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

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      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

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        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.

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        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.

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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

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          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

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      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.

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

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      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.

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    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.

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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

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

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

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        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

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

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          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.

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      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

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          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?

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            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.

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          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.

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        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

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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

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        yeah samsung has a feature for this in good look

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            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.

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      The Xperia Z2 had a notification light bar, I miss that one especially.

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        I remember reading about AODnotify on here recently. I’m not sure if it’s FOSS, but it was a very cool app!

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      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

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    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

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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.

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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.

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          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.

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

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      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.

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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!

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        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.

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          Small/thin phones are out there. Check out the Sony Xperia 5, I’m using the 5 IV and it’s a brilliant wee phone and fits in your hand really nicely. Also has a headphone jack and notification LED.

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          The way I hold my phone I never have to use my pinky while typing and passively holding my phone I use my thumb along the bottom, forefinger up one side and balance the back with my middle finger.

          Understandably lots of different shapes and sizes of hands means not everyone can do that but you should be able to find a grip that works for you.

          That or buy one of the Sony phones. They are feature rich and offer small models.