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Ultimate Geek

  # 688879 20-Sep-2012 15:01
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lokhor: @DrStrangeLove while I think the quad core Snapdragon S4 with Adreno 320 is certainly impressive - LG are not known for stable software or for reliable software updates. Based on their past behaviour I certainly would not purchase an LG handset. 

Yeah thats quite true..

A very good example is the LG Optimus 2X, it came out just a little before the galaxy s 2 but it failed in customer satisfaction so bad that its price dropped dramatically..

One of my mates bought Optimus 2X early last year when it came out as a swtich from IPhone 3GS to try out the android experience but he was quite disappointed with it. He chose not to go back to IOS so he is using a Windows Mobile now. Whereas if he had waited on the SGS2, I am sure he would have stuck to Android from there on...

So yeah the android you use also matters..

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  # 689093 20-Sep-2012 20:54
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Yeah, I didn't hear good stories about the LG Optimus 2X, but again it was the leader at the time being one of the first dual-core mobiles. And there are indications it'll be upgraded to ICS, so that's not to bad for an old phone and you never know, ICS may be the OS the phone has been longing for.

If one follows the forums one mostly catches the squeals of pain on various devices.

I bought a cheap-ish XPERIA X10 when Android v2.0 was going to be it's swan song and Sony Ericsson wasn't going to update it, battery life wasn't even a day and a lot of the phones just rebooted for no reason.
Now with Android 2.3.3, Bloatware removed, Rooted, Overclocked at 1.1GHz, 1800mAh battery (1½ to 2 days), 32GB Class10 card and the discovery of a few library modules like tun.ko and cifs.ko, I now have a smartphone that is the best of the bottom feeders still surviving. And no unexpected power restarts on this phone.. except when OC'd at 1.2GHz and doing daft stuff. 

Then MX Player and BSPlayer release updated video players that make movies a joy to watch on almost any 'old' phone.

It just keeps getting better.

So you can get lucky even with a bad thing if you have the time to work on it.

It's odd I'm banging on about the LG Optimus G for no real reason, but as it's in the forefront of mobile tech at the moment (and the Samsung Galaxy S IV is not), it's name keeps cropping up.

Now I see it, along with the SGSIII, have been certified within the Miracast program.

Miracast allows the streaming of movies and feature rich content and is mooted as an extension of WiFi-Direct. 
I'd never heard of it until tonight.

So theoretically a Freeview, or SKY box (with the correct hardware) could broadcast  TV to a mobile phone or Tablet without it having a TV receiver, but having Miracast WiFi.

The Sony XPERIA V looks promising for those wanting a feature rich phone with a 4.3" screen.
A lot of the screens are bigger, but in some cases, it's just the screen moving closer to the edge of the phone.

My XPERIA X10 with 4" screen is 63mm wide the XPERIA V with 4.3" screen is only 65mm wide. 
I think for a lot of people (me included) who consider a 4" screen an optimal fit, the 4.3" screen with an extra 2mm width may not be to much of a bitter pill to swallow.

Samsung GS3 is 70.6mm wide with a 4.8" screen. But, it does seem to feel a lot bigger compared to my X10i, probably to big for me (I have long skinny fingers, so the fingers are not the problem) But it is funny watching the guy that owns it with his short stubby fingers stabbing away at it...Doh!!!!  :-)


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  # 689114 20-Sep-2012 21:12
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LG and battery life... 'nuff said...

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Ultimate Geek

  # 689143 20-Sep-2012 22:43
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Muggen Power 1700mAh battery maybe.

Or even if rooted, has anyone changed the CPU governer or scheduler to improve performance and battery life?

Or have I said to much.. :-)

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  # 689239 21-Sep-2012 09:14
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Looking at the plans the telcos are offering for IPhone 5, its not nearly as good as the introductory plans that were put up for the Galaxy S3.

The plans that all telcos put up to get the Galaxy S3 free was mainly ~$90..
Even some people who werent sure that they want a new Galaxy or switch to android were swayed to get one.. I suppose it was Samsung that gave the telcos a good deal to start with..

I wonder how it would be when Galaxy S4 comes through next year.. I am sure there would be better deals up that time as well..

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