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Smartphone Query

Postby Todeswind » 2012-10-29 02:38am

Within the space of nine months I will be returning from Japan to the United States, meaning that the iPhone 4 I got for free with a two year contract with Softbank is no longer necessarily the most economical choice for me to be making in terms of either owning a cell phone. I'm going to be left with the choice of either getting a new cell phone and data plan for my iPhone 4 in the USA or switching to a different smartphone. What I've been currently using is an iPhone 4 with an iBuffalo keyboard to make it easier to type.

The iPhone 4 is greatly out of date but I'm not sure if I actually want to upgrade to the iPhone 5. I love the iPhone, but a great deal of the most useful programs for my iPhone required that I jailbreak my phone ( essentially meaning that what I like about the iPhone has little to nothing to do with the iPhone itself ). I like the ability to synch my iCloud account with the phone, but the convenience of iCloud has been seeming less and less like a reward and more and more like it's forcing me to do everything through the Apple bundled software.

So my question is this. Ignoring the iPhone 5 and apple products entirely, which is the best smartphone currently on the market and what is it that makes it so great?

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Re: Smartphone Query

Postby Stark » 2012-10-29 02:51am

Jesus, here we go. Didn't we have a thread like this just the other week?

Anyway, are you concerned with cost, or your need for things like hardware keyboards and custom whatevers? Anyone who can answer a stupid question like 'what is the best smartphone' is probably retarded, but I'd probably fall down and speak in tongues if the response wasn't overwhelmingly one-way. :lol:

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Re: Smartphone Query

Postby Todeswind » 2012-10-29 03:08am

You did but I only noticed it after the fact and it didn't really answer my question. My smartphone is both my primary method of internet access (on the phone and via tethering) and what i use for the majority of my presentations from my phone to a projector. I've been using my phone as a remote for my TV and a mouse for my desktop computer. i also use it for a lot of japan exclusive functions that will soon cease to be relevant.

I'm not opposed to spending as much as the cost of the iPhone 5 for better preformance, but I would be lying to say cheaper isn't preferred. And peripeherals are totally fine if they improve preformance.

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Re: Smartphone Query

Postby Edi » 2012-10-29 08:16am

My advice to anyone in the US would eb to actually cough up the cost of the phone up front and buy a device that is NOT operator-locked. Then get a data plan and if you need to switch providers, you're not tied to fixed length contract.
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Re: Smartphone Query

Postby fuzzymillipede » 2012-10-30 01:28am

Nexus 4. Nothing on the market can beat $300 for a top-of-the-line unlocked smartphone. I will buy one for $300 and use it with my prepaid T-Mobile $30/month plan. You won't be able to get a deal anything like this with a contract phone.

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Re: Smartphone Query

Postby fuzzymillipede » 2012-10-30 01:48am

Here is an article about someone with exactly the same setup as me. The Nexus 4 will make this even more awesome.

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Re: Smartphone Query

Postby phongn » 2012-10-30 10:25am

As a note, the Nexus 4 is limited to UMTS providers in the US (AT&T, T-Mobile and MVNOs that use those networks). You will not be able to use it on legacy-CDMA providers (Verizon, Sprint and associated MVNOs). It doesn't support LTE, either.
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Re: Smartphone Query

Postby Lonestar » 2012-11-05 01:20am

fuzzymillipede wrote:Here is an article about someone with exactly the same setup as me. The Nexus 4 will make this even more awesome.



I'd rather take an anthrax shot to the testicle than lose LTE.

I'd have to find a unlocked AT&T phone w/LTE and a Straight Talk sim or something.
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Re: Smartphone Query

Postby phongn » 2012-11-06 01:08am

Lonestar wrote:I'd rather take an anthrax shot to the testicle than lose LTE.

I'd have to find a unlocked AT&T phone w/LTE and a Straight Talk sim or something.

No LTE on Straight Talk :(
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Re: Smartphone Query

Postby Todeswind » 2012-11-08 12:17am

What is LTE?

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Re: Smartphone Query

Postby Executor32 » 2012-11-08 02:12am

Long Term Evolution, AKA a cellular data connection that doesn't suck for everything but reading webpages.
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Re: Smartphone Query

Postby phongn » 2012-11-11 09:40pm

Stargate Nerd wrote:Tmobile's HSPA+ 42mbps has similar speeds to At&t's LTE.

LTE has much lower average and median latency, though.
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Re: Smartphone Query

Postby phongn » 2012-11-13 10:55pm

Latency's the big thing; Anand's measurements of DC-HSPA shows latency can be as high as 1-1.5seconds(!); LTE never is that bad. It really does change how things feel when you're browsing around.
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