Sunday, July 03, 2016

You Won't Believe What My Next Phone Is!

I have a pattern of buying old, cheap, niche mobile phones: Samsung Captivate, Samsung Skyrocket, Moto X, OnePlus One, and Google Nexus 5.

I've loved my Nexus 5 but the battery life is erratic.

So I found something new.

Google Nexus 5New Phone
Device typeSmart phoneSmart phone
OSAndroid (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4)Android (6.0, 5.1)
Dimensions5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches (137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm)5.79 x 3.04 x 0.37 inches (147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm)
Weight4.59 oz (130 g)6.77 oz (192 g)
Physical size5.0 inches5.4 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density445 ppi541 ppi
Colors16 777 21616 777 216
FeaturesLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 3)Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 4), Light sensor, Proximity sensor
Camera8 megapixels18 megapixels
   FlashDual LEDDual LED
   Aperture sizeF2.4F2.2
   Focal length (35mm equivalent)30.4 mm
   Camera sensor size1/3.2"
   FeaturesOptical image stabilization, Face detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Geo taggingOptical image stabilization, Autofocus (Phase detection), Touch to focus, Face detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)
Front-facing camera1.3 megapixels2 megapixels
System chipQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992
ProcessorQuad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400Hexa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Graphics processorAdreno 330Adreno 418
System memory2048 MB RAM3072 MB RAM
Built-in storage32 GB32 GB
Maximum User Storage

Storage expansion
microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 2000 GB
Talk time17.00 hours
Stand-by time12.5 days (300 hours)
Capacity2300 mAh3410 mAh
Not user replaceableYesYes
Wireless chargingBuilt-in (Qi)Built-in (Qi, Powermat)
Music player
   Filter byAlbum, Artist, PlaylistsAlbum, Artist, Genre, Playlists
   FeaturesAlbum art cover, Background playbackAlbum art cover, Background playback
SpeakersEarpiece, LoudspeakerEarpiece, Loudspeaker
YouTube playerYesYes
Built-in online services supportYouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+
CDMA800, 1900 MHz
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz700 (band 12), 700 (band 17), 700 (band 29), 800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 2100 (band 1), 2300 WCS (band 30), 2600 (band 7) MHz
DataLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE-A, HSPA (unspecified), HSUPA
PositioningGPS, A-GPS, GlonassGPS, A-GPS
NavigationTurn-by-turn navigationTurn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation
Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac
   Mobile hotspotYesYes
   FeaturesUSB chargingUSB charging
HDMIvia microUSB
OtherNFC, DLNA, Miracast, ANT+, SlimPort, TV-Out, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA syncNFC, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync
NotificationsHaptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, SpeakerphoneService lights, Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer, Step detector, Step counterAccelerometer, Compass, Gesture
Hearing aid compatibility
M3, T4
OtherVoice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recordingVoice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording
Officially announced31 Sep 201325 Sep 2015
FCC Approval04 Nov 201322 Oct 2015

It's a Blackberry PRIV.

So while it's relatively new, I can't get away from cheap and niche.


I found the PRIV on a fire sale on eBay for $299.99. As usual I added a Seidio holster.

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