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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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RE[6]: Nokia
By leech on 2017-08-09 00:36:36
Wait, what? Is that toward the Nokia or the Note 8? Or just Android in general? Pretty simple to keep your bank information safe... don't use bank apps. Pretty much the only thing I keep on my device is email, and I don't allow apps access to everything. Oh and most importantly, I don't install things from shady sources. Yes that includes crappy games from the play store where they keep asking for microtransactions.

Just requires a bit of extra paranoia.
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RE[3]: Apple == expensive
By flanque on 2017-08-09 03:04:25
Apologies - you're correct - cannot edit it anymore.

Edited 2017-08-09 03:04 UTC
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RE[3]: Apple == expensive
By CATs on 2017-08-09 07:08:18
> 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.

Sadly, it's true. Rapidly ageing software renders smartphones obsolete much faster than battery dies completely. Well supported/updated devices such as iPhone and Samsung top of the line flagships might be an exception, but the rest of the industry is doing planned/forced obsolescence at full speed.
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RE[2]: Apple == expensive
By CATs on 2017-08-09 07:09:24
> Some of us can still remember the 1980's, when most phones were over $1000 :)
The important difference is, one wouldn't upgrade most phones every few years in 1980's.
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RE[6]: Nokia
By CATs on 2017-08-09 07:11:41
> 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.
The only apps I have on my smartphone are music player and e-taxi. The only data I have on my phone is mp3 files and my contacts. How exactly does this allow my bank account to be stolen?
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RE[4]: best for "most"??
By CATs on 2017-08-09 07:15:20
> 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.

A 600$ phone should last at least 6 years and be much more reliable than Android ever could.
A phone that will last 2 years you can easily get for 200$.
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RE[3]: iPhone
By CATs on 2017-08-09 07:22:39
> what crazy ass distro is that? Gentoo or arch?

Debian or Fedora based distros haven't had that kind of a problem in decades.

With linux, if you want to be masochistic, you can, but you don't have to


It's often not about distro, but about a particular application. And I almost always use Debian or CentOS (unless I want to experiment, then I would try any random distro just to see how it goes).

In short, I really wanted to switch to Linux on my desktop for quite some time. I wasn't able to find a distro that would be even remotely as easy to use and as maintenance-free as Windows. Every single one has been a pain in the ass.

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RE: The Best Phone
By CATs on 2017-08-09 07:34:55
> 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)
:)

Yeah, yeah, 18 days on paper. Which most likely translates to about a week of real-world usage, at best. For a rugged phone, it has relatively tiny battery (only 1500mAh). My last rugged phone had 2500mAh battery and it would last 3 weeks in real-world (on paper it was maybe 60 days, I don't remember).
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Jolla is the best
By Leszek Lesner on 2017-08-09 10:05:49
If you never used a Jolla with SailfishOS you missed one of the best operating systems out there.
The device is now 4 years old and still rocks the newest version of the OS rock solid.
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150e max :)
By zzarko on 2017-08-09 10:36:04
I have never spent more than 150e on a phone, nor I intend to change that... My old Nokia 6303 still works like a charm, has a battery that still lasts about a week and is my main phone. I also have cheap Chinese 4.7" Android phone, mostly for internet, gps and playing music while riding a bicycle...
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