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Asus Padfone 2 1 6.67%
HTC One 1 6.67%
Motorola Razr HD 0 0%
Samsung Galaxy S4 3 20.00%
Samsung Galaxy S3 4G version 1 6.67%
Samsung Galaxy Note II 4G version 0 0%
Sony Xperia Z 1 6.67%
Other 3 20.00%
I am skipping this generation 3 20.00%
I am sticking to my iPhone 2 13.33%
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Re: New Android beasts in town: which one for you?

Phone insurance can be petty annoyance but it works miracles in such situations in the long run
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All very nice phones... but for some reason i cannot get over the plasticky feel of the Samsung devices!! I think that HTC devices feel more uber... Currently on an HTC and damn near close to going home with an HTC One soon...
i much prefer the plastic material used (though I would like to have it slightly rubberised for better grip). it is light, inexpensive, warm to the touch and radio transmissive. it is also strong and not prone to shattering when dropped.

i dislike the use of glass (fragile, heavy, cold, radiopaque) and aluminium (cold, radiopaque, dents/malleable) for phones.

perhaps a higher end phone might use carbon fibre in the future as a potential material...

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Phone insurance can be petty annoyance but it works miracles in such situations in the long run
if phone insurance is profitable for you in the long run, you are either very clumsy or the insurance companies are all going to be bankrupt..
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Old 09.08.2013, 11:12
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i much prefer the plastic material used (though I would like to have it slightly rubberised for better grip). it is light, inexpensive, warm to the touch and radio transmissive. it is also strong and not prone to shattering when dropped.

i dislike the use of glass (fragile, heavy, cold, radiopaque) and aluminium (cold, radiopaque) for phones.

perhaps a higher end phone might use carbon fibre in the future as a potential material...
Completely agree, aluminium is a lousy material for phones since it dents easily and doesn't feel particularly nice in the hand. In addition the HTC One already looks dated, and the screen bezel looks pretty thick and unattractive when compared to the S4 or razor-thin LG G2. I have the S4 and spent ages visiting shops, reading review, playing with the One and S4 side-by-side and in the end the choice was clear. The only nice thing about the One is the front facing stereo speakers, but they are not that loud.
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Old 09.08.2013, 11:19
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perhaps a higher end phone might use carbon fibre in the future as a potential material...
Motorolas use kevlar carbon backs. Sexy.
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It exists.. the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
The Galaxy S4 is a scam.
A guy posted on a Greek forum that the moment he put his in water it stopped working, then he sent it back and the same happened with the replacement.

Also, in the US there's an issue with AT&T not replacing the S4 Active (grammar question: should I say the S4 Actives?) that stopped working after being put into water....


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I agree on that.
Otherwise, plastic is just fine.
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Re: New Android beasts in town: which one for you?

I just got the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini due to its low price now the S4 is out and its more 'normal' size.. its not top of the range but it does most of the things its bigger bro does and it was 270 CHF! I've been using it a week and with a beefier processor for gaming and the extra gubbins i can only imagine that the new model is even more amazing. I agree with the plasticky feel which is a shame but a very minor negative.
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Re: New Android beasts in town: which one for you?

I'm waiting for the next Motorola phone before I part with my Samsung S2 (solid phone)
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Re: New Android beasts in town: which one for you?

Galaxy S2 that is!
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I just got the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini due to its low price now the S4 is out and its more 'normal' size..
Actually the S4 mini is less wide than the S3 mini. It's taller yes, but for most people width is what matters because they find it difficult to reach the other edge of the screen when holding the phone with one hand.
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Old 14.08.2013, 07:26
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I'm waiting for the next Motorola phone before I part with my Samsung S2 (solid phone)
That could be a long wait, considering that GoogoRola said that there are no plans for the Moto X series to come to other countries than the US and Canada. Apparently, the capacities of their new factory in Texas are very limited for now.

Also, not sure I'd want a phone that sends every word I say to the NSA (and, probably even worse, to Google) for analysis.
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That could be a long wait, considering that GoogoRola said that there are no plans for the Moto X series to come to other countries than the US and Canada. Apparently, the capacities of their new factory in Texas are very limited for now.

Also, not sure I'd want a phone that sends every word I say to the NSA (and, probably even worse, to Google) for analysis.
Maybe he's waiting for the Nexus 5.
Coming soon.
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Maybe he's waiting for the Nexus 5.
Coming soon.
That one's not even be properly rumoured. Just pre-roumored or so :-)
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Re: New Android beasts in town: which one for you?

I would skip for sure, unless this rumour of a new GS4 with a Snapdragon 800 Qcore 2.3GHz processor and a new faster GPU is true.

http://www.sammobile.com/2013/07/19/...the-galaxy-s4/

http://www.gsmarena.com/android_for_...-news-6406.php

Having said that, it might be worth waiting to see if the GS5 will get the aluminium and some of the specifications in this thread.
http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/s...pecs-and-price


But I have to admit what I really like is the design in this concept image, although I don't think the folding part is really an option.
http://www.valuewalk.com/2013/08/sam...laxy-s5-rumor/
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Re: New Android beasts in town: which one for you?

Well, if I had to choose, I'd go for the HTC One.

It's got a Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.6 GHz, and anyways generally good specifications. I like the speakers and the display is extremely good. (not going into specs or too much detail here)
The problem is that I like stock android and the Google Edition phones are not available here, well no devices at all (not even Nexus). Therefore, I have to factor in TouchWiz and the new Sense. Sense is significantly less modified than TouchWiz, and I like Sense better, so I will go with Sense. Of course, I can get stock on it by rooting and using launchers etc, but still.

I currently have a Nexus 4 that I got from the UK, and a Nexus 7 bought from Digitec. And they're already on 4.3!

I think anybody who wants a premium phone, stock android experience and so on should go for Nexus devices. They're not expensive either. Nexus 4 is CHF 395, and Nexus 7 (2012) is CHF 275. The Nexus 7 (2013) is CHF 300. I think that if you plan to get the Nexus 4, you should wait for the Nexus 5 as it should come in a few months from now. It's a great time to get the 2013 Nexus 7 now, and if you really want a budget tablet, the 2012 Nexus 7 (which is not slow and laggy anymore, especially after the 4.3 TRIM fix).

The Moto X - two problems - low specs (dual core processor for the price, really?) for the price, and it's not being released in Europe. I find this decision rather odd considering the Moto X was considered a pretty big deal. Digitec may import it, though.

The LG G2 seems pretty nice, but it's not in this poll. Besides, I've not done hours of research into it, because I don't particularly like the design. Nevertheless, looks like a pretty good phone but I like stock android.
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I don't think we even know who will build it, because LG seem to be ruling themselves out.
I'd read that sometime ago, and I found the comment by Won Kim rather odd, even though LG clarified it as a misinterpretation later on. I mean, we do not need such a success again is what he said, but which company wouldn't? Especially in LG's position, one of the smaller players in the smartphone industry.

Anyways, I hope that the Nexus 5 (if there is one) has a significantly better battery life. I also have an iPhone 5, which actually has much better battery life. I'll post a screenshot of my stats probably one day.
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There is a new beast in the jungle, the LG G2 with a screen that now covers >75% (5.2') of the front without being any bigger than its closest competitor the Galaxy S4. This is one step closer to my ultimate smartphone, one where the entire front is a screen . I also think the placement of the power and vol rocker on the back is pretty inspired and probably works better for these super-size smartphones.




I like this a lot, read a few reviews, but I've been a bit busy and I've not really been reading reviews on this phone, but seems like a promising phone and was a nice phone after the Moto X disappointment. To be honest this phone is a bit big for my liking, I want something like 4.7".

I really like the specifications in this phone, and really like the processor, which is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.26 GHz. Obviously this still isn't close to even a dual core processor in a desktop but still, look at the progress in the last 15 years. (Moore's law does stand true, and that's amazing if you ask me). I've read articles recently that we're facing a 'wall' because of the heat issues and speed demand. Still the processor is crazy...
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Re: New Android beasts in town: which one for you?

Anyone know when the HTC one mini will be out in Switzerland?
I need to get a new phone, and thinking of this one. I had a look at the full size one, and also the Galaxy S4, and they were both a bit too large for my liking.
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Re: New Android beasts in town: which one for you?

What, no love for Sony i1/Honami? IMHO, the lightest customization of Androrid + excellent ergonomics. I just hope they include a proper IPS or tri-luminous display, as the current (Xperia Z) is lousy at best.

Nexus 5 is a unicorn - I have long given up hope on its arrival to our lands.
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I mean, we do not need such a success again is what he said, but which company wouldn't? Especially in LG's position, one of the smaller players in the smartphone industry.
Why would they want to cannibalise their own 'branded' sales with another Nexus phone? They've already proven themselves with the Nexus 4 (apart from initial supply chain hiccups), now its time to fortify their brand. Its one of the main reasons that HTC moved away from being an unknown OEM manufacturer to being what it is today (however they still describe themselves as 'Quietly Brilliant', a throwback to their past)

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The Moto X - two problems - low specs (dual core processor for the price, really?) for the price, and it's not being released in Europe. I find this decision rather odd considering the Moto X was considered a pretty big deal. Digitec may import it, though.
There are only two stand out points to the Moto X. One is the fact that you can custom build your phone.. which is err nice



And the other is that its 'Proudly made in the USA', which to be honest is not high on my priority list.

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