User: Rich Brome
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I tried that on a demo model and could not get it to work. I turned it on in Settings and tried the gesture many times in many places around the interface, but it would not activate. I don't know is that was an early-software bug or the gesture is excessively tricky to do (it is tricky.)
Re: API Integration
Not yet. But please shoot me an email here for more detail about that: http://www.phonescoop.com/site/conta ct.php?c=29&sid=1
Re: Voice Command spec suggestion
These days, that's a standard feature of all of the major smartphone OSes. It's more a feature of the OS than the phone. All new Android phones support Google Now, as far as I know. I'm pretty sure that both Siri and Google Now require an Internet connection to work, even when searching local data.
Re: "Who's online and active forum" GUI
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll consider it!
Re: Personal Messages
Thanks for the suggestion. To be perfectly honest, I'm afraid that's unlikely. We have plans to improve the forums, but we're much more focused on the public discussion of phones, rather than personal private messaging.
I've just made some key changes to the core code of the layout of the site. The desktop version of the site should look identical, and did in testing. But if you notice any changes/glitches, please let me know here. Thanks!
Thank you for the feedback. That's something we hadn't considered before.
Re: Larger 720p screen with a slow dual core processor
The only relation between processor and display is the number of pixels. The display's physical size is irrelevant to the processor and performance. This phone has an unusually low resolution for the display's physical size. That actually makes it well-matched to the processor. Neither spec is top-notch, but that's to be expected for an unusually affordable phablet. You can't expect a $300 phablet to match the specs of a $600 phablet. Given the price, the specs are actually quite good.
Re: T-Mobile LTE bands
Jayshmay said: your saying this supports band 17 (ATT)? Yes, like all recent T-Mobile phones.
Re: T-Mobile LTE bands
Whoa. Slow down. :wink: They just agreed to that sale earlier this month. I don't believe the FCC has approved it yet, no. But regardless, these things take time. It will be at least six months before we see any T-Mobile phones that support band 12. It may take until the end of the year for that to become standard on their new phones. It will probably be the end of the year before they have any of that ...
T-Mobile LTE bands
Most T-Mobile 4G phones now have both LTE 700 and 1700. It's been that way for some time. Like most other T-Mobile phones, the Z1s supports band 17, which offers the possibility of LTE roaming with AT&T.
T-Mobile in charge of Sprint
andy2373 said: If they let T-Mobile run it I'm all for it. That's exactly what John Legere hinted he would be in favor of at the last Un-Carrier event. He wants Sprint's spectrum, but he wants to be in charge.
Re: You're SOL if you actually lose your phone.
They all still have a physical key as a backup. Personally, I'm in the habit of tapping my pockets to make sure I have my phone and wallet every time I stand up or walk through any door. I'm much more likely to leave my keys somewhere than my phone.
Not the point
Compared to a regular lock, this isn't supposed to be more secure. I mean it absolutely can be, but that's not the point. The point is that it's more convenient for you. Read the article. There are a lot of handy features that could make life easier.
Re: Only one? NOT!!
That's what they told us at the time. I guess LG kept them in the dark about the other carriers.
That's where the new 700 MHz spectrum will help in many places.
Re: And that's it.
That's exactly what he said on stage. That is John's explicit goal. (I love it.)
What do you want us to cover?
Is there anything specific you want us to check out? Apps? Wearables? Accessories?
Re: Merry Christmas Mr. Brome and Mr. Zeman
Thank you! Same to you. :)
Re: moto g cdma
The Verizon (prepaid) version will be CDMA. Motorola is currently listing Android 4.3 for all versions of the Moto G, but it's possible that by the time Verizon releases it next month, it will come with 4.4.
Re: The link to enter name & email...
Were you accessing it from a phone, or the desktop site? There was an issue with the mobile version. Sorry for the hassle! It was fixed yesterday. Both versions should be working properly now. Please let me know if you're still seeing this issue.
4G requirement / prepaid
JJinNYC said: I thought Verizon required of all future smartphones to have LTE... That's only for the contract lineup. This is strictly for prepaid.
Re: What do you have against antiques?
It's a fair point. Thanks for the feedback. :) Maybe it should be something other than a photo of actual phones... I'll consider that.
Re: the picture that posts on FB wen you "Like"
That's the point. What do you have against antiques? :wink: (I figured it was better to use a bunch of old phones than to pick a few current ones and have someone complain that X company was left out, or we're biased against X, etc. Plus if they're always old phones, it doesn't get outdated and have to be replaced every six months.)
what it means
It's technically the 2500 MHz antenna, not the chipset. I believe the older model does support dual-band (800/1900) LTE, which is better than Sprint's many single-band (1900-only) LTE phones. Spark is just Sprint's branding for tri-band LTE. So with the older S 4, you're getting access to two out of Sprint's three LTE bands. And those two bands do offer full coverage. That third band in the newer model mostly just offers better capacity in urban areas, for faster speeds during peak ...
Whoops! :oops: (Grr.) Fixed! Thanks! :)
Re: I heard it's tough waterproof.
I believe they use a nano-coating that helps the circuit board survive a dunk. But it doesn't keep water out of the inside, and I don't think they market it as waterproof. That means they don't guarantee it. So it may be more likely to survive an accidental spill, but you definitely shouldn't take it in the pool.
Re: Activity Thingy
It's simply the number of messages posted in the last x days. (I think it's two weeks... not sure off the top of my head.) It's updated constantly.
Macy's is deploying this as well.
Yep, most Apple stores don't have any kind of traditional or easily identifiable register.
Re: Moto G or X
The Moto X is recommended in a couple of categories. The Moto G is an interesting phone, although a few things took it out of the running: 1. It wasn't on sale when we were writing this, and the Verizon model now isn't expected until January. We would still consider adding the unlocked GSM model after the fact, except: 2. It doesn't have LTE, which is kind of crazy when almost all other smartphone options - even quite affordable ones - now have ...
It might be silent. It won't be cheap.
It may be limited to texting and data. That's what some overseas airlines have done voluntarily. It will almost certainly incur high roaming charges, much like service on a cruise ship.
Re: Group contacts
It has the latest OS, BlackBerry 10.2.
Re: Global Roaming?
Verizon has long offered many phones with global roaming. These phones include CDMA and LTE for domestic use, plus GSM and WCDMA for overseas.
and a larger processor
Oops! Sorry. I meant faster processor. Fixed. Thanks for the correction!
Gb239 said: Well my real question is does it have a sim slot ? Are you sure that's the right question? Having a SIM slot doesn't mean much of anything. It doesn't mean a phone has GSM; it might be just LTE. It doesn't mean it will work with your SIM; it may be locked. And even if it's GSM and unlocked, it may not support the 3G WCDMA bands of the network you want to use it with.
Well, it's a Sprint phone, so it's primarily CDMA and LTE, but yes, it does also have GSM and WCDMA for global roaming. That's all listed under "Modes" in the specs. There are also versions of the G2 for AT&T and T-Mobile, and a global version.
Re: Home market of Chine?
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