Hello all, in a bit of a tight spot on choice here, I dunno what phones are good now.
My last phone I liked was my LG V20. It had good audio, did good video work, it ticked all my boxes. However, due to upcoming circumstances (lots of business work and self data management) I don’t think it will cut it. I think it will get ram starved, and has already shown signs of some slowdown.
You could argue a newer chip would be feasible, so I tried one. I found a phone with a Helios A20 and 3GB of ram. If doesn’t have a great camera, but for a demo, it was worth a shot. I starve this one as well. It doesn’t seem to matter what chip it has, I just do a lot with a phone, probably more than the average.
So I thought, ok, I’ll just get a oneplus. No tmobile sheen on it, no extra crap, but looking at some things and seeing other peoples perspectives on performance between the 888 and 8G1, I am concerned about the chip thermal throttling. So I thought, ok, what are my needs, list them out.
- At least 5 years of use
- Good Audio - whether a headphone jack or USB C kit, though with recent issues I think a dongle is preferable
- Large storage, SD card is a bonus - 128G minimum, I’m not depending on the cloud and I have a USB stick I can use if it gets tight
- Up To Date - Worried about security
- Not system-locked - I can’t use an iphone as its completely walled in. Yes theres ways around that, but other than installing a rom, I don’t feel comfortable rooting an iphone and leaving it like that with business data on it. As well, it needs to be able to attach to other systems as I need it to.
- I have a warp charger from my N10, 35 watt, I’d like to be able to use it and not blow up the device
- High bit rate camera - 4k matters less to me than the image actually being good in a video
With that, I am aware of a few things. For one, iphones have good cameras, do not alternate the audio at all from MQS, and right now hold peak performance for an all around phone. My issue is, I don’t know if I can use an iphone with my computer systems that I have as I am going between not just X86 boxes, but PPC, and even SPARC. I don’t know if iphones use MTP, or if APFS allows automounting, but even if I could get it to work, I don’t expect reliability. MTP is just… pliable, I can use it everywhere.
I am not likely to use a SPARC machine as my desktop, but I AM liable to get pissed at it being slow pulling a repo and just pull it with my phone and plug it in on USB. As well as many other things I do a lot.
I have many other use cases that make an iphone more a small ipad to me than a useable phone / personal communicator / dashboarding device, but I don’t think they are as legitimate to yall as the above example. But managing amigas with a USB C cable is a lot better to me, I dunno about you.
Devices I have thought about thus far:
I would love to use this but I am scared of the reliability. The communications protocols being familiar in the OS would be nice though, and not having to relearn new android BS would be insane, but I don’t think these are at a reliable stage yet. For one, my ram choking issue. For another, I don’t believe these had the greatest cameras. I am going to be running a bunch of R2R stuff and a new business for myself, so unless I was going to offload everything to a server and just depend on a web browser not overwhelming the phone (nothing else I would do with it would overwhelm it), I just… oof, 3 GB ram max. I dunno.
This looked cool, and I was actually really interested in the IR camera. For looking into stuff, seeing boards in phones, or thru things for security contract work, astonishing, I kind of want that camera… But how often would I GET a security contract in, and THEN how often would the camera actually be used?
Also the 888 would burn a hole in my leg.
Honestly same issue, I process a video, do something in vivaldi, jump to twitter, check a game’s dailies, message my mom, all in like 5 minutes, that 8G1 can do it, duh, but when I drop that thing in my pocket, boom, fire in my pocket. With an iphone 5 this is cute because its like it throws a tantrum and then you turn the screen off and its like you put it to sleep. Its adorable.
With newer devices, and these big desktop-tier processors we have in phones now, just a damn supernova.
The tensor chip intersts me, though I wonder about using things like F-Droid. I worry about software compatibility here. As well, the pixels do weird shit with audio, no bueno on my charts, but I also have an ipod. I COULD ignore this externally, and I kind of want to anyways.
Just like get a V70 or V80, they exist, no one bought them for some reason, and its the same as what I had before. I’d just worried about support. I can’t even root them and depend on hackers. I’d have to build it myself eventually. Meh. And again, with stagnation comes security issues.
Also the wing looked neat. IDK, probably has endless flaws, but its a thing.
All input welcome. I could just be expecting too much out of a phone too, but equally I do enough to overwhelm display units, at least I did a few years ago.