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  1. Blues Fan's Avatar
    I sold my note 5 about a week after having the 7, when returning N7 there were no Note 5s available from Verizon. Man, what a fantastic device the note 7 was... Screen, Samsung Pay, Sidesync, SD for video capture, iris making it easier to use with 1 hand, etc. The freaking S pen - holy crap do I miss that. If you need to log into a computer which has an OS/environment that uses the mouse as a primary input device, the S pen is _incredible_. Also, the best PDF machine ever

    Battery was pretty decent as well. I also happen to like Gear VR and the theme store.

    All that being said... The Pixel XL I've had for almost a month (while lacking in some areas - which are covered in extreme all over the review sites), as a whole: The Best Android Device Available.

    The software experience is so far in the lead, every other device's user experience seems embarrassing in comparison. To me, it's the closest to competing with the best parts of iOS that Android has ever been. I prefer it more than any other mobile device to date.

    Once you also factor in the supposedly unlimited image and video storage, live 24/7 chat/voice support (with the ability for you to allow them to see/control your phone while talking to the rep) - it's a rather solid (confidence in support, inducing) experience.

    We should all hope that future Android devices strive to be more and more like the current Pixels.

    is google tech support better to deal with compared to Samsung and LG support which most people seem to hate?
    12-09-2016 02:02 AM
  2. Blues Fan's Avatar
    The V20 is way better in every aspect except being water resistant.
    I ordered it and got it today. It's nice but still not the Note 7! What do you think is better about the V20?
    12-13-2016 01:03 AM
  3. jlost's Avatar
    I ordered it and got it today. It's nice but still not the Note 7! What do you think is better about the V20?
    I meant it's better than the iBone lol
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    12-13-2016 06:21 AM
  4. Blues Fan's Avatar
    I meant it's better than the iBone lol
    Well of course! It seems a lot of us are going to the V20 who had the Note. I love the flat screen a lot better than the Note 7 and Edge. I hope the Note 8 has a flat screen. I have no use for the Edge features at all. It just cuts down on the amount of usable screen real estate.
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    12-13-2016 01:07 PM
  5. jlost's Avatar
    Well of course! It seems a lot of us are going to the V20 who had the Note. I love the flat screen a lot better than the Note 7 and Edge. I hope the Note 8 has a flat screen. I have no use for the Edge features at all. It just cuts down on the amount of usable screen real estate.
    I have a Note 5 so I don't know what it feels like to have an edge screened phone for my daily driver. I see a lot of people who don't like it.
    12-13-2016 03:44 PM
  6. pduffer's Avatar
    I liked the edge screen on the Note 7, but the one on the S7 Edge was an immediate turn off when I returned the Note 7 so went to Note 5.
    12-13-2016 07:25 PM
  7. sean8102's Avatar
    After swapping the N7 for the S7 edge when the N7 was killed, I ended up swapping my S7 Edge for the V20 as soon as it was available at my AT&T store (about a day or 2 before my 14 day exchange period was up).

    I've loved it, zero regrets about getting it. I like the flat screen better, but do kind of wish it was AMOLED. It's a beautiful display no doubt but I def have a preference for AMOLED. I also find my self using the second screen far more than I thought I would. I love using it for multitasking and jumping between apps. Also nice being able to view messages/notifications while playing a game or watching a fullscreen video without it taking up any of the main display. The software and UX are great IMO. Last LG I had was the G4 and LG has seriously cleaned up its UX since then. It's so much cleaner and less cluttered (they finally cleaned up the notification panel/quick toggles!). They also added a real theme engine that is as extensive as Samsungs. Themes can modify icons,UI like quick toggles/notification panel, settings app, all stock LG apps (phone, messaging, calendar, music, quick remote, etc), the LG widgets, and the LG keyboard. So far the themes LG have released have been kinda ugly/bad IMO, but thankfully the themes are packaged as regular old APK files and people over at XDA have known how to create their own since launch. So you can find ~8-10 themes in the play store already and they install and work just like regular themes from LG and there are some nice ones. Here are the links to the devs I've found so far that are releasing themes on a regular basis. Vector, Dark Material, and Remix are my favs so far.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...?id=markbencze
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=cbucz24
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...=BySezerSimsek
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Chaz187

    Plus having Nougat right now is quite nice. Anyways just my thoughts on what I decided to go with.
    12-16-2016 11:19 PM
  8. Adaboy's Avatar
    S7 edge is pretty darn close to the N7. As people have said the pronounced curves take getting use too. It's just missing the s pen that I used so much. I couldn't resist getting it, Best buy was giving a $200 gift card, free fast wireless charger and Gear VR. I used the gift card to score an open box Gear S3!!
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    12-17-2016 12:35 AM
  9. pduffer's Avatar
    The lack of S-Pen is a big turn off after having previously used a Note for 2 years.
    01-02-2017 05:26 PM
  10. Morty2264's Avatar
    S7 edge is pretty darn close to the N7. As people have said the pronounced curves take getting use too. It's just missing the s pen that I used so much. I couldn't resist getting it, Best buy was giving a $200 gift card, free fast wireless charger and Gear VR. I used the gift card to score an open box Gear S3!!
    That's a great deal! Good for you! An awesome phone and a great bargain with those goodies!
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    01-02-2017 05:27 PM
  11. amyf27's Avatar
    I have the Note 5 now along with my S7 Edge. Prefer the Note 5 for now.
    01-02-2017 05:33 PM
  12. Syounger64's Avatar
    There's rumours that the s8 might be gaining a pen.
    01-02-2017 05:42 PM
  13. amyf27's Avatar
    There's rumours that the s8 might be gaining a pen.
    I wouldn't be interested in the pen unless it has a built in spot like the notes do. It's Samsung..making an s pen that doesn't have a secure holding spot on the phone is premature.
    01-02-2017 06:44 PM
  14. amyf27's Avatar
    I was going back and forth between the Note 5 and S7 Edge. Finally decided on the Note 5 because I love the SPen and the ability to take notes on my phone. Did the replacement online with Verizon and it is on backorder til 11/2. Has anyone else had trouble getting a Note 5?
    I just got a Note 5 a couple days ago purchased online through Amazon and got it next-day air shipped. LOVE it. Still have the s7edge that's financed through Tmobile I can upgrade that once the new Note comes out or if the S8 is truly worth it
    01-02-2017 06:46 PM
  15. Ca_lvn's Avatar
    My 256g Samsung SD Card died yet another reason I'll never buy Samsung again
    01-02-2017 06:59 PM
  16. jlost's Avatar
    I wouldn't be interested in the pen unless it has a built in spot like the notes do. It's Samsung..making an s pen that doesn't have a secure holding spot on the phone is premature.
    Well they have to sell it to you at extra cost to make up the loss of the Note 7...
    01-03-2017 02:40 AM
  17. corvette72778's Avatar
    I ordered it and got it today. It's nice but still not the Note 7! What do you think is better about the V20?
    V10 is not better than the Note 7. I had one LG the V10. Great phone but I will never own one again. Quality control/manufacturing flaw made it a bad experience. Your taking a big risk that it won't work a year later. boot loop issues have affected several generations of LGs including G4, V10, and G5.
    As far as the features Note 7 has over LG V20 are iris scanner, IP68, majorly better battery life including a real power saver mode, Max power saving mode (my V10 had 2-3 hrs life and I had 3 different batteries), edge screen, modern form factor with borderless edges, physical home button allowing for more usable screen, Samsung Pay, & stylus. That's a lot of features the note 7 has over the V20!!!!
    01-03-2017 12:29 PM
  18. blackhawk77#WN's Avatar
    Used Nexus 6P until S8/N8 is released.
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    01-03-2017 01:34 PM
  19. Morty2264's Avatar
    Used Nexus 6P until S8/N8 is released.
    Excellent choice! I still think the Nexus 6P is one of the best phones out there.
    01-03-2017 05:05 PM
  20. amyf27's Avatar
    I had an option finally to get a Note 5 and love it. I still have my S7edge thru tmobile jumo on demand so I'll use that to get into the Note 8 or possibly s8 depending.
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    01-03-2017 06:12 PM
  21. donm527's Avatar
    Well, about 2 months after saying I'd wait 4, I think I have an Android phone to hold me over until I see the official Note 8 release in 2017 H2...

    I have a Sapphire Black 32gb S6... and lucky it didn't cost me a thing.

    Felt like a long road lol... I was going to wait until February for S8 announcement but when I heard the release date was pushed back to April, I decided I wasn't going to wait any longer for the S8 news or the mythical Note 8.

    My choice at that time was between the Galaxy S7 Edge and the OnePlus 3T... and if I were to spend full retail on a phone... my choice would have been (still is) the OnePlus 3T. Comparing dollar to dollar, the 3T specs, build and UI/performance can hang with the best of the flagships. Pixel sounds cool but I just can't wrap my arms around that price when it didn't look premium even though probably best pure Android experience.

    BUT... through my company I have access, with my bosses blessing, to any of our line numbers eligible for upgrade and buy a phone at contract price as long as I pay for the upgrade myself... so that means I can get a S7 for $199 and a S7 Edge for $299... Now you compare the S7 Edge for $299 and a 3T for $400+... the S7 is the better phone with best camera, screen, water resistance. And at $299 I could afford to spend that much loosely and then consider spending the money on the Note 8 if it really existed next year. I could get an LG V20 for about $350 at subsidized price and think the V20 is nice but not at that price subsidized compared to S7 Edge. Of course this is all my opinion and logic to my decision. Also, even though the 3T might have a purer/faster UI experience, I just got into playing with Android Studio so I wanted acess to the extra Edge features to play with.

    I had decided this a couple of weeks ago and all set to buy... but the AT&T commercial site to access our account and order the upgrade had locked out the S7 Edge as an option!! UGH! The consumer site didn't have any restriction so I'm guessing they were controlling inventory during Christmas season :/ Same thing happened to me the day I wanted to buy the Note 7... they announced the recall. Maybe the phone gods were trying to tell me something lol.

    So today I am thinking all restrictions should be lifted on corporate upgrade on S7 Edges and ready to buy... and I find out my wifes company has a S6 available... They used it in their lab when it first came out to test their company app and never used it since and no longer in the system.

    So... I have a practically new S6 I think should tie me over through S8 release and hopefully Note 8 release and then see if I want to buy any of those phones... or whatever flagship phone may surprise us... OnePlus 4T? Pixel2? And still have my iPhone 6 I've had since my LG died.

    Not sure if people will find my long story/decision process interesting but that's what I'm doing in the meantime. Hope everyone else finds a happy solution or able to wait it out... now I can wait it out for the rest of the year. Good luck all.

    I said the Note 7 was the absolute biggest phone I'd consider buying... but not getting a chance to buy one and really wanting to play with a Note with S-Pen... I'm considering a Note 5.

    Otherwise there really isn't another Android that excites me so if I don't get a Note 5 in hopes of it holding me over til the next Note type phone, I will probably wait the 4 months and see the S8 lineup. If the S8 has the look of the Note 7 and some of the features carried over to the S8 to make me not care about the S-pen then, then I'll probably go with that.

    In meantime I have a iPhone 6 borrowed from work to give me time.
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    01-03-2017 06:55 PM
  22. Morty2264's Avatar
    Well, about 2 months after saying I'd wait 4, I think I have an Android phone to hold me over until I see the official Note 8 release in 2017 H2...

    I have a Sapphire Black 32gb S6... and lucky it didn't cost me a thing.

    Felt like a long road lol... I was going to wait until February for S8 announcement but when I heard the release date was pushed back to April, I decided I wasn't going to wait any longer for the S8 news or the mythical Note 8.

    My choice at that time was between the Galaxy S7 Edge and the OnePlus 3T... and if I were to spend full retail on a phone... my choice would have been (still is) the OnePlus 3T. Comparing dollar to dollar, the 3T specs, build and UI/performance can hang with the best of the flagships. Pixel sounds cool but I just can't wrap my arms around that price when it didn't look premium even though probably best pure Android experience.

    BUT... through my company I have access, with my bosses blessing, to any of our line numbers eligible for upgrade and buy a phone at contract price as long as I pay for the upgrade myself... so that means I can get a S7 for $199 and a S7 Edge for $299... Now you compare the S7 Edge for $299 and a 3T for $400+... the S7 is the better phone with best camera, screen, water resistance. And at $299 I could afford to spend that much loosely and then consider spending the money on the Note 8 if it really existed next year. I could get an LG V20 for about $350 at subsidized price and think the V20 is nice but not at that price subsidized compared to S7 Edge. Of course this is all my opinion and logic to my decision. Also, even though the 3T might have a purer/faster UI experience, I just got into playing with Android Studio so I wanted acess to the extra Edge features to play with.

    I had decided this a couple of weeks ago and all set to buy... but the AT&T commercial site to access our account and order the upgrade had locked out the S7 Edge as an option!! UGH! The consumer site didn't have any restriction so I'm guessing they were controlling inventory during Christmas season :/ Same thing happened to me the day I wanted to buy the Note 7... they announced the recall. Maybe the phone gods were trying to tell me something lol.

    So today I am thinking all restrictions should be lifted on corporate upgrade on S7 Edges and ready to buy... and I find out my wifes company has a S6 available... They used it in their lab when it first came out to test their company app and never used it since and no longer in the system.

    So... I have a practically new S6 I think should tie me over through S8 release and hopefully Note 8 release and then see if I want to buy any of those phones... or whatever flagship phone may surprise us... OnePlus 4T? Pixel2? And still have my iPhone 6 I've had since my LG died.

    Not sure if people will find my long story/decision process interesting but that's what I'm doing in the meantime. Hope everyone else finds a happy solution or able to wait it out... now I can wait it out for the rest of the year. Good luck all.
    I enjoyed reading your post! Glad you are happy with your S6 - it's a great device!
    01-04-2017 10:23 AM
  23. memphisboy's Avatar
    I returned to my S6 Edge + , which gives me that Note 7 feel and size minus the pen. Instead of returning my Note 7 to Verizon, I sent it in to Samsung and have a $850 check being sent to me.....So the wait begins for the S8/N8
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    01-05-2017 05:52 PM
  24. ScottRx82's Avatar
    I've been using Package disabler, BK Blocker, and the N7 Alliance shield app(can't have too many ways to stay protected lol). Still going strong with 100% battery and no updates! Just hoping to stay update free until the N8
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    01-15-2017 08:55 AM
  25. segujer's Avatar
    Galaxy Note 8...
    Best alternative.....
    no other
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    01-21-2017 03:54 PM
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