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"The best phone you can buy right now"
By Thom Holwerda on 2017-08-07 20:29:35

The Verge does this thing where they list what they consider to be the best laptop or phone or whatever, and they state the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best phone for most people.

Samsung's Galaxy S8/S8 Plus is the best phone for most people. It's available across all four US carriers and unlocked. It has the best display on any smartphone right now, a head-turning, premium design, a top-of-the-line camera, reliable battery life, and fast performance. Thanks to Samsung's popularity and the support of all four carriers, the S8 also has plenty of accessories, from cases to battery packs to wireless chargers, available to it.

You can definitely make a case for the S8 being the best phone for most people, but personally, I still consider the iPhone to be the best, safest choice for most non-geeky people. Personally, I prefer Android, and for my personal use, iOS on the iPhone is an exercise in frustration - but iOS provides a more consistent, all-around phone experience that remains fairly static from phone to phone, it's a little simpler to grasp than Android, and Apple has an excellent support system in many countries that's far better than Samsung's hands-off let-the-reseller-handle-it approach.

I wonder - what do any of you consider the best phone for most people? If one of your non-geeky family members seeks your advice, which phone do you suggest they get?

The Verge named the Surface Laptop the best laptop, which I find a baffling choice. It's new and unproven, so we have no idea how it'll hold up over the next few years. An odd choice for sure.

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Comment by The123king
By The123king on 2017-08-08 09:29:15
Second-hand iPhones. All the features without the price.
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£15 from your local friendly dodgy market stall trader
By M.Onty on 2017-08-08 10:19:17
Nokia 1100?

I'll get my coat...
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Advice for non-geeky family members
By moondevil on 2017-08-08 10:38:30
Easy, any middle range Android device having a price of not more than 300 euros.

Because in Portugal, where most people can dream about earning a salary above 500 euros, the iPhone prices or Android flagship devices is just plain robbery.
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"head-turning, premium design"
By jbauer on 2017-08-08 11:43:25
In other words, fragile, terrible curved screen, slippery, and impractical.

But that in essence sums up what The Verge and similar pseudotech sites like.
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S4 mini
By benoitb on 2017-08-08 11:52:41
My family is using the Galaxy s4 mini.
You find it used for 50-70€.

Supports lte, oled screen, very light and small, good performance (1.5 gb ram and decent Qualcomm Krait cpu cores) and battery life, supported by lineageos with unlocked bootloader, removable battery, sd card slot.

It's main drawback is the camera quality.

Most have it on stock, and I installed Lineage on 3 of them for those who cared and wanted ad blocking.

Edited 2017-08-08 11:53 UTC
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RE[3]: Apple == expensive
By ebasconp on 2017-08-08 12:20:14
The special tools render the battery non-replaceable for majority of people.
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iPhone
By torp on 2017-08-08 13:16:38
I am a professional programmer that does software for Android and Linux, including the occasional Android port to custom hardware, kernel drivers included.

However, my personal phone is an iPhone because I simply cannot be bothered to do maintenance on my phone like you need to do on a Windows install. Sorry, but Android is very similar to Windows in stability and problems, and not to Linux. It's probably because every linux service they still use (and that's not many) has one or two java layers over it.

That being said, I have some Huawei and Lenovo devices for testing Android apps and they work remarkably well considering the price.

I wouldn't touch Samsungs with a ten foot pole. They somehow think they know how to do software. They never have and I've lost hope they ever will.

Edit: I don't like phatblets so I use the "cheap" iPhone SE. I might consider getting the large iphones the day they include a wheelbarrow to carry them around :)

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I'm off flagship phones
By charlieg on 2017-08-08 13:23:15
I bought a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4x and it is an incredible device for the cost (~£151 + ~£29 shipping/import tax). It is easily better than my LG G4 (now a very expensive brick that I need to flog on ebay for spare parts) and new G4s still retail for ~£350.
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RE[3]: Nokia
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2017-08-08 13:41:50
> I think updates are guaranteed for 2 years,
Any source for that? What is the recourse if I buy it and the updates don't come? Can I get a full refund?

If not then its not worth it to me.
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RE: ã15 from your local friendly dodgy market stall trader
By CATs on 2017-08-08 14:37:43
> Nokia 1100?

I'll get my coat...

My very favorite (from teenage years), the best phone of all times! I still have it in my desk drawer, in good condition, and battery still lasts 2 weeks on standby...
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