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Interesting. I want to LG V20. It's older but has dual cameras.

I run Samsung S8 Plus now but not in love with it.
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I've had several early 90's Buick Roadmasters, loved that platform (called B-body)

Powerful V8 engine, easy to fix, easy access to everything in the engine bay.

Never failed me, never stranded me. OTOH, the Bama-era GMs I think steeply declined in quality. Had an 06 and now an 08, constant issues with everything. Especially electrical issues.
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I just read in multiple reviews that the "compact" Cadillacs like the CTS are super reliable because they're basically the company flagships. They are in a different cosmos than Impalas and Cobalts. :P
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I'm a cheapass but I've experienced the same thing at the level of equipment I buy. You've posted about this before and I think it's closer to happening.

I bought a modest Moto G5S on a black Friday sale last winter and it's become not only my favorite phone but is my mainstay for quick snapshots. I also own a higher level P&S, a Canon Photoshot G16 which I purchased in 2015.

Here's the bottom line: Casual shots with the Moto are usually better than the Canon. The reason is that the tonality is better - shadows and highlights - even if the resolution at high magnification is not as good. Mainly because (I think) the phone implements high dynamic range (HDR) automatically for most high contrast scenes. The Canon has HDR but the phone's seems to have better actual results. The HDR has an auto and an always on setting and I set it to on by default.

The Canon cost $400 when I bought it for a single function device, and the Moto $169 for what amounts to a multiple function "tricorder".

The four edges that the Canon has over a camera phone are:

Much better available light performance and instant response on almost all shots.
Optical zoom, which makes a huge difference with some shots.
Far superior built in flash.
Manual controls - I can set the Canon like a classic 1930s rangefinder or 1960s SLR with all manual controls if I like.

But for the vast majority of pictures where I don't need these capabilities, the phone is convenient and effective.
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https://jmcomms.com/2018/04/17/huawei-p20-pro-review-taking-mobile-photography-up-a-notch/

https://jmcomms.com/2018/03/29/huawei-p20-pro-photo-gallery-part-one/

I have been watching the phones evolve for a while now. Up until the year I had dismissed the phones because the sensor/lens was too small as the pictures would be grainy. I had always used a DSLR but detested carrying the bulk but I also had a smaller removable lens camera. Though much smaller it was still something extra to carry.

In the last year I have been using my iPhone more and more photography. Frankly the photos that come out of are dam good considering the thing is in my pocket. In terms of usability and sharing it blows away every camera. Than I became aware that the iPhone 6 had 2 lenses. The pictures that come of it are pretty amazing. I have a 7 and only has 1 sense.

Now Huawei has come out with a phone with 3 lenses. The pictures this thing takes are truly staggering. And whats even scarier is that it fits in your pocket. I think it will sign the death bell for standalone cameras outside of professionals that need a DSLR.

Take a look at the pictures this thing takes. Truly amazing.
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You guy live high on the hog. My vehicle model year is 16 years old.

The specialized test stuff is probably coming to American and Japanese cars, but if this car craps out, I plan to buy something like a used Camry or even a used Cadillac CTS - something an ordinary mortal can afford diagnostic equipment for.

My car is hardly high on the hog ;) - its 10 years old and I also have a 28 year old VW.

Not sure about Caddy's being easy to repair. Its a high end car no different than a Mercedes and I trust GM even less than I trust the Europeans ;) .

My brother in law has a big ass RAM diesel truck. Its only a few years old and its had its share of problems. He had this one particular problem for over a year - he would come out in the morning and the battery would be dead. It wouldn't happen every day but it was frequent enough to hose his life. Took it to the dealer I don't know how many times. They changed the computer, changed this, changed that. NOTHING worked.

Finally he read somewhere on the internet that the instrument which is completely electronic would come on by itself. So he put one of those mini cameras that people now have in their cars pointed at the dash. Sure enough the dash would come on by itself during the night. So the dealer swapped out the instrument pod and thats a HUGE ordeal as it means taking apart the dash. Yes it still went on.

Than he read something about it being related to the radio. Apparently in their infinite wisdom one of the truck's computers is IN THE RADIO. So the dealer swapped out the radio and it finally stopped.

Electronics on the newer cars can be a nightmare when there is a problem. As the computer controls everything when you have a problem it can e huge. And the computers do really stupid shit like not letting the car run if there is a problem.

As newer cars age they aren't going to be able to be fixed because of the electronics. Bet on it.
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I've had about equal luck with tirerack and the local Sam's Club.
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You guy live high on the hog. My vehicle model year is 16 years old.

The specialized test stuff is probably coming to American and Japanese cars, but if this car craps out, I plan to buy something like a used Camry or even a used Cadillac CTS - something an ordinary mortal can afford diagnostic equipment for.
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The second reason ss because of the computerization of the cars. They cant cope with all the electronics and sensors so a lot of them have closed shop. It sucks frankly and when I take my car to the dealer they plow me and than than some.

I think the reason here, say with BMW, you need very specific BMW equipment, expensive scanners and stuff. I've had two and both were unreliable and expensive to fix. You cannot just buy some scanner at a parts store  and expect it to to work. I had to buy a special tool just to  change the oil. Another expensive tool to change the radiator fan. It's a specific thing for that model.

I think MB, Audi, VW, Volvo are all exactly the same thing today in 2018.
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They would inspect the garage floor for fresh oil/coolant stains. Than there was bullshit about seeing the cars in the lot waiting to be repaired. It was an eyesore and environmentally not safe because the cars leak fluid.


Now that is scary.  People's Republic. Wow.
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