1. raycpl's Avatar
    Got the hammock last year at Ho Chi Minh City, but the metal frame came in today..
    This will come in handy when chilling out...
    Buds optional!
    09-29-2020 03:17 AM
  2. fatclue_98's Avatar
    **Duo update**

    So it had been 2 weeks and not much had changed as far as usability is concerned. Some of the bugs reported by others had begun cropping up here and there like the unresponsive screen. Closing and re-opening the thing would always make it right. Cumbersome yes, but this is still a first gen device and that needs to be taken into consideration. ****** call audio through bluetooth has been my biggest contributor to elevated blood pressure and after going through 3 different types of wireless headsets I was thinking about wiping it down and sending it back. I even went as far as using my 11 Pro Max on Saturday and then my OnePlus 8 on Sunday. It's hard going back to a single display phone after using the Duo, no lie.

    As much as I hate going through the process I went nucular (as Sarah Palin would say) and did a factory reset and started completely from scratch. That's two hours of my life I know I'll never get back but it was worth it. In fact, I would advise Microsoft to tell buyers to perform a hard reset immediately after the initial Day One update. Call audio is still lacking but I was faced with the option to adjust the media and call volume as soon as the headset paired - which it never asked for previously. The camera still sucks donkey **** but I read this morning there is a major camera update coming in a couple of weeks.

    Overall performance has improved measurably and I've abandoned my return plans. The camera works well enough for what I need and scanning through CamScanner is as good as it was on WinMo 10. The Outlook app is still plagued with notification issues but I was able to add my work email (GSuite) without having to add it as another Gmail account in Settings when I was setting up the phone again. This is a big deal for me because even though I set that account to not sync Gmail it does it anyway. I ordered a set of Surface Earbuds today as a last ditch effort to have some semblance of BT call audio available so we'll see how that goes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed because I'm really liking the dual 4:3 displays.
    Last edited by HelloNNNewman; 10-05-2020 at 09:16 AM. Reason: language
    09-29-2020 04:58 PM
  3. libra89's Avatar
    **Duo update**

    So it had been 2 weeks and not much had changed as far as usability is concerned. Some of the bugs reported by others had begun cropping up here and there like the unresponsive screen. Closing and re-opening the thing would always make it right. Cumbersome yes, but this is still a first gen device and that needs to be taken into consideration. ****** call audio through bluetooth has been my biggest contributor to elevated blood pressure and after going through 3 different types of wireless headsets I was thinking about wiping it down and sending it back. I even went as far as using my 11 Pro Max on Saturday and then my OnePlus 8 on Sunday. It's hard going back to a single display phone after using the Duo, no lie.

    As much as I hate going through the process I went nucular (as Sarah Palin would say) and did a factory reset and started completely from scratch. That's two hours of my life I know I'll never get back but it was worth it. In fact, I would advise Microsoft to tell buyers to perform a hard reset immediately after the initial Day One update. Call audio is still lacking but I was faced with the option to adjust the media and call volume as soon as the headset paired - which it never asked for previously. The camera still sucks donkey **** but I read this morning there is a major camera update coming in a couple of weeks.

    Overall performance has improved measurably and I've abandoned my return plans. The camera works well enough for what I need and scanning through CamScanner is as good as it was on WinMo 10. The Outlook app is still plagued with notification issues but I was able to add my work email (GSuite) without having to add it as another Gmail account in Settings when I was setting up the phone again. This is a big deal for me because even though I set that account to not sync Gmail it does it anyway. I ordered a set of Surface Earbuds today as a last ditch effort to have some semblance of BT call audio available so we'll see how that goes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed because I'm really liking the dual 4:3 displays.
    Wow it sounds like this has been a process for you to use. I hope that the Earbuds help and that things improve. Thank you for the honest and full update.
    Last edited by HelloNNNewman; 10-05-2020 at 09:18 AM. Reason: language in quoted text
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    09-29-2020 07:33 PM
  4. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Wow it sounds like this has been a process for you to use.
    The minute high-end phones breached the $800 barrier, it became a process. It's no longer enough to download your favorite apps, customize what you want, or what you can in the case of iOS, and hit the ground running. For the amount of money OEMs are asking, a phone better do everything except make your coffee and fold your clothes. The experience has to be as pain-free as possible while looking like a rock star. I've given the Duo more latitude than others because it's a new way of using a phone and there's a learning curve to it. Were this a typical mono display slab it probably would've never made it past the initial setup stage. But as I've mentioned previously, the dual screens hide a multitude of sins.
    09-30-2020 12:25 PM
  5. me just saying's Avatar
    **Duo update**

    So it had been 2 weeks and not much had changed as far as usability is concerned. Some of the bugs reported by others had begun cropping up here and there like the unresponsive screen. Closing and re-opening the thing would always make it right. Cumbersome yes, but this is still a first gen device and that needs to be taken into consideration. ****** call audio through bluetooth has been my biggest contributor to elevated blood pressure and after going through 3 different types of wireless headsets I was thinking about wiping it down and sending it back. I even went as far as using my 11 Pro Max on Saturday and then my OnePlus 8 on Sunday. It's hard going back to a single display phone after using the Duo, no lie.
    .
    I could imagine. recently when from a dual screen to a single screen on my computer. still wanting to drag open windows on the non-existant screen.
    Last edited by HelloNNNewman; 10-05-2020 at 09:19 AM. Reason: language in quoted text
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    09-30-2020 01:51 PM
  6. Grabber5.0's Avatar
    Birthday gift for my daughter
    10-01-2020 04:08 PM
  7. HeyCori's Avatar
    Last century we bought an alarm clock that could play nature sounds while you went to sleep.

    It always annoyed me that the clips were very short. So the ocean, for example, was just the same single wave over and over and over and over and over.

    Never one to put anything off, I just bought a replacement for the sounds. 31 non-repeating sounds although I'm sure they repeat but after I can recognize it. Plus several are by definition repetitive, like a heart beat or a fan. Anyway. Its a big improvement even if my wife vetoed the train sounds I liked.

    I can't figure out the case though. It looks and feels like wood and I've found dozens of pictures and every one had different graining. But I don't understand that if its not wood how they make the grain different between examples and understand even less why they would go to the trouble. Still, I can't believe it is actually wood considering it was even a dollar less than the same product in white plastic.

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    10-01-2020 08:03 PM
  8. HeyCori's Avatar
    just got finished setting up my new samsung active 2 watch. even used the phone to charge it - first time to use that feature. surprised as to how light the watch is compared to the gear s2 classic.

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    I've been on the fence about getting an Active2 for what seems like all year! And surprisingly, it's no longer listed on Microsoft's website (although the first Active is still there). Hmmm... could an active 3 announcement be impending? Either way, I'm holding out until the end of the year to see if I can grab an Active2 for cheap(er). I was happy with my Versa 2. Then Fitbit announced that only the Versa 3 and Sense would be getting the latest OS updates. Killing a product that's barely a year old leaves a sour taste in my mouth.
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    10-01-2020 08:09 PM
  9. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    How do you like the sound quality?
    It's good. I wish the rain sound didn't have thunder louder than the rain but that's not a sound quality issue. And there are sounds I don't think anyone would choose, such as a dripping faucet; that sound keeps people awake in movies.
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    10-02-2020 07:09 AM
  10. HeyCori's Avatar
    Dripping faucet is indeed an odd choice. I hear a dripping faucet and I think, "Aw crap, another thing I have to pay money to fix!"
    10-02-2020 08:43 AM
  11. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    I wanted to try Android but am too cheap to buy any I might carry if I liked it. Then the stars aligned and I have an S20 FE 5G on its way at zero cost. T-Mobile is(was?) giving them away when adding a line and my sister wanted to switch from AT&T to T-Mobile, so.........

    I won't be able to sell it for 24 months if I don't like it, but at zero cost I can afford the drawer space.

    Anyway, since that phone doesn't have a 3.5 jack and I sometimes (but rarely) use wired ear pieces in waiting rooms, etc., I bought an adapter.

    Chose this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...pUvbUpU3822029 (pictures below).

    Just to check the USB connector, I plugged it into my L950-XL and heard the Windows driver install sound and recalled the articles about USB devices that infect hosts. Anyone here know any way to test whatever drivers are in this device for malware before plugging it into anything else?

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    10-02-2020 09:08 AM
  12. HeyCori's Avatar
    I wanted to try Android but am too cheap to buy any I might carry if I liked it. Then the stars aligned and I have an S20 FE 5G on its way at zero cost. T-Mobile is(was?) giving them away when adding a line and my sister wanted to switch from AT&T to T-Mobile, so.........

    I won't be able to sell it for 24 months if I don't like it, but at zero cost I can afford the drawer space.
    Nice. Try it with Your Phone. The texting isn't as reliable as using iMessage on a Mac but it can be helpful. Plus, the ability to open apps on your PC is a cool feature. Plus plus, I like being able to drag files from my PC straight into my phone.
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    10-02-2020 01:22 PM
  13. fatclue_98's Avatar
    They arrived today so let's see if the Duo plays nice with them. img_20201002_161310.jpeg
    10-02-2020 03:41 PM
  14. raycpl's Avatar
    They arrived today so let's see if the Duo plays nice with them. Click image for larger version. 

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    Gotta give us a mini review on this, Clue!!
    10-02-2020 07:43 PM
  15. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Gotta give us a mini review on this, Clue!!
    They should've included them with the phone, I think a lot of the audio complaints would've been non-existent. The sound is awesome, pairing via the Surface Audio app was a breeze and the call volume, which was my main beef, is more than I expected. Now if I can only find a way for them to stay in my ears I'll be ecstatic. They come with the medium sized gummies pre-installed but I find them a smidge uncomfortable and the small ones don't hold well at all. Maybe I just need to get used to them but that's not going to be easy, I'm a bit OCD that way. I go through a month of hell whenever I get new glasses too.
    10-02-2020 08:19 PM
  16. worldspy99's Avatar
    They should've included them with the phone, I think a lot of the audio complaints would've been non-existent. The sound is awesome, pairing via the Surface Audio app was a breeze and the call volume, which was my main beef, is more than I expected. Now if I can only find a way for them to stay in my ears I'll be ecstatic. They come with the medium sized gummies pre-installed but I find them a smidge uncomfortable and the small ones don't hold well at all. Maybe I just need to get used to them but that's not going to be easy, I'm a bit OCD that way. I go through a month of hell whenever I get new glasses too.
    Try getting just some extra tips on Amazon. I had to do that with my wireless earbuds and now I am very happy with how they fit in my ears. All the tips that came with the earbuds were garbage. But a lot of reviewers had mentioned that already so I ordered the extra tips and they made a tremendous amount of difference at least in my case.
    10-02-2020 08:30 PM
  17. worldspy99's Avatar
    My S20 FE should arrive on Monday. I fanagled a free* deal as well despite being a T-Mobile customer for over 15 years

    I ordered the mint green color.

    I did have to pay taxes on the full amount upfront. $500 trade-in credit and $200 Insider Hookup code for purchasing a 5G phone prior to end of September 2020.
    10-02-2020 08:33 PM
  18. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    My S20 FE should arrive on Monday. I fanagled a free* deal as well despite being a T-Mobile customer for over 15 years

    I ordered the mint green color.

    I did have to pay taxes on the full amount upfront. $500 trade-in credit and $200 Insider Hookup code for purchasing a 5G phone prior to end of September 2020.
    I wanted red (mostly because the red L1520 was forbidden fruit - AT&T only and terribly handicapped). I knew T-Mobile didn't have red, so ordered the navy blue because the Samsung Clearview case only comes in that and white.

    Don't forget to register for the Samsung $70 credit for accessories or whatever as soon as you get the phone. Much of mine will be going toward that case.
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    10-03-2020 11:58 AM
  19. Grabber5.0's Avatar
    My latest purchase really rocks It's for the fire pit.

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    10-03-2020 12:09 PM
  20. worldspy99's Avatar
    I wanted red (mostly because the red L1520 was forbidden fruit - AT&T only and terribly handicapped). I knew T-Mobile didn't have red, so ordered the navy blue because the Samsung Clearview case only comes in that and white.

    Don't forget to register for the Samsung $70 credit for accessories or whatever as soon as you get the phone. Much of mine will be going toward that case.
    I wanted the red as well but not available for TMO. I waffles between Blue and Green decided to mix it up. I liked my iPhone 12 green that I got last year. Also am thinking I will see if a good deal for the Pixel 5 pops up and then get the green in that model as well.

    I have used the Samsung credit a lot going back all the way to S7
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    10-03-2020 12:17 PM
  21. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Birthday gift for my daughter[IMG=2052x2071]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20201001/85552c01834bad8a8fc1433481580589.jpg[/url]
    Very cool! I hope she enjoys it.
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    10-04-2020 01:25 AM
  22. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    Dripping faucet is indeed an odd choice. I hear a dripping faucet and I think, "Aw crap, another thing I have to pay money to fix!"
    Makes me dread arguing with Marisa Tomei.
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    10-04-2020 08:36 AM
  23. worldspy99's Avatar
    Dripping faucet is indeed an odd choice. I hear a dripping faucet and I think, "Aw crap, another thing I have to pay money to fix!"
    I hate plumbing with a passion. Just fixed the bathroom sink yesterday and the kitchen faucet a few months ago. Ugh.
    10-04-2020 09:17 AM
  24. worldspy99's Avatar
    Birthday gift for my daughter[IMG=2052x2071]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20201001/85552c01834bad8a8fc1433481580589.jpg[/url]
    Nice lens. I have two of these
    10-04-2020 09:18 AM
  25. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I hate plumbing with a passion.
    Whoa cowboy! Hate the game not the players. Actually, hate the manufacturers for producing garbage components but give special hate to municipal leaders for allowing horrible water to flow from the treatment plants. Flint is not an isolated case, but that's another argument for another day. BTW, I had to remove my kitchen faucet a couple of weeks ago and ended up taking a Sawzall to it because of the corrosion.
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    10-04-2020 11:36 AM
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