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Smartphone Discussion
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Smartphone Discussion
So I've owned many phones over the years and my most favourite is my most recent, the Sony Xperia X Compact

I have small hands for a guy and I enjoy the small size. Apple devices constantly frustrate me with the locked down nature, inability to change the OS to a hardened version or anything like that.

Previously I've owned Huawei (garbage), Asus (Good), LG (Not great), and Xiaomi (don't bother)

The only thing I have had to get used to on my Sony is the smaller keys.
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12-22-2017, 11:33 PM
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My current phone is an LG G4. Overall I've been pretty happy with it, although the music player could be better. Solid build quality, good performance, and still runs very well despite being a good 2 1/2 years old now. Only issue I've had is that it developed the infamous LG G4 Bootloop fault. However I have mobile insurance (it's part of my bank account extras) and for some strange reason, they charge a £100 excess for an iPhone repair, but only a £30 for *any other phone*. So it was a cheap fix overall.

My previous phones have been a Samsung Galaxy S3 (really liked it, but it was struggling towards the end and felt very sluggish - even with a custom ROM), and an iPhone 3G (liked it quite a lot, but again it was old by the end - and some dust managed to get under the screen, which was annoying).

If I were to get another phone in the future, my two main requirements would be an SD card slot, and a headphone jack - I am NOT getting a phone that needs wireless headphones - it's just a pointless extra thing to go wrong, and means yet more batteries and chargers when I travel.
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12-23-2017, 05:52 PM
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Xperia line has both of those features plus USB C
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12-23-2017, 07:44 PM
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Just picked up a Samsung galaxy s5 to replace my old Nokia Lumia 550 (a shame as I really liked the windows OS it ran)
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12-24-2017, 01:54 PM
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I've been using a Galaxy S6 for a couple of years. Does everything I need and I've never even bothered to upgrade the OS beyond 5.1.1. I'll keep using it as long as possible. If only it had a user-replaceable battery and a memory card slot it could be the last phone I ever own, but sadly I'll probably be forced to replace it in another year or two.
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01-19-2018, 10:12 PM
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I looked at the S6 when my S3 was at the end of its life, it was the lack of the SD card slot that prevented me from getting one. Glad Samsung saw sense and re-introduced it for the S7 at least.
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01-20-2018, 01:25 PM
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Samsung's mess with their batteries really put a bad taste in my mouth.
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01-20-2018, 08:17 PM
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I really hate to say it, but the iPhone is the Smartphone of choice for me.

I must stress that I'm not an Apple fanboy by any means and if they drop the ball even slightly, I will look at getting a product from another manufacturer. (But for now there isn't any other handset that I wish to own)

Even though it might be limiting to some of the more adventurous people out there, the thing that does it for me is iOS. (I just hate android)

I just use my phone to make the odd phone call, communicate via WhatsApp, read and send emails, play plants vs zombies, surf the web and take photos, so any additional features that you get with android are completely useless to me.

I went form using an iPhone 4s to a Samsung note3 (thought I would give it a chance) and absolutely hated it, I've never wanted to punch or throw any electronic device so much before, in my opinion, Android doesn't come close to iOS in terms of it's look or user interface ergonomics.

In the next few months I will get the iPhone X, lets see how it goes, as I don't know how the absence of a home button will affect the ergonomics of the handset. Let's see.
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01-23-2018, 05:26 PM
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Right now I'm using an iPhone 7. It's kind of ironic as I have a strong distaste for Apple as a company for multiple reasons, but my main problems with them are regarding their laptop/computer department. iOS is a solid mobile OS. I don't enjoy how it's locked down, but I'm used to it. I don't do too much on my phone besides text or use Snapchat (such is the life of a teenager...). The only reason I stick with iPhone over Android is honestly because normal text messaging is pretty terrible. Almost everyone I know has an iPhone so it's much better to be able to use iMessage with them. Also, I like using iMessage as my messages don't go directly through Verizon so who I text doesn't show up on the Verizon website in our account. As an OS, I think Android is much more interesting and more fun to use, but for now, I'm sticking to the iPhone. It fits well with my use case.
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05-22-2018, 02:43 PM
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Raion-Fox post_id=108 time=1513985590 user_id=49 Wrote:So I've owned many phones over the years and my most favourite is my most recent, the Sony Xperia X Compact

I have small hands for a guy and I enjoy the small size. Apple devices constantly frustrate me with the locked down nature, inability to change the OS to a hardened version or anything like that.

I've also got an X Compact. Wonderful phone. I had an Xperia Z3 Compact before this, and I wanted a phone that was of similar size. Have you flashed the UK radios to re-enable the fingerprint sensor? I keep considering it, but there are horror stories on XDA of it not working correctly.
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