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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: Jolla is the best
By CATs on 2017-08-09 10:41:47
> 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.

Is that newest version of OS also 4 years old?
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RE: Motorola Moto G's
By darknexus on 2017-08-09 11:32:55
> These are by far the best bang for buck phones on the market.
Only if you feel like replacing them fairly often. I've had two of them (an original G and a G2) and, while I like them, they just weren't built well. Both failed in less than a year of moderate use. On top of that, the 8 gB limitation in the G2 (even with the ability to add a micro SDHC card) became a problem because of the way Google has gimped SD card support from 4.4 upward.
I wanted to like them, but I can't recommend them if you want a phone that will last for a while.
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RE: Jolla is the best
By viton on 2017-08-09 12:23:42
> you missed one of the best operating systems out there.
OS without an apps? No, thanks.
Russian gov is pushing it and we have new (low-end) hardware like Inoi R7.
But this is DOA even if i consider to buy it for lulz.

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RE: iPhone is the best phone for me
By dcdevito on 2017-08-09 13:01:44
The Apple ecosystem is the most overrated nonsense in the tech space. Apple's web services are so lacking it baffles me people actually consider it an advantage. Slap a high price tag on it and the sheep automatically think it's premium. Amazing. Bless you.
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RE[4]: Apple == expensive
By Kochise on 2017-08-09 13:27:44
Using a HTC Evo3D since 2011, 6 yo, replaced 3 times the battery. As long as the phone works, I see no point to change it. It have the right size and functionalities.

And if it breaks, I have my old Nokia N95 ready with a new battery, in case of. I don't see the point of changing phones like of sweatshirt. Let your beard grow!
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RE[5]: Apple == expensive
By CATs on 2017-08-09 13:31:51
So then I have a question for you that concerns me often: on very old Android versions (say KitKat) are there any issues of installing and running mainstream apps, such as Uber?
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Comment by CATs
By CATs on 2017-08-09 13:49:38
Apparently, a fellow here recommending my favorite Nokia 1100 is onto something:
http://www.techtimes.com/article...

It was world's best-selling phone, hands down. And it was a low-end el. cheapo, not a high-end model like The Verge wants us to believe... Apparently, "best for most people" is cheap enough and good enough to just do the job.
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RE[7]: Nokia
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2017-08-09 14:02:10
Towards the Nokia. Samsung also sucks at writing secure software, thats true, But at least they do provide timely Android security updates.

And again this topic was a phone to recommend to a non techy friend, which means they will run what eveva app they want. Venmo, paypal, What ever stupid game they want from the playstore. You name it.

Also, if a scammer has access to your email, they have access to what ever that email is connected to as password reset mechanism. Plus whatever uses its sms as a second factor.

You're not as safe as you could be.
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RE[7]: Nokia
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2017-08-09 14:05:04
I'm assuming this also means no email and no sms. See my other comment on those.


But otherwise that's great, You're using an expensive smart phone like a late 90s Nokia. Good Jorb. I'll recommend a very cheap insecure phone for you. Everyone else, I'll recommend a more secure phone.
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Surface best laptop
By daveak on 2017-08-09 14:09:26
I found their naming of the surface as the best laptop quite interesting. They did so at the top of the article, then listed the score, then other laptops and their scores. An HP scored higher than the Surface, yet they still named the Surface as best. Kind of makes me question whether they are reviews, or paid for adverts.
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