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9th December 2016, 05:18 AM |#10021  
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Question smartphone with possible long-term official support , budget upto $230
Hi,
I don't have a job right now and don't know when gonna get.
So, I'm under-budget right now, have around $230 in pocket right now. I've done watching many reviews and comparison.

So far I've considered four phones as per my requirement. LeEco Le 2 , Moto G4 plus, Redmi Note 3 and Mi Max.
As much I concerned about the camera+performance, concerned about Branding too!
my last smart device was Galaxy Y duos three years. Since then, I was sick about the smartphone(as they evolve so fast, forgetting the past ones). Thus I'm noob about the daily performance experience on this new gen phones.
I need to choose a good phone with day to day performance with long-term support form the company (as most of them stop getting updates after a year or so)
I don't want sit around with same UI/ Android version while others enjoying new versions. I felt that after a year of buying Galaxy Y. It felt so irritating that I hated that phone so much.
Company support important to me because I'm not rich fella and can't afford new phone before 3-4 years, so I've to live with that.

As per the reviews/current updates,
  • Le 2 currently on EUI 5.8 and even users don't know if next update gonna release or not ( keeping myself far as possible, but design and performance pulling me in)
  • G4 plus currently on Android M and officials not declaring any notice on next N update (truly impressed by the camera+mediocre performance , but almost at end of life)
  • RN3=True performance, but RN4 already on the way. Can it(RN3) still keep up with next-gen?
  • Mi Max also on miUI 8, but too much big as primary device. Also everything same as RN3 except the display size. I should keep it out list.
There's few other devices which compete with these, but I didn't consider them because of some noticeable cons. So that's all from me.

Please help me choose between these devices.
Also, If anyone has any suggestion or review on another device (upto $230) please give a response. Future support really matters to me so keep that in mind.

Thank you.
 
 
9th December 2016, 09:52 PM |#10022  
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Getting ready to pay off my GS7 Edge on SPRINT and want to know what i should look for in a replacement. I dont really take may pictures and RAM, Storage, Battery life are my biggest concerns. Also has to be something with a better than 60% chance of getting the bootloader unlocked and really being rooted and tweakable much like my old LG G2 and GS3
10th December 2016, 06:29 PM |#10023  
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Hi guys. I just changed from iOS to Android, after research I chose Xiaomi mi5, but I had a lot of problems with it, so I decided to sell (very weak GPS, weak wifi, very weak Bluetooth). Now I'm wondering what to buy. I read that OnePlus 3 is good, but also has issues like latency. Then there is honor 8. To tell the truth, I was trying moto g4 plus, and found it quite smooth and nice too, most importantly stable. Which one would you suggest for me, is there any other possibility bellow 400usd? Was I just unlucky with mi5? the most important is stability.

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well the OnePlus 3 latency issue isn't really noticable unless you're really hardcore gaming and needing the few extra miliseconds. OnePlus said they will fix this software issue after they delivered Android 7 Nougat to their devices (which will be by end of 2016) so it will get fixed via update probably in January/Feb 2017.
I'd go with the OnePlus 3T, it's 440 USD tho but it's by far worth the price. Watch some reviews of it on youtube, it gets compared to the top flagships and beats them or just as good as them.
10th December 2016, 09:19 PM |#10024  
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I'm in the market for a new phone. I have a Galaxy S4(M919/I9505) so specs should be a slight step up(although I can live with the same size screen) at least. I want something with a removable battery, SD card,unlocked/unlock able bootloader and active development of CM14. I am looking at probably getting an LG G4 but the buttons on the back is a bit of a turn off but I guess I could learn to live with that. Can anyone recommend another device besides the LG G4?

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12th December 2016, 01:32 AM |#10025  
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Originally Posted by Xplorer4x4

I'm in the market for a new phone. I have a Galaxy S4(M919/I9505) so specs should be a slight step up(although I can live with the same size screen) at least. I want something with a removable battery, SD card,unlocked/unlock able bootloader and active development of CM14. I am looking at probably getting an LG G4 but the buttons on the back is a bit of a turn off but I guess I could learn to live with that. Can anyone recommend another device besides the LG G4?

I have an LG G4 and I love it, although many people had problems with the bootloop problem. Fast phone with a great camera, beautiful screen. Get the unlocked version of it if you want to root and unlock the boatloader. I said the same things about the buttons, but you get used to them and they feel really good to use. Plus double tap to wake is great so you don't need to use the power button all the time.

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Looking at getting a new phone, either a Galaxy S7, LG G5 and an IPhone 6S. Anyone have any other suggestions?
12th December 2016, 03:03 AM |#10026  
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Hello, I am looking for a smartphone that meets a following criteria:
  • Fully Open Source firmware (I don't want closed source firmware blobs)
  • Fully Open Source system (pure AOSP, CyanogenOS, Copperhead OS and such are also fine)
  • Linux kernel
  • Active/Passive GSM intrusion protection (A5 tracer, UnPing, TMSI monitoring, Channel Lock, IMSI-catcher detector, and others)
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • A decent CPU that doesn't heat up as hell on multitasking (Kirin is a good example of these)
  • Long battery life
  • Possibility of getting a root privilege in a stock ROM without headaches, but this functionality should be well designed.


I believe this is a very hard configuration to meet on the market, but maybe someone is aware of such devices or someone who can build one (I can cover extra necessary hardware building expenditures) ?

I will consider any budget.
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12th December 2016, 08:23 AM |#10027  
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Originally Posted by polartux

Hello, I am looking for a smartphone that meets a following criteria:

  • Fully Open Source firmware (I don't want closed source firmware blobs)
  • Fully Open Source system (pure AOSP, CyanogenOS, Copperhead OS and such are also fine)
  • Linux kernel
  • Active/Passive GSM intrusion protection (A5 tracer, UnPing, TMSI monitoring, Channel Lock, IMSI-catcher detector, and others)
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • A decent CPU that doesn't heat up as hell on multitasking (Kirin is a good example of these)
  • Long battery life
  • Possibility of getting a root privilege in a stock ROM without headaches, but this functionality should be well designed.


I believe this is a very hard configuration to meet on the market, but maybe someone is aware of such devices or someone who can build one (I can cover extra necessary hardware building expenditures) ?

I will consider any budget.

I am looking for something like that from ages, but seems that we are too little to have our voices heard. The market goes in the opposite direction

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12th December 2016, 12:26 PM |#10028  
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Dual SIM, rugged, and rootable.
Hello all,

I'm looking for a smartphone that is rugged (IP67 / 68, preferably) and unlocked with dual sim support (I use AT&T & T-Mobile). Preferably moderately easy to root or at least recover from root attempts as well.

Open to any budget, so long as relatively long life is expected.

Right now I've got a Runbo X5. Initially I was pleased with it, but shoddy manufacturing caused it to cease being watertight after about a year and a half, and the OS has always been a little flaky. Support was nonexistent, and as far as I know nobody ever rooted one. To make matters worse, AT&T's network upgrades are kicking it off their network this month, despite it being a 3G device. For some reason it's incompatible with their 3G network.

I was eyeing the Cat S60, but in their infinite wisdom Cat has ensured that the dual sim model isn't supported by AT&T and the domestic model has only one SIM slot. No good. Rooting ability is also exceptionally questionable as of right now.

Suggestions?
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12th December 2016, 06:32 PM |#10029  
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Hey folks!
Any recommendations for top-specs Android phone with SD card and active development? I love tinkering with devices, and an SD card that can be popped out, loaded with life saving files, and put back is a must for anyone crazy enough to flash a ROM while in a bus/train. Price and availability are no issue. Thanks!
My previous phone is Galaxy S4 (I9505) and it just got CM14, but the hardware is starting to fall apart so I must replace it soon.
13th December 2016, 03:24 PM |#10030  
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Originally Posted by Xplorer4x4

I'm in the market for a new phone. I have a Galaxy S4(M919/I9505) so specs should be a slight step up(although I can live with the same size screen) at least. I want something with a removable battery, SD card,unlocked/unlock able bootloader and active development of CM14. I am looking at probably getting an LG G4 but the buttons on the back is a bit of a turn off but I guess I could learn to live with that. Can anyone recommend another device besides the LG G4?

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Faced with a similar decision recently, I opted to skip the LG G4. The randomness of the boot-loop issue was just too much of a risk for me.
I was coming from an LG G2, which also has the buttons on the back; once you're used to them, they're quite handy (esp. for changing volume during a call).

In the end I bought a Moto X Play. I had also considered the Moto G4 Plus. These aren't quite "flagship" phones like your Galaxy S4 once was, and I'm not sure about the level of active ROM development for the Moto phones (they are pretty popular though) but they do have a replaceable battery and SD card. Hope this helps.

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My Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro (8.4-inch) is on its last legs (battery issues). I need to buy an inexpensive replacement tablet and want to move to the 10-inch size range.

I could either get a new-ish Galaxy Tab A, or a now-older used Galaxy Tab S for around the same price. I could also save some money by going for the Galaxy Tab Note 2014 edition. The older tablets seem to have much higher screen resolution and better displays than the Tab A, but may lack manufacturer support.

The primary use of the tablet would be watching movies, kids' apps, viewing photos, some light productivity stuff. No gaming.

Any suggestions? Older Tab S or newer but possibly lower-end Tab A? Any other brands I should consider?
13th December 2016, 03:40 PM |#10031  
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Hi there,

i`m a Student in the last year and searching for a cheap Tablet within 200€(the cheaper the better) which i`m going to use at university(Handwriting, dropbox, pdf and power point reader) as couch office and also as a ebook reader, later on maybe for work. Maybe compatible with HDMI Adapter to connect with a beamer.
The Tablet should be 8"(prefered) to 10". A large Battery capacity would be nice, the larger the better, but istn the main crit.
As you see Google Play is no must have. I also dont need mobile data, wifi is enough.

sorry for bad english and thanks for help

sarivera
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