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GrayG879
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7/5/2014 | 8:50:05 AM
Cell Reception Issues
You didn't mention weather or not the two phones you tested in Vermont were on the same carrier or not.

I have noticed that Korean Androids (Samsung and HTC) seem to get consistently good reception in direct comparison (same location same carier) to Chinese phones (Huawei and ZTE). Google could put more quality control restrictions on the manufacturers reception (but probably will not)

Then there is the added complication that the cells themselves (towers not phone) are in a constant state of change.

I recently had an experience that demonstrates this. I live in a community that has a T-Mobile Tower 3 miles away. The terrain is absolutely flat, no hills no tall buildings, I can actually see the T-Mobile Tower from my house with a pair of binoculars. For the past 10 years T-Mobile has had great reception here. 1G, 2G, 3G...I recently discovered that this tower had been upgraded to 4G just about the time that the T-Mobile service here went from excellent to non existent. We ended up having T-Mobile buy out our contracts becasue we simply could not get service.

I'm wondering if the companies that own the towers and rent them out to the carriers are just doing a poor job of maintaining equipment capable of running all the different tecnologies, 2G, 3G, 4G, LTE etc..
anon8423447454
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anon8423447454,
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7/5/2014 | 10:17:35 AM
switch to cloud computing model, ala chrome o/s
Frankly, and i think its the elephant in the room, "apps" suck...they suck time to install, maintain, they suck battery bigtime, they suck security, and they suck the life out of a smooth, uninterupted predictable latest version phone experience.
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7/5/2014 | 10:46:53 AM
None of these is what I want most
As a business user, in a fast-paced communications environment, the one feature I desperately miss is the ability to control the volume of the separate notifications. I get "paged" at night, but I don't want to hear every email come in, just in case I get a page. Even my Blackberry, from the better part of a decade ago, had this ability. There are apps that you can get that can allow this sort of thing, but I feel that it should be a basic part of the operating system. I would love to have the option of either using the default setting, or configuring a custom volume for each text and email account.
JayA591
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7/5/2014 | 11:12:35 AM
Re: None of these is what I want most
The calendar could use many improvements.
imdoody
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imdoody,
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7/5/2014 | 12:02:06 PM
WebOS
I do really miss Palm's webos. So intuitive and clean. Too bad HP had to go and screw it all up and ruin one of the few things it had going for them. But maybe it's for the best. HP shouldn't be making software anyways it's just awful.
PaulS681
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7/5/2014 | 12:24:46 PM
Knox
Knox is a great name for securing data. I'm wondering how this works. Is one of it's featues to allow the buisness side to be wiped if needed without touching the personal data? This was one of the major issues with BYOD.
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7/5/2014 | 12:27:10 PM
Re: WebOS
Palm OS could only do about 5% of what a modern OS can do.

 

What you're saying is equivalent to: I really miss DOS.  It was so simple and powerful.  Well, yes, it was...but try to browse a website with a commandline interface.

 

Palm OS had it's point in time but the OS does a lot more now.

 

And don't worry about HP.  WIth Meg at the helm they might not be making much of anything anymore.  I even heard a rumor that there was a "Buy it now" option on the whole R&D department.  And the Printers division has an un-official "make best offer."

 

Sad...was a great company at one time.
PaulS681
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7/5/2014 | 12:41:01 PM
Biometrics
I agree biometrics is something that needs to be incorporated into phones. I'm not sure how fast that will happen though. Are there any reports on how many people take advantage of the fingerprint scan on the 5s?

I have one and do not use it.
PaulS681
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7/5/2014 | 12:46:20 PM
Siri
I look at Siri as a "cool" feature but not a must have. I actually don't use her, or it I should say. There are better things to improve upon before adding a voice assistant I think.
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7/5/2014 | 12:46:57 PM
deny individual permissions
You missed the most important one, disallowing individual permissions. Specifically, I'd like to disallow the push abilities of certain apps. iOS does this and it is VERY handy. You guys should do a better poll before you start spouting off like know-it-alls.
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