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Back to the Nexus

Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:54 pm

Having nursed along a Samsung S4 some 2.5 years, including a WiFi failure, an eBay NOS replacement that got dropped last summer, and finally a FrankenFour that combined the old unit's screen/chassis with the new unit's logic board, I've given up trying to keep this overheating, Wiz-Touched phone in working condition.  The latest adventures included random SD ejects and difficulty holding an LTE signal.

After considering the various options, including adding another $30/month to our Verizon bill for a Pixel, I decided the Nexus 5X (H790 US model, 32GB) met or exceeded my needs.  I risked a good-condition, used unit from eBay and so far, I'm quite happy.  Decided to live dangerously and punched a nano-SIM out of a micro with an $8 kit.  It works.

It's a shame that Google has decided to switch their R&D focus from a mid-range reference design to a high-dollar iPhone competitor, because this year-old model does everything and does it well.
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Re: Back to the Nexus

Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:40 am

I've had a more pleasant experience with Swappa than Ebay in buying used phones ("no scratches" on screen apparently means "some scratches", and I was accused of being anal for returning the device for refund), but I'm glad to hear that you had a better time of it.

I'm also sad that Google has abandoned the Nexus line for high-end Pixels. I'm either going to buy a cheap low-to-mid-range device (/hugs old Moto G) or a high-end device from a year or two ago, because either will work great for everything I need at about a third of the cost of a current top-of-the-line unit.
 
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Re: Back to the Nexus

Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:54 am

Phones.

Phones.

Just... where do you even start? So much of the "promise" of cell phones and their potential to improve the world, has nothing to do with how they currently exist, iterate, or direction of the way they evolve.

Phones.
 
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Re: Back to the Nexus

Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:09 am

Did the same thing for my wife and she is loving her phone. 

I got myself a used Nexus 6P and couldn't be happier.
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Re: Back to the Nexus

Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:14 am

Bought my wife a new old stock 32GB 5X last month also and she's happy with it. Because I'm somewhat paranoid and it came from overseas my first order of business was flashing the newest ROM straight from Google's website.
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Re: Back to the Nexus

Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:44 pm

bthylafh wrote:
 it came from overseas

Was that an H791, then?  The one frustrating thing about these is that there were at least four different region-models.  I initially bought an Amazon Warehouse deal that was listed as "US Warranty" but it turned out to be a Korean import and was an H791.  Only the H790 includes all of Verizon's LTE and CDMA bands.

Chuckaluphagus wrote:
I've had a more pleasant experience with Swappa than Ebay

Good to know, hadn't heard of Swappa before.
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Re: Back to the Nexus

Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:56 pm

ludi wrote:
bthylafh wrote:
 it came from overseas

Was that an H791, then?  The one frustrating thing about these is that there were at least four different region-models.  I initially bought an Amazon Warehouse deal that was listed as "US Warranty" but it turned out to be a Korean import and was an H791.  Only the H790 includes all of Verizon's LTE and CDMA bands.


I don't remember which exact model it was, but it's GSM-only, so it's lucky that our MVNO (Ting) supports that also; all our previous phones were either dual-standard or CDMA-only. Came from Hong Kong with a Euro-type charger and the wrong adapter, for which I got a $5 refund.
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Re: Back to the Nexus

Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:59 pm

ludi wrote:
Chuckaluphagus wrote:
I've had a more pleasant experience with Swappa than Ebay

Good to know, hadn't heard of Swappa before.

So far, over five years now, I've bought a used Galaxy Nexus, a used Nexus 7 and now a used G4 via Swappa. All purchases have turned out well. On the Nexus 7, the built-in microphone was dead on arrival, and upon being informed the seller immediately apologized and offered to refund the purchase. I actually kept it anyway, since it wasn't important to me and the device was dirt cheap, but the response was nice.
 
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Re: Back to the Nexus

Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:05 pm

I bought my wife a 2013 Nexus 7 through Glyde a bit over a year ago. No trouble getting it (it took a little while, though - they shipped a box to the seller and then the seller sent it on to me) and it was as advertised.
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Re: Back to the Nexus

Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:27 pm

Luckily, you didn't have a 5X at launch. There were widespread complaints about how janky the software was. I think it was fixed after a few months, but I know it wasn't ideal at first (I played with one and could definitely tell how disjointed it felt).

And yeah, Swappa is by far the best site for buying new and used phones off contract. I have bought a number of phones, for myself and others, through the site and never had a single issue. Of course, you still have to be careful, do your research, and choose the one you really want. If you just pay attention it can work out really well.
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Re: Back to the Nexus

Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:41 pm

ludi wrote:
bthylafh wrote:
 it came from overseas

Was that an H791, then?  The one frustrating thing about these is that there were at least four different region-models.  I initially bought an Amazon Warehouse deal that was listed as "US Warranty" but it turned out to be a Korean import and was an H791.  Only the H790 includes all of Verizon's LTE and CDMA bands.


I just checked and yes, it's a 791; IIRC the merchant listed it as GSM-only.
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Re: Back to the Nexus

Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:01 pm

Nice to see some love for the underappreciated 5X. Man, I love my 5X. It is not flawless. It's laggy sometimes, but I am honestly not bothered by that. I don't need INSTANT responsiveness. The stock Android is great. Timely updates = great. The camera is great; finally I have a phone that takes pictures I can enjoy. The size is perfect. The price is great. I'm not a demanding user, so for me the battery life is totally acceptable - I've had this thing almost a year and I've been lower than 25% maybe once, but I am usually never lower than 50% on a daily basis. It does get warm in the hand sometimes. It feels like it is made from the plastic it is made from, but with a case on it I feel the case, not the phone.

I LOVE THE FINGERPRINT READER.

I get the foolish upgrade itch every time a new google phone comes out but it always eventually passes. At this point, I think the only thing about upgrading to a Pixel that I would deeply appreciate would be the screen and the camera, but both of those combined aren't worth anywhere near $700ish. I hope the 5X lasts me for a couple more years.
 
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Re: Back to the Nexus

Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:44 pm

The fingerprint reader is amazingly convenient for unlocking the phone and Lastpass.
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Re: Back to the Nexus

Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:10 pm

I told my wife the fingerprint reader alone seemed worth the $350. I got her a 5X as well. She never used to lock her phone, regardless of how much I admonished her to do so. Now that she has the fingerprint reader her phone is always locked. It's just begging for trouble not to lock your phone, but you can't talk sense to some people.
 
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Re: Back to the Nexus

Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:25 pm

...make sure she picked a good PIN or password. Mine didn't; it's both short *and* predictable, but I'm picking my battles.
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Re: Back to the Nexus

Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:12 am

flip-mode wrote:
At this point, I think the only thing about upgrading to a Pixel that I would deeply appreciate would be the screen and the camera, but both of those combined aren't worth anywhere near $700ish.

Having used a Pixel and an iPhone6 back-to-back, I can say they might be.  The photo quality, particularly in low light, is better than the iPhone6 and nearly equal to any high-end P&S camera shooting macro or wide-angle.  But I already have an Olympus E-M10 and need to think about getting a $700 lens for it, not spending $700 on a phone.
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