Mobile buying guide (or at least, what NOT to get)

If you are using these phones and tablets, EXPECT ISSUES due to hardware and software flaws in these devices!

1) Samsung Galaxy S, S2, Note -- Most issues are addressed by upgrading your phone's software and OS to Android 4 (ICS). Not all carriers have released this update yet, especially in the USA (e.g. Sprint). Your choices are to root your phone and download the appropriate leaked software updates, or be patient.

2) HTC Sensation -- This phone has random reboot issues (Google it), possibly caused by faulty power management software and bad batteries. Best solution is to not buy this phone or exchange it for another model.

3) ANY Budget phone -- Many budget phones just do not have the power to run TIB well. For best gameplay, look for phones that have CPUs over 1000 MHZ.

4) ANY Budget (Chinese) Tablets - They game their stats. Don't expect to spend $100 on a tablet and expect anything short of a miserable experience. Many budget tablets do not allow access to Google Play, forcing you to root the device. Brands to NOT buy: ePad, Newsmy, ATC, Velocity, PanDigital, Coby Kyros, Ainol Nova, etc etc. 

 

Brand TO Buy: Big names only....HTC, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Asus, Acer, etc.

 

Also, I personally would never buy any phone that has an amoled screen. Amoled displays get screen burn very easily unless you turn your brightness down and don't run the same app 8 hours a day =) Unfortunately, Samsung does use amoled displays in most of their phones. Google search "amoled screen burn" if you don't believe me!

 

I should probably add Asus Transformers to this list. They sound like an awesome device from their stats, but unfortunately they have a low heap memory. If a program (like TIB) goes outside this heap memory barrier, it causes the client to crash. Transformers also have some other software and hardware design features that are non-standard and resultantly, there are compatibility problems with TIB and other apps.

 

 

My transformer never crashed

Moto-X is fine, actually.

Which client are you addressing here? Original or Unity?You should add Nexus 7 to this list (2012 model at least) the chat lag is horrendous even using swiftkey.
I am going to go ahead and ask an awkward question, are you sure all these devices are at fault? Maybe the coding involved in tib isn't as well writren as you guys perceive it to be?

Hmm, my asus prime (getting a bit old now) has worked fine over the years and never crashed yet. Would this be the new asus transformer pads that crash? I was looking at getting one soon and don't want to be disappointed. If it is, I might look at the Sony z3 tab as I have the phone and that works like a gem :-)