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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Different strokes for different folks
by wocowboy on Mon 7th Aug 2017 22:15 UTC
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Member since:
2006-06-01

For geeks who turn on their brand new phone and immediately install a different ROM, change the launcher, change all the app icons, put pirated apps on the thing, etc etc etc, Android is the device for them. For people who just want to turn on their phone, sync with iTunes to put the apps, photos, movies, music, etc they want to have on it and have it work for them, iOS is the perfect choice. Personally, I don't need to change my launcher or change every single icon on the thing, those and other options are things I just don't need or want to do. And there is nothing wrong with that, just as there is nothing wrong with people who change everything. To each his own.

Edited 2017-08-07 22:16 UTC

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

wocowboy,

For geeks who turn on their brand new phone and immediately install a different ROM, change the launcher, change all the app icons, put pirated apps on the thing, etc etc etc, Android is the device for them. For people who just want to turn on their phone, sync with iTunes to put the apps, photos, movies, music, etc they want to have on it and have it work for them, iOS is the perfect choice.


For geeks who want control, android is the phone of choice because there's no good viable competition.

I've done kernel development in windows and linux. I've debugged and patched drivers to improve hardware support, etc. But to be perfectly honest, I think android is pretty damn lousy and crippling in terms of rooting and modding, it's just that the iphone is worse for the criteria I care about. So while android is the defacto hardware of choice for customization, I don't think it deserves that much praise for actually being good at it.

It's a real shame because linux on PCs is extremely powerful, but on mobile devices it has been bastardized.

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leech Member since:
2006-01-10

I'll agree with this 100%. While the iPhone allows no customizations, Android does.. but in a shitty way. That's why I loved my Nokia N9 and N900. It's 'real' Linux under there, instead of a kernel with some shit slapped on top.

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