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Anyone looking to get a m8 on the cheap when the m9 is released. Probabaly a good idea to get it soon. Apparently htc will change the cpu of the current m8 from the snapdragon 801 to the more mid range snapdragon 615 cpu. Won't matter to majority of the people but I'm sure the techies might. Not sure if this is a world wide change but just thought would put it out there. 
The phone will be virtually identical to the One (M8) we already know, save for the different chipset.
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Now that I have a non slip rugged case on my m8 the slippery side isn't an issue for me:) Mind you wireless charging wouldn't work even if it had the feature, though I could get a dedicated case I suppose.

Like Ted I struggle with the m8's battery life compared to the 1520 and Passport. It gets me past where my Note 3 did and there are a few tweaks to push it further. One reason I'm looking forward to Sony's next offering.

Even so, changing the processor seems a backwards step. 
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This is very cool, reminds me of Sony themes creater from several years back. I remember I use to spend hours making and downloading themes for my k750. Nice to see Sony taking customisation to the next level. 
Sony’s most recent Xperia devices already offered themable skins, but now Sony has released a new tool called the Theme Creator Beta, which will help 3rd party developers craft their own Sony themes.
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Nice preview of the s6 and the new tw on lollipop. I'm sure many are already hating it because it's not stock but I personally think this looks very very nice. Minus the icons which can be changed with a launcher I think they have done a very good job. They have used the material colors, the circle icon, transitions etc again imo really well. 
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+jonjoe89​​​ sadly I can't reach the capacitive buttons easily on the note series or s5 whilst holding the device one handed, and my hands aren't small.

With the back button it seems more sensible and practical to have it on the left side of the phone as you look at it. Holding the phone in my right hand it's then easier to reach the back button with my right thumb compared to trying to reach the button on the right side of the phone. If I was left handed that would be another question. LG's approach of configurable soft keys gives more choice (and more screen estate relative to the size of the device). 
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Small rant here lol, either I'm blind and making things up but how is the metal sides on the s6 in any way like the iPhone 6 other than being made out of metal. Don't people see the obvious differences like the flaird corners, the flatter side and that distinctive pattern in the sides of the s6 and that line going going through the centre where as the iPhone 6 is literally all round with nothing do the sorts. Yes the bottom layout is same but I see that no different to apple moving it's power button to the sides too. It's just annoying people saying hey look metal sides, it looks EXACTLY like the iPhone 6 sides. Correct me if I'm wrong with this observation. You wanted metal sides and here it is. Still a big thumbs down to samsung on no sd slot and I would have been more than happy with a 1080p display. QHD on a 5" seems like over kill.  they said they listened to there customers and the tech blogs but I don't think anyone was complaining about the option of a sd card. 
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+Taz Hoque the position of the capacitive buttons is a real pain for me. Try as I might I can't comfortably reach them when holding the note series or the s4 or s5 in one hand, which rather limited the value of the phones to me. It's in marked contrast to what HTC and Sony have done, where the buttons line up nicely with my thumb when I hold the phone. Though I prefer LG's button on the back approach. It was also a pain that the lighting went off for the buttons - why they couldn't have painted or marked them on I don't know (I know you can turn them on all the time - but battery life has been a problem with my corporate use of the note range, and s4). If I'm going to have to use a phone with two hands I'd prefer something larger (like the note 5, which will be interesting).

As for home buttons, on the whole I prefer having one to not having one but I can live with one. It does work incredibly well on the iPhone because it's slightly recessed and fits my thumb pad nicely. When I pick up the iPhone it rotates and recognises my thumb in one movement. I found the Samsung home buttons a little bit narrow for comfort, and on my note 3 the home button was disconcertingly wobbly - much improved on the note 4. 
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So anyone watch the HTC mwc show and just felt very underwhelmed. Did we see anything new in sense 7. I saw some gallery and location awareness stuff. I think the camera has no ois too. Still a possible buy just for that sd card.Bring on Samsung let's see what they got.
Also here's a good hands on of m9. Good to see its grippier and slight shorter and wider but camera seems like a big question mark and doesnt seem that good from what I have read and seen also let's see how the s810 is too. 
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+Taz Hoque I haven't seen the Samsung event yet. Unless they've done something about the position of the capacitive buttons (which I can't reach one handed- unlike the HTC m8, z3 etc) and have improved their customer service (which I've had experience of due to numerous hardware issues with previous Samsung smartphones- unlike pretty much every other manufacturer) then they're unlikely to get anymore of my money. In contrast, on the android front, I've had great experiences with Sony, HTC, Motorola and LG (the Nexus 5 was my first LG device).

I'm also setting up a moto E for a friend. At £50 it's an astonishingly good bit of hardware (and ideal for my friend's needs). It's making me think about a moto G for myself and wondering whether it's really worth spending more than about £350 on any android phone, especially given the range of decent devices available second hand).
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Looking forward to tomorrow's s6 and m9 and possible m9 plus announcements but I'm already disappointed by the s6 and what seems like no more removable storage. Just as everyone from htc, Sony and LG add support for sd card again Samsung decide to remove it in its flagship just as lollipop adds support for it again too imo makes no sense. I like everything I have read and seen about the s6 apart from the lack of sd card. Choosing my next phone for the next year or 2 has just got really hard. I was 100% set on getting the s6 and the one thing I thought that they wouldn't touch the sd card slot they have. M9 is a option but I hate the big bezels and on screen buttons. Note 4 is a possible choice but I don't really want a phablet. G4 maybe but I really hate LG skin and have not had good luck with LG products. Sony z4 compact but who knows when that's coming out and how long Sony plans to stay in the Mobile game. I am now holding onto the rumour that htc will announce a m9 plus that comes with smaller bezels and a new design. If that has the sd card then even if the camera isn't as good as the s6 I may have to just get that if it even exists lol. Thank you samsung! :(
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I've got my eyes on the 64GB edge variant, I'm happy to do away with an SD card if there are genuine storage options.
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Seems like this year is the year of theming even though miui and others has done this for years..who cares who did it 1st, this is great for those who enjoy customising. This is much deeper than just icon packs and launcher. It literally changes dialers, contacts app, notification shade, settings menu color (so if you hate white background, change it it dark) etc. Will make your phone look completely different. Basically if you have seen cyonogen themes and miui themes, it's basically that. So while it looks like tw still, someone can and will make a stock looking Android theme and a dark mode at that. I'm surprised they didn't even say a word about this in the presentation. Most people complain that tw is too colorful, icons are childish etc and now this sorts that out completely. 
Here's a video example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSwx8Umco7M now imagine a stock lollipop theme!! 
One of the most intriguing features for the latest version of Touchwiz is the addition of Themes, a new app that makes it easy to switch up fonts, the settings menu, notification dropdown, and even core applications like the dialer, messaging and the calendar.
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That's good, surprised no one in the West ever looks into this seriously. In China etc theming is a big deal. Here no one gives it a second look. Imo theming is a big big deal as it doesn't matter what the oem default skin is then as you can change it yourself. Maybe with both htc and Samsung doing it this year finally after forever maybe it shine some light on this aspect in the West. 
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Lol if you want to see real fanboyism, here it is. Don't think it can get any more pathetic. When you see crap like this you see how some people follow apple like a religion. I'll give that the bottom looks same but otherwise to say the use of metal frame is copy, to have a mobile payment competitor to apple pay is a copy(which let's not forget came after other mobile payments), to say rounded glass is a copy again which Samsung did with the s3. I mean then to say using glass in the back is copying the iPhone 4 lol in essence this guy is saying if apple used a material it can't be used by someone else or its a copy. If you going to say bs like this is a copy which isn't even all done by apple 1st to begin with like mobile payment or the curved glass screen then you might as well say apple going bigger screen is copying Samsung or moving it's power button to the side or copying htc antenna band design etc but according to this guy from past podcasts etc those things are not copying but locked battery and storage is copying. Someone send a apple medal for this article.
Where is the journalism or professionalism here just full on fanboyism with some ridiculous notion that everything is copying apple but never the other way round. The fact is everyone copies from everyone and builds on peoples previous work which is how the industry moves. I can't stand these kind of people who see through one lens and be hypocritical.

One of my favorite Cordelia Chase quotes is — "Oh, please. Like shame is something to be proud of?" It's so unapologetically brazen, so "success is it's own reward", that you just have to love it. The only thing is, you have to be successful for it to work. Samsung, with the brand new Galaxy S6 has once again shamelessly copied Apple designs, this time Apple's iPhone 6. Just as shamelessly, they ditched elements like user-replaceable batteries th...
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What would have been great was if the m9,s6,g4 and z4 were all announced together than we could see who's got the best flagship of the year. Imo so far the s6 and especially the s6 edge is looking really good. Shame about no sd card though. 
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+Taz Hoque​ if you really want to eliminate lag you have to get rid of SD cards, Samsung learnt a thing or two from the Galaxy Alpha
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Small rant here lol, either I'm blind and making things up but how is the metal sides on the s6 in any way like the iPhone 6 other than being made out of metal. Don't people see the obvious differences like the flaird corners, the flatter side and that distinctive pattern in the sides of the s6 and that line going going through the centre where as the iPhone 6 is literally all round with nothing do the sorts. Yes the bottom layout is same but I see that no different to apple moving it's power button to the sides too. It's just annoying people saying hey look metal sides, it looks EXACTLY like the iPhone 6 sides. Correct me if I'm wrong with this observation. You wanted metal sides and here it is. Still a big thumbs down to samsung on no sd slot and I would have been more than happy with a 1080p display. QHD on a 5" seems like over kill. 
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Ahhh according to the GSM awards Samsung was lacking. IPhone and LG came out on top this year. HTC I think was the winner the year before.... So technically +Nathan Sassaman​ was right.. Just saying..😃 😉
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Why no sd Samsung? It is going to be hard resisting this.that blue looks very nice lol. Camera looking awesome, built in wireless charging,super fast charging. Back on my buy list though let's see how the battery life is in real world use.  seeing the mwc show, if all comes together samsung seems to have done a great job with the s6 line. 
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+Timothy Longman​ I'm pretty sure htc will lose the camera battle. Samsung have been always pretty good with its cameras and seeing all the hands on today the s6 seems a killer camera and m9 seems disappointing already jaunt based on the samples. .. Edge will be very expensive. The s6 itself looks to be expensive too. 
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What's happens to the xperia line lollipop update? If I remember Sony said rollout for the z3 line will start in February. We now into March and still no news. Maybe some info will come out from there mwc show but no surprise really. Sony not the fastest when it comes to update even with flagships. I remember my brother with his xperia s had to wait almost a full year before he got the next Android update while older flagships from some oems were updated already. 
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