User: Eric M. Zeman
These are the most recent forum messages posted by Eric M. Zeman:
Re: Cool features not available in US market?
The fingerprint reader issue basically boils down to a contractual problem. Sony has implied to us that it isn't allowed to sell phones with fingerprint readers in the U.S. due to an exclusivity agreement it signed with a big U.S. carrier (*cough* Verizon *cough*). We've been led to believe that agreement will expire some time before the end of 2017 and the next round of Sony handsets will indeed have active fingerprint readers for U.S. versions. Not a great ...
Re: Which is accurate?
The data I was given by Blu says 2,300mAh, as does the Amazon.com listing. That's what I have to go with.
Re: now i'm confused
Dual SIM? No. The top slot (see photo closeup in article) is for microSD memory cards and the bottom slot is for micro SIM cards.
Re: Are the Sims Dual Active?
You can sort of use both at the same time. The phone's software allows you to select which SIM is prioritized for data, calls, and SMS. You can choose one SIM for calls and SMS, and the other for data, or any combination of the three.
Re: fingerprint sensor?
Correct. No fingerprint sensor.
Re: Very nice but...
Actually, you CAN tap anywhere on the screen to snap a picture. It's an option. You have to set the camera do allow for tap-to-shoot or the shutter button during initial setup.
Re: Note 7?
Samsung is expected to skip the "Note 6" so its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series can share the same number during the same calendar year. The invitation for the 8/2 media event says "7 Unpacked" along with multiple styli, which all but confirms the name.
Re: Frequency Bands
spec sheet says: 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 1, 3, 20, 29, 30, 25, 26, 41
Freetel sells unlocked phones and wireless service in Japan. This represents their initial launch in the US, but with phones only, no service.
Re: ETF payoffs?
The press release says: "Switch to Verizon and save: If you’re switching to Verizon from another carrier, you can receive up to $650 to pay off your old phone or contract when you trade in your current phone. Visit a Verizon store to have your trade-in appraised and value applied immediately."
Re: Phonescoop review of Lumia 950 & 950 XL?
I'm working on it now. ;)
Re: stream stock quotes on mini screen ?
No, nothing like that.
This is another silly test for Rich, but it's more important than the previous one.
This is a silly message for Rich.
Have you heard of the South Street Seaport? Supposed to be some tourist trap near your place.
John - Thanks for sharing your opinion. As far as I am concerned, portable battery packs are FAR more convenient to use than actual swappable batteries. They are very inexpensive compared to replacement batteries. The standard 2,200mAh rechargeable battery pack is under $20. These can fully charge most phones and use standard USB cables. Larger ones don't cost that much more. When on the road, I have an 8,700mAh pack that can recharge two phones and a tablet. You ...
Re: A one-horse review?
I gave this device plenty of kudos throughout the review. In fact, I was much more fair than many other reviewers were. I commended it on its call quality, battery life, and messaging powers. I pointed out how strong the email is, how good the quality of the materials are, and how powerful the browser is. The definition of what equates a smartphone has changed dramatically. They are no longer just about getting work done. (For the record, I can ...
The 635 has one 5-megapixel camera. It doesn't have a user-facing camera at all. Like most Lumia devices, it includes the Microsoft camera app and the Nokia camera app, which is what I meant when I said "dual-cameras." Apologies for the confusion. The article has been updated accordingly.
Re: Please post some comparison shots
I added a few.
Re: N6 screen sharper then Note 4?
I said it "looks sharper to my eyes" not "it is sharper." There's a difference. Technically, yes, the Note 4 has higher resolution because it has the same number of pixels stuffed into a slightly smaller space. But in a side-by-side comparison, the N6's icons and text looked clearer.
This is not misinformation. I included the link with the story. See the "More at Nokia" link below the text? Click there and there's a big button on Nokia's web site that says "Download the App!"
Re: Double Data
Yup. Corrected. Thx.
a1. Samsung GS5 and Note 4 have removable batteries. So does the LG G3. a2. I said "limited" because it has three rows instead of four, which has long been a staple of BB devices. The buttons don't even seem to have alternate letters/characters, you have to access the secondary, on-screen keyboard to find and use characters like periods, @, and so on. It's not quite the same as using the old-style keyboards, that's all.
It feels pretty unbalanced to me. I had to be careful where I positioned by fingers along the back to keep it from toppling over.
PhoneScoop is soooooo hilariously hypocritical
It's apparent to me that you've not even read my review of the Galaxy Note 3. You completely misrepresent what I said about the Note 3's size and capabilities. This is what I said about the Note 3's size: "Speaking of which, the Note 3 is a large phone - larger than most flagship phones - and that’s the way it is supposed to be. The exceptionally huge 5.7-inch screen necessitates a tall and wide device. Even so, Samsung managed ...
Re: Inquiry about camera button feature
Yes, that is correct. I explained this in the "Camera" portion of the review.
$240 is the full retail. Oddly, Boost and Virgin are selling it for $150.
Re: Chinese as a "Language"
The press release says "Chinese (Hong Kong)" -- which I didn't know was a real dialect. ;)
When I open a PDF from Google Drive on an Android device, it loads the PDF in Adobe Reader (if installed). If it isn't installed, it'll sometimes open in Chrome. My guess is Google is working on it.
The problem is real
Both Rich and I have suffered from this phenomenon. It doesn't help that we both swap our SIMs out to new devices on a fairly regular basis. It took me months to resolve the issue last year. I get most of my messages now, but still lose some to iMessage every once in a while.
Re: Public comments
http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/ Here's a direct email address set up by the FCC: firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: Is the HK edition really using a different DAC?
The M8 supports 24-bit FLAC at 92KHz. The HK M8 supports 24-bit FLAC at 192KHz.
Re: Camera crop?
The default view and capture mode is 16:9. You have to manually change it to 4:3 if that's what you want. The sensor itself is 4:3 and cropped to get the 16:9 aspect ratio. When you make the change, what you see is what you get. Meaning, viewfinder changes shape depending on the aspect ratio so you know what will/won't be in the picture.
Re: VZ Navigator
I didn't hit any sort of "trial" or anything when I started using VZ Navigator. It didn't ask me to sign anything, click on anything, agree to anything - the app just works. Usually it warns you about the trial and the monthly fee. It didn't on the One.
Re: Are you going to be reviewing this and/or the 930?
The 635, yes, definitely. It will be sold by AT&T and T-Mobile. The 930, no, probably not. The 930 is the same phone as the Icon, just without CDMA on board. Further, it won't be sold in the U.S.
Re: more info please
Sorry, I don't have any more info than what's already in Legere's memo.
I wrote the articles the way I did because AT&T Next Plans are always $0 down. T-Mobile often charges a $99 downpayment for some devices. T-Mo is offering the $0 downpayment on the GS5 for a limited time only, that's why I called it out. T-Mo's press release was unclear about the length of the limited $0 promotion, though.
Re: Data throttle
Throttles speeds once users exceed 25GB per billing period.
Re: Machine to Machine Services and Affiliates
Here's the official response from T-Mobile: This year, we will start lighting up the 1900MHz PCS spectrum with LTE, as well as continue to push LTE on AWS spectrum. Some of the 1900MHz being used for LTE comes from T-Mobile's purchase of MetroPCS. Also, once the 700 MHz A-Block spectrum acquisition transaction closes, we anticipate we will begin rollout rapidly. A significant portion of the license is un-encumbered and can be used right away after the deal closes (e.g. ...
Re: Machine to Machine Services and Affiliates
We've reached out to T-Mobile to get a detailed explanation of exactly what's going on with its GPRS/EDGE networks. We'll update the article (or the comments) as soon as we hear anything.
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