Jul 22, 2012 at 9:33 am #1292231
Chris JonesBPL Member
Have you found the ultimate ultralight smartphone? If so, what make/model is it?
Of course, weight is a primary concern. But in my opinion, weight shouldn't be the only (or perhaps most important) concern.
Other concerns are:
*Ability to configure settings for ultra low-power usage
*Option for swapping out batteries
Oh, and definitely nice to have:
*Good screen for watching movies/videos offline while on the airplane.
I don't envision using my smartphone for GPS or hiking apps. Really, once on the trail, the thing is going to be powered off for the duration of the hike.
So far I have found the Samsung Galaxy series (particularly the XCover, SII, SIII and Ace) to fit the bill above. But I am wondering if there are any makes/models that I have overlooked. The Galaxy SIII is incredible, but I think the screen is slightly on the large side. Still, when I watched the Yosemite HD Timelapse video (YouTube), I was quite impressed.
Any ideas?Jul 22, 2012 at 9:47 am #1896646
Liang KongBPL Member
how about moto razer maxx?
kevlar back panel
Also moto defy+ is a "water-proof" smartphone, I ve seen videos that defy+ receives calls in a cup of water.Jul 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm #1897754
I got the Bionic in April to replace my Original DROID and have been very happy with it. Even on, it lasts 48 hours in airplane mode, it's very thin, uses 4G, came with an extra battery, and the processor is blazing.
Also, I drop it about 3x a week and it's still perfectly fine. Even (ahem) in water, if you hurry up the little dyepack doesn't even change!Jul 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm #1897789
Nathan WattsBPL Member
might want a good camera too although you did say you pack it away during the day.
think the iPhone might give you the best camera and battery life. new one rumored to be coming out soon as wellJul 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm #1897811
Rick DreherBPL Member
@halfturboLocale: Northernish California
Razr Maxx is a pretty good gizmo; I much prefer it to my bride's iphone 4s. The standard Razr is much thinner and lighter, but not so good on battery life.
No swappable batteries with any of the above, however.
RickJul 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm #1897815
@mikefaedundeeLocale: Under a bush in Scotland
I've got the Samsung Galaxy S3, and it's simply nice,
Especially fully loaded with UK mapping.
US models are seemingly different.Jul 27, 2012 at 6:42 am #1897933
Mike WhitesellBPL Member
I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 (Verizon). I found that I could not reliably get through a full day without putting it on a charger. While the factory 2100 mAH battery gives me better battery life than the factory battery on my previous HTC Incredible, it just wasn't enough to get me from wake up to bed time. Though, I spend my work days in a place that gets poor cell reception, so that is probably hurting my battery life.
The battery on the S3 is replaceable, so I bought a 4200 mAH battery from Qcell and I am getting much better battery life… although the phone is now thicker… I plan on using this for my upcoming hiking trips as my camera, emergency communication, ebook reader and backup maps. Though I might decide to get one of those external battery charger packs to extend its life for longer trips.
The battery in the Motorolla RAZR MAXX is 3300 mAH and is getting rave reviews, but it does not have a replaceable battery. Although its life could be extended with one of those external battery charger packs for it as well.
Motorolla is putting out a RAZR HD sometime this summer/fall. It will have a larger screen (somewhere around 4.3") but it sounds like the battery will be smaller… around 2500 mAH and it will not be replaceable….
As for the iphone crowd, they do not have replaceable batteries so the external charge pack is the way to go. The iphone 5 (or whatever they choose to call it) supposedly will have a larger screen around 4" and have an LTE antenna in it. With that in mind, they hopefully will increase the battery capacity proportionately so that they don't run into some of the same issues that some of the early Verizon LTE android handsets had with extremely short battery life.
As for the S3. Great camera. Great screen (4.8"). But coming from HTC's "sense" UI on the incredible, Samsung's "touch wiz" UI seems a bit clunky. Maybe I will get used to it… or maybe I will root it and put on stock jelly bean.Jul 27, 2012 at 10:59 am #1898008
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Nathan WattsBPL Member
As a counterpoint to the "single point of failure" logic I might argue that carrying 2 phones in your case might be better than your phone + camera solution as you still have single points of failure for the individual needs.Jul 27, 2012 at 1:05 pm #1898044
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