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Old August 2nd, 2012, 02:13 PM   #701 (permalink)
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Specs look pretty good on this one. Has anybody tried a ZTE phone before?

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Here's the lastest rumor/release breakdown:

New Projection/Predictions:
4/22 - Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper
5/15 LTEvo (delayed due to Customs/Apple Injunction)
5/24 LTEvo (Phones finally reaching customers for soft pre-order release at Best Buy w/ Sprint pre-orders and other manufacturers trickling in afterwards)
6/2 - "Official" delayed LTEvo release date as announced by Sprint
6/21- SGS III (delay to 1st weekend of July)
7/1- "Official" delayed SGS III release date as announced by Sprint
7/15 - White LTEvo
8/5, 8/12, 8/19 - MoPhoQ (XT897) ???
9/2, 9/9, 9/16 - LG Cayenne (LS860) ???
- Putting this back in because the rumored specs don't really look like a "mid-range" phone and last week there was a report about it receiving wifi certification.
Sprint’s LG LS860 Cayenne Android ICS smartphone with QWERTY shows up in Wi-Fi certification database Ľ Unwired View
10/14 - ZTE Flash ???
The ZTE Flash has quite the package, heading towards Sprint in Q4?
10/5 - iPhone 5 ???
October - Galaxy Note 2 ???
10/31 - LG Eclipse (LS970) - Rumored release date ???
11/18 - ???

On top of all of this info, keep in mind all of the reports early on in the year about Sprint having a plan for releasing at least 15 LTE devices in 2012. So far, there have been 4 officially released (with the Photon Q in the pipeline). 5 more phones that have been mentioned in rumor, bringing us to 10 phones. There's the Sierra Wireless LTE tri-fi hotspot device.

That leaves 4 more devices. I'd say there's likely to be a Windows Phone that'll be LTE enabled, but aside from that, maybe 3 tablets? Xoom, Galaxy Note 10.1, and HTC?
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Specs look pretty good on this one. Has anybody tried a ZTE phone before?

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ZTE Warp - great call quality, battery life, snappy - very much like a new original Evo minus the front camera and WiMax. (S2 processor instead of S1 like the Evo)

Some in the Warp forum complained about build quality, etc, but I think that they had lemons, honestly.

Also - insanely easy to root.
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ZTE Warp - great call quality, battery life, snappy - very much like a new original Evo minus the front camera and WiMax. (S2 processor instead of S1 like the Evo)

Some in the Warp forum complained about build quality, etc, but I think that they had lemons, honestly.

Also - insanely easy to root.
Thanks, EM. I checked out the Warp forum, since it had the most activity out of all the ZTE sub-forums. Just wasn't sure if it was the best phone to check out, for comparison.
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ZTE Warp - great call quality, battery life, snappy - very much like a new original Evo minus the front camera and WiMax. (S2 processor instead of S1 like the Evo)

Some in the Warp forum complained about build quality, etc, but I think that they had lemons, honestly.

Also - insanely easy to root.
The Verge reviewed the ZTE Grand X and found it to be a decent mid-range phone. Big problems seemed to be poor build quality, middling camera, and a serious love affair with skin oil. But hey, near stock Android 4.0.

As an unknown in the States OEM, I would wait myself before buying a ZTE phone to see how things shake out for durability and long-term support. 'm starting to think though that we won't see a new LTE Nexus phone on Sprint before the year is over sadly.
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The Warp on sale was only $160, no contract, Boost Mobile, and unlike other cheaper phones, isn't crippled.

If the new ZTE is a midlevel phone but with that sort of pricing, I am all for it.

Give people on a budget a break.
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Except that the people on a budget aren't looking at unknown OEM devices.
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On top of all of this info, keep in mind all of the reports early on in the year about Sprint having a plan for releasing at least 15 LTE devices in 2012. So far, there have been 4 officially released (with the Photon Q in the pipeline). 5 more phones that have been mentioned in rumor, bringing us to 10 phones. There's the Sierra Wireless LTE tri-fi hotspot device.

That leaves 4 more devices. I'd say there's likely to be a Windows Phone that'll be LTE enabled, but aside from that, maybe 3 tablets? Xoom, Galaxy Note 10.1, and HTC?
Along with the relatively unknown ZTE, there is also Huawei. I wouldn't be surprised if there is a Huawei offering on each of the 4 big U.S. carriers by the end of the year or next year.
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Good call. I forgot about Huawei because they haven't made that many waves over here in the US, yet, but looking at some of their products from CES...I'd consider them as well.
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Good call. I forgot about Huawei because they haven't made that many waves over here in the US, yet, but looking at some of their products from CES...I'd consider them as well.
These 'little guys' (ZTE, possibly Huawei) are easy to forget at this point, though they might be an important part of the goal of 15 LTE devices by the end of the year. I remember when Sprint put out that info I was scratching my head as to how they would achieve it. Now I can imagine it might be attainable with all the different little pieces. You've got a pretty good grip on it.
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Good call. I forgot about Huawei because they haven't made that many waves over here in the US, yet, but looking at some of their products from CES...I'd consider them as well.
To listen to the cats in the Ascend forum, they couldn't be happier. Remember Jazziette from her Lounge thread on that?

Huawei has a LOT of manufacturing and political muscle.
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To listen to the cats in the Ascend forum, they couldn't be happier. Remember Jazziette from her Lounge thread on that?

Huawei has a LOT of manufacturing and political muscle.
As long as all of the superphones are out by December, so I can line them up and make a solid decision, I'll be happy.

This is so agonizing waiting!....LOL. The EVO and Photon were no brainers for me...but now, everything is looking great (well, save for the MoPho Q which serves my family member okay, but not me).

I seriously wish the ASUS padfone was one of the offerings. That thing is exactly what I'd want right now...LOL.
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Yeah the Pad phone is sweet, but I thought it only comes in GSM flavor not CDMA.

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Yup. As of right now, only in GSM flavor and I doubt we see it being offered by any of the domestic providers.

Especially Sprint, with their ridiculous price structure for Tablet data. When I was considering the EVO View, last year, I seriously couldn't make any sense of it. I could pay 29.99 for unlimited wi-fi hotspot on my phone and have unlimited data use while connecting a tablet/cpu/whatever other device I wanted to connect to it...but if I bought a tablet w/ a 3g/4g radio, I'd have to pay more for a limited amount of data usage? SMH. I wonder how much Sprint actually thought through their tablet plan structure because I seriously think they were missing out on a golden opportunity to separate themselves from the competition.

Imagine if they took the approach where they said, "Tablet plans are only required if a customer does not have a 4G enabled phone with hotspot capabilities. If a customer has a 4G enabled phone with hotspot capabilities, in order for them to purchase the discounted rate of the tablet, they will be required to add the $29.99 hotspot feature." I'm sure that would appeal WAY more to the masses, as far as selling the tablets are concerned. Realistically, how many people would actually be using their 3G/4G enabled tablet, on the go, without their phone with them?

Okay, enough on my tangent rant regarding the tablet plans. Back to the fact that I'd LOVE to have the Asus Padfone on Sprint! That would be such a no-brainer for me...but alas, the wait continues for my decision.
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Looks like I may get a moto q to test....should know next week
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Nice. How long would test time typically be, prior to official release?
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Nice. How long would test time typically be, prior to official release?
It won't be prior. Phone should be out around the 15th
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Considering Sprint's history of either Friday or Sunday releases, could we be looking at this coming Friday or Sunday for release, then?
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I wonder...with Sprint's strong relationship with HTC, could HTC's 5 inch+ phone offering make it to the Now Network?

HTC working on their own 5-inch phone?

If that thing had a kickstand and a way to integrate a "slimmer" stylus...I might just consider it. I'm already considering the Galaxy Note 2 (assuming it does make it to Sprint), but the size of the phone really does bother me a 'bit (even though, I'm not one to normally use a case, so the size wouldn't be that bad...IMO). Only thing that would make me hesitant is, I didn't really like the response of the stylus on the Flyer, so HTC would've had to make some huge improvements on the scribe and it's ability to write on the screen, in order for me to trully take it into consideration.

-EDIT- All the rumors are pointing to Verizon getting this one. Ugh, Verizon has the cash to spend on phones that just seem that much better and/or comparable to Sprint. The LTEvo looks better than the One X, IMO, but other than that, Verizon has a ton more options (rumored or currently available) that I'd go with. It's a good thing Sprint has favorable monthly costs because I would already have moved over to Verizon if it didn't. It almost feels like Sprint is moving backwards, as far as phone offerings are concerned. It's similar to how it was a few years back, when their best phones were Windows Mobile phones and Blackberry...ugh. Frustrating.
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I don't care if they make a phone the size of the Kindle Fire... LOL, I'll just wear my bluetooth.
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I wonder...with Sprint's strong relationship with HTC, could HTC's 5 inch+ phone offering make it to the Now Network?

HTC working on their own 5-inch phone?

If that thing had a kickstand and a way to integrate a "slimmer" stylus...I might just consider it. I'm already considering the Galaxy Note 2 (assuming it does make it to Sprint), but the size of the phone really does bother me a 'bit (even though, I'm not one to normally use a case, so the size wouldn't be that bad...IMO). Only thing that would make me hesitant is, I didn't really like the response of the stylus on the Flyer, so HTC would've had to make some huge improvements on the scribe and it's ability to write on the screen, in order for me to trully take it into consideration.
If the bezel is minimized, they could make a phone with a 5" screen that's not much bigger than what's out there already (excluding the Note). I'm skeptical myself, but I'll withhold judgment until I see it in person.
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If the bezel is minimized, they could make a phone with a 5" screen that's not much bigger than what's out there already (excluding the Note). I'm skeptical myself, but I'll withhold judgment until I see it in person.
I edited my post...from what I'm reading, all rumors are pointing towards it being a Verizon offering...UGH. Seriously, Verizon has a bunch of phones (rumored) that would all be at the top of my list over the LTEvo and SGS 3, if they were offered on Sprint. Razr HD & this new HTC phone being rumored would both potentially be my top choices over the LTEvo or SGS 3.
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The rzr is the only phone I have seen exclusive to Verizon and due to an agreement that expires next year I believe.

Every other flavor of phone they get Sprint has had in some shape or form.

I have seen nothing to point to Sprint not receiving the HTC mammoth

It's already been confirmen by my Samsung source that the note 2 should be multi carrier

I guess I really don't get the comment on offerings...everyone is getting the same phones lol

Hell even metro PCs is rumored to be getting the s3
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The rzr is the only phone I have seen exclusive to Verizon and due to an agreement that expires next year I believe.

Every other flavor of phone they get Sprint has had in some shape or form.

I have seen nothing to point to Sprint not receiving the HTC mammoth

It's already been confirmen by my Samsung source that the note 2 should be multi carrier

I guess I really don't get the comment on offerings...everyone is getting the same phones lol

Hell even metro PCs is rumored to be getting the s3
With exception to LTEvo, Sprint doesn't offer any phone that would necessarily make people on other carriers say, "wow, I wish that was offered on my carrier."

If they're banking on that LG phone to be the "suprise" of the year, I hope it's really darn good, but even that is supposed to have a Verizon counterpart that has the same specs. And LG has always played step-sister to Samsung, especially after the success of the SGS 2 last year. Once the SGS 2 by far exceeded expectations, especially in the domestic US, LG's offerings would still take a back seat and more likely will take a back seat this year too.

Sprint is definitely lagging behind with regards to their Motorola offering. The MoPhoQ is a step backwards from the original MoPho and I'd take the Atrix HD and the Razr HD over it, without a doubt. I'd even venture to say that the Droid Bionic outshined the Photon last year...and that was prior to the surprise appearance of the Razr and Razr Maxx.
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Looking at Sprint's current offerings, I see a commitment to Samsung, not HTC or Motorola.

We have the best One X (sd card, bigger battery, aluminum chassis, kickstand) but no One V for a good, lower-price HTC alternative.

I wouldn't mind seeing that as well as two Motorola models.

The iPhone 5 will be the wildcard, yes?

If they offer too many models to a smaller user base, then perhaps support for everyone will suffer? Not sure though.
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Looking at Sprint's current offerings, I see a commitment to Samsung, not HTC or Motorola.

We have the best One X (sd card, bigger battery, aluminum chassis, kickstand) but no One V for a good, lower-price HTC alternative.

I wouldn't mind seeing that as well as two Motorola models.

The iPhone 5 will be the wildcard, yes?

If they offer too many models to a smaller user base, then perhaps support for everyone will suffer? Not sure though.
The offerings from Motorola are limited due to the moto/Verizon agreement

Samsung deals to the highest bidder. Rightfully so both them and HTC now look fow all 4 carrier release. Bidding wars decide who gets to release first in some cases.

Sony and LG are just behind the curve and RIM has almost completely dissapeared

Build quality is still pretty poor on moto devices imo, and everyone I know that has one Hates them. And let's not forget locked bootloaders.

From what I have seen Sprint is sticking with the 3 major players...HTC Samsung and Apple. I think we will continue to see some mid and entry type devices from others in there from others such as LG, Moto, etc but not much.

Take the moto photon q. We don't currently have a slider, it fits that niche.

Definitely not a device for everyone but it has its place


And for those that mistakenly think Sprint is catering to Sammy, look again. Sammy is the only one pumping out 2-3 new device models every month.

I called that one last year. Flood the market with tons of device
options at every price point and what do you have?

No one but sheep to buy the next Iphone
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Samsung deals to the highest bidder. Rightfully so both them and HTC now look fow all 4 carrier release. Bidding wars decide who gets to release first in some cases.

Sony and LG are just behind the curve and RIM has almost completely dissapeared

Build quality is still pretty poor on moto devices imo, and everyone I know that has one Hates them. And let's not forget locked bootloaders.

From what I have seen Sprint is sticking with the 3 major players...HTC Samsung and Apple. I think we will continue to see some mid and entry type devices from others in there from others such as LG, Moto, etc but not much.

Take the moto photon q. We don't currently have a slider, it fits that niche.

Definitely not a device for everyone but it has its place


And for those that mistakenly think Sprint is catering to Sammy, look again. Sammy is the only one pumping out 2-3 new device models every month.

I called that one last year. Flood the market with tons of device
options at every price point and what do you have?

No one but sheep to buy the next Iphone
I seriously thought motorola's exclusivity with verizon ended when att got the original atrix in january 2011? And if there's exclusivity for the razr line only, what's preventing motorola from doing the same exact thing they did with the atrix hd? Just doesn't make any sense to me. And I completely disagree about build quality. The Mopho is my first motorola after having mostly htc and samsung. It's by far the best build quality and ths customer support and responsiveness directly from motorola has been the best i've experienced too. In my time owning the mopho, i've gotten replacement back covers and replacement cables for my dock. And the phone specific accessories....kills all the other oem's. I could care less about the locked bootloader. Everytime i've considered rooting, i've never found a real reason I needed to root.

I personally feel there are other ways sprint could distinguish themselves from the others by choices on device offerings beyond what they're currently doing. They're #3.

Let's take the asus padfone. Can you imagine how much interest that would get, if sprint offered that in cdma/lte flavor, maybe even with world capabilities and unlocked sim for international use? That's a winner, imo.

How about take a chance offering huwaei products? They've been making lots of noise at electronics conventions.

They offer ZTE instead...wtf? Who the heck buys a zte phone and those that did, complained about build quality...lol
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I don't know how much of it is Sprint's fault, but it seems like their Galaxy Nexus is the red-headed stepchild of the Gnex line. The point of a Nexus phone is almost immediate updates, yet Sprint's (and Verizon's) are still running 4.0. Even Verizon's Gnex is part of the AOSP, however, unlike Sprint's. What's the use of a Google phone if Google can't keep it up to date?

The point of this? If Sprint were to offer a pure Google phone like the Nexus and ensure it got as timely of updates as the GSM versions, that would differentiate them from everyone else. Maybe CDMA takes longer, but when devs are releasing functional Jelly Bean mods well ahead of the carriers, that's not an excuse.

I just want a phone that I control. One that gets timely support but where I don't have to reject updates because it breaks some function I rely on or find useful, and on a carrier that lets me use all the features of my phone (I'm looking at you, AT&T, and your abhorrent ban on streaming Google Play movies over anything but wireless).

Is that too much to ask for?
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Yep. Because Google controls the Nexus releases. They were the ones to declare that the Verizon model wouldn't update on the same schedule as the GSM version, just before release. Putting it back on the mainline was a fairly recent move.

Add on 4G radios, just like with the Nexus S, and you have a formula for delay due to integration and testing alone. Add either unmotivated CDMA carrier on top of that, and you get closer to the GSM Nexus for updates than any other phone (so far), but not the same.

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It's already been confirmen by my Samsung source that the note 2 should be multi carrier
The HTC Mammoth AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Oh man, stop. lol

Anyway..
Didn't Sprint have the HTC Flyer? I don't see why that new 5" HTC tablet/Phone won't be sold by Sprint too.

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On my current Galaxy Note I have that cover that replaces the back of the phone thus making it as thin as possible. I am sure the next generation will have similar accessories.
On your list of upcoming devices you list the Note in October, is this based on what Mr. Ed said elsewhere or a prediction? Either way I am happy. woo hoo.

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Yup, so far my Sammy source says all 4 carriers
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wow, I never thought in all my years that I would shed a tear on these forums all due to the happiness. You sir did just that. lol

AT&T, you are going down. (well in a few months until the Note 2 comes, lol)

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Note 2 on all 4 carriers? awesome!

but then when? if ATT got it on Oct 2012 and Sprint gets theirs in May of 2013.. I will be soo sad!
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but then when? if ATT got it on Oct 2012 and Sprint gets theirs in May of 2013.. I will be soo sad!
Why would Sprint get it in may 2013. if Samsung announces it at the Aug 30 event who gets it here in the states (and as per Mr. Ed it would be all 4 carriers, then why so late into the next year. Most likely it would be Oct-Dec (as per Drex's list).

What is off is that T-mobile just started offering the 1st gen Note, so either the 4th carrier is someone other than AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, Like Metro PCS or T-Mobile will also get the Note but at a much later timeframe.

Either way i am happy.

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Why would Sprint get it in may 2013. if Samsung announces it at the Aug 30 event who gets it here in the states (and as per Mr. Ed it would be all 4 carriers, then why so late into the next year. Most likely it would be Oct-Dec (as per Drex's list).

What is off is that T-mobile just started offering the 1st gen Note, so either the 4th carrier is someone other than AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, Like Metro PCS or T-Mobile will also get the Note but at a much later timeframe.

Either way i am happy.

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i was not sayin it would happen that way.
was sayin, if it did happen, i would be upset.

Oct would be great on Sprint.. well, the earlier the better! I am sitting on an upgrade!
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On my current Galaxy Note I have that cover that replaces the back of the phone thus making it as thin as possible. I am sure the next generation will have similar accessories.
On your list of upcoming devices you list the Note in October, is this based on what Mr. Ed said elsewhere or a prediction? Either way I am happy. woo hoo.

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Can u explain the cover that makes the phone thinner?

Just prediction based on Mr. Ed and other devices release schedule. Thing is, still no word on mopho q release or price.
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Why would Sprint get it in may 2013. if Samsung announces it at the Aug 30 event who gets it here in the states (and as per Mr. Ed it would be all 4 carriers, then why so late into the next year. Most likely it would be Oct-Dec (as per Drex's list).

What is off is that T-mobile just started offering the 1st gen Note, so either the 4th carrier is someone other than AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, Like Metro PCS or T-Mobile will also get the Note but at a much later timeframe.

Either way i am happy.

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Yeah, I'm pretty confident it'll be released this year. Thing is, that October release might even be late. I wouldn't even be surprised if it releases in September and LG ls970 in October
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Can u explain the cover that makes the phone thinner?

Just prediction based on Mr. Ed and other devices release schedule. Thing is, still no word on mopho q release or price.
The q will be out between the 12th and 19th

Didn't know that was a secret
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Can u explain the cover that makes the phone thinner?
I see what you mean, ok thinner if compared to other covers.

Okay, picture it

most smartphone covers go on the phone adding millimeters to its depth, width and height, then if you get one of those covers that also have a front that protects the display then that is another few millimeters to the depth of the phone.
So going with the usual smartphone cover it would take a the Samsung Galaxy S3 (for example) dimensions of (H x W x D) 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm and increase it to anywhere between 139.7 x 73.66 x 10.16 (as in the case of an Otterbox case and above. And that one doesn't protect the display.
With the Flip cover, it replaces the phones back cover (thus keeping the same depth there) and just adds a cover for the display. It only increases the size to 136.6 x 71.6 x 9.6 mm (basically 1 millimeter to the front and 1 millimeter to the left side.
With such big smartphones like the S3 or the Note keeping the device protected as well as limiting the increased thickness is a must.
So far Samsung with its flip covers seems to do that very well.

The only issue I have on the Flip cover is
1-one must flip the front cover to utilize and see the display and
2-taking pictures/video may be a bit awkward, but overall I got used to it and am satisfied on its protection and finally
3-it will get dirty (I have the white one)

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I see what you mean, ok thinner if compared to other covers.

Okay, picture it

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So going with the usual smartphone cover it would take a the Samsung Galaxy S3 (for example) dimensions of (H x W x D) 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm and increase it to anywhere between 139.7 x 73.66 x 10.16 (as in the case of an Otterbox case and above. And that one doesn't protect the display.
With the Flip cover, it replaces the phones back cover (thus keeping the same depth there) and just adds a cover for the display. It only increases the size to 136.6 x 71.6 x 9.6 mm (basically 1 millimeter to the front and 1 millimeter to the left side.
With such big smartphones like the S3 or the Note keeping the device protected as well as limiting the increased thickness is a must.
So far Samsung with its flip covers seems to do that very well.

The only issue I have on the Flip cover is
1-one must flip the front cover to utilize and see the display and
2-taking pictures/video may be a bit awkward, but overall I got used to it and am satisfied on its protection and finally
3-it will get dirty (I have the white one)

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I see what you're saying, TS. Yeah, I've definitely seen that. One of my buddies has a Note for business and has something like that.

Quite honestly though, when I held that phone...it just seemed so humongous to me. I'm sure I'd get used to it, if I decided to go with the Note 2, but I'm just gonna hold out until December (and all of the phones have been released before using my last 1 year upgrade.
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I see what you're saying, TS. Yeah, I've definitely seen that. One of my buddies has a Note for business and has something like that.

Quite honestly though, when I held that phone...it just seemed so humongous to me. I'm sure I'd get used to it, if I decided to go with the Note 2, but I'm just gonna hold out until December (and all of the phones have been released before using my last 1 year upgrade.
Same feeling with me but I quickly got over that once I started emailing, watching videos and hitting some web pages.
Then with xda and their hacks for floating video, etc I can't see myself going back to anything else smaller.

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Right on cue with regards to your telling us you'd be doing testing for the MoPhoQ (I think you mentioned it in the Photon II thread):

Sprint commences Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE training, release date announcement imminent? | Ubergizmo
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I personally feel there are other ways Sprint could distinguish themselves from the others by choices on device offerings beyond what they're currently doing. They're #3.

Let's take the ASUS Padfone. Can you imagine how much interest that would get, if sprint offered that in CDMA/LTE flavor, maybe even with world capabilities and unlocked SIM for international use? That's a winner, imo.
I've been ALL about this since the thing was rumored and announced, posts that go way back. I just hate knowing that they will probably never make a Sprint compatible CDMA version. It really could sell well I'd imagine.

At this point though I'm thinking I'd rather have a newer version that is upgraded (Kinda like how I would want the Note 2 rather than the Note 1 at this point). The current iteration seems like it has taken forever to release and make it to The States.

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I totally would 'rip the flip' too. That thing would get really annoying.
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Quite honestly though, when I held that phone...it just seemed so humongous to me. I'm sure I'd get used to it, if I decided to go with the Note 2, but I'm just gonna hold out until December (and all of the phones have been released before using my last 1 year upgrade.
It is just too funny how much the acceptable size has shifted over time. Even Apple and it's many user have changed their tune.

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Same feeling with me but I quickly got over that once I started emailing, watching videos and hitting some web pages.
Then with xda and their hacks for floating video, etc I can't see myself going back to anything else smaller.

TS

I've been curious if the thing is legitimately pocketable. When I looked at it briefly at ATT it seemed at an awkward size that is slightly too much for the 'regular pant' pocket.
Also does the stylus ever get a good use? (I know some probably only use it while others never do, just wondered about like typical, daily, on the run, usefulness)

(Edit: I'm realizing how much this ^ sounds like THAT Guy. I don't want to sound like THAT Guy. )

What is floating video? A 'picture in picture' style smaller frame inset/overlaying regular operation?
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Correct. A picture in a picture that can be place anywhere on the screen.

Super Video, Floating and Popup

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Yeah, but it's more like split-screen P-In-P. It's one of the coolest functions that I liked on the SGS 3, when it was announced:

Samsung Galaxy S III - Pop Up Play - YouTube

Now, imagining that on the Note 2 (like TS mentioned), I could see myself lightening up to having that monstrosity of a device...LOL.

I was also thinking, it'd give me a good excuse to just keep my headphones attached to it all the time. Depending on what the specs are on the Note 2, that might be my upgrade choice (even though I've been oh so hesitant about Samsung, even after its getting better w/ support).
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The q will be out between the 12th and 19th

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The 19th is being talked about now:
Could Sprint’s Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE be here August 19th?
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Old August 8th, 2012, 04:41 PM   #749 (permalink)
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I'm throwing another date out there. If you look at the calendar widget on the phone pictured on the Phandroid article, it says August 16 (which is an odd date, considering most of Sprint's releases have come on a Friday or Sunday...Sometimes early releases on Wednesday). Nontheless, I've seen other blogs and tech websites base their "guesstimates" for release on stuff like that before, so I figured I'd point it out.
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I don't know how much of it is Sprint's fault, but it seems like their Galaxy Nexus is the red-headed stepchild of the Gnex line. The point of a Nexus phone is almost immediate updates, yet Sprint's (and Verizon's) are still running 4.0. Even Verizon's Gnex is part of the AOSP, however, unlike Sprint's. What's the use of a Google phone if Google can't keep it up to date?

The point of this? If Sprint were to offer a pure Google phone like the Nexus and ensure it got as timely of updates as the GSM versions, that would differentiate them from everyone else. Maybe CDMA takes longer, but when devs are releasing functional Jelly Bean mods well ahead of the carriers, that's not an excuse.

I just want a phone that I control. One that gets timely support but where I don't have to reject updates because it breaks some function I rely on or find useful, and on a carrier that lets me use all the features of my phone (I'm looking at you, AT&T, and your abhorrent ban on streaming Google Play movies over anything but wireless).

Is that too much to ask for?
I totally agree. I'm enjoying my Nexus but the point of this phone is getting the latest updates. Oh well. I got this phone to get the pure Google experience and its awesome. I'm getting the next Nexus from the play store without the carrier BS.
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