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Re: Note 9 Pre Order Colors
Aug 10, 2018, 12:55 PM
in the Samsung Galaxy Note9 forum

Correct. ☺️

Re: LG Q7"+"?
Aug 5, 2018, 4:07 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Launches the LG Q7+ forum


Re: Offer 5G Mod
Aug 3, 2018, 5:53 PM
in the Article: Motorola's Moto Z3 a Verizon Exclusive, to Offer 5G Mod forum

I have no idea what that setting does, but I promise you it doesn't enable 5G on your S9. It's possible that the Samsung uses that same software to test 5G on some prototype S10 with 5G. But the S9 simply does not have the hardware for 5G.

Re: A Verizon exclusive?
Aug 3, 2018, 1:05 PM
in the Article: Motorola's Moto Z3 a Verizon Exclusive, to Offer 5G Mod forum

They can call it an "exclusive" even if the case is simply that no other carriers wanted the phone. I don't know if that's what happened here, but it wouldn't surprise me. Also keep in mind that the Moto z3 is very similar to the z3 Play, which other carriers are offering.

Re: Offer 5G Mod
Aug 3, 2018, 1:03 PM
in the Article: Motorola's Moto Z3 a Verizon Exclusive, to Offer 5G Mod forum

The S9 does not have a "hidden 5G" feature. True 5G (NR) requires new chips and antennas that were simply not available when the S9 was released.

Re: Anker Headphones
Jul 24, 2018, 10:36 PM
in the Article: Review: Soundcore Spirit X Bluetooth Headphones forum

Our pleasure!

Re: You might want to change insecure to not secure
Jul 24, 2018, 10:36 PM
in the Article: Google Now Highlighting Insecure Web Sites forum

Thank you for the feedback. "Insecure" can mean either "not confident or sure" or "not secure". Both definitions are valid. Please see: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionar y/insecure

Jul 16, 2018, 2:29 PM
in the Article: Apple to Bring More Emoji to iPhone Later This Year forum

This is a good πŸ•’ to mention that you can now use standard Unicode emoji in the πŸ’¬ here on phonescoop.com. 😁

Emoji! πŸ˜ƒπŸŽ‰
Jul 12, 2018, 12:58 AM
in the phonescoop.com forum

We're pleased to announce that you can now use the full set of 😁 in comments and forum messages here! From πŸ’© to 🐩, from your phone or computer, standard unicode emoji is now fully supported on phonescoop.com. πŸ’ƒ In light of this, we're retiring the old "emoticons" for new use. And soon, we'll replace "emoticons" in old messages with their new πŸ™‚ equivalents, for consistency. To make this possible, we had to convert all of our content to a ...

Jun 29, 2018, 2:12 PM
in the Article: BlackBerry KEY2 Makes All The Right Upgrades forum

I don't think that's true anymore. We did research on that very topic for this recent article: https://www.phonescoop.com/articles/artic le.php?a=20689 Verizon told us that they no longer lock out phones by serial number. They still recommend certified phones, of course, but there's no longer anything stopping you from using an unlocked phone if it supports band 13 and VoLTE.

Jun 28, 2018, 11:34 AM
in the Article: BlackBerry KEY2 Makes All The Right Upgrades forum

It's true there is no CDMA, but it does have band 13 and Verizon doesn't require CDMA anymore. So it's only a problem if you wanted to use it with Sprint.

Re: LG V35 ThinQ
Jun 12, 2018, 10:16 PM
in the LG V35 ThinQ forum

Well, it's an AT&T exclusive at launch. Sprint might sell it later on. I don't think T-Mobile will.

Re: Not all versions support LTE 12/14/25/26/30/38/41/71............
Jun 7, 2018, 9:29 AM
in the Motorola Moto z3 Play forum

The Sprint and USCC versions should support all of the US bands listed. And the US unlocked version as well. It's only international variants that might not support all of those bands, and possibly a Verizon version if they ever carry it (and I'm not saying they will.)

Re: possible caveat
May 29, 2018, 4:02 PM
in the Article: Best Certified Phones for Verizon Wireless forum

Interesting. Thanks! Some independent cell phone stores have special machines that can export contacts from most old flip phones. But once you're on a smartphone, I highly recommend using the Apple or Google cloud to both sync your contacts and back up your whole phone. As you said, it then becomes a non-issue. I haven't even had to think about my contacts in almost a decade, across numerous phones.

Re: LG G7
May 17, 2018, 2:15 PM
in the Article: LG G7 ThinQ Boasts Super Bright Display, AI Camera, Boombox Speaker forum

I think it makes perfect sense. Everyone wants as much screen as possible, but the earpiece and camera have to go somewhere. I agree it looks funny, especially on the iPhone X. But Android companies like LG give you the option of making the background black on the notch "ears". Then it looks like a normal screen, but the little indicators appear "above" the screen instead of taking away the top strip of content. It's like two little extra ...

May 17, 2018, 2:11 PM
in the LG G7 ThinQ forum

Personally, I prefer phones with a chin. It's a natural place to rest my thumb when holding the phone while reading an article, etc. But when I'm interacting with the screen, I'll slide the phone down in my hand a bit, in which case the very bottom becomes a very difficult part of the phone to reach with my thumb.

Re: Still 1080p and 401ppi in 2018?
May 17, 2018, 10:36 AM
in the OnePlus 6 forum

You might have better eyes than I do. I have a difficult time appreciating any benefit (at all) of a 2K display unless I'm using it for VR. 401ppi is pretty good. The human eye maxes out around 300ppi at standard reading distance. Also, keep in mind that 2:1 displays change the equation. If this were a 6.2" display at 16:9, then yes, it would be not-great. But 2:1 displays are narrower, so those 1080 pixels across the width ...

Re: I want this phone
Dec 27, 2017, 1:06 PM
in the Huawei Honor 7X / Mate SE forum

Yes. A reasonable minimum for decent Cricket (and AT&T) service is support for LTE 2, 4, 5, and 12 (or 17). This phone has that. If you need the very best data speed and coverage with Cricket / AT&T, also look for LTE 29 and 30, but that's not essential for basic service.

Re: 18:9?
Dec 6, 2017, 11:03 AM
in the Article: Honor 7X Boasts Twin Cameras, 18:9 Display forum

I feel the same way, which is why we say 2:1 in our specs. We're trying to make it happen. But most of the industry is using 18:9 so far, because people are used to seeing/hearing 16:9 and it's more obvious how the two ratios compare when you say "16:9" vs "18:9".

Re: LTE 2300
Oct 30, 2017, 9:27 AM
in the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact forum


Re: LG?
Oct 23, 2017, 4:29 PM
in the Google Pixel 2 XL forum

Yeah that's something I debated... It is made by LG.... But you're right, it's just more confusing to call it an LG when it's 100% marketed as a Google device. We listed the first Pixels as "Google" devices, and I've just changed it to Google for these, too. Thanks for the feedback.

Re: Face ID
Sep 19, 2017, 2:42 PM
in the Article: Apple Reveals iPhone X with Facial Recognition forum

Face ID replaces Touch ID, including all of those other use cases like Apple Pay and your bank app.

Re: Moto X4
Sep 5, 2017, 12:40 PM
in the Article: Moto X4 Sports Dual Cameras + 16 megapixel Selfie Camera forum

There's also the C series in some countries, and of course the Z Play fits in there... somewhere.

Re: Resembles the S8???
Sep 5, 2017, 10:19 AM
in the Article: Hands On with the LG V30 forum

The G6 and S8 both have curved glass backs and tall screens that minimize bezels. These are driven mainly by advancing glass technology (the availability of Gorilla Glass 5) and advancing display technology. If there are other design similarities, they may be due to Korean corporate espionage, but it would have happened early in the deign process, over a year before launch, so who knows who really copied who. But I think the G6 and S8 had enough design ...

Re: Idol 5S
Jun 30, 2017, 11:05 AM
in the Article: Alcatel Announces the Idol 5S with Stereo Speakers forum

No, I would not call this a flagship. I think they're repositioning the Idol series as something more affordable this year, or at least with this "S" model.

Jun 22, 2017, 1:34 PM
in the Sony XZ Premium forum


Re: What's the point?
Jun 20, 2017, 12:37 PM
in the Article: Meet the LG Exalt, Verizon's First LTE-Only Flip Phone forum

Every phone will need LTE when they shut off the CDMA network. This phone lays the first groundwork for that eventual, necessary step. It won't be for a while, but it will happen. You will not see Verizon launch another new phone without LTE, I promise you. I don't believe this has any kind of front LCD or display. It just has a single notification light on the outside.

Re: What's the point?
Jun 20, 2017, 12:33 PM
in the Article: Meet the LG Exalt, Verizon's First LTE-Only Flip Phone forum

Exactly. The point of this phone is to continue providing an option for people who are only interested in a flip-style feature phone. Verizon needs to start phasing out CDMA-only phones if they ever expect to shut off the legacy CDMA network. Also, this low-profile phone is a good first "toe in the water" for LTE-only phones. Verizon can learn lessons from this phone that they can then apply to upcoming smartphones that will also lack CDMA and rely ...

Re: any idea on OS and chipset?
Jun 20, 2017, 12:29 PM
in the Article: Meet the LG Exalt, Verizon's First LTE-Only Flip Phone forum

The chipset is almost certainly a Snapdragon 210. If it runs an OS like BrewMP or stripped-down Android, don't expect to reap any of the benefits like apps. This is not a smartphone.

Re: Plus or non Plus
May 19, 2017, 3:25 PM
in the Article: Cricket to Sell LG Stylo 3 Starting May 19 forum

It's the standard model, not the Plus. The article has been corrected. Sorry for the confusion!

Re: I Have both
May 1, 2017, 1:10 PM
in the Article: LG G6 vs. Samsung Galaxy S8: Buying Points to Consider forum

Keep in mind that the "bars" measurement is completely arbitrary. There is no standard for what "three bars" means, etc. Some manufacturers (and/or carriers) will even inflate them to make the phone and/or network appear better than it really is.

Re: Samsung Galaxy S8
May 1, 2017, 1:07 PM
in the Article: LG G6 vs. Samsung Galaxy S8: Buying Points to Consider forum

It lets them put more screen in a smaller phone. Most people will say that's a good thing. I think it's great. It makes a bigger difference in person than you might assume from just photos. I wouldn't be surprised one bit if this approx. aspect ratio became the new standard for most phones.

Re: No forum options??
Apr 21, 2017, 6:42 PM
in the phonescoop.com forum

We're committed to keeping this site simple and uncluttered, which means we sometimes need to do a little spring cleaning. We did remove the "Forums" link from the main menu. That is technically the only change. The general-topic forums (General, Shop Talk, etc.) were β€” as you may have noticed β€” not very popular anymore. We won't be exposing them to new visitors, but you can access them via search or bookmark. Company and OS forums are still accessible ...

Re: Using WiFi Hotspots
Apr 6, 2017, 6:11 PM
in the Article: Comcast Details Mobile Phone Service as Xfinity Mobile forum

Comcast also operates its own commercial-grade hotspots in certain venues and areas. They're not relying 100% on customers' home routers. (But that is a large part of it.)

Re: samsung s 8
Apr 2, 2017, 9:51 PM
in the Article: 5 Things to Like About the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ forum

Samsung Galaxy S series phones are incredibly popular. There is never any shortage of cases not protective options for them. This one will be no different.

Re: Poor Upgrade
Mar 7, 2017, 10:26 AM
in the Motorola Moto G5 Plus forum

I would argue that the target market for the G-series does not upgrade their phone annually.

Re: It's a SCAM that this is even a thing
Mar 6, 2017, 4:21 PM
in the Article: Hands On with the LG X power2 forum

First off, give LG some credit: They tried removable batteries in the G5 last year. It flopped. As for your larger point, I really want to agree with you, but... XL battery options made a lot more sense back in the day. There are multiple arguments against that path with modern phones. If you pop off the back and put in a larger battery, you're going to need a special back-plate as well. (Batteries with a meaningful amount of ...

Re: phone specs?
Mar 1, 2017, 7:16 AM
in the Article: Hands On with the LG X power2 forum

More info in the news item here: https://www.phonescoop.com/articles/ article.php?a=18777

Re: Nokia 3310
Feb 27, 2017, 8:17 AM
in the Article: Nokia Brings Back the 3310 forum

Yeah... pretty much. The whole product is a marketing gimmick, basically. The phone's technically real, but I think they're selling it for nostalgia and really just for people to collect, not use.

Re: Lower the resolution on one camera and raise it on the other.
Feb 26, 2017, 5:38 AM
in the Article: LG's G6 to Carry Dual 13MP Rear Cameras forum

The best phone cameras out there right now are the iPhone 7, Galaxy S7, and Pixel. They're all 12-megapixel. People want better pixels, not more pixels (beyond that baseline of 12.)

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