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2020-01-10 1:41:44 PM  
12 votes:
I mean, that's pretty much every Android phone.

* Drag-n-drop music, photos, and other data without needing iTunes or some walled garden? Check.
* SD card slot to expand storage space for media?  Check.
* The ability to get into your phone if you forget your password (i.e. "The phone doesn't lock itself permanently and turn into a brick because you need to reset it")?  Check.
* The ability to change the launcher (main screen/GUI) in every single way? Check.
* The ability to load apps from other sources without having to jailbreak? Check.
* The ability to enter Developer Mode and speed things up by turning off all the animations? Check.
* The ability to flash an entirely new custom firmware and get the features you want? Check.

I've had both. My partner still has an iPhone. Every time I think of going back, I realize I've gotten way to used to being able to do what I want with my phone, and know that being tied to iTunes-- as I am with my iPad-- is not something I want in a mobile phone.
 
2020-01-10 1:42:30 PM  
6 votes:
I don't know.. I tend to avoid buying a phone from a Chinese state-owned company.
 
2020-01-10 2:15:16 PM  
5 votes:

WilderKWight: I mean, that's pretty much every Android phone.

* Drag-n-drop music, photos, and other data without needing iTunes or some walled garden? Check.
* SD card slot to expand storage space for media?  Check.
* The ability to get into your phone if you forget your password (i.e. "The phone doesn't lock itself permanently and turn into a brick because you need to reset it")?  Check.
* The ability to change the launcher (main screen/GUI) in every single way? Check.
* The ability to load apps from other sources without having to jailbreak? Check.
* The ability to enter Developer Mode and speed things up by turning off all the animations? Check.
* The ability to flash an entirely new custom firmware and get the features you want? Check.


*Having to use iTunes is kind of a pain, I guess. It never really bothered me enough to want to switch back to Android.
*SD card slot is also nice, but I really don't need it. Currently I'm only using  65GB of my 256GB storage on my phone.
*The phone locking permanently is a security feature, and if you forget your password, it's disabled, and not bricked. You can reset the phone, and restore it from the most recent backup. You do back up your devices, right?
*The ability to change the launcher is a nice feature. I found most launchers from the Android phone manufacturers to be a bit sucky, and loaded with bloatware.
*Loading Apps from other sources? Nope, not doing that.
*Developer mode. I guess if your phone is slowing up from animations.
*If you have to flash your firmware to get useful features, then something was wrong with the phone you purchased.

See. My list is also somewhat pointless, since different people want different things from their phones.
Most people just want a phone that's good to go out of the box, and are not concerned about the ability to 'customize' their phone, and possibly brick in the the process.
 
2020-01-10 2:14:18 PM  
5 votes:

WilderKWight: * SD card slot to expand storage space for media? Check.


This will always be the biggie for me since I want to hear all my music I've ripped into FLAC.

Fark this streaming BS; I want to hear my music, at the highest resolutions possible, on my terms and not when their's a strong enough signal to do so.
 
2020-01-10 2:44:43 PM  
3 votes:
Real headphone jack, no dongles? Put it on the list.
/fark Apple
 
2020-01-10 1:48:47 PM  
3 votes:
Wasn't TCL selling good TVs at very reasonable prices... because they were selling user data to marketing firms?
 
2020-01-10 1:32:14 PM  
3 votes:
So, what kind of processor is it running, and how long does the battery keep it running? The iPhone 11 Pro is the fasted mobile phone out there, and the battery life is incredible. Also, Face ID is much quicker than a fingerprint scanner in most cases.
 
2020-01-10 12:32:18 PM  
3 votes:
Regular security updates?

I switched to an iPhone after using nothing but Android since the HTC Hero. Security updates were the reason.

/Yes I know get a Nexus / Pixel but I like a working Bluetooth stack.
 
2020-01-10 11:57:17 AM  
3 votes:
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Ok, now I'm ready to watch Apple fanboys defend a $1000 phone.
 
2020-01-10 7:09:01 PM  
2 votes:

SBinRR: khitsicker: BadReligion: So, what kind of processor is it running, and how long does the battery keep it running? The iPhone 11 Pro is the fasted mobile phone out there, and the battery life is incredible. Also, Face ID is much quicker than a fingerprint scanner in most cases.

face id is for noobs. ballsack id is where its at now.

I'm old and have worn boxers my entire adult life.  I'm going to need a selfie stick, aren't I?


yes but the official apple ballsack id extender stick is 199 and only compatible to the newest 2 phones.
 
2020-01-10 2:57:40 PM  
2 votes:
Wait, why is this getting hyped up?

It just looks like your regular mid-high end Chinese brand phone.

All new features + at a low price with poor support. There will be a dozen brands with phones like these offering features the incumbent companies don't have at half the price, that's just Android.

It's a pretty poor hype job as well, no specs to allow you to compare it to other devices of its class.

Mi Mix 3s are cheap now, bought one for my partner, they're VERY cool phones.
 
2020-01-10 2:52:17 PM  
2 votes:

Rwa2play: WilderKWight: * SD card slot to expand storage space for media? Check.

This will always be the biggie for me since I want to hear all my music I've ripped into FLAC.


That's why I bought the biggest card my old phone could handle. 256GB of space for glorious FLAC goodness. No card, no sale.
/card is half full now
 
2020-01-10 1:53:35 PM  
2 votes:

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Wasn't TCL selling good TVs at very reasonable prices... because they were selling user data to marketing firms?


Is that any different than Google?  Just look at Ad Choices in a Chrome Browser,it is in some ways more invasive.
 
2020-01-10 1:53:25 PM  
2 votes:
TCL is notorious for selling user data. That's very different when it's a TV than when it's a phone.
 
2020-01-10 6:25:03 PM  
1 vote:

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Wasn't TCL selling good TVs at very reasonable prices... because they were selling user data to marketing firms?


As opposed to the companies who sell your data and don't at least give you a cut?
 
2020-01-10 4:15:15 PM  
1 vote:

rewind2846: Real headphone jack, no dongles? Put it on the list.
/fark Apple


Word.

This and being able to use an SDCard to listen to all my music at the best quality: Win.
 
2020-01-10 1:55:34 PM  
1 vote:

WilderKWight: * The ability to get into your phone if you forget your password (i.e. "The phone doesn't lock itself permanently and turn into a brick because you need to reset it")?  Check.


Um, that is a feature, not a bug. And you can set it to give you unlimited tries at your password. Being able to easily get around a password kind of negates the purpose of a password.
 
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