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    Default Bought a new phone - after seven years

    The seven y.o. budget Samsung Galaxy J5 was at the point it needed a thrice daily battery top up, and was getting annoyingly slow and glitchy too - and I have a high tolerance for slow, because I hate throwing away things that still work. It's stable mate, an almost as old Tab S2 tablet was only slightly better.
    I splurged yesterday, replaced them both, Samsung again, but higher-end models this time around.

    The nice surprise was how totally painless transferring files, accounts, settings from old to new was. The whole lot went across on both devices in a few minutes. I hadn't been looking forward to that part.
    The only thing I don't like is the physical size of the new phone, it's a little too big to shirt pocket, but wow, the cameras (plural) are orders of magnitude better than what it's replaced, and not having to put it on life support first thing in the morning is a bit of a novelty .

    Anyway, this the first post on the new tablet, proof of life . Should've done this a couple of years ago really.

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    Yeah. Itís easy to forget how nice it is when stuff just works.

    one day, the wife will figure that out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by epoxyboy View Post
    The seven y.o. budget Samsung Galaxy J5 was at the point it needed a thrice daily battery top up, and was getting annoyingly slow and glitchy too - and I have a high tolerance for slow, because I hate throwing away things that still work.
    I have an A5 (I think) and I need to charge it twice a day. I replaced the battery, but it didn't change anything. I wonder if the operating system has grown and consumes more power? Anyway, I also see a new machine on the horizon.
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    The only thing I'm wary about the new stuff( I finally changed my 2015 tablet and 16 phone this year) is no memory card, makes me nervous.

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    If you take photos you might value, set the google photo app to automatically back them up to the cloud - my phone does this whenever it has wifi - and as a result the photos are safe and instantly available on my laptop.
    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    My Samsung J3 will be coming up on 5 years soon. I replaced the battery earlier this year and have been very satisfied. I was concerned that any "new" battery might have been sitting in a warehouse for years, and be inferior. I carefully reviewed a number of non Samsung batteries and found a new replacement of higher capacity. It's been great, sometimes 3 days between charging with moderate (for me ) usage.

    I still feel the "pull" to get a new phone, even though I feel (and know) that I don't really need one. I hope to hang on for another year, then spring for a new one at deep discount, if this is possible. I like Sansung, but it might be time to look at different brands.

    I replaced my Samsung Tablet a year ago with a Lenovo Duet Chromebook. I don't particularly like the Lenovo Company, but the chromebook has been an excellent performer, exceeding the tablet in many respects.

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    Yes indeed. I got rid of a Galaxy S5 a couple of months ago, replaced it with an S22. Eight years, or nine? The difference is huge; the new one just works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    The only thing I'm wary about the new stuff( I finally changed my 2015 tablet and 16 phone this year) is no memory card, makes me nervous.
    Both of these, the A53 phone, and S6 tablet, will take an SD card. The phone has 128GB built in, 64GB for the tablet, memory isn't going to be a problem for a while.
    Lots of phones mount now mount an SD card on the other side of the little plastic doodad that holds the SIM. There isn't a separate drawer any more - might be worth a look on yours.

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    The first phone I bought, from Verizon, the guy tried to tell me I needed google whatever. I looked at him and said "why do I need that when iCloud comes with the phone and is secure and free?"

    In retrospect I wonder how many iPhone buyers have been sold the google insecure bill of goods by idiots hired to sell both Android and Apple type phones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    The first phone I bought, from Verizon, the guy tried to tell me I needed google whatever. I looked at him and said "why do I need that when iCloud comes with the phone and is secure and free?"

    In retrospect I wonder how many iPhone buyers have been sold the google insecure bill of goods by idiots hired to sell both Android and Apple type phones.

    99 cents a month for 50G.
    I've always been impressed by the apparent high quality of the iPhone build. I look at them more frequently now because I like a small phone, and apple has kept an array of smaller phones, and prices have come down on some of those too. Samsung, on the other hand has seemed to emphasize larger sized phones, with few small models. At this point though, after years of android experience I don't know what it would take to get me to switch to Apple. I just don't see the array of choices in iPhone that I have in android, other people see that differently of course - vive la difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedog225 View Post
    Yeah. Itís easy to forget how nice it is when stuff just works.

    one day, the wife will figure that out.
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    My phone ran out of credit and the battery went flat back in early March It can stay dead. JayInOz

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    I replaced an iPhone XR with a iPhone 13pro a while back just because it was free with the new provider. The biggest difference is the camera. Nighttime photos are just amazing. It does 1 or 2 second long exposures without blurring because the built in electronic image stabilization makes up for a shaky hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    It does 1 or 2 second long exposures without blurring because the built in electronic image stabilization makes up for a shaky hand.
    a digital image painted by apple ai

    i think the night time mode is less dependent upon image stabilization than it is by high iso performance and the combining of many many many still captures from the iphone's video camera 'engine' to make what is effect an hdr image
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    the results are crazy cool at times though
    these are our horses sleeping when i steeped out at 2:00 am to piss in the front yard

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    I recently replaced my old cheap LG phone with a newer phone. Since the Pixel 7 was recently released, I got a discounted Pixel 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    I recently replaced my old cheap LG phone with a newer phone. Since the Pixel 7 was recently released, I got a discounted Pixel 6.
    Do you like it? I've been watching the Pixel 6 and 6a as possible alternatives to Samsung. I'm thinking they might be discounted even more next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Wright View Post
    Do you like it? I've been watching the Pixel 6 and 6a as possible alternatives to Samsung. I'm thinking they might be discounted even more next year.
    Yes, it is a huge improvement over the old LG with a very good camera.

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    I had a series of Samsung phones for years, then my son gave me an OPPO. I am well pleased with it.
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    Apple is the company I love to hate… but I have to grudgingly admit that the Apple ecosystem works flawlessly. I’m a huge iPad user, along with the Apple Watch, AirPod Pros, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. After many years with AT&T, I switched to T Mobile a few years back, and both the service and the Price have been excellent.
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