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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Nokia
by gedmurphy on Mon 7th Aug 2017 21:46 UTC
gedmurphy
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2005-12-23

I'd go for one of the new Nokia phones. Probably the Nokia 5. Solid build quality, specs that are good enough for most people, and vanilla android that gets almost immediate updates.

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RE: Nokia
by fkooman on Tue 8th Aug 2017 07:48 in reply to "Nokia"
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2008-05-06

Do you have any idea until when updates are guaranteed by Nokia?

I read at least about the Nokia 3 that there are some issues with MediaTek so they can't even get Android 7.1.1, or any of the security updates after May.

Does not look promising, even though the Nokia 5 uses different chip(s), it shows lack of commitment or ability to provide updates over the longer term. Will be true for the Nokia 5 as well in a few months/years...

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RE[2]: Nokia
by gedmurphy on Tue 8th Aug 2017 08:39 in reply to "RE: Nokia"
gedmurphy Member since:
2005-12-23

I think updates are guaranteed for 2 years, and I believe android O will be arriving shortly after Google release it. Perhaps even before the the Nexus phones get it.

It's still early days for the europeans, but the Asians have said updates have been very regular.

The wife has a Nokia 3 for a few weeks now, and that's already had an update. I believe 7.1.1 i due in august. The Nokia 5 & 6 are already running 7.1.1

So far, I'm really impressed with HMD. Vanilla android and regular updates are the the android phones I've been waiting for. I'm gonna get the 5 later this month.

Edited 2017-08-08 08:43 UTC

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