07-10-2012, 06:39 PM
The HTC Raider LTE phone is EOL now, 9 months after release. Woe to the people who signed 3 year contracts for it.
07-10-2012, 06:42 PM
You realize this just means they don't sell it any more, right? And is therefore a total non-issue for anyone except people who would be inexplicably looking to buy a prev-gen phone for no good reason?
Originally Posted by rei
07-10-2012, 06:44 PM
Doh! Missed your location, Qmanol, sorry!
07-10-2012, 06:55 PM
Just bolstering stusser's complaint about HTC (and others) throwing too many models out.
Originally Posted by mkozlows
07-10-2012, 07:45 PM
AT&T just released its ICS update for the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note. Finally!
07-11-2012, 04:38 PM
thanks for all the help in this thread, everyone. We got Razr Maxx's, and they are great, so I'm happy!
07-12-2012, 12:30 PM
Yeah, we've been enjoying ours pretty much. I haven't figured out how to get my car's hands-free thing to recognize the sub-groupings (home, mobile) of contacts by voice yet though. It worked fine with the Droid X, but ICS seems to have thrown a small wrench into the works. Other than that, the phone is slick as owl shit.
Originally Posted by Robert Sharp
07-13-2012, 03:37 AM
Got the official Jelly Bean update notification for my Galaxy Nexus yesterday and installed it. Yep, it does feel snappier and faster now - and I was quite satisfied with ICS to begin with.
Google Now - not overly helpful for my everyday needs at this point, I guess. I could probably take advantage of the weather and public transit cards, but it's not like there aren't dozens of widgets that already cover that.
The voice search is still giving me too many inconsistent results to appear appealing to me. For instance, when I throw "find [famous place in my city]" or "navigate to [famous place in my city]" at it, will launch the navigation app--as I would expect--just to route me to some place of the same name in some small town 700km away. You'd think, with all their smart systems and knowledge of my location they'd be able to figure out which place I'm probably more likely to go to. (And it's not like this would be impossible: If I type said place's name directly into Google Maps without specifying any city or even country, the 'correct' one actually happens to be the very first suggestion.) And when I say "find [famous place] Berlin" it will trigger a Google search instead of using Maps.
07-19-2012, 05:41 PM
Updated my Galaxy SII to ICS the other day and am very happy with the results.
One issue is still bugging me: Any time an access point is detected, wifi turns on. If I turn it off, it turns back on again a minute later. There is no setting that I can see to change this behavior and since I rarely need to use it (and can only use it in one or two locations anyway) and since the mobile data connection is apparently blocked whenever wifi is on, I have to fight my phone whenever I'm near a private (inaccessible to me) wifi access point and want to access the internet. Sprint Support was stumped and recommended that I take my phone into a store, but I haven't had time.
07-19-2012, 06:17 PM
Sounds like the retarded wifi notification Verizon (and maybe other carriers) had Samsung build into the SGS3. At *all* times, from boot up to shutdown, there is a permanent, unremovable notification about wifi. If it's off, it tells you to turn it on. If it's on, it tells you to configure it.
Originally Posted by barstein
Even if you do turn it off, everytime you open a data-using app while it detects a nearby hotspot (which means it's turning the wifi card on intermittently to check for them, wasting precious battery life), it asks you to turn on wifi.
Motherfuckers, I'm paying you for unlimited data on 4G. Fuck if I am going to waste time on my slow-ass wifi at work or home when I can strain your network :D
07-19-2012, 07:16 PM
Is there no notification toggle for you under Settings/Wi-Fi/Advanced?
That's where it should be by default.
Edit - haven't checked, but on my S3 with Sprint there's a "feature" called Sprint connection manager or something which tries to auto manage stuff like that and can override stuff like you describe.
If they added that with the update, turn it off. Mine is hidden under network settings/More Settings/Mobile Network/Automatic Connections.
Last edited by Becoming; 07-19-2012 at 07:23 PM.
07-20-2012, 05:18 AM
Nope, the Toggle available there doesn't actually stop the popup I mentioned (disconnected, opening a data-using app "cold"--not resuming from RAM--with a wifi network nearby). Which is funny because there is an uncheckable option which reads very much as though it would do so.
It's actual crazy-town.
07-20-2012, 05:49 AM
Weird. Once I get my old Epic Touch reactivated on one of our other lines and updated I'll have to take a peek. That sounds quite annoying.
Originally Posted by Armando Penblade
07-20-2012, 08:57 AM
I got Google Wallet working on my EVO 4g lte after an over the air update last night. Today I bought a Coke Zero from a vending machine with my phone.
Behold the future!
07-20-2012, 02:15 PM
Yeah, ditto what Armando said, on my SII as well. And unfortunately, there are no Sprint apps that look even remotely related to this kind of thing.
For a long time I was certain I must have installed something that was responsible, but now I'm sure it's not self-inflicted - this is actually how the designers intended wifi to behave. Crazy-town is right!
Guess I'll have to poke into Tasker for the first time. Haven't had a good reason to do so until now. Or maybe someone's developed an app.
07-30-2012, 04:46 PM
Man, this is a good deal:
Too bad it came out a month and a half too late for me. I only got $50 off!
08-02-2012, 07:25 PM
So, I've been considering picking up the Galaxy Nexus, and started doing some research on it, and have found quite a few complaints about battery life. How bad is it really? Does Jelly Bean improve it at all? (On Verizon, since apparently the difference in wireless radio matters a lot).
Originally Posted by Chris Johnson
The new Nexus is expected in what, October or so? How bad an idea would it be to get one now? I'm also considering the Razr Maxx, which wouldn't have any battery issues, but I think I like the screen on the Nexus better.
08-02-2012, 08:00 PM
Screen's a heck of a lot higher-rez on the Nexus, but they foolishly throw away a chunk of it with their cursed on-screen buttons. It's also rolling decidedly last-gen hardware; if you're locking yourself into a two-year contract and want to be sure your phone's keeping up with the latest apps and OS updates by the end of that time, the Nexus and the Maxx are both relatively poor choices.
The Nexus's battery life really is pretty awful; most people don't get a full day's use out of it. This is partly due (on VZW at least) to the fact that it's the last in the line of phones that had to use a separate LTE chip (the recent OneX and SGS3 models in the US use the Qualcomm S4 "Krait" SoC which has integrated LTE on the die), significantly increasing power-draw. Software updates can't really help that element (though they can improve the efficiency with which the extra chip is used), and when you throw in a very large, very rich screen and a relatively funky body shape that prevents large batteries without an extended back cover, the Nexus does more poorly than comparable phones in battery life.
Grab the SGS3, OneX (if you're willing to switch networks to AT&T or Sprint), or play the waiting game and hope Google sticks to their update schedule.
OneX has by far the best screen out now; the SGS3 has better RAM and OS skin.
08-03-2012, 06:31 AM
Bah, I didn't realize that the Nexus still used a separate LTE chip, that sets my battery life expectations a lot lower, and makes it a lot less attractive. It's definitely one of those things where there's a hard break in feature set to have it on a separate chip, and it seems silly to get the previous generation.
I guess I'll have to look hard at the SGS3 then. Pity, since free is a very nice price on the Nexus (yes, yes, price of handset insignificant, amoritzation, etc.)
08-03-2012, 06:53 AM
I mean, let's not kid around: the Nexus is a ridiculous deal at free; it's just that it might not feel that way in 18 months or so :(
Or when you're charging at 5pm everyday.
08-03-2012, 07:52 AM
Man, you really aren't helping my decision paralysis.
08-03-2012, 08:27 AM
Don't worry about the price of the phone. The total two year cost for a phone plus service is around $2,000. An extra couple hundred bucks either way is worth it if it'll get you the phone you want.
Originally Posted by CLWheeljack
08-03-2012, 08:39 AM
For phone recommendations, I am really loving my Galaxy Note and I would suggest to anyone who is looking for a new phone to give the Galaxy Note 2 serious consideration whenever it comes out this fall.
08-10-2012, 09:44 AM
Ok, I'm this close to just getting the Galaxy S3. Battery life, expandable memory are among the bigger considerations. Plus, Samsung seems pretty dedicated to updates for a while at least (looks like Jelly Bean is already on the way), and rooting is always an option otherwise. I'm a little leery of pre-ICS button layout, but everything else seems like it's just the best bet for the long term. I don't actually buy new phones that often, so I figure I should try to go top of the line when I do.
That being said, I'm still coveting the clean Nexus build. Do people find the TouchWiz stuff actually useful? Or is rooting and removing that stuff still the order of the day?
08-10-2012, 09:45 AM
The Galaxy Nexus is now EOLed, at least in Canada.
08-10-2012, 10:39 AM
TouchWiz first offered neat features like control toggles in the notification pane dropdown (so, you can easily turn on and off sound, GPS, bluetooth, etc. without having to dig into settings). Samsung implemented "swipe to call/swipe to text" in the Contact screen. The new edition has neat stuff like "Keep screen on if a human face is looking at something on it" and "Call a contact if you put the phone to your ear while looking a text from them." It skirts around the Android OS inability to easily take screenshots by having a gesture for it (palm swipe across the screen).
In short, it has added a lot to Android. But a lot of custom ROMs have stolen (gently copied?) those features by now and drop some obnoxious TouchWizisms: I think the Samsung icons are hideous. It omits a wifi toggle in the dropdown now and instead replaces it with a permanent nag-notification to turn it on while it's off and configure it while it's on (it also obnoxiously asks if you want to turn wifi on everytime you start up a data-using app while on the 4G network--to save the carriers bandwidth, blegh).
I'm still using it, but that's as much because the VZW SGS3 rooting/romming process isn't where I wanted it to be and I'm considering a swap for a new Nexus this late fall/winter if it's a big enough tech jump. No sense voiding the warranty if I want that. If they fully crack the bootloader (instead of implementing a hacky runaround), I'll probably keep it, though.
Not an issue on other carriers.
08-10-2012, 10:51 AM
You probably know this already, but apparently Verizon said they'll unlock the bootloader sometime soon (separately from the Developer version), although mandatory grain of salt.
08-10-2012, 10:57 AM
That was the result of under-informed employees mixing up the bootloader unlock (a relatively obscure term) and the more general phone unlock to allow international roaming on the device. The VZW SGS3 has within it the radios necessary to communicate on many European/Asian cell networks as well as North American ones, so once Verizon pushes a software update to it, you'll be able to pop a SIM in elsewhere in the world and have it work.
Due to an (understandable) lack of training on esoteric phone hacking terminology, the employees spoken to in those support chats merely saw the word unlock and ran with it.
Sorry if that comes across as pedantic or meanspirited; I really don't mean it to have that tone. Just trying to clear up the confusion since a lot of blogs and the like are still citing those chat logs.
08-10-2012, 11:01 AM
Oh, yeah, no worries, that makes total sense. Well, even so,at least there is a hack-around that works as the worst case scenario.
08-11-2012, 12:18 AM
My biggest issue with TouchWiz et al is that they add a bunch of crap apps that I never, ever need and - IMO - a lot of the changes in the Android interface are not for the better. I'm veyr happy with my Nexus and Jelly Bean.
Originally Posted by CLWheeljack
That being said, Touchwiz is not a game-breaker for me, and I'd probably seriously consider an S3 if I were to buy a phone today.