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progman2000
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12/23/2015 | 1:48:36 PM
Samsung Fan here, went with the Note 5 this year though...
Had the Galaxy 6S in my hand, and it just looked too small compared the the Note II I was used to.  Love the Note 5 though - hard to imagine there is a more beautiful screen on the market.
Susan Fourtané
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12/24/2015 | 6:31:07 AM
Re: Samsung Fan here, went with the Note 5 this year though...
progman, 

I would say the iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6 have a more beautiful screen. :) 

-Susan
JoshauCouture
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12/24/2015 | 7:25:00 AM
Re: Samsung Fan here, went with the Note 5 this year though...
I would also go for Apple 6 series as they are always front runner in smart phone industry. Every other company always try to copy from Apple while claiming to be unique. Furthermore Apple product's body and design is also better than its rivals.
yalanand
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12/26/2015 | 12:49:04 PM
Re: Samsung Fan here, went with the Note 5 this year though...
@Joshua: You should probably try out the Note 5 and see why Samsung is so popular. That phone is extremely usable. It makes life easier by just having the S Pen.
progman2000
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12/27/2015 | 8:24:42 PM
Re: Samsung Fan here, went with the Note 5 this year though...
I got both of my kids iPhone 6Ss for Christmas. They are beautiful phones and have a great form factor. Still wouldn't trade it for the Galaxy Note 5 thought. Not. In. A. Million. Years.
SachinEE
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12/29/2015 | 10:44:22 PM
Re: Samsung Fan here, went with the Note 5 this year though...
The IPhone 6S is an amazing phone. Better than the previous versions of IPhone. Thank god they went for the bigger screen. I hate sub 5inch iPhone models. Also the 3D touch was nice, but I would trade functionality with beauty and niceness. Surprisingly my design vote goes to the LG V10 and the Nexus 6P. They look so powerful.
yalanand
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12/26/2015 | 12:52:46 PM
Re: Samsung Fan here, went with the Note 5 this year though...
@Progman: Using the Note 5 was a treat. I have really liked and owned the Note 4. But the Note 5 was simply an awesome experience. It's so beautiful and neatly packed to make the core features more usable. The best part? Continuous screenshots !!
progman2000
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progman2000,
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12/27/2015 | 8:25:56 PM
Re: Samsung Fan here, went with the Note 5 this year though...
It is a gorgeous phone for sure. They made such subtle differences to the form factor but it's usability went up 200% from the Note 2. It's so weird. And there is no way I can go with a smaller screen now!
SachinEE
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12/29/2015 | 10:39:23 PM
Re: Samsung Fan here, went with the Note 5 this year though...
@progman2000: The form and functionality was a major hit for Samsung. They made the new design and knew how the public would find the new design usable when the S6 series of phones were in beta testing. Samsung really caters for their fans from time to time.
SachinEE
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12/29/2015 | 10:41:48 PM
Re: Samsung Fan here, went with the Note 5 this year though...
@Yalanand: The Note 5 was awesome indeed, but the camera performance fell sharply below the Galaxy S6. What I didn't like with the Galaxy S6 was how less its battery size was. Lesser than the S5. Granted it has fast charging but so what? You cannot carry the charger everywhere can you?
mak63
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12/24/2015 | 11:50:56 PM
top 5
Aren't you guys tired of hear Apple vs Samsung all the time? I'm glad to see some new names in the competition, like Huawei and Motorola for a change. What happens to HTC though, not in the top 5?
yalanand
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12/26/2015 | 12:50:51 PM
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HTC needs to bump up its game. The HTC UI feels so one dimensional and boring. No wonder they are not in any top 5 list.
progman2000
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12/27/2015 | 8:29:13 PM
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This - it was really the HTC UI that killed it for me. Although some of their hardware looked very nice!
SachinEE
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12/29/2015 | 10:33:06 PM
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@progman: Yes. The HTC Sense is it is cluttered with unnecessary design changes that don't suit the needs. But I hear their HTC UI will take a major turn at the newest M10 showcase.
progman2000
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12/30/2015 | 6:57:31 AM
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Very interested to see the new HTC UI, and I in no way feel obligated to Samsung (although techinically I guess I kind of am for the next 22 months now...)
progman2000
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12/27/2015 | 8:27:51 PM
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I wanted to like the HTC and the Motorolla when i did my upgrade. I actually went to a physical VZW store (gasp) and held each one. Right now nothing held a candle to the Samsung (or iphone is you like them). I'm sure that changes month to month though and the other vendors will be launching competing flagship phones.
mak63
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12/27/2015 | 11:58:55 PM
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I'm sure that changes month to month though and the other vendors will be launching competing flagship phones.

Well, we have to wait for MWC 2016 for that. I love those shows.

And about HTC, I read that it will present the M10 there. Let's see if the company can regain some ground with it.
SachinEE
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12/29/2015 | 10:31:33 PM
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@Mak63: HTC reported a sales hike after they introduced the M9. Handsets like A9 are also helping to move around HTC in a forward direction. HTCs UI is just plain boring. Yes a scrolling down menu isn't all that popular, but Google has popularized it with their Google Launchers. But HTCs look unpalatable because of their UI design and representation.
SachinEE
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12/29/2015 | 10:36:30 PM
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@Progman: I really liked Moto Turbo. Other than that I don't really like the design in Motorola phones. Its 2015 for God's sake. Don't make the designs look like they are smartphone from 2005.
progman2000
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12/30/2015 | 6:58:32 AM
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Some of those Moto designs never go out of fashion though. I know I still have a Startac floating around in my garage somewhere :)


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