Thinking about a non-Samsung Android Phone

Discussion in 'Smart Phones and Devices' started by Kyle_Bennett, Apr 20, 2017 at 5:31 PM.

  1. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett HardOCP MasterChef Editor Staff Member

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    I have pretty much exclusively used Samsung phones since phones became "smart." I was looking around for alternative Android phones and I am pretty much lost.

    What you guys say I need to have my eyes on?

    Edit: I am on T-Mobile.
     
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  2. Bandalo

    Bandalo [H]ard|Gawd

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    Low cost - OnePlus 3T

    High cost - Pixel XL
     
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  3. Maxime Mitchell

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    How about a nice blackberry ? ^^

    What are your use ? (What would you wish you were able to do with it too ?) Basically what key features do you need...
     
  4. CanonicalAbstract

    CanonicalAbstract Special Attention Whore

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    I have been looking between the OnePlus 3T and the Huawei Mate 9 here. Deffo leaning on the Mate 9, the phone just is slick.
     
  5. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett HardOCP MasterChef Editor Staff Member

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    I use my phone for making phone calls, texts, mail, surfing the web, moderating the HardForum, Waze navigation while driving, Bluetooth streaming of music on my patio.
     
  6. almalino

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    I am switching from Lumia to Android and Moto Z looks like a good choice for me.
     
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  8. CanonicalAbstract

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    I just noticed the edit for the T-Mobile part...
    T-Mobile pretty much whores out their Samsung devices, and quite frankly, the only devices I can advise on is their higher-end and midrange Samsung devices.
    Though, I believe you can still get an unlocked device and swap the SIM into it.
     
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  10. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett HardOCP MasterChef Editor Staff Member

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    Yes, hence my statement about moving away from Samsung. Just want to at least look at something different or at least be aware of my choices. I have been using Samsung phones for many years and am up to speed there.
     
  11. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett HardOCP MasterChef Editor Staff Member

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  13. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett HardOCP MasterChef Editor Staff Member

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    Bought a Mint Pixel XL 128GB on Swappa for $750. Figure if I do not like it, I can get rid of that pretty easily.
     
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  14. gimp

    gimp [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I really like my Pixel XL, and I'm glad I finally moved away from Samsung.
    If you end up not liking it, it will definitely be easy to resell for the same you paid for it.
     
  15. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett HardOCP MasterChef Editor Staff Member

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    Not sure why the guy was giving it up that cheap. He had good record on swappa. We will see how it all pans out. I am looking forward to it. My old S6 is getting a bit long in the tooth, and I got kids wanting new phones.....The general hand-me-downs start with my wife, move to me, then the kids. :)
     
  16. NoOther

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    I made the switch from my Note 4 to the Pixel XL, and haven't looked back since. It took a little adjustment at first, but now I like it a lot. The battery life for me is far better than any of my Notes.
     
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  17. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett HardOCP MasterChef Editor Staff Member

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    Not a fan of the phablet sized phones. This Pixel XL is not much bigger than my current S6. Good to know on battery life. I could not find much "bad" about this phone in reviews. And the guy is even shipping a case with it as well from Spigen. Been using cases from these guys for a while now and like those.
     
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    Yup, I use the Spigen tougharmor case and Spigen glass cover. The Pixel XL is a little bit longer, but not quite as wide as my Note4. I like the bigger phones for the screen real estate. I used to use them with some custom roms and did network/system analysis stuff on them. I also had a bunch of programs I ran on the phone for various gaming activities (Army builds and map setups for tabletop games), that it helped to have the larger screen. Now I am just use to the size and it helps when I use them as e-book readers or stream movies/shows on them. It's also a little easier to use the onscreen keyboard on the bigger phones.
     
  19. NickJames

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    Just did my upgrade from the S6 to S8 today. It's actually thinner than the S6. Damn phone is slippery though, already fell out of my pocket in the car between the seat and the center console and chipped the glass somehow, so much for scratch resistant.
     
  20. Commander Shepard

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    Long time (and continued) iPhone disciple, chiming in to cast another vote for the OnePlus 3T. Fastest phone on any platform I've ever used. I'm on T-Mo, too. AMOLED screen. Comparable battery life to my 7 Plus. Dual SIM capability. If you like to root and ROM, the 3T is perfect. Even on Nougat 7.1.1 + Oxygen 4.1.3, the 3T is damn near pure Android. The OnePlus 5 is due in June, so you might want to wait. If you want to buy now, the 3T is a great choice.

    $440 for 64GB
    $480 for 128GB

    No microSD option is my only complaint.
     
  21. 2k3eblade

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    No recommendations for the HTC 10? I got mine of swappa a year ago and it's been a solid device. My only complaint is the weak vibration and polarizer placement on the the screen. The 10 has a strong dev community and good warranty (Uh oh protection). They're going for around $400 on swappa at the moment.
     
  22. entropism

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    I actually just sold my 10 for $400, one of the best phones I ever had. Sadly, HTC shit the bed with distribution, they would have had a winner on their hands.
     
  23. Tiberian

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    You folks did catch the post where Kyle said he bought the Pixel XL off Swappa, right? :D
     
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    I did, but I wasn't suggesting he buy the 10 ;)
     
  25. ChronoReverse

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    Can't do much about the weak vibration but I found that my tempered glass protector fixed the polarization on my HTC 10 (which is great btw).
     
  26. Vengance_01

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    One plus 3T 128gb model. Only thing lacking is the camera. It's good but not top tier
     
  27. ScottHerman

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    I'd check out the new Moto G5 Plus.. Got mine last week and I absolutely love it
     
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    Another vote for the OnePlus 3t. Advantages are speed, clean OS, build quality, good display, good but not great camera. No sd card support though. Too bad they don't make this phone for Verizon users like me.
     
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  30. Eradan

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    Kyle, can you please comment on Bluetooth performance with your Pixel? I'm moving from iPhone and am considering the Pixel and the S8 but am concerned about reports regarding BT issues. I use this everyday while in the car for work and would hate to be without it. My iPhone 6+ has issues with my Kia as it is.

    Thank you!
     
  31. Trimlock

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    The Note series changed my mind about large phones. I was using my tiny (big at the time) iPhone screen to watch video's, something I do a lot on phones, almost a primary use. When I watched one vdieo on the first 1080p phone in 5.7" I was pretty much sold. But what drove me away from Samsung is their software support. Its like getting a game from Bethesda, you aren't sure what's going to work, each patch fixes tons of stuff then breaks even more lol.

    With Android, I can't recommend the Pixel line of phones enough. They used to have a lot of areas that made them mediocre, like battery life and camera, much different now. Used one for a few weeks (non XL) and almost wanted to trade in my 6S+ for it.
     
  32. Decibel

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    I love my OnePlus 3t, but that sounds like a solid deal on a Pixel XL
     
  33. Zorachus

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    As of April 2017 I'd still say the Pixel XL is the best Android phone to get. Good choice Kyle
     
  34. Kyle_Bennett

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    Well, looks like my Pixel XL opted to head for Bourbon Country instead of North Texas.....Hmmm.

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    After the Note 7 situation. I would only buy a Google Pixel. Most of those Samsung features I never used anyway.
     
  36. Solhokuten

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    If you decide to pickup a screen protector for your XL woud suggest going with this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N340JQA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I bought several different protectors to find that most dont even cover the whole screen for some odd reason and obvviously this looks pretty horrible. I'd also recommend this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M8GUGQ7/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 case as it looks quite nice with the above protector and protects pretty well.
     
  37. Kyle_Bennett

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    I bought a Zagg screen protector and the guy is shipping a Spigen case with it. Will see how those work. But thanks for the heads up, will give this one a try if the other one sucks.

    This is the one I picked up.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N63XLQ6/
     
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  38. Solhokuten

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    That looks pretty similar to the one I use so it will probably fit pretty nicely.
     
  39. Kyle_Bennett

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    I have been checking out reviews, and the biggest knock seems to be how it looks. I guess I am not part of that crowd that uses smart phones as a status symbol.
     
  40. Solhokuten

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    Crappy pic of my phone with the case. I think it looks just fine.

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    You may notice a few cracks at the top and body from where it saved my phone from some nasty drops.