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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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The Best Phone
By Bobthearch on 2017-08-08 18:41:43
After much research and phone-fondling I finally found the best phone. Kyocera DuraXV.
Non-slab ergonomics. No data plan needed. Excellent tactile feedback. Works with gloves. Large easy-to-read buttons. No screen glare. Great sound and mic. And a battery life of 18 days! (Bite it, Apple)
:)
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Comment by Anonymous Penguin
By Anonymous Penguin on 2017-08-08 18:57:00
Huawei are my favourite phones now, after years of Samsung.
I hate iOS and related phones/tablets. I only bought an iPad 2 and I sold it immediately. IOS has been called a golden cage, with good reason. Consider I was for 7 years the most active InsanelyMac administrator. Now I retired myself.
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Comment by Sidux
By Sidux on 2017-08-08 20:29:27
Didn't know this was still a thing. It's usually the best until the next phone comes out.
If you've got the service from Apple then it's hard beating their offer. Music, video, streaming, connectivity between all Apple devices and instant replacements if something goes wrong.
Discuss as you will about this being bad or not but consumers just use software to consume their media from one "reputable" source.
iPhone was the first device to include all Apple services in one device and this was the main thing that made it this popular despite all of its restrictions.
Sadly there still are countries where Apple doesn't even offer movies let alone stores close by. It can be a hard decision there but diversity is good.
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RE[5]: Nokia
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2017-08-08 20:34:51
Ok, they have a SD card. Whee! Small comfort when your identity and bank account have been stolen because the device doesn't get timely security updates.
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RE[3]: best for "most"??
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2017-08-08 20:39:56
Yeah, I get that $600 is a lot to many people, including my friends. But for a phone that is reliable and will last the expected two years, its worth the price for them. They won't be going into debt for it, but it will cut into their entertainment budget. So maybe less dining out, more home cooked meals. Which are usually healthier anyways. So in a way I'm helping save their lives by recommending a slightly more expensive phone.

Maybe a few would get it through the carrier and incurr an additional monthly charge, but that's becoming more rare.
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RE: We are the oddball family
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2017-08-08 20:42:54
I love how the rivalry between HTC and Samsung is so lopsided, that no one really cares.
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RE[2]: Apple == expensive
By Moochman on 2017-08-08 21:59:44
difference/commensurate. ;) sorry
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RE[2]: Apple == expensive
By viton on 2017-08-08 23:02:06
Why do you need replaceable battery at all?
If you need extended power, use power bank. You need to carry battery anyway.
Nowadays people are changing phones faster than battery degrades.
Anyway, iPhone5 battery replace takes 10 minutes and costs $20 (battery included) in Moscow for example.

Edited 2017-08-08 23:03 UTC
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RE: The newest and most fragile
By unclefester on 2017-08-08 23:34:32
They are called "rare earths" because they are always found as complex ores. Depite the name they are actually quite abundant in nature.

The amount of labour in a phone is negligible.
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RE: Comment by Sidux
By unclefester on 2017-08-08 23:47:17
You are assuming that everybody lives in the USA and has unlimited 4G data.

The Apple ecosystem is a frickin' nightmare in countries like Australia where small data plans are the norm. The constant updates and stupid iTunes syncing costs a fortune.
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