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by pochax
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Syncing Family Files and Photos
Replies: 9
Views: 821

Re: Syncing Family Files and Photos

IF you and your family (intended sharing audience) have Google Photos (linked through your gmail account): 1) go to Google Photos account page 2) hit "hamburger" menu icon in upper left corner 3) find "Settings" 4) scroll to "Shared Libraries" 5) give access to your family members whatever access yo...
by pochax
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vehicle for seniors?
Replies: 61
Views: 3944

Re: Best vehicle for seniors?

more importantly than the brand you end up with, the level of safety features and the visibility (can only really learn by test drive) is more important. i believe Toyota now puts the new safety tech as standard and most car companies are putting it in lower trims (not just the premium trim levels)....
by pochax
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Michelin or Bridgestone?
Replies: 67
Views: 3634

Re: Michelin or Bridgestone?

What are the odds you were comparing say 300 dollar bridgestones with 600 dollar Michelins? Or an 80k tire with a 40k one? Both brands have an large range of products and is easy to compare vastly dfiferent ones. And it gets even tougher when they try to use the same branding "Assurance" for a rang...
by pochax
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Michelin or Bridgestone?
Replies: 67
Views: 3634

Re: Michelin or Bridgestone?

in my sample size of one, i had an SUV crossover with Bridgestone OEM all-season tires - i did not care much for them. noisy and a bit slippery in light snow. when switched to Michelin all-season tires, they were quieter and seemed to have better snow traction. personally, i think Michelins are wort...
by pochax
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebook/Similar for Elderly Dad
Replies: 30
Views: 1797

Re: Chromebook/Similar for Elderly Dad

I would seriously consider an iPad rather than a Chromebook. Chromebook is great tool for folks who need to simple work like word processing, spreadsheets, surfing, etc. If you need something super simple, easy to use for someone that doesn't doesn't do hardly any typing and doesn't need to do "wor...
by pochax
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tennis Rackets - Head Graphene XT vs Head Graphene Touch
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: Tennis Rackets - Head Graphene XT vs Head Graphene Touch

Thanks for the responses, guys! In hindsight, I should've chosen to demo with a retailer than the tennis club as I could have taken the racket anywhere. Now, I am forced to play at the club (with court fees) instead of home court. My issue with demoing with online firm is that the shipping charges ...
by pochax
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tennis Rackets - Head Graphene XT vs Head Graphene Touch
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: Tennis Rackets - Head Graphene XT vs Head Graphene Touch

i use Head Graphene Speed racquets (i have the graphene speed pro and graphene XT speed pro), but not the latest Graphene Touch series. i got the graphene XT speed pro for $99 when it went on sale about a year later when the newer model came out. i think you can expect a decent price drop on previou...
by pochax
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone 4
Replies: 37
Views: 2021

Re: Iphone 4

AntsOnTheMarch wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:45 am
If you don’t see the incredible value added difference between an iPhone 4 and an iPhone SE, youre not using your phone correctly.
that's a bit much- how can one judge if someone is using it "correctly"? everyone's usage pattern is different.
by pochax
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone 4
Replies: 37
Views: 2021

Re: Iphone 4

But what do people do on Iphones apart from make calls, check emails, texts, and browse websites? Is the performance difference when it comes to playing games or watching videos (neither of which I do on the Iphone)? in terms of general use, yes. but as other posters mentioned, there are security u...
by pochax
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IPHONE 8, X
Replies: 39
Views: 2124

Re: IPHONE 8, X

The screen is larger, by diagonal measurement/whatever they use, but it doesn't seem as large for practical uses. It puts a black frame on either side of whatever you're viewing in landscape mode. Seems like the Plus gives more usable screen real estate. If you want to watch content like Netflix, H...
by pochax
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone 4
Replies: 37
Views: 2021

Re: Iphone 4

if you use your phone to just make phone calls and check email and texts, i don't think you need to change.

the cameras on the newer phones are noticeably better in quality.
by pochax
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IPHONE 8, X
Replies: 39
Views: 2124

Re: IPHONE 8, X

hard facts: iphone X has larger, arguably nicer (OLED vs. LCD) display, face ID (no touch ID), animojis, and optical image stabilization (OIS) in both cameras (iphone 8 plus has OIS has it in only one of the 2 cameras, iphone 8 only has one camera period (with OIS)). not-so-hard facts: 8/8 plus look...
by pochax
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Losing all of your savings.
Replies: 41
Views: 5733

Re: Losing all of your savings.

thangngo wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:58 pm

I was thinking you invested in bitcoin when I read your post, but I could be wrong.
if the OP had invested in bitcoin right now, (s)he would be doing VERY well....or maybe he shorted bitcoin?
by pochax
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebook/Similar for Elderly Dad
Replies: 30
Views: 1797

Re: Chromebook/Similar for Elderly Dad

i think your dad will be good with an Acer 14 or 15 (both are $200-300) and adjust the text size in the settings for chrome OS to his liking. the one issue you will need to think about is the printing. chromebooks aren't really plug-n-play like windows or macs. you will need to set up Google Cloud P...
by pochax
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Losing all of your savings.
Replies: 41
Views: 5733

Re: Losing all of your savings.

if you already can acknowledge that the loss was based on "stupid" investments, you have already mentally dealt with it. in the wise words of GI Joe: Knowing is half the battle. the next step, is emotionally dealing with it (and others are giving you good advice for that).
by pochax
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Smart Phone Thread, Low/Mid priced phones and carriers
Replies: 53
Views: 3417

Re: Another Smart Phone Thread, Low/Mid priced phones and carriers

So, comparing the Moto G5plus available for $170-224 versus the Huawei mate 9 at $399, is the Huawei that much better for almost twice the price? Moto G5+ seems to be lacking in camera function in low light from my initial research and a great camera is important to me. I wonder if any current Moto...
by pochax
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home backup generator experiences
Replies: 51
Views: 2709

Re: Home backup generator experiences

Lots of comments related to costs of propane vs gasoline. How about NG vs the others? What would be a ballpark figure for daily use for a 20 kW natural gas generator? it depends on the variable cost of NG in your area. i can tell you when Sandy hit our area, my NG generator (20kW) ran 24/7 for 7 da...
by pochax
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Got an iPhoneX
Replies: 157
Views: 11146

Re: Got an iPhoneX

I just came from Apple Store. iPhone X is smaller but screen bigger than 8 Plus - no doubt. However when I click camera or you tube video there is black spacing on both sides of X. When compared with 8 Plus - 8 plus screen is bigger on youtube video and rear camera. I asked this question to Staff :...
by pochax
Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best mobile Family Plan for 4 Lines?
Replies: 21
Views: 1087

Re: Best mobile Family Plan for 4 Lines?

Total wireless uses verizon network, $100 for 4 lines and 25 GB shared data (which seems plenty to me). https://www.totalwireless.com/wps/portal/home/shop/serviceplans EDIT: disclaimer, can't use GSM based phones used on AT&T and T-Mobile...which is why i'm stuck on Cricket until my spouse and son n...
by pochax
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable switching thought exercise
Replies: 15
Views: 888

Re: Cable switching thought exercise

You don't even have to go without between Internet only + Netflix + DirecTVNow/Sling/Hulu/Vue your not missing anything for less than what your paying for Cable + Internet. problem for me is the internet alone would go for $80/month. total bill with TV and set top boxes is ~$110/month plus free HBO...
by pochax
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home backup generator experiences
Replies: 51
Views: 2709

Re: Home backup generator experiences

TL:DR - yes, happy with it (but not necessarily a good financial move). Installed 20kW Generac Nat Gas generator in 2012 just before Superstorm Sandy and it ran continuously for 7 days until power returned. total cost of install (parts/labor) was ~$10k. yearly maintenance cost is ~$150-200 but you c...
by pochax
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $500 Windows Laptop
Replies: 29
Views: 2576

Re: $500 Windows Laptop

although it is currently out of stock at Amazon, this model is very good if you are willing to spend $100 more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075FLBJV7/ref=sspa_dk_detail_0?pd_rd_i=B075FLBJV7&pd_rd_wg=kx05n&pd_rd_r=P4HXG1Q7TCKGC1P09H72&pd_rd_w=8XNPG&th=1 there is a good chance it may get a discount clo...
by pochax
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cricket family plan is changing
Replies: 14
Views: 1141

Re: Cricket family plan is changing

wish i read this post prior to Nov 4 :( was planning on adding my daughter soon and now i am losing out.

when my wife and kids' GSM phones need replacing in next few years, i am going to consider moving to Total Wireless...they seem to have a $100 shared 25 GB data plan for 4 lines.
by pochax
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are all Payroll-->HSA contributions pre-tax?
Replies: 11
Views: 640

Re: Are all Payroll-->HSA contributions pre-tax?

in my paystub, my HSA contribution is taken out pre-tax so i cannot deduct it again on my tax return. it is basically just withheld like my 401k contribution is.
by pochax
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Smart Phone Thread, Low/Mid priced phones and carriers
Replies: 53
Views: 3417

Re: Another Smart Phone Thread, Low/Mid priced phones and carriers

mxs wrote:
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:19 pm
Questions remaining:

Anyone have any idea about the $100 iPhone SE?
How does the camera on the iPhone 4S compare to the iPhone SE, G5, or G5S?
check out this website to compare different sample photos from almost any phone:
https://www.phonearena.com/phones/camera/
by pochax
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Smart Phone Thread, Low/Mid priced phones and carriers
Replies: 53
Views: 3417

Re: Another Smart Phone Thread, Low/Mid priced phones and carriers

I am looking at Verizon MVNO's, so USMobile "Super LTE", Total Wireless, and Page Plus. I have looked at our usage and USMobile is the cheapest for what we need. I went into the local Verizon store and talked to them about the $95 plan we are on, and they changed it to a modern one with more data a...
by pochax
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable switching thought exercise
Replies: 15
Views: 888

Re: Cable switching thought exercise

Yes, we've done the switch but have different last names. Comcast customers. The other thing to do is go into the store and negotiate in person. I've gotten really good deals in person. I haven't been successful with Comcast over the phone recently. I resent the song-and-dance we have to do every 2...
by pochax
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable switching thought exercise
Replies: 15
Views: 888

Re: Cable switching thought exercise

I suspect the cable company would see through this, especially since as a married couple you both have the same last name. Even if you had different last names, the cable company would know something is amiss when the old customer never turns in the rented cable equipment and the new customer never...
by pochax
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable switching thought exercise
Replies: 15
Views: 888

Re: Cable switching thought exercise

I believe your traditional cable is to your address. Changing the name on the bill would not qualify you as a different customer because the cable line is to your house/address. You could play traditional cable vs. Directv or Dish perhaps. thanks, i am not actually saying to just switch the account...
by pochax
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Smart Phone Thread, Low/Mid priced phones and carriers
Replies: 53
Views: 3417

Re: Another Smart Phone Thread, Low/Mid priced phones and carriers

let's divide this up between phones and carriers (although there are some interactions between the two): PHONES: what is your target price to pay for the two phones? how important is camera quality to you for at least one of the phones? CARRIER: what carriers are you limited to in terms of service a...
by pochax
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable switching thought exercise
Replies: 15
Views: 888

Cable switching thought exercise

I have not attempted this but was wondering if anyone has done this or tried to, and if so, how did it work: Cable company X offers sweet deal on TV/internet for 2 years of fixed rate (+/- free HBO, etc.) and i sign up under Spouse A's name. after 2 years, the rate typically will go up. The family w...
by pochax
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?
Replies: 141
Views: 9623

Re: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?

I would eventually like to replace my Nexus 6P with a Pixel 2XL. The trade in value right now says about $150 for the Nexus 6P. So the pricing sounds reasonable. So I'm reading this and other reviews with interest. A bit concerned about the screen issues and I'm hoping for more clarity in the comin...
by pochax
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best strategy for selling cell phone on Ebay?
Replies: 27
Views: 1423

Re: Best strategy for selling cell phone on Ebay?

My thoughts were that eBay gets a lot more potential customers than Swappa or other competitors, so one is more likely to get top dollar in a sale. Also, as a seller, I didn't think I need to worry about being scammed since I can receive payment via Paypal. But so many people here down on eBay has ...
by pochax
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best strategy for selling cell phone on Ebay?
Replies: 27
Views: 1423

Re: Best strategy for selling cell phone on Ebay?

i just sold on Swappa with good results. people can certainly propose lower prices to you, but you do not have to take them. i sold mine for my asking price (and also they allow you to see comparable phone sale prices and SOLD prices to see what your "market rate" is). i would recommend it.
by pochax
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $35- HR Block Deluxe Fed+State
Replies: 9
Views: 928

Re: $35- HR Block Deluxe Fed+State

i bought the H&R Block Premium for ~$35 last year in December on Amazon. so i would think there is a better deal coming on Deluxe which is significantly cheaper than the Premium version.
by pochax
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?
Replies: 97
Views: 7185

Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

It looks like the G5S plus has slightly better camera and comes with 3/32 GB ($280 at BB). I don't know what I might want in a few years, but GPS has saved me headaches in traveling, and I might travel to Europe again where a Sim card would be great. I expect the more basic one will be fine; I use ...
by pochax
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?
Replies: 97
Views: 7185

Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

I am missing something pricing wise with Cricket. I just spoke with the local Cricket store and asked them how much 2 lines with 1 GB of data would be, and I was told that it would be a $25 activation fee, $30/month per line, and a $9.99 sim card fee that may be able to be waived. I was told that i...
by pochax
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?
Replies: 97
Views: 7185

Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

I have the Moto G4 2Gb/16Gb plus a 32Gb SD card. It's running Android 7.0 and uses 6.7 Gb (internal storage) and uses about 1.3 Gb of memory. Moto Gs are great phones. Thanks for the info. I am now between getting a G5 Plus on Verizon, or something else and going with Project FI. My wife uses an iP...
by pochax
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: two step verification for account access
Replies: 15
Views: 1203

Re: two step verification for account access

What is your second factor? The only one that I've found is a set of security questions - as tho they're a second password, rotating among a set number of questions. I will look again at my options. my second factor is a text to my cellphone with a one-time use code. i would call TRP customer servi...
by pochax
Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: two step verification for account access
Replies: 15
Views: 1203

Re: two step verification for account access

i have TRP and they DEFINITELY HAVE 2-FACTOR authentication.

once you are logged in, go to "MY ACCOUNTS", "PROFILE", then "UPDATE LOGIN SECURITY METHOD". you can choose it there.
by pochax
Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?
Replies: 97
Views: 7185

Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

the G5 plus is a nice phone...got two for my parents this past summer on Prime Day. the thing it lacks compared to flagships are: 1) camera picture quality (probably the biggest drawback compared to the flagships) 2) performance if you are into gaming 3) display is "only" Full HD (1080p) and not Qua...
by pochax
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to move kids' iPhones to a cell carrier without data overages
Replies: 18
Views: 1420

Re: Want to move kids' iPhones to a cell carrier without data overages

there are verizon MVNOs:

pageplus wireless:
https://www.pagepluscellular.com/plans/

total wireless:
https://www.totalwireless.com/wps/portal/home

if you have good coverage with other carriers (AT&T or T-Mobile) the options are even greater (Cricket and metro PCS for starters).
by pochax
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Get Lexus service at Toyota and save?
Replies: 29
Views: 1795

Re: Get Lexus service at Toyota and save?

you will get a better waiting lounge, better quality coffee, and probably better snacks and chairs in the Lexus dealership. that is primarily what you are paying for (i am a former Lexus owner).
by pochax
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone X is $1000
Replies: 378
Views: 25135

Re: Iphone X is $1000

first reviews/impressions are out: https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/31/16579748/apple-iphone-x-review looks like a nice phone. i am an android user but can attest that the 18:9 displays these days are very much worth it...i hate big phones and i hate small screens. this new display ratio gives me a ...
by pochax
Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YouTube TV
Replies: 2
Views: 393

Re: YouTube TV

i had it for the free trial period to check it out. the quality is good so long as you have a solid reliable internet (wifi) connection.

the issue is channel selection so if you are happy with the channels they provide, you will probably be happy with it.
by pochax
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for Mazda CX-9 Feedback
Replies: 16
Views: 1276

Re: Looking for Mazda CX-9 Feedback

Today’s mail brought the December issue of Consumer Reports. It has an article addressing predicted reliability for new cars. CX-9 is at the bottom of the midsize SUV category with a 20 rating. Best is the Toyota 4-Runner at 84 (Highlander is 83). It also includes a side-bar on brand reliability. T...
by pochax
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?
Replies: 141
Views: 9623

Re: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?

personally i think you should hold out for the OnePlus 5T:
http://phandroid.com/2017/10/24/oneplus-5t-specs/

should be available end of November for $549 unlocked.
edit: apparently available for preorder now:
https://www.oppomart.com/oneplus/op5t/oneplus-5t.html
by pochax
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for Mazda CX-9 Feedback
Replies: 16
Views: 1276

Re: Looking for Mazda CX-9 Feedback

i own a 2016 CX-9 GT AWD. it is a fabulous crossover but i will be honest about what it is good and not so good at: (+): - great driving dynamics (very car-like in its steering and feel) - very nice design/looks IMO - if you get higher trims (GT or signature) and the safety tech, it is VERY nice inc...
by pochax
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?
Replies: 141
Views: 9623

Re: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?

i ended up getting a brand new unlocked LG G6 for <$500 new and a 64GB sd card and i put a google launcher to make it look closer to stock android. How are you liking the G6 so far? I saw it in person today. It looks nice. Seems like it was ignored when it came out and doesn't have the best reviews...
by pochax
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?
Replies: 141
Views: 9623

Re: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?

after i saw the new pixel 2 and 2 XL features/release, i didn't see the value proposition to pay that much. i ended up getting a brand new unlocked LG G6 for <$500 new and a 64GB sd card and i put a google launcher to make it look closer to stock android. will it be as good as the pixel 2/XL in term...