Saving up for a new mobile phone

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    Dec 25, 2013 7:28 PM GMT
    Which is better?

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    Dec 25, 2013 7:30 PM GMT
    iPhones break
  • mizu5

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    Dec 25, 2013 7:31 PM GMT
    somersault saidiPhones break


    You know, that's the reason I never got one. I've had mine since March, didn't have a cover on it until august, and the cover I got is a flimsy 6 dollar one from a book store. Sure, it's dented a bit from a few drops, but nothing more than that. Dropped it plenty of times and not a crack on it.
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    Dec 25, 2013 7:36 PM GMT
    Android battery life SUCKS! There are one or two things I miss about my Android but not having to charge my iPhone 4 times a day makes up for it.
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    Dec 25, 2013 7:39 PM GMT
    Do you really want to give your money to the evil Apple, Inc.?
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    Dec 25, 2013 7:39 PM GMT
    somersault saidiPhones break

    Yah know, childish, petulant comments serve no purpose but your own selfish amusement. A guy asks a serious question, and merits a serious answer.

    iPhones do NOT break. Their service record is actually very good, one of Apple's strong points, along with their customer support.

    Which phone the OP should choose is based on many factors. Plus he lives in South Africa, a different service area.

    If large screen size is important he should go Android. I personally like the iPhone size; it remains easily pocketable, slim, light, and I have an iPad for tasks that are best done with a much larger screen. The iPhone also integrates seamlessly with all my other Apple devices.

    So "better" is a subjective term. He needs to define his needs, and then see what phones best meet them.
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    Dec 25, 2013 7:40 PM GMT
    unfounded7 saidAndroid battery life SUCKS! There are one or two things I miss about my Android but not having to charge my iPhone 4 times a day makes up for it.

    Isn't that the fucking truth? I love my Android in every other way, but the battery is FUCKING PITIFUL.
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    Dec 25, 2013 7:43 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    somersault saidiPhones break

    Yah know, childish, petulant comments serve no purpose but your own selfish amusement. A guy asks a serious question, and merits a serious answer.

    iPhones do NOT break. Their service record is actually very good, one of Apple's strong points, along with their customer support.

    Which phone the OP should choose is based on many factors. Plus he lives in South Africa, a different service area.

    If large screen size is important he should go Android. I personally like the iPhone size; it remains easily pocketable, slim, light, and I have an iPad for tasks that are best done with a much larger screen. The iPhone also integrates seamlessly with all my other Apple devices.

    So "better" is a subjective term. He needs to define his needs, and then see what phones best meet them.


    I've seen more broken iPhone screens and backs than all the other phones combined, but thanks you old Philistine know-it-all
  • mizu5

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    Dec 25, 2013 7:43 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    unfounded7 saidAndroid battery life SUCKS! There are one or two things I miss about my Android but not having to charge my iPhone 4 times a day makes up for it.

    Isn't that the fucking truth? I love my Android in every other way, but the battery is FUCKING PITIFUL.
    I'll jsut add on the my iphone 5 dies quick too. If I use it in class, or at work one like 25% brightness, it's done in like 5-6 hours.
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    Dec 25, 2013 8:17 PM GMT
    somersault said
    I've seen more broken iPhone screens and backs than all the other phones combined, but thanks you old Philistine know-it-all

    YOU'VE seen? And what is your vast exposure to cell phones that you can make an unequivocal claim about which phones have the most broken screens? Seems like you're the one being the know-it-all.

    My own comments about iPhone durability were based on published reports, not my own personal observations, which would be limited like yours. Plus Apple was an early user of Corning's "Gorilla Glass" which is tougher than other screen materials still being used in many other phones.

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    Dec 25, 2013 8:20 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    somersault said
    I've seen more broken iPhone screens and backs than all the other phones combined, but thanks you old Philistine know-it-all

    YOU'VE seen? And what is your vast exposure to cell phones that you can make an unequivocal claim about which phones have the most broken screens? Seems like you're the one being the know-it-all.

    My own comments about iPhone durability were based on published reports, not my own observations, which would be limited like yours. Plus Apple was an early user of Corning's "Gorilla Glass" which is tougher than other screen materials still being used in many other phones.

    I will say that having a little more than half my friends have iphones, and maybe 40 percent have androids the other 10 have... whatever, that most of my friends with iphones have had cracked screens at one time or the other, while i've never seen that with any android user. my god that was a terrible sentence. Anyway, just something I've noticed, but I still chose the Iphone 5 and haven't broken it, yet dropped it many times.
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    Dec 25, 2013 9:16 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidiPhones do NOT break.
    I really ought to invest in this indestructible phone.
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    Dec 26, 2013 12:47 AM GMT
    I've been lusting over the Note 3 for a while but that monitor does not really float my boat just yet.
    I prefer a retina screen, but then, that's the photographer in me talking. I have a large hand and the size of a note does not phase me. I wish Apple would make a larger screen, at least the size of a S4 or a note with a RETINA like screen!
    I've had all the iPhones so far, but have been tempted in the last few years to jump ship for a larger screen.
    Maybe on the next go around.
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    Dec 26, 2013 1:56 AM GMT
    Galaxy S4 is on its way out. So you can wait for the S5 and pay more. Or get a deal on the S4 now.

    The iphone5 isn't too impressive to me. I think the iphone6 will have something better to offer. Probably a bigger screen. I'm sure Apple is feeling the pressure to go big. They can't stay with the 4 inch screen forever.

    Or you can get the Nexus 5. Probably the best bang for your buck smartphone.
  • DCEric

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    Dec 26, 2013 2:00 AM GMT
    For those having problems with battery life on your Android, you are probably doing it wrong. You need to close out of your Apps on Android. Since it allows you to have multiple apps open at once, it doesn't know when you are finished with them.

    Solution: When you are done doing whatever it is you are working on with your phone (other than a phone call) press and hold that main button on the bottom, up will come a screen with all of the Apps you have open. Close the ones you don't need by taping the appropriate X. You may now go ~48 hours on a single charge.

    You're Welcome.
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    Dec 26, 2013 2:01 AM GMT
    I am not a fan of Apple...
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    Dec 26, 2013 2:08 AM GMT
    Another tip for Android users..
    Widgets and push notifications use more battery too. Disable push on apps where you don't need instant updates. Get rid of silly widgets that don't serve any real utility. And uninstall any apps you haven't used in the past few months.
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    Dec 26, 2013 2:12 AM GMT
    The Juice Defender app is a godsend for saving battery life.
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    Dec 26, 2013 2:53 AM GMT
    ART_DECO saidiPhones do NOT break.

    Try telling that to several of my friends with iPhones. They've had both software and hardware problems.
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    Dec 26, 2013 2:55 AM GMT
    Just get one of those ridiculously large and bulky Otterbox things. The iphone will last an eternity. icon_lol.gif

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    Dec 26, 2013 2:58 AM GMT
    Either one is fine, frankly. Which ecosystem do you want to be in? That may be a bigger question to ask. It is not easy to move from one OS family to another.

    If you're looking at a Galaxy and considering paying full price, you might consider the Nexus line. They have pretty decent hardware and have a great bang-for-your-buck ratio if you don't want to lock into a contract.
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    Dec 26, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidIf you currently have a Mac computer or other products that you need to sync your cell phone with then probably an iPhone would be the best option. This is for compatibility concerns, of course.

    Very true.

    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidFor me, I do not support Mac/Apple products for one reason predominantly. The greed and hoarding that Apple is notorious for is something I do not want to support nor be associated with it. In contrast, Gates has been much more philanthropic and has donated millions of his money to charities in order to help others. I know that has nothing to do with the functionality of either one of these two phones but I still find it important.

    Exactly. He and his wife seeded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with 3 billion dollars. His father is also very philanthropic.
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    Dec 26, 2013 3:04 AM GMT
    MileHighYo saidIf you're looking at a Galaxy and considering paying full price, you might consider the Nexus line. They have pretty decent hardware and have a great bang-for-your-buck ratio if you don't want to lock into a contract.

    Is that true if your carrier doesn't use sim cards?

    At one of the Google I/O developer conferences they gave each of us an Android phone for Sprint and there isn't a sim card slot in it, although it might be hidden under a sticker under the battery.
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    Dec 26, 2013 3:13 AM GMT
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    MileHighYo saidIf you're looking at a Galaxy and considering paying full price, you might consider the Nexus line. They have pretty decent hardware and have a great bang-for-your-buck ratio if you don't want to lock into a contract.

    Is that true if your carrier doesn't use sim cards?

    At one of the Google I/O developer conferences they gave each of us an Android phone for Sprint and there isn't a sim card slot in it, although it might be hidden under a sticker under the battery.
    The current Nexus can be used on CDMA networks. You'll just need to call Sprint's customer service line and activate it. I "think" it also supports the CDMA frequency on Verizon. But I've heard Verizon won't activate any non-Verizon phones.

    Besides, who the heck uses Sprint? Their network coverage is horrible. You might as well use tin cans and twine. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 26, 2013 3:20 AM GMT
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    Lumpyoatmeal said
    MileHighYo saidIf you're looking at a Galaxy and considering paying full price, you might consider the Nexus line. They have pretty decent hardware and have a great bang-for-your-buck ratio if you don't want to lock into a contract.

    Is that true if your carrier doesn't use sim cards?

    At one of the Google I/O developer conferences they gave each of us an Android phone for Sprint and there isn't a sim card slot in it, although it might be hidden under a sticker under the battery.
    The current Nexus can be used on CDMA networks. You'll just need to call Sprint's customer service line and activate it. I "think" it also supports the CDMA frequency on Verizon. But I've heard Verizon won't activate any non-Verizon phones.

    Besides, who the heck uses Sprint? Their network coverage is horrible. You might as well use tin cans and twine. icon_lol.gif

    Nah, I don't use Sprint. The phone came with 1 month of free service and after that ran out I never signed up with Sprint. I'm the one that's paying $25 every other month for AT&T's GoPhone pay as you go service; for that I was using the Android phone they gave us at the previous developer conference. I finally replaced it with an $80 Android GoPhone phone from AT&T; I was worried about the old one suddenly giving up the ghost, even though it's been working fine.