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Android phone recommendations/discussion?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by ysb, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. holymadness

    holymadness Senior member

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    Sorry Android frans but due to the lack of Android world phones, considerably smaller app store, and various handset problems (terrible battery life, non-functioning GPS, etc.) I have sold my soul to Apple and bought an iPhone. Maybe in 2 years I will re-evaluate.

    ^^^ If you're planning on buying a Galaxy S, I hear the Epic 4G far outclasses the other models.
     
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    i'm running an epic 4g now in houston and loving it.

    there are a few issues of course like bad gps, not on froyo yet that need to be fixed quickly but i'm fairly confident that samsung is taking this release seriously and will be on top of it.

    screen is so good. would be absolutely epic with iphone 4's resolution but man those blacks are perfect. i can see it in sunlight just fine.

    i wish the power butter were better located.

    probably my favorite part is that i can load almost any video file onto it straight from my computer and it plays. no painfully slow handbrake needed! that is so epic compared to my hero. so so epic.
     
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    What problems are you having w GPS?
    I use mine all the time and have had no issues.

    Battery life is still pretty decent...
     
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    I recently abandoned my HTC Hero (running Froyo2.2 Cyanogen) for the EVO, which is also running a custom ROM 2.2 ROM built off of stock 2.2 rather than Cyanogen, which doesn't support 4G or HDMI out yet. The EVO is one of the greatest things I've ever owned and destroys my friends iPhone4 in everything except video-chat because there is nothing in the android world as nice as Face Time until Google releases mobile video Gchat (I'm in Baltimore where 4G is available)

    Just about 15 minutes ago I finished evaluating the Epic 4G and while it is nice, I still prefer the EVO's screen. I think the Samsung interface is pretty crippling compared to HTC Sense or the stock Froyo launcher and the phone is in dire need of better custom ROMs (XDA-Developers' Epic thread is pretty young and empty)
     
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    Evo over Epic unless you need a keyboard.
     
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    Evo over Epic unless you need a keyboard.

    Looking forward to having to make this decision. Went into a Sprint store on Friday and played with the Epic a bit; unfortunately they didn't have an Evo on display.

    Still annoyed that Epic shipped with 2.1. It was lighter than I expected. Screen looked great. Buttons seemed a bit unresponsive.
     
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    I read that the epic seems to feel more flimsy and like a toy whereas the evo is very solid, at least my evo is solid as a rock
     
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    Rumor is that the Galaxy Tab will be coming to Sprint with 4G in tow.
     
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    there are a few issues of course like bad gps, not on froyo yet that need to be fixed quickly but i'm fairly confident that samsung is taking this release seriously and will be on top of it.
    Have you actually experienced GPS issues firsthand? I coulda sworn Samsung said that they fixed Galaxy S GPS issues for the Epic pre-launch. Did you make sure to turn on aGPS?

    The EVO is one of the greatest things I've ever owned and destroys my friends iPhone4 in everything except video-chat because there is nothing in the android world as nice as Face Time until Google releases mobile video Gchat (I'm in Baltimore where 4G is available)
    Though it may appear polished, how useful actually is Face Time? I mean, I don't know anyone with an iPhone4. Contrast that with the number of people I know with Skype (which Fring for Android and Apple IIRC use). I think i'd rather stick with the Evo for videochat too.

    Evo over Epic unless you need a keyboard.
    Or if you want a capable GPU. Playing emulators on the Evo is a bit of a pain. If the PSXdroid developer ever bothers to update his app, the Epic will be even closer to perfection (like getting the dualshock to work instead of having to use the wiimote or keyboard.

    I read that the epic seems to feel more flimsy and like a toy whereas the evo is very solid, at least my evo is solid as a rock
    My first unit was dropped quite a few times, not so much as a mark. I was using a screen protector but took it off once it started to peel up, i've heard the screen is insanely hard to scratch (haven't had any occur yet, had to replace my first one for speaker issues anyway though).

    Bummed that I missed the mail yesterday, have to wait 'til Tuesday to get my phone now (fuck Labor Day).
     
  10. holymadness

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    I recently abandoned my HTC Hero (running Froyo2.2 Cyanogen) for the EVO, which is also running a custom ROM 2.2 ROM built off of stock 2.2 rather than Cyanogen, which doesn't support 4G or HDMI out yet. The EVO is one of the greatest things I've ever owned and destroys my friends iPhone4 in everything except video-chat because there is nothing in the android world as nice as Face Time until Google releases mobile video Gchat (I'm in Baltimore where 4G is available)
    Hmm, I'm not seeing this. As I said, the Evo has some definite advantages: - larger screen - 4g speeds - customizability of Android - 8mpx camera (though estimations of quality vary) By contrast, the iPhone wins in the following areas: - screen resolution - software updates rollout speed - app store (250k vs. 70k) - battery life
     
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    http://phandroid.com/2010/09/07/unre...sense-devices/

    Unrevoked 3.2 Provides 1-Click Root For 2.2 Sense Devices
    by Quentyn Kennemer on September 7th, 2010 \t

    Have you upgraded to the official upgrade to Android 2.2 on your EVO, Droid Incredible, or HTC Desire and are bummed because you can't find an easy way to root your phone again? Don't be, because the folks behind unrEVOked are back with version 3.2 to bring you guys up to speed again. It's just as simple as any 1-click-root method out there, so be sure to head on over to unrEVOked's site to get started (note that the HTC EVO 4G update has been pulled due to an unspecified issue but should be back up shortly).

    [​IMG]
     
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    Tech Crunch just ran a great article about some of the problems associated with Android's openness. I agree; if Google wants to create a legitimate competitor to iOS, they have to decide what direction to take the platform in, not merely issue updates and new features once in a while. http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/09/and...=Google+Reader
     
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    MG Siegler is a cunt. The end.

    I'm on the verge of giving up reading TC cause of his BS. That article has some valid points but I'll still take Android and its "flawed openess" any day over the iPhone's locked OS. At least I do have the choice with it.

    Loving my EVO!
     
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    it took me only a couple days to figure out how to root and use nand/adb on my evo. it's not that hard when there are tons of guides out there showing exactly how to do it

    maybe people shouldn't be buying smart phones if they don't know (or don't want to know) how to use them...
     
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    no one's posting homescreens yet? just got a samsung vibrant a few weeks ago, here's what i stuck with after playing around with launcherpro and desktop visualizer: [​IMG]
     
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    Tech Crunch just ran a great article about some of the problems associated with Android's openness. I agree; if Google wants to create a legitimate competitor to iOS, they have to decide what direction to take the platform in, not merely issue updates and new features once in a while.
    I love how none of his gripes apply to me. My phone came with no bloatware, I got Android 2.2 over the air, my carrier can't do anything about me tethering even if they could determine I was doing it, which they can't, my phone is nine months old, and is still one of the top 3 fastest types of stock phone in the U.S. (according to Quadrant) and I'm pretty happy with how cheap my plan is - though the 3g service can be sketchy at times. (my only gripe, and has nothing to do with the phone itself)
     
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    no one's posting homescreens yet? just got a samsung vibrant a few weeks ago, here's what i stuck with after playing around with launcherpro and desktop visualizer:
    I posted some of mine in the other cellphone thread, here's my current one [​IMG] baked snack 1.7 launcher pro plus switchpro digital clock battstat oh yeah slim, there are some people on the evo getting over 3k in quadrant, i've only gone as high as about 2k though but of course that's with heavy mods, i tried ocing to 1.267 but my phone freezes up =/ i can only go up to 1.15
     
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    oh yeah slim, there are some people on the evo getting over 3k in quadrant, i've only gone as high as about 2k though but of course that's with heavy mods, i tried ocing to 1.267 but my phone freezes up =/ i can only go up to 1.15
    I'm getting 1250-1420 pretty reliably on my stock NExus. Nobody is getting over 3k stock. They are OC or something.
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    i use setcpu for my over/underclocking, when my screen is off its at 245mhz and undervolted to conserve power and when screen is on its clocked to 1.15

    i've been getting some really good battery life out of it so far, on standby it drains about 1% per hour

    i only got the 2k quadrant when i was testing how fast i could get it with different roms and kernels, with my current set up it averages around 1350-1500
     
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    Yeah, but you aren't running stock, so your numbers have nothing to do with what I said. Not everyone is going to dive in and root their phone and start messing around with clock speeds and ram allocations so that they can benchmark higher. Until the Droid2 comes out, I still have the fastest stock phone in the US.

    (thought it was out already, but I guess it was just preorder?)
     

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