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This review is from: LG Black Optimus F6 T-Mobile No Contract 4G Smart Phone
Pros: -Decent battery life
-Runs relatively smoothly for the most part
Cons: This phone's fatal flaw is its storage. At least twice a day I have to clear app caches and sometimes even wipe app data in order to update an app or even just take a picture. I have an 8GB SD card and I rooted the phone to use Link2SD. However, that's started to cause some problems. Often I can't link apps to my SD card, because there's not enough space on the phone. I'm not sure how that makes sense, but whatever. When the storage gets low the phone starts dragging, and it got so low at one point it couldn't even start services. Every 2 seconds a service would pop up saying it had failed and I couldn't even get the phone to turn off. The pop-ups would close the shutdown prompt. I had to pull out the battery.
All of my photos have to be stored on the SD card to save space, but with 4.1.2 Jelly Bean there's no way to set the default saving place to the SD card, so I have to manually move every photo to the SD card. The fact that it still runs Jelly Bean is also a huge flaw, but with only 4GB of internal storage I don't see it getting a software update any time soon.
Other Thoughts: I upgraded from a Nokia Lumia 521 running WP8.1, and this phone is a whole lot better than that one. (Quick tip, if you think you want a Windows Phone, don't put yourself through the torture of using the slowest, buggiest, and most pointlessly featureless OS there is.) I was expecting a lot more out of this phone, though. I'm disappointed that I didn't hold out a little longer and get a Galaxy S3 or something.
Bottom line is, if you're planning to do anything more than just texting, calling, and light browsing, I highly recommend looking elsewhere. The storage problem with this phone is a lot worse than I expected it to be. Please heed this warning.
This review is from: Nokia Lumia 521 T-Mobile No Contract 1.0GHz Windows Smart Phone
Pros: For a $70 phone, it's got a good screen and decent speed. Camera takes pretty good quality photos.Those are pretty much the only pros.
Cons: Where do I begin? My volume-up button stopped working after about a month and a half, the lock-button is now failing, and the OS alone is almost 3GB. Windows 8 OS is badly buggy in so many ways:
-Frequently when I press the lock button, I'll see my lock screen, then it'll flash to black and I'll have to lock and relock the phone to get into it. Annoying when the lock button only works 10% of the time.
-At the beginning and end of every song, there's a loud skip/crackle noise
-Skipping forward or backward in video or audio playback produces an even louder crackle noise that's nearly deafening
-Phone frequently crashes completely and reboots itself
-Freezes almost daily, have to remove the battery to fix the problem
-Next to no modern app support. Spotify won't even open without a premium subscription, and most social network apps (Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Kik, and Twitter to name a few) are all unofficial 3rd party apps with little support.
-I have the $30 UL Data and Texting package from T-Mobile. I don't know if it's just where I live or what, but at (very frequent) times, I'll show as having 4-5 bars, but nothing will load and texts won't send. Often triggered by opening Facebook or other internet-drawing apps on data. Only fix is to either wait it out (2-3 hours usually) or reboot the phone.
-It has bursts of incredible slowness. While sometimes it is fast, about 80% of the time it crawls if you have more than 2 or 3 apps open in the background.
-Battery life is mediocre and gets worse over a short time
-Headphone jack is shoddy and has already failed on one of my friends' phones
-Charging port is awkward and some chargers don't work with it
-Battery gets incredibly hot when charging
-The sloped backside of the phone makes it really easy to slip out of your hand and drop it, and that's not helped by how smooth the back surface is
-Very few good cases for the phone that aren't shipping from China, but that's common among cheaper phones
-No front camera
Other Thoughts: Overall, for me personally, this phone started out well and became a nightmare. I abhor using it now and I can NOT wait to replace it. For moderate use, like texting and calling infrequently, this phone is probably perfect, but if you're expecting something better than an equally priced Android phone, prepare to be disappointed. I "upgraded" from a Huawei Prism II (got it for $80 right before its price dropped to $50), and the Prism II was miles better. Still a mid-range phone by all means, lacking some great characteristics, but at least it wasn't plagued by the Windows Phone 8 OS.
Again, if you're expecting anything par to Android, stay far away from this phone.
This review is from: NZXT HUE RGB Led Controller
Pros: -Lots of different settings
-Good long cable (enough to go all the way around an NZXT Source 210 with a little to spare)
-Good color range
-Brightness and toggle are useful for use in a dark room
Cons: The knobs stick out about a half-inch from the panel, so if your 5.25 bays are covered by a door or something you may have to mount this a little pushed in.
Other Thoughts: A lot of people I build PCs for ask if it's possible to do something "like Alienware, where the lights can be any color." Up until I found this, I always had to tell them no. Since then I've used this in a couple of builds, and to much success. It's simple and doesn't take up much space at all.READ FULL REVIEW
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