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[-] runjun 151 points 7 months ago

Bring back the IR blaster. No one apparently misses it but me.

[-] brlemworld 21 points 7 months ago

I'd rather have an IR blaster than a headphone jack

[-] WhoRoger 45 points 7 months ago

You can have an IR blaster as an accessory for the headphone jack.

[-] [email protected] 19 points 7 months ago

Do you remember the moment in time people were making accessories which took up the headphone jack? Pepperidge farm remembers.

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[-] [email protected] 13 points 7 months ago

Some Xiaomi phones still have them

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[-] [email protected] 97 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

The "bare minimum for a non-disposable, consumer friendly, half environmentally responsible phone" starter pack.

Also the custom ROM ability should not be merely a bonus. IMO it needs to be legally mandatory even above standardised charging connectors. It costs effectively nothing to implement because the base OS and general architecture supports it by default, the manufacturer simply needs to not disable it, and it is by far the most important thing for keeping a device from becoming unusable and possibly even a cybersecurity risk with age. Also just in principle, I paid for the hardware I should be able to put my own software on it.

[-] 13617 26 points 7 months ago

Samsung did NOT like reading this

[-] [email protected] 21 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

Remember when Samsung used to advertise repairibility, storage expansion, replaceable battery as selling points over the iPhone? iFixit used to have them as a gold example of a high end and repairible smartphone back in like 2014/2015, and they were the most popular CyanogenMod devices other than the OnePlus One for quite a while, and even then only because the OnePlus One came with it while Samsung phones were the most popular for users separately installing the ROM. Then they basically went and made the Android iPhone smh

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[-] [email protected] 93 points 7 months ago

I want my notification light back so badly!

[-] [email protected] 46 points 7 months ago

I agree! And it flashed different colors for different notifications! Things were awesome!

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[-] [email protected] 18 points 7 months ago

Wait, aren't most phones OLED? Wouldn't it be trivial to light up a few pixels in the corner of the screen when it's off? Do phones not do this (I'm still running my S7 into the ground so I have a dedicated LED)?

[-] [email protected] 20 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

It's not trivial. An LED only needs power to light up, an OLED Pixel always needs the GPU to be powered on and it would be a significant power loss to implement a pixel sadly

[-] [email protected] 17 points 7 months ago

The full Always On Display (which shows the clock + some notifications) uses less than 1% battery per hour on my ancient S7, are new phones not any better than that?

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[-] [email protected] 70 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

I miss being able to hold my phone comfortably in one hand.

This stupid propping it up with you pink sucks ass and isn't natural.

I get that they're basically super computers in your hand, but fuck man

[-] [email protected] 31 points 7 months ago

That's literally my first requirement for a phone, that it be small and actually fit inside my hand without any straining. It gets harder everytime I need a replacement - like, dudes, if I wanted aa small tablet, I'd buy a small tablet. I want a phone.

[-] [email protected] 14 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

Yeah, same here. Except it didn't get "harder" but simply impossible. There is not a single compact android phone on the market. You could get the iPhone se or the iPhone 13 Mini, but the compact iPhones are discontinued as well, so you'd switch ecosystems for a single generation of devices just to then be stranded again.

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[-] [email protected] 63 points 7 months ago

Dude literally described a perfect phone

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[-] ljdawson 59 points 7 months ago

I'd kill for a notification LED again...

I've been working on notifications the last few days and noticed I still had some legacy code there to set the notification LED orange. Broke my heart to remove it...

[-] [email protected] 13 points 7 months ago

Aren't there phones which still have led? Though I guess you can't test it

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[-] RememberTheApollo_ 56 points 7 months ago

So hard when sarcasm describes exactly what I’d want in a phone.

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[-] [email protected] 52 points 7 months ago

Is there a phone that still has all these features?

[-] [email protected] 52 points 7 months ago

If a phone hit all of these, and added 6 years of guaranteed (timely) OEM OS updates, I would pay upwards of $2,000+.

OEMs hit me up - I’ve got a credit card ready to go right now.

[-] [email protected] 13 points 7 months ago

FairPhone 5 is doing 8 years of software updates with 5 versions of Android updates and 3 more years of security updates.

Not small and no headphone jack, unfortunately.

https://shop.fairphone.com/fairphone-5

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[-] WhoRoger 33 points 7 months ago

Sony, except the battery, but that is coming with new EU regulation.

Actually cheap phones often have more of these things, although it's getting rarer.

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[-] [email protected] 42 points 7 months ago

Turns out the galaxy S4 WAS the best phone ever created.

[-] [email protected] 12 points 7 months ago

Oneplus one. Hands down. It was as good as S5 with exynos that was thrice the price, allowed custom roms (came with inbuilt cyanogen os) and the sandstone finish was amazing.

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[-] [email protected] 36 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

RIP power user geared phones

Everything Android is now tooled for the hyper casual iPhone leaning demographic since they are the majority.

[-] [email protected] 33 points 7 months ago

I miss the notification LED

[-] [email protected] 12 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

I don't understand why that one has gone away. Like, the 3mm audio jack made waterproofing difficult and was big. But that doesn't apply to the notification LED, does it?

I really miss that feature because now I have no indicator of a notification, short of the major battery drain of setting the screen to always be on. I remember even customizing the colour so that I could tell when I had important notifications. Now I often have to double tap my phone just to check if I have any notifications. So dumb.

[-] [email protected] 19 points 7 months ago

Even the water resistance thing is a lie

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[-] [email protected] 27 points 7 months ago

Oh look, phones from circa 2017!

[-] WhoRoger 25 points 7 months ago

More than anything I want a hardware keyboard.

No, not Bluetooth, not tacked on, not in a case, not vibrating emulation of buttons, not a half kilo Linux phone for terminal use, just a regular vertical phone with a keypad ffs.

Don't tell me it's difficult, when we get a dozen new gaming handhelds a month. They have buttons and Android. Don't tell me it's too expensive if Chinese factories can make a phone or handheld under 100€. Don't tell me there are no suitable displays, when there clearly are displays of all shapes and sizes. Don't tell me there's no interest when there are thousands of phone models on the market and everyone is fighting to find any niche to squeeze into. It's clearly absolutely doable, it's been done both well and cheap, just the phone vendors are absolutely dense.

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[-] FrankTheHealer 25 points 7 months ago

My Fairphone 3 ticks all these boxes lol

[-] [email protected] 13 points 7 months ago

I wanted a FairPhone, but they have yet to sell officially in the US and I couldn't afford to deal with the potential difficulties involved with not having the right bands.

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[-] AngryCommieKender 11 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

Same. Apparently demanding the bare minimum of user modifications, and tried and true technology, is being a cultist?

I'd apply that label to the iEcosystem users than us android bois.

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[-] Carobu 23 points 7 months ago

My Xperia phone has all of these except the removable battery. I think the EU is legislating removable batteries be brought back to phones so given another year or two I'd expect to start seeing them again.

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[-] [email protected] 21 points 7 months ago

I think “discontinued after one year” would be a fun punchline here, like the “perfect r/cars car” being a “brown, manual transmission, V8 wagon that’s used from the factory”

[-] LaChaleurDeLaNuit 18 points 7 months ago

yeah maybe 6 or 7 years ago

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[-] Agent641 18 points 7 months ago

Does apple phone not have a notification LED? I like it. I can tell whos messaging me from it. Blue is txt message (probably mum) purple is whatsapp, probably dank memes in the group chat, green is probaly my autistic cousin on instagram sending me cat pictures, white is signal, probably my dealer.

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[-] [email protected] 15 points 7 months ago

I had a different reaction to the notification led. I don't like my electronics glowing or blinking in the dark. I still liked my old android tablet, but it had to sleep face down because I could not turn the LED off.

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[-] Fedizen 13 points 7 months ago

where do I get one of these bad boys

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