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  • BurnoutJunkie 6 Jul 2014 14:18:00 727 posts
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    @CompetitiveDad Thanks a lot, most helpful. When I do decide which phone to get, I plan to get a sim-free one as I've not been on a contract for years now (so shouldn't get any network operator bloatware), stick to rolling monthly ones (12/month Virgin). I think I'm going to hold out a couple of months to see how the new iPhone turns out, and will decide between it, M8 and Nexus 5. Perhaps a Z2 compact if Sony releases one by then. Whatever happens, I definitely need to switch up from this 4 year old phone.

    Edited by BurnoutJunkie at 14:18:57 06-07-2014
  • ElNuevo9 6 Jul 2014 15:09:56 13,479 posts
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    Had the Z2 over a month now, wonderful bit of kit.

    Having a crafty tug in the bath whilst on youjizz wonderful.

    Edited by ElNino9 at 15:10:25 06-07-2014

    Hated, adored, never ignored.

  • crashVoodoo 6 Jul 2014 15:11:50 3,962 posts
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    @BurnoutJunkie you only get operator/carrier bloatware of you get the phone from them directly.

    If you use a reseller like carphone warehouse/phones4u they offer handsets across most networks. The easiest way for them to do that is to offer unlocked handsets. I don't buy outright always get a contract but I only get handsets from resellers. No bloatware that way.

    I have a note 3 at the moment same as a colleague at work. He has so much extra 02 related crap on it and also gets a stupid NFC icon on his status bar. I did however get a fuckton of Samsung related shit.

    However I quickly rooted, backed all that shit up and then binned it off.

    Edited by crashVoodoo at 15:12:32 06-07-2014

    a Nexus a day keeps the apple away

  • TheBlackDog 13 Jul 2014 10:50:36 408 posts
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    Looking for a budget phone (100 or less) for my daughter. Is there anything better than a Moto G (3G, 8gb version) for around the same money ?

    Also, she has moved back to the UK and I'm trying to set up her up on a cheap mobile plan, either PAYG or a 10 month contract. In France we have a 2/month contract with unlimited texts and 2 hours of calls, plus a small amount of data. Don't suppose there is anything like that is there? Are there any operators/contracts to seek out or avoid ?
  • sport 13 Jul 2014 11:27:54 12,775 posts
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    TheBlackDog wrote:
    Looking for a budget phone (100 or less) for my daughter. Is there anything better than a Moto G (3G, 8gb version) for around the same money ?

    Also, she has moved back to the UK and I'm trying to set up her up on a cheap mobile plan, either PAYG or a 10 month contract. In France we have a 2/month contract with unlimited texts and 2 hours of calls, plus a small amount of data. Don't suppose there is anything like that is there? Are there any operators/contracts to seek out or avoid ?
    Well, if you want to just put in a little more, apparently Tesco are doing a 10% off deal tonight during the WC final - you can get the new Moto G (with 4G and expandable mem slot) for 134.

    http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/sim-free-motorola-moto-g-134-10-sim-free-lg-g3-431-10-ps4-314-10-op-for-list-top-1951327

    Also, check out giffgaff goodybags for decent PAYG/contracts (O2 is the operator)

    http://giffgaff.com/goodybags
  • Kay 13 Jul 2014 13:06:35 17,920 posts
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    Do Giffgaff do 4G though? There's no mention of it on any of their tariffs.
  • sport 13 Jul 2014 13:08:14 12,775 posts
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    Kay wrote:
    Do Giffgaff do 4G though? There's no mention of it on any of their tariffs.
    Yeah, they do

    http://giffgaff.com/4g
  • TheBlackDog 13 Jul 2014 13:56:22 408 posts
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    Cheers Sport

    I'm not going to tell her about 4G - she's used to 1.5G here so she'll be in luxury with 3G :) she'll be on campus most of the time and will have wi-fi. And I'm struggling to think why the SD card is useful if you don't want a load of video stored on your phone (she watches videos on a tablet) - suppose you'd have to shift photos and music around more frequently.
  • Sharzam 16 Jul 2014 18:37:21 3,005 posts
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    Moved to correct thread, sorry.

    Edited by Sharzam at 18:38:18 16-07-2014

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  • DUFFMAN5 9 Aug 2014 07:03:51 14,963 posts
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    Morning chaps
    Im looking to update my Sony X arc S, does anyone have any thoughts on the Sony X SP ?
    I have very limited knowledge of mobile phones, just want a sub 200 payg/sim free. I have had Sony's for years as I love(d) the Walkman phones.
    Any help from the Hivemind would be appreciated
    :)

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  • twelveways 9 Aug 2014 08:00:30 4,061 posts
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    I upgraded from that phone to a Lumia 925. Apart from when I was initially getting used to the changes between Android and Windows, I have had no regrets.

    I was also a huge Sony fan but didn't like their latest models (at the time).
  • Stranded87 9 Aug 2014 10:23:18 923 posts
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    The SP should be a safe bet, but if you don't mind ditching Sony you can probably get more for the money, or the same for less. I'm always quick to recommend the Moto G (ideally the 4G version) to anyone looking for a phone between 100-200 and I'd advise that over the SP.

    Switching to the 925 as twelveways suggests would be a rather bigger change but actually that's a pretty great phone and under 200 now so worth considering. Depends what you want from your phone though, if you like having a lot of apps / customisation Windows Phone is not for you, but if you just want the standard smartphone features then it's a slick option.
  • steveb07 12 Aug 2014 21:22:41 865 posts
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    Really fancy a Sony Z2 Compact. Anyone had a iPhone 5S and moved to that like I'm thinking of?
    Might seem a bit odd but I want a change after six years of iPhone and iOS

    PSN: IIIQuid

  • Tonka 12 Aug 2014 22:09:45 20,777 posts
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    Get a One PlusOne
    My colleague has one and it's glorious in every way.

    If you can read this you really need to fiddle with your forum settings.

  • the_milkybar_kid 15 Oct 2014 10:50:32 508 posts
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    Does anyone have experience with Sony's Xperia phones? Been looking at the Z3 and trading in my S4 and Vita as the S4 seems to be holding fairly decent value, and remote play is the only thing I really use my Vita for these days. I know it doesn't work outside the home Wifi (yet) but that's not an issue personally.

    I could probably get it for around 120 after selling said items (including Ipod Touch).

    Edited by the_milkybar_kid at 11:32:12 15-10-2014
  • ElNuevo9 15 Oct 2014 10:55:57 13,479 posts
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    Love the Z2. iPhone man for over 6 years, so was a little apprehensive after making the change.

    Haven't looked back since.

    Hated, adored, never ignored.

  • the_milkybar_kid 15 Oct 2014 11:12:42 508 posts
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    How do you find the UI compared to IOS? I've been an android user for some time and the interface looks pretty similar to the S4.

    Worked out if I sold my S4, Vita and my Ipod Touch that I only ever use for the gym I could get it for around 120ish.

    Edited by the_milkybar_kid at 11:24:25 15-10-2014
  • Bowzer43 15 Oct 2014 12:05:07 397 posts
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    I've had the z2 since launch and I have no complaints.

    Doesn't have the bloatware of the Samsung phones, it's a quality phone, nice and quick, latest android version and quality screen and camera.

    I doubt you'll regret the purchase. Oh and a micro SD port so no issues of storage (unlike the over priced iPhone offerings!)
  • mrpon 15 Oct 2014 12:17:51 29,184 posts
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    @the_milkybar_kid don't forget the Z3 will have PS4 Remote Play capability come November, apparently.

    Ooo!

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • the_milkybar_kid 15 Oct 2014 14:35:25 508 posts
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    Excellent, cheers Bowzer. It's got pretty shit hot reviews and it's not much different from the Z2.

    Thats what I'm looking forward to MrPon. As I say, thats my vita's sole purpose these days, and the ability to use the DS4 is great as the controls can be fiddly. The screen size is a little bit bigger than the Vita too.
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