1. Elky64's Avatar
    So I decided to wipe the cache partition after all. This is where I lose all of you that are vaguely interested in my chronic switching.
    I had to take a selfie today (I knew this would happen today so I bought both phones) and I have to say that I was disappointed in the difference between the A3 and the SE. It's to be expected of course, but I really didn't like it so that's why I cleared the partition. LOL.

    Originally, I planned to just use the A3 for selfies anyway. I'm going to try this again but I am still interested in the XZ1 Compact (I need a good $100+ off sale though) and the refreshed SE. Let's see how long I deal with this...
    I'm interested - find it comforting to know I am not the only one that's never content with leaving things "as is". Sometimes it's out of boredom and at other times, due to necessity. In my household the wheels never stops turning LOL.

    Even though I've become pretty anti-MS/WM/WP these days we still can't stop picking the dang things up. Just last night I was toying with my 830, tonight it's the 950 - guess we're hoping for a miracle to ensue hardy har har. And as my previous post alluded to, my Droids have treated me very good yet we are constantly switching. Three weeks ago my daily driver was the 950, after that my GS7, last week the LG G4, and since yesterday, the GS7 Edge... Our 650 still sits in the drawer but I'm thinking that's about to change here reeeal soon

    Still have a hankering to try an SE although like you said, a refreshed version... Curious to see what Apple will decide to do here. Always had this thing about "smaller the better" - there are compromise yet same can be said hanging on the flip-side - so think it would be sweet having a device so powerful of that stature.

    Never really thought much about the XZ1 Compact until you mentioned it. I'm kind of intrigued with its specs/size yet not 100% sold on the design aspect. Think it is going to be tough finding a phone similarly equipped at that size though since the trend appears to moving towards longer displays. The bezel-less aspect many manufactures are going with does help although I'm not overly concerned whether it is or isn't long as phone has an overall visual appeal... like how we are constantly changing out our devices that may not be our sediments within an hour or two LOL.

    Here's hoping your cache partition wipe did the trick and with any luck, the A3 stays on the straight-n-narrow for a lengthy period. Nothing worse than having to constantly fiddle with a device to achieve a form of stability.
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    09-03-2017 03:15 AM
  2. Elky64's Avatar
    So I decided to wipe the cache partition after all. This is where I lose all of you that are vaguely interested in my chronic switching.
    I had to take a selfie today (I knew this would happen today so I bought both phones) and I have to say that I was disappointed in the difference between the A3 and the SE. It's to be expected of course, but I really didn't like it so that's why I cleared the partition. LOL.

    Originally, I planned to just use the A3 for selfies anyway. I'm going to try this again but I am still interested in the XZ1 Compact (I need a good $100+ off sale though) and the refreshed SE. Let's see how long I deal with this...
    I'm interested - find it comforting to know I am not the only one that's never content with leaving things "as is". Sometimes it's out of boredom and at other times, due to necessity. In my household the wheels never stops turning LOL.

    Even though I've become pretty anti-MS/WM/WP these days we still can't stop picking the dang things up. Just last night I was toying with my 830, tonight it's the 950 - guess we're hoping for a miracle to ensue hardy har har. And as my previous post alluded to, my Droids have treated me very good yet we are constantly switching. Three weeks ago my daily driver was the 950, after that my GS7, last week the LG G4, and since yesterday, the GS7 Edge... Our 650 still sits in the drawer but I'm thinking that's about to change here reeeal soon

    Still have a hankering to try an SE although like you said, a refreshed version... Curious to see what Apple will decide to do here. Always had this thing about "smaller the better" - there are compromise yet same can be said hanging on to flip-side - so think it would be sweet having a device so powerful of that stature.

    Never really thought much about the XZ1 Compact until you mentioned it. I'm kind of intrigued with its specs/size yet not 100% sold on the design aspect. Think it is going to be tough finding a phone similarly equipped at that size though since the trend appears to moving towards longer displays. The bezel-less aspect many manufactures are going with does help although I'm not overly concerned whether it is or isn't long as phone has an overall visual appeal... like how we are constantly changing out our devices that may not be our sediments within an hour or two LOL.

    Here's hoping your cache partition wipe did the trick and with any luck, the A3 stays on the straight-n-narrow for a lengthy period. Nothing worse than having to constantly fiddle with a device to achieve a form of stability.

    EDIT: Should have mentioned, my DJI Mobile Gimbal plays nicer with smaller dimensional phones so that's another reason to keep size at bay.
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    09-03-2017 03:34 AM
  3. libra89's Avatar
    I'm interested - find it comforting to know I am not the only one that's never content with leaving things "as is". Sometimes it's out of boredom and at other times, due to necessity. In my household the wheels never stops turning LOL.

    Even though I've become pretty anti-MS/WM/WP these days we still can't stop picking the dang things up. Just last night I was toying with my 830, tonight it's the 950 - guess we're hoping for a miracle to ensue hardy har har. And as my previous post alluded to, my Droids have treated me very good yet we are constantly switching. Three weeks ago my daily driver was the 950, after that my GS7, last week the LG G4, and since yesterday, the GS7 Edge... Our 650 still sits in the drawer but I'm thinking that's about to change here reeeal soon

    Still have a hankering to try an SE although like you said, a refreshed version... Curious to see what Apple will decide to do here. Always had this thing about "smaller the better" - there are compromise yet same can be said hanging on to flip-side - so think it would be sweet having a device so powerful of that stature.

    Never really thought much about the XZ1 Compact until you mentioned it. I'm kind of intrigued with its specs/size yet not 100% sold on the design aspect. Think it is going to be tough finding a phone similarly equipped at that size though since the trend appears to moving towards longer displays. The bezel-less aspect many manufactures are going with does help although I'm not overly concerned whether it is or isn't long as phone has an overall visual appeal... like how we are constantly changing out our devices that may not be our sediments within an hour or two LOL.

    Here's hoping your cache partition wipe did the trick and with any luck, the A3 stays on the straight-n-narrow for a lengthy period. Nothing worse than having to constantly fiddle with a device to achieve a form of stability.

    EDIT: Should have mentioned, my DJI Mobile Gimbal plays nicer with smaller dimensional phones so that's another reason to keep size at bay.
    Haha, yeah you win with the switching. It sounds like you have used a different device each week. I'm not on your level. Up to a few days ago, I have been using the A3 for a month and some exclusively until it started to be really annoying. I do agree on the trend.

    Thanks, it seems faster. I'll see how long this works for. It would be nice if it lasted for like 2 months on though.
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    09-03-2017 10:30 PM
  4. camaroz1985's Avatar
    That is what always bugged be about Android, or at least what I heard. I didn't really see that on my Pixel though, so I think it is largely device dependent. If I were ever to go back it would be for a Pixel device, but the rumors of the new one don't impress me that much. I too did love the camera as well, and that was the hardest thing to give up. Still liking my SE, even with it's crappy FFC, but I think I have only used it maybe once a month, and that was for playing with snapchat with the kids, so I don't really care about picture quality, they look cute as puppies no matter what haha. I wouldn't complain if the next SE had an upgraded FFC, my wife's iPhone 7 takes takes pictures that look great, but it isn't on my top 3 list, maybe top 5.
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    09-05-2017 01:25 PM
  5. TennisGuy45's Avatar
    Well I switched yesterday.
    This past weekend was the last straw with my Windows phone.
    It had developed a very bad habit of randomly not getting phone calls. Voicemails would pop up out of nowhere and my wife and kids would ask me why I was not answering the phone.
    Add that to the lagging, freezing, and apps I was missing and I could not take it anymore.

    Bought a Galaxy S8+ on sale and so far I'm loving it. So nice to have access to all these apps I didnt even know I missed!

    I will/do direly miss my TennisFreak app and live tiles.

    Oh well, maybe I can learn Java and rebuild my TennisFreak app for Android.
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    09-05-2017 02:13 PM
  6. libra89's Avatar
    That is what always bugged be about Android, or at least what I heard. I didn't really see that on my Pixel though, so I think it is largely device dependent. If I were ever to go back it would be for a Pixel device, but the rumors of the new one don't impress me that much. I too did love the camera as well, and that was the hardest thing to give up. Still liking my SE, even with it's crappy FFC, but I think I have only used it maybe once a month, and that was for playing with snapchat with the kids, so I don't really care about picture quality, they look cute as puppies no matter what haha. I wouldn't complain if the next SE had an upgraded FFC, my wife's iPhone 7 takes takes pictures that look great, but it isn't on my top 3 list, maybe top 5.
    Yeah I heard of the "slowdown" so much but never experienced it until this phone. As you said, it is really device dependent. I owned the Honor 8 for months and never experienced such a thing.

    I can get that about the camera though. I think it feels different when you have things to compare to. We will see about this refreshed SE, when and if it materializes. The XZ1 Compact is actually a thing and I'm leaning that way, depending on reviews, of course.
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    09-05-2017 02:38 PM
  7. libra89's Avatar
    Well I switched yesterday.
    This past weekend was the last straw with my Windows phone.
    It had developed a very bad habit of randomly not getting phone calls. Voicemails would pop up out of nowhere and my wife and kids would ask me why I was not answering the phone.
    Add that to the lagging, freezing, and apps I was missing and I could not take it anymore.

    Bought a Galaxy S8+ on sale and so far I'm loving it. So nice to have access to all these apps I didnt even know I missed!

    I will/do direly miss my TennisFreak app and live tiles.

    Oh well, maybe I can learn Java and rebuild my TennisFreak app for Android.
    I hope that you'll continue to enjoy your new S8+ !
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    09-05-2017 03:01 PM
  8. libra89's Avatar
    In the 2 days I used my iPhone SE as a phone, I realized that I can't reset my phone or else I'll lose Word Flow. :( Word Flow is not the same as SwiftKey. I guess I have to use GBoard after all, but I don't want to do it. It's not a bad app but I'll miss having a Microsoft keyboard as good as that one is.
    09-05-2017 03:04 PM
  9. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    In the 2 days I used my iPhone SE as a phone, I realized that I can't reset my phone or else I'll lose Word Flow. :( Word Flow is not the same as SwiftKey. I guess I have to use GBoard after all, but I don't want to do it. It's not a bad app but I'll miss having a Microsoft keyboard as good as that one is.
    I had used SwiftKey on my Android devices 2 years ago. However, I found that Gboard improved, whilst SwiftKey got buggy. As a result, I no longer use SwiftKey but use Gboard on all my Android devices.
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    09-05-2017 04:29 PM
  10. tgp's Avatar
    I had used SwiftKey on my Android devices 2 years ago. However, I found that Gboard improved, whilst SwiftKey got buggy. As a result, I no longer use SwiftKey but use Gboard on all my Android devices.
    I did exactly the same thing. I switched from Swiftkey to Gboard on my primary phone last week. It seems to me that Swiftkey has gone downhill over the last few months, and Gboard has gotten much better since I last used it.
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    09-05-2017 05:39 PM
  11. aximtreo's Avatar
    I did exactly the same thing. I switched from Swiftkey to Gboard on my primary phone last week. It seems to me that Swiftkey has gone downhill over the last few months, and Gboard has gotten much better since I last used it.
    Correct me if I'm wrong but about two years ago MS bought Swiftkey and it has gone down ever since. Sounds familiar when MS buys something doesn't it?
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    09-05-2017 06:47 PM
  12. libra89's Avatar
    I had used SwiftKey on my Android devices 2 years ago. However, I found that Gboard improved, whilst SwiftKey got buggy. As a result, I no longer use SwiftKey but use Gboard on all my Android devices.
    I did exactly the same thing. I switched from Swiftkey to Gboard on my primary phone last week. It seems to me that Swiftkey has gone downhill over the last few months, and Gboard has gotten much better since I last used it.
    Yeah I don't know what it is but that keyboard is great. Like you two, it's the only one I use on Android. On iOS, I should just cave and use Gboard there too. I just liked the idea of using Microsoft products on there, but a good keyboard is a good one, right?
    09-05-2017 06:52 PM
  13. tgp's Avatar
    Correct me if I'm wrong but about two years ago MS bought Swiftkey and it has gone down ever since. Sounds familiar when MS buys something doesn't it?
    I noticed Swiftkey's decline over the last 6 months to a year probably, but it was definitely noticeable. I don't know whether it had anything to do with Microsoft taking over, but if it didn't, it was certainly suspicious timing.

    Yeah I don't know what it is but that keyboard is great. Like you two, it's the only one I use on Android. On iOS, I should just cave and use Gboard there too. I just liked the idea of using Microsoft products on there, but a good keyboard is a good one, right?
    I don't like iOS's 3rd party keyboard solution. It always switches to the iOS keyboard when you enter passwords for example. This actually makes sense, from a security standpoint.

    I don't use a keyboard much on my iPad, so I just use the default iOS keyboard. You're more dedicated than I am if you use Swiftkey just because it's Microsoft. I use whatever works best. I couldn't care less whose it is! That's why I use a Windows PC, an iPad, and an Android phone.
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    09-05-2017 06:59 PM
  14. libra89's Avatar
    I noticed Swiftkey's decline over the last 6 months to a year probably, but it was definitely noticeable. I don't know whether it had anything to do with Microsoft taking over, but if it didn't, it was certainly suspicious timing.



    I don't like iOS's 3rd party keyboard solution. It always switches to the iOS keyboard when you enter passwords for example. This actually makes sense, from a security standpoint.

    I don't use a keyboard much on my iPad, so I just use the default iOS keyboard. You're more dedicated than I am if you use Swiftkey just because it's Microsoft. I use whatever works best. I couldn't care less whose it is! That's why I use a Windows PC, an iPad, and an Android phone.
    I don't mind the switching for passwords. For me, Word Flow was a way to get that WP 8.1 keyboard and the word prediction has been outstanding for me. It was a nice bonus that it was a Microsoft keyboard. I tried SwiftKey sometime last year but after Word Flow came out, it was nice to ditch that.

    I think you and me are different when it comes to the iOS keyboard. I hate it. No swipe/jump text, no deal for me.
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    09-05-2017 07:43 PM
  15. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Correct me if I'm wrong but about two years ago MS bought Swiftkey and it has gone down ever since. Sounds familiar when MS buys something doesn't it?
    I'm not sure if the timing is a coincidence or not, but about a year ago is when I started noticing the bugs in SwiftKey.
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    09-05-2017 07:47 PM
  16. tgp's Avatar
    I think you and me are different when it comes to the iOS keyboard. I hate it. No swipe/jump text, no deal for me.
    No I don't like it either. But most of what I do on the iPad doesn't require input of much more than a username/password or a search term. Since it switches to the default keyboard half the time anyway, I just leave it. If I did any more on it, or if I used an iPhone, I would certainly use another keyboard.
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    09-05-2017 07:56 PM
  17. libra89's Avatar
    No I don't like it either. But most of what I do on the iPad doesn't require input of much more than a username/password or a search term. Since it switches to the default keyboard half the time anyway, I just leave it. If I did any more on it, or if I used an iPhone, I would certainly use another keyboard.
    Ooh okay, I see. That makes a lot of sense.
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    09-05-2017 08:00 PM
  18. camaroz1985's Avatar
    I loved Wordflow. Since it is gone I just use the default keyboard. None of the alternatives appeal to me. It's a shame they (Microsoft) discontinued it.
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    09-06-2017 01:20 PM
  19. Nate W's Avatar
    I loved Wordflow. Since it is gone I just use the default keyboard. None of the alternatives appeal to me. It's a shame they (Microsoft) discontinued it.
    It went with WP8 right? I saw an article on that recently about all the dissapointed iPhone users it would leave behind, and how the end of WP8 marked the start of that.
    09-06-2017 10:33 PM
  20. camaroz1985's Avatar
    I don't know what triggered the removal, and I think Microsoft directed people to SwiftKey, but I don't like that one as much, and I find it easier just to use the iOS keyboard, even though it doesn't have a period on the main keyboard, and the auto-correct isn't as good.
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    09-07-2017 03:13 PM
  21. libra89's Avatar
    I don't know what triggered the removal, and I think Microsoft directed people to SwiftKey, but I don't like that one as much, and I find it easier just to use the iOS keyboard, even though it doesn't have a period on the main keyboard, and the auto-correct isn't as good.
    Yeah I missed the boat with the SwiftKey love on iOS...
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    09-07-2017 03:31 PM
  22. libra89's Avatar
    I'm indecisive.

    I have been using the A3 but I find myself wondering when it will show me that it needs to be cleared again. This waiting period is going to be a bit challenging. Scenarios are rolling out in my mind of different possibilities in the range of things that are just dumb to trying things again anyway, even though I shouldn't.

    Meanwhile, I'm debating if I should keep my 650 or not. I do like it but I find myself buying apps (as in non-free ones) just in the name of supporting the platform. I also have to get myself to try to turn it on sometimes, but the rarity of finding it again it makes me hold on it anyway.

    Very much a 1st world problem to have haha...
    09-07-2017 09:55 PM
  23. aximtreo's Avatar
    I'm indecisive.

    I have been using the A3 but I find myself wondering when it will show me that it needs to be cleared again. This waiting period is going to be a bit challenging. Scenarios are rolling out in my mind of different possibilities in the range of things that are just dumb to trying things again anyway, even though I shouldn't.

    Meanwhile, I'm debating if I should keep my 650 or not. I do like it but I find myself buying apps (as in non-free ones) just in the name of supporting the platform. I also have to get myself to try to turn it on sometimes, but the rarity of finding it again it makes me hold on it anyway.

    Very much a 1st world problem to have haha...

    I feel your pain. I just sold my X3. Not because I didn't love it and like to use it but because I had too much invested dollar wise. If it had been the 650, I would have kept it for use on those cold rainy Arizona winter night when I need warm and fuzzy feelings.LOL

    Just bought a LG V20 to complement my iPhone 6s+.
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    09-08-2017 09:44 AM
  24. libra89's Avatar
    I feel your pain. I just sold my X3. Not because I didn't love it and like to use it but because I had too much invested dollar wise. If it had been the 650, I would have kept it for use on those cold rainy Arizona winter night when I need warm and fuzzy feelings.LOL

    Just bought a LG V20 to complement my iPhone 6s+.
    Yeah, that's totally understandable. Haha, true about the warm and fuzzy feelings. I think it's a hard place to be at right now.

    Congrats on the V20! How are you liking it so far? That sounds like a solid combo.
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    09-08-2017 10:01 AM
  25. tgp's Avatar
    I do like it but I find myself buying apps (as in non-free ones) just in the name of supporting the platform.
    This is commendable, but isn't it kind of throwing money down the drain at this point? More people should have done this several years ago.
    09-08-2017 11:03 AM
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