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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.

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 ...

Re: Global network
Mar 27, 2014, 9:08 AM
in the HTC One (M8) (CDMA) forum

Yes, the Sprint version does have global roaming. I specifically confirmed that with HTC.

Re: ONE again? really.
Mar 26, 2014, 11:02 AM
in the Article: HTC Reveals the All New One Flagship Phone forum

Well, it's official name is "One (M8)". So... it's close to what you said. Apple does the same with many of their products. There have been many MacBook Air models by now, all called just "MacBook Air".

Mar 26, 2014, 11:00 AM
in the Article: HTC One Available Today, In Verizon Stores Immediately forum

srich27 said: Now an "UltraPixel"....THAT is something no one knows what it actually means. ... Actually, HTC has put out white papers explaining what it means. It's their marketing term for a camera sensor with physically larger pixels. The larger pixels gather more light and thus have a number of performance benefits, including less noise and better low-light sensitivity. The principle is sound, although - as others have pointed out - some high-megapixel-count camera sensors achieve similar performance (or better, depending ...

Re: HTC One M8 battery drain in low signal areas?
Mar 26, 2014, 10:54 AM
in the Article: Review: HTC One forum

arouth said: I had an htc one and loved it BUT it had one problem. In low signal areas the battery drained really fast. That's going to be an issue with any phone, by the nature of physics. If it drained noticeably faster than other phones in the same spot, then perhaps the other phones were getting better signal in that spot. (Keep in mind that most signal "bar" meters are a notoriously inaccurate way to measure actual signal.) The new ...

One-handed mode
Feb 25, 2014, 4:20 AM
in the Article: Hands-On: Samsung Galaxy S5 forum

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
Feb 22, 2014, 7:59 AM
in the forum

Not yet. But please shoot me an email here for more detail about that: ct.php?c=29&sid=1

Re: Voice Command spec suggestion
Feb 22, 2014, 7:57 AM
in the forum

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
Feb 22, 2014, 7:41 AM
in the forum

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll consider it!

Re: Personal Messages
Feb 22, 2014, 7:40 AM
in the forum

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.

Site glitches?
Feb 9, 2014, 11:14 AM
in the forum

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!

available colors
Feb 6, 2014, 9:04 PM
in the forum

Thank you for the feedback. That's something we hadn't considered before.

Re: Larger 720p screen with a slow dual core processor
Jan 31, 2014, 8:35 PM
in the ZTE Max forum

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
Jan 31, 2014, 9:25 AM
in the forum

Jayshmay said: your saying this supports band 17 (ATT)? Yes, like all recent T-Mobile phones.

Re: T-Mobile LTE bands
Jan 31, 2014, 9:25 AM
in the forum

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
Jan 30, 2014, 7:44 PM
in the forum

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
Jan 18, 2014, 1:43 PM
in the Article: Banks Lining Up to Fund Sprint Acquisition of T-Mobile forum

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.
Jan 10, 2014, 1:24 PM
in the Article: Hands On with Bluetooth Door Locks forum

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
Jan 10, 2014, 1:21 PM
in the Article: Hands On with Bluetooth Door Locks forum

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!!
Jan 9, 2014, 8:13 PM
in the Article: AT&T to Sell LG G Flex forum

That's what they told us at the time. I guess LG kept them in the dark about the other carriers.

700 MHz
Jan 9, 2014, 5:38 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Expands 4G LTE to 273 Cities forum

That's where the new 700 MHz spectrum will help in many places.

Re: And that's it.
Jan 8, 2014, 4:43 PM
in the Article: Liveblog: T-Mobile Un-Carrier 4 forum

That's exactly what he said on stage. That is John's explicit goal. (I love it.)

What do you want us to cover?
Jan 6, 2014, 1:10 AM
in the CES 2014 forum

Is there anything specific you want us to check out? Apps? Wearables? Accessories?

Re: Merry Christmas Mr. Brome and Mr. Zeman
Dec 26, 2013, 11:57 AM
in the forum

Thank you! Same to you. :)

Re: moto g cdma
Dec 18, 2013, 8:48 PM
in the Motorola Moto G (CDMA) forum


Re: o/s
Dec 18, 2013, 8:47 PM
in the Motorola Moto G (CDMA) forum

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...
Dec 14, 2013, 1:38 PM
in the forum

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
Dec 13, 2013, 11:28 PM
in the Motorola Moto G (CDMA) forum

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?
Dec 13, 2013, 11:40 AM
in the forum

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"
Dec 12, 2013, 4:18 PM
in the forum

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
Dec 12, 2013, 1:08 PM
in the Article: Sprint to Sell New Spark-Compatible Galaxy S4 forum

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 ...

Dec 12, 2013, 12:31 PM
in the forum

Whoops! :oops: (Grr.) Fixed! Thanks! :)

Re: I heard it's tough waterproof.
Dec 11, 2013, 4:09 PM
in the Motorola Moto G (GSM) forum

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
Dec 6, 2013, 6:09 PM
in the forum

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.

Dec 6, 2013, 6:05 PM
in the Article: Apple's iBeacon to Track Shoppers, Offer Recommendations forum

Macy's is deploying this as well.

Dec 6, 2013, 6:04 PM
in the Article: Apple's iBeacon to Track Shoppers, Offer Recommendations forum

Yep, most Apple stores don't have any kind of traditional or easily identifiable register.

Re: Moto G or X
Nov 26, 2013, 1:48 PM
in the Article: Holiday Gift Guide 2013 forum

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.
Nov 21, 2013, 5:04 PM
in the Article: FCC to Weigh Cell Phone Use On Planes forum

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.

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