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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by markdoc, Mar 31, 2021.

  1. markdoc

    markdoc Android Expert
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    I just read an article at Phonearena.com about LG phones. It says that LG will be getting out of the smartphone market and won't be making any more phones. Unfortunately, if you liked your LG V40 ThinQ (like I did), you won't be able to buy a new, fully supported, LG phone to replace it. It's a bummer to me because I was deciding whether to buy a new LG V60, or wait for the next phone in the series.
    Here's the link to the article if you want to read it yourselves.
    https://www.phonearena.com/news/lg-...port-after-exiting-smartphone-market_id131135
    If anyone wants to discuss replacement phones, I'm game. I'd prefer a phone with an earphone jack & great sound.
     



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  2. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    I am happy with my V60 but worried if they will still honor the 2 year warranty. But I kept my V40 so I have backup.

    I will be looking at One Plus or Pixels in 2023 or later. I don't know about their sound, though.

    Going to suck not having quad dac in the future.
     
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  3. markdoc

    markdoc Android Expert
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    I had just finished my 2 years with my V40 and was thinking about the V60. But the article said they might stop supporting their phones. LG support was never great, but without updates it would be a bad idea to buy their phones now. Now I have to find a new company.:wtfdroid:
     
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  4. PitCarver

    PitCarver Android Expert

    I saw something a few days back. Still hanging on to my V40, as of now (my wife just bought me a new case), but will be looking... elsewhere...I guess.
     
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  5. markdoc

    markdoc Android Expert
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    Me too. I use Verizon and they only have Samsung, Pixel & LG. Not great choices for me.
     
  6. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    In Europe I'm pretty sure it would be illegal for them to discontinue or shorten warranty support for products they have already sold (LG's phone division is not a separate legal entity here, so pulling out of phone manufacturing and sales wouldn't change that). Don't know about the US though (but I'm sure they could be threatened with a class action suit if they try retrospectively changing terms ;)).

    Software support however would be a different matter. Though if I were them I'd consider that maintaining software support, at the less than stellar level they do, might make better sense commercially than cutting it off and risking disgruntled phone customers refusing to buy their TVs, washing machines, microwaves etc as a result.
     
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  7. PitCarver

    PitCarver Android Expert

    Well, my daughter just got a Samsung and the wife got a new Pixel. I've had mixed feelings on Samsung after I had 2 S5s die the exact same way.
    Í don't know what I'll decide to do. Best Buy may be an option.
     
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  8. markdoc

    markdoc Android Expert
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    I checked Best Buy and wasn't real impressed with their choices either. They had Magnavox, but the reviews weren't glowing. I was checking the Pixels but I'm not sure of the 5 or the 4a with 5G. They both have the same processor and seem very close. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
  9. PitCarver

    PitCarver Android Expert

    The Boss Lady went with the 4.
    Time I'm ready I may get the same deal on a 5 that she got on the 4.
     
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  10. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    AFAIK Magnavox is a division of Philips. Are Philips making their own phones now, or are they just branded Chinese devices, like TCL or something?
     
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  11. markdoc

    markdoc Android Expert
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    How is the speed? They both have the same 725 processor and our V40 has an 845 CPU. Are they noticeably slower?
     
  12. Hadron

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    Philips used to make mobile phones under their own brand, though they stopped doing that a long time ago. The Magnavox subbrand seems to be bigger in the US than in Europe, where TBH I'd not even noticed it, and while there is a "Magnavox" page in Philips UK site every one of its product links seems to be either broken or to redirect to a US site (sometimes both).

    The funny thing is that even on the Magnavox US website I can't find any sign that they make cellphones. I have the impression that Magnavox phones might have less of a future than LG...
     
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  13. markdoc

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    Thanks for the information. There doesn't seem to be a large selection of smartphones that are compatible with Verizon. I thought that Verizon stopped using the CDMA phones. But when I checked at Best Buy for Verizon phones there wasn't many Android brands available.
     
  14. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    There have been some nice sale prices on the 4a w/5G.
     
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  15. markdoc

    markdoc Android Expert
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    I saw those prices, but their CPU is slower than our LG V40. I might as well stay with the phone I have. I won't have 5G but is that really important?
     
  16. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Apparently Verizon will finally be shutting down their 3G CDMA/EV-DO network next year, in 2022
    https://androidforums.com/news/verizon-will-be-shutting-down-its-3g-network-in-2022.1334766/
     
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  17. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    5G depends on your area. Some areas the 5G is worse than the 4G. Also you're on Verizon so I am not sure about their 5G. I have T-Mobile and the 5G is great at my house and at work but anywhere in between is not that great.
     
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  18. markdoc

    markdoc Android Expert
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    I've read that there are different versions of 5G. I believe T-Mobile is using the fastest version where they can. Verizon isn't using the fastest version yet. It seems over the years that the number of smartphone companies in the United States has dramatically decreased. We used to have HTC, Samsung, Nokia, LG, Google, Motorola and a few other smaller companies. Now the only major Android makers are Google, Samsung and LG. With LG possibly stopping and Google using an older chip, I will probably save my money and keep my LG V40. (Unless someone comes up with a great new phone)
     
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  20. PitCarver

    PitCarver Android Expert

    I really don't know. Other than helping her set it up (she went from 2 to the 4), I don't mess with it. That being said, I was impressed with it. One thing though, that I really didn't like was that the only contacts were the Google contacts. I couldn't find a way for them to be saved to the phone itself. I'm sure that there's a way, but I simply couldn't find it.
     
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  21. Hi everyone, new to the forum. My name is Randy, but I didn't see a way to have my name displayed.

    LG will support their phones as per law in the US, which means, "There were plenty of concerns about long-term support after LG announced it would be exiting the smartphone business, it later clarified that many of its premium devices will receive three years of updates. The V60 is included in that list, meaning it should be eligible for Android 13 as its final upgrade.Apr 24, 2021, Android Authority".
    - The release date of the V60 was April 20th, 2020, so it'll have security updates and OS updates until 4/2023.
    - Personally I'd still buy a V60, that's about as much support as I expect from manufacturers, though lately I heard Samsung is upping their security updates to 4 years on their Galaxy phones. That's pretty sweet, but 3 years of full support is not bad at all.
    https://www.computerworld.com/artic...a full four,its Galaxy-branded Android phones.

    I LOVED my V20 and now my V40 because of the extraordinary recording quality. I'd put it on a little tripod while jamming with friends and the music sounded like you were there.

    Was recently looking for a replacement for my V40, and after making a spreadsheet that had critical features, this is what I came up with:
    Must haves:
    - Large screen, preferably 6.4" and above
    - Wireless charging
    - Outstanding battery life
    - SD card slot (if only 64GB, if 128GB then it's optional)

    Wanna haves:
    - Headphone jack
    - Release Date less than 1.5 years
    - Stereo speakers
    - IP of 68

    The V40 has nearly all these criteria, the V60 does have all these. The closest I found that was affordable to me (I'm looking for total costs including tax under $500), was the Samsung Galaxy S10+. It's a little older though, release date of 2/2019. However I also found new V60s for that price as well: about $425 plus tax.

    ========
    On a different topic, I was hoping someone would weigh in on a Thread I started on the V20 forum.
    https://androidforums.com/threads/a...ate-from-android-7-to-8.1335741/#post-8033352
    I suspect that it being an older phone there won't be much traffic, and it'd be the same issue with a V40.

    Basically I bought an AT&T V20 that I used on a T-Mobile network, and I can't access the upgrades to Android 8 'cause I'm not an AT&T customer. Probably best to follow the above link and respond in that thread. Thanks!
     

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