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View Poll Results: Which smartphone brand do you use?
Apple 91 29.35%
Blackberry 39 12.58%
HTC 23 7.42%
Nokia 13 4.19%
Samsung 93 30.00%
LG 20 6.45%
Motorola 14 4.52%
Other 17 5.48%
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post #91 of 104 (permalink) Old 2017-03-14, 08:33 AM
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I started off with BOTH early on.. Android and iOS.

There are/were things with Android I did like. The easier browsing of the file system, and a few other tweeks about it.

But overall, here, iOS won. The "it just works" is literally part of it.

Myself, i used my devices a lot as media devices. Playback of video, both from streaming online, but a lot of local via DLNA, Plex, etc.
At least at the time.. (going back to android 3.0 to around 4?), while i could get it to work on the android (and this was a higher end device), I needed to have like 4 different media players installed to get playback on multiple formats to work nice.. just took a lot more finagling.
iOS.. it just worked. Any format played fine.
I was then starting to look at other things as well.. making my music available around all devices in the house, etc. Sure i could use DLNA.. but its a little clunky, especially for music. Homesharing with iOS, was a simple easy solution, as i also have a server which is on 24/7 to leave itunes running on. Surround sound is also a Airplay audio source, etc.

I know many people who are android lovers.. who think all Apple users are 'sheeple' and just buy apple because they are told its the best, etc.
While there are many like that.. iOS does have its place if properly used, and if it fits your needs.

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post #92 of 104 (permalink) Old 2017-03-14, 09:30 AM
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^Well said!

I surprised quite a few people when I switched to iOS 6 months ago. Yes, Android is more configurable. Yes, Android devices have more memory, support SD cards (though even then there's some hoops you may have to jump through to get the right permissions to write to said card). There's also a lot more choice when it comes to Android devices.

That said, sometimes people want a simple device that gets the job done without a hassle. That's what my iPhone does for me, and it's been great! I also have an Apple Watch that gets used often, and again it just does what I need it to without much fuss.
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post #93 of 104 (permalink) Old 2017-03-14, 01:52 PM
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I used to use only Blackberry and then I made the switch to the Samsung S2 and never looked back. After the S2 I went to the S5 and now the S7 edge, they just kept getting better and better. I love my S7 edge and can't imagine what they will do next, can't wait to see. With my phone I also have a pair of wireless headphones, a Bluetooth Jabra extreme ear peace, the Samsung gear vr goggles and a Samsung gear watch and have to say it was also a life changer. You should add a second pole to this and ask people what other devises or wearable's do people have to work with their smart phones.
PS: I also keep all my Samsung devises protected with otter box's.
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post #94 of 104 (permalink) Old 2017-03-28, 09:47 AM
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You can only choose one phone, I have 2, a Samsung and a Blackberry. I put it down as Samsung.
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post #95 of 104 (permalink) Old 2017-03-28, 11:25 AM
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Like I said before Im done with Samsung, had way more happiness using LG. LG is underrated, everyone thinks Samsung this samsung that, but let me tell you, LG blew samsung right out of the way. I would NEVER go back to samsung even if they paid me
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post #96 of 104 (permalink) Old 2017-03-28, 11:37 AM
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I'm going back to Android. Ordered an LG v20 and can't wait to try it out.

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post #97 of 104 (permalink) Old 2017-04-03, 02:03 AM
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Still on my Z30. It won't be until I can get the same form factor in something else that I'll switch.

It may seem silly to you, but the fact that I can pop the back off and replace it with a flip-shell case for when I don't want to use either the leather pouch or holster cases is a really handy feature to have. While everyone is trying to make their phones slim and slippery as all hell to hold, The Z30's design is much more comfortable and flexible.
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post #98 of 104 (permalink) Old 2017-05-07, 05:57 PM
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I am using my iPad to control our Samsung Smart TV. It does not get lost in the cushions, need new batteries, hard to see in the dark. I am using myTifi.

In the MBR, I use my iPhone to initiate Netflix movies to Chromecast on a dumb Sharp. I love Chromecast. Use it for Kodi too.
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post #99 of 104 (permalink) Old 2020-03-19, 09:40 PM
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I used to be a big LG android user but have recently gave Samsung another try and it worked out well. LG phones are great but still expensive and not as popular plus harder to use. giving samsung another try and its great, still love LG but for now im back to Samsung
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post #100 of 104 (permalink) Old 2020-03-19, 10:52 PM
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I'm on my 3rd Google phone, a Pixel 2, which was made by HTC. A very nice, sturdy phone, with a metal case.

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post #101 of 104 (permalink) Old 2020-03-20, 03:51 AM
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Using a Motorola Moto G7 (not a play, not a Power) 64GB, microsd slot, tons of space and fast. Wish it had dual sims but only the quite incompatible non North American models have dual sim slots.
Tried IOS and my wife is on Iphone SE due to small format but she is not thrilled.
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post #102 of 104 (permalink) Old 2020-03-20, 04:25 PM
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Currently using a Samsung. Tried HTC but they were junk. Ended up returning 3 phones due to defects. The retailer replaced that with an LG. Used that for a couple of years and it was good at the time. One of the buttons quit working just out of warranty. Switched to Samsung a year ago. The hardware is better than LG or HTC. Haven't had any hardware issues. Samsung seems to be better with updates too but still not as good as Google. My main beef with Samsung is with the proprietary junk that it puts in the OS. I wish they would stick to straight Android. Considered Google but they seem to be overpriced for a lower quality phone than the Samsung. The same goes for Apple.

Dual SIM Samsung phones that work in Canada are available. They are made for parts of the Americas outside the US and Canada that have compatible systems. Some independent phone retailers sell them. The second SIM fits in the flash memory slot so it's a choice between a second SIM or extra memory. I'd take a guess that they are not widely available in Canada because phone carriers don't want people who travel using a second SIM to cut phone service costs.
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post #103 of 104 (permalink) Old 2020-03-21, 01:05 PM
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I have all of the above except Apple and HTC.

My main phone is a Moto Z Play. 1920x1080 amoled screen. 4k video. $350 from Staples half price sale. Koodo 6GB lte $40/mo.

My backup is Umidigi A3 Pro Dual sim plus microSd. $100 from Amazon lighting deal. Fido 3GB data on one sim and Public unlimited incoming 100mins 250MB data unlimited international sms and mms. $20 mo total for both plans.
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post #104 of 104 (permalink) Old 2020-03-21, 03:34 PM
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I have used iPhone and Blackberry at work and didn't care for either.

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