1. cfclay's Avatar
    I bought the first Android phone and many since , then around 2011 went iOS. I bought all of the Samsung phones up until the S8, and then I've dabbled with the other stuff like Huawei and Asus.

    So I think this essential phone I'm going to keep, but I'm wondering .... This runs stock Android right?

    So what does this phone do that a Samsung phone will not?

    One thing I noticed, that I had never done with the Samsung before - I just said to Google "... Create a location based reminder". Oh my am I having fun with that one! If that existed with a Samsung UI or iOS, I never knew.

    What are some other cool things, I really like this device.
    12-02-2017 09:43 AM
  2. estebancam's Avatar
    If you are looking for features, Samsung is going to win. This is a device with just stock Android that has great design.
    12-03-2017 03:45 PM
  3. anon(9918034)'s Avatar
    Timely updates!
    cfclay and gcims like this.
    12-03-2017 04:07 PM
  4. cfclay's Avatar
    If you are looking for features, Samsung is going to win. This is a device with just stock Android that has great design.
    What are some?
    12-03-2017 07:29 PM
  5. gcims's Avatar
    Samsung builds into its skin and loaded apps a ton of features, like Samsung Pay and themes.

    Nothing they have is a deal breaker to me, as great as they are. I can load apps that do the same things and not sacrifice timely updates.
    cfclay likes this.
    12-09-2017 12:43 PM
  6. estebancam's Avatar
    More customization options, more camera options, Bixby, Samsung Pay, Samsung Cloud, better cameras, a headphone jack, waterproofing, wireless charging, etc...

    A lot of stuff. The camera alone has about a dozen features not seen on essential or iPhone.
    cfclay likes this.
    12-10-2017 09:48 AM
  7. chanchan05's Avatar
    The biggest draw for me really to Samsung is Sidesync with my laptop. Sure there are other screen mirroring options there, but AFAIK Sidesync is the only one that will work even if your phone is locked with pin/pattern/whatever and no need to press anything else, just plug in. So it's the only one that will work with a broken/unresponsive/no display screen. The only catch is that you should have run it once before (which is no problem since I use it at home).

    Apart from that, there are several Samsung features that can be replicated by apps, but quality would vary. Sometimes the Google one is better, sometimes the Samsung one is, sometimes a third party will be better than both.
    cfclay likes this.
    12-10-2017 10:10 AM

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