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My carrier is straight talk. So I can use any & they will send a chip.

Current phone is 2 years old. Samsung galaxy (1st gen). Would like to stay on android platform & have lotsa storage.

Was thinking of staying w/ galaxy series and maybe get a 4 or 5.
 

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Well I was going to say the S4 but since the KitKat 4.4.2 update they really screwed with the external storage (SD card). They make it really difficult to access it with 3rd party programs under the guise of safety from rouge programs. While I see their point, they basically eliminate the external storage option by denying permissions.
 

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I have never had a problem with an HTC phone, every galaxy device I have had has had the issue where it won't power on, then I have to open it up, and remove the battery cable and reinsert it to get it to work.
LoL I've had the opposite experience, the power button wore out on my HTC.

S5.
 

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That is exactly the problem. Why should you need an external computer to move files around in your phone. Pure idiocy.
 

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That is exactly the problem. Why should you need an external computer to move files around in your phone. Pure idiocy.
What exactly does it stop you from doing?
 

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It stops 3rd party apps from accessing the write function for the SD card in your phone. There are some exceptions. If the 3rd party app can make a folder in the SD card it can write to that file, and only that file. If the app is deleted, the file gets deleted also.

3rd party file managers are essentially useless. What good is having storage on your phone if the only thing you can do is upload files to it by taking the card out of the phone and inserting it into your computer to transfer the files.

Unless there is a work around I won't be upgrading to KitKat.

The file manager that comes with your phone will be able to access the SD card because since it came with the phone it will have the permissions required to do the transfers. But the one that came with the S4 is pathetic.
 

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It stops 3rd party apps from accessing the write function for the SD card in your phone. There are some exceptions. If the 3rd party app can make a folder in the SD card it can write to that file, and only that file. If the app is deleted, the file gets deleted also.

3rd party file managers are essentially useless. What good is having storage on your phone if the only thing you can do is upload files to it by taking the card out of the phone and inserting it into your computer to transfer the files.

Unless there is a work around I won't be upgrading to KitKat.

The file manager that comes with your phone will be able to access the SD card because since it came with the phone it will have the permissions required to do the transfers. But the one that came with the S4 is pathetic.
can't you just "root" the phone?
 

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I love my galaxy s4 and plan on the next s model when my contract is up in 14 months. I root all my phones, allows use of the phone as a hotspot and a few back up and bloatware eliminating programs that require root access.
 

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Not sure if it's possible anymore (S4) since I've already upgraded past MK2 and never installed a safestrap.
 

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Been using the lg g2 for a few months and love it. Was looking at the note 3for productivity but it was just to big for me. G2 is a power house capable of serious multitasking and the screen is big and bright enough for field work. Just wish it was waterproof! Btw the screen was still responsive in sub zero weather, which can be a problem on some phones.
 

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What good is having storage on your phone if the only thing you can do is upload files to it by taking the card out of the phone and inserting it into your computer to transfer the files.
Why do you need to take the sd out of the phone, just plug your phone into the computer. You can browse both the phone and the sd card at the same time. At least you can with the galaxy s5.

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It stops 3rd party apps from accessing the write function for the SD card in your phone. There are some exceptions. If the 3rd party app can make a folder in the SD card it can write to that file, and only that file. If the app is deleted, the file gets deleted also.

3rd party file managers are essentially useless. What good is having storage on your phone if the only thing you can do is upload files to it by taking the card out of the phone and inserting it into your computer to transfer the files.

Unless there is a work around I won't be upgrading to KitKat.

The file manager that comes with your phone will be able to access the SD card because since it came with the phone it will have the permissions required to do the transfers. But the one that came with the S4 is pathetic.
I know what it does Leo, I was asking you how it will negatively affect your life.
 

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I know what it does Leo, I was asking you how it will negatively affect your life.
the main thing it won't let me do is transfer files using es Explorer through my wifi connection and its Remote Manager
 

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I have the note 3. I really dont use the pen. Too big for side pockets but fits in back pocket so you have to take it out and move it around every time you sit down. Good battery life and an improvemnt in email over the s2 which I ran like a dog for 2 years. Multi window is nice for things like transcribing info in emails to the calender. Addresses in calender can be clicked to go to maps etc... I would like to compare with an s5.
 
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