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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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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.?






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