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Old March 19th, 2012, 11:38 AM   #251 (permalink)
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I wouldn't commit myself to 3 personally.. Everytime I hear people talk about it, it's always negative. Just puts me off.
FWIW I've been with 3 for four years now and have always found them to be awesome. Had one time last October where the reception and 3g signal directly around my house died for about 4/5 days but they kept me updated the whole time it was down and knocked a tenner off my monthly bill for the inconvenience.

In terms of getting 3g/HSDPA signal it's easily the best network imo. I have friends on O2, Vodafone, Orange etc and I get signal in places where they can't get any at all. Was in Manchester a while back and my friend on O2 had no 3g signal the whole night....in a city centre ffs! The only places I've been completely without signal is some of the really rural villages in the middle of nowhere (annoyingly I work in such a place)...but 95% of the time I'm good to go.

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Removable battery and media (or lack of)
Oh thats not bad then! 32gb is more than enough for me. there is a way to get the battery out too
Xperia S battery can be changed if you really need to | Xperia Blog
not particularly straight forward tho.

Hard resets are:

The process is holding the volume UP and the power key at the same time

5 seconds > Restart phone

10 seconds > Shutdown phone.

don;t know if this give a proper "battery pull" tho?
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FWIW I've been with 3 for four years now and have always found them to be awesome. Had one time last October where the reception and 3g signal directly around my house died for about 4/5 days but they kept me updated the whole time it was down and knocked a tenner off my monthly bill for the inconvenience.
To be fair to 3 my wife and daughter lost complete signal for three weeks in the new year, storms borked 3 of the antennas in the area, they were refunded 3 weeks line rental, but we had to go the shop to speak to someone who spoke english.
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Just want an HTC Desire with twice the memory and better battery; use a 32GB micro card - do not want to change that. Not interested in high quality camera; have DLSR and many lenses.

Don't want/need larger screen; have 50" plasma and hifi if I really want quality sound and vision - on the road just need basic sound/vision.
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Wife and daughter are both on 3. signal round me (west cumbria) is generally pretty good, not quiite as strong as Orange tho,.
BUT, big BUT 3 Customer service is absolutely AWFUL!
I have to stand up for 3 here lol

I have had the need to call customer service many, many times and apart from the odd rep with dodgy english I have found them to be great.

From network issues at the start of my contract to recent repair issues they have been courteous and helpful and I have never had to wait more than 2 or 3mins before speaking to someone. I also have found that they are fond off knocking fivers off your bill lol - I rang up to see if they had any plans to upgrade the network in my home area and they knocked a fiver of the monthly tariff, I was only enquiring and not complaining lol as I knew it was 2g at home but I have a good 3g signal at work where I need it

On the repair side of things they are lethal, in a good way.
1) Phone dropped = screen not turning on. Phoned Tues, received jiffy bag Wed, sent on Thurs afternoon, phone back fixed on Saturday

2) Phone bounced down stairs = broken screen. Chanced arm for a warranty repair. Phoned Mon, jiffy on Tues, sent on Wed, received letter on Sat saying warranty wouldn't cover it but a charge of 30 would fix screen and faulty motherboard!! Cheap or what? I rang on Mon morning and phone came back on Tuesday.

Excellent customer service in my experience coupled with an awesome repair centre, if they had 3g at my home area I would marry them. 20 for 3gb, 500mins and 5000 txts btw.
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I still have one more year left in my contract. (worst decision ever)

The desire seems to run a lot of games just fine, and all the apps I need just fine, so I see no reason to upgrade at this time. Sure it might not be the top dog, but its still quite decent.
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Oooh Sony just released Rom and kernel source for the xperia s. On top of which, they released how to build guides. That's supportive.
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Oooh Sony just released Rom and kernel source for the xperia s. On top of which, they released how to build guides. That's supportive.
Just read that too. Very impressive

My bro just got one and loves it. Its his first real smartphone so looking forward to having a bit of time to really test it!
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Oooh Sony just released Rom and kernel source for the xperia s. On top of which, they released how to build guides. That's supportive.
Apparently atm you can only unlock the bootloader of certain phones, with mine you can, which I'm happy about.
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Tyseh, yet to see your hands-on review.....

Waiting with baited breath...
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Well I've only been able to use the phone as an actual phone for two days now, waited 6 days for Orange to activate my sim.

First impressions :
Big.. It feels a lot bigger and a little awkward to hold at first, slowly getting used to that tho, the bottom corner digs into your hand after prolonged use too.

It's fast.. I thought my Desire was quick but now it seems slow in comparison for example, removing an app on my Desire takes 4-5 seconds. (long time.. Ha)
On this it takes about a second and it's done.
Had no lag what so ever, even when flicking through from camera to messages or the playstation store.
Speaking of the camera..
It is advertised as a 12MP but that is only partially true.

Only has a 12MP in a 4:3 ratio, otherwise it's 9MP.
Photos look beautiful on the phone, on the PC.. Not so great.
Not bad by any respects but not as good as the phone.

Not had any issues with the buttons either like many people mention.

Anything you would like to know?
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Well I've only been able to use the phone as an actual phone for two days now, waited 6 days for Orange to activate my sim.

First impressions :
Big.. It feels a lot bigger and a little awkward to hold at first, slowly getting used to that tho, the bottom corner digs into your hand after prolonged use too.

It's fast.. I thought my Desire was quick but now it seems slow in comparison for example, removing an app on my Desire takes 4-5 seconds. (long time.. Ha)
On this it takes about a second and it's done.
Had no lag what so ever, even when flicking through from camera to messages or the playstation store.
Speaking of the camera..
It is advertised as a 12MP but that is only partially true.

Only has a 12MP in a 4:3 ratio, otherwise it's 9MP.
Photos look beautiful on the phone, on the PC.. Not so great.
Not bad by any respects but not as good as the phone.

Not had any issues with the buttons either like many people mention.

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battery?

Its no surprise they dont look good on displays. Megapixels doesnt really mean anything in picture quality. Its only at massive physical print outs that it would make a difference.

To put it into perspective,

a HD TV = 1920x1080 resolution
1920x1080 = 2073600 Pixels

2073600 Pixels = 2.07 Megapixels

So to look at the photo on a 1080P TV, you're squashing 6 pixels from the photo into 1 pixel on the display.

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I was just talking to my friend about that too, got me all kinds of confused.

The battery so far is pretty good.
I got 25 hours out of it or there about, just texting, odd call, just like my Desires usage but with that I used to get about 18 hours or so.
But bare in mind that was custom rom and underclocked when the screen was off.

Was only around hour 35 with the screen on though, so it's pretty hard to get an average yet.
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What's the UI like?
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Just seen the actual size of the Screen Shot.. (lol)
The UI is pretty much the same as standard Android if I'm honest, I'll post more screenies in a mo.
The speaker is nice,clear, can defiantly tell the difference when in a call.
the Loud speaker is also very nice.
Once again, clear..loud :P

Here you go.

Home Screen, Only thing changed is the wallpaper,everything else is as it's meant to be.

App Drawer

Standard Dialer

Standard Control Widget.

So yeah, like i said everything seems to be like standard Android
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I'm liking this more and more!
Keep checking the sub forum on here and xda to see how well supported it becomes..
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Keep checking the sub forum on here and xda to see how well supported it becomes..
With the source and guide, you could support yourself!!!
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Masssssiivvvvveeee learning curve I'd imagine! Don't have the time for that lol!
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Does sound interesting, but I wouldn't know where to start... Though I guess that's why there's a guide!
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wtf? It's supposed to be a phone not a mini tablet. The Desire is a good size, I'm really not getting this whole 'mines bigger than yours' thing.


One thing the iPhone has right, if you ask me.
While I agree the Desire/iPhone size fits the pocket perfectly so I can sit down with it in my pocket and even drive with it there.
Surfing the web on such a small screen is crap IMHO
All the zooming in and out and scrolling around annoys me so much I no longer use my Desire for web based stuff.
I just use it for apps and the phone.

Bigger is better for media and surfing IMHO.
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While I agree the Desire/iPhone size fits the pocket perfectly so I can sit down with it in my pocket and even drive with it there.
Surfing the web on such a small screen is crap IMHO
All the zooming in and out and scrolling around annoys me so much I no longer use my Desire for web based stuff.
I just use it for apps and the phone.

Bigger is better for media and surfing IMHO.
Yes indeed. Although there must be a reasonable compromise, you can't easily have both
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Yes indeed. Although there must be a reasonable compromise, you can't easily have both
Yup.
It's hard to get the balance between portable and big enough to easily use.
Tablets are perfect for surfing but a real nause to fit in your trouser pocket

And you'd look like Dom Jolly if you tried to use a tablet to make a call hehe
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"i'm in the library!"

"...no... It's crap!
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Another nice phone:
The new waterproof ELUGA by Panasonic



Shame about Dual Core 1GHZ though
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Looks too pointy and sharp for me. Too many right angles! Maybe I'm picky but aesthetics will be going a long way in deciding my next year phone.
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Mine too. Love right angles. Classic
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...although I'm kind of understanding this guy....

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Reckon I could just about get that in my pocket...

Juts looks like a huuuuuuuuuuuge iphone though
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Yeah, I've not heard anything damning about the Note apart from its size. I guess I need to see/play with it in person before I judge but that screen is just too big for me.
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Reckon I could just about get that in my pocket...

Juts looks like a huuuuuuuuuuuge iphone though
My God that's big!

(I bet you don't hear that often )
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My God that's big!

(I bet you don't hear that often )

Well no. I only show it to one person on a regular basist and she knows what to expect. Sometimes the surprise simply wears off.

In regards to the handset, yeah it is big. Screen is awesome. Thought it may be cheaper as its 6 months old, but would have to pay 2 per month for it on 3UK more than the Xperia S. SD slot and removable battery though.

Just looks like a sammy, which is a shame.
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(I bet you don't hear that often )
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hey guys. badly need ur help. can u give the official gingerbread for samsung galaxy mini and the steps on how to upgrade it. thanks
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hey guys. badly need ur help. can u give the official gingerbread for samsung galaxy mini and the steps on how to upgrade it. thanks )
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For anybody in the UK interested in the Note there are a couple of good deals at

Samsung Galaxy Note on Orange Dolphin 26 (24mths) inc. Internet at BuyMobilePhones.net

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Samsung Galaxy Note on Orange Panther 20 (24mths) inc. Internet at BuyMobilePhones.net

I'm guessing there's not enough minutes/data for most on here but would be fine for me as I don't use it as a phone much, it's more for the other functionality. Unfortunately I have a contract with Virgin till July and will have to let this go but does anyone see any reason why it wouldn't be a good deal?
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I just need data and a handful of minutes. Only 3 it seems does it for me.
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Reckon I could just about get that in my pocket...

Juts looks like a huuuuuuuuuuuge iphone though
had hold of one today, it is massive! at least and inch longer and wider that the desire, but it is a little slimmer lol.
I doubt it would fit comfortably in a pocket!
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I have just purchased an Android tablet with an 8" screen, dual core running ICS. It is great for games, especially where you have to be accurate where you touch the screen (games like x construct.)

Is keeping the desire as a phone (as for me it still does all I need it to) and adding a tablet not an option for anyone?
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I have an iPad2 so am currently running a tablet and the Desire. I would possible stick with the Desire if only the memory wasn't so limited. I'm constantly battling to have enough memory. I know I could root but I'm not brave enough. There's also the siren call of a new gadget..................
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I have just purchased an Android tablet with an 8" screen, dual core running ICS. It is great for games, especially where you have to be accurate where you touch the screen (games like x construct.)

Is keeping the desire as a phone (as for me it still does all I need it to) and adding a tablet not an option for anyone?
Not for me. I need one device, always with me. Can't be walking around work with a phone and tablet
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http://www.knowyourmobile.com/comparisons/1297704/htc_one_x_vs_huawei_ascend_d_quad_xl.html

Huawei the lads (for any jordies)

So this Huawei CPU beats both tegra 3 and krait? My god I'd wait til July for that!!
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Huawei the lads (for any jordies)

So this Huawei CPU beats both tegra 3 and krait? My god I'd wait til July for that!!

looks like a beast dan, very samsung-ish, but who are huawei???
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Until recently they've been making budget handsets. They also make things like 3g usb modems and that sort if thing. Been around a while but their new range of devices this year are pretty top end.
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Until recently they've been making budget handsets. They also make things like 3g usb modems and that sort if thing. Been around a while but their new range of devices this year are pretty top end.
had a little peek on the old internet thing yesterday about that phone and read somewhere huawei intend to make the phone 20-50% cheaper than its rivals, so could get a nice price contract maybe?
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Certainly,one to stay open minded about
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Not for me. I need one device, always with me. Can't be walking around work with a phone and tablet

Same here.
Tablets are great laptop replacements but I'm not carrying one around with me and I want one device to remember to charge and pick up when I leave the house in the morning.
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This ascend d quad XL looks awesome. Teh more I watch and read, the more I'm sold on it. 2500 mAh Battery, that appears to be removable, SD card slot, Tegra 3 + S4 beating CPU, 1GB RAM, 4.5 inch display with more DPI than Apple's Retina....

Its not the most exciting looking device, but it looks better in videos than photos, how it reacts with the light.

Waiting with baited breath..... I cant see anything beating this in the next 6 months.
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This ascend d quad XL looks awesome. Teh more I watch and read, the more I'm sold on it. 2500 mAh Battery, that appears to be removable, SD card slot, Tegra 3 + S4 beating CPU, 1GB RAM, 4.5 inch display with more DPI than Apple's Retina....

Its not the most exciting looking device, but it looks better in videos than photos, how it reacts with the light.

Waiting with baited breath..... I cant see anything beating this in the next 6 months.
It's sounding good so far. I'd have it over HTC's offerings. Wonder what the build quality is like?
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