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  1. Anybody else out there have this phone? Just upgraded the wifes phone and so far she likes it. As soon as I get a chance to get some time with it I will post a review.

  2. Surprised nobody has said anything about the V40 ThinQ. I picked one up about a month ago.

    The Good

    The interface is pretty much vanilla android with a few LG twists. The camera is excellent with a bevy of options. The downside is an amateur shutterbugs might get lost. The phone is buttery smooth and the screen is gorgeous. The screen is usable even in bright light. Although it does take a few seconds for the phone to adjust the brightness on the screen. The phone itself is light and thin and easy to manipulate. The vast majority of the time one hand is all I need.

    The Ehhhh

    The placement of the buttons still has me scratching my head. To turn the screen on or off there is a button on the left side of the phone. On the right side is the volume buttons and a dedicated Android Now button. Not sure why this is needed and I would have preferred that the buttons be grouped together. The battery life is ok. It routinely gives me 16-18 hours of moderate use. But this pales in comparison to other phones. Reception also seems to be excellent. However, it has a nasty habit of sitting on 800. I have seen other phones do this which makes me wonder if it is a network issue rather than a phone issue.

    All in all this is an excellent phone. If average battery life is not a deal breaker then it is worth taking a look at especially at the Sprint discounted prices.

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  3. On 6/14/2018 at 11:22 AM, bigsnake49 said:

    So many questions, requirements that are unanswered. I am assuming that the monitor is connected to a computing device of some sort that has connectivity to the outside world and also has some kind of video card. Will you be displaying the message itself or giving a command to the computing device to display something else. In either case you need some kind of decoder that interprets the remote command and the performs some local action. Am I on the right track?

    Trying to keep it as cheap as possible. IP based, displaying a message only using a monitor/tv with some type of adjunct/adaptor to receive the message.

  4. Hopefully somebody here can help. I am looking for a way to push messages to TV/Monitors in remote locations. In other words, using my phone or computer I can send a message to a monitor several miles away.

  5. I am actually happy with the phone, especially after the last update. The camera app is no longer a hot mess, the camera takes beautiful pictures (although there are some major pixelation issues on full zoom), reception is pretty good were I travel and the bluetooth and wifi work flawlessly. The biggest plus? This phone remains buttery smooth even after 7+ months of heavy use. My two biggest complaints are the death-hold it has on 800 and this has got to be the most slippery phone I have ever owned. This phone is officially the second phone where I have cracked the screen in almost twenty years!

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  6. I agree. The phone is much better now. The camera app works flawlessly now and the signal does seem to be a bit stronger as the phone now holds on to a signal where it used to drop and I can pick up LTE where I was only getting 1 x before. However, it still has a death grip on B26.

  7. 21 hours ago, Joski1624 said:

    I ended up returning the Essential because of the disappointing RF performance.  When adjustments were made at my local site when B41 was just being brought online, there were periods when the site was shut down.  At those times, my other phones were at least holding 1x800 solid from a neighboring site (Nexus 5X most of the time).  However, the Essential was frequently losing 1x800.  That was the last straw for me.

    Thats odd. In my experience, the Essential holds onto 800 like a death grip. It is actually frustrating at times.

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  8. On 11/21/2017 at 8:20 PM, mirskyc said:

    Got my phone last night and I love the build of it. Very solid heavy phone.

    My previous phones have been LG G2, Nexus 6, LG G4, and LG V20.

    Coming from LG phones I am very used to the power button being on the back and it being combined with the finger print reader on the later LG phones. From what I've seen LG is one of the only manufactures that does that. Im not sure why since its only natural to push the back maybe its just my habit. But it also allow you to only have the volume on the side of the phone so you don't hit the wrong buttons.  This brings me to one of my dislikes about the Essential. If you are going to put the volume and power buttons near each other they should put some sort of texture on the power button.  The nexus 6 had it like this. I can't tell you how many times already I've hit the wrong button on the side.


    Also I have to say the RF performance on this phone is the worst I've seen. Im getting 3G in many area where there is only GMO B25 sites. Also inside performance is on the edge of B25 and it tends to switch to B26 more often. 

    It looks like they tried some trading off on RF reception on this phone. I have also noted that it is not great on 1x. However, it holds onto 800 almost excessively so. Its 1900 and 2500 reception is about on par with my Bolt.

  9. On 1/4/2018 at 9:46 PM, CAREND said:

    Gotta say I'm happy with the Essential for the most part.  Did drop it last week and cracked the screen.  They were quick to replace it too. Htc just fell off after the M8. I did NOT like the 10.

    The 10 was a pretty good phone although I missed my true dual speaker set up.

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  10. 1 hour ago, S4GRU said:

    My wife has the Moto Z2 Force.  She loves it.  WiFi was messed up and she had to replace it.  Returned it.  Second unit has been good.  Still waiting on the projector to arrive via FedEx ground.  Been travelling over the road from Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana.  Should be frozen solid by the time it gets to Washington State.

    Yup. The wife likes her Moto so far. I just made sure she had a screen protector on day one!

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  11. Just picked up an essential phone. So far it seems like a very nice phone. The only thing I do not like is it seems to excessively hold on to B26. Other than that I just have to get used to what is basically vanilla android and the finger sensor being on the back.

  12. After almost ten years of nothing but HTC cell phones, we had to go in another direction. Picked up a moto Z Force for the wife to replace her A9 and I got an essential phone to replace my HTC 10. Really wanted to stay with HTC but they have nothing to compel me to pay the amount of money that they want for their phones. It is almost as if they are no longer trying which is too bad.

  13. On 12/24/2017 at 8:33 PM, utiz4321 said:

    If you are going to attack an analogy the difference you have to point out between the analogy and what it is attempting to discribe has to be relevant to point being made. The fact That the governments role in internet was designed for the purpose of creating internet infrastructure and roads aren't designed specifically for grocery stores is not relevant. Both the roads are necessary for grocery stores to exist and the government's investment in the internet is was necessary for it to exist.


    Yes, netflix is complaining that some companies can demand a large share of the profits in this two side market and they would lose. The same thing happens all the time, in many industries, for example grocery stores and charging for Shelf space.  What should you care who gets what profits? Why do you think the government is better placed to divide up the profits of the industry than the market? 

    Still going to have to disagree. What you are proposing is a self-fulfilling prophecy where innovations such as the internet could not exist without government investment. If you are supporting the idea that government has a significant role in innovation and only the government has the economic size to leverage investments into new technologies then your entire argument falls apart.

    Also, explain to me how the government is dividing up anybody's profits. As I said before, article two leveled out the playing field. In my opinion, this is necessary as long as there is not sufficient competition. What I find interesting is that I have yet to hear anybody propose scrapping the legal cable monopolies. Now that is a case of government control that reaches far beyond article two.

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  14. 18 hours ago, utiz4321 said:

    It isn't. Weather or not they were built for a grocery store or not they are necessary for a grocery store. 


    God help us if the government turn the internet into at public utility like the electrical grid I'm not looking forward to Brown outside the internet in the future. How Innovative have public utility companies Been over the last 25 years? How about ISPs? 

    Ok. So you are really going to have to spell this out for me because I am having visions of Fields of Dreams right now.


    18 hours ago, utiz4321 said:

    Which playimg field? There are two amd it seems like you want to privilege one over the other for feels. There is zero evidenve that the internet is harmed in a world without the 2015 NN title 2 regulation. In fact, there is 20 years of evidence to the contrary. 

    Not at all. I want everybody to have access to the internet as it was developed [ed by the government(read people). Kudos to business for building it out BUT and this is a big but, it is provided by companies that are already under regulation for good reason. Replace those companies with unregulated companies in sufficient numbers then I will be all for trashing title 2. Currently, there is a situation where companies can dictate to other companies how much they will pay for access rather than having the same pricing plan for everybody. Case in point....

    The streaming video company’s filing provides much more detail about its negotiations with Comcast earlier this year that led it to pay for more direct access to Comcast’s internet customers. “In Netflix’s experience, there are four ISPs that have the market power to engage in degradation strategies to harm OVDs,” Netflix wrote, referring to internet service providers (ISPs) intentionally slowing down traffic from online video distributors (OVDs). “Two of those four propose to merge in this transaction.”



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  15. 13 hours ago, RedSpark said:

    Do you want full Title II designation and regulation, or something less than that?

    Until such time as ISP's are no longer legal monopolies, yes. Just to be clear, I understand that an ISP is not a legal monopoly. However, the companies which provide internet access are mostly legal monopolies or must abide by high levels of regulation due to their core business ie: cable companies and Telephone companies. Until such time that we can introduce enough competition into the arena, consumers should be afforded some level of protection in order to keep the internet a viable economic engine.

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  16. 1 hour ago, utiz4321 said:

    Lets assume heavy handed regulations had been instituted during the late 1990,  what woukd the internet look like? The internet works fine, it will countinue to work fine if we let it alone. 

    I never indicated if I was for or against the 2015 net neutrality regulations or the new regulations. I was simply making a statement. Having said that, I do not believe that Net Neutrality was a heavy-handed regulation. I would like to see the playing field to remain as free and level as possible. That will allow the internet to continue its growth and feed the economy. There is a similar argument regarding state sales taxes and purchasing via the internet. What is the right balance? That argument will continue through several administrations.

  17. 1 hour ago, utiz4321 said:

    That isnt exactly true. The back bone of the internet was created by the military but the innovation and evolution of the internet for the past 25 years have been the private industry. But even if we accept your premise you have to get to grocery stores on government roads. The industries are alot alike in revelvent economic characteristics. 

    That's a stretch at best as roads are generally not built specifically for a grocery store but rather for the public at large and commerce in general. The grocery store itself will only exist if demand dictates it. Also, I stand by my statement. The internet was invented by DOD, for the most part. The investment and development was made with public money. Industry picked that up and made the capital investments. Providing internet access is a lot closer to providing electricity then it will ever be to a free market model.

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  18. On 12/17/2017 at 3:03 PM, utiz4321 said:

    Lots of people have one grocery to choose from, for example people that live in rural areas. They arent forced to by the store brand. 


    You might have access to one broad band provider where you live but compatition among broad band providers exist at a market level. How many providers does dallas have? 


    45. That is a very competitive mark.  But countinue being completely ignorant of have markets work. 

    But there is a significant difference. Grocery stores are not a function of government. They are purely free market-based. However, the internet is an invention mostly of government and is largely administered (ISP) by two industries who are heavily regulated and one is a legal monopoly. Telephone and cable.

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