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  • eleven63 5 Feb 2014 13:30:37 1,603 posts
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    I think the rumour about no Nexus phones/tablets relates to the killing of the Nexus line, but being replaced by a "Google Play" line of mobiles/tablets.

    That sort of makes sense, as I wonder how appealing the name Nexus is to the average user on the street.

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  • Salaman 18 Feb 2014 12:33:19 19,075 posts
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    The plastic that comes on your gadget's screens when they're new are just to keep them scratch/dust free until it reaches you.

    You're meant to take it off.
  • Tonka 18 Feb 2014 12:51:31 20,446 posts
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    Ghetto
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    You seem like a really hip cat Walter.
    You should go and hang with these to pumas:

    If you can read this you really need to fiddle with your forum settings.

  • DodgyPast 18 Feb 2014 16:29:32 8,471 posts
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    I do use a film on my phone screens which means my phones end up quite dinged but the screens are perfect.
  • Steve_Perry 18 Feb 2014 16:46:54 4,276 posts
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    HTC have just announced and announcement for the 25th March which will be the HTC One follow up.

    I'm hoping to get this, if it is decent, when my contract runs out in April. Fingers crossed it's as good as the first one.

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  • phAge 11 Mar 2014 19:26:04 24,371 posts
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    Rooted my Galaxy S2 and installed CyanogenMod last night. Piece of piss to do, and already I'm having a hard time wondering why I didn't do it ages ago.

    Immediately noticeable effects are: Much improved battery life as well as a major boost in speed - and of course all the cool stuff the mod enables you to tinker with. I was seriously considering upgrading, but now I'm in no hurry. Awesome stuff.
  • Mr-Brett 11 Mar 2014 19:36:46 12,799 posts
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    I'm travelling for work next week and thought a tablet might be a good way to get my media fix, so web, netflix that kinda thing. I don't care much about playing games, if I did it'd probably be catan or something relatively undemanding anyway.

    I know the Nexus is well received but 7" seems a little small, I have a Galaxy S3 which isn't much smaller than that and the 10" is out of stock at 16gb (don't need 32gb).

    Kindle Fire HD seems like a decent option too but I don't fancy rooting it straight away to get Google Play on there and voiding warranty.

    Galaxy Note would be ideal because I could draw on it but it's super expensive and touchwiz... never again.

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  • mikew1985 11 Mar 2014 20:45:36 12,755 posts
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    Xperia z 2 tablet is coming soon. No touchwiz and looks like a nice piece of kit. Think it's what I'm going for. The nexus 10 is nearly 2 years old now with no announced replacement. Wouldn't buy it now. Battery life is supposedly not great.

    There is the lg tab 8.3 if you want something bigger than the nexus7. Though I can tell you it is way bigger than your s3 which is significantly smaller than it in reality. I own both so speaking from experience, the nexus is a great tablet but I now travel so much I really want to upgrade to the ten inch screen.

    For occasional travel the nexus 7 is a fine piece of kit.

    Edited by mikew1985 at 20:46:41 11-03-2014
  • monkehhh 11 Mar 2014 21:57:01 3,329 posts
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    Factory reset on my Note 2 did wonders for the battery life, an upgrade along the way totally killed it for a while (losing 40% overnight). It's a bit sketchy after owning it since launch though, very tempted by some sort-of large, metal HTC when I can upgrade in August.
  • Mr-Brett 11 Mar 2014 22:24:00 12,799 posts
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    @mikew1985
    Maybe I was a being a bit hasty to discount 7" tablets, still the Nexus 7 is 200 and the Kindle Fire HD 9" is 159. I'm sure it's really snappy and the lack of Play store on the Fire is still an issue but I'm not sure I'd want to spend more for less screen size.

    Anyway, cheers.

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  • mikew1985 11 Mar 2014 23:14:56 12,755 posts
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    I get where you're coming from. Perhaps the lg 8.3 tab is a good option.

    There is even a Google play edition that is just stock Android. Worth considering. The size would be less of an issue and you'd have some good specs there too.

    Edited by mikew1985 at 23:15:12 11-03-2014
  • PenguinJim 12 Mar 2014 01:15:12 5,865 posts
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    @Mr-Brett Nook HD+ 32GB. Assuming you don't need cameras. Mine was 110 back in October. 9", glorious screen, really solid construction, has Google Play - but can't run downloaded apks until you switch to cyanogen (which I recommend)
  • Mr-Brett 12 Mar 2014 09:31:27 12,799 posts
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    I remember those deals, sadly they're long past now. A good suggestion though PenguinJim.

    I think I'll see how I get on with my Vita, Phone and old e-ink Kindle. If it's not enough then I can get something over there, or get something delivered.

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  • PenguinJim 12 Mar 2014 09:55:22 5,865 posts
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    I spy a couple on eBay for 105-115, brand new (make sure you're looking at the 9" HD+, not the 7" HD).

    But a Kindle, smartphone and Vita should cover you for a one-off. :p My tablet's been great for ongoing commuting (so much larger than a 5.5" smartphone, and on a busy train there's sometimes not the elbow-space to pull out and use a 15.6" hybrid, so the 9" Nook is ideal middle ground), but wouldn't see much use otherwise.

    Dig out a Playstation classic that you missed, and see if you can complete it on the Vita in a week. Done the Suikodens? ^^
  • brokenkey 12 Mar 2014 10:10:43 7,042 posts
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    Staples had Nexus 7 for 40 off. I'd avoid the Kindle tablets, I've got one as well as a Nexus7, it's shit.

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  • Mr-Brett 12 Mar 2014 10:55:13 12,799 posts
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    @PenguinJim I spend all day in front of a PC, I've grown accustomed to a level of technological interaction!

    But yeah, I realised it might be a tad excessive to have all those and a tablet. I'm still not sure how much free time I'll have anyway, so maybe I'll just see what this 'outside' thing people go on about is like.

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  • mikew1985 12 Mar 2014 11:23:25 12,755 posts
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    You'll spend most of your time either in a hotel or a restaurant/bar depending on how many people you're travelling with/how much you don't hate spending time with them.

    Outside is not a thing that is likely to happen and people will look at you like the weirdo you are if you start going off sightseeing on a business trip :p
    Most weeks that I travel I struggle to get the free time to watch a couple of shows and a couple of gym sessions.

    I also still bring everything with me - 3DS, Vita, Nexus, Laptop and two Android phones. Could be slight overkill :D

    Edited by mikew1985 at 11:25:52 12-03-2014
  • Razz 18 Mar 2014 17:40:06 61,205 posts
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    Finally a smartwatch I'm interested in:

    http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/18/this-is-motorolas-new-android-wear-smartwatch-moto-360/







    Edited by Razz at 17:42:50 18-03-2014

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  • THFourteen 18 Mar 2014 17:42:17 33,466 posts
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    hey that does look nice.

    People are finally cottoning on to the fact that we we don't want to wear something that looks like a phone on our wrists.
  • Razz 18 Mar 2014 17:48:46 61,205 posts
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    Definitely, I hope the specs and features are as inspired as the design.

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  • Dizzy 18 Mar 2014 17:51:46 2,701 posts
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    @Razz probably has a 15 hour battery life.
  • Razz 18 Mar 2014 18:33:02 61,205 posts
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    Also,

    Google reveals Android Wear, an operating system for smartwatches

    http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/18/5522226/google-reveals-android-wear-an-operating-system-designed-for



    More sensible dev preview



    Edited by Razz at 18:34:55 18-03-2014

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  • DrStrangelove 18 Mar 2014 18:39:42 4,013 posts
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    How are the newer XPerias, actually?

    I have an XPeria S (2012), it has nice hardware, Sony's take on Android is stylish and non-intrusive, but... it's slow, laggy, and awfully unresponsive.

    So much so that I wouldn't buy another Sony mobile again. Are newer XPerias on par with the Nexus/Galaxy/One competition?
  • Alastair 19 Mar 2014 08:22:14 15,790 posts
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    Dizzy wrote:
    @Razz probably has a 15 hour battery life.
    Yeah, charging a watch is not something I ever think about.
    Current watch is a Casio G-Shock with solar charging. Plus it picks up the time signal daily so I never need to think about the battery or setting the time.

    That Android watch does look nice though.
  • Alastair 19 Mar 2014 08:34:13 15,790 posts
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    So, do these watches have to be paired with your phone, or will they connect solo via 3G/4G?
    If the latter, will there be some kind of subscription model like a phone contract?

    I'm quite interested in the idea, but wary of the cost...
  • THFourteen 23 Mar 2014 21:45:59 33,466 posts
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    Installed a new ROM on my phone. So far so good, it's an AOSP one, first I've tried. Seems a LOT snappier than fecking touch wiz. Might save my android experience.
  • THFourteen 27 Mar 2014 23:39:04 33,466 posts
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    My new extended official samsung battery arrived today.

    Mildly thicker but not noticeable enough for me.

    Will be interesting to see how much of an effect it has on my battery life as its been decent since flashing the new ROM, about 3.5h screen on time with GPS turned off and WiFi most of the day.
  • gareth886 28 Mar 2014 00:51:28 2,841 posts
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    The HTC One (M8) has really caught my eye and I'm due for an upgrade. I'm considering either that or the Galaxy S5. The only thing that is putting me off the S5 is touch wiz. It was so bad on my S3, when I pressed the dialler icon it would take anywhere between 3 - 5 seconds to open. I have since flashed CM11 on it which is vastly improved.

    Whats the general feeling here about the 2 devices?
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