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jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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12/22/2014 | 3:57:00 PM
Waiting for something new
I'm a loyalist to my Samsung GS4. It has been a great phone for the last couple of years. I had the change to upgrade to the GS5, but the benefits just didn't seem to override the headache of setting up everything on a new phone. My GS4 is slowly dying, but I'm now waiting to see what comes out of CES next month.
BillB031
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12/22/2014 | 7:39:41 PM
Re: Waiting for something new
I went from a GS3 to the GS5 and it's flat out an awesome phone.  Upgrading was as simple as switching over, google had everything backed up including apps, and it all ported over to my new phone automatically within 1 minute, and without me having to do anything.  No "setup" necessary.   I have a Galaxy Tab S, and the side-sync is a cool tool.  It looks like Apple copied that function too.

No gummed up works, any bloatware is easy to turn off, no problems of any kind.  Compared to my Wife's iPhone 6 work phone, I like the S5 better.  So does She, actually.
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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12/22/2014 | 9:11:38 PM
Re: Waiting for something new
Thanks for the recommendation.
PedroGonzales
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12/23/2014 | 10:38:32 AM
Re: Waiting for something new
I think the worst phone was the blackberry. I guess blackberry doesn't have any new ideas to bring to the smarthphone market.  My mom has a kindle tablet.  I did notice that many google apps do not have all the features on the kindle as they would on an android tablet.  I would have liked that amazon supported google play because it offers a wide variety of apps.
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12/23/2014 | 10:51:21 AM
Re: Waiting for something new
As much as Blackberry stinks I still find myself harkening back to my days with that keyboard.  I've been using the Galaxy Note II for the better part of 1.5 years now, and even with it's overly large screen the virtual keyboad is a PIA.  The Blackberry keyboard was king - it's amazing the company failed in spite of it...
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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12/23/2014 | 11:43:05 AM
Re: Waiting for something new
A physical keyboard is universally easier to use than on-screen. That alone, though, is not going to save a company.
progman2000
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12/23/2014 | 11:45:33 AM
Re: Waiting for something new
No, I'm just kind of surprised no one has master a touch screen - physical keyboard hybrid.  I know there are several models with this kind of functionality but have never seen anything like a Blackberry.  I am an Android guy so if someone has a suggestion for a physical keyboard Android device that is out or coming out that is worth a look, I'd love to hear about it.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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12/27/2014 | 4:48:49 AM
Re: Waiting for something new
Now that's interesting. A physical keyboard is all I need. When I had a qwerty Nokia phone I could type without even looking at the keys, and it saved me from tough situations, but now I have to look at what I type. It makes me sad that the phone manufacturers aren't focusing on people who love to have a physical keyboard.
progman2000
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12/28/2014 | 5:52:35 AM
Re: Waiting for something new
Even looking at what I am typing is not sufficient for me on a virtual keyboard.  I am using a Galaxy Note II which is a behemoth phone and I still fat finger the virtual keys most of the time.  Never had that problem with physical keyboards...
nasimson
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nasimson,
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12/29/2014 | 3:29:08 AM
Re: Waiting for something new
@ progman:

> I am an Android guy so if someone has a suggestion for a physical keyboard Android
> device that is out or coming out that is worth a look, I'd love to hear about it.

HTC Chacha or its newer version. My friend had been using it earlier and he is all praise.
progman2000
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progman2000,
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12/29/2014 | 6:36:09 AM
Re: Waiting for something new
Thanks - thats intriguing but that little screen is a killer, especially now that I am used to a Phablet.  I guess its time to look at slide out keyboard alternatives.
impactnow
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12/23/2014 | 5:17:37 PM
The what not to wear of phones

Thanks for the recommendations my phone is getting upgraded this year from a Galaxy victory and I was considering the SG5, now I might just wait. Please print part two of this story what phone we should buy next year!

SachinEE
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12/27/2014 | 4:46:40 AM
HTC Desire 310 and Nokia X
I never could connect with Nokia's approach to the cartoonish middle place taking the best parts of Android and Windows, which turned out to be just as bad as Nokia Lumia 630. And I have no words for Desire 310 and right now Desire 620, which is just a bad bad example of HTC selling their phones just by brand name.
nasimson
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nasimson,
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12/29/2014 | 3:27:27 AM
stop inventing the next shiny new device when there are so many already
> Despite its utter failure with the Fire Phone, Amazon CEO Jeff
> Bezos says it will make new smartphones in the years ahead.

Altough Jeff is hell bent on getting into device business, I think shareholders will soon loose patience and ask him to stop inventing the next shiny new device when there are so many already.
mak63
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12/29/2014 | 10:39:30 AM
Windows Phone
I read both articles, The 5 Best and The 5 Worst Smartphones Of 2014, and I didn't see any Windows Phone mentioned in any of them. So, what's up with that? Getting better, worse? Worth to buy when they're running Windows 10?
Also I like impactnow's idea to write an article about what phone we should buy next year. I guess we need to wait at least until the end of CES 2015, right?


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