4G Android phone megathread

milfordsoxfan

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My S7 is slowly becoming worse and worse, is the S9 in a good place still for $499 unlocked (I travel a boatload for work so hotswapping sims is key).
I don't know what service you use, but if you sign up for Google Fi today, the Pixel 3 XL is 50% off, $449-499 depending upon storage (the Pixel 3 is also 1/2 off). I'm sure they are clearing inventory before the Pixel 4 comes out in a month or so. The Pixel is probably a better phone than the S9. I don't know how long you need to stay on Fi for in order to be qualified for the deal. If you're travelling internationally, Fi is pretty great. There are cheaper MVNOs, and you're dependent upon T-Mobile, though.

If Samsung is your thing/you don't want to change carriers, new S9s are going for like $400 on eBay, and as low as $250 or so used on Swappa. If you're working off an S7 right now, I'd imagine you'll be fine with an S9 for 2-3 years depending upon your use case. Outside of the cameras, phone hardware has really only incrementally improved over the past 2 years or so. If it weren't for battery deterioration, I'd still be on the Pixel 1.
 

tmracht

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On a business ATT plan while im in the states. Ebay is a good shout ill poke around there too. Saw the sale on BH and was tempted by that impulse buy temptress.
 

Dernells Casket n Flagon

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If you are going to get a new phone, wouldn't you want one that will handle 5G when it rolls out in your area(s)?
No?

What do you need to do on a phone at Gigabit speeds that 100Mbps of LTE coverage is unable to adequately handle. Additionally new radio chips are generally very inefficient and cause major battery drain. We saw this for the first few rounds of LTE phones.
 

rembrat

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I don't know what service you use, but if you sign up for Google Fi today, the Pixel 3 XL is 50% off, $449-499 depending upon storage (the Pixel 3 is also 1/2 off). I'm sure they are clearing inventory before the Pixel 4 comes out in a month or so. The Pixel is probably a better phone than the S9. I don't know how long you need to stay on Fi for in order to be qualified for the deal. If you're travelling internationally, Fi is pretty great. There are cheaper MVNOs, and you're dependent upon T-Mobile, though.
My Pixel 1 XL died randomly Monday night and I ended up getting this 50% off Pixel 3 XL offer. I feel like I got a heck of a deal.
 

milfordsoxfan

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My Pixel 1 XL died randomly Monday night and I ended up getting this 50% off Pixel 3 XL offer. I feel like I got a heck of a deal.
It's the best Android phone I've had, and I've had quite a few dating back to the first Droid. I bought it at launch for $1000, but only because they had a dollar-for-dollar travel credit at the time. I bought the 1 XL for around $600 or so when they were clearing inventory for the 2 XL. If you have the luxury of timing it, I'm fairly convinced this is the way to go with Android phones right now as the improvements from year to year are so marginal. Android phones don't hold value, and every time I've paid full retail for one, I've ended up feeling like a sucker when there is an inevitable steep discount immediately thereafter.

As an aside, I think the earbuds that are included with the 3 XL were designed by a masochist. They are the least comfortable headphones I've ever used, and as a bonus they're almost impossible to keep in your ear for any length of time. It's almost as though they were intended for the ear of another species.
 

bohous

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As an aside, I think the earbuds that are included with the 3 XL were designed by a masochist. They are the least comfortable headphones I've ever used, and as a bonus they're almost impossible to keep in your ear for any length of time. It's almost as though they were intended for the ear of another species.
Interesting you mention the earbuds. I have had my Pixel3 XL for almost a year never use my phone for music However I am traveling today and used the earbuds for the first time to listen to podcasts on the plane. I thought it must have just been my ears but was thinking the same thing. Even the little wing doesn't help. Just a horrible design.
 

saintnick912

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As an aside, I think the earbuds that are included with the 3 XL were designed by a masochist. They are the least comfortable headphones I've ever used, and as a bonus they're almost impossible to keep in your ear for any length of time. It's almost as though they were intended for the ear of another species.
I've felt that way about any Apple ones I've ever tried, the only decent ones I ever got with a phone were by Sony.