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  1. worldspy99's Avatar
    I think I'll go the snobbish route and get a pair of entry level truly wireless headphones. I'm sitting on $70 in gift cards, so that'll help.
    I still use one pair with the dongle (CX-5) even though I have 2 pairs of BT headphones. One in ear (Mpow Seashell) and one over ear (Cowin E-7).

    I like all three quite a bit.
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    12-02-2017 11:07 AM
  2. libra89's Avatar
    The Mi Note 2's updated to the November security patch. The phone runs nicely. And it offers some nice versatility too.

    I still would like something smaller. I still feel if I had a Mi 5 with the Mi Note 2's LTE bands as my daily driver, I'd have been good. I've enjoyed the phone though since I've gotten it.
    Very cool that it got that update! Your desire is understandable though, since most of your phones are on the bigger side.

    You seem to really like it a lot, and it does sound like a solid phone.
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    12-02-2017 11:09 AM
  3. libra89's Avatar
    I think I'll go the snobbish route and get a pair of entry level truly wireless headphones. I'm sitting on $70 in gift cards, so that'll help.
    Please share your thoughts on what you decide because I'll like to know. I don't have any but I know that I'll have to cave sometime.

    Edit: Not an audiophile at all, I just like to listen to music and get decent battery life out of a pair so we might seek different things but I'm still interested.
    Last edited by libra89; 12-02-2017 at 11:27 AM.
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    12-02-2017 11:13 AM
  4. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    My turn to snicker in the corner
    I have enough issues tolerating the work iFruit, so you're snickering for S&G there...
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    12-02-2017 11:34 AM
  5. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Please share your thoughts on what you decide because I'll like to know. I don't have any but I know that I'll have to cave sometime.

    Edit: Not an audiophile at all, I just like to listen to music and get decent battery life out of a pair so we might seek different things but I'm still interested.
    Most likely the Jam Audio Transit ones for $99. I like my Sony's but the fit can be a bit annoying at times. Plus the Jam ones give 15 recharges per cycle in the case. It makes up for the shorter battery life.
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    12-02-2017 11:44 AM
  6. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Very cool that it got that update! Your desire is understandable though, since most of your phones are on the bigger side.

    You seem to really like it a lot, and it does sound like a solid phone.
    It's a good phone. I loved the Mi 5 more as it's a smaller version of this. We'll see what happens. The only two replacements would be Andy's phone and the V30 with the U11+ a very distant 3rd. I do like the look of the Mate 10 Pro, but I'll live vicariously through 99 with that stuff now.
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    12-02-2017 11:47 AM
  7. libra89's Avatar
    Most likely the Jam Audio Transit ones for $99. I like my Sony's but the fit can be a bit annoying at times. Plus the Jam ones give 15 recharges per cycle in the case. It makes up for the shorter battery life.
    That's good to know about the recharges per cycle, I'll look into it. Thank you.
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    12-02-2017 12:50 PM
  8. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Haven't had a proper beer in 6 months. It all ends today. I'm going to a pub, (more like a beer house) where they actually make beer and have a cold, nice, dark unfiltered one. Or two.
    Nice! Fresh beer is even better. 🍺
    12-02-2017 12:52 PM
  9. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Took the seldom trodden path towards the waterfall.

    https://i.imgur.com/O1krHsc.jpg


    Clear running stream right out of the jungle
    (local recreational park)
    https://i.imgur.com/zP6sfUm.jpg


    ... !
    Nice pictures!☺️ What did you shoot them with?
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    12-02-2017 12:53 PM
  10. Rose640's Avatar
    What makes you think that??!
    Past experiences. It wouldn't be your first. And I'm having this grumpy NY guy as my first pick to be sold one of your phones.
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    12-02-2017 12:55 PM
  11. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    That's good to know about the recharges per cycle, I'll look into it. Thank you.
    Remember, battery life for these currently are three hours. They're intended for bursty use. I'm only getting it because of the number of charges in the case.

    Sony has a wonderful noise canceling model I like, but I'm not spending $200 on these type of headphones.
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    12-02-2017 12:56 PM
  12. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I think I'll go the snobbish route and get a pair of entry level truly wireless headphones. I'm sitting on $70 in gift cards, so that'll help.
    I got LG Tone Pro Bluetooth earbuds last year from a gift card I had. I still prefer my wired Klipsch earbuds and my Sony MDR-7506 headphones .
    12-02-2017 12:56 PM
  13. Rose640's Avatar
    You're right about the Pixel.
    iPhone might not go because I heard the wife grumbling about a new phone.
    I finally like an Apple device hardware wise. If I keep it, it will be for the wife. iOS still has some pretty severe limitations for my daily use.
    Well, I was still partially right. You are technically not going to use it yourself.
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    12-02-2017 12:57 PM
  14. Rose640's Avatar
    Actually FaceID is fine.
    They should have still kept TouchID though.
    Gestures are fine as well.
    What is non intuitive is what to do when an app freezes as swiping up to go home even doesn't happen and restarting a device is now a multi step process.

    Essential is a dark horse. The more I use it, the more I like it.
    That's a surprise. Thought you wouldn't like it as much. Andy's phone didn't launch quite as good as expected. So the camera isn't as terrible as the initial reviews claimed it to be?
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    12-02-2017 12:59 PM
  15. Rose640's Avatar
    Well, it won't be me.
    Too bad I haven't seen this post before. You were my first pick.
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    12-02-2017 01:00 PM
  16. libra89's Avatar
    Looking at my purchase history, I just noticed that it has been almost a month since I tried the iPhone 8. I don't regret the trial at all but I can admit that I still have a strong interest in the possibility of the refreshed SE.

    The A3 on 7.0 has been pretty good. I haven't had any real frustrations aside from a very often used app of mine freezing weekly (I either exit the app and try to go back in or just clear cache). In those moments, I miss the Pixel but not the form factor.

    The refreshed SE has the possibility to have SE performance and of course, slightly improved cameras. I'm still down for that since performance on the 8 was great with apps. As for today, I don't mind hanging out with the A3 but in a future sense, I don't know if the Pixel might be better for me after all unless the refreshed SE drops.

    My only concern is weak signal areas at school. I noticed at the open house I went to, classes are at the basement level of the building for my program. Hmm decisions, decisions...
    Last edited by libra89; 12-02-2017 at 01:43 PM.
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    12-02-2017 01:30 PM
  17. libra89's Avatar
    Remember, battery life for these currently are three hours. They're intended for bursty use. I'm only getting it because of the number of charges in the case.

    Sony has a wonderful noise canceling model I like, but I'm not spending $200 on these type of headphones.
    Ooh okay, thanks for that clarification. I actually didn't know that. Now I get why you say that.
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    12-02-2017 01:31 PM
  18. worldspy99's Avatar
    Past experiences. It wouldn't be your first. And I'm having this grumpy NY guy as my first pick to be sold one of your phones.
    Wow!
    I'm impressed.
    How come you didn't get the sarcasm in the original post though?
    12-02-2017 01:45 PM
  19. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Too bad I haven't seen this post before. You were my first pick.
    Give me more credit than that. I haven't bought Apple in years and don't intend to. I've made that very clear here.

    I wish I had kept my unopened OG iPhone though. That's the only iPhone I've really enjoyed using.
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    12-02-2017 01:46 PM
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    Well, I was still partially right. You are technically not going to use it yourself.
    Probably not. I did get an iPad though and I will use that because it's mostly for entertainment. No other apps so I don't care about notifications. Keyboard on iPad is vastly better than on the phone. And since I plan to install maybe 10 apps at the most the page customization won't bother me as much. So all in all it will be a better compromise for me.
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    12-02-2017 01:48 PM
  21. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I'm in the Google pop up in NYC. The Max isn't a bad speaker at all. Sound is solid. Not something I'd buy, but it's interesting nonetheless.
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    12-02-2017 01:48 PM
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    That's a surprise. Thought you wouldn't like it as much. Andy's phone didn't launch quite as good as expected. So the camera isn't as terrible as the initial reviews claimed it to be?
    They've pushed out about 3-4 updates to the camera and it seems to be performing quite well now. I haven't test driven it too much yet.
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    12-02-2017 01:49 PM
  23. worldspy99's Avatar
    Too bad I haven't seen this post before. You were my first pick.
    He wasn't going to get the iPhone from me.
    Plus if wife decides to pass, I'm going to flip it and make some money.
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    12-02-2017 01:50 PM
  24. worldspy99's Avatar
    Time for some Essential pictures.
    Not bad at all.
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    12-02-2017 01:54 PM
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    Portrait mode in action on the Essential phone.
    12-02-2017 01:54 PM
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