Leave it over night on your backup PC!
Babysitting H2testw when testing my fake 1 TB USB sticks would have given me even more hairloss than I have already...
And you know that watching the computer do something makes it take a lot longer!
My wife loves the Aputure LED lights for the light painting of cars.I've been itching to get a Ricoh GR but I'm traveling so little during the pandemic that I really can't justify it. Last year, I bought stuff that isn't getting used much. But I just bought Apurture LED lights. Plan on shooting more video this year and I can use them to up my Zoom game.
Fortunately, ZTE learned their lesson, and it comes with the bare minimum of Google bloatware apps.
Got I hate Android bloatware. That's why I went with a Pixel.
Nokias are part of the Android One program, which is good in theory, it's basically pure Android, no bloat, but they're still slow with OS updates. There's still no Nokia phones on the market that are running Android 11, and the Nokia 9 replacement has been delayed until later this year (if it comes at all, Light were making the camera before they exited the smart phone market).
The Android One website also shows really old phones, so I'm guessing in typical Google fashion it's been abandonned, like the Nexus and Google Play Edition programs they came before it.
It's pretty much the same with hardware as well ... it's like Google got hit by amnesia after they said: Don't be evil
I feel your pain, I had/still have plenty of problems with Google myself ... not as many as Microsoft but I will keep that bunny slaughter for when I'm about to go nu-chi-lar on the next Windows updateWhat gives me the shits is when they replace a perfectly good product with an inferior product.
I was happily using Google Play Music for years, which they replaced with YouTube Music last year.
This is fine, however YouTube Music has a few problems. Uploaded music and music added from the YouTube Music library are completely segregated with no way of combining them in a single view.
I can live with that though, but what is far and away more annoying than anything else, is when you're casting to ChromeCast or Google Home speakers (I have a few Google Home Maxes setup in my house which I bought before the migration to YouTube Music, they were great for cranking music through during the first COVID lockdown), YouTube Music puts a 2-3 second gap between songs which is extremely jarring. I listen to music in albums, and the albums I listen to are written to be listened to as a full, complete album and not a selection of tracks. Google Play Music didn't do this, so it's a perfectly feasible problem to solve.
It's also 2021 FFS. There's no excuse for having a music player that puts a gap between songs.
Also, don't get me started on Google Home/Nest. Home/Nest feels like a product that Google so they can say they're in the same market as Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit. There's so many problems with it it's not funny.
Also don't get me started about how limited Google Gsuite (now Workspace) Google Accounts compared to free Google Account. I ended up ditching G Suite for my email last year, got a $20 a year mailbox from my domain provider and connected it to a free Gmail account using their POP/SMTP connectors. It's a bit messy, but it works and it's not arbitrarily limited.
old Samsung Note 8 got smashed last September (my the client I used to work for)
My requirements are far more straight forward. My phone must make calls, receive calls, and cost me nothing for the phone or the service. Since my company pays for it, I have accomplished all of those.A phone is, well, a phone, first and foremost!
My requirements are straightforward:
Must have excellent reception, everywhere
Must have excellent battery life >5 days of 'normal' use
Must be nearly indestructible, waterproof to at least IP68 standard.
Must have decent internal RAM
Must have a card slot
Preferably have a decent camera, but not critical.
Must not have every imaginable Google app installed, and not uninstallable without rooting the phone.
My ZTE T86 does all these things, and well.
It cost me nothing to upgrade, as recompense for Telstra stuffing up the phone's WiFi until they upgraded the firmware in their modems, which took a couple of months.