S23 Regrets

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If it wasn't for the fact that I wanted a better backup phone than the S7 which is waaaaay outdated and slow and my least favorite S series I ever owned and next year the S7 probably wouldn't be able to be traded in, the S23 would be an easy pass. I'm not even impressed with the battery life compared to my S22Ultra which was always great but that can possibly change after the phone settles in and optimizes itself. My favorite thing about it is the feel in the hand which is a surprise since I always thought that I liked more curved phones than square. I'll probably keep the S23Ultra and send in the S7 as the trade and my S22Ultra will then become my new backup. I really haven't had time to play with the S23 anyway...
 

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Regerts have diminished. I absolutely love it. It's almost set up as I like. I guess at first it was buyer's remorse but I'm good now.

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Haven't even had it 24 hours yet but so far only regret is spending some of my $150 credit on the Samsung clear and the gadget case LOL Good googly boogly, man ... the things are dang near impossible to get off!! Feel like I'm either going to snap the phone or case in two*

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Haven't even had it 24 hours yet but so far only regret is spending some of my $150 credit on the Samsung clear and the gadget case LOL Good googly boogly, man ... the things are dang near impossible to get off!! Feel like I'm either going to snap the phone or case in two*

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Yes and doesn't provide much protection. I like the frame case, but it has sharp edges. My favorite case from Samsung so far is the silicone case. It's very soft to the touch. The only thing I dislike is that it covers the color of the phone lol.

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Yes and doesn't provide much protection. I like the frame case, but it has sharp edges. My favorite case from Samsung so far is the silicone case. It's very soft to the touch. The only thing I dislike is that it covers the color of the phone lol.

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Same thoughts on the silicone case. I also got the S-View Wallet which I am enjoying more than I thought I would ... but the flap will likely get old. May use it as my work case as my phone stays in my picket 90% of the day; the added screen protection will be good piece of mind

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Haven't even had it 24 hours yet but so far only regret is spending some of my $150 credit on the Samsung clear and the gadget case LOL Good googly boogly, man ... the things are dang near impossible to get off!! Feel like I'm either going to snap the phone or case in two*

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Lol!!! Same and only regret here. Already posted both the cases I got on Mercari and just ordered a UAG.

Phone is a beast!

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Haven't even had it 24 hours yet but so far only regret is spending some of my $150 credit on the Samsung clear and the gadget case LOL Good googly boogly, man ... the things are dang near impossible to get off!! Feel like I'm either going to snap the phone or case in two*

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I swore I'd NEVER put that clear case on again once I got it off. I tried removing it according to Samsungs instructional video, and it's still too difficult. If the matte on the frame can be scratched, that's the case to do it.
 

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Yes and doesn't provide much protection. I like the frame case, but it has sharp edges. My favorite case from Samsung so far is the silicone case. It's very soft to the touch. The only thing I dislike is that it covers the color of the phone lol.

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Ditto this. Samsungs clear is trash! Lol. The burgundy silicone has become my daily driver on the S22U, so I ordered the lavender for the S23U. Ringke clear case when I wanna see the graphite, and lavender since that was my 2nd color choice. Win/win.
 

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Why not just subscribe to a streaming service like Youtube Music? I gave up ripping CDs and copying MP3s to my phones back after the S7 and just stream everything now.

Streaming isn't effective for everyone. These are old debates.

--Apart from cost (why exactly do I have to pay? The local directory is free), it is hardly comprehensive if you have broad tastes (I also like lots of classical and French language and I'll bet you some things won't be there), but that's hardly the big issue.

--Most importantly--streaming doesn't actually work everywhere. I travel a lot. I've greatly enjoyed streaming while driving around remote areas of Virginia. That is, I enjoyed it cutting out constantly, but not actually working well. Then, there's international travel. Streaming doesn't work so well on 3g on the streets of Mont St. Michel. Airplanes are a flip of a coin. Sometimes there is a good answer and a cost effective one, sometimes not.

Maybe one day we will have universal success in streaming access for nominal fees--in fact, I predict we will--but that day is not today. The easiest and simplest thing is to have my data local.

--Then, there is the situation I just mentioned. Every phone setup is going to be hours more now for me with every new upgrade. Which is another good reason not to upgrade often. The SD card just popped in. All set up in seconds. 90 seconds to pop a card in, or buy a streaming service so Samsung can continue to keep selling me the same old hard drive space with every upgrade and I can pay a streaming service to deliver music I already own. Hard choice.:D Oh, and now I'm spending hours backing up the internal HDD of the phone for data. I never had to do that before either. The SD card was the backup.

--Then, I wonder how many will choose modest storage thinking they don't need much--maybe they have streaming--and then find with the super HD video and hi res pictures, it is hard for them to store much and have much room left.

I had everything worked out just fine until Samsung decided to get greedy. As a result, I upgraded to a 23 rather than a 22, my normal every-two cycle. I expect my next upgrade will be to a 27 rather than a 25. Unless SD cards come back. I hope that works for Samsung. It's not working for me and I will be looking to expanding upgrade cycles as much as I can. I'd also be interested in any competitor that brought the cards back. There was a time when Samsung made a splash doing things like that. I guess it's old and tired now, too busy imitating Apple to care.
 
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I swore I'd NEVER put that clear case on again once I got it off. I tried removing it according to Samsungs instructional video, and it's still too difficult. If the matte on the frame can be scratched, that's the case to do it.

There's an instructional video? It is ridiculously difficult to remove.
 

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I swore I'd NEVER put that clear case on again once I got it off. I tried removing it according to Samsungs instructional video, and it's still too difficult. If the matte on the frame can be scratched, that's the case to do it.
Yep ... already have the trusty Rinke Fusion on the way.

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Why not just subscribe to a streaming service like Youtube Music? I gave up ripping CDs and copying MP3s to my phones back after the S7 and just stream everything now.
Sony are still using memory card slots.

Xperia 1 IV for you my friend

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--Most importantly--streaming doesn't actually work everywhere. I travel a lot. I've greatly enjoyed streaming while driving around remote areas of Virginia. That is, I enjoyed it cutting out constantly, but not actually working well. Then, there's international travel. Streaming doesn't work so well on 3g on the streets of Mont St. Michel. Airplanes are a flip of a coin. Sometimes there is a good answer and a cost effective one, sometimes not.

All the streaming services I've used has a download option. Download your music and you have it everywhere you go and not use data.


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All the streaming services I've used has a download option. Download your music and you have it everywhere you go and not use data.

Thanks for the workaround, but there are flaws to streaming services that mean that I don't ever intend to use a streaming service as a main go-to, even with downloading. Not everything will be available. You have to manage what gets downloaded and deleted. There are also limits to how much you can download. My onboard collection dwarfs what Spotify would allow by a large factor. "Taking your music offline is super useful for listening on the go without eating up your data allowance or if you're going into dead zones." So says Spotify. Why, it's almost like having an SD card! (But not as good and you have to keep paying for it.)

Just before the pandemic, I was walking around Italy and passed a theater. I caught a few chords of an old song from an old movie. I felt like playing it and the soundtrack. I did. No streaming or downloading needed. Self indulgent? Sure. But it was a minor indulgence until Samsung decided it had to downgrade the Galaxy series. I buy high end phones to make myself happy, not frustrated. I like being happy.:cool: I don't see why Samsung should make me unhappy.

At best, streaming even with downloading, if it did everything I want, also means that I pay, say, Spotify $120 yearly to listen to music I already own and should therefore be able to access for free. Which I've been able to do for the last decade+. Thanks Samsung!
 

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or buy a streaming service so Samsung can continue to keep selling me the same old hard drive space with every upgrade and I can pay a streaming service to deliver music I already own. Hard choice.:D

You're not just paying for music that you already own, you're getting an infinite amount of other music that you don't already own and every new release added as time goes on. Another advantage is that you have your same playlists and music synced on every device that you own, PC, phone, tablet, etc. Imagine having to copy and update playlists manually on every single device that you own, that would really take a long time and probably be impossible to do. I can jump onto my tablet and all of the songs that I added and playlists that I modified or created automatically added on every other device that I own automatically synced across all devices. I only pay $7.99 for Youtube music (grandfathered in from the Google Play Music preview) and that includes Youtube premium, I think that's a very fair price for unlimited music streaming and Youtube Premium.

One type of digital subscription that I loathe is subscription based software like Adobe products. I absolutely will not subscribe to software.
 

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You're not just paying for music that you already own, you're getting an infinite amount of other music that you don't already own and every new release added as time goes on. Another advantage is that you have your same playlists and music synced on every device that you own, PC, phone, tablet, etc. Imagine having to copy and update playlists manually on every single device that you own, that would really take a long time and probably be impossible to do. I can jump onto my tablet and all of the songs that I added and playlists that I modified or created automatically added on every other device that I own automatically synced across all devices. I only pay $7.99 for Youtube music (grandfathered in from the Google Play Music preview) and that includes Youtube premium, I think that's a very fair price for unlimited music streaming and Youtube Premium.

One type of digital subscription that I loathe is subscription based software like Adobe products. I absolutely will not subscribe to software.

I've been very anti SD, but I see the other side here. The person already said they can't find a lot of their music on streaming, which from my experience is fair. Plus they don't necessarily listen to much new music... if you just want to listen to music you already have, streaming services are just old rope.

Also, I'm happy that you got a good grandfathered deal, but it's not really much of a selling point to those of us without access to a time machine.. I mean, obviously I DO have access to one. but not everyone is as fluent in temporal mechanics as I am. And last time I lent it to someone they let a troup of Visigoths smash all the windows and rip up the upholstery.

All that said, the base model for a pre-order was 512GB, which to me does seem like enough. and now that the data is on the phone and properly formatted, it won't happen again. Any future new device should just copy it across.

What I would do is buy a NAS and make my own cloud! (this is where I would insert a reference about Vender getting kicked out of Lunar Park, but people wouldn't get it and then I'd be in trouble. If you know it, you know it.)
 

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