Last Updated: Nov 30,2016
Learn to sew and add pockets. You could build a special pair of cargo pants.
That unfortunately wouldn't work. Uniform being what it is.
All the more surprising that the Note 3 in its ZL case and battery fits just fine in one of my work shirt pockets. Unless I could find some jeans with cargo pockets big enough, that's about the one thing I could change. But, that's besides the point.
With the extended battery, I didn't have the problem of breaking USB cables. I only put up with it breaking as many as it did because most of those were spares. Once I ran out of those and had to start buying some to preserve the few good ones I had left, Yes, it started becoming a problem.
The biggest problem here being your phone is running too hot that it kills power banks without gaining charge, or too hot for battery cases. I really don't see how that can be unless there's an ongoing problem with the phone.
Granted that it is GSM, the SM-G900T, T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S5 has a lot of the things you are looking for. Anker makes a 7500 mAh extended battery and cover.
SD card slot.
Custom and deodexed stock roms available.
I had thought about picking up one from Swappa to play with but Verizon has better coverage where I live and only two 4g LTE bands are compatible.
How well can it be rooted, though? Can it run Xposed framework? Because not being able to do that with my note 3, and that nobody would make a deodexed ROM for it, basically killed my ability to use it. Can it have Android 6, at least?
Apologies if I do sound like I'm only complaining; however, I'm not used to being put into this proverbial corner. And knowing that literally no manufacturer is making any phone that meets my desired requirements, and that all attempts at a modular design that would solve these problems have been proactively neutered and killed off - by Google, even - just make me especially pissed off that I basically feel stuck with a phone that can't keep up with me.
Take a look at the 900T S5 section at XDA and see what is available
Okay. Looking on XDA there, most of what is available for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5, is all for Android 5; while there is a ROM of Android 6 for the phone, I couldn't find any deodexed ROMs for it, based on that build.
Curiously, GSM arena states the s5 lacks band 12 LTE; however, the note 4 for T-Mobile and the us unlocked version (n910w8) does support it. However, that would be more expensive than the lg g4, at least on Swappa. At least for band 12 LTE phones that have removable batteries, and extended batteries available, that list would have:
Not sure what else. Most of it only has bands for T-Mobile, and nobody else if I get them that way. Still not sure how I feel about Swappa, but wondering whether it's better or worse than eBay.
This is what I'm looking at presently, with relatively open criteria. PhoneArena's Search gives mostly similar results... Annoyingly, both sites confirm that there's no such thing as a phone with the universal bands support with a removable battery. Heck, if it supported three of the four, like that US991 LG G4, then I could bite with that (since I've no interest in ever being on Sprint again), but of course LG basically threw a wall at me then, forcing me to the MXPE I have now.
There's no such thing as "universal band support" when it comes to 4G/LTE, as the frequency bands used vary by market locale and are strictly regulated. Only a few US-based networks utilise Band 12, for example, and it's not licensed for use anywhere else in the world.
That's not what I mean... I mean like how with the mxpe, I can go to any major carrier here with the same phone, and it would work.
Presently, I'd even be fine if it say, didn't support Sprint's frequencies, since I have no interest in moving to any sticks where only they have a signal.
But I detest the idea of basically throwing away an otherwise good phone because it won't support a carrier switch.
This is where a more regulated market has advantages: in most of the world a phone that works fully on one carrier works equally well on any other. The USA is almost unique in the extent to which different carriers use different bands or even different technologies.
(That's also why GSM "won" internationally: when it was defined as the standard in Europe that established a huge user-base, while the technological fragmentation in the US meant that the home-grown solutions remained niche. This isn't about technological merits, like VHS vs Betamax it's about market share - though from the user's point of view the ability to change handsets by swapping a SIM is a huge advantage of GSM over CDMA).
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