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2012-12-11 07:16:10 PM
The funniest comment on phones: an acquaintance recently got an iWhatEver, because ...

Google refuses to violate state laws concerning the sale of guns.
 
2012-12-11 07:26:08 PM

natazha: The funniest comment on phones: an acquaintance recently got an iWhatEver, because ...

Google refuses to violate state laws concerning the sale of guns.


Does he know his iWhatever is made by Communists?
 
2012-12-11 07:29:59 PM
meanwhile, the iphone was named Time's gadget of the year.

Link
 
2012-12-11 07:33:46 PM

gochuck: I have a red Lumia 920, love it. Having experience with both Android 4.1 and Windows Phone 8, I've got to say, I can't stand Android. The unified design language that MS provides for app designers just makes everything look so much better.


I have to ask about the finish on the red 920's. I haven't seen any besides my own in person, but when I was ordering on AT&T's website the white, yellow, and red are described as glossy and the cyan and black are described as matte. They didn't look glossy in any of the photos I've seen, but since I wanted cyan anyway I just went with that.

Is the red actually glossy, or is that a generous use of the term?
 
2012-12-11 07:40:13 PM

Dazrin:
The phone has some great features, the camera is the best I have ever seen in a phone and the OS is actually fairly nice, but it is also plagued by being a thick, heavy phone that is uncomfortable to hold despite having a smaller screen than the competition (non-iPhone at least). If they hadn't messed up the styling it would be a definite contender. It certainly belongs on the list, maybe not #2, but certainly top 5.


On the flip side, it feels like it's built like a rock. I'm gladly carrying around the extra weight in the hopes that the build quality will pay off and I'll get another 6 months to a year out of the phone. I'm the type of person that likes to keep my phones for a long time, and I wasn't terribly happy when my Samsung Focus gave out after two years and change.

The heft of the phone really only bothers me on extended phone calls, something that I rarely do anyway.
 
2012-12-11 07:42:46 PM

wholedamnshow: Carth: I think the most important phone of the year was the Nexus 4. It wasn't the best phone, it is underpowered compared to the SIII and the camera isn't that great, but at $350 and a huge sellout it convinced Tmobile there is a market for a unsubsidized carrier that offers cheaper plans. If Google can bring the price of phones down from $600 to $300 unsubsidized it will be a huge win for consumers and will result in lower monthly fees.

Nexus 4 is quad-core and 2gb of ram compared to the American SIII's dual core with 2gb of ram. Pixel density on the Nexus 4 is higher(318-306). You're right in that the GS3 is better in other areas, but Nexus 4 isn't "underpowered compared to the Slll."


Must be a problem with 4.2. It feels slower than a S3 for some reason.
 
2012-12-11 07:45:55 PM

Pauly Math: ChubbyTiger: Cormee: azazyel: Still love my Galaxy Nexus.

Me too, but it's getting more and more embarrassing as the year goes on. I'm looking forward to replacing it,

Just have mine to the wife and got a Nexus 4. Holy fast and smooth, batman!

Need to try out CM10.1 this weekend.

I've tried a bunch of ROMs and stock is still my favorite. It's weird.


I'm missing a few of my CM features, like quiet hours. Worth flashing it and seeing the differences. I am really liking 4.2 though. Swype is better at text prediction, still.
 
2012-12-11 07:50:20 PM

shiate: meanwhile, the iphone was named Time's gadget of the year.

Link


That same list has has the Surface RT listed, which is honestly a hot mess in terms of usability (although it has a great industrial design), so I'm not sure how much I trust Harry McCracken's opinion. The GS3 and Lumia 920 honestly deserve to be above the really boring iPhone 5.
 
2012-12-11 07:53:32 PM

azazyel: Still love my Galaxy Nexus.


Jelly Bean 4.2.1. Bad "upgrade" or worst "upgrade"?

Buggy as all get-out and the lockscreen is UGly UGly UGly.

/good thing unlike the iphone, it's trivially easy to revert to older firmware.
 
2012-12-11 08:37:13 PM

lecgbe: The Optimus G is the best. Much better than the SIII and why Google picked it for the Nexus. But the G has LTE and the flexibility of miniSD that the Nexus doesn't. Yes the Google phone does have Jellybean not Ice Cream Sand but for me it was the right replacement for my 3GS.


Yup. I don't know why they listed the OG and N4 so far apart. They are basically the same phone, except for OS. And per LG, Jelly Bean is supposed to drop this month, so big whoop.
 
2012-12-11 08:48:31 PM
On a separate note, a non-cell phone was just released that should hopefully revolutionize the office VOIP area. The Grandstream GXP2200 is running Android 2.3, with a full touch screen, Play Store, etc, in addition to some crazy Voip features (6 lines, HD audio, bluetooth).

It's in the $200-$250 range, and is easily the most powerful desktop phone I've ever seen.
 
2012-12-11 08:56:57 PM

ToxicMunkee: There's a phone that will allow me to talk to JESUS?!


Yep. It's the same type of phone that allowed Rick to talk to all those people in 'The Walking Dead'.
 
2012-12-11 09:29:03 PM
Why is the Galaxy S3 hyped so much? I've used one and it seems like just a solid phone. Android Beam is pretty much worthless, so I can't imagine S-Beam is that much better... Plus, in Japan and the US (the two markets that matter most), it doesn't even have that shiny quad-core that everyone talks about.
 
2012-12-11 09:30:10 PM

Bullseyed: secularsage: I think it's even more remarkable that the #2 phone is a Windows Phone (over the iPhone 5 at #3).

The Galaxy S III is really nice. I've got a Droid RAZR Maxx and it's quite nice (and they're not kidding about the battery life; it blows away other Android phones). My only real beef with Android phones, aside from the fragmentation and bloatware everyone complains about, is the nomenclature -- why can't these phone manufacturers pick a simple name for their phones instead of tacking on ridiculous adjectives and numbers?

The "Galaxy S III" is a very confusing name for a phone, and non-technical people will think the S II and the S III aren't that different. The Droid RAZR, RAZR M and RAZR MAXX all sound very similar and then there are HD variants of the RAZR and RAZR MAXX that add to the confusion.

Android gets even more confusing for casual users since all versions of ICS and Jellybean aren't created equal due to custom software from manufacturers. It just adds to the nomenclature nightmare.

Part of marketing a product well is finding a simple, one-word poem of a name and going with that. iPhone is a great name in that regard, and the number simply tells you which generation it is. The Android phone makers could learn a lot from that.

The Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 are as different as the iPhone4 and iPhone4S, yet you're not whining about that...

Admittedly Verizon's naming system sucks, but that has nothing to do with Android. Motorola and Verizon decided to use "Droid" as their marketing campaign, which is entirely separate from the Android operating system. Verizon/Motorola only ever made one popular phone series which was the RAZR flip phone, so they stick that name on every device they can.


StarTac kicked ass in its day.
 
2012-12-11 11:21:57 PM
I love all those 'tap to transfer video' Samsung commercials where the fine print basically says "It really doesn't work like this"
 
2012-12-12 12:56:22 AM

woodstock827: drjekel_mrhyde:
The Nexus 4 was the everything Android user complained about the iPhone 4
No LTE
No expandable memory
Glass back
Should be on all carriers
I throw this in for fun. They were the first to say Nokia's Lumia's 920 wireless charging was a gimmick, then bam the Nexus 4 has the shiat also

If the Nexus 4 costed the same as an iPhone, you may have a point. But at $300 without contract, there isn't a whole lot to complain about.
I thought Nexus4 can be used on all carriers... it can in Canada at least afaik, and apparently you can unlock LTE function in Canada as well. I am still waiting for my order to come through though.


Just GSM networks
 
2012-12-12 01:39:58 AM
I still love my GSII so much that I might even wait for the GSV and skip the IV altogether. (Already skipped the III without a worry)
Unless the IV is all bendable and levitates or something.
 
2012-12-12 01:41:08 AM

lecgbe: The Optimus G is the best. Much better than the SIII and why Google picked it for the Nexus. But the G has LTE and the flexibility of miniSD that the Nexus doesn't. Yes the Google phone does have Jellybean not Ice Cream Sand but for me it was the right replacement for my 3GS.



Wow. An entire post that would've made absolutely zero sense, just a few years ago.
 
2012-12-12 01:44:30 AM

fo_sho!: So anyone use the note as their primary Ereader?


Everyone I know who has one.
I use my SII for ebooks (and love it), but I think the Note size would be just about perfect for books.
 
2012-12-12 02:03:29 AM

Dinjiin: imfallen_angel: meh... until someone builds something as fun and easy to use, as nice looking and has similar capacities such as a pop-out keyboard that barely adds thickness to the phone, that's compact and fit in my pockets as well as mine does, I'll stick to my Pre2.

I've tried a few Android phones and the iPhone, and between the interface being a pain to use and have a cheap feel to it, and being just too big and rectangular for my use... if I need a large screen, I'll grab my tablet..


There does seem to be a real lack selection regarding QWERTY smartphones. RIM and Motorola seem to be the only two companies with a large selection of them. Everyone else is chasing the super-thin form factor and sticks with virtual keyboards. It sucks.


I still demand a keyboard, typing on a screen sucks.
 
2012-12-12 02:05:40 AM
*and I have zero interest in voice commands. I'm not Captian Picard nor do I have any wish to be.
 
2012-12-12 05:12:38 AM
My ancient Nokia phone cost 120 bucks 5 years ago (unlocked), can place calls AND send text messages anywhere in the world, is extremely light, and holds a charge for 10 days. What more can one need? ;-)
 
2012-12-12 08:38:13 AM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: S3=
[media.ed.edmunds-media.com image 500x333]

iPhone 5=
[o.aolcdn.com image 314x236]


the S3 is for people who have to be at the gym in 26 minutes, and love overpriced shiatty repair experiences?
 
2012-12-12 09:29:38 AM
I've been an iPhone user for years...and loved it (still do, for the most part), but recently switched and bought a Note 2 and I LOVE it. Luckily, I have huge hands so its size is fine with me...and as an artist, it + Sketchbook Mobile = a Godsend!
 
2012-12-12 10:53:00 AM

ha-ha-guy: Dazrin: Unfortunately only the "mid range" phones are this size anymore and you lose a lot dropping down to a mid-range phone.

That has been my main reason for hanging onto my Incredible. I like this form factor and I have a wifi tablet I can tether to it when I want something bigger. Plus with the Incredible rooted you can get Jellybean on it.

I'd definitely like to see more high build quality classic screen size devices. A S3 Mini would likely lure me into finally upgrading.

/although being on 3G and unlimited is pretty awesome
//as y'all jump ship for LTE, my speed has been going up


You mean like this one with a 4" screen instead of a 4.8" screen? Link, Link

If they had just reduced the screen and overall size it would be great, but they also reduced the camera (5 MP instead of 8 MP), lowered the RAM down to 1 GB, changed the onboard and microSD memory - can only take a 32 GB microSD and starts with 8 GB of memory instead of 16, and removed LTE entirely. Some places also indicate that they dropped it from a quad core to a dual core, but that all depends on which variation you have of the S3.

With all those changes they have dropped it down to a mid-range phone too, otherwise I would probably get it.
 
2012-12-12 12:29:06 PM

fang06554: On a separate note, a non-cell phone was just released that should hopefully revolutionize the office VOIP area. The Grandstream GXP2200 is running Android 2.3, with a full touch screen, Play Store, etc, in addition to some crazy Voip features (6 lines, HD audio, bluetooth).

It's in the $200-$250 range, and is easily the most powerful desktop phone I've ever seen


Just what the office needs, people playing Angry Birds on their desk phone...
 
2012-12-12 12:43:08 PM

timujin: Just what the office needs, people playing Angry Birds on their desk phone...


Realistically, if you have a person that'd play Angry Birds on their desk phone, they would be just as likely playing it under the desk on their cell phone. At least now they'd get caught!

Having the contacts and calendar (in addition to email) synced up on the phone is pretty useful. I can set up widgets on the screen, so I can see incoming mail, and calendar appointments. I can also dial right from my address book.

/still pretty excited about the phone, even after having it for a week
 
2012-12-12 12:53:12 PM

fang06554: timujin: Just what the office needs, people playing Angry Birds on their desk phone...

Realistically, if you have a person that'd play Angry Birds on their desk phone, they would be just as likely playing it under the desk on their cell phone. At least now they'd get caught!

Having the contacts and calendar (in addition to email) synced up on the phone is pretty useful. I can set up widgets on the screen, so I can see incoming mail, and calendar appointments. I can also dial right from my address book.

/still pretty excited about the phone, even after having it for a week


cool stuff... the more of that type of functionality you have, the more you can find ways to improve or ease your productivity
 
2012-12-13 01:32:56 PM

fang06554: timujin: Just what the office needs, people playing Angry Birds on their desk phone...

Realistically, if you have a person that'd play Angry Birds on their desk phone, they would be just as likely playing it under the desk on their cell phone. At least now they'd get caught!

Having the contacts and calendar (in addition to email) synced up on the phone is pretty useful. I can set up widgets on the screen, so I can see incoming mail, and calendar appointments. I can also dial right from my address book.

/still pretty excited about the phone, even after having it for a week


I don't really follow here..

This is new to you, or that the phone you just got does this, which your previous didn't....?

Smart phones have been doing that for years....
 
2012-12-13 02:53:38 PM

imfallen_angel: fang06554: timujin: Just what the office needs, people playing Angry Birds on their desk phone...

Realistically, if you have a person that'd play Angry Birds on their desk phone, they would be just as likely playing it under the desk on their cell phone. At least now they'd get caught!

Having the contacts and calendar (in addition to email) synced up on the phone is pretty useful. I can set up widgets on the screen, so I can see incoming mail, and calendar appointments. I can also dial right from my address book.

/still pretty excited about the phone, even after having it for a week

I don't really follow here..

This is new to you, or that the phone you just got does this, which your previous didn't....?

Smart phones have been doing that for years....


Not referring to smartphones, referring to office/desk phones. Traditionally, on a desk phone you pay a massive premium to be able to do 1/10th of what you can do on a smartphone. As an example, to get a fully functional wireless headset for a desk phone will usually run in the $300 range. For a cell phone you can get a $30 headset that works fine.
 
2012-12-13 03:30:14 PM

fang06554: Not referring to smartphones, referring to office/desk phones. Traditionally, on a desk phone you pay a massive premium to be able to do 1/10th of what you can do on a smartphone. As an example, to get a fully functional wireless headset for a desk phone will usually run in the $300 range. For a cell phone you can get a $30 headset that works fine.


Ah.. ok...

And yup... it's amazing how what you'd think should be "easy" (desk phone) is no where close to the functions of a cell phone.

If not for the kids and very long phone calls, I'd probably drop my home line. Bought a earpiece (wired) for my cordless phone, as thanks to Bluetooth, I hate having to hold a phone to my head. (but still stuck carrying this thing that's 5x bigger than my cell)

I've seen more phones (desk type) that now come with similar wireless earpieces, but in today's world, it's a joke when the tech has already been around for years.

But with things like "magic jack" switching over to the internet, home lines will probably disappear in the near future.
 
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