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The Android beasts thread, 2014 edition

The beasts of 2014.

They are all powered at least by a Snapdragon 801 or equivalent (e.g. the Exynos processors that you may find in some variations of Samsung's devices), with the exceptions being the Nexus 6 and the Galaxy Note 4 powered by a Snapdragon 805 (or the equivalent Exynos).
They all include 2 or 3 GB of RAM memory.
And they they are all supposed to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop sooner or later.

I think that the timing is good for this new thread because the holiday season is approaching. Plus, after the latest releases, we may finally expect to not see many new phones announced this year.
Anyway, even if there are more phones to be announced in the next few weeks, right here, right now, these are the most important and most powerful Android phones (including phablets) I could think of.

Which one for you?

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Re: The Android beasts thread, 2014 edition

Oneplus One for me. Luckily I didn't have to jump through too many hoops to get one.

The design and performance are excellent. Initially I'd preferred the screen to be a tad smaller, but a big display does have its uses.

On the other hand, the "invite to buy" system is pretty silly. I've read their explanations as to why they need to avoid unsold stock, but the situation has been out of all proportion. If you go to the official forums, every substantive post is followed by a dozen people begging for invites. The relative disappointment of the Nexus 6 announcement has only made matters worse, as people are now flocking towards an alternate solution. At this stage, I suspect that they are just using scarcity as a marketing tool.

Reportedly they are going to start a preorder system very soon, so the hassle of scoring an invite may be history - only to be replaced by the frustration of being put in a preorder waiting list!

Note they don't ship to Switzerland. I had it delivered to a colleague's address in France.

BTW last night I got an invite to order an Oneplus One immediately. PM me today before 8 pm if you want it.
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Re: The Android beasts thread, 2014 edition

I will buy the Z3 Compact if I buy one of this generation.
I like how Sony fit a 4.6" screen in the same body as the Z1 Compact.

The new Moto X is also excellent but the battery is a disappointment. How can they increase the size from the original Moto X and not add a bigger battery to take advantage of all this extra space?

Everything else in the list is either too big or too Samsung (I hate Samsung) for my taste.
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I didn't think there was much in the way of "Beasts" this year - the whole market seems to have completely stagnated with only minor incremental improvements to last years models.
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Well it is on (Chf279 S4)


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No need for you to participate in this thread then is there?
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Me too. I'll start by asking why anyone would even think about "upgrading" if their current phone is still working fine.

Bigger screen I could see for some, but then there've been big screen models around for a while. More memory perhaps? I didn't think there were any significant changes in this area.

So, what possible reason would you have to change to a new one?
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Me too. I'll start by asking why anyone would even think about "upgrading" if their current phone is still working fine.

Bigger screen I could see for some, but then there've been big screen models around for a while. More memory perhaps? I didn't think there were any significant changes in this area.

So, what possible reason would you have to change to a new one?
  • Because they want to
  • Better battery life
  • Better camera
  • May not have wireless charging and want it
  • May not have waterproofing and want it
  • They like to keep up with the latest phone
  • they might have a 12 month contract and are due an upgrade
  • Their phone may not be upgradeable to the newest OS on Apple or Android
  • They want to try something new

My Nexus 5 was working fine for me. The battery life could have been better but a minor annoyance rather than a major issue. I got a oneplus one invite which I had to use within 24 hours so I got a oneplus one. I have now 'upgraded'. The OPO runs smoother, has a better battery life, bigger screen, better camera, better build quality....and I just wanted too.


I hope this is ok with you?

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I hope this is ok with you?
I wouldn't have been asking if I didn't want to know the answers, would I?

It does seem that "I just wanted too[sic]" was your main reason though. Is that the case with other upgraders to[sic]?
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I wouldn't have been asking if I didn't want to know the answers, would I?

It does seem that "I just wanted too[sic]" was your main reason though. Is that the case with other upgraders to[sic]?
I think you need to make a distinction between people who simply view their phones as tool (sic) to make phone calls and browse the internet and people who have phones because they are gadget geeks.

If you just need your phone as a tool then you can do as slappers does and have a relatively old phone which still does as it has too (sic). I on the other hand enjoy a change every 12 months or so if something takes my fancy.

I guess it's like getting a new pair of skis when the other ones will still get you down a hill.
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Because my existing phone can't sit on my wrist looking cool like my next one will.
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Because my existing phone can't sit on my wrist looking cool like my next one will.
I find it hard to imagine you with a big smart watch. I find it hard to imagine you with any phone that doesn't involve a two piece handset and a hello girl, tbh.
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Maybe I am a bit rough but I have never has a phone that has lasted two years before a fault or breaking the screen, the exception being an old clamshell Samsung which must be going on 8yo and still functions but battery is well, nuf said.
So my current phones (S3 Samsung) charging port doesn't work any more so that and to get 4g are the main reasons, still I spend a huge amount of time researching the latest and greatest until realising that the cost/benefit was not worth it greatest for me. So it is good to have some people here who chase the latest and greatest and can split atoms to find faults and benefits in every product giving us the wisdom of their subjective opinions.
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Well yes, if the old ones still do the job, why would you throw them away? But there's more to skiing than getting down the hill, as I'm sure you know very well.

FWIW I do have several pairs, but they're all old, and each used for a specific job. Fat ones for off-piste, for example, and some old short carvy ones for teaching beginners (cos they're light and twin-tipped, which help with all the backward skiing we do). Those were both bought new, 5 and 8 years ago, IIRC.

My other alpine ones are both second-hand, one bought just before I ddid my ski instructor training, because I didn't have an piste-specific skis, and the other a nice stiff pair of slalom ones for more advanced piste technique training, bought from someone on here.

I even re-used some old off-piste skis when I started telemarking last year - had to buy some bindings (the old ones had been re-used on another pair of skis anyway) but while a gadget geek would probably have felt the need to get some specific telemark skis, at great expense, I will never buy something new unless there's a real reason for it.
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Well yes, if the old ones still do the job, why would you throw them away? But there's more to skiing than getting down the hill, as I'm sure you know very well.

FWIW I do have several pairs, but they're all old, and each used for a specific job. Fat ones for off-piste, for example, and some old short carvy ones for teaching beginners (cos they're light and twin-tipped, which help with all the backward skiing we do). Those were both bought new, 5 and 8 years ago, IIRC.

My other alpine ones are both second-hand, one bought just before I ddid my ski instructor training, because I didn't have an piste-specific skis, and the other a nice stiff pair of slalom ones for more advanced piste technique training, bought from someone on here.

I even re-used some old off-piste skis when I started telemarking last year - had to buy some bindings (the old ones had been re-used on another pair of skis anyway) but while a gadget geek would probably have felt the need to get some specific telemark skis, at great expense, I will never buy something new unless there's a real reason for it.
You give me too much credit. The only time I ski is when my ski instructor friend invites me up to his chalet and I'm usually too cheap to pay for a ski pass and go on the beginners one with the annoying English school kids.

He seems to get a new pair every year though and talks about them being super light this, that, and the other so thought you'd appreciate the comparison. He usually sells them for almost as much as he paid to some mug. I usually have a similar story but with phones.
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He seems to get a new pair every year though and talks about them being super light this, that, and the other so thought you'd appreciate the comparison. He usually sells them for almost as much as he paid to some mug. I usually have a similar story but with phones.
Ah well, he's clearly more of a gadget geek than a technical skier. They exist in all sorts of areas, and I never really understand them. For many skiers I'd say, why spend >1500chf every year on a new set of skis when you'd get a lot more out of a couple of hundred francs worth of proper technical training?

Workman, bad, tools, comes to mind.

So back on topic, anyone who is thinking of getting a new one and comments here, it would be great to know what particular feature or features will be better for you on the new phone than the old.
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So back on topic, anyone who is thinking of getting a new one and comments here, it would be great to know what particular feature or features will be better for you on the new phone than the old.
I think the android phones have got to the 'good enough' stage since the nexus 5, samsung s4, etc.

Even the iphones have almost got there now that they have the bigger screens (perhaps the low ram is the last remaining piece).

That said, with all the phones, you'd need to replace the batteries inside them every 3 years or so anyway as they wear out. Phones with removable batteries can be done relatively easily and so can be kept indefinitely.

However, the trend seems to be to have sealed/glued in batteries which may not be as easy to source and replace - leading to higher costs to do so which might mean that it is less hassle to buy a new phone than to try to get a battery for the old phone replaced.

For some people, they probably are more likely to lose/damage the phone before the battery dies.
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Re: The Android beasts thread, 2014 edition

Following up from the older thread Re S4 at Interdiscount, it seams that it is indeed true. Interdiscount is offering a simfree Samsung S4 phone for CHF279

if anyone is interested, then Grab phone while they last! as they are cheaper by CHF100 then any other provider.

Also, if you live in Zurich near LetziPark then grab the special mall offer of CHF20 off any CHF200 and above purchases at interdiscount. Voucher book can be found at the entrance of the mall.

Effectively bringing the phone to CHF259 which is a real bargain.
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I just got an S4 at Interdiscount. Great deal!

They tried to sell me all kinds of things on top of the phone... "Do you want insurance? Do you want a memory card? Do you want a case? Do you want a screen protector? Do you want Office 365? Do you want us to set up your phone and apps?" Just be prepared to say "No, thanks" a lot.

The offer is featured on the front page of their leaflet so I don't think they'll last long.

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