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Friday May 22, 2015

New Phone

Filed under: Camera/Photography,Computers,Cool Stuff — don @ 8:00 pm

I’ve had my Samsung S4 for 2 years now so I figured it was time for an upgrade.

I gave a fleeting thought to an iPhone but figured there’s really nothing that new about them that would drag me back to Apple.

I’ve been very happy with my Android so I decided to go with a Samsung S6.

It’s very similar to the S4 and the S5 that Betty got about a month ago with a few extra perks.

1)  It has an honest to goodness fingerprint reader.

2)  It has built in induction charging.

3)  It’s made out of metal and glass instead of plastic.

4)  It has a REALLY high resolution screen, much more than the iPhone 6.

5)  It’s got a REALLY good camera that takes low light photos very well and will take 4K video (although I don’t know what to watch it on other than the phone).

6)  It has an 8-core CPU vs the 2 core iPhone. (although the 2 core iPhone CPU is pretty good)

All of that plus I’m not shoehorned into the App Store and what Apple thinks I should use.

I’ve heard the new Samsungs are really locked down but I unrooted my S4 not long after I rooted it and never missed it.  I have a friend at work who says he could never be happy with not being able to change ROMS.  I guess if you live for doing that it’s understandable but if I want to geek out I have my computer.

I’ll play around with the new phone and report anything that’s super cool.


  1. Sounds like a nice phone. AT&T lock you in for another 2 years?

    Comment by Daryl — Saturday May 23, 2015 @ 10:48 pm

  2. AT&T doesn’t lock me in because my company pays for my phone.

    Comment by Don — Sunday May 24, 2015 @ 7:21 am

  3. I hear that the 6 is not selling well, but nobody knows why. Seems to be an excellent phone. Maybe poor promotion?

    Comment by Daryl — Sunday May 24, 2015 @ 7:31 am

  4. I wonder if it’s not the same reason most computers don’t sell like they used to. The improvements now are merely incremental and not dramatic. There’s not much more you can do with them. Unless my S4 stopped working I can’t really justify buying anything else for the relatively few improvements or bells and whistles.

    Comment by Richard — Sunday May 24, 2015 @ 8:55 am

  5. Oh I think we know why it’s not selling well. They removed the ability to change the battery and there’s no SD card slot.

    But the phone itself is (in my opinion) much better than an iPhone. The iPhone also has those “features” but it lacks the things I mentioned in my post.

    I would have to agree there isn’t a huge reason to upgrade although the phone is a lot faster than the S4.

    Comment by Don — Sunday May 24, 2015 @ 3:56 pm

  6. Nice! Seems like you really like it so far. I’ve been very happy with my iPhone 6+, but sounds like it’s not for you.

    Comment by Donna — Sunday May 24, 2015 @ 11:17 pm

  7. I’ve checked out the iPhone 6+ and it’s basically the same as a Note 4. I like the screen size but not the fact you have a small tablet in your pocket.

    iPhones are quite nice but once I switched to an Android and was able to install what I wanted rather than what Apple wanted I was very happy.

    I think that’s going to always be my main complaint. Apple does a great job on the human interface but they are just too intrusive. I suspect Google may eventually do the same thing and then I’ll be stuck.

    Comment by Don — Monday May 25, 2015 @ 8:47 am

  8. A while ago I broke the screen on my Mega. Your right that a small tablet is not good to carry in a pocket. I’m pretty sure the stress of it flexing in my pocket is what broke it. Unfortunately, to fix the screen and faulty touch connections is more than I want to pay so I’m back to my old S2.

    Comment by Dale — Saturday May 30, 2015 @ 10:27 am

  9. I don’t think Michelle ever puts hers in her pocket although I’m not sure she could put anything in her pants pockets. 😉

    Comment by Don — Saturday May 30, 2015 @ 4:59 pm

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