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Re: Kirin 955
Apr 22, 2016, 11:51 AM
in the Huawei P9 forum

I've used both the Mate 8 (with the Kirin 950) and P8 (with the Kirin 955). I've been impressed with performance. Previous Kirin chips (935, etc.) were good, but nothing to write home about. The 950 and 955 are actually quite impressive. The 16nm FinFET+ process makes a difference.

Re: Unlocked Version
Apr 22, 2016, 11:43 AM
in the Article: Verizon to Kick Off HTC 10 Preorders April 29 forum

The unlocked version technically supports Verizon's network fully. But Verizon may still refuse to activate it since they didn't sell it. I suppose the result is the same for the customer, but that's the more detailed answer.

New site features!
Apr 18, 2016, 2:29 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

Over the weekend, we launched a few neat updates to the site: We're now cross-listing discussion threads for specific phones and articles about those phones. This helps you find all of the discussion about a given phone that was previously siloed in several different places. For example, the HTC 10 forum now shows threads commenting on the HTC 10 hands-on article: http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/p_ forum.php?ff=5140 Carrier pages now include a clear list of radio bands and technologies used by that carrier's network, ...

Re: No IR Blaster?
Apr 13, 2016, 3:19 PM
in the Article: Hands-On with the HTC 10 forum

Yes. They found it wasn't used by many people. Removing it made room at the top for a better speaker, and better front camera (with OIS).

Re: A little too much whine
Apr 7, 2016, 7:21 PM
in the Article: Review: Apple iPhone SE for AT&T forum

Thanks for the feedback. We use the same standard for evaluating the battery on all phones we review. Does it last for a whole day of typical heavy use? How much battery (percentage) is left after said day? It is above or below average? We feel those are pretty good measures. You can compare what we said about this phone with what we said in our iPhone 5S review.

Re: Disappointment
Apr 4, 2016, 6:28 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

Sorry. We miss them, too. :( When we did them, we had feedback from people that didn't appreciate us doing it. Also, there generally seems to be a large backlash against companies doing them these days. It's also a lot of work, and we're pretty swamped right now working on some exciting new stuff. :wink:

Re: Canadian phone?
Apr 1, 2016, 4:10 PM
in the BLU Vivo 5 forum

Vivo XL I mentioned: http://www.phonescoop.com/phone s/phone.php?p=5127

Re: Sprint - Model A1662 or A1723?
Mar 25, 2016, 11:02 AM
in the Apple iPhone SE forum

Sprint uses bands 25, 26, and 41 for its LTE network. You need all three for the full "Sprint Spark" network. I strongly recommend a phone with all three of those bands, otherwise you might get very poor LTE coverage and/or speeds. A1723 is the only model with LTE 41. That's the Sprint version. You should get that one. It has all of the other bands you need for decent global roaming. Whether you can get it unlocked for ...

Re: Phablet Phase?
Mar 14, 2016, 2:21 PM
in the LG G5 forum

LG certainly makes phones like that, such as the new V10.

Re: Samsung
Mar 1, 2016, 3:20 PM
in the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge forum

Plastic?! No, just like the S6, the S7 is all metal and glass. The frame (and sides) are solid metal. The front and back are all real glass.

Re: Am I the only one who hates cuved glass fronts?
Feb 24, 2016, 6:02 AM
in the Article: Hands On with Sony's Xperia X Series forum

I have never heard of a screen protector made of glass, unless you're talking about an Otterbox case, etc., but that's not just a "screen protector", that's a full case. Screen protectors are generally thin plastic film.

Re: dont enter your pin number next to someone with this phone
Feb 24, 2016, 6:00 AM
in the Article: Hands On with CAT's Thermal Imaging Phone forum

Good point!

Re: Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Feb 24, 2016, 5:59 AM
in the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge forum

Qualcomm Snap 820 in the US.

Re: you don't have to work on it, it already exists - MOTOROLA
Feb 22, 2016, 3:39 PM
in the Article: Lenovo Reveals Moto Strategy for 2016 forum

But it's actually Lenovo now, so...

Re: Am I the only one who hates cuved glass fronts?
Feb 22, 2016, 3:38 PM
in the Article: Hands On with Sony's Xperia X Series forum

I hate to "break" it to you, but screen protectors are pretty much useless. Modern Gorilla Glass (etc.) is basically scratch-proof, and that's all screen "protectors" protect against. Screen protectors do almost nothing to prevent breakage.

Re: Water Resistance isn't Water Proof
Feb 22, 2016, 3:35 PM
in the Article: Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Are Waterproof forum

I disagree. The difference is legalese, not practical. Both "water-resistant" and "water-proof" phones have depth and time limits. There is no phone on the planet that can survive depths of over 5 meters, that I am aware of. I have seen "water-proof" phones with IPx7 ratings, which defines specific resistance to water. These S7 phones are rated IPx8, which is higher rating than other phones that are "water-proof". Samsung is calling this water-resistant because their lawyers insisted on it, ...

Re: If you're looking for a rugged phone
Feb 22, 2016, 3:27 PM
in the Article: Cat S60 Boasts a Thermal Camera forum

It's neat! Check out our hands-on: http://www.phonescoop.com/articl es/article.php?a=17309

Re: Aren't Mobile Hot Spots "Mobile" Anyway...
Feb 16, 2016, 3:43 PM
in the Article: Sprint and Alcatel Debut Ride-Fi for In-Car Hotspot forum

You never need to charge it; you can just leave it in the lighter socket. If you need the front socket for something else, some cars have a socket in the back seat and/or rear cargo area, so you can leave it in whichever socket you use least. Few cars have USB ports in that many places, so this way you get more flexibility for where to put it (always charged and out of the way.) And of course ...

Re: Canadian phone?
Feb 16, 2016, 3:34 PM
in the BLU Vivo 5 forum

Many Blu LTE phones support only this set of LTE bands, but they specifically market them for the US anyway. We at Phone Scoop have very mixed feelings about such phones. We have a hard time recommending a phone that doesn't support low-band LTE (in this case, band 12.) That's why we don't list many of them in our database. This is a rare exception because it's a "flagship" phone for them. I spoke with one of the head engineers ...

Re: After several months of the new format
Feb 11, 2016, 7:44 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

Thanks for the feedback. Hmm. I see what you're saying, but I'm not sure there's room to do that without cluttering it up quite a bit.

Re: After several months of the new format
Feb 3, 2016, 6:02 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

That's great feedback. Thanks! I can lower the threshold for displaying the overview link, and incorporate a reply count into the link text. I'll work on that ASAP. Edit: done! Let me know what you think.

Re: After several months of the new format
Feb 2, 2016, 7:23 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

Yes. It only appears on longer threads. When viewing such a thread, you'll see a small link at the top-right that says "thread overview".

Re: After several months of the new format
Jan 28, 2016, 5:34 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

Okay I've launched a beta version of the solution I mentioned a few days ago. Find a longer thread and give it a try. Feedback welcome!

Re: Kyocera DuraXE
Jan 22, 2016, 7:48 PM
in the Kyocera DuraXE forum

It's actually running a version of Android. It can't run Android apps, but AOSP is the basis for the OS. There is no feature phone OS that supports AT&T's newest network requirements (such as VoLTE). It was easier for Kyocera to use and modify AOSP rather than of updating their aging feature phone OS. AOSP, in turn, required hardware specs like a Snapdragon processor and extra memory.

Re: After several months of the new format
Jan 20, 2016, 2:57 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

Thanks again for the excellent feedback. I've been thinking about this and working on an idea to address it. What do you think about a "thread overview" link at the top-right that would "zoom out" on the thread to show a table of contents of sorts, highlighting the most recent messages? It would show just the first line of each message, with a date/time at the right, and highlight the five most recent messages with those timestamps in bold. You ...

Re: After several months of the new format
Jan 18, 2016, 3:16 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

That's good feedback. Thank you! The old format was pretty miserable in a lot of ways. We had a lot of positive feedback right after we rolled out the "new" layout. It sounds like the pain point now is finding the most recent messages. Is that accurate?

Re: Consolidated Forums
Jan 18, 2016, 3:14 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

Thanks for the suggestion. That's not a bad idea. Our software and site structure isn't really designed for that. As long as each of those brands has its own distinct phone lineup, we'll list them separately under "Carriers", and each entity there automatically gets its own forum.

Re: When full review of Lumia 950?
Jan 16, 2016, 8:27 PM
in the Microsoft Lumia 950 forum

I'm sure you've seen it by now, but in case not: http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/articl e.php?a=16968

Re: Internal Memory
Jan 16, 2016, 8:25 PM
in the ZTE Grand X 3 forum

Whoops! Fixed. Thank you.

Re: Oh great guru (Eric)
Jan 12, 2016, 11:52 AM
in the General forum

The best place for this type of discussion is the Lounge forum.

Check your email! You may have won a phone!
Dec 17, 2015, 2:31 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

As you may have noticed, we recently conducted a give-away of 15 phones and gadgets. Everyone that's submitted a user review of a phone in the past two years was eligible. We contacted all 15 winners last night, but so far we've only heard back from six. If you've submitted a user review here, please check your email now! Check your spam folder, too! If we don't hear from the winners by 10pm tonight, we'll have to draw new ...

Re: where's the BB Priv?
Nov 16, 2015, 7:17 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

It's up now: http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/phon e.php?p=4978 Sorry for the delay. Information on other sites (including AT&T and BB sites) was not entirely accurate. We wanted to be sure we tracked down the best info. Thank you for your patience.

Re: where's the BB Priv?
Nov 15, 2015, 11:34 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

We're working very hard to add that phone ASAP. There's bad and conflicting info out there about this particular phone. We expect to clear that up within the next day or so, so that we can publish information up to our standards of accuracy.

Re: Risky not to use a phone with 3G (right now)
Oct 20, 2015, 2:52 PM
in the Article: HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA forum

It's certainly Verizon's goal to get everyone on LTE. They've said as much. But I don't think there's anything to worry about here. There are two things to note about this situation: First, this is not a phone that Verizon will be selling directly. You have to be an early adopter type and go to some amount of trouble to get this phone onto Verizon. The people using this phone on Verizon will very likely be folks like us, ...

Re: New forum design!
Oct 16, 2015, 2:06 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

I've made some further tweaks to the system. In response to feedback and observations, "reply" links are now visible in more places, to make it clearer where and how you can reply.

Re: Page loading wrong
Oct 14, 2015, 12:05 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

Still seeing it? I can't seem to replicate the issue, even with that browser and OS. Sorry for the delay. The next time you see something wrong with the site, please email us to reach us much faster: http://www.phonescoop.com/site/con tact.php?c=11&src=q

Re: Lacking CDMA support, dual-SIM
Oct 8, 2015, 8:09 AM
in the Article: Hands on with the Lumia 950 and XL forum

There is a dual-SIM version of each.

Re: bad move
Oct 6, 2015, 7:50 PM
in the Article: Lumia 950 Coming To AT&T forum

Welp, some sources have partially refuted CNET's story. (And CNET has updated their article, removing the word "exclusive".) It looks like it won't be truly "exclusive" after all. We've updated the story to reflect that. That's doesn't mean anyone else will take it. AT&T may well be the only one that wants it. Or T-Mobile may offer it. I wouldn't bet on that, but it's possible.

New login and registration system, plus other site updates
Oct 5, 2015, 11:59 AM
in the phonescoop.com forum

We've updated our login and registration system. The big change is with new user registration. Most of you reading this probably already have an account, but if not, it's now much easier and faster to register. We've also greatly streamlined the process of registering while trying to post a new comment/message or user review. Logging in to an existing account should be roughly the same, it just looks a bit different. We're eager to hear any feedback you may ...

Re: Sony Xperia Z3 vs Sony Xperia Z5
Oct 4, 2015, 2:43 PM
in the Sony Xperia Z5 forum

For me, the difference would be the fingerprint reader. It's so much easier to keep your phone secure and unlock it quickly with a reader. Once you have one, you never want a phone without it. Also, if you use (or want to use) Android Pay, it makes all the difference. Android Pay is a pain in the rear with a lock code, but just as seamless as Apple Pay with a fingerprint reader. It's great.

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