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3 No. 3 [Edit]
Greetings /mt/!

I am looking to buy a "smartphone" (is this what they call them now?). I have no use for the actual phone itself, but I'd like it for other little things, like IRC and other crap like that.

So, where do I start?
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>> No. 4 [Edit]
Get an Android tablet or an iPad. That's the closest thing you can get to a smartphone without a phone.
>> No. 5 [Edit]
iPhone has a lot of interesting apps and such, and for me personally has an advantage over android for being classic apple idiotproof. However, screens break if you're a rambunctious Ford Driver.

The IRC client I use on iOS is Irchon, and it sucks royally. However, I am certain there are better IRC clients now, a year after I initially downloaded irchon.

Also, if you type in other languages, the iPhone has you covered. Especially for Japanese (tenkey and romaji, as well as 56 key for the ipad). Meanwhile the Android has only roman character languages and Korean (for some reason).

However, flash is an issue, but most websites can accomodate that.
>> No. 6 [Edit]
But you can download other keyboards from the Market. I'm using Google's Japanese keyboard right now. You can even download the Colemak and Dvorak layouts. Although system language-wise, Android is awful unless you get an international version. Spanish and English are the only languages I have available.

You can do more with your phone out of the box with Android, but jailbreaking the iPhone is ridiculously simple. I like Android because of all the great Japanese study apps I have found. Flash isn't really an issue; I rarely use it. Maybe there are more free apps for Android. I don't know, flip a coin, OP.
>> No. 7 [Edit]
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There's the Samsung Galaxy Player which is basically a Galaxy smartphone minus the phone.

It comes in 4 screen sizes, 3.6in, 4.0, 4.2, and 5.0. I've seen the 3.6in on go for $130 on newegg, but is $150 normally.

If you want an apple product then an iPod touch fits what you want. I think the 8gb model runs $180-200.
>> No. 8 [Edit]
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I have a motorola defy, and I love it.
I use it mostly as a portable hotspot in case internet goes down, alarm clock and flashlight, also to check my torrents when I'm away from my PC.
Other stuff is secondary, mostly radio and camera.
Most of the times I wish the screen was bigger, so I'd suggest getting a tablet instead, since it's pretty much the same thing but bigger.
>> No. 9 [Edit]
Thanks so far. I'm looking at the Galaxy the most, but I'll searching for more ideas first.
>> No. 10 [Edit]
I would highly suggest a Google Nexus device due to they have no locked bootloader easy compatible with Roms apps and mostly important latest updates(jellybean is godlike) they are cheap or wait for the Motorola Nexus later this year.
>> No. 11 [Edit]

Thanks. I'm intrigued by this one.

Got your message on IRC but I was afk, so my apologies.
>> No. 12 [Edit]
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Useful Android Programs/Apps:

Duckduckgo for android
Handycalc calculator
Jamendo Player
MangaWhat Mangareader
Orbot:Tor on Android
Qr Droid Private
Redphone Beta
Simon Tathams Puzzles
Textsecure Beta
Wolfram Alpha
Al File Manager

useful links:


Post edited on 29th Jul 2012, 11:23am
>> No. 13 [Edit]
All android apps you need can be found in here.
>> No. 14 [Edit]
I'd choose the iphone simply because its popular and the support for it, apps being made for it etc will likely outlast competitors.
>> No. 15 [Edit]
> I'd choose the iphone simply because its popular
Because it's "normal?"
>> No. 16 [Edit]

I despise Apples business ethics so I avoid them.

Think I may go with Samsung or something.
>> No. 17 [Edit]
I will consider getting a smartphone, when you would be able to write programs on them, using only the phone itself.
>> No. 18 [Edit]
Don't even consider anything else than Android.
>> No. 19 [Edit]
VNDS interpreter is also must application

Ported VNs:
>> No. 20 [Edit]
this n64 emulator almost work flawless and it is GNU GPL v2
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>> No. 22 [Edit]
Probably should've worded that better. I'd choose the iphone simply because its popular SO the support for it, apps being made for it etc will likely outlast competitors.

Its sort of like deciding to buy a Russian tank or a German tank in WWII. German tanks have better technology. But there are a lot of Russian tanks and Russia has more resources and mechanics to repair and upgrade your tank. Also, Russia is more likely to grow more powerful and produce better technology then Germany and eventually it may even outcompete them.
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Are you sure about that?
>> No. 24 [Edit]
No I'm not sure, I just pulled the idea that apple sells more than others out of my ass.
>> No. 25 [Edit]
I quess this our general smartphone thread. I have question: How hard it is to root an android phone? I've had my android phone for 2 months. I had plan to root it but still I am bit hesitant because it will void phone's warranty and small mistake could break my whole phone.
>> No. 26 [Edit]
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Ok firstly you need to specify vendor, manufacturer,hardware,OS,Country.

Root on Android are mostly made by exploits in software.
Depending on manufacturer the bootloader,hardware, modified OS and many other things may be locked down thus making it harder to gain root access(not impossible)
My advice is to READ various forums/videos information about your phone. Make backups before rooting or loading custom roms so you can restore.
It is easier than it seems.
>> No. 27 [Edit]
Depends on the phone. I rooted my Galaxy Nexus with one click. It's actually quite hard to brick your phone if you have read a guide or two. Almost all problems can be solved by pulling the battery in my experience.
>> No. 28 [Edit]
May I ask what guide did you use? I have galaxy nexus too.
>> No. 29 [Edit]
If you are interested in flashing a ROM, I suggest Jelly Belly.
>> No. 30 [Edit]
A different guide you could use.
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Looks really good
>> No. 32 [Edit]
looks like it could easily snap in half.
>> No. 33 [Edit]
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the new LG Nexus (unoffical)
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cold boot attack with default encryption on android 4.0 galaxy nexus
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set your phone free
>> No. 1502 [Edit]
Is there a reason why adblocker apps for android always seem to use vpn connections? Why is this necessary? Are there any out there that don't use one(rooted phone or otherwise)?
>> No. 2012 [Edit]
Because you cannot set the hosts file on an unrooted phone, so the only way to do it at a global level is by tunneling all traffic through a local vpn which can then be locally filtered. If you just want adblock in a browser you can get that via firefox plus extensions or similar chromium variants that support adblock.

If you're rooted you can use adaway which uses the hosts file method (last I checked). There is also the option of using a custom dns pointed either at a local pi-hole server or a publicly hosted pi-hole. It seems the option to use a custom dns was only added in android 9, so for older versions you'll have to root it and modify one of the initrc files to override the dhcp-acquired value.
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