Samsung S7

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Submitted by moneymaker on September 7, 2016 - 5:13pm

I have a head phone jack! But I admit in the last month I have not used it.Did Apple hit or miss on not including it on their new phone?

Submitted by treehugger on September 7, 2016 - 5:28pm.

I listen to music and audiobooks daily. I love wireless headphones, have bought several very nice expensive pairs that work great, when charged. I am notorious for forgetting to plug in wireless headphones; therefore, I use plug in headphones 99% of the time.

I think Apples proprietary crap has gone to far.

While it will be some time before I need a new phone, doubt next phone will be apple. I hear Samsung makes nice phones.

Submitted by zk on September 7, 2016 - 8:12pm.

I got a new Samsung S7 this past weekend. Great phone. It was recalled the day after I got it. Bummer! Any suggestions on what (droid) to replace it with?

Submitted by spdrun on September 8, 2016 - 3:36am.

Any suggestions on what (droid) to replace it with?

A cell phone that's just a phone and an Android tablet for data. Next?

Submitted by moneymaker on September 8, 2016 - 7:30am.

Wasn't it the Samsung Note 7 that was recalled? I got the Samsung 7 the same day the Note 7 came out and it was tempting to upgrade, now I'm glad I didn't.

Submitted by zk on September 8, 2016 - 9:26am.

moneymaker wrote:
Wasn't it the Samsung Note 7 that was recalled? I got the Samsung 7 the same day the Note 7 came out and it was tempting to upgrade, now I'm glad I didn't.

You're right; it is the Note 7 that was recalled. I said I have an S7, but I have a Note 7.

Submitted by zk on September 8, 2016 - 9:29am.

spdrun wrote:

A cell phone that's just a phone and an Android tablet for data. Next?

That would probably work for a lot of people. I don't really want to carry around 2 devices, though, and I like having an internet-connectable device with me at all times.

Submitted by Coronita on September 8, 2016 - 12:04pm.

God I hate samsung Android phones. Boatload of connectivity issues on Bluetooth BLE and WIFI. The bane of my existence, and they are not simply just issues with Android O/S. It's issues on top of the already existing issues on Android O/S, that are specific to Samsung.

Then again, since not many people know how to deal with it, it keeps me employed and in demand. Lol.

Submitted by moneymaker on September 8, 2016 - 12:52pm.

Android does seem to do a lot of OS updates, just did 1 this morning,reminds me of Microsoft and their horde of patches. At least they are trying to fix it I guess.Time to go to the dentist for a cleaning, another thing I'm not keen about.

Submitted by zk on September 8, 2016 - 3:54pm.

flu wrote:
God I hate samsung Android phones. Boatload of connectivity issues on Bluetooth BLE and WIFI. The bane of my existence, and they are not simply just issues with Android O/S. It's issues on top of the already existing issues on Android O/S, that are specific to Samsung.

Then again, since not many people know how to deal with it, it keeps me employed and in demand. Lol.

I haven't had any connectivity problems with my samsungs yet.

That said, I'm open to suggestions. I've heard transitioning to apple from droid can be kind of a pain. But I'm not ruling it out. I like a big screen, like the Note 4 I had and the Note 7 I have. I've never used the stylus feature, so I don't care about that.

Submitted by Coronita on September 8, 2016 - 4:43pm.

zk wrote:
flu wrote:
God I hate samsung Android phones. Boatload of connectivity issues on Bluetooth BLE and WIFI. The bane of my existence, and they are not simply just issues with Android O/S. It's issues on top of the already existing issues on Android O/S, that are specific to Samsung.

Then again, since not many people know how to deal with it, it keeps me employed and in demand. Lol.

I haven't had any connectivity problems with my samsungs yet.

That said, I'm open to suggestions. I've heard transitioning to apple from droid can be kind of a pain. But I'm not ruling it out. I like a big screen, like the Note 4 I had and the Note 7 I have. I've never used the stylus feature, so I don't care about that.

I'm trying to get a hold of the new Moto Z Force for testing. If I get it, I'll let you know if it's decent. It's under Lenovo ownership now, so I don't know if that makes a different wrto support.

https://www.motorola.com/us/products/mot...

Submitted by evolusd on September 8, 2016 - 8:42pm.

I'm eyeing the Nexus 6P to replace my HTC One M9. I'm a big fan of stereo speakers on the front as I watch lots of vids sans headphones.

Submitted by Coronita on September 8, 2016 - 9:10pm.

evolusd wrote:
I'm eyeing the Nexus 6P to replace my HTC One M9. I'm a big fan of stereo speakers on the front as I watch lots of vids sans headphones.

The 6P is ok, not bad, it's just old. It's one of the phones i use for testing.it's wifi/bluetooth works ok. It's one of Huawei's first main phones.

Whatever you do, do NOT get the Nexus 5X, it's a really really shitty phone when it comes to connectivity. When you try to discover WIFI devices or Bluetooth devices, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. It's especially bad if there are lots of devices nearby. You might see nothing, and then if you search and scan again, you see them again.

The Nexus 5 (discontinued) is actually a very reliable phone. Unfortunately, it's discontinued and it will no longer support any O/S past Marshmallow.

Google is suppose to be coming up with a new set of phones soon running N. I haven't seen them myself. Most new phones come out during the october-november timeframe, right in time for the holiday sales, along with most other electronic devices. So unless you are in a rush, I would wait until around that time.

Submitted by Coronita on September 8, 2016 - 9:16pm.

The thing I hate also about Samsung phones, is there UI is so non standard that if you get use to a samsung phone, it's a little ackward to switch to any other Android phone that follows the same UI conventions, and vice versa. For starters, Samsung has two buttons at the bottom and happen to switch the order of the two buttons from how every other Android device has them.

Submitted by Coronita on September 8, 2016 - 9:43pm.

Oh, there's a very nice "feature" on Samsung phones wrto your WIFI settings. IF you happen to configure and connect to a WIFI network, and then the WIFI network goes out of range, you will never be able to remove (forget) that WIFI setting again unless the phone can see access point....

You see, normal Android phones have a little button in the upper right corner called "saved networks", where you can delete all your previous wifi settings, even the ones that are not in range.. Well, Samsung decided to get "creative" and removed that settings menu option. So the only way to remove a network setting to wait until you are nearby the network, long press the configured network that is in range and click on the "forget" popup menu....And of course this will only show up if the WIFI AP is actually in range. If it's not in range, you won't even see the configured setting in the WIFI list activity....

Why is this a problem? Well, if you were traveling and decided to connect to a WIFI hotspot at the airport, or hotel, and now you are home, you can't remove that wifi settings anymore. It will never show up... And yet, it's buried inside the setting app on the phone..And pretty soon, over time, you end up having 200+entries that are just sitting around.... If you have an IOT app that needs to connect over WIFI, it gets to fetch all 200+ entries that the phone decided to keep around...And since that API to fetch those entries returns the entire list, chances are the app will end up getting a runtime error because the size of those 200+ entries exceeds the maximum payload that can be set between two apps.

Oh, and normally, in previous versions of Android, you would be able to write a simple app that you could run that would simply remove those WIFI entries that you no longer needed, as long as the app had permissions to read and write WIFI settings.

Well, starting in Android 6.0.1, an app can only remove WIFI settings it created.... So for example, if you manually went to the WIFI settings to connect to a WIFI network, my app can't delete the settings you created outside of the app.

And so the only way you can really remove these unused entries is, factory resetting the phone and wiping everything.... (Or rooting your phone and knowing which files to delete)

Submitted by Rich Toscano on September 8, 2016 - 9:50pm.

spdisms

OP: Can anyone recommend a smartphone?
spdrun: You don't need a smart phone; carry flags for semaphore and build your own mainframe from chicken bones and discarded Atari 2600 parts. NEXT!

OP: How much do you typically pay a gardener?
spdrun: You don't need a gardener; grow your own topiary maze and painstakingly, over the course of many years, train an army of voles to maintain it. NEXT!

OP: What's everyone's favorite pasta recipe?
spdrun: Only chumps eat solid food; you should become a being of pure energy and feed on sound waves. NEXT!

OP: Is this a good time to buy a house?
spdrun: If you live in a house you are an idiot. You should live in your car, which, if it's not a 1984 Datsun 200SX, you are also an idiot. BOOM! MIC DROP, SMOKE BOMB, EXIT STAGE RIGHT!

Submitted by an on September 8, 2016 - 10:08pm.

Rich Toscano wrote:
spdisms

OP: Can anyone recommend a smartphone?
spdrun: You don't need a smart phone; carry flags for semaphore and build your own mainframe from chicken bones and discarded Atari 2600 parts. NEXT!

OP: How much do you typically pay a gardener?
spdrun: You don't need a gardener; grow your own topiary maze and painstakingly, over the course of many years, train an army of voles to maintain it. NEXT!

OP: What's everyone's favorite pasta recipe?
spdrun: Only chumps eat solid food; you should become a being of pure energy and feed on sound waves. NEXT!

OP: Is this a good time to buy a house?
spdrun: If you live in a house you are an idiot. You should live in your car, which, if it's not a 1984 Datsun 200SX, you are also an idiot. BOOM! MIC DROP, SMOKE BOMB, EXIT STAGE RIGHT!


Best post EVER :-D. Don't forget the 200SX HAS to be manual, else it's a POS.

Submitted by spdrun on September 8, 2016 - 10:26pm.

All joking aside, if you want a phone that's a phone and texting device, feature phones crush smartphones as far as battery life and usability as a phone.

Browsing and doing work? I prefer a real keyboard and a desktop interface, or at least a bigger tablet screen.

Submitted by an on September 8, 2016 - 11:09pm.

How do you fit a tablet in your jeans pocket? Why would you pay more to have service for 2 devices?

Submitted by spdrun on September 8, 2016 - 11:17pm.

You can get a barebones unlimited plan from a MVNO for very cheap, like $20/mo. You don't fit the tablet in your jeans pocket -- one doesn't need to be connected to the Intarwebz 24/7/365.

I barely use my phone for anything necessary other than calling and texting. For any work or interaction with the Internet, my small laptop is much more comfy.

Submitted by an on September 9, 2016 - 12:25am.

spdrun wrote:
You can get a barebones unlimited plan from a MVNO for very cheap, like $20/mo. You don't fit the tablet in your jeans pocket -- one doesn't need to be connected to the Intarwebz 24/7/365.

I barely use my phone for anything necessary other than calling and texting. For any work or interaction with the Internet, my small laptop is much more comfy.

Ok... I'll get off your lawn now.

Submitted by Rich Toscano on September 9, 2016 - 8:19am.

spdrun wrote:
one doesn't need to be connected to the Intarwebz 24/7/365

That, sir, is where we disagree!

Submitted by an on September 9, 2016 - 8:23am.

Rich Toscano wrote:
spdrun wrote:
one doesn't need to be connected to the Intarwebz 24/7/365

That, sir, is where we disagree!


Even my 70+ years old relatives disagree with his statement. So, he must be at least 80+ :-D.

Submitted by spdrun on September 9, 2016 - 8:25am.

Actually, millennials are more likely to want to "disconnect" at least part of the time than older people:

http://fortune.com/2016/06/22/millennial...

Submitted by Coronita on September 9, 2016 - 8:34am.

I have to admit, sometimes I'm sick of dealing smartphones.
I miss my motorola krzr.

My mom asked for a new phone, I got her and iPhone since I don't want to deal with supporting an android phone if something doesn't work. lol.

Submitted by an on September 9, 2016 - 8:36am.

You know what they say, there are lies, damn lies, and statistics. They split out the millennial when show that they desire to unplug. But combine the % when it comes to actually unplug. My bet is that, millennial are much less likely to actually unplug.

Submitted by Coronita on September 9, 2016 - 8:44am.

AN wrote:
You know what they say, there are lies, damn lies, and statistics. They split out the millennial when show that they desire to unplug. But combine the % when it comes to actually unplug. My bet is that, millennial are much less likely to actually unplug.

millenials don't unplug, because the phones they use no longer have earplugs anymore. Everything is wireless!

Well off to work...To deal with more connectivity issues....lol...
When you guys whip out your Android phone runnning Marshmallow, and click on the nice little WIFI icon or Bluetooth icon and you get a nice little message that says "connected", even if you are using a really shitty android phone or tablet, you can thank me...

Submitted by spdrun on September 9, 2016 - 9:05am.

Bluetooth earpieces are so 2008.

Submitted by flu on September 9, 2016 - 9:14am.

spdrun wrote:
Bluetooth earpieces are so 2008.

I wouldn't.know. o don't use one and I don't work on earpieces

Submitted by moneymaker on September 9, 2016 - 11:11am.

I like my bluetooth earpiece and won't get a smart watch until it can connect to at least two phones simultaneously like my earpiece can.

Submitted by spdrun on September 9, 2016 - 11:36am.

Smart watch = more more thing to keep charged. My wind-up watch, on the other hand, can be charged with my other hand. No socket required.

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