04-26-2021 02:56 PM
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  1. notacoach's Avatar
    Apparently any phone manufacturer which makes devices I like gets out of the business - I'm three for three with Treo, HTC and now LG lol

    My v40 is chugging along after an insurance replacement last year (I broke the screen), but I had planned an upgrade for this year anyway.

    I have tended towards flagships for their cameras and their usually larger size, but I'm open to other options that have what I need, given that yesterday's flagship is today's mid range.
    Samsung seems the obvious move since I have an Active 2 watch, and I love the idea of a Note, but can't deny I'll miss the SD slot and headphone jack .

    Is the A series any good?Would it be better to go with a used note 10?

    Speak to me, Samsungians, so I can figure out where to go next. I'm Tmo.
    Morty2264 likes this.
    04-14-2021 04:57 PM
  2. donm527's Avatar
    Sony Xperia 1 III

    https://www.engadget.com/sony-xperia...074022474.html

    Apparently any phone manufacturer which makes devices I like gets out of the business - I'm three for three with Treo, HTC and now LG lol

    My v40 is chugging along after an insurance replacement last year (I broke the screen), but I had planned an upgrade for this year anyway.

    I have tended towards flagships for their cameras and their usually larger size, but I'm open to other options that have what I need, given that yesterday's flagship is today's mid range.
    Samsung seems the obvious move since I have an Active 2 watch, and I love the idea of a Note, but can't deny I'll miss the SD slot and headphone jack .

    Is the A series any good?Would it be better to go with a used note 10?

    Speak to me, Samsungians, so I can figure out where to go next. I'm Tmo.
    04-14-2021 06:20 PM
  3. Morty2264's Avatar
    I have an S10 and have had it for over almost a year and a half. It has been a wonderful phone to use. The camera is decent but a Pixel would give you a better experience in that department. Samsung's UI is great, and is much better than it used to be. I would definitely recommend a Samsung product - especially if you have a watch that you can pair with it.

    Good luck, and let us know what happens!
    notacoach likes this.
    04-14-2021 08:30 PM
  4. burrzoo's Avatar
    I'd suggest a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra! Great phone to me. Or if you can find the money, wait for the Z Fold 3 which might just come with an on-board S-Pen.
    If you don't care about the S-Pen the get a Z Fold 2. They are great! I love mine.
    04-14-2021 10:46 PM
  5. bandofbrothers2112's Avatar
    The OnePlus 9 Pro looks nice.

    However the N20 Ultra 5G and S20 Ultra are awesome phone's to consider.
    Morty2264 likes this.
    04-14-2021 11:26 PM
  6. Kizzy Catwoman's Avatar
    I'd suggest a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra! Great phone to me. Or if you can find the money, wait for the Z Fold 3 which might just come with an on-board S-Pen.
    If you don't care about the S-Pen the get a Z Fold 2. They are great! I love mine.
    Found this link. Probably no integrated s pen in the z fold 3.

    https://www.sammobile.com/news/galax...ource=telegram
    burrzoo likes this.
    04-15-2021 02:07 AM
  7. notacoach's Avatar
    I think either of the Ultras are off the table both for cost and size - I had a look at the Note Ultra demo at Best Buy that is just TOO big.

    Not sure what my life will be like after the world wakes up post pandemic; I may continue working from home, which means I won't need as powerful a phone as I did before. I admit I'm intrigued by the A71, but concerned by reports of network connection issues.

    I also admit I'm going to miss LGs fabulous sound - and manual mode HD recorder. Can any of the Samsung recorders let you turn off limiting and adjust gain?

    Decisions decisions......
    2kchevy likes this.
    04-15-2021 07:08 AM
  8. burrzoo's Avatar
    Thank you for the article. I don't understand why they would have water resistance issues with a dedicated slot. That's not a problem with the old Note series. Having a case to hold an external pen would make this already huge phone much worse. I hope this ends up being just a bad rumor.
    Found this link. Probably no integrated s pen in the z fold 3.

    https://www.sammobile.com/news/galax...ource=telegram
    04-15-2021 11:23 AM
  9. donm527's Avatar
    I don't care for the rumor of a smaller front display. That's going backwards imo. They need to go bigger like Huawei.
    04-15-2021 08:04 PM
  10. Morty2264's Avatar
    The OnePlus 9 Pro looks nice.

    However the N20 Ultra 5G and S20 Ultra are awesome phone's to consider.
    The S20 series does look petty cool!
    04-15-2021 09:04 PM
  11. notacoach's Avatar
    I think I've narrowed it down to the Note 20 or s20+. The s20+ is out of stock at Samsung, so that means I need to look at the 21+ too.

    It appears Samsung is where I'll get the best deal, yes? A Note direct from them will save me $10 a month on my current V40 monthly+insurance (and will be less than half what the same Samsung phones would be through Tmo). Plus, the current offer will let me get some accessories for free.

    Question 1: does the unlocked version of Samsung phones work on all Tmo bands (and also Tmo wifi calling)? We live in a "dip" in coverage - even though in a metro area - and those made a big difference to call quality.

    Question 2: how is Samsung Care?

    Question 3: what about that huuuugggeee camera bump on the Note - how breakable is it???
    04-16-2021 07:59 AM
  12. notacoach's Avatar
    OK, maybe not. I wanted to do the buyback deal which would be ideal, but that only works with unlocked models, which often lack Tmo features like wifi calling. I'm not sure I can justify dropping nearly a grand on a phone.

    A71?
    aximtreo likes this.
    04-16-2021 09:15 PM
  13. monsieurms's Avatar
    Apparently any phone manufacturer which makes devices I like gets out of the business - I'm three for three with Treo, HTC and now LG lol

    .
    With your track record, I'm not sure we want you migrating to Samsung. We don't want it to disappear. 😁
    notacoach, J Dubbs and aximtreo like this.
    04-17-2021 04:09 PM
  14. notacoach's Avatar
    With your track record, I'm not sure we want you migrating to Samsung. We don't want it to disappear.
    Hahahaha - I was waiting for somebody to say that.

    Does it count when I'm only doing it by necessity instead of preference??
    monsieurms likes this.
    04-17-2021 06:43 PM
  15. notacoach's Avatar
    Disappointed the buyback program isn't possible for me as that would have been ideal, but after two days of reading reviews, I have a feeling it'll be the S20FE rather than the A71. I'm sad to slalom away from the Note yet again (I've wanted one for ages but dang they're expensive) but at least it also has a card slot and isn't actually the size of a book.....

    At least I'll get new earbuds for free. :-/
    04-17-2021 06:48 PM
  16. msm0511's Avatar
    I'm always tempted by Sony. Unfortunately in the US they don't really have trade in offers like Samsung. At least this year sub 6 is gonna be in the US.
    04-17-2021 07:08 PM
  17. notacoach's Avatar
    Annnnddddd.... it's done. Ordered the S20FE 256g (special at same price as the 128, although with an SD card I'm not sure it matters that much), free accessories offer got me free earbuds live and a case, and an edu address knocked a bit more off it.

    I will miss LG's gorgeous sound, customizable HD recorder, and knock on screen, but there we have it. No Note AGAIN. One of these years.......
    aximtreo and monsieurms like this.
    04-18-2021 02:50 PM
  18. monsieurms's Avatar
    Hahahaha - I was waiting for somebody to say that.

    Does it count when I'm only doing it by necessity instead of preference??
    Time will tell. 🤔

    In truth, I used all those other ones at some point as well, but I was happy to get rid of old Palm and an early HTC, and Samsung was tried before I tried LG. Then went back to Samsung, demonstrating my loyalty. So I am completely innocent.
    04-18-2021 03:07 PM
  19. notacoach's Avatar
    My favorite phones over the years remain my Treo 700 (loved having a stylus), the HTC1x (near-perfect imo) and latterly my LG V20 (solid piece of gear, and oh the sound!). The reviews of the S20 FE seem good, although I am disappointed to not have a pen-friendly model again. Alas, the Note was just too spendy without a trade in to soften the blow...
    04-18-2021 09:28 PM
  20. monsieurms's Avatar
    . Alas, the Note was just too spendy without a trade in to soften the blow...
    Check SWAPPA. They sell phones, and there are sometimes great deals. I see you already ordered something else, so maybe too late, but...
    04-18-2021 11:54 PM
  21. aokusman1's Avatar
    What HTC device do you like? They have not made a good phone since 2012.
    04-19-2021 05:59 AM
  22. notacoach's Avatar
    Check SWAPPA. They sell phones, and there are sometimes great deals. I see you already ordered something else, so maybe too late, but...
    Yeah, I did look there and strongly considered it - the Note was still around $500-600, though, and I wasn't crazy about used without warranty or insurance (which I have had to use more than once so it makes sense for me...).

    With the FE via Samsung I got new earbuds thrown in (which I need) and the financing is under $20 a month. If I have to pay it off to upgrade early, hopefully this one will have more value as a trade in (and Tmo won't hamstring unlocked versions as much as they are now!).
    monsieurms likes this.
    04-19-2021 06:59 AM
  23. notacoach's Avatar
    What HTC device do you like? They have not made a good phone since 2012.
    I was with HTC from my 1x in 2012 (agree it was better than anything after it!) until I jumped to LG in 2016 with the V20.
    aximtreo likes this.
    04-19-2021 07:02 AM
  24. Medevac1's Avatar
    I was with HTC from my 1x in 2012 (agree it was better than anything after it!) until I jumped to LG in 2016 with the V20.
    It looks like we followed very similar paths. I have an LG V20 as well as the V40. I do a lot of mobile photography so I always purchased devices with good camera set ups so I've always migrated between Samsung and LG. I'm going to miss having LG as an option as I've always had a good user experience with their products
    notacoach likes this.
    04-19-2021 11:27 PM
  25. o4liberty's Avatar
    The note 20 has been nothing but stellar for me you can't go wrong. I highly recommend it to anyone.
    monsieurms, 2kchevy and aximtreo like this.
    04-20-2021 02:54 AM
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