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

It's up now: 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 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 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 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: 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 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.

Re: Snap the Dragon
Oct 2, 2015, 9:18 AM
in the Sony Xperia Z5 forum

Qualcomm has been busy revising the 810 to address those issues. For example, the Nexus 6P has "version 2.1" of the 810 chip. I'm not clear on which version the Z5 series has, but I imagine it's not 1.0. I also trust that Sony is well aware of the 810's reputation and has taken steps to address it. Teardowns have shown that the Z5 a "dual heat pipe" design that should help.

Re: This is a flagship phone for 2015/2016?
Oct 2, 2015, 9:12 AM
in the Sony Xperia Z5 forum

They have announced a Z5 Premium with a 4K display, if you really need Ludicrous Mode on your phone. ;-)

Re: Feeling BLU?
Oct 1, 2015, 9:44 AM
in the Huawei Nexus 6P forum

...or good coverage on T-Mobile (band 12). And for some reason all Blu phones leave out LTE band 5, which is important for AT&T in some areas.

Re: specifications
Sep 2, 2015, 6:12 PM
in the Article: Hands on with the Huawei Mate S forum

We covered the basics in our news article: s/article.php?a=16374

Re: New forum design!
Aug 31, 2015, 3:28 PM
in the forum

...I should point out that our primary way of dealing with that issue is email notifications. If there's a really interesting thread and you want to know when someone adds something, you can subscribe to that thread. The link to subscribe is in the top-right corner of the thread page. You can also, of course, choose to be notified by email only when someone replies to your message(s). That's a checkbox option any time you post.

Re: New forum design!
Aug 28, 2015, 6:46 PM
in the forum

That's excellent feedback and a valid point. I've been thinking about this. I don't have a solution yet, but I'm working on it. Thanks again.

Re: Problem with searching
Aug 17, 2015, 9:10 AM
in the forum

Ah. The issue here is that we consider Windows Phone to be a different OS from the older Windows Mobile it replaced. If you click "more" under OS / Platform, you'll see other options like Windows Mobile Pro and Standard. It sounds like that's what you're looking for. Also, in case you're not aware, or might prefer a current phone, there are many excellent newer antenna booster options that do not require a physical jack on the phone. WeBoost is ...

Re: Less Data?
Aug 15, 2015, 3:40 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Embraces FM Radio In Phones forum

Correct. That's exactly what I was referring to. It certainly can use zero data, but most modern FM apps do use some data by default.

Re: That moment when...
Aug 14, 2015, 3:11 PM
in the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ (CDMA) forum

It depends on which past devices you're referring to, and what you think Samsung's positioning is. The S6 edge-plus doesn't replace the S6 edge. It's a larger alternative. It would be more fair to say the S6 edge-plus replaces the Note Edge, although with the lack of stylus, that's not entirely accurate, either. The edge-plus is a new device that sits alongside both the standard S6 edge and the Note5 in Samsung's new lineup, offering a blend of those ...

Re: That moment when...
Aug 14, 2015, 7:49 AM
in the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ (CDMA) forum

The Note5 has a stylus. The edge-plus does not. Also, the curved display costs more to make, and that cost is reflected in the retail price. Some people might prefer the Note5 for the lower price. The flat display of the Note5 also has less glare and is probably more durable, since a case can't really protect those curved glass sides without covering the display.

Re: New forum design!
Aug 6, 2015, 10:08 AM
in the forum

Fair. Could you be any more specific about what you liked or don't like?

Re: That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means
Aug 4, 2015, 9:23 AM
in the Article: AT&T to Mandate Working FM Radios In Android Handsets forum

AT&T is the customer, and a huge one. If they say they want their phones to have FM radio, manufacturers will do it. It's effectively a mandate.

Re: Moto X Pure Bands
Jul 30, 2015, 6:51 PM
in the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition / Style forum

Motorola has put out inconsistent info on that this week, and the info on their site has changed since it was first published. We've asked Motorola for official clarification, and they've promised to get us that. Unfortunately, we're still waiting. We've updated the specs with what seem to be corrections to, even though they differ from the official press materials we were given. We'll update the specs again when we get official clarification.

Re: What in blazes...
Jul 27, 2015, 4:04 PM
in the Lounge forum

Indeed! :) I'm eager to hear your feedback here: um.php?fm=m&ff=1&fh=3289222#fi=3289222

New forum design!
Jul 26, 2015, 1:29 PM
in the forum

As you no doubt noticed, we just launched a major overhaul of our forum & comment system. We're eager to hear your feedback on it. We had several goals. The first was simply to streamline the flow, making it faster & easier to navigate and post. The old system required a new page load for each message, which was... well, obnoxious. Each thread still lives on its own page, for some specific reasons, but we've managed to cut down ...

Re: since when is the BlackBerry Classic mid-range?
Jul 25, 2015, 2:46 PM
in the Article: BlackBerry All But Gives Up On Smartphones forum

I agree that specs aren't everything. But you don't have to compare to Android or anything else. Just looking at BlackBerry's own lineup, the Passport is the high-end model, with dramatically better specs than the Classic. Even the Z30 has better specs. Within BlackBerry's current lineup, the Classic is clearly in the middle of the range.

Re: Apple All But Gives Up on Smartphones
Jul 24, 2015, 2:22 PM
in the Article: BlackBerry All But Gives Up On Smartphones forum

It's true that Apple only churns out 1-2 models/year, but that's where the similarities end. Chen specifically indicated that they are abandoning certain segments. It's a reduction not only in model count, but in the markets they are trying to reach. Plus they are focusing "more" on the non-handset side of their business, which implies less focus on handsets.

Re: since when is the BlackBerry Classic mid-range?
Jul 24, 2015, 2:18 PM
in the Article: BlackBerry All But Gives Up On Smartphones forum

It's not a top-end phone by any modern standard. It has a slow, old processor and only an 8-megapixel camera. Mid-range is accurate, if not generous.

Jul 23, 2015, 12:08 PM
in the Article: Verizon Says Droid Turbo Lollipop 5.1 Update Pushing Wednesday forum

What did the meerkat do with the periscope? :)

Hey Eric
Jul 23, 2015, 12:07 PM
in the Motorola Defy XT forum

How's the weather at your place today? (this message is a test. please ignore if you are not Eric.)

New review format
Jul 22, 2015, 1:40 PM
in the forum

We've tweaked our review format a bit, and we'd love to hear your feedback on it. We're starting with the Volt 2 review: /article.php?a=16133 We've tightened our focus to just the things that truly set smartphones apart from each other. We've also reduced the number of default pages. Please check it out and let us know what you think.

Re: Samsung Galaxy s6 battery life
Jun 19, 2015, 8:53 AM
in the Article: Hands On with the Sony Xperia Z4v for Verizon forum

Then the S6 battery life was designed for you! :) There's nothing wrong with that. In our tests, the S6 battery life was below-average. In other words, it was mediocre compared to most other phones on the market. Perhaps I could have clarified that, but I would still call it simply mediocre, in my opinion. Naturally, everyone's usage pattern is different. To account for the heaviest users, our battery life tests intentionally skew toward quite heavy use. In those tests, ...

Re: What about a Compact?
Jun 18, 2015, 8:23 PM
in the Article: Hands On with the Sony Xperia Z4v for Verizon forum

Personally, I agree! The Z4v is a hair shorter than the Z3v, but it's still larger than I would like. It's a bearable size, though. I was surprised at how not-huge it felt in person.

Jun 15, 2015, 1:04 PM
in the Samsung Galaxy S6 active forum

Not quite. The Sport looks like an Active, but it doesn't actually have any additional waterproofing or impact protection like the Active models.

Re: LTE/CDMA modes?
Jun 15, 2015, 1:01 PM
in the Samsung Galaxy S6 active forum

Our draft info was limited to the bands we could confirm. Samsung people looked that over and said it was correct, so that's what we published. But I believe there are additional bands supported. I've just added some more, and will confirm the rest.

Re: This IS big brother
Jun 8, 2015, 5:20 PM
in the Article: Siri Gets Smarter forum

First, Apple made a big of pointing out that this specific intelligence runs on your phone, not the cloud. That's the opposite of the way Google does it. So while of course your phone knows a lot about you, this isn't all getting uploaded to Apple. (Of course plenty still goes up to the Apple cloud by default, but not as much as with Google's Android.) No big brother. Second, of course you have a choice. If you have a ...

New options to search by frequency band in Phone Finder
May 7, 2015, 1:05 PM
in the forum

We've just launched new options in the Phone Finder to search for specific network frequency band support. You can now search for phones that support T-Mobile's new band 12 for example, and AT&T's forthcoming band 29, plus common band combinations for major US networks, and for global roaming. You'll see these in the Phone Finder if you choose "Show all options". Please check it out and let us know what you think. Specifically, are the band combo options available ...

New way of displaying network frequency bands
May 1, 2015, 2:36 PM
in the forum

We've made a change to the primary way we display modes/bands in our phone specs. For LTE and WCDMA technology, we'll now display the international band number, instead of the frequency approximation in MHz. For example, you'll now see mode lists like: LTE 2/4/5/17 ...instead of: LTE 700/850/1700/1900. We've made this change for two reasons. First, as the number of distinct bands has exploded over recent years, it's been difficult to identify them all accurately using the old MHz designators. This ...

Re: Why? Why the curve?
Apr 23, 2015, 9:14 AM
in the Article: Review: LG G Flex 2 forum

I disagree. A unique shape is one thing, but a lot of people highly value premium materials and craftsmanship. People prefer metal and glass phones for the same reason not everyone that wears a watch wears a plastic Timex.

Re: How is it credited?
Apr 23, 2015, 9:10 AM
in the Article: Google's Project Fi Wireless Service Offers Refunds for Unused Data forum

I would assume the refund comes in the form of a credit on your next bill.

More phones coming
Apr 23, 2015, 9:10 AM
in the Article: Google's Project Fi Wireless Service Offers Refunds for Unused Data forum

I agree with all of that. They do say that the Nexus 6 is "the first" device to support the service, implying that there will be more.

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