fwiw I keep GPS, Dolby enhancements, and Bluetooth off if I'm not using it, NFC on, and I'm super strict on the syncing habits if my apps (weather app doesn't use location, twitter syncs once daily, etc).
Slightly better than the V10 if I keep an eye on it.
So my goal since about Wednesday afternoon (since my T4UH AC1200 from TP-Link decided that its drivers weren't good enough anymore) has been to find an alternate solution. There were two obvious ones:
1. Buy a 100ft cat5 cable and run it through my entire house.
2. Buy Powerline, which essentially runs the web through your existing circuitry in your house and directly to your PC. Cool!
However, each one had its pros and cons. I have dogs, so running cables through the house would've been potentially damaging. Sure, I could have hung them up, but then I have a nasty blue cable (I already own a 100ft cat5 cable) all over my house and I do often have to shut my office door to record podcasts and video scripts. So no go there.
The Powerline idea was SO cool. The adapters were expensive as shit, but my house was new enough to have the compatible circuitry. Sadly, my office and where I could plug the Powerline into the wall were on different breakers and there was nothing I could do about it. The result was a 50% speed degredation that I couldn't recover unless I literally tore my house apart or re-arranged my entire living room and office. Nope.
What I ended up doing was buying this wireless extender:
It cost about as much as a Powerline set does and it's more than fast enough to handle my 110mbit download and 10mbit upload.
What I did was plugged it into my office closest to the door, set it up, and then ran a cat5 cable from it to my desktop (under a rug I have in there and along the wall to look nice). I then turned off the WiFi extension capabilities. Why? Because my house is compact enough and my router is good enough that every corner of my house gets max signal. A range extender spouting wifi would be superfluous, so I turned it off lol. I only needed the ethernet port anyway.
So now I have what is essentially a wireless receiver in my office that runs internet hardwired into my desktop. No more drivers, no more USB ports or PCI slots taken up by buggy, shitty hardware. Only downside is that my ping is about 10ms slower (about 30-35ms total), but I get full speeds.
A costly fix, but it should be the last time I have to deal with networking in my house for a long, long time.
1. The Snapdragon 820 can do some WORK. I didn't expect it to be this much faster than the 808 in my
2. It feels so nice to be back on AMOLED. That extra little saturation really makes stuff pop.
3. The DAC on this thing is awesome. The front facing speakers are similarly awesome. Like HTC One M9/M7 awesome, but Dolby > Boomsound. System wide equalizer without root? Yes please!
4. The fingerprint scanner is on par with the V10. It hits like 90-95% of the time. Doesn't register half taps very well. Oh well.
5. The non illuminated keys take about 2 hours to get used to. Hit box is small, but it's easy to get used to. I don't care at all that they're not illuminated and haven't had issues finding stuff.
6. This phone is beautiful.
7. This software works well, but it is not beautiful. I won't be using any of ZTE's stock apps. Probably installing Nova Launcher. The launcher on this is not great. Also, MediaMonkey (a music app) isnt showing the menu button. Time to send an email!
8. Finally, the camera is not THAT bad unless you're in a borderline blackened room. See attached photos. I mean, it's not V10, G5/V20, S7/Edge/Note 7 good by any stretch, but with a little patience and manual mode, you can take some perfectly acceptable photos in lower light. It is definitely not HTC One M9 bad. Far better.
Honey moon phase is in full effect though. I'm quite enjoying this device.
"LOOK HOW BAD HILLARY CLINTON IS!"
"BUT LOOK HOW BAD TRUMP IS!"
Isn't the point of a debate to explain the policies these two whackos are going to use to, yknow, run this country? When does that part start? Or did I miss it?
Article - https://goo.gl/VuJLm4
Video - linked below
Naturally, I was curious. I took screen shots of an LTE analyzer and a WiFi analyzer before swapping my SIM card into the Axon 7. I was expecting quite a difference based on what I read.
I always quite shocked to find a difference of less than 10%. On LTE, my V10 drifted between -80db and -90db while the Axon 7 drifted between -85db and -95db. I stood in exactly the same place for both tests.
The WiFi was even closer. On the V10, it drifted between -37db and -41db while the Axon 7 drifted between -40db and -43db. Despite being hooked into a wireless AC connection, both devices registered that their max throughput was 433mbit. Not ideal, because that's not AC speeds, but it's definitely not an Axon 7 problem.
So it is a little bit worse, but at no point today have I see a difference in real world performance. Everything is working as expected. Please note, the update that went out yesterday likely remedied a few of these problems before I had a chance to pick up the phone. =)
*The first two screenshots should be the Axon 7, and the last two should be the V10*
I haven't used some of its functionality yet (incognito chat, etc), but the basics are extremely well done and it's very smooth.
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