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got a free upgrade. what phone should I get?
the samsung galazy mini. It drives me round the bend.
that narrows it down ever so slightly
I like it a lot.
I can't make the touchscreen work very well. Takes me half an hour (ish) to send a basic text. It doesn't help that I've smashed the screen.
I have put it in a bowl of rice though*
BUT IF ANYTHING IT HAS MADE IT WORSE. woops caps. I'm not even on my phone right now ;)
Bow to me.
It's pretty nice.
i had one of these (mini s or something)
it was ok for about six months, and then the piddling internal memory filled up and it became a war of attrition, with me slowly either wiping data from apps every or day or having to delete them outright just to keep the thing receiving texts. i've never ditched a phone before it stopped work before, but it felt the right thing to do.
probs an s4 though
is this a good phone?
lacks the 3rd party dev support that iPhones and Andriod Phones have, but it is starting to get there.
I guess it depends what you want in a phone.
It's ace: great build quality, dead usable, way the hell better than my old BlackBerry. Windows Phone 8 is a really nice mobile OS - the live tiles doodad means you can have stuff like favourite people's FB updates, new photos, calendar appts, when your bus is coming etc, all on the Start screen.
It also auto-syncs photos to SkyDrive, so they're already on my laptop when I turn it on!
Battery life is a step down from the BB, but that's to be expected.
The app store is still a little threadbare, but pretty much all the important ones are there except Instagram. It syncs with your Xbox account on an Xbox or Win8, so your little avatar man lives in your phone and you can get achievments.
Warning - the music player is atrocious. Completely disregards mp3 tags (that I spent hours organising), syncs to some faulty-ass database instead. There's an update coming in the next few weeks, which is supposed to fix this issue, but we'll see. Basically the worst media player I've ever used - laggy, you can't add single songs to playlists (only albums), doesn't display track numbers or length, genre doesn't work as a) it gets them all wrong (Portishead are Alternative/Metal apparently) and b) it just lists all the songs of a genre alphabetically. Not the artists, or the albums - just a big list of the tracks, great. So you can't look at your jazz artists or whatever, or even jazz albums to browse. Kind of useless.
Great phone otherwise. OneNote is really good as well (much better than Win8 version), and it can create and edit Word and Excel files, saving them to SkyDrive. Nifty.
I was able to edit word and excel files five years ago on my Nokia E71 (and being able to do so wasn't really a big deal back then).
It has a touchscreen like Star Trek
I don't think it's out yet but it has a 41 megapixel camera! wtf
so i'm probably going to go android based when i upgrade in a few weeks.
may i suggest turning up the keypad tones to max volume? people love that when you sit near them
I have a Sony Xperia Tablet Z which seems to be essentially just a bigger version of the Xperia Z phone, and it's kind of brilliant and waterproof and looks nice. So yeah, get that maybe, idk.
If he feels like he's getting his 60 quid a month's worth, it must be a cracking phone.
It costs £27 per month. I was paying near that for a sim only deal with o2. No loon would pay £60 a month for a phone. It's a good phone, my first proper smart phone ... don't really get the fuss over them. The camera is good at night, not so good in daylight
but it doesn't have a physical home button. my current phone doesn't have one and it's a bit annoying. not a deal breaker, just annoying.
it's an incredible phone.
can't believe they borked the camera in the newest one in favour of design. Such an Apple thing to do, which is really silly, considering that's one of the reasons people buy alternatives to the iPhone to begin with...
The problem is that no review seemed to be entirely sure it managed to be as good as they claim. What they've done means a lot more noise coming into the image too.
I just found it 'interesting'. It also means that when you read those HTC One vs iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S4 vs Xperia Z reviews were basically a complete nightmare of caveats.
it is a one "something" so not the proper, super-duper one. But it was a free upgrade on a crappy contract, so I am good with that. Quick, looks good, really good camera, no BS. May be tainted by the fact my last phone was shit, to the point where I couldn't actually answer it if I had an app open. So this is a blessing.
I have a Sony Xperia T (pretty good prices on contracts now) - great walkman, ok camera, great screen, pretty fair battery life. Copes with apps, games and the internet very well. Bit laggy from time to time. Very happy with it generally.
HTCs are simpler, less buggy and if the battery life isn't crap, get one of them. The HTC One X should be cheaper by now, but the battery life was crap. The HTC One fixed that but is very expensive.
If you're accident prone, get the Xperia Z phone - nice phone and waterproof without losing a premium look / feel.
read techradar's reviews of the phones you shortlist. They're very pro Samsung, but generally they pick up the niggles of frequent use quite well.
but that was the best thing about moving from an iPhone to a Samsung - just carry a fully charged spare battery with you. It only cost me £6 or something.
but in four years of smartphone use, working in remote environments, train travelling, car driving and relatively heavy use, I've never flattened a battery once. Have a couple of cables with you and you'll be fine (even a lot of trains now have charge points). If you're in an office environment, battery life should be no issue whatsoever.
best phone ive ever used and the universal 5 star reviews seem to agree
I will probably go back to HTC once my Sony contract expires...
I love mine - does most things very well, is quick and looks nice, too. Its camera is dreadful in comparison to Samsung/iPhone in poor light situations, mind.
Is it worth bothering? Obvs there's no point taking a fucking iPhone to a festival coz the battery won't last more than 24hrs for starters. Does call forwarding actually work?
Got one for £10 from Tesco.
Dunno what call forwarding really is, just whacked my sim in it.
If you've got a stupid micro sim because of your iPhone you can buy a little plastic surround that allows it to be used as a mini sim. There's a shop in Chorlton that sells them for £1.
This is good news though, ta. Which shop is it? Might go and get one on Friday.
If you're facing the post office/post office cafe it's to the right of them, sells phones and that.
sweet, cheers x
Thinking back they might have been £2, can't remember.
Happy enough with it. Apps are a bit crap/expensive.
let's make a massive deal out of angry birds and that thing where you can cock your phone like a shotgun
nah, you're alright
Even my bro who is a hardcore Apple iPhone loon says he wants one.
The image quality of the camera is adequate as long as you don't look at the pics on anything above a 15" screen, they look sensational when viewed on a phone/tablet screen which is how most people look at pics these days right? It's the Zoe feature that makes the camera special though, some of the stuff you can do is really quite cool. I made some films of a cycle ride to Paris by taking Zoe pics and the camera automatically edited together the clips into a fancy looking video that everyone thought I had been up all night making. And you can do fun stuff like this at the touch of a button http://instagram.com/p/YVgZ0ejuiQ/
Here's another pic for an idea of the general quality http://instagram.com/p/Z5Lh1aDujf/
Aside from the camera; it's solidly built, it's really fast and have never noticed any lag, you can use it to turn off tvs in pubs, it looks nice.
Here it is before instagram https://www.dropbox.com/s/aokj5kdhmo70er6/IMAG0723.jpg
Can you make a tiny planet photosphere thingy like on the Nexus 4 (I have no idea if it's a 4.2.2 thing)? I want to experiment with that a bit.
It's clearly the best smartphone on the market (just as the iPod is the best MP3 player).
I've got an HTC One for work, and it's absolute shit. Clunky menus, slow as hell, crap camera, and far too big to hold comfortably.
I haven't bothered trying any other models out since my iPhone 3. I've turned in to a proper Apple wanker :(
i can also upgrade but i'm not paying over 20-25 quid a month
my work pay for it, probably shit loads
Haven't made the plunge yet though.
Works out as almost exactly the same as splashing £280 on a new one now and continuing on my £10 rolling Tesco mobile sim deal.
24 months @ £23 = £552
£552 - £240 = £312, so paying an extra £32 over 2 years to have unlimited data and more texts/minutes than I do currently.
(which is what I'll be doing)
except replace tesco with *looks around to make sure brightonb isn't lurking* giff gaff (also not continuing)
but decided that would look a bit try hard indie
there loads of legit, new (i.e. better), just-a-phone nokias to choose from, and nowt endearingly retro or iconic about a 3310 (compared to a 3210, or something).
Although the 3310 was a pretty good phone - what it lost in style, it nearly made up for in functionality.
5110 nailed the OS
3210 added the looks (no aerial!)
8210 minaturised it
I really hope the market gives Windows Phone the chance to grow, it's just such a clean, clear, smooth phone OS. I guess Android performance is an irrelevance on high-end smartphones but at the mid-range, there's no chance you'll get as fluid an experience on Android and earlier iOS on second-rate hardware.
As has been said above, the app store is a bit threadbare (and the game selection isn't great), but there's usually a decent equivalent to most Android/iOS apps with the lovely WP8 interface, and having Office apps on your phone is a major boon.
have a shower
turning the fucking shower off is the problem
shower of cunts