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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RE[14]: iPhone
by woegjiub on Thu 10th Aug 2017 23:43 UTC in reply to "RE[13]: iPhone"
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What needs do you have that require your software to run outside of the browser?

Client-side javascript (and soon, wasm) can definitely run offline and access local files. It's likely a matter of your tools of choice not having been written as webapps yet, as opposed to it being a shortcoming of the platform.

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RE[15]: iPhone
by woegjiub on Fri 11th Aug 2017 02:50 in reply to "RE[14]: iPhone"
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Actually, I've just been looking, and it's better than I'd anticipated.

There's extremely featureful tools for web-based 3D modelling, CAD, graphic design, photography, video editing, and office.

Unless you're locked into a platform from proprietary filetypes, what's missing?

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