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Re: Android version
Yesterday, 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: .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: 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 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?

Re: Google officially ends its Project Ara modular phone initiative?
Sep 21, 2016, 3:17 PM
in the Development forum

Yep. ticle.php?a=18121

Re: Misleading
Sep 17, 2016, 4:42 PM
in the Article: US Government Issues Recall for Samsung Galaxy Note7 forum

Samsung's official policy is: Under the terms of the U.S. Note7 Exchange Program owners have the following choices and can take these next steps immediately: ... A refund can be obtained at your point of purchase. So perhaps carriers are still catching up and getting things in place.

About band 66
Sep 15, 2016, 9:36 PM
in the Article: LG V20: First Phone To Support Band 66 forum

FYI, there's more info about band 66 in the glossary: ry/term.php?gid=570

Re: LG X "power"
Aug 26, 2016, 10:02 AM
in the LG X power (GSM) forum

It's about the battery, not the processor.

Re: A little disappointed
Aug 17, 2016, 11:23 AM
in the Samsung Galaxy Note7 forum

It is 4K. The specs have been updated. Sorry for the confusion!

Re: A little disappointed
Aug 4, 2016, 9:52 PM
in the Samsung Galaxy Note7 forum

I could not find a 4K option when I spent time with the phone on Tuesday. I'll be sure to double-check it when we have our review unit, which will be very soon.

Re: A little disappointed
Aug 3, 2016, 8:44 PM
in the Samsung Galaxy Note7 forum

The camera is the same as the S7, which is an extremely well-regarded camera. It's higher quality than previous Samsung cameras. Megapixel count isn't everything. The video capture actually maxes out at Quad-HD (as noted on the full spec page), the same resolution as the screen. That's extremely high-res and would still look good on a 4K TV (which most people don't have anyway.)

Re: Qualcomm quick charge?
Aug 2, 2016, 2:50 PM
in the Article: Hands-On with the Samsung Galaxy Note7 forum

That's one of those things Samsung prefers to be cagey about. It uses Qualcomm technology, but also some "Samsung proprietary" technology. It has a Snapdragon 820 processor, so it could be QC 3.0.

Re: Note 7?
Aug 2, 2016, 2:47 PM
in the Article: Samsung Flagship Phone, Likely Note 7, Clears FCC forum

Correct. Samsung wants "S7" and "Note7" numbering to be in sync.

Re: G4/G4 Plus
Jul 13, 2016, 5:11 PM
in the Motorola Moto G4 forum

No, that's pretty much it.

Re: Well good luck with that...
Jul 13, 2016, 3:42 PM
in the Article: LeEco Planning Big Fall Launch in U.S. forum

As the article says: "Its U.S. products will be distinct, targeted specifically at U.S. millennials. The company is currently negotiating with rights holders for U.S. video content — both recorded and live — to offer via its service, which will be featured in the interface of its phones."

Re: J7
Jun 15, 2016, 8:54 AM
in the Samsung Galaxy J7 (CDMA) forum

That's certainly not a high-end chip, and low-end with Qualcomm would be a Snapdragon 210, etc.

Re: Wow!
May 16, 2016, 9:25 PM
in the Article: Visual Guide to US Mobile Radio Bands forum

Thanks! I'm glad you find it useful.

Re: After several months of the new format
May 11, 2016, 4:49 PM
in the forum

What were you looking for?

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 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: 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 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: 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: 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 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 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 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".

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