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Re: That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means
Today, 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
Thursday, 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 motorola.com, 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: http://www.phonescoop.com/forums/for um.php?fm=m&ff=1&fh=3289222#fi=3289222

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

Test
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? https://meerkatapp.co :)

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 phonescoop.com 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: http://www.phonescoop.com/articles /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.

Sport
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 phonescoop.com 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 phonescoop.com 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.

Screen
Mar 23, 2015, 3:43 PM
in the Article: Review: HTC One M9 forum

This is just my opinion, but I really couldn't care less about quad-HD screens. In fact, I'd rather have 1080 for the cost, graphics performance, and battery life savings. At the 5 inch size, a 1080p screen delivers perfectly sharp images and detail at normal viewing distance. I pretty much need to put my eyeball to the screen to appreciate quad-HD, and that's simply not very useful to me.

Toughness
Mar 21, 2015, 10:06 AM
in the Article: Review: Kyocera DuraForce for AT&T forum

From the review: The DuraForce meets mil-spec 810g for protection against abuse and IP68 for protection against water and dust. You can be pretty cruel to the phone and not worry. I dropped the phone, buried it in snow, left it out overnight in -2 F temperatures, threw it down the street and tossed it high in the air and let it crash down on my driveway. It's still working just fine. As for water, it can handle up to ...

Re: Dear commenter
Mar 11, 2015, 3:20 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

When we make a decision to ban someone, it's based on history. It's based on the severity, number, and frequency of infractions, and whether the person has complied with warnings. Anyone who repeatedly does the same things after being warned repeatedly not to do those exact things, will be banned.

Moderation
Mar 11, 2015, 3:17 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

I honestly don't have the time nor mental bandwidth to keep track of everyone's beliefs or positions here. I look at individual messages and their language and tone. That's it. You can choose to not believe me, but that's the truth. If I replied to someone I banned, I apologize. I didn't look at the username or status, just the content. Which is exactly the same way I moderate. You're using words like "retarded", "lame", and "creep" in reference ...

Political beliefs
Mar 10, 2015, 8:12 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

I couldn't care less about the political beliefs of anyone here. This site is about phones. I care that we discuss phones and do it in a civilized way so that everyone feels welcome and respected.

Trolling
Mar 10, 2015, 8:10 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

It wasn't that it was negative against a specific company. It was that it was inflammatory. It was flaming. That's discouraged on pretty much every site I know of.

Dear commenter
Mar 10, 2015, 8:08 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

It wasn't censoring a word we considered particularly dirty. As we explained in your private warning, was the fact that you resorted to name-calling. If you call another reader a name, and it's at all negative, that's being uncivilized, and that's inappropriate here. It's not the word; it's not the name. It's the fact that it was name-calling. Feel free to call someone an amazingly awesome son of a bitch, (if you mean it,) but negative name-calling is not ...

Re: THIS
Mar 5, 2015, 8:12 AM
in the Article: BlackBerry Repackaging Device Management Suite forum

That's really weird. I'm not sure how that could happen. :?

Re: Kyocera/Windows Mobile
Mar 3, 2015, 11:36 AM
in the MWC 2015 forum

The Kyocera Windows Phone is only for Europe. That's the only place they're seeing demand for that kind of device. The solar charging phone is strictly a prototype, and the technology isn't very practical. Because it's a transparent layer in the screen, the efficiency is so poor that two hours of solar charging will only give you about five minutes of talk time.

Re: Resolution fail
Mar 2, 2015, 9:50 AM
in the Article: Hands On with the HTC One M9 forum

I think the screen looks fantastic. I can't see any pixels at all on the M9. Everything is smooth and crisp. Quad-HD is nice on a larger phablet device, but on a 5-inch screen like this, it's overkill, IMO.

Lens that sticks out
Mar 2, 2015, 9:47 AM
in the Article: Hands-On: Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge forum

This is becoming standard. The HTC One M9 and even the iPhone 6 have protruding camera lenses, too. Physics dictate how small the optics can be in a camera and still have it be any good.

corrections
Feb 6, 2015, 5:06 PM
in the Article: SEC Investigating Suspicious BlackBerry Trades forum

Thanks! Fixed. In the future, please submit corrections here: http://www.phonescoop.com/site/conta ct.php?c=12&src=q ...so that we will see your message (and correct our content) sooner. Thanks again,

Upgrade cycle
Feb 1, 2015, 6:17 PM
in the Article: HTC Says Lollipop Rollout Going Slower Than Hoped forum

The average user is upgrading their phone every two years at best (unless they break it first.) That's why upgrades within the first two years of a product are important.

Wrong forum
Jan 30, 2015, 6:18 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

Thank you for participating in our community. However, this topic belongs in the Android (I'm assuming) or General forum. The phonescoop.com forum is for discussion of this website.

Re: Really?
Jan 7, 2015, 3:47 PM
in the Article: Synaptics Shrinks Fingerprint Sensors forum

Have you tried TouchID on an iPhone? It's pretty great. Everyone should lock their phone, but codes are an extra step and often easy to guess from finger smudges.

Re: A Great First Effort, But......
Jan 6, 2015, 4:44 PM
in the Article: ReSound Smart Hearing Aid Connects To Your Phone forum

Hearing aid companies certainly boast about how invisible their models are in all of their marketing. It's nothing to be ashamed of, (I certainly didn't mean to imply that,) but I think most users would prefer that they be inconspicuous. I would. I admit I don't follow hearing aids closely (we focus on phones, after all,) but I'm not aware of any that are marketed as fashion accessories. If they weren't designed to be hidden / invisible, that would be ...

Cables and adaptors
Jan 6, 2015, 4:39 PM
in the Article: Hands On with the New USB Plug forum

Exactly.

Re: too much
Jan 6, 2015, 4:39 PM
in the Article: Hands On with the New USB Plug forum

It can replace it, and as a generally superior plug, it's assumed that it will. Eventually. But no one is forcing anyone to switch to it. It's up to companies to choose which connector to use. As I said in the article, the transition period will be messy. It could be quite long.

What should we cover?
Jan 4, 2015, 2:25 PM
in the CES 2015 forum

We're on the ground in Vegas and ready to bring you the week's phone news, with plenty of hands-on reports. If there's anything you hear about at the show that you think we should cover, let us know here!

Re: Classic review
Dec 29, 2014, 7:35 PM
in the Article: Review: BlackBerry Classic forum

Well, yes, if you don't mind carrying two phones all the time, then of course it's great. I can't imagine doing that myself. I know people who do, but I don't think they would if they had a choice. I don't think anyone should have to. That doesn't seem like a high bar to me.

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