User: Rich Brome
These are the most recent forum messages posted by Rich Brome:
Have you tried TouchID on an iPhone? It's pretty great. Everyone should lock their phone, but codes are an extra step and often easy to guess from finger smudges.
Re: A Great First Effort, But......
Hearing aid companies certainly boast about how invisible their models are in all of their marketing. It's nothing to be ashamed of, (I certainly didn't mean to imply that,) but I think most users would prefer that they be inconspicuous. I would. I admit I don't follow hearing aids closely (we focus on phones, after all,) but I'm not aware of any that are marketed as fashion accessories. If they weren't designed to be hidden / invisible, that would be ...
Cables and adaptors
Re: too much
It can replace it, and as a generally superior plug, it's assumed that it will. Eventually. But no one is forcing anyone to switch to it. It's up to companies to choose which connector to use. As I said in the article, the transition period will be messy. It could be quite long.
What should we cover?
We're on the ground in Vegas and ready to bring you the week's phone news, with plenty of hands-on reports. If there's anything you hear about at the show that you think we should cover, let us know here!
Re: Classic review
Well, yes, if you don't mind carrying two phones all the time, then of course it's great. I can't imagine doing that myself. I know people who do, but I don't think they would if they had a choice. I don't think anyone should have to. That doesn't seem like a high bar to me.
Yep, band 17. I'm sure. I imagine it was designed and approved just a bit too early for band 12.
Re: Not trolling
I have no idea who you're talking about.
Re: Moderation- nonsense
I disagree. "Troll" is a disparaging name. It's certainly not a compliment. I consider it name-calling. Calling someone childish is an insult. That is my opinion and within my discretion as moderator. I try to apply those rules as fairly as I can, without bias. I honestly have no idea what this other person is that you're referring to. I don't care. I don't look at the names when moderating.
I don't care who's trying to make what point. I care that people are civilized about it. That's all.
I don't choose sides. Heck, I honestly don't even look at the usernames, so how can I be biased? I don't care who's saying what. I care what's being said. We have standards for what we deem inappropriate. You may disagree, but they are still the rules we've set. Name-calling is name-calling and it's not welcome here. We do our best to apply our rules fairly and consistently. If you feel we've been inconsistent, we may have missed something. We can't ...
Re: Everything so light?
That's an excellent example of an area where manufacturers can tweak their unique flavor of Android in order to differentiate.
Re: Excellent review!
Nexus 6 review
We're aiming for Wednesday.
Re: "Give me more time, and I'm sure I'll find something to complain about."
Well, Apple does have a straightforward battery-replacement program. It's $80 for a new battery. There's no need to "replace a completely good device just because of battery issues".
Re: removable battery
In our reviews, we find that most larger phones have longer battery life than most smaller phones. The batteries are usually larger than what would be required just to compensate for the larger screen. It is not usually an "equal offset".
Re: "Give me more time, and I'm sure I'll find something to complain about."
1. This is a hands-on, not a review. 2. It sounds like you're expecting one reviewer to discover bugs in one week of use that Apple couldn't find in months of testing with thousands of beta testers. That's not quite fair. 3. Bugs - that are obviously software bugs - can (and generally are) fixed with software updates. So we might mention them, but the focus of our reviews are not things we encountered that will be a non-issue in ...
Why a bigger battery? The main advantage (IMHO) of huge phones is huge batteries. Why would you need a removable battery when you have 3,220 mAh to work with?
There were rumors that Apple was considering this option before they decided on NFC. No, you wouldn't have to pair anything. As I understand it, it would use Bluetooth Beacons to detect and confirm your proximity to the register. It's great for one-register shops, or shops with registers spread out (Macy's). I'm not sure how it works with stores that have many registers nearby, though, like grocery and big-box stores.
Re: Weight of a cell phone (with battery)
Yes, the specified weight almost always includes the standard battery.
It's GreatCall: http://www.greatcall.com/
It's difficult to slot a phone like this into one of three bins (low / mid / flagship.) But I would consider the Moto G a good benchmark for low-end (or "entry level", as the industry prefers) and this is certainly aiming one step above that in terms of specs (and price.)
Full retail? No, that's about right.
Re: Wifi Calling
That's a good suggestion. We'll take a look at adding it. It's more about the carrier and the software than the phone hardware, but it's true that some phones don't support it.
Re: How do you get the Sim card out of a LG Revere 3 phone?
CDMA-only phones like the Revere 3 do not have a SIM card.
Yes. I think all of the LG phones for the past few years, including the G2, G3, G Vista, and probably other LGs. The last rugged Casio did, and I'm sure other phones as well.
Not exactly. With AT&T, that's an integral part of the 3GPP standards. With Verizon, they're using the (less common) SVLTE standard to accomplish that. Apple hasn't made the investment to support SVLTE.
To clarify, I didn't use the camera app's digital zoom feature for any of these. I just did a close crop of each sample photo so you could see the detail.
It's pretty big. It's technically only 0.8mm deep, but it feels like a bottomless pit to my finger. I prefer the dimple, too, but I think you'd get used to the new "pit" pretty quickly. I can't think of any good reason it should be a deal-breaker for anyone.
new sample photos
I just added some additional camera samples.
I didn't think it felt cheap, but Motorola said that's some of the feedback they received from consumers.
Re: Haha I wonder why??? ~wink~
Yep. They said as much when they announced a few months ago that they planned to rebrand.
All four major US carriers will offer both the Note 4 and Edge. US Cellular will also offer the Note 4. As far as I know, the most specific date is US Cellular saying "October" for the Note 4. I doubt they'll be first, so look for the majors to offer the Note 4 in early October or maybe even this month.
Re: Question for RICH BROME
Honestly, they're both too large for me. But if I had the choose, the nerd in me would be hard-pressed to resist the Edge. As I said in the article, I don't think it's very useful, but it doesn't hurt, and it's damn cool. It might depend on pricing. Ideally it would only be an extra $25 for the Edge, but I doubt that will happen. I sure as heck wouldn't may an extra $100 for the Edge.
Sorry! The battery cover is removable, but the battery itself is not. The article has been corrected. Thanks for pointing it out!
Sprint has their challenges... which is exactly why - from their point of view - they need a great exclusive phone like this.
It may be locked, and even if you can manage to unlock it it simply does not support the AT&T's primary frequency bands for LTE. It's not compatible, at least for LTE.
LG Optimus Showtime for TracFone
That's this phone: http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/ph one.php?p=3773 :)
It's texting, not talking
Did you read the article? GoTenna is for texting on your phone, not talking.
Re: Samsung paving the way
CMCHUNK said: ...looks like were swinging back the other way on this phone size pendulem I wish! I think it's more the major manufacturers all wanting to address various price points, while cashing in on the halo effect of their flagship products. If the pendulum were really swinging back on size, these "mini" models would have better specs.
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