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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 16:27 
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I'd say that whats happened is that Google have shifted the Nexus and now Pixel line more into the full on luxury flagship direction, whereas manufacturers like Motorola, LG, OnePlus, Xiaomi and a bunch of others have gladly stepped up their offerings in the "great specs but reasonably priced" market.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 17:30 
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Google had a business plan to break into the market, and they nailed it.

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 18:18 
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There's obviously a market for expensive phones so saying that they're too expensive seems nonsensical. It's like saying that shoes are "too expensive" because if you really want to you can pay thousands of pounds for some. Or cars, or just about anything.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 18:56 
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Sir Taxalot wrote:
What about signing up for a 24 month contract for an iphone


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Who had "the third post" :p


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 19:12 
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There's obviously a market for expensive phones so saying that they're too expensive seems nonsensical.

I'm saying the Nexus 6P was too expensive.

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 22:51 
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The oneplus 3T is on my radar, but I'm not sure how the camera compares to some of the other options. I'm hoping it might get a bit cheaper when the 5 comes out.

GJ has a Nexus 5X, and I can't say it appeals, the 6P seems a bit big and I don't think I can justify the cost of a pixel.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 and the Huawei P9 have both been considered, but I've been put off both of them for reasons I can't remember.

There are a few nice Moto phones around, but they all seem to have something wrong with them.

Current front runner is the S7 Edge, but I'm trying to work out if Grace UX is as much of a shitshow as Touchwiz used to be, and the Galaxy S3 is the phone that caused me to dump my contract and go sim only, so Samsung need to do something good to win me back.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 23:30 
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i really wanted an S7 when they came out, the specs etc looked really really good - I just couldn't afford one. Got very good reviews in the press too, IIRC.

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:42 
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Bear in mind you can install the vanilla Google launcher from the Play store so even if Samsung's newer skin annoys you you don't have to suffer it.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:13 
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Bear in mind you can install the vanilla Google launcher from the Play store so even if Samsung's newer skin annoys you you don't have to suffer it.


:this:

Since DocG mentioned this to me it's the first thing I do on any Android device (tablets as well as phones).

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
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Bamba wrote:
Bear in mind you can install the vanilla Google launcher from the Play store so even if Samsung's newer skin annoys you you don't have to suffer it.


:this:

Since DocG mentioned this to me it's the first thing I do on any Android device (tablets as well as phones).


It's possibly worth mentioning that there were rumours there were going to stop offering it as an option but I haven't heard any confirmation of that or explanation as to why.

Edit: ah, sadly it's almost definitely a thing: http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/02/03 ... ing-weeks/


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
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Bamba wrote:
Bear in mind you can install the vanilla Google launcher from the Play store so even if Samsung's newer skin annoys you you don't have to suffer it.


:this:

Since DocG mentioned this to me it's the first thing I do on any Android device (tablets as well as phones).


Wait what?

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
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The Nova Launcher is a creditable replacement. Nice and configurable, but can be made to look and feel almost exactly like the GN launcher


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
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The Nova Launcher is a creditable replacement. Nice and configurable, but can be made to look and feel almost exactly like the GN launcher


Yeah, that's the one most people seem to go for. Before I got on the Nexus bandwagon it was the Apex launcher I used to use, though I can't remember why I picked that one specifically.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
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does putting a launcher over the top use up system power/capability?

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
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does putting a launcher over the top use up system power/capability?


Not to my knowledge, though I admit I've never looked into it. My Pixel C tablet has two launchers installed by Google themselves so I wouldn't they wouldn't have done that if there was any impact.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
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Some other recommendations here Joans:

http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/ ... sp?c=73784


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:45 
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It's not so much the launcher as the whole notification/toggles bit (I'm sure there's a proper name for it), although I'm not entirely sure what stock looks like anymore anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:49 
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I think a OnePlus 3T is going to be my next phone.


Don't you have a Note something-or-other at the moment? I'd be interested to know why you're thinking of moving to the 3T?


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:11 
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I have a Nexus 6P. It's... Er... Expensive.

Do you have me on ignore?

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:35 
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Grim... wrote:
I have a Nexus 6P. It's... Er... Expensive.

Do you have me on ignore?


Given that I just quoted you, no.

Sorry, I read all that a few days ago, then thought I remembered you having a note and wondered why you were going from Samsung to OnePlus. Then I posted, then re-read the rest of the thread, realised I was mistaken and couldn't be bothered to do anything about it.

Did you ever have a Note, or was that huge thing in your hands always the 6P (yes, I know, Title)?


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 13:24 
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I did indeed, I had a Note 3, and I loved it. It was also hugely expensive, but it performed well until the day I got rid of it.

I'm somewhat tempted to get a newer one, but I suspect the cost will put me off.

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 10:55 
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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 22:32 
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I've picked up a "very good" S7 Edge from music magpie. Condition-wise, I can't see much wrong with it and it even came in the proper box. I'll probably have more of an opinion on it when I get a new sim and can actually use it as a phone.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 22:38 
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I've picked up a "very good" S7 Edge from music magpie. Condition-wise, I can't see much wrong with it and it even came in the proper box. I'll probably have more of an opinion on it when I get a new sim and can actually use it as a phone.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 9:09 
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Bloody old news I know, but I've been enjoying Lara Croft GO immensely on my phone. One of the most enjoyable mobile games I've played in years. Lovely rigid sense of logic to it, and perfectly suited for playing on a phone.

So I was very pleased to discover Hitman GO and Deus Ex GO are also on sale on Android at the moment for 79 pennies each, which seems like a bargain to me.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 9:24 
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Bloody old news I know, but I've been enjoying Lara Croft GO immensely on my phone. One of the most enjoyable mobile games I've played in years. Lovely rigid sense of logic to it, and perfectly suited for playing on a phone.

So I was very pleased to discover Hitman GO and Deus Ex GO are also on sale on Android at the moment for 79 pennies each, which seems like a bargain to me.

Ooh, I enjoyed this a lot but on my old phone which really couldn't cope with the graphics. Now I've got a newer phone I think I'll re-download so I can finish it.

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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 10:11 
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Bloody old news I know, but I've been enjoying Lara Croft GO immensely on my phone. One of the most enjoyable mobile games I've played in years. Lovely rigid sense of logic to it, and perfectly suited for playing on a phone.

So I was very pleased to discover Hitman GO and Deus Ex GO are also on sale on Android at the moment for 79 pennies each, which seems like a bargain to me.


I think they're all currently free on Amazon Underground.


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 Post subject: Re: Google Android
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Bamba wrote:
Findus Fop wrote:
Bloody old news I know, but I've been enjoying Lara Croft GO immensely on my phone. One of the most enjoyable mobile games I've played in years. Lovely rigid sense of logic to it, and perfectly suited for playing on a phone.

So I was very pleased to discover Hitman GO and Deus Ex GO are also on sale on Android at the moment for 79 pennies each, which seems like a bargain to me.


I think they're all currently free on Amazon Underground.


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