Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 


5301 posts

Uber Geek


  #2468563 23-Apr-2020 12:41
Send private message quote this post

Thanks Nik, very helpful. Looks like I may just have to live with some shortfalls on this handset - also since found out there's no Always On Display either, which is more of a pain as it was handy seeing all the notifications on that particular screen.

 

My old one was a Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 edition, last running Android 8, but I guess features like the Always On Screen might be more handset dependent than on something else?


1664 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #2469043 24-Apr-2020 10:17
quote this post

quickymart:

 

Thanks Nik, very helpful. Looks like I may just have to live with some shortfalls on this handset - also since found out there's no Always On Display either, which is more of a pain as it was handy seeing all the notifications on that particular screen.

 

My old one was a Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 edition, last running Android 8, but I guess features like the Always On Screen might be more handset dependent than on something else?

 

 

The presence of an Always-On Display feature is almost always down to the screen tech used.

 

Your A3 had an OLED screen - individual pixels can be powered on and off, making blacks super black and contrast theoretically infinite - and allowing for low power consumption when only a few pixels are powered on, as with AOD.

 

Your Xcover 4s has an LCD display, which uses backlighting through a thin colour layer, and can't power individual pixels on or off, it's all or nothing. LCD devices do not usually have always-on displays as the entire display has to be on and that murders the battery.

 

Not all OLED devices have AOD, and there's the odd exceptional LCD device which does (like the LG G7), but in contemporary Samsung-land, OLED = AOD, LCD = no AOD.

 

I'm surprised you picked the Xcover. It's a nice rugged fleet phone and super popular for that purpose, but something like the Galaxy A30 would have been much more comparable to the A3 2017.





Product Manager @ PB Tech

https://pbtech.co.nz/smartphones


 
 
 
 




5301 posts

Uber Geek


  #2470344 24-Apr-2020 14:29
Send private message quote this post

Thanks Nik, another helpful post. To be honest, I liked the smaller size of the A3 (4.7") and the XCover was only 5", so not much difference. Not really interested in a larger screen for what I do, I prefer the smaller size ones - and there wasn't hardly anything 5" or smaller. I also liked having the home button but it looks like that's being phased out on most new Samsungs eh? Mind you, my Nokia Lumia 930 didn't have one either, and it wasn't the end of the world.


1664 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #2470423 24-Apr-2020 16:51
quote this post

quickymart:

 

Thanks Nik, another helpful post. To be honest, I liked the smaller size of the A3 (4.7") and the XCover was only 5", so not much difference. Not really interested in a larger screen for what I do, I prefer the smaller size ones - and there wasn't hardly anything 5" or smaller. I also liked having the home button but it looks like that's being phased out on most new Samsungs eh? Mind you, my Nokia Lumia 930 didn't have one either, and it wasn't the end of the world.

 

 

Fair play, it's hard to pick from newer models when so many legacy features have been stripped. Removable batteries, headphone jacks, notification LEDs, physical buttons, SD card slots, FM Radio, and many more are now gone from, of all things, the most expensive handsets available. I quite like Samsung's upcoming Xcover Pro, it retains the majority of the above while staying modern where it matters.

 

Samsung went incrementally with most of the above feature changes, including for example a virtual home button on the S8 series that was pressure sensitive and could still wake the device from a screen-off state. 

 

The trick with the newer screen sizes being that they've increased the aspect ratios significantly, from 16:9 to 19:9 or 19.5:9, making a 6.4" screen the new normal, but also meaning that they're primarily taller rather than wider - and with the move to larger screen:body ratios, bigger screens can be had in smaller overall packages. Taller screens are less of an issue than wider ones thanks to significant software changes (e.g. that big app name business) which have been made to allow easy access to key functions without stretching your hand to the very top.

 

With that in mind, I suspect the 5.8" 19:9 S10e would've been the winner had it not also been significantly more expensive than the likes of the Xcover 4s.

 

 





Product Manager @ PB Tech

https://pbtech.co.nz/smartphones




5301 posts

Uber Geek


  #2470580 24-Apr-2020 21:54
Send private message quote this post

Probably still a bit too big for my liking, but yes I see what you're saying. I guess most new Samsungs being manufactured now simply won't come with a home button - I imagine it's far cheaper to manufacture them without one, than to make a new phone with one.

 

Pity as I really like my A3 - just 16GB of space these days simply isn't enough.




5301 posts

Uber Geek


  #2470636 25-Apr-2020 07:28
Send private message quote this post

Too late to edit, but I guess my ideal checklist for a phone would be:

 

- 5 inch screen (or smaller)

 

- home button (this one is somewhat negotiable)

 

- FM radio + 3.5mm headphone jackpoint

 

- 32GB of space or more (and room for an SD card)

 

- decent front and back camera (a la the Windows Phone ones - those things took awesome pics!)

 

- Android OS 8 or later with Always on Display

 

 

 

I had most of this with my A3 2017, my first Android phone, but given I got that 3 years ago and lots has changed in that time I'm probably pushing it a bit with that wish list though eh? :(


1907 posts

Uber Geek


  #2472620 28-Apr-2020 10:21
Send private message quote this post

Dingbatt:

 

MurrayM:

 

I too have recently switched to an Android 9 phone, an Oppo A4 2020.

 

On my old phone I used to be able to double-tap the Recents/Overview button in order to switch to the last used app, but this doesn't seem to work in Android 9. Any work-arounds?

 

 

A different launcher may give you this. I use Apex, which has lots of options. It is a paid app though, to get all features.

 

 

I've discovered that I can actually switch to the previously opened app, but it's not done via a double-tap. It's more of a tap the Recents/Overview button, pause, and then tap the button again. I wasn't pausing because it wasn't necessary previously but now seems to be (at least on my Oppo A4 2020)?


 
 
 
 




5301 posts

Uber Geek


  #2475720 3-May-2020 10:59
Send private message quote this post

Another quick query (this is either a yes or no one) - is there any way to transfer the learned words in Gboard from my old phone to my new one, or does it have to learn everything all over again?

 

Gboard looks different (appearance wise) on my new phone as opposed to my old one, but that could be due to the slightly larger screen.




5301 posts

Uber Geek


  #2485063 16-May-2020 22:51
Send private message quote this post

Another quick query, is there any way possible to transfer the stock ringtones from the A3 to the XCover?




5301 posts

Uber Geek


  #2485233 17-May-2020 15:23
Send private message quote this post

Workaround found, I have my two main tones back. One more thing to tick off the list :D


1 | 2 
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic





Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

National Institute for Health Innovation develops treatment app for gambling
Posted 6-Jul-2020 16:25


Nokia 2.3 to be available in New Zealand
Posted 6-Jul-2020 12:30


Menulog change colours as parent company merges with Dutch food delivery service
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:53


Techweek2020 goes digital to make it easier for Kiwis to connect and learn
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:48


Catalyst Cloud launches new Solutions Hub to support their kiwi Partners and Customers
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:44


Microsoft to help New Zealand job seekers acquire new digital skills needed for the COVID-19 economy
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:41


Hewlett Packard Enterprise introduces new HPE GreenLake cloud services
Posted 24-Jun-2020 08:07


New cloud data protection services from Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Posted 24-Jun-2020 07:58


Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveils HPE Ezmeral, new software portfolio and brand
Posted 24-Jun-2020 07:10


Apple reveals new developer technologies to foster the next generation of apps
Posted 23-Jun-2020 15:30


Poly introduces solutions for Microsoft Teams Rooms
Posted 23-Jun-2020 15:14


Lenovo launches new ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations
Posted 23-Jun-2020 09:17


Lenovo brings Linux certification to ThinkPad and ThinkStation Workstation portfolio
Posted 23-Jun-2020 08:56


Apple introduces new features for iPhone iOS14 and iPadOS 14
Posted 23-Jun-2020 08:28


Apple announces Mac transition to Apple silicon
Posted 23-Jun-2020 08:18



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.