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Old January 5th, 2014 (08:07 AM).
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I guess what I have is a budget smartphone, then.. it was under $100 USD, and the line is under a year old. That's not a bad price if you ask me, especially for an unlocked phone.
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Old January 5th, 2014 (08:22 AM).
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On a similar note to keyboards.
What do you guys think of mechanical keyboards?

Do you use them?
Do you think they're worth the hefty price tag?

I use a Corsair K95, and I think it's glorious. [With Cherry MX-red switches]
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Quote originally posted by Zach:
I guess what I have is a budget smartphone, then.. it was under $100 USD, and the line is under a year old. That's not a bad price if you ask me, especially for an unlocked phone.
Good thing you didn't get a $100 off-contract Android smartphone, because that'd be torture... until someone sets things straight.

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On a similar note to keyboards.
What do you guys think of mechanical keyboards?

Do you use them?
Do you think they're worth the hefty price tag?

I use a Corsair K95, and I think it's glorious. [With Cherry MX-red switches]
Seeing as I'm using a laptop right now, I can't give any opinions.

One thing I do know, though: scissor-switch keyboards, when done right, can have a great typing feel despite their short key travel. It's all in the "bounce" and spacing. As long as you don't have some weird layout with regard to the keys, or have keys with no gap between them (aside from arrow keys), it works very well.

Bonus: they're quiet!
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Old January 5th, 2014 (09:22 AM).
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I have a 25 Wh (7000 mAh) Sony portable battery. Comes with two USB ports capable of providing their rated maximum current (2.1 A) at the same time!

It also comes with its own 10 W USB charger so that it won't take forever to charge. :)

I think I'm going to join the budget smartphone party whether I like it or not. :(
Mine isn't separate from my phone, though. It is now a monster.
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Old January 5th, 2014 (09:27 AM).
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Mine isn't separate from my phone, though. It is now a monster.
The joys of user-replaceable batteries.

On the other hand, my solution is perfectly sharable with any smartphone with the right cable, and most non-Apple phones charge off USB-to-micro-USB :3
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Old January 5th, 2014 (09:28 AM).
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I'm glad that I can at least change my battery if it ever goes bad. It would suck to have a phone without the ability to get a new battery, because then that would just mean having to get another new phone.
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Old January 5th, 2014 (09:30 AM).
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I'm glad that I can at least change my battery if it ever goes bad. It would suck to have a phone without the ability to get a new battery, because then that would just mean having to get another new phone.
Actually, with sealed batteries, a trip to an authorised service centre is all it takes to get the battery replaced.
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Old January 5th, 2014 (05:26 PM).
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I have a dome switch keyboard from 2008? Yeah, things lasted me 6 years, never failed me, and I fly on this bad boy. Never could get used to another keyboard to be honest. Its the logitech classic 200.
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I'm about to head out to a Nokia Care to check out how much it takes to repair my phone.

If it's more expensive than a new smartphone (especially the Lumia 520), well, so long, phone.
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I've been using Lossless Audio Checker to verify my .flac files.
I noticed that my Kill 'Em All Metallica album was all cutoff, but I did use EAC...
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I've noticed a fair amount of battery drain on my Nexus 5, mostly from Google Play Services.
Anyone know if I can pinpoint where the exact drainage is occurring?
Also, I got this phone in early November. Could the battery have already begun losing charge?
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Old January 5th, 2014 (06:39 PM).
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Good luck with that. Not sure if you'd rather just get a new one
.. With the 520 you might be losing some features. :/
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Old January 5th, 2014 (06:53 PM).
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Quote originally posted by SlimShadyPC:
I've been using Lossless Audio Checker to verify my .flac files.
I noticed that my Kill 'Em All Metallica album was all cutoff, but I did use EAC...
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I've noticed a fair amount of battery drain on my Nexus 5, mostly from Google Play Services.
Anyone know if I can pinpoint where the exact drainage is occurring?
Also, I got this phone in early November. Could the battery have already begun losing charge?
I believe there is a detailed battery usage breakdown within the standard Android settings app. Check there.

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Good luck with that. Not sure if you'd rather just get a new one
.. With the 520 you might be losing some features. :/
Yeah, I would be losing the display and the camera LED flash. The outdoor visibility of the display is a big concern.
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Old January 5th, 2014 (07:00 PM).
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I've never really cared for LED flash on cameras.. but particularly because if I want to get a good photograph of something in low light, I'd use an actual camera.

Also, my current keyboard is a Logitech K120 keyboard. I've had it since 2011, but used it on-and-off, but it became my default keyboard when my previous keyboard eventually had the space bar on it wearing out.
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Old January 5th, 2014 (07:04 PM).
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Yeah, getting a 520 is not smart. Why not go for the 620 or the 625?
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Old January 5th, 2014 (07:14 PM).
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Going for the 520 if you plan to use it as a companion isn't really smart I agree, however if you are like me and you only want to browse the internet, use social media, or check email alongside sending texts and calling people, the 520 is plenty. That's why I went with the 520 instead of some unlocked Android phone, or a budget Android phone running an outdated version.
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Old January 5th, 2014 (07:21 PM).
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To be honest, anything would be an upgrade with regard to the software and internals. It's the display that is the sticking point for me. Good displays are expensive
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Old January 5th, 2014 (07:43 PM).
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If its the display then the 620 makes sense, the 625 might seem stretched for you.
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Quote originally posted by SlimShadyPC:
I've been using Lossless Audio Checker to verify my .flac files.
I noticed that my Kill 'Em All Metallica album was all cutoff, but I did use EAC...
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I've noticed a fair amount of battery drain on my Nexus 5, mostly from Google Play Services.
Anyone know if I can pinpoint where the exact drainage is occurring?
Also, I got this phone in early November. Could the battery have already begun losing charge?
Google Play services battery drain is something that you can't really change. Sometimes it's there, sometimes it's not.
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Old January 5th, 2014 (07:55 PM).
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Like I figured, so many new Cell Phones getting outed before CES. Cheap brands none the less, but I do trust Archos at least. Can't wait for MWC to see what might be my next phone.
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Old January 5th, 2014 (08:01 PM).
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I think it's crazy enough that manufacturers unveil lots of stuff at the Consumer Electronics Show that wind up getting outdated in the middle of the year. It's hilarious as well. And some stuff we never wind up seeing until a year after it was shown at CES as well.
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Yea, like those crazy curved OLED tvs that go for like 10k.
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The repair quote is significantly more expensive than the 525 (!)

Might as well as join the budget phone party.
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Old January 5th, 2014 (08:24 PM).
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Well have fun. But honestly, I can't stress more on how irksome it would be to buy a new phone now of all times.
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I have a budget smartphone, and it isn't that bad. If you root it and debloat it, you can make a budget phone work quite well.

Also tomorrow I get my Nexus 7 tablet from my friend! I cannot wait!
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This might be the very last post I'm going to make on PC using my old phone

I'm kind of surprised how the camera works much better and the display holds up OK outdoors. Just need a SIM swap, and that's it for my 900.
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