Best Smartphone Companion for Surface Devices

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  1. Zhao Su

    Zhao Su Zee Ess

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    I'm pretty sold on the GN9 at this point. With a 3k(?)-res screen, rumored front-screen fingerprint sensor, dual-stereo speakers, IP68 waterproofiness in both the phone AND the S-pen, a beefy processor (I'm opting for the Exynos variant) and at least 6gbs of RAM, there's a LOT to like for me as an artist about this phone.

    I believe this will be the phone to cure my Samsung Note withdrawal syndrome ever since my GN4 went kaputz last summer (thanks official Samsung update!! smh...).
     
  2. lovelaptops

    lovelaptops My friends call me Jeff Senior Member

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    I'd like to chime in with total agreement. I recently decided to give the Pixel XL2 a try, tempted by their extended 2 yr wtty due to initial problems plus of course 3 yr guarantee of immediate OS upgrades. But using the device has been a major disappointment. I don't use my phone for important photography - an area the model surely excels at - and otherwise I'm quite turned off by "stock Android." I had an s8+ for a while and it has so many useful features, plus the phenomenal screen, that the Pixel is just plain vanilla and inferior in every way. Even if I was just considering an s9+ I would take it over the Pixel hands-down. Since owning a smartphone is a 2-year proposition I think the benefit of the fast OS updates may not be very important. There's nothing impressive about Oreo vs. Nougat. Samsung makes truly magnificent hardware. I'm tired of boring phones with few features or customizing adjustments, much less the S-Pen.
     
  3. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Fast security updates are pretty useful though. It doesn't take two years to exploit a vulnerability once it gets out.
     
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  4. lovelaptops

    lovelaptops My friends call me Jeff Senior Member

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    I hear you, but I've always found Samung/AT&T security updates to stay current, usually monthly, for at least 2 years - or am I "misremembering?"
     
  5. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    You're probably right, I don't have any experience with Samsung phones or Pixels for that matter. I was just noting that consumers should care about fast security updates. They don't, but they should. :)
     
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  6. dellaster

    dellaster On Hiatus Senior Member

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    Verizon updates for my Galaxy Note 8 have lagged about a month behind. I think Samsung keeps up with the security updates for 3 years? Didn't they just cease support for the Galaxy Note 4?

    Just got Android Oreo last week and there doesn't appear to be a whole lot of difference except the iris scanner seems to work better and faster, and Firefox now crashes frequently, both the regular and beta versions. I'm using the Samsung internet beta browser in their place and it's noticeably faster so I might stick with it. Unfortunately, the Reader option doesn't work on as many pages as Firefox's does.

    I'm still happy with my GN8 and don't at all miss the iPhone SE/iPad mini 4 combo that it replaced.
     
  7. okieiam

    okieiam Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Do you believe it, I just buy a Tab A 9.7 P555, demo item, for like 250$. Wow my daughter loves it, how ever....

    Sent from my ara using Tapatalk
     
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  8. dellaster

    dellaster On Hiatus Senior Member

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    Congrats! Sounds like you got a good deal.
     
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  9. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    My Note 5 is still getting security updates two and a half years in. It's in great shape. Can't imagine getting rid of it.
     
  10. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    Then what's with the tire marks on the back of the phone...
     
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