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T-Mobile - Verizon - IPhone - Samsung Edge

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by fingerguy, Mar 21, 2017.


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  1. fingerguy

    fingerguy

    Aug 2, 2016
    CT
    Not looking to start a fight/war here. I need hands on opinions.

    Long story short, long time user of the IPhone (started and still use the 5S). Used to hate Droids.

    Now I am seriously considering either going with the Samsung Edge or the new IPhone.

    Also, with what happened in Jamaica where I couldn't get cell service, someone claimed with some sort of technology that T-Mobile has you can get cell service in foreign countries.

    I am not looking to research the hell out of this so hoping there are one or more people knowledgeable in this area.

    Thanks.
     
  2. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Same here. We have used iPhones for a long time. We are heavy into Apple stuff - iPads, iMac, iPhones - so there's that. We are trying to wait until September when the new iPhone is revealed. Honestly, I haven't been overly impressed with the last models. I have a 5S and it's fine except I don't have enough memory. If I had a 32 or 64 GB 5S I'd be happy. Not "power user" by any means, but need space for pictures and stuff.
     
  3. fingerguy

    fingerguy

    Aug 2, 2016
    CT
    I went with the 32GB for I knew the 16GB would fill up fast. What I like about the Edge if you can add memory by using a Micro SD Card. You can also use that as a physical backup which makes data transfer even that much easier.

    So it has appealing features but I like how IPhones work easier/better with cars and the radio technologies. But then again I really haven't dabbled that much with connecting a Droid to a car to listen to music. Can anyone chime in on that?
     
  4. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    My Motorola Droid Turbo 2 connects to the Bluetooth in our Ford Edge with no problem. The initial pairing required me to enter a code, but now it connects automatically as soon as I get in the car.
    It also seamlessly pairs with my Fitbit HR.

    -Mike
     
  5. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    The need for Apple is dwindling for us. Amazon Prime is pretty nice. Unlimited photo storage/backup is amazing. No need to pay for iCloud from Apple. Amazon music and video, stream and download, all pretty sweet. The micro card for added storage and backup is nice. Front facing speakers, a headphone jack, all nice things to have.

    Apple need to really impress me or I could go the other way.
     
  6. I can run my MP3s to my in-dash receiver from the USB or by Bluetooth on my Moto X Pure :cool:
     
  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I have a Galaxy S6 personal phone and an iPhone 6 work phone. Honestly, for ease of use I prefer the Galaxy. For free apps I prefer Android/Google Play. I have had a good experience with recently upgrading my Google Play to include downloads and streaming radio. (Yes, Google Play Music works on the iPhone 6 as well.)

    I'm kind of on the fence myself because I am considering a new laptop as well. I want it to be able to so media stuff well. Apple has a good reputation for that kind of thing, but I think the media gap between Apple and PC had narrowed quite a bit. And, if course, the convention wisdom is that an Apple phone works best with an Apple computer.

    I'm still leaning toward PC/Galaxy but I'm open to more research. The way I usually study such things I probably won't decide until Fall anyway dmso the new iPhone might dazzle me.
     
  8. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Even my anti-Apple connections say the MacBook is the best laptop. They use android phones and Kindles and stuff, but love the MacBook. We barely use our Mac desktop any more - except to save/backup our phones and photos. Kids have Chromebooks supplied by the school.
     
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  9. fingerguy

    fingerguy

    Aug 2, 2016
    CT
    Depends on what you are using it for. I had a real-estate agent that got a Mac Book but later had to get a Windows laptop because the applications she has to use doesn't work on Apple.

    If you are just surfing and etc. Mac Book!
     
  10. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Right, always user specific. Macbooks are great for music/artsy type users for sure.
     
  11. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    As a person that used to a "portable specialist" with Apple, I would question those people's claims heavily. If you really want a stable OS that is unlikely to have issues you would run Linux. If you really wanted a cheap computer that will be compatible with everything you get a windows. If you want an expensive computer that has access and connection issues with many mainstream products, particularly in the business world, then you get a Mac. If the Mac OS was even half as stable as they claim it is then Apple would support it running on any machine. If you call in for help with a "Hackintosh" the good folks at Apple will tell you to pound sand. Hell, even if your computer uses 3rd party RAM Apple will wash their hands of the product until it is removed for Apple-branded RAM.

    Apple is great if you are a student or into multimedia creation but, for the most part, they are overpriced for what 90% of users use them for. I can recall one very angry customer who bought himself a Macbook Pro just to browse the internet only to find out that it couldn't connect to his Linksys router. He was also upset the parts inside were the exact same as his Toshiba laptop. He was livid that he could have gotten two laptops for the price of his Macbook. I didn't want to frustrate him further by saying he probably could have bought three...
     
  12. fingerguy

    fingerguy

    Aug 2, 2016
    CT
    A few things:
    1. Linux. I hate this argument for while in a way it's true it's not for the average person. A person that uses Linux took the effort to research, load, and use Linux. The average user which I believe would out-way the kind of user that would do the homework get Linux just wants something that they can turn-on and use. Like it or not that is Windows and Apple or any tablet OS that you buy with the product and just turn on and use. I personally found from my years in IT that MAC in general is a more stable OS. The biggest issue I see with Apple is people saying it gets slow and the cause of that: they NEVER reboot...ever! How do I fix it? I reboot their computer and they say I am a genius and my company charges them. Can you believe it?

    2. Why wouldn't a MAC not connect to a Linksys router? The only time I seen that was an OLD IBM laptop not able to get connected to their AP (Access Point) for the NIC card was that old. We fixed it selling them a USB WIFI NIC. If the Linksys router is that old, just get a new one for a $100 plus.
     
  13. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Apple routinely touts the stability of their OS as a benefit over Windows. You don't remember the "I'm a Mac" commercials? If Windows sold every computer it ran on then it would be a helluva lot more stable too. I remember when those ads were running, the Leopard update had just came out. One woman was beyond pissed when her thousands of business contacts were lost. Any sane person in the tech business knows you always back up before a major update. Well, Apple's commercials said "I'm a mac, I didn't have issues updating, yadda, yadda, yadda" and, unsurprisingly, she lost a lot of very important data when she didn't back up. You are most definitely right about the user friendly portion though, Linux is for nerds.

    It isn't that they cannot connect to 3rd party device it is just that Apples regularly have issues connecting to non-Apple devices, this was a large portion of my calls. Linksys was just the most notorious, likely because of their volume of sales. The worst part is that Linksys (and many other manufacturers) didn't have great customer service and Apple refused to troubleshoot non-Apple products so customers would often get caught in a loop of "it's not our fault call Linksys/Apple".
     
  14. fingerguy

    fingerguy

    Aug 2, 2016
    CT
    @DiabolusInMusic

    I am in the IT business (unfortunately) and believe me many people with vital data do not backup. I had one dentist that had all his data encrypted by the cryptovirus and calls us and asks what he should do? Well we told him to take steps to remove the virus first then restore his data. He never backed-up!
     
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  15. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    We would often diagnose issues as "the chair-to-computer interface". I remember one college girl in a similar situation, she was freaking out over her lost projects. When she asked for my professional opinion on what should be done I told her to chalk it up to experience and to ensure she backups everything important in the future. She did not like that answer, not one bit.
     
  16. fingerguy

    fingerguy

    Aug 2, 2016
    CT
    I have one better for you and not related to backing up.

    I was working at Prodigy at the time (if it sounds familiar it was AOL's competitor). The IT Support worked out of the basement while everyone else including the other IT Gurus worked on the 8th floor. So one day I get this call from this woman in HR getting long/steady beeps when she turns on her PC which I told her right away that means something is pressing on the keyboard. She swears there is nothing pressing on the keyboard so I said okay I will be right up. Oh BTW she works in HR. That is an important part to this story so keep that in mind.

    So I climb the 8 flights of stairs (I did this as extra cardio), and go to her room and stick my head in and see the issue within 2-seconds. The problem is she works for HR so how do I handle this then I come up with an idea. I say to her to push away from her keyboard about a foot. From there reach over w/out moving the chair and turn on the PC which she did. I then say to her: did you see what happened? She looks down and says Oh. I say back to her have a good day and quickly leave.

    What happened? Well she was a big woman and usually with big woman comes big breasts. Yes, the breasts were laying on the keyboard.

    When I told this story to my colleagues they literally (not kidding) fell off the chairs laughing!
     
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  17. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I should mention I am a Droid/Android fanboi.
    I bought the original Motorola Droid, and have been upgrading to the latest one every couple years.
    Sometimes, that influences my comments in threads like this one.
    However, my wife is an Apple fangurl, so I know that ecosystem well too.

    -Mike
     
  18. bassrich

    bassrich

    Nov 20, 2011
    Sarasota, FL
    Ihave T-Mobile and had the Samsung s4 for years till the battery would not hold for more than 6 hrs and I went to the iPhone se because I wanted a smaller screen
     
  19. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    The SE isn't a bad looking phone. I don't need high level user stuff.just good speed and memory.
     
  20. fingerguy

    fingerguy

    Aug 2, 2016
    CT
    Why the smaller screen?
     

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