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4G Android phone megathread

Discussion in 'BYTE ME: Technology discussion' started by Foulkey Reese, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. bohous

    bohous Member SoSH Member

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    Can anyone speak to how Project Fi service is in Maine? Specifically mid-coast area (Rockland/Owl's Head, Camden). We spend a lot of time up there and have stuck with Verizon because of the coverage but this Fi deal matching value of new phones with travel cards is damn tempting.
     
  2. milfordsoxfan

    milfordsoxfan Member SoSH Member

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    I took the plunge on the Pixel 3 XL yesterday, entirely because of the $999 travel credit. I was absolutely going to drop a grand with Airbnb next year. Instead, I did it today and picked up a new phone.

    I figure if I don't like it, I can sell it on eBay after I've fulfilled all the terms of the deal 6 months from now. I'd still probably recoup 50-60%-ish of the value.

    I have a bunch of the data-only Fi sim cards, so the old Pixel may become a GPS unit for my car or some sort of around-the-home gadget. Dunno. I haven't found a great use for old phones yet, and now I have quite a few that could still be viable for some purpose or other assuming they are permanently plugged in.
     
  3. Fratboy

    Fratboy Mr. MENsa Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I like the Pixel 3 XL a lot. The migration from Pixel XL was relatively painless, and it's snappy.

    I hate the notch, but I disabled it.

    There's no notification light, but I'll get used to it.

    So far so good.
     
  4. FarvinMoosey

    FarvinMoosey Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Got my Pixel 3 yesterday and after about 20 hours with it...I really like this phone. It's snappy, fast, great camera, battery life seems on point so far without me finagling anything. I am trying to learn the tricks and not do what I normally do and strip it down to only what I need to try and preserve every minute of battery life.

    Coverage is already better than my last phone as well, and the fingerprint scanning is really intuitive and works great for me.

    Also, it's smaller than I thought it would be, actually a bit smaller than my last phone, and that is a great thing. I dislike gigantic phones.

    Funny part is, the phone got here before the case I ordered...which seems to be in some FedEx limbo.

    Now the trick is letting the wife and kid use it enough that they are comfortable jumping ship when their Next contracts run out.
     
  5. Huntington Avenue Grounds

    Huntington Avenue Grounds Member SoSH Member

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    Any love for the Note 9? Just picked one up on Black Friday at the Verizon store and I'm smitten with it. Have become somewhat of a fanboy of the Samsung platform, had S3, S5 and S7 before picking up the N9. Screen size, display and batter life are all supurb, still tinkering with getting it just right for me. Without a doubt the best phone I've ever owned.
     
  6. saintnick912

    saintnick912 GINO! Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    100% on all of this. Except I kept the notch on and just turned the top bars dark on all the apps I use a lot to hide it. I tried Nacho Notch for a bit but it seemed clunky.

    The camera is the first smartphone camera I've had where I wasn't disappointed, including the Pixel XL.
     
  7. Spelunker

    Spelunker Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    What headphones are y'all using with the 3 XL?
     
  8. milfordsoxfan

    milfordsoxfan Member SoSH Member

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    There are some cheap USB-C earbuds that come with it. I used them for about five minutes yesterday, and they seem on par with all the other cheap earbuds I've use (I've never had a pair of earbuds that cost more than $20, but I'm listening to podcasts, rarely music, so I don't know it makes a difference).

    I also have a pair of the Sony WH1000XM3 for the plane. Those things are great, but I can't see using over-the-ear headphones for every day use.
     
  9. saintnick912

    saintnick912 GINO! Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I got some Jabra Elite Active 65t a few weeks ago (with a gift card). They connect really fast, are comfortable, and don't look like cigarettes hanging from my ear canals.

    I struggled with the legendarily shitty Pixel XL bluetooth in the meantime, so far it seems less bad on the 3 XL though still a bit skippy in a couple of places it doesn't have the "more cutout than music" that the OG XL had in those spots.
     
  10. Fratboy

    Fratboy Mr. MENsa Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Battery life on this thing is beyond ridiculous, and I'm loving this thing. Any Pixel XL user would be thrilled with this phone. Best phone I've ever had, as was the Pixel XL before this.
     
  11. Caspir

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    When I got my Pixel 2XL the lack of a notification light threw me for a loop, but in like two days, not only did I not miss it, I actually appreciated not having it. Fuck that blinking light of procrastination!
     
  12. SumnerH

    SumnerH Malt Liquor Picker Dope

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    Figuring out how to turn off those stupid blinkers has been one of the first things I do when I get a new phone, going back to the StarTAC days.
     
  13. bohous

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    I'm seeing reports of issues with Pixel 3 microphone. Any users here having problems, especially those coming from a previous Pixel notice a difference?
     
  14. jayhoz

    jayhoz Ronald Bartel Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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  15. Reardons Beard

    Reardons Beard Member SoSH Member

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    Had the Pixel 3 for a couple weeks now. Initial thoughts is this is a fantastic phone and best I've ever had for sure. Battery life for the normal version is "eh" but I haven't actually run into issues. If I'm at the desktop it charges and charges at night so do not envision it ever being a problem. SNAPPY processor with great speed and (for me) plenty of space with 64GB.

    For 399 and a two year warranty I'd say this was a superb decision thus far and glad I pulled the trigger.
     
  16. NJ_Sox_Fan

    NJ_Sox_Fan Member SoSH Member

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    Broke the screen on my 8+ this week, so debating grabbing the 9+ or should I hold out for the 10+? That should be March-ish?

    Other option is iPhone Xs max, but I haven't been using iPhone for the last 6 years and I despise that you cannot add more storage with a microSD.
     

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