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  • #31
    Its annoying. I prefer using iPhones for a variety of reasons but refuse to do the initial activation (DRM).
    Though I really don't have much interest in mobile devices anymore, all the software is shit. I just have my £20 vodafone branded one for calls and texts and use my Thinkpad for everything else. I don't even put my mobile on the internet because mobile OSes are so broken.

    Until mobile phone software gets better and more open. The "cloud" will simply never take off.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by speculatrix View Post
      For maximum geek points, you need to root your phone, without tripping the Samsung Knox indicators, or getting the warning triangle on boot. When rooted, you can then chroot into a proper linux environment. It's pretty cool to have sshd running on your phone and rsync files on and off it.
      I use sshelper for that. Since Samsung decided that IPv6 should not be broken anymore it works pretty well. Backing up phones with a dirvish like construction.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by grigi View Post
        Micheal, have you had a look at getting PTS running on Android devices? I'm not sure if it can be done without rooting the device?
        I've ported pts-core to running on Android a few years ago, albeit no test profile support... No plans to continue without any commercial support, etc, as have plenty of other stuff to work on.
        Michael Larabel
        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Mez' View Post
          I've been given an iPhone as a company phone
          I once won an Ipod Touch! What a waste… You're supposed to use iTunes to transfer music, and that actually ran in wine, but not with USB support! At the time, somebody was reverse engineering Apple's USB protocol, so I could at least use it as a storage device. But, as only Apple would do: the music database was encrypted, and whenever it didn't match the filesystem, it went into some unusable safemode, so it had to be reset in order to get into iOS again. I gave it away after a year or so. I think it was around 2010.
          Last edited by andreano; 08-01-2016, 06:31 PM.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by debianxfce View Post
            With the price of a samsung phone, you buy many good Chinese phones, couple of examples:
            http://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_351832.html
            http://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_230567.html

            I have been using Chinese Android smart phones 3 years now and Mediatek SOC phones are not running hot as snapdragons. It is great that China offers phones like this:
            http://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_257729.html

            Yes, the phones are a good value. If by value you only care about specs. If you care about build quality, they are garbage. The warantees if any are terrible. No support. And updates? Not even the "brand name" Chinese phones are good about supporting them after the next new model comes out.

            A family member had a ZTE and I wouldn't recommend to it any one who wasn't broke.

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            • #36
              "I stuck with AT&T though as my carrier, so unfortunately no Google Nexus device through them."

              Yet another lemming who doesn't realize that there is NO CONNECTION between the carrier and the hardware....
              You buy your phone from HERE: https://store.google.com/category/phones

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              • #37
                Originally posted by slacka View Post
                If you care about build quality, they are garbage.
                Plastic samsung, iphone and msphone phones are garbage. I did buy my Chinese phone with 145 euros and I did sold it with 110 euros. Now I am waiting for this full metal 10 core phone:
                http://www.to2c.com/letv-leeco-2-x620.html

                Review:
                http://www.devicespecifications.com/...r-review/00dae

                This phone has flexible screen but it is very durable:
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNXx8tZcmaI
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2YHRlX9-9o

                Upgrade does cost me only 40 euros:-)

                There is warranty (see the sellers site) and updates, for example Ulefone Power was introduced with android 5.1 and it have had 3 android 6 OTA updates. Vernee and Leeco phones do have OTA updates too.

                Local country warranties are random. Chinese phones are so cheap that you buy a new one if you have problem. With the price of galaxy 7 you buy 3 Leeco le 2 phones.
                Last edited by debianxfce; 08-06-2016, 12:50 AM.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by wdb974 View Post

                  It's not like Nexus phones didn't have issues though. I only have one bug plaguing my phone since Android 5.x, and it's the infamous proximity sensor bug. Back when Lollipop was released, it would only happen from time to time, but with Marshmallow... It's always the case.

                  I resorted to using the power button as an "end call" button.
                  I remember seeing module for disabling that particular sensor in Xposed app.. Root access and custom boot loader (TWRP in my case) are mandatory for using Xposed

                  EDIT: It's there.




                  Sorry for uploading into server overseas (from point of view of someone in U.S), imgur and other just did not seem to allow posting linked thumbnail pictures.

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                  • #39

                    Plastic samsung, iphone and msphone phones are garbage. I did buy my Chinese phone with 350$. Now I am waiting for this full metal 10 core phone:

                    Review:
                    http://arena-phone.com/reviews/xiaom...view-7091.html

                    This phone has flexible screen but it is very durable:

                    [/QUOTE]

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                    • #40
                      More power to you. I would not put much trust into Chinese phones..

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