah it's something to consider when getting a phone. I haven't had to replace a battery on a phone yet, but the longest I've used a phone with a non-swappable battery was two years.
>Yeah it's something to consider when getting a phone.
The battery from my zr completely started to shit itself (sudden 10% drops and so on). Ordered a new one online and replaced it. Imagine using a htc m8 where the motherboard is glued to the battery. No chance of replacing that shitnugget on your own.
The manufacturer that interests me is LG.
If I don't get update via wifi, I'm guessing I could find one on the net, correct?
How about CM, does that get updates regularly when I install it?
I'm probably in need of a new phone, because my Nexus 5 got bricked by some retards changing the battery
What do you guys recommend as good phones, not worse/older than LG G3
As far I've gathered LG G3, G4 and Nexus 5X
Do you guys have any other suggestions/recommendations ? Really liked stock android on my Nexus 5, but I guess I could live without it if other phones are better in some other regards
It usually takes a while until the updates reach every phone from the manufacturer. My sony got lollipop 5.1.1 in september last year (at least that was when sony started to roll out the updates) but I didn't get the update until november I think.
You get nightly builds, usually a update every 2 days altough I only update once a month for the security updates.
CM gets updates pretty quickly after new versions of Android is released. You'll start to see new nightly versions of the new version of CM which eventually become stable versions. The Nightly versions are generally OK for using as a daily driver, but can have bugs. You also get a near-vanilla version of Android, unlike LG's customized version.
What LG phone do you have? If it's cheaper, sometimes you can't even unlock the bootloader to be able to flash CM, and it might not get updates. Even if the bootloader is locked, you can sometimes still flash official ROMs.
Yeah glued in batteries sound like a nightmare.
I'd consider the G4 and the 5X. You can get stock Android on the G4 if you unlock the bootloader (which you can't do on some carrier models iirc). Personally I'm using the 5X and enjoying it, stock with root and Xposed modules for tweaks like Gravitybox and Youtube background/adaway.
The G4 is ever so slightly taller and a bit wider than the 5X, but you do get a larger screen. Again 5.5" is too big for me, but 5.2" is workable.
Good if you're paranoid, but if you are truly paranoid you wouldn't own a phone, like rms.
cm is communitydriven. It'll get updates as long as the community decides they want to support it.
Samsung galaxy s3 for example already has cm 13 (aka android 6.0) and it's almost 4 years old I think. Check out the cyanogenmod website to see which devices are supported if you are interested.
How does 5X compare to G4 ? Because 5X is noticeably cheaper than G4, yet lacks removable battery and card slot
I'm too stupid/lazy to learn how to root and all that shit, so Nexus was perfect for me in that regard(battery and storage was shit though)
So far I haven't found any comparable phones, but I'm still considering G3, because it's also considerably cheaper than 5X, at least where I live
Carriers usually don't fuck us over here, maybe only on iPhones, but I have no interest in that
CM adds a few tweaks, like an easy root in the developer menu and a couple other misc features, such as additional options for stuff like the status bar, an equalizer, options for tweaking the kernel governor (the speed at which the processor runs), screen calibration, gestures...
Pretty similar devices, although the G4 has an extra GB of RAM and removable battery and SD card slot. It's also slightly bigger with a larger screen. See the image above. >>52886351
I hear the G3 has some performance issues with the 801 SoC and a 1440p screen, but it sounds like a decent phone still. You might also consider the OnePlus X, which is usually significantly cheaper. OPX also has the 801, but it's only driving a 1080p AMOLED screen. It has limited support for LTE bands used by North American carriers, but it sounds like you're European so it shouldn't be a factor. OPX also has a beautiful construction, but be warned because OnePlus has suffered from build quality issues in the past.
My OG Moto G got stolen a while ago. Currently using a Nexus 7 tethered to a Galaxy Pocket.
I've been thinking of buying a Moto X 2014, but apparently it's really fragile. I want a phone that's 72mm wide or narrower and has at least 2GB of RAM, a >300PPI screen, near-stock Android and proper support for rooting.
From what I've heard, OPX is riddled with manufacturing defects and it's a bitch to RMA.
Xperia Z3c has a non-stock ROM and its camera quality tanks when rooted.
If I could find a place to order a Mi4i in Finland, it too would probably be hard to RMA for eventual hardware defects.
Should I get a Galaxy S4 instead?
Current gen phones are not worth the price.
Hmm, so it sounds like something better than vanilla.
G4 has better camera, better screen (but worse color accuracy), more ram, better SoC, IR blaster, FM radio, card slot, replaceable battery, is overall easier to dismantle, doesn't have a fingerprint reader, doesn't have a "NEXUS" written on the back.
>Should I get a Galaxy S4 instead?
That's probaly what I'll get once my phone dies. Has a fairly big screen and really small bezels. Huge plus is the support from cyanogenmod and a shitload of roms to chose from (mostly omnirom and cm though).
As far as I can tell you can't even really root sony phones, right? You'd have to unlock the bootloader for that, which in turn wipes your drm keys, which also completely trashes the quality of your camera.
Better camera? Really?
6P (which has the same camera as the 5X) is rated 84 on DXOMark, while the G4 is rated 83.
The only important things on your list are the fingerprint scanner and NEXUS on the back.
Warranty is shit but it still works, my dad's OPX arrived with touchscreen issues and I just got an email from oneplus to send the device back for a full refund. My OPX arrived in perfect conditions, not a single problem and I've been loving it so far.
Shit, sorry. I thought 5X had 801.
About the camera, they're pretty even on dxomark, so you're right.
But phonearena's review said G4 has better software (raw support, manual controls and shit).
no worries. yeah the google camera app leave something to be desired, however i am more of a tinkerer rather than a photographer, so the 5X is more ideal for me. Just updated ElementalX to 1.06.
How's the 6S Edge Plus ?
Really cheap on contract for me (€200). Should I just wait for the Note 5 to launch here (probably will be the 21st) or do I get something else like the iPhone 6s+?