• @runjun
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    1518 months ago

    Bring back the IR blaster. No one apparently misses it but me.

    • @brlemworld
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      218 months ago

      I’d rather have an IR blaster than a headphone jack

    • SGH FanOP
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      88 months ago

      Forgot that. Actually, the Redmi Note 12 that I’m typing this on actually has one! But in the US, yeah.

    • @[email protected]
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      78 months ago

      I was not missing it for about a couple years but now I’m missing it again, it was just so damn good and like why can’t our monitors and PCs get IR receiver then we would be about to use a remote to play/pause, control volume, and forward and rewind things on it (yes you can also use wifi based apps, but I don’t want to set up an ad hoc network every time I need it or connect to an open WiFi)

      P.S. I’m aware my idea isn’t the best, but it’s just the perfect mix of convenience and usability for me

      • @runjun
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        58 months ago

        I was annoyed when they removed it but a lot of electronics did add apps for the electronics so it wasn’t a huge deal then. But between the poor performance and privacy issues of the apps, I really miss the IR blaster.

      • @[email protected]
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        28 months ago

        Shouldn’t it be possible to just use one of the cameras or even the light sensor as receiver and the screen as sender? At that point, you only need software support.

        • @[email protected]
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          18 months ago

          well, maybe. Neither cameras nor screens are optimized for the infrared spectrum (in fact, cameras in particular filter it). So that might be possible but I wouldn’t bet on it

        • @[email protected]
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          Might not be as reliable and will be less efficient in just trying to encode and decode messages in them without needing an epilepsy warning every time you use it.

          Edit: unless you meant generating and reading IR through them, in which case it might not work at all

    • @[email protected]
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      18 months ago

      I just bought a USB C adapter two weekends ago. Lives on my keychain for when I’m somewhere with a TV that’s a little too loud.

    • @[email protected]
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      18 months ago

      If you really want to control your TV from your phone, why not just use an app to control it over the local network that’s probably available if your TV has been released in the past 10 years or so? Doesn’t even have to be in line of sight for that.

      • @runjun
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        58 months ago

        In my experience, the apps are extremely spotty. That’s besides privacy concerns.

  • Marxism-Fennekinism
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    8 months ago

    The “bare minimum for a non-disposable, consumer friendly, half environmentally responsible phone” starter pack.

    Also the custom ROM ability should not be merely a bonus. IMO it needs to be legally mandatory even above standardised charging connectors. It costs effectively nothing to implement because the base OS and general architecture supports it by default, the manufacturer simply needs to not disable it, and it is by far the most important thing for keeping a device from becoming unusable and possibly even a cybersecurity risk with age. Also just in principle, I paid for the hardware I should be able to put my own software on it.

    • @13617
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      268 months ago

      Samsung did NOT like reading this

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        Remember when Samsung used to advertise repairibility, storage expansion, replaceable battery as selling points over the iPhone? iFixit used to have them as a gold example of a high end and repairible smartphone back in like 2014/2015, and they were the most popular CyanogenMod devices other than the OnePlus One for quite a while, and even then only because the OnePlus One came with it while Samsung phones were the most popular for users separately installing the ROM. Then they basically went and made the Android iPhone smh

    • @[email protected]
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      14 months ago

      yup imagine not being able to run anything you want on your own device. it should be mandatory

  • Bipta
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    938 months ago

    I want my notification light back so badly!

    • @[email protected]
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      468 months ago

      I agree! And it flashed different colors for different notifications! Things were awesome!

      • @[email protected]
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        98 months ago

        Didn’t even realize the led was something that had been removed. Mine has it on the upper edge, which is fine, although I’d prefer it on the front face so it can be ‘muted’ by flipping the phone over

        • Dr. Coomer
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          08 months ago

          My android flashes around the edge of the screen when there’s a notification, whether I’m using it or not.

      • @viperex
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        38 months ago

        How do you customize it?

        • @[email protected]
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          28 months ago

          There used to be a notification light settings panel in Settings. I don’t have a. Notification light anymore, so I’m not sure where yours would be.

    • @[email protected]
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      188 months ago

      Wait, aren’t most phones OLED? Wouldn’t it be trivial to light up a few pixels in the corner of the screen when it’s off? Do phones not do this (I’m still running my S7 into the ground so I have a dedicated LED)?

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        It’s not trivial. An LED only needs power to light up, an OLED Pixel always needs the GPU to be powered on and it would be a significant power loss to implement a pixel sadly

        • @[email protected]
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          178 months ago

          The full Always On Display (which shows the clock + some notifications) uses less than 1% battery per hour on my ancient S7, are new phones not any better than that?

          • @WhoRoger
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            58 months ago

            It doesn’t if the screen is connected directly to the frame buffer which can refresh independently. Whether that’s actually implemented this way in hardware, well who knows, but I suspect it is as that’s useful to display any static image. Then just power up the display driver for a microsecond to refresh the image if needed.

        • @MooseBoys
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          78 months ago

          None of this is true. It may happen in practice on some poorly-designed devices, but the “GPU” in the SoC can remain powered off, and the display controller remain in low-power mode.

        • fadingembers
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          58 months ago

          I mean there’s a ton of phones that have always on displays (AOD)

      • @[email protected]
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        108 months ago

        I have my always on display which gives me icons of the notifications in a predictable place on screen all the time.

        My battery still lasts a full day so power concerns not an issue

      • @tehmics
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        OLED does see significant power benefits for black pixels but it’s no where close to lighting just a single LED

        • @dashydash
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          38 months ago

          Which setting? I don’t think I see it

          • @[email protected]
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            48 months ago

            Huh, you’re right, I don’t see it anymore either. Could be they removed it, or maybe I’m just looking in the wrong place.

    • Ataraxia
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      38 months ago

      I just use the camera notification circle. It works just fine. I can set it to use a notification dot but the circle is cooler

    • @MooseBoys
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      38 months ago

      Why do you need it with an OLED screen?

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    8 months ago

    I miss being able to hold my phone comfortably in one hand.

    This stupid propping it up with you pink sucks ass and isn’t natural.

    I get that they’re basically super computers in your hand, but fuck man

    • athos77
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      That’s literally my first requirement for a phone, that it be small and actually fit inside my hand without any straining. It gets harder everytime I need a replacement - like, dudes, if I wanted aa small tablet, I’d buy a small tablet. I want a phone.

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        Yeah, same here. Except it didn’t get “harder” but simply impossible. There is not a single compact android phone on the market. You could get the iPhone se or the iPhone 13 Mini, but the compact iPhones are discontinued as well, so you’d switch ecosystems for a single generation of devices just to then be stranded again.

          • @Nahvi
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            That is wonderful. Got really excited until I remembered @Opafi said Android. Wish they would release it with a Linux OS.

            I have no loyalty to Apple at this point, but I am certainly not leaving just to end up with Google instead.

        • @Nahvi
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          18 months ago

          iPhone 13 Mini

          That is surprisingly passable. I have been disillusioned with Apple for so long that I somehow missed a phone I would actually upgrade into intentionally.

          I have been kicking myself every since I went to a 7 after I got caught in the rain with my original SE.

    • AItoothbrush
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      108 months ago

      Zenfone 10 proves that you can fit a lot of phone in a small place and none if its problems are from its size.

    • @Wolf_359
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      98 months ago

      Try a pop socket. Wife got me one and it gets rid of this issue for me.

    • Zorque
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      38 months ago

      Personally I don’t have tiny baby hands, so I dont need to worry about that… but it would definitely be nice if there were more options to choose from.

      • @[email protected]
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        Yeah, but I’ve heard about your baby dick, so I’m fine with smaller hands…

        EDIT: Sorry, it was intended as just a silly joke-response, no one’s actually sensitive here!

        • Zorque
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          Yowch, someone’s a little sensitive… Trump, is that you?

    • @[email protected]
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      -38 months ago

      There is no evidence to support that holding moden phones have changed bond structure in fingers.

      • Onii-Chan
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        98 months ago

        While you’re correct, my own anecdotal evidence says that it’s still uncomfortable as fuck, and I’d rather have a smaller phone. I miss my Nexus One from way back in the day.