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Re: "Give me more time, and I'm sure I'll find something to complain about."
Yesterday, 10:45 PM
in the Article: Hands-On: Google Nexus 6 forum

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 ...

removable battery
Yesterday, 10:38 PM
in the Article: Hands-On: Google Nexus 6 forum

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?

Re: Bluetooth?!?
Yesterday, 3:47 PM
in the Article: MCX Goes On the Defensive, Offers New Details forum

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)
Oct 1, 2014, 5:03 PM
in the General forum

Yes, the specified weight almost always includes the standard battery.

GreatCall
Oct 1, 2014, 5:01 PM
in the General forum

It's GreatCall: http://www.greatcall.com/

Mid-range?
Sep 16, 2014, 11:15 PM
in the Article: Hands On with the ZMax for T-Mobile forum

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.)

Re: $299?
Sep 15, 2014, 6:51 PM
in the Article: Sprint to Sell LG G3 Vigor forum

Full retail? No, that's about right.

Re: Wifi Calling
Sep 14, 2014, 8:42 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

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?
Sep 13, 2014, 7:15 PM
in the LG Revere 3 forum

CDMA-only phones like the Revere 3 do not have a SIM card.

Re: SVLTE
Sep 10, 2014, 3:06 PM
in the Article: Apple Shows Off iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus forum

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.

SVLTE
Sep 9, 2014, 4:00 PM
in the Article: Apple Shows Off iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus forum

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.

zoom
Sep 6, 2014, 12:16 AM
in the Article: Hands On with the New Moto X forum

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.

Re: Dimple
Sep 6, 2014, 12:14 AM
in the Article: Hands On with the New Moto X forum

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
Sep 5, 2014, 1:26 PM
in the Article: Hands On with the New Moto X forum

I just added some additional camera samples.

Re: disappointing
Sep 5, 2014, 1:25 PM
in the Article: Hands On with the New Moto X forum

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~
Sep 3, 2014, 10:14 PM
in the Article: Isis Rebrands to Softcard forum

Yep. They said as much when they announced a few months ago that they planned to rebrand.

Re: Carriers....
Sep 3, 2014, 10:08 PM
in the Article: Hands on with Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 forum

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
Sep 3, 2014, 2:48 PM
in the Article: Hands On with Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge forum

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.

no
Aug 19, 2014, 10:03 PM
in the Article: Hands-On: Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint forum

Sorry! The battery cover is removable, but the battery itself is not. The article has been corrected. Thanks for pointing it out!

exactly
Aug 18, 2014, 12:47 PM
in the Article: SoftBank and Sprint Working with Sharp on Edgeless Phone forum

Sprint has their challenges... which is exactly why - from their point of view - they need a great exclusive phone like this.

Afraid not.
Aug 14, 2014, 12:42 PM
in the Samsung Galaxy S5 (CDMA) / Galaxy S5 Sport forum

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
Aug 1, 2014, 3:48 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

That's this phone: http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/ph one.php?p=3773 :)

It's texting, not talking
Jul 22, 2014, 1:26 PM
in the Article: GoTenna Links Phones When Network Disappears forum

Did you read the article? GoTenna is for texting on your phone, not talking.

Re: Samsung paving the way
Jul 18, 2014, 2:41 PM
in the Article: LG Mini-fies G3 with G3 s forum

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.

Re: walkie talkie
Jul 18, 2014, 2:36 PM
in the Article: GoTenna Links Phones When Network Disappears forum

Yes and no. For a lot of scenarios, this might be better. It might be difficult to hear a walkie-talkie at a concert or certain festivals. Or out in a park, you might prefer not to disturb the peace and quiet of nature. If I were visiting a majestic forest or canyon and some guy nearby was using a walkie-talkie, I'd find that quite obnoxious. Also, most people carry their phones on them no matter what. So if I have a ...

Profile photo
Jul 16, 2014, 9:08 AM
in the phonescoop.com forum

Are you trying to create or change your profile photo here on phonescoop.com? If so, this is the correct forum for that kind of question. :) When you're logged in to this site, there's a link on the left that says "Account". On that page, the top section is for your profile, It contains instructions for changing your "Gravatar" (profile photo).

Correction
Jul 15, 2014, 10:15 AM
in the Article: MediaTek Takes on Snapdragon 810 with New 64-bit Chip forum

Indeed, that was a typo. It's been fixed. Thanks! In the future, FYI, corrections reach us much faster via the "Contact" feature in the left-hand navigation menu. Thanks again.

Yes
Jul 14, 2014, 5:30 PM
in the Article: Verizon To Test Spectrum Sharing in Military Radar Band forum

This has always been quite public info, for a number of reasons. First, you can buy a handheld device for not terribly much money that will let you inspect and analyze any radio signal at any frequency. I'm pretty sure it would be absolutely trivial for any enemy to determine what band anyone else is using for RADAR. They all know these things already. Also, the FCC has to manage and communicate what everyone is doing with every radio band in ...

Phone model numbers
Jul 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

Thank you for the feedback. It's always appreciated. That's an unusual request. We don't want to clutter up the pages with unnecessary info. While I do understand why someone might search on a model number (which is why we support it,) I have a harder time imagining the situation where a consumer would know the common name but need the technical model number. Can you help me understand how you would use this information?

Thin
Jun 3, 2014, 9:21 AM
in the Article: Sony Reveals the Slim Xperia T3 forum

7mm is REALLY thin.

Re: What is with this
Jun 2, 2014, 6:33 PM
in the Article: Review: Motorola Moto E forum

This is one of the cheapest out there. (No smartphone actually costs $20 unsubsidized.) So they have to cut all extra features to reach such a low price. And yet the screen and main camera are pretty decent; that's impressive. IMHO, if they chose those areas to not skimp, they chose well. No front-facing camera is actually very common for a non-LTE phone these days. That's no surprise to me.

Nope
May 27, 2014, 7:33 PM
in the Article: Hands-On: LG G3 forum

No, that's an extending antenna for TV. That's a standard feature on Korean phones, and they only had the Korean version on hand at this event. The US version, of course, will not have that.

Re: Galaxy S4?
May 14, 2014, 9:32 AM
in the LG Volt forum

Oh there are a ton of differences. Try the compare tool! http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/com pare.php?p=4341,4066

Re: harman not harmon
Apr 29, 2014, 9:12 PM
in the Article: HTC One harman/kardon Edition Exclusive to Sprint forum

Fixed. Thank you!

We're back!
Apr 18, 2014, 12:05 AM
in the phonescoop.com forum

We're back! A lot changed behind the scenes, so please let me know if you experience any new issues with the site.

Server downtime
Apr 17, 2014, 7:32 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

We're planning some server maintenance tonight. The site will go down starting at 9:30pm ET (6:30pm PT.) We expect to have everything back up in less than an hour, if everything goes smoothly.

Re: I'm working at in inbound calling center.
Apr 17, 2014, 3:09 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

:(

Re: Snapdragon 800 or 801?
Apr 4, 2014, 1:14 PM
in the Sony Xperia Z2 forum

It is 801. Fixed. Thanks! We were working from specs that just say MSM8974AB, which is 800 ...or 801. It could be either; the same part number is used for the two slightly different chips. (Damn Qualcomm and their idiotic part numbers!) But it is 801.

Re: VoLTE
Apr 4, 2014, 8:46 AM
in the Article: Sprint's Spark Phones Don't Support Simultaneous Voice/Data forum

It's not an issue for me, but only because I rarely use voice, except to talk to my family. But it's a useful feature for a lot of people. "Hey where do you want to meet for lunch/dinner/coffee?" "Let me pop open Maps/Opentable and find a place." "Did you send that email?" "Let me check." "Did you see that video Dan posted on Facebook?" etc.

Does it?
Mar 27, 2014, 9:16 AM
in the Article: Review: HTC One forum

In our review, we found it to have excellent battery life. It also supports the newest QuickCharge. I don't think it's realistic to have a removable battery in a phone like this. The high-quality, solid feeling of the unibody metal construction is one of the major selling points for this and the iPhone. That construction pretty much rules out a removable cover. For example, the One max has a removable cover. It feels flimsy and cheap, the cover doesn't always fit ...

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