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Re: Idol 5S
Jun 30, 2017, 11:05 AM
in the Article: Alcatel Announces the Idol 5S with Stereo Speakers forum

No, I would not call this a flagship. I think they're repositioning the Idol series as something more affordable this year, or at least with this "S" model.

Re: CDMA?
Jun 22, 2017, 1:34 PM
in the Sony XZ Premium forum

No.

Re: What's the point?
Jun 20, 2017, 12:37 PM
in the Article: Meet the LG Exalt, Verizon's First LTE-Only Flip Phone forum

Every phone will need LTE when they shut off the CDMA network. This phone lays the first groundwork for that eventual, necessary step. It won't be for a while, but it will happen. You will not see Verizon launch another new phone without LTE, I promise you. I don't believe this has any kind of front LCD or display. It just has a single notification light on the outside.

Re: What's the point?
Jun 20, 2017, 12:33 PM
in the Article: Meet the LG Exalt, Verizon's First LTE-Only Flip Phone forum

Exactly. The point of this phone is to continue providing an option for people who are only interested in a flip-style feature phone. Verizon needs to start phasing out CDMA-only phones if they ever expect to shut off the legacy CDMA network. Also, this low-profile phone is a good first "toe in the water" for LTE-only phones. Verizon can learn lessons from this phone that they can then apply to upcoming smartphones that will also lack CDMA and rely ...

Re: any idea on OS and chipset?
Jun 20, 2017, 12:29 PM
in the Article: Meet the LG Exalt, Verizon's First LTE-Only Flip Phone forum

The chipset is almost certainly a Snapdragon 210. If it runs an OS like BrewMP or stripped-down Android, don't expect to reap any of the benefits like apps. This is not a smartphone.

Re: Plus or non Plus
May 19, 2017, 3:25 PM
in the Article: Cricket to Sell LG Stylo 3 Starting May 19 forum

It's the standard model, not the Plus. The article has been corrected. Sorry for the confusion!

Re: I Have both
May 1, 2017, 1:10 PM
in the Article: LG G6 vs. Samsung Galaxy S8: Buying Points to Consider forum

Keep in mind that the "bars" measurement is completely arbitrary. There is no standard for what "three bars" means, etc. Some manufacturers (and/or carriers) will even inflate them to make the phone and/or network appear better than it really is.

Re: Samsung Galaxy S8
May 1, 2017, 1:07 PM
in the Article: LG G6 vs. Samsung Galaxy S8: Buying Points to Consider forum

It lets them put more screen in a smaller phone. Most people will say that's a good thing. I think it's great. It makes a bigger difference in person than you might assume from just photos. I wouldn't be surprised one bit if this approx. aspect ratio became the new standard for most phones.

Re: No forum options??
Apr 21, 2017, 6:42 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

We're committed to keeping this site simple and uncluttered, which means we sometimes need to do a little spring cleaning. We did remove the "Forums" link from the main menu. That is technically the only change. The general-topic forums (General, Shop Talk, etc.) were — as you may have noticed — not very popular anymore. We won't be exposing them to new visitors, but you can access them via search or bookmark. Company and OS forums are still accessible ...

Re: Using WiFi Hotspots
Apr 6, 2017, 6:11 PM
in the Article: Comcast Details Mobile Phone Service as Xfinity Mobile forum

Comcast also operates its own commercial-grade hotspots in certain venues and areas. They're not relying 100% on customers' home routers. (But that is a large part of it.)

Re: samsung s 8
Apr 2, 2017, 9:51 PM
in the Article: 5 Things to Like About the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ forum

Samsung Galaxy S series phones are incredibly popular. There is never any shortage of cases not protective options for them. This one will be no different.

Re: Poor Upgrade
Mar 7, 2017, 10:26 AM
in the Motorola Moto G5 Plus forum

I would argue that the target market for the G-series does not upgrade their phone annually.

Re: It's a SCAM that this is even a thing
Mar 6, 2017, 4:21 PM
in the Article: Hands On with the LG X power2 forum

First off, give LG some credit: They tried removable batteries in the G5 last year. It flopped. As for your larger point, I really want to agree with you, but... XL battery options made a lot more sense back in the day. There are multiple arguments against that path with modern phones. If you pop off the back and put in a larger battery, you're going to need a special back-plate as well. (Batteries with a meaningful amount of ...

Re: phone specs?
Mar 1, 2017, 7:16 AM
in the Article: Hands On with the LG X power2 forum

More info in the news item here: http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/a rticle.php?a=18777

Re: Nokia 3310
Feb 27, 2017, 8:17 AM
in the Article: Nokia Brings Back the 3310 forum

Yeah... pretty much. The whole product is a marketing gimmick, basically. The phone's technically real, but I think they're selling it for nostalgia and really just for people to collect, not use.

Re: Lower the resolution on one camera and raise it on the other.
Feb 26, 2017, 5:38 AM
in the Article: LG's G6 to Carry Dual 13MP Rear Cameras forum

The best phone cameras out there right now are the iPhone 7, Galaxy S7, and Pixel. They're all 12-megapixel. People want better pixels, not more pixels (beyond that baseline of 12.)

Re: AT&T LTE bands
Feb 26, 2017, 5:32 AM
in the Article: Hands On with the BlackBerry KEYone forum

Band 12 includes band 17. For AT&T customers on the AT&T network, they're the same, but band 12 improves roaming compatibility. That's why AT&T is phasing out band 17 in favor of band 12.

Re: Huawei
Feb 16, 2017, 5:24 PM
in the Article: Huawei P10 Revealed by FCC forum

We've reviewed most of their recent phones in depth: http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/articl e.php?a=18228 http://www.phonescoop.com/ar ticles/article.php?a=18435 http://www.phon escoop.com/articles/article.php?a=18663

Re: Hijacking
Feb 7, 2017, 12:02 PM
in the Article: 9 Ways to Use Your Phone as an Effective Tool When Protesting forum

We're merely trying to be helpful on issues that relate specifically to phones. ....and non-partisan. All of our advice is equally useful for a protest, counter-protest, or rally for any "side".

Re: I suppose
Feb 7, 2017, 11:59 AM
in the Article: 9 Ways to Use Your Phone as an Effective Tool When Protesting forum

I appreciate that it looks that way. We have, in fact, been planning a series of articles exactly like this (but not remotely political) for some time. We'll be giving tips on improving your phone's performance, recommending games, and a few other types of topics. This one was conceived recently and prioritized simply to be timely. The other ideas we have are not time-sensitive. That's the only reason this one was published first, I promise.

Re: Lg Aristo /no finger printer reader
Feb 3, 2017, 7:18 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile and MetroPCS Announce the LG Aristo forum

Corrected. Thank you. This was listed correctly on our spec page, but incorrect in the news item. Sorry about that!

New site feature: glossary pop-ups
Feb 3, 2017, 3:15 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

We've added a new feature to the site when browsing from a desktop/laptop. When you hover your cursor over a glossary term, (on a phone spec page, for example,) you'll get a pop-up preview of our glossary entry for that term. Let me know if you run into any issues with this feature or have feedback on it. Thanks!

Re: Fingerprints
Feb 3, 2017, 2:42 PM
in the Article: 9 Ways to Use Your Phone as an Effective Tool When Protesting forum

Good point.

Re: I like HTC and all, but isn't this device a little too late!?
Jan 12, 2017, 11:35 AM
in the Article: HTC U Ultra Is New, Glass-Backed Flagship Phone forum

It is available for pre-order in the US starting today, shipping in March.

Re: Meh...
Jan 12, 2017, 10:29 AM
in the Article: The Pocket-Size SCiO Could Tell You If Your Drugs Are Pure forum

I think it is "a real NIR spectrometer", but otherwise you are correct about its limitations. Still, if you create an app trained to know what pure/perfect MDMA or heroin looks like, it should be able to tell you if that's what you have, or if you have something else (that could kill you.) Also, if an app can be trained to tell you how sweet a strawberry is (it can, I witnessed that demo,) then it should be ...

Re: Great Idea
Jan 10, 2017, 8:19 PM
in the Article: The Pocket-Size SCiO Could Tell You If Your Drugs Are Pure forum

Indeed: We tried several demos, including a test of the sweetness of a strawberry, and detection of a fake Viagra pill. It was very simple to use and worked quickly, taking just a couple of seconds to measure and report results.

Re: ALL major US carriers? Or...?
Dec 9, 2016, 3:02 PM
in the Article: Hands On with the Huawei Mate 9 forum

I imagine it will be unlocked-only, although we'll find out when they announce US launch details (...soon, probably at CES.)

Re: LeeCo Phones
Nov 16, 2016, 4:54 PM
in the Article: LeEco Details the LePro3 with Snapdragon 821 forum

The US version of the Pro3 has good compatibility with US LTE networks: http://www.phonescoop.com/phones /phone.php?p=5320

Re: LeEco LePro3
Nov 16, 2016, 4:53 PM
in the Article: Review: LeEco LePro3 forum

We specifically asked them that question, and the answer — for the US variant — is in our specs: http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/phone.ph p?p=5320

Re: Note Replacement?
Nov 10, 2016, 11:16 AM
in the Article: Hands On with the Huawei Mate 9 forum

Most Note users I know don't use the stylus. A few do, but a minority. Most just wanted a large-screen, top-end Android phone. If you do use the stylus, then yes, this is not a good choice. But for those merely looking for a large, high-end Android phone, this is very much in the same category.

Re: The problem with reviewing an LG phone
Nov 8, 2016, 2:56 PM
in the LG V20 forum

Thank you for the feedback. My understanding is that this was a sporadic hardware issue, mostly with just one model (the G4). I'm confident that we've done the best review possible, within reason. If we had any reason to believe this might be a problem with the V20, it would require buying multiple units and using them daily for a long period of time. That's not practical for any review organization. But we don't have any reason to believe ...

Re: Huawei Mate 9
Nov 4, 2016, 2:19 PM
in the Article: Huawei Mate 9 Coming to U.S. forum

More detail on the CPU score: Math: 9700 Common Use: 11084 Multi-Core: 12556

Re: Huawei Mate 9
Nov 4, 2016, 2:18 PM
in the Article: Huawei Mate 9 Coming to U.S. forum

I just ran AnTuTu on my Mate 9: overall: 125515 3D: 41596 UX: 39963 CPU: 33340 RAM: 10616

Re: Android O
Nov 2, 2016, 10:12 PM
in the General forum

Possibilities: Oreo (if they can work out the branding as they did with KitKat).Oatmeal raisin cookie (which I love, but many do not)Orange... something. I would like to see Orange Creamsicle, for example.

Re: Please Delete
Nov 1, 2016, 9:44 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

Please see our FAQ on that topic: http://www.phonescoop.com/site/cont act.php?c=16&src=q

Re: About band 66
Oct 28, 2016, 5:00 PM
in the Article: LG V20: First Phone To Support Band 66 forum

Also, we've updated our Visual Guide to US Mobile Radio Bands to fully include band 66: http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/art icle.php?a=17640&p=6767#as=66

Re: Android version
Oct 26, 2016, 6:19 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Outs Windows 10 VR Phone From Alcatel forum

In this instance, yes, the standard US unlocked (Android) version of the Idol 4S does support T-Mobile bands, including LTE band 12: http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/phone .php?p=5078 But that's not normally a safe assumption to make. The Android and Windows versions of this phone are quite different. It's quite common for such variants to have different network support.

Re: No Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra ?
Oct 6, 2016, 3:28 PM
in the Article: Hands-On with Asus Zenfone 3 Series forum

ZTE makes a couple: http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/f inder_results.php?m=s&w=s&avr=r&av_2=y&dpr=r& dpv=6

Re: No Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra ?
Oct 6, 2016, 2:59 PM
in the Article: Hands-On with Asus Zenfone 3 Series forum

It does seem like the Deluxe is the main one coming to the US, and possibly the Laser. The Deluxe actually has very good LTE band support, including band 12 and AT&T's band 29 & 30, which is unusual in an unlocked phone. The Laser's LTE band support is quite limited, though.

Re: Chipset Processor and Sensors
Sep 25, 2016, 5:13 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

Thanks! We do track and show the processor for all phones. Most smartphones have standard sensors that are either required by the platform, or a de-facto standard. For example, light sensor, accelerometer, and proximity sensor are standard. We've been moving away from listing those kind of standard features in smartphone specs. Some sensors are not as standard, such as barometer. We're in the midst of adding that one. What other sensors are you interested in seeing listed?

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