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glennhoffmania

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Joe Sixpack

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If it has an indicator light I'm in. The headphone jack doesn't really bother me, but I don't understand taking away the SD and indicator light options.
Yes, it also has an indicator light!

The space above the display is home to a lot of functional bits. That includes the selfie camera, earpiece (itself also the left channel loudspeaker), ambient light and proximity sensors, and even an RGB status/notification LED.
https://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_5_iii-review-2294p2.php
 

glennhoffmania

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I'm guessing there isn't a simple solution I haven't tried but I'm throwing this out there in case.

I have Sprint and was switched to a T-Mobile sim card in the fall (using a Galaxy S20). Ever since the switch I don't get voicemail notifications. The only way I know I have a voicemail is if I open the app and refresh it. Once in a while it works correctly but mostly it's useless. I've called TM twice and they claimed that they refreshed my settings or whatever. I've uninstalled and reinstalled the app, made sure all of the settings are correct, rebooted, etc.- everything you would find in a Google search. Nothing works. If I have a missed call I get a notification, and now whenever that happens I refresh the voicemail inbox to check. But if I'm on the subway or something and don't have a signal, so I don't have a missed call, I'd never know I had a voicemail.

Any advice?
 

JimD

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I'm guessing there isn't a simple solution I haven't tried but I'm throwing this out there in case.

I have Sprint and was switched to a T-Mobile sim card in the fall (using a Galaxy S20). Ever since the switch I don't get voicemail notifications. The only way I know I have a voicemail is if I open the app and refresh it. Once in a while it works correctly but mostly it's useless. I've called TM twice and they claimed that they refreshed my settings or whatever. I've uninstalled and reinstalled the app, made sure all of the settings are correct, rebooted, etc.- everything you would find in a Google search. Nothing works. If I have a missed call I get a notification, and now whenever that happens I refresh the voicemail inbox to check. But if I'm on the subway or something and don't have a signal, so I don't have a missed call, I'd never know I had a voicemail.

Any advice?
I've been having problems with missed text messages ever since I had to replace my Sprint Sim card with a T-Mobile one. (I have a Samsung A71 5G)
 

TallerThanPedroia

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The power button on my Pixel 3 was being dodgy since October (coinciding with the Boston Marathon, so probably some sweat got in there) and yesterday it fell right off. I can still click the button with my fingernail but that's not fun, and it's still a little dodgy. I had to turn off the "double click to open camera" option months ago. I set up some software workarounds, a Tasker button to open the power menu, and a Nova Launcher gesture to turn off the screen without locking down. But maybe this is a sign that I'm overdue to upgrade.

I'd been holding out for a Pixel 7 since Google seems to be going back and forth with the back-of-the-phone fingerprint reader, which I really like, and I've heard the Pixel 6 front one isn't very good. But some Googling suggests the 7 will be breaking this pattern.

How are people feeling about their 6s?

My phone is still working well otherwise. Battery life has declined, but is still pretty good and I've had this since February 2019. By contrast, my Pixel 1 fell off a cliff soon after the two year mark.

Is it worth trying to get it fixed?
 

Cellar-Door

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The power button on my Pixel 3 was being dodgy since October (coinciding with the Boston Marathon, so probably some sweat got in there) and yesterday it fell right off. I can still click the button with my fingernail but that's not fun, and it's still a little dodgy. I had to turn off the "double click to open camera" option months ago. I set up some software workarounds, a Tasker button to open the power menu, and a Nova Launcher gesture to turn off the screen without locking down. But maybe this is a sign that I'm overdue to upgrade.

I'd been holding out for a Pixel 7 since Google seems to be going back and forth with the back-of-the-phone fingerprint reader, which I really like, and I've heard the Pixel 6 front one isn't very good. But some Googling suggests the 7 will be breaking this pattern.

How are people feeling about their 6s?

My phone is still working well otherwise. Battery life has declined, but is still pretty good and I've had this since February 2019. By contrast, my Pixel 1 fell off a cliff soon after the two year mark.

Is it worth trying to get it fixed?
I will never stop being mad at Google for moving away from one of the best differentiators they had (the excellent rear fingerprint scanners) to do what everyone else does (shitty under screen) but not as well.
 

FlexFlexerson

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The power button on my Pixel 3 was being dodgy since October (coinciding with the Boston Marathon, so probably some sweat got in there) and yesterday it fell right off. I can still click the button with my fingernail but that's not fun, and it's still a little dodgy. I had to turn off the "double click to open camera" option months ago. I set up some software workarounds, a Tasker button to open the power menu, and a Nova Launcher gesture to turn off the screen without locking down. But maybe this is a sign that I'm overdue to upgrade.

I'd been holding out for a Pixel 7 since Google seems to be going back and forth with the back-of-the-phone fingerprint reader, which I really like, and I've heard the Pixel 6 front one isn't very good. But some Googling suggests the 7 will be breaking this pattern.

How are people feeling about their 6s?

My phone is still working well otherwise. Battery life has declined, but is still pretty good and I've had this since February 2019. By contrast, my Pixel 1 fell off a cliff soon after the two year mark.

Is it worth trying to get it fixed?
I finally retired my pixel 3 a couple months ago (it wouldn't start up unless it was plugged in - a fairly major issue when combined with the declining batter life that required turning off occasionally to conserve battery power when out and about) and switched to a 6. I miss the back of phone fingerprint reader but I've gotten used to everything being on the front and love the upgraded cameras. It was a pretty seamless transition. Obviously, these phones are too new to really be able to give any insights into long term issues but I was attracted to the 5 year support cycle on these ones (as someone, like you it seems, who wants to upgrade their phones as infrequently as possible).

Pour one out for the 3 tho, best cell phone I ever owned. I'll miss the free unlimited uncompressed photo backup for sure. Wasn't gonna get rid of my 3 until that service sunsetted.