@reclaimercube I had this phone and REALLY – REALLY tried to give it a chance. But the responsiveness of the iPhone SE $175 ebay (2 years old) was beating the PH-1 and it was embarrassing. As someone who used to be a die-hard Anti-Apple monster - I click “Submit” with mixed feelings. I deserve judgement.
Call quality won’t improve with better speakers or microphones. The entire phoneline infrastructure is badly designed for audio, and is decades overdue for an upgrade.
/youtube Tom Scott hold music
@DVDBZN@JT954 Phonelines are designed for audio.
It’s just very specifically designed for human voice.
This applied to the 3.5kHz-wide audio channels on the old copper-line infrastructure, as well as the selection of codecs for digital telephony.
@DVDBZN@JT954 Another thing they don’t touch on in this video is vocoders.
A lot of internal phone systems use vocoders to carry voice information. Vocoders are at the very extreme end of specialization to encode human speech, to the exclusion of other types of sound.
They don’t just filter audio to a narrow band and apply lossy data compression. They attempt to model aspects particular to human speech and just send excitation patterns to replay on the other end and recreate the voice. Look up LPC-10, MELP, and CELP.
These are actually likely the real source of over-the-phone music actually just turning into static.
@Barney They didn’t say WHICH phone… my landline phone (no landline at the moment though) is likely around a 1990’s phone (don’t remember its age). Ancient Bell South push button light tan. Standard issue.
@benj I’ve been having issues with my battery lately but it’s cuz i went from a massive battery with zero lemon to a reg one and i haven’t let my husband reset my phone yet. At $10 for a new battery every year tho, it’s still cheaper than a new phone for me. Esp what i use it for lol
So new that I haven’t activated it yet? Samsung Note 9. Moving up from Note 4. I always procrastinate activating, thinking I will some how screw it up! Will have to do it by Thursday to get the free noise canceling headphones though!
Ummm originally, or how long I’ve had it?
Refurbished Samsung S7. Was a Verizon phone but replaced the software so now it thinks it’s a TMO phone with a Verizon tramp stamp… Bought it from office Depot this spring to use up a bunch of recycling rewards. Loving it so far. Replaced a Moto G.
@chienfou Another S7 here, but I bought mine new and factory unlocked last year. I could have gotten the S8 for only a little more but liked the S7 features better. Another month or so later the S9 came out.
I am the type of person who will not replace something until is is beyond repair. To that end, my last phone was a Samsung Galaxy S5 that I pretty much ran into the ground from near new. In early July it was finally to the point that it would overheat badly enough to deactivate the camera flash and make it uncomfortable to hold, and it was getting about 3 hours on a brand new battery. I upgraded to a brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 Active (I like my phones waterproof and durable) though I’ve been a bit trigger-shy with this one as far as dunking it, because of some rumblings I’ve heard about the waterproofing not working. Otherwise it’s been a great phone so far, just like the one it replaced.
@RateControl Thanks for the experience input! Apparently the phones were fine after a certain build date, and there’s supposed to be various methods to get your handset to display its manufacturing date on its display, but none of those methods worked for me.
MY PHONE IS OVER 100 YEARS OLD!!! I STILL HAVE TO CRANK IT TO RING THE OPERATOR!!! SAY WHAT YOU WILL, BUT OLD PHONES ARE THE MOST RELIABLE!!! CASE AND POINT, HOW MANY SMART PHONES ARE STILL WORKING AFTER 100 YEARS?!?!?
My (and my wife’s) iPhone 6 is still going strong. iOS 12 is supposed to improve performance on older models so I may be able to get another year out of it. Depends on what happens tomorrow, but I don’t feel a great urge to buy a new phone.
@tohar1 In smaller towns, which probably includes Fargo, where all the phone numbers started with the same two digits people didn’t bother with those digits when giving their number to locals. (You still had to dial them though.) I caught the tail end of that when I moved from San Francisco to Davis in 1990. At the time, all the prefixes were either 756 or 758 (I think the university was 757.) Our number was 758-7675 so we told locals our number was 8-PORK.
@SSteve Back when I was a kid (Early to mid 1970’s) we didn’t have to dial the full phone number…just the five digits. Everyone’s number either began w/ a 6 or 9, but that was in a small town in western Minnesota. The phone number & address shown in that picture are super old though…as a matter of fact, the address doesn’t even exist anymore. The business moved to a new location in the 1940’s to the very edge of town, which now is almost centrally located square in the middle of the city’s footprint!! (I work for the company that just recently (2002) bought out Fargo Iron, which is how I’ve found out all this info). Interesting/Dumb fact for the day: The Fargo area now has a bigger footprint than Boston, MA (though nowhere near population density, of course…)
@SSteve @tohar1 I was going to say about the same thing. As a kid in the 70s, we only needed (last) 5 digits, certainly within our small town & those surrounding (but still within 40mi to downtown Chicago). I think if distance was farther but still in same area code, only 7 digits needed. I know local radio & TV ads for carpet, furniture, & car dealers had 7 numbers.
I distinctly remember when my aunt moved 10mi further away & we had to memorize all 10 digits (!) of here new phone no. because it was in a different area code.
@compunaut@SSteve We had relatives in both California & Colorado. Long distance calls used to take anywhere from 15-30 seconds for all the switches to connect after dialing (yes DIALING) the phone number…#GoodTimes
My first was a flip phone that Net10 replaced when G-2 was phased out. They sent me a new flip phone. I still had a landline but need to keep this in the ghetto van (a 1990 that died in 2015) since it broke down a lot. I had that flip phone until summer 2016 (actually I still have it) when someone gave me their old iphone 5s because they bought the big screen iphone 6.
iPhone 7+ bought in late 2016. Last years releases weren’t enough to get me to take advantage of the upgrade plan. Planning on the XS Max after tomorrow’s announcement. Kind of hating that they went with X instead of Ten last year. It looks like we’re calling it the Extra Small Max.
@InnocuousFarmer I know it’s supposed to be pronounced ‘ten’ but too many people out there simply refer to it as ‘ex.’ Hence the reason I said I wish they simply called it ‘Ten.’ Going with XS certainly isn’t going to help the problem.
Google Pixel 2. Got it during the great Target/Verizon combo deal last December. My net cost will end up being something like $140, and I really like it for pretty much everything from the form factor to the “actually installing this month’s security update” feature.
I’ll almost always upgrade after 2-3 years because of deteriorating battery life and processing power.