Back to the OPO, maybe keeping Nexus 6

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  1. Tig Bitties, May 6, 2015
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    I have to admit, I am still liking my OnePlus One a ton.

    This past year, these are the smartphones I have owned, in order;

    - Galaxy S4
    - HTC One M8
    - OnePlus One
    - iPhone 6 Plus
    - Nexus 6
    - OnePlus One again

    - Galaxy S4 = This phone sucked balls, had no root, and Touchwiz felt bloated and laggy, and the phone had crap battery life.

    - HTC One M8 = Really nice phone, excellent build quality, pretty good battery life for a smaller phone. Great speakers. Sense 6 was nice, but I converted to GPE, and loved it even more. But I wanted something a bit bigger with better battery life.

    - OnePlus One = Finally got an invite last September, and I had to jump on it, for the price. And wow taking it out of the box, this thing felt quality. Long story short it is one of the best battery life smartphones on the market, and is very snappy fast. With great ROM development. But at this point I was getting bored with Android for some reason. I was flashing ROM's every few days, and was just getting burned out, so I sold it to help buy an iPhone.

    - iPhone 6 Plus = My first iPhone since the old 3G. I Jailbreaked it immediately, and really liked the phone the first month. #1 AMAZING battery life. It was a breath of fresh air to me at the time. But after a month, I sorely missed Android OS, and even with a JB I still felt iOS was very limiting, and just not my cup of tea. But if you like iOS the 6 Plus is a great phone.

    - Nexus 6 = Wow, I mean wow. HUGE phone, but what a beast of a device. Great AMOLED display, warp speed fast. The ROM development is bar none amazing. But it is a large smartphone, border line ridiculous, I mean it's very wide, thick, and heavy. Just a beast. And the battery life is average, not bad with 5.1.1 but nowhere near the OnePlus One or iPhone 6 Plus battery. But the Nexus 6 is a very nice smartphone mini computer device.

    - OnePlus One again = Something about the OPO just ticks most of the boxes for me, so I bought another one. I have a nice tempered glass protector on it, can't even tell I have it on, fits perfectly. And also bought a cool black aluminum bumper, makes the phone look very nice. The main reason I am back to the OPO is two things; * Battery life and * Size of phone. The OPO battery life is just off the charts amazing, I can easily get 7h Screen On time all the time. And the size of the OPO is the largest I want a smartphone, it is border line to me the biggest I can accept, I would prefer even a hair smaller IMO. Anything bigger than the OPO and I just can't get comfortable with it. But the OPO is not prefect, and has two big minuses, the camera is pretty poor, and the display is just average, nothing great, looks washed out a bit.


    So out of all these phones I have owned the past year, IMO the OnePlus One does it #1 for me, the battery life, the size of the phone, and great ROM development do it for me. But the crappy camera and ok display are drawbacks. But then the $350 price tag comes up, and it's a slam dunk deal of the year.

    #2 would be the Nexus 6, it is so very close to my fav phone. But the extra large size is turn off, and the average 5h Screen On time battery life. Other than that, the Nexus 6 is an amazing device. If the Nexus 6 was a little smaller like 5.5" screen size, but still kept the AMOLED display, and had a 1080p screen with the same 3,200mAh battery, it would be the #1 best device of the year, and then some.

    I would put the iPhone6 Plus as the best screen / display, best camera, and best battery life out of all of them. But iOS is not for me.
     
  2. Cnasty macrumors 68020

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    I agree almost to a T regarding the things you mentioned on the Nexus6, 6+, and OPO.

    I find myself gravitating to the N6 right now but my ears are perked up to see what they do next with their new phone.

    I think we can all agree it will cost more but hopefully not much more as that is the biggest selling point of being the "Flagship Killer". If they go to high, they may as well shutdown shop.

    Also, I enjoy flipping phones where I can sell a more expensive flagship type device and buy a used one even going back a version and saving some cash.
     
  3. Tig Bitties, May 6, 2015
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    TB, nice post.

    Always wanted a OPO but it was never officially released in my country. I have similar taste with the OP. I would get a OPO even the smallest capacity because I want it to help download movies for me along with the Xiaomi. My usual habit is I don't watch TV but download a ton of videos via TubeMate app and store it onto my SSD. I am downloading some Jackie Chan movies in HD as we speak but am using iPhone to browse. I need two Androids to give downloading a double duty routine.

    I still LOVE my MI 3. Fast, cheap, long battery life. Actually going from custom stock Android to MIUI 6 improved battery life esp standby time. I would lose 1-2% within an hour on stock Android but can go 8-10 hrs idle without losing 1% on MIUI. It sorta has a few animation lags but since I have been very bored with the smartphone scene as of late, it will do.

    Ecosystem
    Smartphone -> PC -> SSD
    Download -> Transfer -> Save/View

    I feel I only really need one smartphone but having another like OPO can definitely speed up filling up my hard drive full of videos to watch. I have a lot of favorites ranging from Threes Stooges, I Love Lucy (entire series), Bob Ross, Mr. Bean, Freaks And Geeks, WWF matches, basketball, horse races, movies, and The Travel Channel episodes from Anthony Boundain, Andrew Zimmern, and Samantha Brown. Any comedies, relaxing music, or nice background scenery is high replay value for me.
     
  5. youradhere4222 macrumors 6502

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    I love the OPO too but unfortunately it doesn't have CDMA bands, so I can't use it on Verizon. I'm using the Nexus 6 and loving it.
     
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    IMO stock Android out of the box to me is too bland and little customization.

    With a good quality custom ROM, you get a lot more tweaks out of the box, like customization of the navigation keys, adding more keys to the bottom, moving them around, like have the back button key on the far right not the left. Clear all recent buttons on the bottom right of the screen. Clock and date and battery tweaks in the status bar, can move them around on the status bar, can add days, dates, and more if you like.

    That's just a very few tweaks you can do, there are so many more.

    Like themes, a popular one is inverted colors, changing the white background to deep black looks great on the AMOLED display.

    Plus a custom ROM is tweaks for performance, ram and memory and battery optimizations. The phone will run even faster and smoother, but without sacrificing battery life, it will actually improve it.

    And custom Kernels also help with more deeper tweaks to the power and display. The kernel can run the phone with less energy and give a good amount more of extra battery life. I would say like 1h Screen On time more with a good kernel.

    Also Kernels have options to tweak the colors of the display, you can make the screen more vibrant, or cooler looking, etc...

    Basically a custom ROM a+ Kernel give you ultimate control of your phone, and way more tweaks than stock. Plus they extend battery life, while also giving better performance. Right now this AOSiP ROM + hells-Core Kernel are said to be giving like 5.5h to 6h Screen On time. I don't think a stock Nexus 6 can get that ?
     
  8. mclld macrumors 68000

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    Yeah stock android is lacking in control and customization. Nova is must for me
     
  9. Tig Bitties thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Absolutely. For me it is custom ROM + Kernel + Nova = :D
     
  10. Cnasty macrumors 68020

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    I prefer the stock look and how snappy it is. I have never been a big launcher fan.

    I guess I am just vanilla like that. :)
     
  11. Tig Bitties thread starter macrumors 68030

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    NOVA copies Lollipop 100%, it looks exactly identical to stock Android. It just allows customizations, like wider grid of 6 x 6 if preferred, or faster animations, or swipe gestures, etc...

    But style wise NOVA vs stock Android = exactly the same look, it will just make everything even faster and snappier, while still looking no different.
     
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    I can't believe stock android will not allow something basic like the amount of dock icons
     
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    Coming from the Note series, I'm still not accustomed to being without the back button on the right, and recents on the far left!

    Also having a hard time adjusting to the volume and power buttons being so close and on the right side. But, damn, I love the keyboard and the device itself!!!
     
  14. Tig Bitties thread starter macrumors 68030

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    With my custom ROM I have my navigation keys setup just like that. I was able to move my back key to the right, and recents key on the far left. Plus I added a menu key all the way to the far right edge of screen.
     
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    Might just bite the bullet and flash that ROM and Hells kernel you linked... Was thinking about Chroma with Franco originally...
     
  16. Tig Bitties thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I was a big fan of Chrome + Fanko. But I have to say, this AOSiP + hell's Kernel is better. This combo feels a bit smoother and has a little better battery life. And the developer is very friendly and replies quickly.

    I guess he was big time for the LG G3 ROM named "Illusion" I never owned the G3, but I do know about Illusion ROM, was always one of the highest rated and most stable G3 ROM's. G3 people raved about his ROM.

    And he just recently bought a Nexus 6 a month ago, and now has his new ROM up AOSiP
     
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    So what do I need to do to kick start this ROM flaahing on a nexus ? It looks more complicated than flashing a stock ROM on Odin on a Samsung device.
     
  18. Tig Bitties thread starter macrumors 68030

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    How to Root Nexus 6! [Win/Mac/Linux][Android 5.1]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTClxlvrInE

    Step-by-Step Tutorial:
    http://highonandroid.com/android-howtos/how-to-root-nexus-6-windowsmaclinux/

    And after you are rooted with custom Recovery, here's the ROM;
    [ROM][N6]-AOSiP-[5.1.x]MAY-3
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/nexus-6/development/rom-aosip-apr-10-t3078629

    So first things first. Open up two web browsers, one with the YouTube app playing the how to guide video, and in another browser open his website page with the tutorial guide. Follow those two together, and you will get the Nexus 6 rooted with Recovery. It's very simple easy to follow instructions.

    Once that is done, then download the latest ROM and throw that into the phone, and also download the latest GAPPS and also throw that onto the phone, and then download the hell Kernel and throw that too onto the phone.

    Reboot your phone into Recovery, and wipe system completely, and flash in order, the Rom, and then the GAPPS, and then the kernel, and then reboot your phone, and you will start up fresh with the new ROM installed, and then setup your phone normally from there.
     
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  20. Tig Bitties thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yes absolutely. I'm on ATT as well. And the developer is on Verizon, so will work on any Nexus 6.
     
  21. mclld macrumors 68000

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    Will it get rid of the unlock that came from Att?
     
  22. Tig Bitties thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Once you are rooted with custom Recovery and running ROM's that stuff is not an issue anymore.

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    Here is a good Layer theme to run with AOSiP, makes everything inverted, no more white background, but deep blacks which the Nexus 6 AMOLED screen is best at :) :) But still keeps the bright Lollipop colors

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bitsykolayers.trds
     
  23. mclld macrumors 68000

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    I mean the network unlock I have received from Att that allows it to work on other networks
     
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    Root/unRoot for Macs [ I used this method and it worked on my Nexus 6 today ]

    http://www.androidrootz.com/2014/11/nexus-6-one-click-mac-toolkit.html

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    Nope. The OEM Unlock enables the ability to flash custom ROMs and Kernels. It doesn't SIM unlock the device.
     
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