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Comment Re:YouTube video showing BGA damage under microsco (Score 2) 154

I agree, on a direct replacement vs labor cost comp these types of repairs are uneconomical. However when one considers the total systemic cost including dispoal/landfill/recycling/PCB pollution I think repair becomes a more feasible solution. Unfortunately manufacturers are mostly not required to incur/consider these tangential costs and so replacement is the most economically expedient solution.

Comment Likely still slower than the Exynos 8890 (Score 1) 30

The Galaxy S7 comes in two major flavors - the US version that sports the Snapdragon 820 and the international version that uses Samsung's Exynos 8890. In head-to-head tests the Snapdragon is noticeably slower with hours less of battery life (http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s7_exynos_8890_vs_snapdragon_820_speed_test-news-17429.php). Apparently Samsung was required to use the Snapdragon in the US market for its CDMA support.

Comment Re:Walmart (Score 3, Insightful) 118

I try not to be elitist about this sort of thing

If you have to exert effort to not appear elitist then you're an elitist so might as well own it. Back in the real world, Walmart's food prices are significantly below the supermarket chains and allow families to feed themselves with better quality food than what would otherwise be possible if they had to pay higher prices. The harsh realities of how poor feed themselves might not make for touchy, feel-good sentiments but it makes for full bellies.

Comment Re:How about having a user accessable mem card slo (Score 1) 235

Why woulkd you never again consider an SD card when you already acknowledged that Android deals with the issue in a much saner way today (http://source.android.com/devices/storage/adoptable.html)? That's like saying you'll never drive a car again because people died 65 years ago before the invention of the seatbelts.

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