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Aug 17, 2015
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There are lots of times that my friends ask me(as the tech guy in the group) which phone brands to ignore and which are "good". Most of the times my answer is that every phone is good, as long as you take care of it. There are brands that have better product quality than others, but we all know that most of the phones are made in China nowadays. Anyway, the brands I mostly "support" in terms of quality are:
Sony (not so much though)

What do you think about my preferences? And what are yours?
Nov 30, 2015
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So far I only had phones and smartphones from Nokia (3310 ad them the X2) and Motorola (currently Moto G 4G), and those were built like tanks and the software was decent.
Out of those you mentioned I only don't really like Samsung, mostly because of software, hardware wise they are alright.
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I curently own an HTC M7 with a custom insert coin rom and a 5X volume boost mod/ an IFI Ican Nano portable amp/ and Skullcandy Crusher headphones xD but I heard motoX has great voice commands, LG is spot on also.
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Nov 20, 2006
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I had good experiences with my previous LG and ZTE phones. My Samsung Galaxy S4... well, the phone is nice, but the battery is fubar. I can't really blame Samsung for that, everybody gets bad stuff sometimes.

I find it's more about the phone in particular you're looking at than the brand in general. I look for a phone with... options. I want to be able to root my phone, flash custom ROMs, etc.
Feb 24, 2009
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I have owned many different brands of tablets and phones but in the end it is always the Apple products that just work perfect all the time for me.

I currently own:
Two Amazon Fire tablets
Two ipads (Gen1 and Gen3)
One Asus Transformer
One Windows tablet
three ipones (5s, 6s, 6+) daughter, wife and me.

Ive owned much more but I'm done buying windows and droid phones/tablets. I'll stick with what works best for me and my family which is iphone and ipad.


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Feb 27, 2006
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Ive owned much more but I'm done buying windows and droid phones/tablets. I'll stick with what works best for me and my family which is iphone and ipad.
Aye if you invest the whole family in them they work really well.

Sony. I'm looking for a new phone as the Z3 definitely is on its way out. It has survived a shocking amount of catastrophic drops and general abuse without missing a beat. It's just sad the camera in the XZ is not as good as the competition, so I'll likely go for a Galaxy S7 (would have gone with a LG G5 but I can't afford to buy a phone in cash so I just sign away my soul to the carrier for another two years and the Galaxy S7 and XZ is cheaper right now so it is between those two).
Aug 16, 2016
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I would avoid Apple (iPhone) because it's ridiculously overpriced garbage. It's optimized better than most Androids, but it's also extremely limited and the best "privacy invader" on the market.

Pretty much any phone with a price tag of over 350 € is overpriced and those over 400 € cannot be rationally justified, regardless of the brand.
Anyways, Lenovo, HTC, Elephone, Sony, Xiaomi, Meizu, Iuni, Umi, Prestigio are the brands I prefer. For me, the ultimate goal when buying a smartphone is to be relatively powerful with reasonable price and, of course, nice looking/pretty.
Sep 17, 2014
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Top brands for me:

Sony (to a lesser degree)

Never ever brands / never again:

Microsoft / Lumia / WP
Samsung (touchwiz needs to die)

Still hanging on to my old LG NEXUS 5, and it is still going strong, no desire or need for anything else so far. Development on mobile has stalled ever since, there is literally nothing I need in a phone of the past four years. Best of all, I got mine second-hand for 200 eur and it still receives updates @ stock Android. Awesome stuff.
Dec 6, 2005
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So far I only had phones and smartphones from Nokia (3310 ad them the X2) and Motorola (currently Moto G 4G), and those were built like tanks and the software was decent.
Out of those you mentioned I only don't really like Samsung, mostly because of software, hardware wise they are alright.
Switched from a Motorola Razr Maxx HD to a Samsung S7. I miss the Motorola mostly for battery life but also software and interface. The Samsung has a great camera and is fsster but that's about the only plusses for me. Surprising, since that Moto dates back to 2012
Jun 1, 2006
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I am currently rocking the junk drawer backup phone Nokia 6600i.
My Samsung Galaxy S5 has met with it`s untimely demise.
I never really had much love for that phone anyway.. sooo,
What do you all think of Huawei?
What do you know of the Kirin SOC`s as opposed to a snapdragons?
Yes I am looking around myself, This post is more to seek your opinion on the matter than a lack of reference material.
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Dec 21, 2008
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Benchmark Scores not benching anymore...
I just like the way they did software and battery optimizations,
updates are fast too

I like Samsung hardware, not so much about the OS though


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My favorite is: iPhone, nearly perfect except for its high price.

Samsung build great phone with amazing hardware but the software really sucks.
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I never considered Xiaomi, but then I talked with few guys on a local forum and fell in love with Xiaomi Mi5. It's a 255€ piece of perfection. Literally everything about it is perfect. The looks, the feel, the performance, even MIUI is almost perfect. And for the price, I could hardly ask for a better device. Mi6 is a step higher, but I didn't feel like paying 450€ for it at the moment. But again, for the price, it makes the likes of Galaxy S8 or even iPhone to shame.

I hope Xiaomi will stick with their current design philosophy and prices. If they do, they will have me as a regular customer.
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Never had LG so cant say.

I like samsung for its durability. I had S2 until I get S7. So 5 yrs is more than enough and besides, it is slowing down with newest apps.

Nevertheless Ive been an Samsung fan :)

I never like apple for the reason that its overpriced and cant do much costumization.

Thinking about getting a chinese phone in the future as they are now competing in the market.
May 13, 2006
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Windows PC's and Windows phones for me. Microsoft Lumia 640 with Windows 10 has been serving me well. Hatters gonna hate, but Win 10 is good. To heck with crApple.
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still samsung, got xiaomi but she is in coma after restart
i want to try lenovo but here the distributor looks like kinda lazy to put any new release
Nov 3, 2013
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Windows PC's and Windows phones for me. Microsoft Lumia 640 with Windows 10 has been serving me well. Hatters gonna hate, but Win 10 is good. To heck with crApple.
I have a 640 as well.
With every Win update the system got worse and worse. I haven't encountered so much bugs even in Windows ME. It's so bad currently I had to switch to Xiami Redmi 4 Prime. Everything got at least 3 times faster.
Not to mention that now I have all the important apps I need in Japan, which are non existent on WP10.
Also most of the apps ran much MUCH better/faster on 8.1.
Going from WP 8.1 to 10 felt like going from desktop Windows 7 to 8 (the first one with the crappy Start). It's that bad.

To stay on topic

The Xiaomi I'm currently running is amazing. High-end build quality for $200 is simply unmatched. The system is great and runs fast, although it's Android 6.something.
And this is coming from someone who hates Android as an OS.


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Jul 19, 2006
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For phones, I like Apple (6s plus is perfect for me). With tablets, I'm not too picky as long as the resolution is good and it has 2 GB+ of RAM.
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each brand seem to have there good and bad. im not into phones that much like others but I do enjoy playing around with a bit.

  • Apple make a good flowing quick OS untill your device becomes old, eg iPhone 4S on iOS 6 runs super fast, update it to iOS 9 turns into a snail when two or more apps are running. Also Apple phones break or crack there screens soooooo often.
  • Andriod was slow in early days but has come along way since then and now in my eyes almost as smooth as apple, good bye flash!! Also rooting an older Andriod phone breaths knew life into it like my Galaxy S2 4G.
  • I like my samsung phones becuase of buttom placement and ease of use. That been said I love my old S2 as it was such a tank of a phone but the 3 was terrible for breaking and so is the S8. S7 just looks like a iPhone. my current S5 mini is good but could be better. Running slow just refresh the OS and off it goes again.
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6S Plus seems perfect except for its battery issue.
I never had it (fingers crossed), but if I'm not mistaken, one of the latest iOS updates fixed it.
Aug 3, 2011
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For phones, I like Apple (6s plus is perfect for me).
My iPhone 6+ screen basically went silly on me and was doing shit I didn't want it to do. Phone was about 2½ years old. Warranty ran out. Kinda sucked. Bloody expensive phone and they tell me I need a new one :rolleyes:. Mind you my misses got one (6+) at the same time and hers is still going strong.

My iPhone 4s before that was pretty good. I gave it to my old boy and its still going.

My current iPhone 7+ seems to be ok atm, but just waiting for it to fault because of the 6+ issue.

My 6+ did over heat one day when I left it in the sun so not sure that had something to do with it going faulty. If my 7+ fucks up I'm gona take a holiday from apple but wouldn't know where to start with another company...
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