I Broke Up with Verizon

What can I say, I feel like posting tonight.

I have had Verizon Wireless for a number of years now. I’ve been happy with them, until recently. I’ve noticed they are raising their data prices and are taking more money from me. Now, to have a single line with Verizon, with a decent amount of data, you’d probably spend $180-200 a month. Now, if you can live without extreme amounts of data, that’s awesome, and they may work for you.

I use data everywhere. I like to be able to watch/listen to Netflix in my car while driving a long distance, or stream music from Amazon. I had 24GB on Verizon, sharing it with one other person. I did have an iPad as well, as a couple other phones for my grandpa and another friend that they ended up not using it. My total bill a month was around $400-500! That’s insane. I started looking into other options, when I came to Sprint.

Now, I’ve heard a lot of bad things about Sprint. Granted, take into account I used to live in an area that Sprint had no service. People moving from the city down to that area, complained. Moving to the city, I realized I have options. Sprint has an unlimited data plan. I’m not worried about them slowing it down or anything, so I don’t want to hear about that.

I walked into Sprint, told them I want to switch. They greeted me with open arms. I ported my Verizon number, seamlessly. I got the new iPhone 7 Plus 128GB model for $100 down, and with their unlimited data, plus the new iPad I got, I am going to be paying around $130-140 a month! It is a little on the high side, but unlimited data. I won’t complain.

I am so far, happy with Sprint. Even in the little town I used to live in, I got extended LTE. Everything worked fine. That’s my experience so far, if it changes, I will let you know.

Follow Up: Google Pixel XL

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Hello all, and happy Saturday! I said I would follow up on my post about the Google Pixel XL about a week or so after receiving it. So, I will do just that.

After about a little over a week with the phone, I am still loving it. The battery life has been fantastic, the camera works really well, and the phones flows smoothly when multi-tasking.

Google Assistant is something I didn’t think I would use much, but I find myself using it more and more. I set my alarms with it, put events in my calendar, and even call or text people with it. It’s pretty handy. It’s like having a personal assistant on your phone!

The battery life is another good thing on this device. I work 8-10 hour days, and I have no problem making it from about 6:00AM to around 9:30PM-10PM at night. I charge it when I sleep, and unplug when I wake up. I do use it to watch YouTube and sometimes Netflix in the mean time, so it does hold up fairly well in my experience.

I would definitely recommend this as a replacement for the Galaxy Note7 if that’s a phone you’ve used. It’s worth it and makes life seem easy again.

 

Photo credit: Android Authority

 

A day with the Google Pixel XL

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I received the Google Pixel XL 32GB model yesterday for a replacement on my Samsung Galaxy Note7. I just thought I’d share my first thoughts on this after having this phone for a day, and on if I would recommend it for a good replacement for the Note7.

When I received the phone, I noticed the packaging it was in was nice. Google had a sleeve that the box went mostly into, with their logo on the sides. Opening the box the first thing you see is the phone, covered in all the plastic. Removing that, you see the adapter they give you to connect that phone with your old phone to transfer everything over. And it does transfer mostly everything over, even from an iPhone.

Another nice thing that the phone comes with is two charging cables. One is USB Type-C to USB Type-C, because the power brick for the phone is Type-C, not the standard USB that we are used to. The other is a USB 3, I believe, to Type-C, which will work on all standard chargers. I put this in my car for a good car charger. Worked out really well.

The phone itself is nice. Turning it on, you are greeted with the set up, which was simple and easy. The Pixel comes with Android 7.1 installed, and the updates are nice. This was my first experience with Android 7, and I am pleased. Google Assistant is nice, and actually helpful when you ask the right things.

The camera on the phone is something everyone was wondering about. It has a 12.3 megapixel back facing camera, and it takes high-def pictures and up to 4K video. The videos are stable as ever, and it’s almost eerie how stable it is. The front facing camera is an 8 megapixel camera, and takes great pictures as well. Worked with Snapchat nicely.

So far, the phone is sound, the battery life was pretty good. I charged it to 100%, around 2PM, and when I got home at 10:30PM, I still had about 65% of my battery left.
And yes, I was using it. I watched YouTube videos on my drive to where I was and when driving back home, using a dock and my car audio, of course.

All in all, I say if you are a fan of the Samsung Galaxy Note7, but are looking for something similar but different, Google Pixel XL is a fair replacement. You won’t have the S-Pen, or the waterproofing, but everything else is there and ready to go.

The price point for the Pixel XL through Verizon is $769 for the 32GB version, and $869 for the 128GB version. I will try to update this review in about a week to see if my thoughts have changed on this device.