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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:58 pm    Post subject: New Phone Reply with quote

Hi guys. A smartphone, powered by Android, I imagine, is what I'm after. Hope I'm posting this in the right place!

It'll be my first smartphone. At the moment I've got some 10 qwerty job.

I'm interested in doing development on it. Not just the LFX tuts. I'm learning Java right now, so yeah.

My question is, I don't have a clue what I'm doing phone-wise. Do I go take out a monthly pay? They don't seem to offer the best choice of Android devices. I could go and buy the phone, ack, it's a real nightmare that requires a few hours of research. What do most of you do?

For those of you in the know about phones -- any pointers?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got Samsung Nexus S, no complaints here, but the newer Galaxy Nexus might be better now.

As for contract, etc, depends on how much you are going to use your phone as a phone or what ever. I have no friends so only use my phone as a phone about once every 2 months Confused so a contract wasn't worth it for me.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As fas as new Android phones are concerned, they can be divided into roughly two camps. Premium and budget. "mid-range" phones are usually older premium phones.

Premium phones usually have large high-res screens, powerful processors and fair cameras. They usually get updated when new versions of Android are released.

Budget phones usually have poorer, lower resolution screens, less powerful cpus (600MHz single core as opposed to 1GHz+ dual core) and poorer cameras. They often don't get updated.

Another thing to consider is that many budget phones use processors based on the ARMv6 instruction set rather than ARMv7, as found in more expensive models. Some applications, mostly video players and Adobe Flash, require and ARMv7 based cpu.

Another thing to consider is whether the device can be unlocked (most can, but some are easier then others). You will be interested in this if you want to install an alternate operating system.

Android phones sold as PAYG are often crammed with annoying "foistware", so the ability to flash your own OS to get rid of it is useful. Have a peek at CyanogenMod for more info (You won't see anything today (18th Jan 2012) as they are participating in the anti-SOPA protest, and good on 'em, in my opinion).

If you are interested in Android development, you can get by using the emulator. Indeed, unless you have a stash of devices, you'll need to do this to try out your app on different screen sizes.

Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 for the Google Nexus S. Nice phone.
Only moan is that the inbuilt browser is not too hot (specifically it doesn't work well with Zoneminder's mobile skin). But you can always install others, including Firefox.
Our company provides them as phones and PDAs for our call logging application.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had the Samsung Galaxy S2 since July, its brilliant (except battery).

It's only my second smartphone in 4 years, but the difference is I actually use it for all the other apps, not just as a phone. I put this down to it being Android and a large screen.

The screen is brilliant, but the price is battery, start the day 8am 100%, a phone call, some texts, 20mins web, 30mins GPS and finish the day 00:00 and its 15-20%.

The next version of the Galaxy is due out in May I think. Quad Core, 12MP camera etc
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