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#2701 Tim Naehrings Girl

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 03:00 PM

Frat just to understand, if we are relatively happy with the S3, the S5 should be similar but better camera and battery life?



#2702 Trautwein's Degree


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Posted 16 November 2014 - 03:32 PM

You can pick up a moto X cheaply. Great phone.

#2703 Joe Sixpack

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 03:35 PM

Frat just to understand, if we are relatively happy with the S3, the S5 should be similar but better camera and battery life?


Yes.

Better battery life and camera, plus the phone will be more responsive and faster and have a bigger screen.

Going from S3 -> S5 is a very worthwhile upgrade and if you like Samsung and the S3, then the S5 will be great for you.

#2704 Dollar

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 06:25 PM

The S3 was far better than the 1, but I am now at the end of my S3 life, i suspect. With the last bunch of app update the phone is running like it is powered by one of those 150 year old tortoises.
 
I am thinking of just bouncing to the S5 unless someone has a compelling reason why I should not. I truly love my S3 and if it wasn't taking a full minute sometimes to pull up my keyboard, or to send texts, I would just keep it.  


Have you restarted it recently, or fully powered it off then on again? I was having the same issues with the new updates, but because I rarely turn the phone off, I hadn't realized that a simple restart would make my S3 run smoothly again. I was ready to get a new phone, but now I'm planning on sticking with this one for a while (mostly because I'm using my unlimited data as a hotspot with FoxFi.)

#2705 Fratboy


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Posted 16 November 2014 - 06:27 PM

What he said. The S5 is quite a bit bigger than the S3, so try it in your hands. The Droid Turbo is a bit of an adjustment for me, and I've got fairly large hands.

#2706 Caspir

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 06:56 PM

So what did you move to if you're selling your S4?


I just got a Note 4 because I wanted something bigger. Now that the Note and Note Edge are out, the Galaxy 6 will be next up. Personally I wasn't impressed by the 5, but it's definitely an upgrade over the 3.

#2707 Fratboy


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Posted 16 November 2014 - 08:41 PM

If there's anybody who's still rocking an S3 and would like some ZeroLemon batteries, chargers, etc, on the cheap, hit me up. I'd rather keep in in the family.



#2708 Monbo Jumbo


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Posted 17 November 2014 - 05:04 PM

Lollipop coming OTA to my Nexus 7 right now!

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Edited by Monbo Jumbo, 17 November 2014 - 05:05 PM.


#2709 zenter


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Posted 18 November 2014 - 03:50 PM

I have a OnePlus One invite, if anyone's interested. Expires in ~20 hours, so act fast!!!



#2710 glennhoffmania


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Posted 18 November 2014 - 07:09 PM

What are the best music players? I've used Winamp for a long time but now that it's basically gone it isn't working right with the latest updates. I've read that Doubletwist and Shuttle are pretty good.

#2711 onree

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 08:35 PM

What are the best music players? I've used Winamp for a long time but now that it's basically gone it isn't working right with the latest updates. I've read that Doubletwist and Shuttle are pretty good.

 

I've always liked PowerAMP.  GoneMAD is also good.  But I'm pretty old school in what I ask from a music player (e.g., I still use file folders and not ID3 tags for organization).



#2712 glennhoffmania


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Posted 18 November 2014 - 09:12 PM

I just downloaded and played around with Shuttle and so far I'm a fan.

#2713 Orange Julia


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Posted 19 November 2014 - 09:59 AM

Have you restarted it recently, or fully powered it off then on again? I was having the same issues with the new updates, but because I rarely turn the phone off, I hadn't realized that a simple restart would make my S3 run smoothly again. I was ready to get a new phone, but now I'm planning on sticking with this one for a while (mostly because I'm using my unlimited data as a hotspot with FoxFi.)

It actually restarts itself on a regular basis, but I will try it again. Thanks.  Can you not use the new Sg5 as a hotspot? What is FoxFi? I actually have a verizon MiFi that i got for the interns at the office (because if they connect to the county's wifi they are blocked from every conceivable social media tool) so I can always take that with me if I'm traveling, but i do love using PDAnet on an as-needed basis.  You know, normally I love upgrading, but I am finding myself settling more and more for what I know. This is what Virginia has done to me.



#2714 Orange Julia


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Posted 19 November 2014 - 10:00 AM

If there's anybody who's still rocking an S3 and would like some ZeroLemon batteries, chargers, etc, on the cheap, hit me up. I'd rather keep in in the family.

 

Is this something I would want (the batteries?) Thanks, everyone, for your input and help in what is clearly a monumental decision for me. :rolleyes:



#2715 rembrat


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Posted 19 November 2014 - 02:52 PM

My Nexus 5 just got the Android 5.0 update. I'm downloading now. My body is ready.



#2716 rembrat


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Posted 19 November 2014 - 03:21 PM

Damn it feels good to be masterrace.



#2717 Dollar

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 06:42 PM

It actually restarts itself on a regular basis, but I will try it again. Thanks.  Can you not use the new Sg5 as a hotspot? What is FoxFi? I actually have a verizon MiFi that i got for the interns at the office (because if they connect to the county's wifi they are blocked from every conceivable social media tool) so I can always take that with me if I'm traveling, but i do love using PDAnet on an as-needed basis.  You know, normally I love upgrading, but I am finding myself settling more and more for what I know. This is what Virginia has done to me.

I'm sure you can use pretty much any Android phone as a hotspot these days (including the S5), but I'm on a grandfathered Verizon unlimited data plan and at this point I don't want to a) lose the unlimited data, because I'm using that as my sole source of internet right now, or b) go through all the complicated steps of upgrading my phone and keeping the plan because I'm perfectly happy with my S3 right now (battery isn't a big deal because I don't use it at all at work, screen size is perfect for me, etc).  FoxFi is probably just a competitor of PDAnet, just a third-party hotspot app that cost $8.  

 

I was originally thinking that the new iPhones would finally be reason enough to get me to upgrade my phone, but they didn't blow me away.  I'll probably stick with my S3 for about another year, and at that point I'll have a better idea about where I'll be living and what kind of phone/plan I want, and then I'll make the switch.  

 

Hope you figure out what's wrong with your phone!



#2718 PortlandSoxFan


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Posted 20 November 2014 - 12:32 PM

Moto with estimated delivery date of Dec 2. So I'm assuming the it'll be out for delivery around the same time.

 

Any update on yours?  Over at XDA there is a thread of very impatient people whining about not having their phone days before it was promised...it seems Moto orders are shipping out more than Play orders.  Mine has always said "leaves warehouse on 11/21" so we'll see what happens tonight/tomorrow.



#2719 Soxy Brown

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 12:37 PM

My Nexus 5 just got the Android 5.0 update. I'm downloading now. My body is ready.

 

Let me know if you notice any difference in battery life.  I've read some reports that it's made a huge positive difference, but that hasn't happened with me.  Seems to be worse, if anything.



#2720 FL4WL3SS


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Posted 20 November 2014 - 12:38 PM

 

Any update on yours?  Over at XDA there is a thread of very impatient people whining about not having their phone days before it was promised...it seems Moto orders are shipping out more than Play orders.  Mine has always said "leaves warehouse on 11/21" so we'll see what happens tonight/tomorrow.

Looking at my order page on the moto website still has it scheduled to be delivered on Dec 2. So I'm assuming the date it leaves the warehouse is about the same as yours given the holiday.



#2721 PortlandSoxFan


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Posted 20 November 2014 - 01:17 PM

I haven't noticed any worse battery life on my N5 since it updated.  But it is really only on the weekends when I'm off the charger for extended periods; so we'll see.



#2722 FL4WL3SS


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Posted 21 November 2014 - 10:05 AM

 

Any update on yours?  Over at XDA there is a thread of very impatient people whining about not having their phone days before it was promised...it seems Moto orders are shipping out more than Play orders.  Mine has always said "leaves warehouse on 11/21" so we'll see what happens tonight/tomorrow.

Let me know if yours gets shipped out today as promised.



#2723 PortlandSoxFan


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Posted 21 November 2014 - 10:39 AM

So far no...based on the thread on XDA, there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to what's getting shipped when.  I'm not going to be terribly concerned about it until I'm passed the promised ship date.



#2724 Harry Hooper


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Posted 21 November 2014 - 10:43 AM

Update on my Moto G LTE StraightTalk experience on AT&T network: I finally got a legit high-speed LTE connection. Speed was around 12 MB/sec near the Bourne Bridge. Otherwise, my use in MA, NY, CT, and PA has never had a LTE connection faster than about 3 MB/sec.

 

Question to AT&T (or Cricket) customers with 4G LTE: how often are you getting 4G LTE connections faster than 3 MB/sec.?

 

 

Addendum: I hit about 19 MB/sec in Stoughton today. Apparently the backbone along Route 24 is the best around.


Edited by Harry Hooper, 22 November 2014 - 11:14 PM.


#2725 FL4WL3SS


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Posted 22 November 2014 - 07:49 AM

So far no...based on the thread on XDA, there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to what's getting shipped when.  I'm not going to be terribly concerned about it until I'm passed the promised ship date.

I just got notified that mine has shipped. ETA Wednesday 10:30AM.



#2726 PortlandSoxFan


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Posted 23 November 2014 - 07:16 AM

Mine supposedly shipped Friday night, I have tracking but no delivery date .

#2727 ehaz

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 08:34 PM

My contract ran up on my iPhone 5 and I'm considering switching to android but I'm scared because I have a Mac and keep all my shit on it.  Anything good to read up on for someone switching?  Good ways to import contacts and/or music from iTunes?  Was looking at the Nexus 6 and Droid Turbo.


Edited by ehaz, 23 November 2014 - 08:35 PM.


#2728 PortlandSoxFan


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Posted 24 November 2014 - 02:40 PM

Mine supposedly shipped Friday night, I have tracking but no delivery date .

 

Also ETA Wednesday.  Hopefully it doesn't get slowed by weather so I don't have to wait for after Thanksgiving.



#2729 FL4WL3SS


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Posted 24 November 2014 - 02:47 PM

It will. Mine hasn't even left China yet (it probably has, but as of this morning it was still in Hong Kong according to the tracking).



#2730 ehaz

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 03:07 PM

Does anyone with the Nexus 6 have any reports on the battery life?  Pretty bummed about the battery size especially given how huge the device is.  Seems like the Turbo has a bigger battery with a much smaller screen size, too bad for me since I'd prefer stock android.


Edited by ehaz, 24 November 2014 - 03:07 PM.


#2731 PortlandSoxFan


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Posted 24 November 2014 - 04:07 PM

IDK about the 6 yet, but I'll tell you that battery saver mode in Lollipop is pretty awesome.  I was stuck without a charger at the Pats game yesterday with my N5 and turned on battery saver when it was at 21% around 2:00 PM.  By the time I arrived home around 7, it was at 5%..and that's with some light surfing, texting/hangouts, a few pictures, and being connected to my bluetooth for the entire drive home.



#2732 FL4WL3SS


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Posted Yesterday, 08:31 AM

Well it looks like I'll get it today or tomorrow. It's at the local FedEx facility waiting to be delivered.

#2733 Foulkey Reese


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Posted Yesterday, 09:16 AM

Apparently the Moto X 2nd generation got Lollipop yesterday.

 

Hoping the Droid Turbo isn't far behind.



#2734 FL4WL3SS


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Posted Yesterday, 09:33 AM

Well that escalated quickly.

 

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#2735 Trautwein's Degree


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Posted Yesterday, 10:00 AM

Apparently the Moto X 2nd generation got Lollipop yesterday.

 

Hoping the Droid Turbo isn't far behind.

Only Verizon. Sadly, my X is up to date on Kit Kat. 



#2736 FL4WL3SS


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Posted Yesterday, 10:12 AM

So yeah, the AT&T SIM card from my S3 is too big for the slot in the Nexus 6. What a nut punch.



#2737 PortlandSoxFan


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Posted Yesterday, 10:14 AM

Yeah; I ordered a nano-sim to use in it.  Run to any AT&T store and they'll give you one for free...



#2738 PortlandSoxFan


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Posted Yesterday, 10:18 AM

Not sure why mine won't be here today; Louisville to CT is a 2 day point.  My case will be here today, though



#2739 FL4WL3SS


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Posted Yesterday, 10:23 AM

I got lucky, the phone went from Hong Kong to Memphis. Memphis is only 4-5 hours from me.



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Posted Yesterday, 10:32 AM

So yeah, the AT&T SIM card from my S3 is too big for the slot in the Nexus 6. What a nut punch.

 

I believe that you have a micro-sim and want a nano-sim.  They can actually be cut.

 



#2741 FL4WL3SS


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Posted Yesterday, 11:06 AM

I just ran to the ATT store a half mile from my house. Thank you though.



#2742 Apisith

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Posted Yesterday, 11:12 AM

How is it?

#2743 FL4WL3SS


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Posted Yesterday, 12:57 PM

It's definitely a big phone, but to be honest, it's not offensively big like some of the reviews made it out to be. In fact, I didn't even flinch when I took it out of the box. I keep going back and forth between it and my S3 and the S3 already looks cramped and small.

 

The phone itself is great, but Android 5.0 is amazing. I'm so glad I went with the unlocked version and have the pure Google experience.



#2744 PortlandSoxFan


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Posted Yesterday, 02:00 PM

My girlfriend's N4 is ready to download the 5.0 update...curious to see how it works on there.  She's getting the N5 after tomorrow night, so I'll be testing it off of a factory reset



#2745 ehaz

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Posted Yesterday, 06:04 PM

Let us know what you think of the battery when you've had some time with it.  Trying to decide whether or not to wait for the Verizon one or just get the Turbo - but I guess either would be a helluva upgrade on my iPhone 5.



#2746 jercra

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Posted Yesterday, 06:38 PM

So yeah, the AT&T SIM card from my S3 is too big for the slot in the Nexus 6. What a nut punch.

That shouldn't be a big deal.  I had the same issue with an M8 and an S3.  I just went to the store and they gave me a new SIM and moved the phone number over.  It was free and pretty painless.

 

This was on Verizon, FYI






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