Thursday, December 17, 2015

Size Matters

Why are all unlocked Android phones that support Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T in a single unlocked model also huge?  A 6" screen is not a luxury, it's a burden.  4.7" is as big as a phone can be and still fit in a normal person's hand.  Beyond that, you need two hands for anything besides talking on the phone or you'll drop it.  Motorola, LG, and Samsung need to copy Apple harder.  At least when it comes to screen size and cellular frequency support.  The batteries will last longer with the lower resolution too.  Make an unlocked Sony Z5 Compact for the American market and take my money!

Update:  Sony actually put out a version of the Z5 Compact for the US market.  It's super duper expensive and lacks the fingerprint sensor.   So so close.

Friday, December 11, 2015


Fun fact: a verizon first generation Moto X works w/ a Ting SIM card on the T-Mobile network.  The only annoyance is that it uses a nanoSIM and switching between phones means you either need an adapter to turn it back into a microSIM or you need to save the extra plastic you pop off and tape it back together. 

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Moto G 2015

According to their forums, Motorola has chronic issues with customs.  This didn't happen when they shipped from Texas.  Thanks, Lenovo for buying them and thanks Google for shutting down the US customization factory.  I wish there was a compact version of a Nexus brand phone.

Update: I guess they've already resolved this with customs today.  What a weird standard operating procedure.  If my phone's packaging is marked "Gift - Under $20" though, I'm returning it on principle.