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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruiser View Post
    A shiny new S8 ought to mark all your boxes.
    Except the "OS: Android, and as close to bone stock as possible. I freaking hate the redundant apps and silliness that Samsung, LG, etc. pack in there." box.


    Austin - Pony up for the Pixel or go Moto and live with the shortcomings. For what you're looking for that's really about it. Big screens are simply here to stay and you're just going to have to live with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    Except the "OS: Android, and as close to bone stock as possible. I freaking hate the redundant apps and silliness that Samsung, LG, etc. pack in there." box.

    Austin - Pony up for the Pixel or go Moto and live with the shortcomings. For what you're looking for that's really about it. Big screens are simply here to stay and you're just going to have to live with that.
    Exactly. Screen off, I saw the Samsung S8 and was like "Hey this is nice!" Then I tried it for about 2 seconds and was like "Nope!" I don't care how nice Samsung does their hardware (and they do make some solid choices), I just can't bring myself to deal with their software side of things. Hey, Samsung: Android's nice enough as it is. Just leave it alone already!

    BTW, I went ahead and bit the bullet (I think?) on the Pixel 3 128GB through Best Buy online. Annoying to get to this point today, though! This morning I was like "Screw it. I'm just gonna go pick one up right now." Went to Best Buy, went to their giant Pixel display aaaaaand they only had 64 GB models. Asked an employee if they had the 128, so they looked it up and ends up it's a "Best Buy online exclusive." AAAARGGH. So I went a few miles down the road to the Verizon store to give them a shot at price matching the BB deal. They not only didn't have the 128 in stock either, telling me they only stock 64's, but they were unwilling to price match. Employee tried to help, attempting everything he could on his computer, and placing several calls to the higher ups. No go. So I got back to my office to just order it online from Best Buy aaaaaand sold out. "Not currently available. Available soon." Dammit! I went ahead and went through the ordering process anyway to at least get in their queue. Deal seems to be legit, though. Assuming I actually ever get the phone that is. Essentially half price, so no wonder it's sold out. Nobody else came close.

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    Just ordered a gdm Chinese phone with a 10, 300 mah battery.

    For $50 shipped.

    I'm going to use it primarily as a gps because of the huge battery.

    I now have a Moto g6 and the battery sucks.

    Sent from my moto g(6) using Tapatalk

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    Quote Originally Posted by rod9301 View Post
    Just ordered a gdm Chinese phone with a 10, 300 mah battery.

    For $50 shipped.

    I'm going to use it primarily as a gps because of the huge battery.

    I now have a Moto g6 and the battery sucks.

    Sent from my moto g(6) using Tapatalk
    Sorry GSM. phone not gdm

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    Fwiw, I was a CyanogenMod guy for years early on in the android days. I used lots of custom roms and jumped around a good bit from vanilla to heavily skinned stuff. I find the current gen Samsung skin (tmobile note 8) to be mildly offensive but livable, especially after disabling a bunch of bloatware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by char_ View Post
    I'm not sure why I would ever need more phone than the Moto G series phones.

    Camera maybe.
    Except if you use Fi, the 64gb Moto X⁴ is a better deal if you want a phone right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinFromSA View Post
    Exactly. Screen off, I saw the Samsung S8 and was like "Hey this is nice!" Then I tried it for about 2 seconds and was like "Nope!" I don't care how nice Samsung does their hardware (and they do make some solid choices), I just can't bring myself to deal with their software side of things. Hey, Samsung: Android's nice enough as it is. Just leave it alone already!

    BTW, I went ahead and bit the bullet (I think?) on the Pixel 3 128GB through Best Buy online. Annoying to get to this point today, though! This morning I was like "Screw it. I'm just gonna go pick one up right now." Went to Best Buy, went to their giant Pixel display aaaaaand they only had 64 GB models. Asked an employee if they had the 128, so they looked it up and ends up it's a "Best Buy online exclusive." AAAARGGH. So I went a few miles down the road to the Verizon store to give them a shot at price matching the BB deal. They not only didn't have the 128 in stock either, telling me they only stock 64's, but they were unwilling to price match. Employee tried to help, attempting everything he could on his computer, and placing several calls to the higher ups. No go. So I got back to my office to just order it online from Best Buy aaaaaand sold out. "Not currently available. Available soon." Dammit! I went ahead and went through the ordering process anyway to at least get in their queue. Deal seems to be legit, though. Assuming I actually ever get the phone that is. Essentially half price, so no wonder it's sold out. Nobody else came close.
    May want to start playing with some of the rooting and loading alternative builds of Android if you are that set on base Android - CyanogenMod and the like. Root the device, head over to the different Android forums that are like EpicSki to get the discussion going on the best phone and OS build and have even more control than a Pixel would offer... Voids any warranty of course though on a new phone... Second the idea that Cruiser offered up above after I typed all this out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RShea View Post
    May want to start playing with some of the rooting and loading alternative builds of Android if you are that set on base Android - CyanogenMod and the like. Root the device, head over to the different Android forums that are like EpicSki to get the discussion going on the best phone and OS build and have even more control than a Pixel would offer... Voids any warranty of course though on a new phone... Second the idea that Cruiser offered up above after I typed all this out.
    That's all too much work for me these days. I used to love playing with rooting my phones, cyanogen, and diving deep to optimize and customize my phone like when I had my old school HTC MyTouch 3G (the 2nd Android phone on the market I think). Funny how over the years though, Google has ripped off a ton of ideas and functions from the mod community, and honestly it's become pretty good to me bone stock. The main thing is I don't want all the fluff and bloat that so many phones come with. I don't have the time like I used to for messing very much with it. I just want to be able to turn it on and start using it without all that prep work first. That's why many of the Moto phones, the former Nexus phones, and now the Pixels really appeal to me. Now for Best Buy to just ship me my phone already!!!

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    Been two weeks and my Pixel 3 128gb is STILL on backorder (from Best Buy). How long should I give these mofos before I pull the plug? Got a business trip coming up and I better have something new before then as my old one's been acting too screwy to rely on for travel. It's a pretty good savings going through them, so I'm willing to wait a hair longer but starting to get annoyed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinFromSA View Post
    Been two weeks and my Pixel 3 128gb is STILL on backorder (from Best Buy). How long should I give these mofos before I pull the plug? Got a business trip coming up and I better have something new before then as my old one's been acting too screwy to rely on for travel. It's a pretty good savings going through them, so I'm willing to wait a hair longer but starting to get annoyed.
    I think you are waiting on a deal they won't honor. Vaporware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riser3 View Post
    I think you are waiting on a deal they won't honor. Vaporware.
    Starting to feel like it! Sheesh. BTW, I stopped by a Best Buy today to see what else there might be and they already have the Samsung S10 displays up, taking pre-orders. Played with the new S10E and the S10+. Those are some VERY impressive phones. Probably some of the best displays in the industry. Too bad they also came with all the annoying Samsung idiosyncrasies. But man, if you like Samsung, this new crop would be IT. Some pretty neat tech packed in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinFromSA View Post
    Starting to feel like it! Sheesh. BTW, I stopped by a Best Buy today to see what else there might be and they already have the Samsung S10 displays up, taking pre-orders. Played with the new S10E and the S10+. Those are some VERY impressive phones. Probably some of the best displays in the industry. Too bad they also came with all the annoying Samsung idiosyncrasies. But man, if you like Samsung, this new crop would be IT. Some pretty neat tech packed in there.
    I guess if bells and whistles float your boat Sammie's are great. I much prefer stock Android. Phone calls, browsing/social media, and email/txt. That and a smooth enough processor/ram combo to handle the OS and I'm happy as a clam.

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    Hooray! My Pixel magically appeared today! About darn time but glad it wasn't Best Buy vaporware with that deal. REALLY liking it so far. The "active edge" squeeze feature is pretty slick and something I wasn't even really aware of. Gorgeous screen and bone stock Android with no bloatware so I'm happy. Android Pie's made some pretty nice improvements and am getting used to it pretty quick. Thanks for helping me pick it out!

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    Someone want a pretty cheap smart phone, right now the Motorola G6 32 GB is on Project Fi for $99 special rate. ($4.12 per month if financed)
    You have to at least purchase and activate the phone for the first month on Fi but can move it off at anytime to another carrier. So add $20 to the order for the sim and first month..

    https://fi.google.com/about/phones/#moto-g6

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    happy to report that the Galaxy S7 refurb that I bought on eBay for $109 is the SHIT ! smokin' fast and scored a refurb otter box for cheap, too. Called Metro pcs yesterday to make the swap and the kid in the philipines even comp'd the $15 service charge to switch phones cuz it was his "birthday". I was gonna get a screen protector but the gorilla glass is pretty tough, I've read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RShea View Post
    Someone want a pretty cheap smart phone, right now the Motorola G6 32 GB is on Project Fi for $99 special rate. ($4.12 per month if financed)
    You have to at least purchase and activate the phone for the first month on Fi but can move it off at anytime to another carrier. So add $20 to the order for the sim and first month..

    https://fi.google.com/about/phones/#moto-g6
    While I find my 32GB X⁴ to be somewhat underwhelming for the price I paid for it, I think the 64GB X⁴ at $199 is a better deal than the G6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willywhit View Post
    happy to report that the Galaxy S7 refurb that I bought on eBay for $109 is the SHIT ! smokin' fast and scored a refurb otter box for cheap, too. Called Metro pcs yesterday to make the swap and the kid in the philipines even comp'd the $15 service charge to switch phones cuz it was his "birthday". I was gonna get a screen protector but the gorilla glass is pretty tough, I've read.
    I have an S9 and the glass sux. I dropped it from about a foot off the ground while I was picking something up and busted the corner up pretty badly. All in all it's not a bad phone but I don't think I'd get another when I'm done with this one.

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    did you upgrade from another Galaxy ? I was on the fence about getting a refurb iphone. Big fan of android , just needed a phone that could handle more than email and texting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willywhit View Post
    happy to report that the Galaxy S7 refurb that I bought on eBay for $109 is the SHIT ! smokin' fast and scored a refurb otter box for cheap, too. Called Metro pcs yesterday to make the swap and the kid in the philipines even comp'd the $15 service charge to switch phones cuz it was his "birthday". I was gonna get a screen protector but the gorilla glass is pretty tough, I've read.
    I had been using a Refurb Galaxy S7 for the last few weeks. Pretty good phone over all. I too picked up a Otterbox Defender, but did not get the after market glass screen protectors that I have used on every cell phone I've carried for some time now (at least 4 or 5 phones). I have had a Samsung Galaxy S5 end up with a cracked screen (was not a defender case, but a similar cover). I also have had my Motorola take a fall from about 4 feet and it cracked the 3rd party screen protector glass over top, but the screen itself on the phone was fine. I think I have a crack again on my Motorola- but have not taken the Defender cover off yet. I have one more 3rd party screen protector for the Motorola, so hopefully it is just the $5 or whatever I paid for the screen protector.

    The Galaxy S7 with the Otterbox seems to also be showing what could be a very faint sign of a cracked screen. So it it is, I probably would have been better off getting the glass after market screen protector also in addition to the Defender case...

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    Glass protector?
    Get a Zagg.
    Lifetime warranty and all you pay is shipping (about $6). In three years, I've gotten about 5 replacements.
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    Timely bump and discussion of the GS7.

    I have an Otterbox Commuter on mine. Can't stand the Defender rubber stiction when pulling it out of a jeans pocket.

    Had it since like June 2016. Prior case was a Vigen and that did well, but then the plastic started falling apart. Had the Commuter for probably 18 months. Cracked the screen in November-ish when I was riding on my trainer and using the phone with basic earbuds (like iPhone type) to listen to what I was playing on the Roku across the room. Stood up on the bars for an interval and pulled the phone off the countertop next to me. Tagged a hard edge of the metal on the trainer base right at the edge of the rubber of the case in the corner of the screen. Cracked, but still usable.

    Then today. Took the case off it on Sunday on my way back from skiing because the phone was too hot to charge with the case on while it was in the airvent mount cradle and the heat blasting to dry out the car from a very wet ski day. So took the case off and temp misplaced it. Then this morning dropped it on its head and got a small spiderweb in the upper-right corner. Screen is shot. Press a button and just a couple lines of pixels show up. Phone still works otherwise. Made a couple calls with Google Assistant and being able to unlock the screen with my fingerprint.

    TL;DR- Use a case on your GS7 because it's a great phone and I wouldn't be shopping for a new phone today if I hadn't dropped it with the case off.

    $300 rebate on the Pixel 3 plus an additional $30 Costco gift card means I'm probably buying a Pixel 3 at Costco after work. Now I just need to figure out what to do with the GS7. Can I wipe it at home without access to the screen? Is it work the time and effort to sell it for what I'd get for it?
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    the Defender seemed like overkill, so I got a commuter. There's a bunch of tweaks I need to look into. Bloatware, I hear is big if you're cranking through data, which I do, on wifi. Also, getting a replacement plan is iffy. $50 to sign up for first 3 months, then like $4 a month. I think I'll take my chances, paid $109 for the S7 and looks like $150 is the going rate to replace it. Worst case, I have my old bone phone as a back up.
    Can you tweak the S7 to double tap the screen for on and off ? I got used to that with my old LG.
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    Any of the Fi users out there have tween kids? We've come to the conclusion that we need to get our 9 y.o. a phone, but certainly don't want to get him a full smartphone for a bunch of reasons. Just something we can call him on, and he can call us and a few other select people. We can add him to our plan, but the basic old-school phones available aren't supported. If I put a Fi sim in a flip phone will it work? Now that I've written all this down something pre-paid seems like the best option, probably.

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    What phone now?

    Dantheman,
    We reactivated old phones on t-mobile prepaid for our kids for what sounds like very similar reasons as you want. They were “family phones” not the “kids phones” so only took them when we wanted them to have. Dirt cheap (like $3 a month) but with very few text and minutes included. Became a pain that overages ate up balance and we seemed to have to reload alot always when I really just wanted a phone that worked. Switched to red pocket mobile and got a year for ~$80 with more minutes and texts per month than my kids can use. Working well for us so far. Can get SIM and activation code off ebay to save a few bucks. Also can choose which network (verizon, att, tmobile and sprint) so depending on what old phones you have laying around and which works best in your area you are covered.

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