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3rd December 2019, 03:19 AM |#11881  
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I have a Galaxy s4 gt-i9506. The device supports NFC, however the actual arial for NFC is in the battery, and they do sell batteries without the NFC arial. So, without a supporting battery no NFC,

eBay mate official should be with NFC unless s region didn't have them / allow NFC .
3rd December 2019, 09:00 AM |#11882  
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Aloha!

I'm here to ask the experts first before buying a new phone. My service is Boost and for the first time in my life, I am not trying to buy something cheap to save money, hence why I am asking before buying. I don't want to spend a grand or anything like that but I can afford something nice in the midrange category. The top thing I am looking for besides quality is a phone that I can reliably root. If I have to pay a little extra for a phone that I can root and do more with (and most importantly, delete all that bloatware!), it is worth the expense. I've used XDA once before a long time ago when I found someone who helped me root the phone I had. For simplicity, I hope this time to get something that is already known how to root. I'd be very happy to donate to anyone kind enough to help me with this process.

Thanks ahead of time.
3rd December 2019, 09:22 AM |#11883  
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Good luck with the bootloader on any Huawei phone.

Those phones were a fantastic option until they decided to no longer be friendly to XDA users.

I have never did such thing. I never really cared for bootloader nor did I need it before. As long as the phone works smooth as HTC 10 did, I'm perfectly fine. Like I said before, all I really care about is quality of my camera, battery life and design. Other things are just little details that wouldn't bother me that much. My second day with the phone (P30), I gotta say, I'm loving it. Camera is really good, specially night mode is really a difference maker, it actually takes kind of a render for 5-7 secs with that mode to make it perfect lol.
3rd December 2019, 11:04 AM |#11884  
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I have never did such thing. I never really cared for bootloader nor did I need it before. As long as the phone works smooth as HTC 10 did, I'm perfectly fine. Like I said before, all I really care about is quality of my camera, battery life and design. Other things are just little details that wouldn't bother me that much. My second day with the phone (P30), I gotta say, I'm loving it. Camera is really good, specially night mode is really a difference maker, it actually takes kind of a render for 5-7 secs with that mode to make it perfect lol.


Ahh I see, you already went ahead and bought the P30!

You don't really care about whether or not the phone retains it's playstore certification, or whether it will continue to be able to pass safetynet? Go to playstore settings and check if your device is still playstore certified, if so it will not be long before that changes, and you will certainly lose many of the features that most mid-tier to top shelf phones enjoy. Such as NFC payment.

There are many phones that have great cameras, and much better OS's and will continue to be safe to use and updatable well into the foreseeable future.
3rd December 2019, 11:27 AM |#11885  
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Ahh I see, you already went ahead and bought the P30!

You don't really care about whether or not the phone retains it's playstore certification, or whether it will continue to be able to pass safetynet? Go to playstore settings and check if your device is still playstore certified, if so it will not be long before that changes, and you will certainly lose many of the features that most mid-tier to top shelf phones enjoy. Such as NFC payment.

There are many phones that have great cameras, and much better OS's and will continue to be safe to use and updatable well into the foreseeable future.

So u think P30 will lose its' android functions because of the thing with America ? Well, first of all, I don't think Google would like to lose a client and it seems like it'll be America's and Google's loss if they don't work with Huawei because that would mean huawei would come stronger with their own system which is already happening and I think that's the reason USA kinda took a step back with their Huawei bs. Not that I ever used NFC properly but I think you're having a confusion. Android supports P30, it doesn't support Mate phones of Huawei, so yes my phone is play certified, not that I care really. I don't really feel Google or android is a must.
3rd December 2019, 02:18 PM |#11886  
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So u think P30 will lose its' android functions because of the thing with America ? Well, first of all, I don't think Google would like to lose a client and it seems like it'll be America's and Google's loss if they don't work with Huawei because that would mean huawei would come stronger with their own system which is already happening and I think that's the reason USA kinda took a step back with their Huawei bs. Not that I ever used NFC properly but I think you're having a confusion. Android supports P30, it doesn't support Mate phones of Huawei, so yes my phone is play certified, not that I care really. I don't really feel Google or android is a must.


You came here 2 days ago asking for pre-purchase advice. Did you not expect to receive the Pros and Cons?

You push back when presented with well publicised facts, and absolutely the US decisions over Huawei will impact them deeply, and it will financially affect Google as well. But It's not Google's decision. In the end, they must abide by the law, whether they like it or not. For the record, I agree that the whole situation is absolutely ridiculous and foolish. Frankly, I am extremely pissed about Trump's asinine policies.

However, even if there were no legal issues, I would still tell people to stay away from Huawei, simply because of the bootloader policy. This is XDA, and website is a development community and we deeply care about software remaining open source and publicly available. XDA is not some marketing outlet for locked down phones.

Now that you have your phone and you like it, then go enjoy it. I can respect that, because yes is a sweet phone. But with major potential issues, and if you spent the full retail price, then you should definitely consider all factors. right?

In the end, I simply gave you warning about potential issues, intended as before buying advice. That is the whole this point of this thread, You already bought the phone and that is final. So go enjoy it and whatever happens is not for us. to decide only time will tell if it was a good decision. I sincerely hope that it works out well for you and that you get at least 3 to 4 years of normal use, along with reliable updates.

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Aloha!

I'm here to ask the experts first before buying a new phone. My service is Boost and for the first time in my life, I am not trying to buy something cheap to save money, hence why I am asking before buying. I don't want to spend a grand or anything like that but I can afford something nice in the midrange category. The top thing I am looking for besides quality is a phone that I can reliably root. If I have to pay a little extra for a phone that I can root and do more with (and most importantly, delete all that bloatware!), it is worth the expense. I've used XDA once before a long time ago when I found someone who helped me root the phone I had. For simplicity, I hope this time to get something that is already known how to root. I'd be very happy to donate to anyone kind enough to help me with this process.

Thanks ahead of time.

The Xiaomi Mi9 is probably one of the best deals that you can find right now and it has flagship specs across the board :
At $349, you will probably not be able to find a better phone for the money. https://www.amazon.com/Xiaomi-64GB-6...5378368&sr=8-1

If you want to spend a little less you can get the Mi8 right now for about$250 and it has 2018's flagship specs.
https://www.amazon.com/Xiaomi-6-64GB...5378915&sr=8-1

The camera's on both of these devices are absolutely stellar, both phones will play any game out there and both get incredible good battery life. The only real drawback is a 2 week wait to be able to unlock the bootloader. Outside of that I highly recommend both phones. If you want to spend a little more, at the moment you can find some great deals on One Plus and Pixel. But you will spend around $500 and both phones are truly no better , or much better than the Xiaomi phones.
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3rd December 2019, 03:36 PM |#11887  
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[QUOTE=tsongming;81090555]You came here 2 days ago asking for pre-purchase advice. Did you not expect to receive the Pros and Cons?

You push back when presented with well publicised facts, and absolutely the US decisions over Huawei will impact them deeply, and it will financially affect Google as well. But It's not Google's decision. In the end, they must abide by the law, whether they like it or not. For the record, I agree that the whole situation is absolutely ridiculous and foolish. Frankly, I am extremely pissed about Trump's asinine policies.

However, even if there were no legal issues, I would still tell people to stay away from Huawei, simply because of the bootloader policy. This is XDA, and website is a development community and we deeply care about software remaining open source and publicly available. XDA is not some marketing outlet for locked down phones.

Now that you have your phone and you like it, then go enjoy it. I can respect that, because yes is a sweet phone. But with major potential issues, and if you spent the full retail price, then you should definitely consider all factors. right?

In the end, I simply gave you warning about potential issues, intended as before buying advice. That is the whole this point of this thread, You already bought the phone and that is final. So go enjoy it and whatever happens is not for us. to decide only time will tell if it was a good decision. I sincerely hope that it works out well for you and that you get at least 3 to 4 years of normal use, along with reliable updates.[COLOR="Silver"]

I appreciate your help but after I said I bought the P30 u almost sounded as if you're working for Xiaomi lol. kinda upset that I didN't buy the Mi8 you advised me to. I just said I don't care about bootloader whatever it is. Whatever... lol.
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I've held the p30 pro in the store recently and it felt like the most awesome phone I've ever touched. But I wouldn't want to take the risk in buying it right now. Maybe it will turn out fine, but there is a chance that it won't. The locked bootloader is a big deal too. My OnePlus 5 is coming up on its (probably) last update q2 of next year (Android pie) and I plan to hang on to it for another couple years since the hardware can handle it. I will have to unlock the bootloader to keep it updated at some point in the near future.
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I've held the p30 pro in the store recently and it felt like the most awesome phone I've ever touched. But I wouldn't want to take the risk in buying it right now. Maybe it will turn out fine, but there is a chance that it won't. The locked bootloader is a big deal too. My OnePlus 5 is coming up on its (probably) last update q2 of next year (Android pie) and I plan to hang on to it for another couple years since the hardware can handle it. I will have to unlock the bootloader to keep it updated at some point in the near future.

I agree, I had considered buying the P30 and needed to move to something else because my last phone was on its last legs.

I also strongly considered the Oneplus 6T and only ended up choosing my Xiaomi Mi8, because I managed to find one that was brand new and well below retail. Making it a deal too good to pass up. But I have no regrets it's been great. But I plan to get OnePlus next, because I haven't owned one yet, and I love Oxygen OS.

Oneplus seems to be an excellent device and everyone that I know who owns one absolutely loves it. In your case, if you decide to unlock the bootloader you have many fantastic rom options including Havoc, and the soon to be released Evolution 3.0.

Plus you have the new soon to be official Lineage 17.0 by Codeworkx, who is without a doubt one of the most highly respected developers on XDA. In fact OnePlus themselves provide him with free upgrades to a new device every time they release something new. So I don't blame you, I would use that phone until it dies an unrepairable hardware death.
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