Simon Says wrote on Sep 13, 2016, 16:04:
Ahhhh, the smartphone market atm is a mess... I can't recommend anything from the big vendors. Apple with its 3.5mmgeddon crap, Samsung refusing to support expandable batteries anymore, LG with its latest monstrosity isn't really an option either despite having almost everything right, its replaceable battery option is subpar.
And the one your buddy recommends is also without a 3.5mm jack.
I'd recommend you look at older models or wait and cross your fingers that someone, somewhere wakes the fuck up and get its act together and has everything in this list:
-Screen with good sunlight visibility
-Replaceable battery for expanded battery
-SD card slot
Anything less and I wouldn't touch it nor recommend it to anyone.
EDIT: Damn Cutter, nice phones on that list, especially the one with a 6000mah battery, Conquest S8.
I disagree on your list of criteria.
Most phones are pretty decent in the sun these days -- and you're never going to want to read a reflective object in the bright sun for long periods of time anyway.
The lack of a 1/8" jack on the iPhone 7 doesn't bother me. It comes with lightning earbuds, an adapter if needed, and I typically use Bluetooth headphones anyway. And people forget that, before the recent smartphone craze, phones rarely had 1/8" jacks at all, and we all got along just fine.
I actually think a replaceable battery is a net downside these days. If you want the battery to be swappable, you either have to have a thick phone, or a pretty flimsy-feeling back plate. And after years of having blackberries (all with swappable batteries), I found that I never needed to change it out anyway.
I agree that an SD card slot is nice, but in my view, on the whole, it's not that important. It's good if you want to keep a ton of movies or big games on your phone. Otherwise, it seems like the built in memory is good enough most of the time.
For me, personally, the criteria are very different:
- Reliability. It needs to work when I turn it on, not crash, and not have security issues. I'd also prefer not to have to uninstall crapware or bloated carrier software.
- Good battery life, and an accurate battery indicator.
- Durability. It needs to not break when I drop it.
- Decent apps.
- Good reception
Most big-name phones meet those criteria these days, although it seems like the non-Nexus Android phones fall down a bit on the software reliability and updates fronts.