Android - what's in your pocket?


#1667

Holy crap this IS magic.


#1668

Weird, seems like it only works with cats.


#1669

Is there a way to add/remove sites from my news feed? Right now it seems to be pulling stuff from my Chrome bookmarks. On Windows Phone I could pick my own news sources.


#1670

Specifically calico cats. What about regular cats?


#1671

Calicos are the best.


#1672

Oh, i need to try it with Max, who is black.


#1673

Man. Bunch of nothing so far, phone deal wise.


#1674

Hmmm so Pixel 3 has $400 off today at the Project Fi store.

$200 back , $200 fi credit.

https://fi.google.com/account?utm_source=project_fi&utm_campaign=Black_Friday_2018_Current&utm_medium=email#buydevices

Gonna do it I think. Now which Pixel 3 is the question.


#1675

I just got an email from Project Fi claiming various phone deals. Might be worth taking a look.


#1676

Think I am gonna go with the non-XL version. But is that 2915 mAh battery gonna be good enough ?


#1677

I’m curious…
I rather new to having a smartphone. What does the Pixel 3 (or other expensive phone) do that something like the Moto X4 doesn’t? I know the Pixel’s camera is supposed to be really nice, but what else?

I haven’t done anything on my Moto X4 where I thought it needed to be better. I understand what dropping extra money on a computer gets you but I don’t understand it with phones. Maybe it’s better that way so I don’t start wanting expensive phones :-)


#1678

Hah! So I posted this at the end of the night last night and that email showed up shortly thereafter.

Just ordered Pixel 3s (non-XL, 64GB) for myself and the wife. $400, no-fee financing, free shipping, plus $50 apiece for our old dying N5Xes. As much as it burns my ass to trade in $350 phones for $50 three years laters, it’s not like we can pass them off to someone or use them for some other purpose.


#1679

Pixel 3s are essentially the same price as Pixel 2XLs ($400 with Fi Credit).

Meanwhile all Motorola phones are on sale, as are the LG phones.

That makes Moto G6 $100, Moto X4 $150, LG G7 ThinQ $350, LG V35 ThinQ $600.

So that Fi page doesn’t make it easy to see specs. Any opinions about the various phones? I can also get $50 credit for my wife’s Nexus 5x, and $53 for my Nexus 6p.

As far as I know, my wife hasn’t mentioned any problems with her 5X, so it might last another year. My 6p has been giving me horrible battery problems though.


#1680

Oh hey, Project Fi does have a spec comparison page to make it easy to compare specs:

https://fi.google.com/about/specs/#lg-g7-thinq

I have to say, I’m thinking the LG G7 might be a better buy than the Pixel 3.

  • It has the same Qualcomm 845 processor, same Adreno GPU, same 4G RAM
  • It has 64 GB storage, but you can stick in microSD card up to 2TB more, PIxel 3 just has 64 GB.
  • Obviously it’s camera won’t be as good, but that shouldn’t matter that much to me.
  • Also, it probably won’t get the latest Android updates as fast as Pixel 3, sadly
  • It has an FM Radio
  • It has a 3.5mm Headphone Jack, FFS
  • It is $50 cheaper

#1681

GF has a G7 ThinQ. It is an excellent phone.


#1682

Cool.

I texted with my wife this morning, she said her Nexus 5X is running great and she doesn’t need a new phone. So it’s just my 6p that needs changing.

Looking into it further, I can buy this thing to connect my headphones when I’m walking, or listening to music at work, or connecting to the aux cable in my car:

https://store.google.com/product/usb_c_headphone_adapter

It basically goes from the USB C connector to a 3.5 mm jack. $12. So not too bad. That makes the Pixel 3 $412 with that accessory included. The thing that still attracts me to the Pixel 3 versus the LG G7 ThinQ is the whole aspect of having the latest version of android. Hmmm, on the other hand the LG still lets me expand the storage with a microSD card. That would mean I could finally dump my OnePlus One and keep all my audiobooks and music on a single device.

Edit: Also, it occurred to me that I usually charge my phone in the car while it’s connected to the stereo. I won’t be able to do that. I can either output to the auxilary cable, or I can charge the phone, one or the other, with the Pixel 3.


#1683

Heads up, the LG phones are one of the slowest to receive new android OS updates.

The LG G7 ThinQ should be getting Android 9 in January 2019.

Going with the Pixel line means you get the updates first , guaranteed for 3 years.


#1684

I wish Microsoft would revive their phone OS. It just felt so much better than Android…


#1685

Ahhhh, damn it, that sucks. Decision paralysis!

Pixel 3 is definitely looking better now. I really wish they had included a headphone jack, those bastards.


#1686

Same, but I do have bluetooth wireless earbuds I should learn to use more. Guess this gives me the reason to do so.

Went with a Pixel 3 , 5.5 inch , 64 GB model. Pretty much a giant leap over my ancient Nexus 5x 32GB.

$400+ tax with all the discounts is my limit for a new phone, even that amount has me shaking my head a bit. But I should be good for 3 years now.

Grabbed this case and these screen protectors off Amazon too.