Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Aug 2017 20:29 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

The Verge does this thing where they list what they consider to be the best laptop or phone or whatever, and they state the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best phone for most people.

Samsung's Galaxy S8/S8 Plus is the best phone for most people. It's available across all four US carriers and unlocked. It has the best display on any smartphone right now, a head-turning, premium design, a top-of-the-line camera, reliable battery life, and fast performance. Thanks to Samsung's popularity and the support of all four carriers, the S8 also has plenty of accessories, from cases to battery packs to wireless chargers, available to it.

You can definitely make a case for the S8 being the best phone for most people, but personally, I still consider the iPhone to be the best, safest choice for most non-geeky people. Personally, I prefer Android, and for my personal use, iOS on the iPhone is an exercise in frustration - but iOS provides a more consistent, all-around phone experience that remains fairly static from phone to phone, it's a little simpler to grasp than Android, and Apple has an excellent support system in many countries that's far better than Samsung's hands-off let-the-reseller-handle-it approach.

I wonder - what do any of you consider the best phone for most people? If one of your non-geeky family members seeks your advice, which phone do you suggest they get?

The Verge named the Surface Laptop the best laptop, which I find a baffling choice. It's new and unproven, so we have no idea how it'll hold up over the next few years. An odd choice for sure.

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We are the oddball family
by cjcox on Mon 7th Aug 2017 22:16 UTC
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My family has had good results with HTC (let the flames begin).

We're a Sprint family (possibly their longest customer, btw, insert more flames here). Our 1st smart phone was an HTC. We have two One M8's and one Bolt. The One M8 is awesome.... headphone jack, IR blaster (yes sir!!)...

We like HTC's interface. Have had no real problems. Likely will be upgrading to the U11 or better (my M8 is still ok, but battery life is starting to fade on our other one, the Bolt we bought was to replace our other M8 in which the battery failed completely... we tend to keep our phones for 2+ years).

Biggest problem is that most all phones are going backwards with regards to total features. Not sure I need a 2,234,231,334,232 pixel front facing camera vs. having a head phone jack and IR blaster (just saying).

I also loved the EVO 4G LTE for having the built-in kick stand and not being so slippery as to force the purchase of a case (hint).

My phone is on all the time, there have never been limits for us. I do not fear giving demos anywhere. WiFi calling is of no interest to me. I use my phone to hit my Plex sever for listening in the car on very long (hours) commutes. Now... let me say that Sprint's coverage varies... but where I'm at, it's good.

All my neighbors complain about their lack of ATT service where we live. Just shows that sometimes Sprint actually does win (even if rare).

Old video of me using my old Evo 4G LTE here.

At one point (because I worked briefly at ATT) we were going to switch, but my daughter really wanted that purple HTC phone... so we stuck it out with Sprint. Sort of glad we did.

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