What new devices will Koodo be offering?

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I currently own a Nexus 5 that I've had for almost 2 years now. I want to move onto something with a larger screen. Something with a 5.5 inch+. I know the LG G3 is currently available for $50 on a tab however I've read mixed reviews. Some really love the device, some think it runs a bit too hot and the fact that LG is completely skipping Lollipop 5.1.1 altogether worries me.

I want to know which new Phablet style android devices Koodo will be offering in the near future.
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Hi Christian,

The main phablet that Koodo offers is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. I did hear rumours that the 5 will be released this September, however I am not sure when or if Koodo will pick it up and start selling it. They are continuously working on offering new phones.
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I'd really like to know if Koodo plans on offering Huawei's Nexus 6 since they skipped Motorola's last year
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Nobody knows much about the new Huawei's Nexus yet.   Probably won't know till sometime in the Fall.
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Also the Alcatel idol 3 is a 5.5" phablet at an excellent price.   The reviews of it are great. All depends what you need it for.   
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The G3 was fine when I had it, and it's a great buy at the moment, it just has a washed out display and it feels a little cheap. Put a thin grippy case like the Spigen slim fit and it will make it feel tons better. Performance was good, battery was decent, camera was pretty awesome, 32GB storage + microSd and removable battery also gave it bonus points. Almost every phone will run warm when it's pushed too hard so don't worry about that.

I think the Note 4 is better, but not $400 better.

Now I don't know where you heard they're skipping 5.1.1... LG does drop the ball when it comes to updates but that Android version isn't even out yet and they said they're skipping it? I don't buy that.
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5.1.1 has been released since late April of this year...? (the 21st to be exact)
Source: my phone (Nexus 5)
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Ah ok. But it would seem odd that they're already announcing skipping it? Usually we hear them say they won't be updating a device later into its lifespan rather than this early.
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What do you mean 5.1.1 isn't out? Its on the Nexus 5 and 6. Nexus 5 factory build LMY48B is 5.1.1. It contains bugs fixes including a fix for the dreaded memory leak that caused massive battery drain since 5.0. LG is skipping it and updating straight to the official M release which is expected to have its own issues and bugs.
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OK, cool, I didn't realize it was already at 5.1.1. I thought 5.1.0 was the most recent.
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Where did you hear Android M is expected to have issues exactly? I know a few ppl running the Android M preview build and even though it's a preview build it's said to be running great on the Nexus devices and actually makes your device way better than it was previously with lollipop,its what lollipop should have been.
If your worried about having the latest and greatest version of Android then just always buy a Nexus or your be waiting a couple months or more for your updates. Motorola have proved to be really quick with updates but with Lenovo purchasing them and now running things fully you can't hold that same faith they have been known for the past couple years they were owned by Google, so it's Nexus that you want and probably won't be happy with anything else if updates are your number one priority.
If your just looking for the best phablet then hands down the Note 4 wins and the Note 5 which is set to be announced Aug 14th will take that spot as soon as it's announced.
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I also ran the M Preview on my Nexus 5. Please understand the preview build (currently build 2) is primarily to allow app developers to ensure their apps are ready for the new API set. The preview build does not include all the new features aimed at users.

The lollipop preview was pretty stable too (I also flashed that one too), but the memory leak was found to be caused by one of the features not included in the preview build. Initial android releases are always plagued with bugs that are later fixed in incremental (new factory images and OTA) updates.

5.1.1 is the best version of Lollipop available with only one bug left that I've encountered. For the record it's the Torch (LED Flashlight) timeout bug. it runs smooth, fast and very stable other than that one bug. LG, by keeping their G3 and G4 on 5.0.2 and 5.1 respectively, are essentially leaving their customers with the bugs that were in those versions of android.

Google has made several attempts in recent years to entice phone manufacturers to stay much more up to date with android versions but it seems many are still happy skipping major bug fix updates. This leaves customers with the poor choice of staying on their stock firmwares based on older version of android (which include the bugs from those versions) or flash custom roms to stay current with the latest android version. Needless to say this choice is not ideal. Either deal with the bugs or void your warranty (and in some cases risk breaching the terms of service you signed with your carrier).

I really wish Koodo offered the Motorola Nexus 6. Sure the screen may be too large for most people but phablets are a niche market to begin with. Right now my choice is upgrade to the LG G3 (The Samsung Note 4 is nice but not worth the price and the Alcatel Idol 3 is very weak in it's specs. I need a more powerful device) and deal with the older firmware or switch to Wind for the Nexus 6 and deal with their crappy "4G" network (slow DC-HSPA+ speeds and constant network dropouts).

And I need to upgrade soon as I have accidentally damaged my Nexus 5. I usually take very good care of my devices but sometimes stuff just happens. I accidentally put a small dent in the back of the case right at the bottom of the battery after it fell between my bed and wall. It's a tight squeeze and I couldn't get it with my hand and arm alone. I don't know if the battery itself sustained any damage.
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The OnePlus One is a nice phablet. The OnePlus Two is rumoured to be coming out soon and that may have a bigger screen. You could check that out. Since it comes from the manufacturer unlocked, it'll work on the Koodo network, just like the OnePlus One does. Here's a link:

https://oneplus.net/ca_en/one

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