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#2151 Zomp


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Posted 27 March 2014 - 10:43 PM

So through asurion I got my replacement S3.  I activated the new sim card today and sync'd it, but nothing is showing up.  Only 41 of my contacts sync'd over and my gmail hasn't yet.  The phone has been activated since about 7:30pm.  Should I factory reset it?  Hard reset?  Or do these things just take a lot of time?



#2152 JerBear

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:10 AM

Anyone know if you can split a BOGO between two accounts with Verion?  I only have 1 line available for upgrade but I'm sure I can find a friend with an upgrade that wants a HTC One M8.



#2153 Seven Costanza


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:25 AM

S5 released today.

 

If anyone gets one soon, interested to hear how you like it.



#2154 TheBenzingerGame


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:43 AM

S5 released today.

 

If anyone gets one soon, interested to hear how you like it.

 

The HTC One M8 is broadly available as of today as well (including at AT&T's brick and mortar stores).



#2155 Spelunker

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 10:58 AM

I got mine last week, upgrading from the original HTC One. It's a really nice upgrade, although I'm still getting used to the larger dimensions.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 11:18 AM

I'm going to get an M8 next week.  It definitely seems a little bigger than my Evo (I checked it out in a Verizon store) but I'm hoping that it won't be an annoying transition.



#2157 4 6 3 DP

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 10:59 PM

Can upgrade to M8 or S5. Anyone have any opinions? Seems M8 is better except for camera and removable battery, but those are two important things.


Edited by 4 6 3 DP, 15 April 2014 - 10:59 PM.


#2158 JerBear

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 09:24 AM

I got the M8 and its great.  Haven't had much time with the camera yet but it seems fine for what I would use my phone camera for.  Battery life has been spectacular so far.  Played audio in the car (~4 hours with a service call).  Small amount of browsing the web, checking emails, etc during the day (~1 hour total screen on time probably).  Watched some streaming video in the evening (~1 hour) which had the screen on the whole time.  Was down to 35% battery when I went to bed after being unplugged for 16 hours.  Phone is fastest and most responsive I've used, which makes sense as its current hardware.



#2159 SumnerH


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 11:45 AM

That seems like pretty mediocre battery life. I'd expect to have a least 70% battery left after that, probably closer to 80%.

#2160 NortheasternPJ


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 03:08 PM

That seems like pretty mediocre battery life. I'd expect to have a least 70% battery left after that, probably closer to 80%.

 

You're at 80% battery life after 6 hours of use and 10 hours of standby? what are you using? 



#2161 SumnerH


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 03:18 PM

 

You're at 80% battery life after 6 hours of use and 10 hours of standby? what are you using? 

 

LG G2.  Today I've listened to about 2 hours of local music and been on standby for another 8 hours, it's at 98%.  Last weekend I had a BBQ and streamed music to the phone (wi-fi, not 4G) that was played on a bluetooth speaker for 10 hours; that took it from 100% to 92%.  So I figure conservatively 1% an hour when playing music, half that for standby.

 

The video would be a lot rougher. I know from taking the train fairly often that 6 hours of video with the screen on takes it down by about 70%, so figure a bit under 15% an hour video.



#2162 Foulkey Reese


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 03:19 PM

 

LG G2.  Today I've listened to about 2 hours of local music and been on standby for another 8 hours, it's at 98%.  Last weekend I had a BBQ and streamed music to the phone (wi-fi, not 4G) that was played on a bluetooth speaker for 10 hours; that took it from 100% to 92%.  So I figure conservatively 1% an hour when playing music, half that for standby.

 

The video would be a lot rougher. I know from taking the train fairly often that 6 hours of video with the screen on takes it down by about 70%, so figure a bit under 15% an hour video.

I've never heard of battery life half that good.

 

Do you have certain things like GPS, ect disabled?


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#2163 SumnerH


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 03:28 PM

I've never heard of battery life half that good.

 

Do you have certain things like GPS, ect disabled?

 

Bluetooth, GPS, Phone, Wi-fi all on.  NFC is off.  That streaming was all over wi-fi, too, if it were over 4G I'd probably have burned 3 times as much battery playing those songs.

 

I do occasionally notice battery life dropping precipitously (10% or more an hour) if I leave the browser open on a page with an animated gif or refreshing game scores or something, or with a few other apps; I've definitely gotten used to closing apps or navigating to still pages or whatever.



#2164 SumnerH


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 05:30 PM

 

LG G2.  Today I've listened to about 2 hours of local music and been on standby for another 8 hours, it's at 98%.

 

Relatively useless data point, but that was 4:18pm; it's 6:30pm now and it's at 97%.  

 

I've taken one 2-minute phone call in that period, otherwise it's been in standby.  So the .5% /hour estimate for standby seems to at least be in the right ballpark.



#2165 The Four Peters


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 08:39 PM

I'm happy if I make it to 3pm with any battery life at all at this point.

#2166 Fratboy


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 08:57 PM

T4P, what are you rocking these days? Do you still have an iPhone, or did you leave that at some point?



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Posted 16 April 2014 - 08:59 PM

 

Relatively useless data point, but that was 4:18pm; it's 6:30pm now and it's at 97%.  

 

I've taken one 2-minute phone call in that period, otherwise it's been in standby.  So the .5% /hour estimate for standby seems to at least be in the right ballpark.

 

That's just insane. And you're running stock, push email, Facebook, the whole bit? With GPS on the whole time? I'm blown away.

 

I loved the specs for the thing, but I can't get past the volume control on the back. Do you have a car holster or dock for it?



#2168 SumnerH


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 09:42 PM

K

 
That's just insane. And you're running stock, push email, Facebook, the whole bit? With GPS on the whole time? I'm blown away.
 
I loved the specs for the thing, but I can't get past the volume control on the back. Do you have a car holster or dock for it?

I turned off email push and Facebook push, so I need to actually refresh to get those.

The volume control on the back is okay but the power button there sucks; if your wallet is in the pocket outside the phone it'll light it up continually (as the wallet presses the power button) and drain the battery.

I've gotten used to having only the phone in one pocket, which works, but that's by far the worst part of the phone. Different for the sake of different with no advantage.

I don't have a car dock for it.


4+ hours of streaming music and Bluetooth, lots of refreshing mlb.com on WiFi, and a half hour phone call has me at 83% now. The baseball kills it because I have the screen on, which is obviously a huge power draw. It's not unusual to be over 95% when I leave work and sub-70% 6 hours later when I go to bed because of web surfing and the like.

#2169 The Four Peters


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Posted Yesterday, 06:57 AM

T4P, what are you rocking these days? Do you still have an iPhone, or did you leave that at some point?

 

Still running a beat up iPhone5. Since recently, it sucks. The battery life is atrocious, to the point where it's almost unusable. I'll be getting maybe 3-4 hours out of it with any sort of usage whatsoever (internet, text, twitter, email). I've done all of the battery saving tricks and even done a hard re-set, which worked for a while then it started again. It's something software related that just chews up battery behind the scenes which I can't figure out. 

 

I've looked at some of the Android phones recently and while the battery life is attractive (my gf has an HTC One which is really nice) but I just can't get into them. With a Mac, an iPad, and AppleTV, I'm also completely married to the ecosystem and I accept that. Just trying to hold out for the iPhone 6 at this point.



#2170 Seven Costanza


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Posted Yesterday, 07:03 AM

From what I understand, don't Genius Bars now have some sort of diagnostic tool for shit battery life?

 

TFP, my better half got one of those Mophie battery cases a few months ago for her 5 and really likes it.  Aesthetically it's not for everyone, but she can get through a day now and not worry about it.

 

In personal news- I made the full switch to iOS 2 weeks ago.  If you had told me a year ago that i'd be rocking a Mac, iPad and iPhone I would have laughed in your face.  I'm so happy now I made the switch.  Just so much better for my particular use case. 

 

Sorry Foulkey.



#2171 The Four Peters


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Posted Yesterday, 07:08 AM

Yeah they do, I should take mine in I just haven't have the chance. It's 100% software related, I'm sure the phone battery itself is fine. Hell, when I was in Chicago a couple weeks ago I would go the whole day and have 70-80% of battery left, so I don't know if it's cell service related or something else.

 

I'll look into the Mophie charger. Considering I use it for work and travel a lot, it's necessary.



#2172 Foulkey Reese


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Posted Yesterday, 07:48 AM

 

Sorry Foulkey.

Nothing to apologize for.

Enjoy your iPhone while I'm rocking a phone that lets me watch HD movies for 5 hours straight and actually gains battery life.



#2173 Fratboy


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Posted Yesterday, 07:57 AM

What phone did you get, Foulkey?

#2174 Foulkey Reese


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Posted Yesterday, 08:07 AM

The S4. I actually haven't had to charge the battery since I got it.

#2175 Fratboy


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Posted Yesterday, 08:19 AM

Awesome. Does it even have a USB port, just in case? ;)

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Posted Yesterday, 08:26 AM

I'm trying to get the M8 but it only seems to be available in gold in NYC.  How is this possible?



#2177 jayhoz


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Posted Yesterday, 08:34 AM

I'm trying to get the M8 but it only seems to be available in gold in NYC.  How is this possible?

 

Seems like savvy planning on HTCs part, no?  Gaudy seems right up NYCs alley.



#2178 glennhoffmania


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Posted Yesterday, 08:41 AM

I can't believe that gold is one of the two colors it comes in.  It looks awful.

 

Is there any downside to ordering one online and then bringing it to a store to get everything transferred?  My only real concern is that if there's something wrong with it and I have to deal with shipping it back instead of exchanging it at a store.



#2179 jayhoz


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Posted Yesterday, 08:44 AM

I usually order online, but I'm not a tech moron.  No offense.  :P



#2180 glennhoffmania


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Posted Yesterday, 09:03 AM

None taken.  I know I am. 

 

So when you order online, do you ever go to a store for data transfer, activation, etc?  Or you do it yourself and never need a store?



#2181 jayhoz


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Posted Yesterday, 09:14 AM

Never need a store.  I let google sync my contacts, I use the play store to reload my apps, and I move my photos/videos to my PC.



#2182 glennhoffmania


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Posted Yesterday, 09:44 AM

Maybe I should just do that.  I can always call Eddie if I fuck it up.



#2183 jayhoz


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Posted Yesterday, 10:09 AM

Amazon Wireless has the Sprint M8 32GB in Gunmetal Gray for $149.



#2184 glennhoffmania


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Posted Yesterday, 10:45 AM

Ooh, good find.  Thanks.

 

I've been looking at Best Buy but they're pissing me off.  Sprint says the price is $200.  Best Buy says the "regular" price is $250, but they'll give me a $50 discount so it's only $200.



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Posted Yesterday, 11:06 AM

KI turned off email push and Facebook push, so I need to actually refresh to get those.

The volume control on the back is okay but the power button there sucks; if your wallet is in the pocket outside the phone it'll light it up continually (as the wallet presses the power button) and drain the battery.

I've gotten used to having only the phone in one pocket, which works, but that's by far the worst part of the phone. Different for the sake of different with no advantage.

I don't have a car dock for it.


4+ hours of streaming music and Bluetooth, lots of refreshing mlb.com on WiFi, and a half hour phone call has me at 83% now. The baseball kills it because I have the screen on, which is obviously a huge power draw. It's not unusual to be over 95% when I leave work and sub-70% 6 hours later when I go to bed because of web surfing and the like.

 

The lack of push and the apparent lack of even casual gaming, I think, accounts for a fair share of your battery success. Most days, between constant bluetooth streaming, casual gaming, push, and video-watching, I'm lucky if I have more than 10% on my GS4 by 11 PM.

 

On those days where I'm too busy to actually use my phone as a distraction device (ie, it stays in the pocket essentially fulltime), I'm always surprised to see my phone gets plugged in at night with >50%.



#2186 Fratboy


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Posted Yesterday, 11:38 AM

Never need a store.  I let google sync my contacts, I use the play store to reload my apps, and I move my photos/videos to my PC.

 

How did this work? I did a factory restore on my phone in December, and nothing came back for me, but I used good old AppBrain to do it all. Is there a way to get all your apps back without having to accept permissions every time? I'm not rooted, btw.



#2187 SumnerH


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Posted Yesterday, 12:15 PM

 

The lack of push and the apparent lack of even casual gaming, I think, accounts for a fair share of your battery success. Most days, between constant bluetooth streaming, casual gaming, push, and video-watching, I'm lucky if I have more than 10% on my GS4 by 11 PM.

 

On those days where I'm too busy to actually use my phone as a distraction device (ie, it stays in the pocket essentially fulltime), I'm always surprised to see my phone gets plugged in at night with >50%.

 

Yep.  I listen to music/podcasts many hours a day, but almost never game on it.



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Posted Yesterday, 02:18 PM

 

How did this work? I did a factory restore on my phone in December, and nothing came back for me, but I used good old AppBrain to do it all. Is there a way to get all your apps back without having to accept permissions every time? I'm not rooted, btw.

 

I don't remember specifically, but I don't remember it being burdensome at all.






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