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A few days ago it started, on it's own to sound like the speaker is bad. It is getting worse all the time now it sounds like is brocken, announcements or anything good thing i have a spare phone is at the pint where it needs a new speaker ot something. Never dropped or damaged on it's own it acts up more and more for the last 10 days and is at the point where it sounds to bad hope warranty is still good.
So this phone is a unicorn in today's world of planned obsolescence, feature lock down with incremental bi-yearly releases, and corporations inching every day to take more information from you, and give you less and less. They give you the fakery of more, while they steal all the control from you and in to their hands. This is the society the public has allowed, while the big players have SHOVED down all of peoples throats . At least this phone stands a LITTLE bit against that in the hardware section.
This phone gives you MANUAL control over aperture, shutter speed, flash, and has a great MACRO range. It has dual cameras to also get a nice WIDE angle frame. The image quality is excellent. The lens are actually made from glas and has some IS against shakes. Front facing camera as well, if you're into that sort of thing.
Then, (listen to this, it might blwo your mind) the BACK COVER comes off at the push of a button!! No queing up JerryRigEverthing, no heating up the hair dryer, no razor blades involved...NONE! The back cover comes off, and you can wait for it....SWAP out the battery on demand!!!
This phone is sleek in metal, with thin profile, and it has features other phones still dont have today!! Like what you ask?
On the audio side it is still the only phone that has a ESS Quad DAC, and the audio off Bluetooth is significantly superior to any other time I used a device to play audio. Clean(due to 32bit upsampling perhaps?)! Also some nifty analog audio controls, jitter controls, and integrated headphone amplifier. So with that and a MicroSD slot, you are sure to leave any of those older audio playing devices without skimping on audio quality. This is excellent for hifi car audio systems you want to stream on.
Even the voice people hear when I use the phone after them hearing me talk on other devices, they ask what I did, and that is so cool to know. Speaker phone works great. In fact it has multiple audio sensors to focus on your voice and drowning out the rest.
Anyway, the phone is actually very rugged. In fact the back cover coming off makes it even less likely to damage the internals as it acts as a barrier that absorbs a lot of impact IF you drop it and it falls with the back cover taking the hit. Still overall very solid. Nest feature is the dual screen...That is correct, it has TWO screens!!! One slim insert screen on top that gives you cosntant notifications and clock info without having to wake the huge screen up when needed. It also gives you independent control of apps you select to launch from it.
For a phone from 2016, this thing will be the next phone I get until they come up with some new FORCED software that Google shoves down our throats that makes it almost impossible to work around. It also has a USB C fast charging port, which gets a chunk of juice in under 30minutes. Full charge from empty is a guess, but I want to say about an hour. BUT wait!! Thats where this phone is amazing. Just pop in a new battery. I keep one in the car, and at my desk. I dont use them often at all, but I have and LOVE simply rebooting to 100% battery! Flawless fingerprint reader.
CONS! - Not water proof! Unless you have a case for it...I do, which makes it splash proof only. -OS: The OS is still Google forced to Google Play, and Google voice, and google just about everything. Google OWNS Android, so that is what you get. I guess you can root it and perhaps there is a whole new world I have yet to discover on that side.....Hmmm, would love to.
If you value good hardware, and can do without waterproof toilet drops, Eeewww..Don't hesitate to get this thing for under $130!! Such a no-brainer.
I went through 4 of these phones before I found one that had acceptable battery life. 2 from eBay, and 2 from Amazon. Now I get 12-20 hours per battery so I am satisfied. First was only a couple hours, second was 3-4, third was 6-8. So make sure you do not get a defective one.
Apart from that, I love this phone. It works great, and seems to be the last phone made with a removable battery.
Phone is probably ok but it was NOT unlocked. It would only work with version even though advertised as unlocked for any carrier. Seller provided no technical help but did offer a full refund. Disappointing and massive waste of time.