What is your dream smart phone?

Genesis

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I'll probably have to buy a smart phone one of these days so am wondering what the best ones are out there? If you have a dream smart phone in mind can you tell me about it, and why you would like to own it?
 

toysareforboys

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I'm a fan of Android myself. So customizable!!!

I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 on Android 4.4.4. Very fast, tons of features, camera kicks butt, 1080p screen, run popcorn time on my phone and connect it to my TV by HDMI and watch all the shows and movies in 1080p 5.1 surround sound :)

Have you seen Expendables 3 in 720p yet?

-Jamie M.
 

Genesis

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OK I've got a serious question for you how do you get a WiFi package for your Galaxy when you also have Android? I thought Smart Phones in Canada have to be branded by the Internet Provider? Or something like that? Or did you purchase/lease the phone from them?
 

Penguin

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Genesis said:
I'll probably have to buy a smart phone one of these days so am wondering what the best ones are out there? If you have a dream smart phone in mind can you tell me about it, and why you would like to own it?

If I were you, I would settle for a phone for has best support for "cyanogenmod", so I would go with a Google nexus 4 phone.

If you want a budget phone, then nothing beats Motorola Moto G.

The recently released Xiaomi Mi 3 has a killer config for its price but make sure to read about the manufacturer of the phone if you are concerned with privacy. :p



Genesis said:
OK I've got a serious question for you how do you get a WiFi package for your Galaxy when you also have Android? I thought Smart Phones in Canada have to be branded by the Internet Provider? Or something like that? Or did you purchase/lease the phone from them?

There are 2 options.
  1. You can buy a phone (mostly locked so that it works only with the sim of the service provider from which you bought the phone but it can probably be unlocked later) from a service provider with a contract (like 1 or 2yrs) for a discount (like 50%) on the MRP of the phone.
  2. You can buy a unlocked phone at the MRP and then put a sim in it & use it.
 

Genesis

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Penguin said:
Genesis said:
I'll probably have to buy a smart phone one of these days so am wondering what the best ones are out there? If you have a dream smart phone in mind can you tell me about it, and why you would like to own it?

If I were you, I would settle for a phone for has best support for "cyanogenmod", so I would go with a Google nexus 4 phone.

If you want a budget phone, then nothing beats Motorola Moto G.

The recently released Xiaomi Mi 3 has a killer config for its price but make sure to read about the manufacturer of the phone if you are concerned with privacy. :p
Thanks Penguin. I'll definitely check those out. Google Nexus sounds attractive, but I'm a little bit facetiously anti-Google. Motorola may probably be a good idea.


Penguin said:
Genesis said:
OK I've got a serious question for you how do you get a WiFi package for your Galaxy when you also have Android? I thought Smart Phones in Canada have to be branded by the Internet Provider? Or something like that? Or did you purchase/lease the phone from them?

There are 2 options.
  1. You can buy a phone (mostly locked so that it works only with the sim of the service provider from which you bought the phone but it can probably be unlocked later) from a service provider with a contract (like 1 or 2yrs) for a discount (like 50%) on the MRP of the phone.
  2. You can buy a unlocked phone at the MRP and then put a sim in it & use it.
This is the thing with Canada Penguin. You only get unlocked phones in the back streets. Almost all phones are locked in to protect the Canadian providers from US competitors. That's why I asked Jamie where he was leasing his smart phone from. Must be a terrific package he got.
 

toysareforboys

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Genesis said:
OK I've got a serious question for you how do you get a WiFi package for your Galaxy when you also have Android? I thought Smart Phones in Canada have to be branded by the Internet Provider? Or something like that? Or did you purchase/lease the phone from them?

I always pay FULL PRICE for my phones, never ever take any contract promotions from the providers.

With most Android phones you can unlock them yourself with tools for your computer, no need to pay someone else to do it. Even if you have hard locked AT&T phone with unhackable boot loader it can still be done.

Once it is unlocked you can use any sim card in it, including when you travel as well (because unlocking the phone unlocks ALL the frequency bands it has, i.e. I use 1700 AWS with my provider which was never enabled from the factory on my Samsing S4 i337M).

The provider I use is called Wind Mobile (known in other places in the world as VimpelCom or Globalive) and I pay $6/month for my service. I get unlimited international texting and unlimited free incoming calls, and that's it. All my data and outgoing calls I do on WiFi. With every coffee shop and fast food place offering free wifi there isn't too often I'm stuck without data :)

-Jamie M.
 

Genesis

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toysareforboys said:
With most Android phones you can unlock them yourself with tools for your computer, no need to pay someone else to do it. Even if you have hard locked AT&T phone with unhackable boot loader it can still be done.

Once it is unlocked you can use any sim card in it, including when you travel as well (because unlocking the phone unlocks ALL the frequency bands it has, i.e. I use 1700 AWS with my provider which was never enabled from the factory on my Samsing S4 i337M).

The provider I use is called Wind Mobile (known in other places in the world as VimpelCom or Globalive) and I pay $6/month for my service. I get unlimited international texting and unlimited free incoming calls, and that's it. All my data and outgoing calls I do on WiFi. With every coffee shop and fast food place offering free wifi there isn't too often I'm stuck without data :)

-Jamie M.
Must say Jamie I'm really bowled over by your resourcefulness in finding the best services and price. I was unaware there would be packages available like that for unlocked phones. Looks perfect. Can understand now why you're so taken with your Samsung.

If I may ask, have you tried Apple iphone? How do the two compare with one another?
 

toysareforboys

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Genesis said:
Must say Jamie I'm really bowled over by your resourcefulness in finding the best services and price. I was unaware there would be packages available like that for unlocked phones. Looks perfect. Can understand now why you're so taken with your Samsung.

If I may ask, have you tried Apple iphone? How do the two compare with one another?

I had never used any iDevice ever (iPod, iPhone, iPad, not even mac computer or macbook, etc!)! I was looking for a new lap timer for my motorcycle and there was a great app for it called Harry's Lap Timer but it was only available on iOS :( So I bought a crappy iPod Touch 4th gen, installed iTunes which completely screwed up the network on my computer (bonjour hijacked DNS) and it took me 2 hours just to figure out how to install 1 app on the damn iPod!!!

I must say apple products are not for me. They are too restrictive and they seem to offend me whenever I try and do anything with them. I got my friend a great deal on an iPhone audio adapter for his older car, worked AMAZING, could use his steering wheel controls to control his iPhone, everything was great. Then one day his iPhone updated then said "this is not an authorized apple accessory" and boom, NO MORE MUSIC IN HIS CAR FOR HIM!

Wow, just wow Apple :(

I try and convince all my friends to swich from iPhone to android and I think every single one that has switched has been very happy. Tons more (free) apps. Phone is super customizable (I love DynamicNotifications for lock screen app and SwiftKey for keyboard).

-Jamie M.
 

Genesis

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OK that makes me feel a touch better. Samsung it is going to be. I probably should wait and get it in Canada instead of in Dubai.
 

Penguin

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Genesis said:
Thanks Penguin. I'll definitely check those out. Google Nexus sounds attractive, but I'm a little bit facetiously anti-Google. Motorola may probably be a good idea.

Genesis said:
If I may ask, have you tried Apple iphone? How do the two compare with one another?

I would never recommend apple to anyone since they restrict the users too much. You can't even share pics via bluetooth that were captured using the phone camera. I was like "are you kidding me".

Genesis said:
OK that makes me feel a touch better. Samsung it is going to be. I probably should wait and get it in Canada instead of in Dubai.

Don't settle for a specific brand. Get a phone that's the best for your budget. Yes, it would be easy to recommend a phone if you tell the max budget. :)
 

bucqs

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Myself a big fan of Apple & i owe an iPhone 5s & also Sony xperia Z provided by my office.

I would prefer iPhone but after looking to the developer reference for Android 4.4, Google forward look over security inspired me but still sucks with Play Services memory usage.
 

Prasad1337

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I'm really tempted to get the VERIZON DROID TURBO. With a Quad-core 2.7 GHz CPU and 3GB RAM, it's a serious powerhouse. The 21MP camera can't be undersold either. 3900mAh should be capable of pushing INSANELY great battery life. And all this in a (relatively) small(er compared to Nexus 6) form factor makes it really viable for my daily use. It's advertised as a superphone with a 2 day battery life with moderate usage. It's all great in theory but it seems the phone is highly software limited and several glitches and issues, including the slow camera capture bug makes the hardware less-than-optimally utilized and that's a real put-off. Hopefully, as soon as Lollipop is released for this beauty, I should be able to pick one up, even if it's exclusively VERIZON. :p
 

Genesis

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Prasad1337 said:
It's advertised as a superphone with a 2 day battery life with moderate usage. It's all great in theory but it seems the phone is highly software limited and several glitches and issues, including the slow camera capture bug makes the hardware less-than-optimally utilized and that's a real put-off. Hopefully, as soon as Lollipop is released for this beauty, I should be able to pick one up, even if it's exclusively VERIZON. :p
Now the battery life definitely has my attention. Going to check this out. Has to be miraculous. :cool:

Just checked! It's Motorola again. They're really going for it with the Moto, and now the Droid Turbo. Found this review. Looks as though one has to "baby" it for the battery.
http://mashable.com/2014/11/05/motorola-verizon-droid-turbo-review/

Still excellent Battery Life though compared with the Samsung and iPhones my friends have - more than a day:
In my week of testing, the Droid Turbo's battery lasted anywhere from a day to a day and a half (100% to dead battery) with what I consider "normal" usage. Nothing super intensive or unusual: Fielding two Gmail accounts, browsing the web, sending text messages, making a few phone calls, taking some photos, combing through Twitter and Facebook, getting directions to meetings with Google Maps, and listening to a few songs on Spotify.
 

aditya24

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I am fan of gaming so i want an android smartphone with much ram and great gpu . I really , really dream of a samsung galaxy s5 after my exam is over .
 

binil

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I dream of getting a Sony Xperia Z3 - It would seem to just remain as a dream as the price of this phone is out of my reach..