1. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I think my body is against me returning to work.

    It seems a common thing for me as well. Go on vacation and then get a cold prior to returning to work. :/

    I've decided to go in. Not sure if I'll last the day. I didn't sleep much at all.

    Ah well, such is life.
    I hope you'll be feeling better soon!
    11-30-2015 12:17 AM
  2. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I hope you'll be feeling better soon!
    I'll be fine. It's just annoying but I am running a bit of a fever...
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    11-30-2015 12:24 AM
  3. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I'll be fine. It's just annoying but I am running a bit of a fever...
    :( That's not good.
    11-30-2015 12:26 AM
  4. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    :( That's not good.
    I take a more positive approach. ( shocking I know) It's better to be sick now than during my next holidays! ;)
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    11-30-2015 12:36 AM
  5. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I take a more positive approach. ( shocking I know) It's better to be sick now than during my next holidays! ;)
    I like that!
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    11-30-2015 12:37 AM
  6. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Weather is all messed up here. It's going to be a high of 13C today. It's already 10C. This is way too warm fur this time of year!
    11-30-2015 01:05 AM
  7. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I like that!
    I try. :)
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    11-30-2015 01:05 AM
  8. Rose640's Avatar
    It's doing great... Love it! I don't regret my decision one bit. It's blazing fast at everything. The "specs" obviously don't matter, as the proof is in the pudding as they say. The actual real world performance is what "wows" me. Launching apps, switching between them, and general app performance is stellar. Take the camera app for example; the launch app to saved picture time is super fast.

    Speaking of the camera, (and this is coming from a former 1020, and more recently a 1520 user) the imaging is top notch. For my needs, the 6S Plus' camera is more than enough.. especially with all the camera apps available that have full access to the camera API, like Pro Shot for example. Heck, I even have the real Instagram now! All this means a much more flexible camera for me, save for DNG/RAW support, but honestly, I could probably count on one hand how many times I've used that. If I really need to shoot a RAW image, I still have my 1520 ;)

    Im going to write up a full review (from a Windows Phone user's perspective) soon. But, before my stint with Windows Phone, over the last 3-4 years (two 920s, two 1020s, and a 1520), I actually came from 4 generations of iPhones, starting with the original, all the way through the 4S where I "switched". So I'm back to familiar territory here, so to speak. A lot has changed yes, but for the better! iOS has evolved and improved so much. I have been keeping up with things with my iPad Air 2, but now back to using it as my daily driver phone, I see what I've been missing! It's just a luxurious experience.

    Don't get me wrong though, I'm still a big fan of WP, and I'm not going anywhere. I'm just going to wait it out patiently (and contently) from the sidelines with my 6S Plus and all my apps. I'll still keep up with everything on my 1520, as I've spent a small fortune on paid apps on this platform as well... and when the time comes, and the "Surface Phones" are all the rage, and have all the apps and services that I want and need, I'll happily jump back onboard with a "Windows Phone" as my daily driver.
    Well i guess that those phone cameras reached certain point where you really can't tell the difference anymore.
    Remember those old VGA 1.8 or something cameras?
    11-30-2015 01:07 AM
  9. worldspy99's Avatar
    Here's one picture I took using the Nexus 5.
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    11-30-2015 01:13 AM
  10. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Here's one picture I took using the Nexus 5.
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    That looks great!
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    11-30-2015 01:19 AM
  11. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I think my body is against me returning to work.

    It seems a common thing for me as well. Go on vacation and then get a cold prior to returning to work. :/

    I've decided to go in. Not sure if I'll last the day. I didn't sleep much at all.

    Ah well, such is life.
    My mind and body are feeling what you're feeling...and i haven't even been on vacation...

    Posted via Xperia Z3
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    11-30-2015 06:18 AM
  12. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    That was a lot of phone talk. I'll stick to my Z3 for the moment. It has everything I need for now. Would be nice to have wireless charging but it's not a deal breaker.

    Still thinking about the Z5 but may wait to see if Sony brings out something better.
    Sounds like you'll be waiting for another 2 years.

    I don't think Sony can do better. Only areas they can improve on is the camera department. Sony is in a decent place design wise. They need fresh look, better cameras, better marketing, faster updates. People who aren't in the know don't casually buy Sony phones.

    Posted via Xperia Z3
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    11-30-2015 06:22 AM
  13. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Morning folks. Tough decisions lay ahead. Gonna need more than a few Guinness go figure these things out...

    Posted via Xperia Z3
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    11-30-2015 06:24 AM
  14. Muessig's Avatar
    I try. :)
    Get a 950 or XL
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    11-30-2015 06:50 AM
  15. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    People who aren't in the know don't casually buy Sony phones.

    Posted via Xperia Z3
    I think anyone buying a phone should take the time to know what they're buying. Unfortunately they don't and walk away disappointed or with the wrong phone. 98% of the time due to the store clerks.

    Whether I buy a Sony again or something else will come down to how I feel about it. I know I won't buy a Samsung because I simply don't like them. Other than that I'm pretty open to what I buy.

    There are people already on this site returning the 950/950XL or trying to sell it off. Simply because they thought it was something it's not. I personally wouldn't touch W10M on a new phone for at least 3-6 months from now. It's still too beta for me and I'm tired of being a beta tester.
    11-30-2015 06:56 AM
  16. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Get a 950 or XL
    Nope. Not going to happen. I don't like they way the phone looks and I W10M is missing too many of the apps I like to use or anything comparable.

    I'm sticking to Android until W10M grows up some more, if it ever does...
    11-30-2015 06:58 AM
  17. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Oh if anyone is interested in how Finland feels about the new MS phones. Most of the stores steer people clear of all Lumia phones. We had a guest over last week who went to get a L640 and they told her that the phone was garbage and she should get a Samsung S6.

    So it's not just the US that has this issue and I already know that happens here too.

    Go into a store not knowing what you want and you'll walk out with a phone you didn't intend to buy.
    11-30-2015 07:04 AM
  18. Muessig's Avatar
    I can imagine Finnish people would be quite upset with the ms/Nokia deal so this isn't a huge shock. Still pretty shocking practice but not unexpected.
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    11-30-2015 07:56 AM
  19. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Oh if anyone is interested in how Finland feels about the new MS phones. Most of the stores steer people clear of all Lumia phones. We had a guest over last week who went to get a L640 and they told her that the phone was garbage and she should get a Samsung S6.

    So it's not just the US that has this issue and I already know that happens here too.

    Go into a store not knowing what you want and you'll walk out with a phone you didn't intend to buy.
    The 640 isn't a bad phone...99'll swear by is as his new 822. There is a market for people who are on a budget that want something that works well enough and are platform agnostic. So in that regard, it is fine if people buy lower end Android (like the Moto G/Idol 3/One Plus X) or the WP offerings.

    The problem is the 950 is good but not great...and MSFT was never positiong it to be a hero phone either. I like the XL only because of how disappointed i was with the feel in hand of the 950. The 950 is cheaper and maybe if i get an XL at the $400 price point, i may be interested.

    My thing has always been...do your research and know what you want. Sales clerks are there to sell because they've got to and pay bills too. If you know what you want and are realistic with your expectations, you'll find value for money.

    Posted via Xperia Z3
    11-30-2015 07:57 AM
  20. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I think anyone buying a phone should take the time to know what they're buying. Unfortunately they don't and walk away disappointed or with the wrong phone. 98% of the time due to the store clerks.

    Whether I buy a Sony again or something else will come down to how I feel about it. I know I won't buy a Samsung because I simply don't like them. Other than that I'm pretty open to what I buy.

    There are people already on this site returning the 950/950XL or trying to sell it off. Simply because they thought it was something it's not. I personally wouldn't touch W10M on a new phone for at least 3-6 months from now. It's still too beta for me and I'm tired of being a beta tester.
    The truth is, the market is saturated. These two phones are the phones MSFT should have released LAST year. Drop the 805 processor and throw out the USB type C...and sell these for $100 less than their current prices. If these phones are for the fans, i don't know who they're catering to when the market wants good hardware at a cheaper price point due to the saturation levels.

    Yes, i sound like an armchair CEO, but the cancellation of the McLaren was smart...the problem is there was not filler alternative ready at the time. Had MSFT released these last year or even the start of this year with the current specs, they'd be able to use these fillers to get them to Q2-Q3 2016 in better shape to drop the convergence devices.

    I agree with the Jason Ward article on MSFT's long play. The problem is MSFT needed a more polished offering on Windows 10 from launch. The real reason why i haven't gone hard for either the XL or 950 is the same reason why I'm on the fence for the Z5 - they're not true upgrades. The stand out features aren't as standout anymore. The 950's camera seems to be among the best, but not class leading. The Z5's camera is among the best, but not class leading. Waterproofing is nice, but Sony is selling it as water resistance now...something that doesn't matter to many folks. Both the Z5 and 950 have slightly uninteresting designs.

    There just isn't enough reason to buy either the Z5 or the 950. If i had to pick one, I'd want to go with the 950 because a better camera on my secondary device is welcomed. But as of right now, my stable is good enough.

    Both are ******* overpriced, it's not even funny.

    Posted via Xperia Z3
    11-30-2015 08:11 AM
  21. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    The 640 isn't a bad phone...99'll swear by is as his new 822. There is a market for people who are on a budget that want something that works well enough and are platform agnostic. So in that regard, it is fine if people buy lower end Android (like the Moto G/Idol 3/One Plus X) or the WP offerings.

    The problem is the 950 is good but not great...and MSFT was never positiong it to be a hero phone either. I like the XL only because of how disappointed i was with the feel in hand of the 950. The 950 is cheaper and maybe if i get an XL at the $400 price point, i may be interested.

    My thing has always been...do your research and know what you want. Sales clerks are there to sell because they've got to and pay bills too. If you know what you want and are realistic with your expectations, you'll find value for money.

    Posted via Xperia Z3
    The lady was all set to buy a L640 as her first smartphone but got turned off buying any phone due to the store clerks attitude and then getting worried about the phone. So no sale for the sales clerk at all for being a jerk.

    She doesn't need a super powerful phone. The L640 would have suited her just fine. Thing is sales clerks just want the money. That's their job. Unfortunately the intimidate people who don't know any better and that's truly sad.

    I told the other person who was her to go with her next time she's ready and just get the phone she wants.
    11-30-2015 08:19 AM
  22. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    The truth is, the market is saturated. These two phones are the phones MSFT should have released LAST year. Drop the 805 processor and throw out the USB type C...and sell these for $100 less than their current prices. If these phones are for the fans, i don't know who they're catering to when the market wants good hardware at a cheaper price point due to the saturation levels.

    Yes, i sound like an armchair CEO, but the cancellation of the McLaren was smart...the problem is there was not filler alternative ready at the time. Had MSFT released these last year or even the start of this year with the current specs, they'd be able to use these fillers to get them to Q2-Q3 2016 in better shape to drop the convergence devices.

    I agree with the Jason Ward article on MSFT's long play. The problem is MSFT needed a more polished offering on Windows 10 from launch. The real reason why i haven't gone hard for either the XL or 950 is the same reason why I'm on the fence for the Z5 - they're not true upgrades. The stand out features aren't as standout anymore. The 950's camera seems to be among the best, but not class leading. The Z5's camera is among the best, but not class leading. Waterproofing is nice, but Sony is selling it as water resistance now...something that doesn't matter to many folks. Both the Z5 and 950 have slightly uninteresting designs.

    There just isn't enough reason to buy either the Z5 or the 950. If i had to pick one, I'd want to go with the 950 because a better camera on my secondary device is welcomed. But as of right now, my stable is good enough.

    Both are ******* overpriced, it's not even funny.

    Posted via Xperia Z3
    I agree the market is overly saturated. The main reason I have no interest in W10M is simply because it hasn't done much from W8.1. There's still the app issue. There's some new things there but nothing earth shattering to make me want to spend the exorbitant amounts for their new flagships. They're way too expensive.

    As for the Z5. I still may consider it simply because of the issues I had with the Z3 with the screen replacement and no other reason.

    The Z5 is still classified as IP68 and they still called it waterproof on their website.
    11-30-2015 08:32 AM
  23. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    If i were buying a phone this year, the only phone...is a G4. It checks most of the boxes for me...and with the right launcher such as Arrow or Xperia home or the Google launcher, you can avoid that mess looking LG UX.

    Is it an upgrade over my Z3? Yes. It is an upgrade over my Maxx as a daily driver? Nope. So it is off the list.

    The 5X would be the choice over the G4 if there was a 64GB version. These days i do 16GB + SD slot or 64GB internal as my choices. 32GB doesn't cut it and 16GB is like my current boss - a really bad joke.

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    11-30-2015 08:35 AM
  24. Rose640's Avatar
    Looks like a broke my leg, again, the same one. Twice in two years. Well i'm sick if this anymore. Broke my head, cut my neck (almost died), broke my arm, my knee 2x, and now my right leg for the second time, if it is broken though, as much as i hate hospitals i'll have to go tommorow early.
    11-30-2015 08:36 AM
  25. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I agree the market is overly saturated. The main reason I have no interest in W10M is simply because it hasn't done much from W8.1. There's still the app issue. There's some new things there but nothing earth shattering to make me want to spend the exorbitant amounts for their new flagships. They're way too expensive.

    As for the Z5. I still may consider it simply because of the issues I had with the Z3 with the screen replacement and no other reason.

    The Z5 is still classified as IP68 and they still called it waterproof on their website.
    Well, your wife has a Z5C...how's she making out with it so far?

    For you as a daily driver, the Z5 may make sense, or even a G4...but i don't know how you feel about their UX.

    For the record, my Z3 is in great shape, except for how L made the battery useless.

    Posted via Xperia Z3
    11-30-2015 08:38 AM
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