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That time of year when new Mobile Phones come out.

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With the release of new models of Mobile Phones out soon, Do you need or want a new phone ?

I have a Samsung Note 3, Works fine but the microphone and speaker is shot.

Currently looking at a Samsung S8.

 

What do you think of the current generation of phones with the water proof rating ?

 

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I think the s8 would be the best with waterproofing if it's like the s7. The iPhone 7 is pretty good. The new HTC models and google pixel not so good.

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Seems I got the last of the old then.

 

What gets me about some modern phones - why the insistence on just being thin? Thin usually = flimsy which means you want a case for it anyway. And if the screen is over 4.5" then 7mm or 9mm wide makes SFA difference in the pocket.

And power buttons, why can't we just have it on top where it's less convenient by a little bit but way less prone to inadvertant activation than on the side or back?

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I would love to have a new SGS-VIII, but I don't actually need one and can't justify buying it. My old S-V is still working just fine. (Come to that, the S-III that I gifted to Mum when I bought the S-V is still going strong, too - and on its original battery!)

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Sony might be another option but no one cares about what they sell these days.

The new nokias might not hsve any waterproofing like mine.

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YES!

 

Blackberry KEYone

BlackBerry-KEYone-17-840x561.jpg

 

I don't game, and I message and multitask a lot.

So, even ignoring the other features like good specs, expandable memory, huge battery and impressive price point (considering the USUAL 'Australia tax')

The Physical Keyboard wins it!

 

I don't watch movies on my phone, and I don't game. So really this adds worlds for me, and loses.... nothing.

Android ecosystem, 3500mah battery, and 4.5" screen.....

Fucking pumped! I actually have a thread on it :P


The new nokias might not hsve any waterproofing like mine.

 

It's funny, people love to "rate" waterproofing, but I've not actually met anyone IRL who's drowned a phone (or at least, if I have, never more than once).

And when I got stuck in the 2011 floods and had to walk through them, a quick wash with Isopro and my phone was fine again.

Basically; waterproofing doesnt excite me, I don't intend to swim with it.

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I know a phone repairer, the number of times a customer has dropped a phone into puddle of water he's lost count.

And I'm in Darwin and at the moment it's wet season meaning everything is just soggy, and water is everywhere for phones to fall into.

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I don't think I'll be upgrading for a fair few years... My S7 Edge is just right for me.

I when I picked it up from Telsta, i quipped that it is "Australia resistant." unlike the previous generation S phones.

I once split coffee on it, and washed the Edge off under the tap

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A few weeks later, what do you recommend?

 

my Samsung Galaxy nexus is getting old (just looked, 5 years)

 

Need a new phone, solid and reliable,

big screen is a must

no need for all the bells and whistles

 

under $600

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I got the unlocked LG K10 16 Gig from Officeworks, currently $222. https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/lg-k10-16gb-unlocked-smartphone-imlgk10bk

 

Good points - recent Android edition, big screen. 4G on the main SIM.

- since unlocked, also relatively free of pointless bloatware.

 

Bad points - it's stupidly thin. I have NFI why they insist on making phones that are skinny. For me I'd prefer a fatter phone with more battery life and screen that occupies a high percentage of the possible area.

- the "16 Gig" part is a bit of a joke, more like 11 Gig and by default it makes no use of the SD card to store apps. But a bit of research, and an ADB command later, no root required, I extended the volume to occupy half the SD card so in effect have about 45 Gig of slightly slower app storage.

- the power button is on the back so even easier to inadvertantly power up when you're putting it away.

- battery life should be better though supposedly the next iteration has a larger battery.

- the dual SIM is next to useless as the second one is supposedly only 2G capable.

 

 

Aside from that, there's some cheap big screen phones from Huawei. But the problem I had with 2 phones from them is, the updates are thin on the ground and seem restricted to their rubbish "EmotionUI" launcher interface - and worse their phones seem a bit buggy. The one I recently upgraded from spontaneously rebooted about once every 2-3 months, usually during a phone call.

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A few weeks later, what do you recommend?

 

my Samsung Galaxy nexus is getting old (just looked, 5 years)

 

Need a new phone, solid and reliable,

big screen is a must

no need for all the bells and whistles

 

under $600

Late suggestion, but for cheap phones I like the Motorola range. I'm not up to speed on what is happening with the latest gen of E and G models, tho'.
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For real cheap, I like the carrier branded phones.

 

They're either ZTE or Alcatel at the moment, and both are VERY good brands i've used extensively.

 

It'll never be a phone you show off, but its certainly a phone that does what you ask of it.

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Cheap cheap phones can work, but will basically never get any upgrades, security or feature releases.

 

For the price you're paying tho', you just upgrade a lot sooner for that.

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Sony might be another option but no one cares about what they sell these days.

The new nokias might not hsve any waterproofing like mine.

The XZ Premium is very underrated. It's a top performing flagship and worth every consideration.

Well, I got my KeyOne.... Everything I dreamed....... <3

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/08/a-normal-persons-guide-to-the-essential-phone/

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Sony might be another option but no one cares about what they sell these days.

The new nokias might not hsve any waterproofing like mine.

The XZ Premium is very underrated. It's a top performing flagship and worth every consideration.

Well, I got my KeyOne.... Everything I dreamed....... <3

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/08/a-normal-persons-guide-to-the-essential-phone/

 

 

Still lacking Physical QWERTY, doesn't meet my one single 'essential' feature. :P

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If i have enough money, then I will try for Iphone 7, it's my dream

Why i love iphone instead of Samsung? because iphone touch is good. And it's strong for using app online. I think so.

However, my friend prefers samsung galaxy pro than iphone.

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If i have enough money, then I will try for Iphone 7, it's my dream

Why i love iphone instead of Samsung? because iphone touch is good. And it's strong for using app online. I think so.

However, my friend prefers samsung galaxy pro than iphone.

There is more than just Samsung you realise?

The Nokia 8 is very reasonable price!

 

https://www.dwidigitalcameras.com.au/mobile/mobile-phone/nokia.html

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If i have enough money, then I will try for Iphone 7, it's my dream

Why i love iphone instead of Samsung? because iphone touch is good. And it's strong for using app online. I think so.

However, my friend prefers samsung galaxy pro than iphone.

There is more than just Samsung you realise?

The Nokia 8 is very reasonable price!

 

https://www.dwidigitalcameras.com.au/mobile/mobile-phone/nokia.html

 

Hm, I m not interested in Nokia since they stop updating their products anymore.

And just because Lumina , a product of Nokia is not good at all.

For Nokia 8, I don't know, but i will give it a try.

Thanks for suggesting it.

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If i have enough money, then I will try for Iphone 7, it's my dream

Why i love iphone instead of Samsung? because iphone touch is good. And it's strong for using app online. I think so.

However, my friend prefers samsung galaxy pro than iphone.

There is more than just Samsung you realise?

The Nokia 8 is very reasonable price!

 

https://www.dwidigitalcameras.com.au/mobile/mobile-phone/nokia.html

 

Hm, I m not interested in Nokia since they stop updating their products anymore.

And just because Lumina , a product of Nokia is not good at all.

For Nokia 8, I don't know, but i will give it a try.

Thanks for suggesting it.

 

 

They never stopped updating their products.

Microsoft licensed the Nokia brand to release the Lumia range.

That lease is now over, so Nokia factory is once again, making Nokia phones.

 

They're running Android now, so is Blackberry, and you can't look past Oppo or Huawei anymore, they're damn good.

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They never stopped updating their products.

Microsoft licensed the Nokia brand to release the Lumia range.

That lease is now over, so Nokia factory is once again, making Nokia phones.

 

They're running Android now, so is Blackberry, and you can't look past Oppo or Huawei anymore, they're damn good.

Microsoft bought Nokia's phone division. They then gave up on making phones, and a startup of former Nokia exec's started a company called HMD and bought the nokia brand rights from Microsoft.

 

HMD now contract out the building of their phones. But they insist on a high quality construction. Unfortunately the Nokia 8 is great in every way except! ... it's only splash proof, not water proof. That's not only concern with it.

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If i have enough money, then I will try for Iphone 7, it's my dream

Why i love iphone instead of Samsung? because iphone touch is good. And it's strong for using app online. I think so.

However, my friend prefers samsung galaxy pro than iphone.

 

There is more than just Samsung you realise?

The Nokia 8 is very reasonable price!

 

https://www.dwidigitalcameras.com.au/mobile/mobile-phone/nokia.html

Hm, I m not interested in Nokia since they stop updating their products anymore.

And just because Lumina , a product of Nokia is not good at all.

For Nokia 8, I don't know, but i will give it a try.

Thanks for suggesting it.

I have two Microsoft Lumia phones. I get more updates than my android tablet gets. My android tablet gets one update every half year.

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They never stopped updating their products.

Microsoft licensed the Nokia brand to release the Lumia range.

That lease is now over, so Nokia factory is once again, making Nokia phones.

 

They're running Android now, so is Blackberry, and you can't look past Oppo or Huawei anymore, they're damn good.

Microsoft bought Nokia's phone division. They then gave up on making phones, and a startup of former Nokia exec's started a company called HMD and bought the nokia brand rights from Microsoft.

 

HMD now contract out the building of their phones. But they insist on a high quality construction. Unfortunately the Nokia 8 is great in every way except! ... it's only splash proof, not water proof. That's not only concern with it.

 

 

The second half is right, but the first part isn't, Microsoft sold to Foxconn, and Foxcon leased the brand name.

 

 

the Nokia 8 is great in every way except! ... it's only splash proof, not water proof. That's not only concern with it.

 

To be fair, my Nokia Ngage had a swim. My E63 went for a swim in the 2009 Brisbane floods, and had a minor electronic heart attack when I was almost struck by lightning; but it lived on.

I mean, water proof SOUNDS cool, but I've never had the urge to swim with my phone, touch screens don't work well (or at all?) in water.

It's IP54, a 'splash' is usually water contact with low pressure, so even a drop in the toilet if it was grabbed instantly, it should survive from.

 

From a manufacturing standpoint, from pulling a LOT of broken stuff apart, it'll have 'waterproof flaps' or seals on all the joints, but they wont be pressure rated.

Hell, a bunch of those SONY phones were rated as waterproof, and when I pulled one apart, the rear case is glued on, to seal it.

Catch is , in Australia summer heat, the glue melts!

So ratings aren't always what they appear.....

 

IP54 means if a mate sprays me with the hose, or it starts raining, I'm OK.

And I'm comfortable with that :)

 

My BB KeyOne has no rating for that, thanks to the keyboard :P

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