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How good is Non-Verizon service in the Boston (Dorchester, to be specific) area? We have Verizon and it is less than ideal service. Apparently our closest cell phone tower is inside a Churches bell tower and to upgrade it is risky because any damage to the school's property will be billed to Verizon. They haven't upgraded it in years. It is not unbearable, but there are the occasional dropped calls and at certain times there is no service from our back deck. With Black Friday coming up, we are looking to other providers (T-Mobile and AT&T). Cross posting this in the iPhone thread...Wife will be going with the iPhone, I like Androids. Any help is appreciated.
 

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My pixel 3 decided yesterday to just stop working. Went black, turned on once for about 15 minutes and now will not turn on. Much as I know I've had the phone a while I'm irate at the phone going from completely useful to brick with no notice. Going to bring it to the store tomorrow to see if I can factory reset but with no home phone and a tablet that doesn't have a sim card.. Bad day
 

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How good is Non-Verizon service in the Boston (Dorchester, to be specific) area? We have Verizon and it is less than ideal service. Apparently our closest cell phone tower is inside a Churches bell tower and to upgrade it is risky because any damage to the school's property will be billed to Verizon. They haven't upgraded it in years. It is not unbearable, but there are the occasional dropped calls and at certain times there is no service from our back deck. With Black Friday coming up, we are looking to other providers (T-Mobile and AT&T). Cross posting this in the iPhone thread...Wife will be going with the iPhone, I like Androids. Any help is appreciated.
I'm on Google Fi. T-Mobile works well for me in the city, Sprint better outside the city. Neither gives as good rural coverage as Verizon, around here or nationally (have been in Arizona/Wyoming/Utah a fair amount of time). Sprint is so far and away the worst where I live that it's comical.
 

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How good is Non-Verizon service in the Boston (Dorchester, to be specific) area? We have Verizon and it is less than ideal service. Apparently our closest cell phone tower is inside a Churches bell tower and to upgrade it is risky because any damage to the school's property will be billed to Verizon. They haven't upgraded it in years. It is not unbearable, but there are the occasional dropped calls and at certain times there is no service from our back deck. With Black Friday coming up, we are looking to other providers (T-Mobile and AT&T). Cross posting this in the iPhone thread...Wife will be going with the iPhone, I like Androids. Any help is appreciated.
I can't speak to Dorchester specifically, but I'm in Canton and between here and Boston I get great service on T-Mobile's network via Mint. They also offer a starter kit for $5 with a SIM you can use to try it out and see if it works before you commit.

https://www.mintmobile.com/starterkit/
 

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The Pixel will take significantly better pictures and the Galaxy has a slightly bigger, nicer screen. The Pixel will probably be a bit faster, but he may not notice it. It really just depends on how he values the screen versus photography with it.
 

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Any opinions on which is better, the Pixel 4A or the Samsung Galaxy A51?
Spouse looking to get his first cellphone and we are ignorant. Prices are comparable. TIA.
I can't speak to the Samsung, but I've both the Pixel 4a and the Pixel 4a-5G and the 5G is a much better phone, though both are very good devices. For a while around Xmas, they were basically the same price, so if you're leaning Pixel, see you can get the 4a-5G.
 

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Maybe this needs to be in a tablet devoted thread, but I'm getting a tablet for work travel/general use. Price not being an issue should I get a 4g through Verizon or just use the hotspot on my pixel and stay with the wifi model?

Probably getting a Samsung tab 7
 

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Maybe this needs to be in a tablet devoted thread, but I'm getting a tablet for work travel/general use. Price not being an issue should I get a 4g through Verizon or just use the hotspot on my pixel and stay with the wifi model?

Probably getting a Samsung tab 7
Using the hotspot feature will crush your battery. If you don't have to pay for the costs of the 4g model, I can't see how having that will yield any downside. It's just more convenient. You'll always have a connection and you won't have to bother turning on the hotspot feature and draining the phone battery.
 

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OK, I have got an Android version 10 phone {Moto g power} which has spontaneously rebooted 5-6 times in the last 10 days or so. Maybe it's a flaw in the latest update that was installed around the same period where this behavior began. Anyone else seeing this? I've never seen this before in 15 months of use.
 

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OK, I have got an Android version 10 phone {Moto g power} which has spontaneously rebooted 5-6 times in the last 10 days or so. Maybe it's a flaw in the latest update that was installed around the same period where this behavior began. Anyone else seeing this? I've never seen this before in 15 months of use.
Things calmed down to rebooting 2-3 times/week about a dozen days after my original post, but now it's worse than ever (5x today already).
 

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In late May, while eating breakfast, my hand brushed by my Pixel 3 XL while it was resting on my dining room table, and it wobbled. Phones shouldn't do that! I took it out of its case and saw the battery had swelled, causing the back panel to be separated from the side of the phone. After panicking for several hours, I did some digging, and found it's not uncommon.

I contacted Google customer support, and they sent me an RMA to return my old device, and sent me a refurbed device after evaluating my old one. The whole process took about 11 days, but I got a new-to-me free of it.

Same thing happened to bf last week and we had to do the same thing for him. So if you've got a Pixel 3/XL, be aware this might be happening to you soon.
 

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In late May, while eating breakfast, my hand brushed by my Pixel 3 XL while it was resting on my dining room table, and it wobbled. Phones shouldn't do that! I took it out of its case and saw the battery had swelled, causing the back panel to be separated from the side of the phone. After panicking for several hours, I did some digging, and found it's not uncommon.

I contacted Google customer support, and they sent me an RMA to return my old device, and sent me a refurbed device after evaluating my old one. The whole process took about 11 days, but I got a new-to-me free of it.

Same thing happened to bf last week and we had to do the same thing for him. So if you've got a Pixel 3/XL, be aware this might be happening to you soon.
I can't believe Google had you ship it back. That seems like a fire waiting to happen.
 

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OLD MAN ALERT: I have a Samsung Galaxy S8+ which has served me well. There's nothing wrong with it but I recognize that I'm several generations of phone behind. What is today's equivalent of the S8+ and should I make the upgrade? I presume there's a way to transfer all apps from the old phone to the new one? Also, would the easiest way to transact this be to go to the local verizon store and just swap out the phones?
 

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My Pixel 3XL started bootlooping the other day at a very inconvenient time (trying to find an alternate route around the I-95 wreck in Seabrook). The usual recovery mode things didn't work, as it would just go straight back into the bootloop as soon as I released the volume key. Eventually got home and found someone with a similar issue, who prescribed some "percussive maintenance" on the power button. Turns out the power button was stuck "on" and causing the restarts and the inoperable recovery mode. Did some NES Advantage style button mashing on it and the phone is back to life. Hoping it lives until the 6 is released.
 

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Is the 6 worth waiting for? I was planning on getting the 4a 5g (or wait on 5a 5g)...
From what I saw when I was looking at potentially replacing this, there aren't a lot of 4a 5G or Pixel 5 out there, and who knows when the 5a will release. I think the chip shortage keeps delaying it.

The 6 is interesting to me. They seem to finally be updating the camera guts according to the leaks, which have been pretty much the same since the 2/2XL. The waterproof aspect isn't something I rely heavily on but I'm stuck in the rain sometimes and so I like it for that. And they seemed to have really nailed the battery on the 5 so I'm hoping that carries forward to the 6.

edit: looks like the 5a went through the FCC, news came out since I posted. So it may be out soon ish
 
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