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Time for me to get rid of the near two year old desire,

think im' gonna stick with htc and get the new One X sometime this week, had a quick play about with one the other day, noice

not sure how long its gonna be before samsung bring something new out and don't really want to wait

in other news, RJ MacR can do one

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the one x is suppose to have a awful battery and its too big from what ive heard. pick myself a xperia s last saturday for £300, lovely bit of kit.

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stall the ball and see what the gs3 is like

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Lumia 900. Not Android, but you'll thank me later.

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gs3? the galaxy 3 you mean?

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The One X didnt feel too big IMO, no bigger than galaxy nexus, sensation or galaxy 2

cant comment on battery life tho

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I'm nearing the end of my contract with my original Galaxy. Seriously considering iPhone as O2/Samsung have been atrocious at keeping me up to date with android upgrades.

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Upgraded to the Galaxy Nexus on Three last November, yet to see a phone better. Android 4.0 is just the perfect OS, screen is better than the S2, lightning fast phone..only downside is probably the caerma, its good but not amazing.

Only 16GB but I have uploaded most of my music to Google Music and have unlimited data

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To add

I've found Three netwrok to be better than Vodafone in terms of coverage and data speeds. I've tethered my Xoom to it and HD videos stream extremely well using youtube

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Little things about the Galaxy have started to bother me over time. The startup time is just silly. Scans both SD cards and verifys them before you can get started doing anything, sounds stupid but does really bug you after a while.

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Three is *way* better than it used to be.

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nige did you have to pay extra to use tethering with your phone contract?

i am gonna change from voda to 3 this time round

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Just looked at a comparison between One X and Galaxy Nexus, few things stood out for me.

Quad core sounds like a battery vaporiser on a phone
HTC still rocking shit screens, no super duper AMOLED
HTC Sense is absolutely pointless software now, its just bloatware since android 2.3

You don't have to pay extra to tether your phone ferg. If you use quidco, you'll get 100 quid back getting the Three 'One Plan'

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Just looked at my data usage for last month, 2.3GB - projected to hit 2.6GB this month. Would probably be much higher if i didn't have a bit of music stored on my phone for times when I have no network

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I had free tethering on Three when I had the 1GB limit, but once I went to all you can eat data, they removed tethering.

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I'm on their One Plan now and can't see how they could distinguish between the data my phone uses and tethering, I just enable wifi hotspot and connect via wifi

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and they havent been charging you any extra? I wonder if i could tether using the 500min/all you can eat plan as well?

do you honestly think that the nexus would be a better option than the one x?

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If you have the option to use both phones then you can decide, maybe check some reviews out. The Galaxy Nexus is the best phone I've ever had, the big concern I had was 16GB storage with no SD card expansion but that hasn't been a problem with google music. If you have a spotify subscription then storage really isn't an issue at all, you won't even have to upload your music.

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i mainly use my ipod for music anyway

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Your iProd could be a thing of the past with Google Music, vast amount of cloud storage and completely free

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not with those data caps. also lol @ advising anyone to get a windows phone with its single core processors and its 480x800 area screens. app store more barren than Jennifer aniston

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The specs war is a pile of shite: echcrunch.com/2011/11/...

Android needs madly overspec'd processors because it is an inefficient and poorly written OS with a lot of bugs and far too many manufacturer UI "enhancements". Note how reviews for the new HTC One X suggest that it isn't fast, it's just decent. Scrolling on Android is horrible.

Windows Phone on the other hand is superbly optimised, my 1.5 year old Omnia 7 will easily outperform a brand new Android phone on most day-to-day tasks and apps. It is buttery smooth and thanks to Microsofts work, the OS will actually SPEED UP with the Tango release in a couple of weeks - they've managed to improved the efficiency enough to be able to run it smoothly on devices with just 256MB RAM. That's incredible and Google could do with learning a load of lessons there.

Resolution is a bit of negative, however I'm still yet to really notice any particular instance where this is a major problem and I can't think of any right now - the UI of the OS doesn't really benefit from more DPI anyway.

I'm not sure how you know about the app store given you presumably don't own one, but it's far from barren. It's main problem is that it is slower than iOS to receive the new hot apps, but once they arrive they're usually the best quality versions. So we have superb apps for Spotify, Skype, navigation (Nokia Drive), Yelp, The Guardian, Flixster, Foodspotting, Endomondo, ESPN, flickr, Pulse, TripAdvisor, Angry Birds etc. but none yet for stuff like Path, Pinterest, Draw Something, Angry Birds Space. As someone who uses apps a lot, I've rarely found it lacking (possibly because most non-games apps are usually available through mobile web anyway).

All WP7.5 phones will get WP8 which will be built from the same core as Windows 8. Apps built for one will be ready to launch on the other. Resolution (or actually PPI) improvements will be available with that too.

Not to mention that the Lumia 900 is probably the best piece of phone hardware that exists right now.

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Obviously not at the geek level that Matthew is but i think Android 4.0 is a lovely OS. Agree about the wave of pointless UI enhancements that moto, samsung and htc bolt on - the mobile phone eqivalent to bloatware. My 2.5 year old Desire running 2.3 runs very fast and is very stable, does many daily phone task and browsing very efficiently.

Agree that spec wars are largely pointless, every app I have on my Galaxy nexus works on my Desire.

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As that article points out: people don't buy specs anymore, they buy on experience.

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well I do read reviews of all tech and the lumia 900 got decent reviews hardware wise but apparently the os hits a dead end on several occasions. browsing using IE is slow as stink. nice phone, shame about the os. maybe when 8 comes out it will be a viable platform.

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Pissed off the ics update didn't sort the issue of home button leading to voice commands

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lemac - I use the OS regularly and I know it's not like that. IE is actually better than Mobile Safari in several ways (and vice versa in others).

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Matthew, I've been saying that for years. Trying to explain to people that when you compare Mac to PCs, you can't compare their value for money based on gigahertz and megabytes. It's good to see other people finally understand that.

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fergm if you get a new phone, would you consider selling your desire to me? my sister needs a smartphone.

plus on the issue of macs being way overpriced, peple compare mac to their £400 laptop. if you get a windows7 laptop at £1299, it will be just as fast, if not faster than the £1299 powerbook.

funny how blackberry has been completely pushed off the scene now. i havent really used a windows phone but to be honest i have too much fun with my android. (htc desire)

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Android 4.0 broswer fully syncs with chrome, all bookmarks and browsing history ported across.

I can agree that specs aren't as important anymore, one of the reasons I chose the Galaxy over the S2 was the superior OS and UI, sacrificing the camera.

Wayne, honestly don't think you can apply the same argument to PC vs Mac, spec makes a massive difference and there are plenty of applications to take advantage of faster processors, GPUs and extra RAM. Win7 is also a great OS to use

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RJ used to be all over these threads, but iOS has the appz and retina4 omg better than pioneer plasma tv screen!!!

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doubt i'll be switching to windows phone this time but will consider it in the future

not sure what phone to go for now

@connell, what is the going rate for a desire these days? its in pretty good nick

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fuckit gonna go with the one x

the only bad thing i can find is the battery life, i can deal with this as i normally have an energizer power cell for a backup charge anyway, plus theres a good chance htc will release a hotfix to imrprove battery life like they did with the desire

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You forget to say HTC shit screen too ;p

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Still waiting on tesco pushin out ics. melters.

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well according the independent reviews the screen is pretty nice you melter :)

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iPhone ftw!!!

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yawn

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was justa bout to ditch vodafone for 3 but they grovelled and have given me the one x for £31 a month with 600/unltd txt/1GB

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How u finding the One X? My trusty old desire is starting to pack in. Cant wait for the S3 to be released so its a toss up between the S2 and the One X.

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It's arriving tomoro. Sounds class apart from the battery life. I can live with that.

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Yeh from what i've heard the battery life is shite but it cant be any worse than the desire....or can it?

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It might be, just get yourself a portable charger cell and/or bring your charger to work.

They will most likely release a hotfix that improves battery life after a while. Sounds like they haven't mastered all aspects of quad core integration just yet, but they will improve

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I wrecked my Garmin cycling computer and was thinking of getting a chep android phone to do the business. What's the battery life like on something like a desire (with new battery) when it comes to maps n gps shit?

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Anyone got any experience of using eSave, Dialaphone or Mobiles.co.uk?

Seen this deal and almost sounds too good to be true

inyurl.com/bqzgh9

Looks ok as long as I cancel the extras as soon as I get the phone

Whats T-Mobile like here?

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have used dialaphone & mobiles they are good, but if you dont want the insurance make sure you cancel if before the first month. that said t-mobile is shit.

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Anyone had a phone with gorilla glass before? Apparently the one x has it, think I'll get a screen protector anyway.

Saw a vis of one going round and round in a rumble drier, prob a spooofed reinforced version, don't be trying it at home

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My Xoom has gorilla glass, get a screen protector

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will do

phone is arriving today, am wondering if all the wee stolen phone shops here will have screen protectors in stock, might just have to leave it at home till i have one sorted

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I need to grab a new phone, but I'm in Oz. Don't want an iPhone, so my options on Telstra are:

Samsung Galaxy S II
HTC Velocity
Lumia 800

Would wait for Lumia 900 to come out if I had an option, but hasn't even been confirmed here yet, so prob won't be for a while. Velocity or Lumia?

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specs on the velocity...? what OS?

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