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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Apple == expensive
by jonsmirl on Mon 7th Aug 2017 21:22 UTC
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Best Buy S8 = $574, S8+ = $674.
iphone8 rumored to be first phone over $1,000

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RE: Apple == expensive
by flanque on Mon 7th Aug 2017 21:31 in reply to "Apple == expensive"
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The cost of the iPhone is very much becoming a major disincentive. It's always been 'up there' but the cost of every new device continues to go up.

I don't think the price differential has a commiserate capability/feature differential these days.

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RE[2]: Apple == expensive
by Moochman on Tue 8th Aug 2017 21:59 in reply to "RE: Apple == expensive"
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difference/commensurate. ;) sorry

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RE: Apple == expensive
by Kochise on Tue 8th Aug 2017 07:32 in reply to "Apple == expensive"
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3.5mm jack ? Replaceable battery ?

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RE[2]: Apple == expensive
by Alex Hitech on Tue 8th Aug 2017 08:03 in reply to "RE: Apple == expensive"
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Every iPhone 7 comes with a 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter. The battery is replaceable, it just takes special tools to open the case.

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RE[2]: Apple == expensive
by viton on Tue 8th Aug 2017 23:02 in reply to "RE: Apple == expensive"
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Why do you need replaceable battery at all?
If you need extended power, use power bank. You need to carry battery anyway.
Nowadays people are changing phones faster than battery degrades.
Anyway, iPhone5 battery replace takes 10 minutes and costs $20 (battery included) in Moscow for example.

Edited 2017-08-08 23:03 UTC

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RE: Apple == expensive
by ThinkingGuy on Tue 8th Aug 2017 18:30 in reply to "Apple == expensive"
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Some of us can still remember the 1980's, when most phones were over $1000 ;)

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RE[2]: Apple == expensive
by CATs on Wed 9th Aug 2017 07:09 in reply to "RE: Apple == expensive"
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Some of us can still remember the 1980's, when most phones were over $1000 ;)

The important difference is, one wouldn't upgrade most phones every few years in 1980's.

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