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  1. TgeekB's Avatar
    I’m glad I’m over the drama, but I do enjoy this site and many of the people who come here. Good people who are going through what I went through. I hope you all find your answer.
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    09-23-2017 06:49 AM
  2. libra89's Avatar
    Considering switching back to my A3. I have general core things that are must haves and while the Pixel meets/exceeds some of it, I don't know if that's enough for me. Great radios and cameras but not having song ID has been difficult for me, along with the lack of a mute switch.
    So I switched back to the A3 and it feels good again. I think I can finally understand @Nate W . He's still one of a kind lol but I get it. Switching from a Pixel to the A3 is seen as crazy. I wish that I could have known that this would happen before dropping a few hundreds on a Pixel.
    Everyone is trying to sell their Pixel now. I'm debating doing a trade-in...
    09-23-2017 11:41 AM
  3. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Yes I am. I haven’t updated it to 11 yet though. Might tonight!
    Do it, you won’t be disappointed.
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    09-23-2017 02:35 PM
  4. TgeekB's Avatar
    Do it, you won’t be disappointed.
    I did. Went well. Just haven’t used it much yet.
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    09-23-2017 02:38 PM
  5. nate0's Avatar
    Google is giving away Pixel XLs for those with bum Nexus 6p phones. Kind of a sweet deal if you have a Google purchased Nexus 6p and it has hardware/sw boot issues.
    Google is offering Nexus 6P owners a Pixel XL as a warranty replacement
    09-23-2017 02:59 PM
  6. HeyCori's Avatar
    Played with Essential phone at Best Buy today. It's actually kind of stunning. Shame about the camera since, according to reviews, it's pretty unreliable. Also played with the KeyOne. It is nice, and the keyboard is great, but it's too small and cramped for my fingers.
    09-23-2017 07:28 PM
  7. libra89's Avatar
    Played with Essential phone at Best Buy today. It's actually kind of stunning. Shame about the camera since, according to reviews, it's pretty unreliable. Also played with the KeyOne. It is nice, and the keyboard is great, but it's too small and cramped for my fingers.
    Yeah, it's sad for a stunning phone to be that much and have a lame camera.

    Aw I would have thought that the KeyOne would be up your alley.
    09-23-2017 08:25 PM
  8. HeyCori's Avatar
    I liked everything about the phone except the width.
    09-23-2017 08:35 PM
  9. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Played with Essential phone at Best Buy today. It's actually kind of stunning. Shame about the camera since, according to reviews, it's pretty unreliable. Also played with the KeyOne. It is nice, and the keyboard is great, but it's too small and cramped for my fingers.
    I'll have to check out the Best Buy in my neighborhood. I'm not looking to buy anything new, since I got a new LG V20 a month ago, but I always love trying new toys. ☺️ I want to play with the Essential phone and the KeyOne.
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    09-24-2017 02:45 AM
  10. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I liked everything about the phone except the width.
    That’s pretty much the reason I haven’t bought a Keyone. Narrow vkb is a lot more forgiving than a physical one.
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    09-24-2017 11:12 AM
  11. HeyCori's Avatar
    That’s pretty much the reason I haven’t bought a Keyone. Narrow vkb is a lot more forgiving than a physical one.
    Yeah, the last physical keyboard I used was the BlackBerry Passport, and the width and key size was great. I'd much rather have something like that.
    09-24-2017 01:34 PM
  12. TgeekB's Avatar
    Yeah, the last physical keyboard I used was the BlackBerry Passport, and the width and key size was great. I'd much rather have something like that.
    Too wide to carry easily in a pocket. Something in between would be nice.
    09-24-2017 02:12 PM
  13. Anne Naunymes's Avatar
    Finally left WP since 7, 8 & 10 to android. Should have done it long before so far quite pleased how good android is.
    09-24-2017 04:28 PM
  14. libra89's Avatar
    Finally left WP since 7, 8 & 10 to android. Should have done it long before so far quite pleased how good android is.
    What Android phone did you get?
    09-24-2017 07:28 PM
  15. libra89's Avatar
    In a weird way, I'm wondering if the best of both worlds exists with the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact. Watching some reviews from UK tech reviewers makes it look not as bad (in regards to the camera).

    Like the A3, battery life is great. Like the Pixel, performance will be great.
    Also the size will be even better than the A3 is.

    I wonder but I can't do anything about buying that unless I get rid of the Pixel.
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    09-24-2017 09:24 PM
  16. Rinsun's Avatar
    So I'm having mixed Pixel feelings. It's been about 4 days and I felt these feelings the day it arrived but I was encouraged to use it for a month. At this point, it's hard for me to see myself doing that. The Pixel doesn't feel big or anything but I don't know if I just miss iOS or what.

    Weirdly enough, I have missed my A3 for song identification more than anything else. I love having the voice search option for that.
    On the Pixel, you don't get it without GA, which I don't want to use. I'm not sure. I love the Pixel camera but I don't know if this was worth it for me. Also I find myself using time and money trying to endlessly customize the Pixel because I'm still not content with how the home screens look. "Stock" has its pros and cons. I'm missing the mute mode and battery life of my A3. I think I can get @fatclue_98 's earlier comment about the V20 not totally hitting the spot for him.

    Edit: I'm going to make a pro and con list to see if that helps me decide what to use.

    Edit 2: Considering switching back to my A3. I have general core things that are must haves and while the Pixel meets/exceeds some of it, I don't know if that's enough for me. Great radios and cameras but not having song ID has been difficult for me, along with the lack of a mute switch.
    How about Shazam, SoundHound or Musixmatch ? I think Shazam has an instant music recognition widget for the home screen.
    09-24-2017 09:36 PM
  17. libra89's Avatar
    How about Shazam, SoundHound or Musixmatch ? I think Shazam has an instant music recognition widget for the home screen.
    Thank you for the suggestion! I'll check out Shazam.
    09-24-2017 09:42 PM
  18. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Thank you for the suggestion! I'll check out Shazam.
    I like this app. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...e.android.ears
    09-24-2017 10:05 PM
  19. libra89's Avatar
    Thank you Laura, I'll try it out!
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    09-24-2017 10:29 PM
  20. Rinsun's Avatar
    Unfortunately this app does not seem to be available in my country so I can't try It out.It says in Play Store that 'this item is not available in your country'.
    It doesn't matter though because Shazam works fine for me. I have been using it for the past few years :)
    Last edited by Rinsun; 09-25-2017 at 04:05 AM.
    09-25-2017 03:06 AM
  21. libra89's Avatar
    Unfortunately this app does not seem to be available in my country so I can't try It out.It says in Play Store that 'this item is not available in your country'.
    It doesn't matter though because Shazam works fine for me. I have been using it for the past few years :)
    It's basically a Google widget that you can tap to identify a song. It's weird that you can't download it though, but it seems to work the same as Shazam but no need to open the app like you have to for Shazam and the others, unless you add those widgets to your home screen.
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    09-25-2017 09:34 AM
  22. Rinsun's Avatar
    It's basically a Google widget that you can tap to identify a song. It's weird that you can't download it though, but it seems to work the same as Shazam but no need to open the app like you have to for Shazam and the others, unless you add those widgets to your home screen.
    Yes I see that. The app seems to have been last updated a long time back.The Google app has a music recognition widget of its own now. Here's the screenshot of the app from Play Store -
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    09-25-2017 09:46 AM
  23. libra89's Avatar
    So switching back to the A3 was nice until I remembered some stupid quirks that being on Marshmallow brings (info on the lock screen is all or none, which is just dumb for a timer...), especially coming from Oreo on the Pixel. No news on when it will get 7.0, just that it will get it.

    Battery life has been under what I would like for the Pixel, which is one thing that motivated switching back. The other thing has been the very rare random reboot (apparently a decent number of people are experiencing this with the 8.0 update). So I am doing an experiment. I decided to do a factory reset (people have said that those two issues have gone away by doing this), play with some settings, and just install the apps that I actually use all the time (now including Shazam for song ID) and see how that goes.
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    09-25-2017 09:54 AM
  24. Rinsun's Avatar
    So switching back to the A3 was nice until I remembered some stupid quirks that being on Marshmallow brings (info on the lock screen is all or none, which is just dumb for a timer...), especially coming from Oreo on the Pixel. No news on when it will get 7.0, just that it will get it.

    Battery life has been under what I would like for the Pixel, which is one thing that motivated switching back. The other thing has been the very rare random reboot (apparently a decent number of people are experiencing this with the 8.0 update). So I am doing an experiment. I decided to do a factory reset (people have said that those two issues have gone away by doing this), play with some settings, and just install the apps that I actually use all the time (now including Shazam for song ID) and see how that goes.
    Have you ever tried Greenify for battery ? It seems to work well according to many Android users .

    I am looking forward to the Oreo update on my G5 Plus which should arrive by the year end.
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    09-25-2017 10:09 AM
  25. libra89's Avatar
    Have you ever tried Greenify for battery ? It seems to work well according to many Android users .

    I am looking forward to the Oreo update on my G5 Plus which should arrive by the year end.
    I looked into it and according to the reviews, I recall seeing that it doesn't work as well with Oreo. Oreo is better about telling you the background processes, so I would rather let it do its thing. I'm really hoping that the random reboots stay away.

    The Oreo update is really light everywhere in system themes but it's nice. I like the battery estimate, but of course I do haha.
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    09-25-2017 10:35 AM
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