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  Reply # 806611 28-Apr-2013 09:08
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nakedmolerat:
theUpload: I have the waterproof Xperia Z, and I don't use it's waterproof capability, I don't trust my unit being the 1 unit that is faulty and having to try and prove to DSE that my water damaged phone is not my fault


I wash my xperia z every 2-3 days. I love showing it to my friend that this phone works underwater :-)


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  Reply # 806625 28-Apr-2013 10:01
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I see rumors starting on XDA re the S4 having locked boot-loader on the I9505 model, won't worry a lot of users but for those of us that like to use Android to its fullest it will be a blow."


from Engadget review.

"If you're hoping to run custom ROMs in place of TouchWiz, you may have to wait for a little while since Samsung has confirmed to us that the bootloader is locked.

http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/24/samsung-galaxy-s-4-review/






 




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  Reply # 806630 28-Apr-2013 10:15
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s2sam: Looking at how to get the best deal for this, currently i think the best way is to take another retailers offer of a s4 at 1149 to warehouse stationary, use the price beat guarantee to get it for $1091.55 or perhaps wait for competition to set in. Competition will only happen if there is enough stock though.....


Warehouse Stationery will only beat a better price not the same price


What version are you wanting to purchase, the I9505 (quad core) or the I9500 (octa core)

The best price I have seen to date is $999 for the I9500, 16GB, from Mobicity....they also have the I9505 for$1045.

I have read, that the I9500 is also 4G capable, from an official Samsung statement.




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  Reply # 806631 28-Apr-2013 10:15
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does that mean it can't be rooted?

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  Reply # 806652 28-Apr-2013 10:37
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Rooted is still a possibility but without boot loader custom roms become difficult

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  Reply # 806655 28-Apr-2013 10:49
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I'm sure Supercurio will find a way




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  Reply # 806666 28-Apr-2013 11:15
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The best price I have seen to date is $999 for the I9500, 16GB, from Mobicity....they also have the I9505 for$1045.


If you take the 16GB I9500 all the way through the cart to the checkout process, the grand total comes to $1,210.92. The price you see on Mobicity product pages, is not the grand total you pay. There is always more for GST, customs, and shipping.

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  Reply # 806678 28-Apr-2013 12:11
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Whilst I wait for my phone to arrive I went down to my local Noel Leeming this morning and picked up a casemate 'barely there' case, a screen protector, and one of the new MHL adaptors. I was tempted by the new smart flip cover option but not only was it more expensive but they only had the white smart flip cover in stock. They had various other coloured flip covers which were the same as they always have been.

I'm a bit wary of the possibility of it having a locked boot loader but I'm not really worried as there is precedent for that to be 'fixed'. It might just not mean I can run a custom rom as soon as I would have liked. But in any case, i'd like to see what it's like stock first.


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  Reply # 806702 28-Apr-2013 12:53
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Disrespective: Whilst I wait for my phone to arrive I went down to my local Noel Leeming this morning and picked up a casemate 'barely there' case, a screen protector, and one of the new MHL adaptors. I was tempted by the new smart flip cover option but not only was it more expensive but they only had the white smart flip cover in stock. They had various other coloured flip covers which were the same as they always have been.

I'm a bit wary of the possibility of it having a locked boot loader but I'm not really worried as there is precedent for that to be 'fixed'. It might just not mean I can run a custom rom as soon as I would have liked. But in any case, i'd like to see what it's like stock first.



TBH custom ROMs came about due to people wanting more functionality than what stock can offer but these days im finding less and less reasons to run custome roms they often end up buggier than the origional os due to the amount of kernel tweaks i find these days i run a few mods..if that

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  Reply # 806710 28-Apr-2013 13:51
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theUpload: 
TBH custom ROMs came about due to people wanting more functionality than what stock can offer but these days im finding less and less reasons to run custome roms they often end up buggier than the origional os due to the amount of kernel tweaks i find these days i run a few mods..if that


I don't think that is entirely correct but is a factor, I would think getting quicker updates and deleting bloatware good reasons as well.  

I think people get bugs by using mis-matched kernels/firmwares,  not correctly installing firmware or downloading latest release without waiting to see the issues. There are also the dev's that just roll out new versions without really checking them out first due to people wanting the latest and greatest now.

Ifg it has a locked bootloader I'm sure it won't be insurmountable to dev's but it will be a nuisance




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  Reply # 806720 28-Apr-2013 14:32
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I'm thoroughly enjoying my S4 :) I upgraded from an S2 yesterday and am loving the extra real estate.

I was also the first to get one from a VF store according the message that popped up on the computer screen when he put the sale through. Not sure if that's in Wellington or NZ but all I was doing was popping in on the way to play football!

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  Reply # 806721 28-Apr-2013 14:34
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welliegeek: I'm thoroughly enjoying my S4 :) I upgraded from an S2 yesterday and am loving the extra real estate.

I was also the first to get one from a VF store according the message that popped up on the computer screen when he put the sale through. Not sure if that's in Wellington or NZ but all I was doing was popping in on the way to play football!


Well if it was first in NZ then it might be the first in the world given NZ was the first country to start selling it yesterday. :-)




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  Reply # 806732 28-Apr-2013 14:54
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welliegeek: I'm thoroughly enjoying my S4 :) I upgraded from an S2 yesterday and am loving the extra real estate.

I was also the first to get one from a VF store according the message that popped up on the computer screen when he put the sale through. Not sure if that's in Wellington or NZ but all I was doing was popping in on the way to play football!


Well if it was first in NZ then it might be the first in the world given NZ was the first country to start selling it yesterday. :-)


Unfortunately AT & T beat us by 2 or 3 days.




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  Reply # 806735 28-Apr-2013 14:57
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sidders80:
welliegeek: I'm thoroughly enjoying my S4 :) I upgraded from an S2 yesterday and am loving the extra real estate.

I was also the first to get one from a VF store according the message that popped up on the computer screen when he put the sale through. Not sure if that's in Wellington or NZ but all I was doing was popping in on the way to play football!


Well if it was first in NZ then it might be the first in the world given NZ was the first country to start selling it yesterday. :-)


Unfortunately AT & T beat us by 2 or 3 days.


That was only per orders I think as Samsung itself has been saying that NZers will be the first ones to get them in hand. Oh well either way a great buy.




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  Reply # 806738 28-Apr-2013 15:03
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Disrespective: Whilst I wait for my phone to arrive I went down to my local Noel Leeming this morning and picked up a casemate 'barely there' case, a screen protector, and one of the new MHL adaptors. I was tempted by the new smart flip cover option but not only was it more expensive but they only had the white smart flip cover in stock. They had various other coloured flip covers which were the same as they always have been.

I'm a bit wary of the possibility of it having a locked boot loader but I'm not really worried as there is precedent for that to be 'fixed'. It might just not mean I can run a custom rom as soon as I would have liked. But in any case, i'd like to see what it's like stock first.



TBH custom ROMs came about due to people wanting more functionality than what stock can offer but these days im finding less and less reasons to run custome roms they often end up buggier than the origional os due to the amount of kernel tweaks i find these days i run a few mods..if that


Have to agree with this. I had a custom rom on my S3 and found it buggier and slower than just standard. I've just got a note 2 and I only found a need to root it so I can use titanium to its full potential. I have no need to install a custom rom. Especially with some of the features that other launchers use.

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