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[Q] N900W8 and N9005 Differences

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26th June 2014, 04:17 AM   |  #1  
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i'm trying to decide which phone to buy from a Swappa listing, but i'm so confused which one to get.

the N900W8
http://swappa.com/specs/samsung-gala...anada-unlocked

or the N9005
http://swappa.com/specs/samsung-gala...3-lte-unlocked

according to the "how to spot a FAKE / CLONE" thread...
Code:
MODEL	NAME / MARKET		XDA/LINK 	2G  |  3G  |  4G (LTE,MHz)
N900W8 	Americas non-US LTE	HERE		850/900/1800/1900
	Canada, Mexic				850/1900/2100
	('happy' bootloader)			700/1900/2100
Code:
MODEL	NAME / MARKET		XDA/LINK 	2G  |  3G  |  4G (LTE,MHz)
N9005 	International LTE	HERE		850/900/1800/1900
	EU N9005ZWE		SamsungUK	850/900/1900/2100
	HK N9005ZKA		SamsungHK	800/850/900/1800/2100/2600
what i want in this phone, is the following:
  • carrier unlocked
  • LTE in the US (ATT, T-Mo, StraightTalk, Net10, etc)
  • data usable in most other countries
  • unlocked bootloader for custom recovery
  • rootable
  • able to flash AOSP-based ROMs (CM, PA, AOKP, etc)

and/or is the T-Mobile variant (N900T) a viable option?

ps, found these 2 threads, but they're not quite what i'm looking for...
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2779929
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2541639
26th June 2014, 04:37 AM   |  #2  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mrhomiec

i'm trying to decide which phone to buy from a Swappa listing, but i'm so confused which one to get.

the N900W8
http://swappa.com/specs/samsung-gala...anada-unlocked

or the N9005
http://swappa.com/specs/samsung-gala...3-lte-unlocked

according to the "how to spot a FAKE / CLONE" thread...

Code:
MODEL	NAME / MARKET		XDA/LINK 	2G  |  3G  |  4G (LTE,MHz)
N900W8 	Americas non-US LTE	HERE		850/900/1800/1900
	Canada, Mexic				850/1900/2100
	('happy' bootloader)			700/1900/2100
Code:
MODEL	NAME / MARKET		XDA/LINK 	2G  |  3G  |  4G (LTE,MHz)
N9005 	International LTE	HERE		850/900/1800/1900
	EU N9005ZWE		SamsungUK	850/900/1900/2100
	HK N9005ZKA		SamsungHK	800/850/900/1800/2100/2600
what i want in this phone, is the following:
  • carrier unlocked
  • LTE in the US (ATT, T-Mo, StraightTalk, Net10, etc)
  • data usable in most other countries
  • unlocked bootloader for custom recovery
  • rootable
  • able to flash AOSP-based ROMs (CM, PA, AOKP, etc)

and/or is the T-Mobile variant (N900T) a viable option?

ps, found these 2 threads, but they're not quite what i'm looking for...
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2779929
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2541639

Is the N900W8 a Canadian version? If so...

Not going to comment on the bands because that's too long for me to research into.

Both versions can be rooted, has unlocked bootloader, able to flash AOSP based ROMs.

N900W8's KNOX status won't be tampered when rooting (international KNOX warranty accounts for device repairs) while N9005's KNOX will.

N900W8 doesn't have NFC support in AOSP yet while N9005 does.

Flashing custom TW ROMs you will need a patch to get N9005 ROMs working on the N900W8.

Pretty much warranty business. I have the Canadian N900W8 with 0x0 KNOX, the only Samsung device with a breachable KNOX bootloader.
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29th June 2014, 09:04 PM   |  #3  
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awesome, thank you! so basically all these are good-to-go with both models:
  • carrier unlocked
  • unlocked bootloader for custom recovery
  • rootable
  • able to flash AOSP-based ROMs (CM, PA, AOKP, etc)

so i just need to figure out which one fits the LTE signals in the US.
29th June 2014, 10:38 PM   |  #4  
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Thx alot for the info

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29th June 2014, 11:01 PM   |  #5  
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awesome, thank you! so basically all these are good-to-go with both models:

  • carrier unlocked
  • unlocked bootloader for custom recovery
  • rootable
  • able to flash AOSP-based ROMs (CM, PA, AOKP, etc)

so i just need to figure out which one fits the LTE signals in the US.


I guess the LTE is available only in the 9005 because I had it before and I was able to use it.
Now I have the n900 and am not able to use LTE.
29th June 2014, 11:02 PM   |  #6  
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Originally Posted by mrhomiec

awesome, thank you! so basically all these are good-to-go with both models:

  • carrier unlocked
  • unlocked bootloader for custom recovery
  • rootable
  • able to flash AOSP-based ROMs (CM, PA, AOKP, etc)

so i just need to figure out which one fits the LTE signals in the US.

So long as you don't care about Knox, I've heard that the N900T has the most versatile hardware / band support.
30th June 2014, 04:16 AM   |  #7  
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i'm don't plan to use Knox, and since i'm looking on Swappa for used, warranty is almost out the window.

would the N900T require an unlock code from T-Mobile tho?

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