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Welp the Titan Pocket Kickstarter has launched:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...

Not great specs, but all I do on my phone is check Discord, Twitter, Reddit, Facebook and Gmail primarily, so it should be fine for that.

Choices are welcome. I've always wondered why there isn't a plethora of internet-GPS-and little else types of phone and data plans for, say, pre-teens and older folks.

The Kickstarter page has a graphic where it's advertising a great feature of "Andriod 11".

Yeah, that's not so good.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

The Kickstarter page has a graphic where it's advertising a great feature of "Andriod 11".

Yeah, that's not so good.

Why not? My current phone is running 11 I believe.

Veloxi wrote:
MilkmanDanimal wrote:

The Kickstarter page has a graphic where it's advertising a great feature of "Andriod 11".

Yeah, that's not so good.

Why not? My current phone is running 11 I believe.

One of the basic ways I filter things quickly; if somebody can't do something as basic as proofreading, I'm probably not going to trust them with anything not-basic. I can't count the number of resumes I've thrown immediately to the side because somebody can't bother to check for typos.

Ohhh sorry I totally missed that. I figure English isn't their first language so that's fine with me.

garion333 wrote:

Choices are welcome. I've always wondered why there isn't a plethora of internet-GPS-and little else types of phone and data plans for, say, pre-teens and older folks.

We just ended up with a lowish end IPhone. We could never find anything else we really wanted.

The part of the Kickstarter video where she demonstrates its toughness by dropping it (1:07) was very strange. The sound effects and quick cuts don't help but it didn't look like actual drops? And were any of those supposed to be the actual drop the woman shows and then tells us she "told us so"? When leading into that segment I thought she was going to do something like throw it straight at the wall or smash it with a hammer. Cutting away to an edited image of a phone doing like a bouncing pirouette in a different background doesn't seem to prove much of anything. I don't know why this detail bothers me so, but it does!

Friends, I've got an odd problem I could use some help with. I downloaded a couple of new notification MP3 files today and put them in my notification folder. Oddly though, the system isn't seeing them, as when I go to the notification sounds in the system settings, they're not there. I've rebooted and restarted and so far nothing.

Any idea how I can do some sort of refresh or some such to have the phone see the new files? Thank you.

Okay nevermind, this is odd. When I downloaded the MP3 from the phone's browser, and then moved it from the download folder to the notifications folder, it didn't show up. When I plugged my phone into my PC and copied them from the PC to the notifications folder, they showed up. WTF.

Omg the Titan Pocket has a notification light y'all.

https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/uniher...

I miss those so much.

Veloxi wrote:

Omg the Titan Pocket has a notification light y'all.

https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/uniher...

I miss those so much.

Miss my Sidekick. Notification light, good physical keyboard with lots of OS shortcuts, spinning slide out. Beautiful device.

Mixolyde wrote:
Veloxi wrote:

Omg the Titan Pocket has a notification light y'all.

https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/uniher...

I miss those so much.

Miss my Sidekick. Notification light, good physical keyboard with lots of OS shortcuts, spinning slide out. Beautiful device.

I've never had a physical keyboard so I'm very excited about it. I almost got a Helio Ocean (remember those?) but then the iPhone 3G with its apps came out so....

It looks like they are making a Droid Pro. I loved that thing and I'm pretty sure... *rummages through drawer* Yup. Still got that little sucker!

Rezzy wrote:

It looks like they are making a Droid Pro. I loved that thing and I'm pretty sure... *rummages through drawer* Yup. Still got that little sucker!

Oh wow yeah they do look similar. Makes me even more excited for the Pocket.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip phones?

Just saw they are on sale at Samsung site. Didn't know they existed. Looks interesting. Might have to watch a hands on video

Preording that flip phone on Fi currently offers a $400 bill credit. Made me take another look before rejecting the idea. I'm gonna hold out for a Pixel 6 Pro I think.

So I finally have the Titan Pocket all set up and WOW this keyboard is goanna take some getting used to, but I think I love it. Also the spacebar might be too small, but I’ll adapt.

Anyone have a Samsung phone with the persistent Samsung Cloud Storage notification? No matter what I do it won't go away and thanks to Samsung options to control notifications for their apps are grayed out

Clicking on it just goes to my home screen.

So I've been using the Titan Pocket full-time for a week now and I love it. The only downside serious moving from the Note 10+ is the smaller screen, but that really hasn't been a problem. The camera is also worse on the TP but I don't care much about that as it's serviceable. The thumbprint reader is a billion times better, bluetooth is more reliable, call quality is great, having physical keys is SO. NICE. I'm still getting used to typing on it but I'm getting quicker every day.

Also because the screen is so small, battery life is amazing. I used it HARD the other day, like almost 8 hours of screen time after unplugging it. Still had over 40% battery after all that.

So far there have only been a few weirdsies, such as Google Maps looking weird on this small screen, but I can make that work. Ultimately I am super freaking happy with this thing.

EvilDead wrote:

Anyone have a Samsung phone with the persistent Samsung Cloud Storage notification? No matter what I do it won't go away and thanks to Samsung options to control notifications for their apps are grayed out

Clicking on it just goes to my home screen.

Mine comes up all the time, but I can get rid of it. S8+ here, FWIW. Time for a new one, it's dying.

Friends, pre-orders for the Titan Pocket start tomorrow, 7 PM Pacific time!

https://www.unihertz.com/products/ti...

Is anyone using a Samsung Galaxy A32? Think I'm hitting the buy button but the thing holding me back is that reviews say performance is lackluster (other stuff in the pro column is a big tick for me on it). If I got a different phone it would be in the same price bracket, and possibly a Chinese model which I hear some people warn against.

Is the slowness on the A32 an actual annoyance or 'could be better'? I know it's subjective but keen to hear thoughts.

(Pixel 4, 5 sold out here and I suspect the pixel 6 won't be in my budget, neither big carrier here have very good low-end plans so I'll need to get the phone outright).

The Samsung A series are always less performant, fwiw. Instead of using either an Exynos processor or Qualcomm Snapdragon they use a Mediatek, which is usually used in budget tablets or Kindles.

I'm not sure if that means they're not worth getting, but that's why they typically turn out less performant. They save a lot of money on the processor.

My son uses the A32 and it is totally fine for daily tasks and games like Pokemon go. The screen is only 720p so you might notice the jaggies, but it supports 90hz refresh which looks pretty smooth.

I don't know what options you have, but I am not a fan of the Mediatek processors in the A32 4G model. It's truly a budget processor. If you can get your hands on the 5G phone then the processor is a bit better.

Having a look at the buyer's guides the only other one that doesn't have a MediaTek processor is the Motorola Moto G9 Play with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662. Is that better? I'd assume no if the galaxy A32 is $500 and this is $200 (local prices) but I could easily be wrong.

We have 4 A32 5Gs in the family thanks to T-mobile's "trade in anything, get this free" program. They're great phones which do everything well except high performing games. Last about 48 hours on battery under normal use. The resolution on a 6" screen isn't noticeable to us other than the lower bandwidth usage for video.

I'm not sure what is meant by slowness. We came from Galaxy S7's though so maybe we don't know what we're missing.

Mermaidpirate wrote:

Having a look at the buyer's guides the only other one that doesn't have a MediaTek processor is the Motorola Moto G9 Play with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662. Is that better? I'd assume no if the galaxy A32 is $500 and this is $200 (local prices) but I could easily be wrong.

So, weigh Lou's real-life scenario more heavily than my mostly-Googling-based comments. (Though he is taking about the beefier 5G versions of the A32.) I have no experience with the phones or Mediatek chips in question, but I have experience with older Mediatek processors and have found them vastly underwhelming.

The Snapdragon 662 is a decent chip with four big CPUs and four small ones. The Mediatek are two big and six small. The flip is that the two big cpus in the Mediatek are newer, but four slightly older cpus will outperform two newer ones. They're at the same 2 ghz anyway.

I'd also much prefer the Snapdragon because it has Adreno 610 for its GPU.

However, we're talking maybe a 10% difference between performance between the two. And outside of gaming you probably won't much notice it.

Looking at the rest of the phones you're probably going to find better everything on the Samsung: screen brightness, camera quality, image density, etc.

tldr The Samsung is probably the better phone, despite my dislike of the Mediatek chip inside it.