Which phone should I buy? Page 2

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  • JoeBlade 18 Aug 2013 22:23:25 2,538 posts
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    @kingcrowbar I generally think you can't go wrong with a basic Nokia as a first phone. They're robust as is and cheap enough to replace if broken/stolen/dropped in the loo/...
    I found the menus and such to be very intuitive and easy to remember back in the day when I used Nokias. Overall a very good user experience for a "dumb" phone from what I remember.

    They even produce a type that costs only 10 quid or so and a battery life of something crazy like 35 days. I'm still pondering purchasing me one of those solely for festivals, where the duration of the event tends to outlast my battery/opportunity to recharge on my smartphone.
    Nothing but phone calls and texting with that one though.
  • Basslime 19 Aug 2013 00:03:28 5 posts
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    @twelveways if you do decide to replace your windows 8 phone, I would highly recommend the Nexus 4. It is probably the best value smart phone I've used. It is cheap, it does everything a smart phone should do, wireless charging, and it runs on android.

    Because the phone is cheap it has had to sacrifice expensive components to keep costs down. For example, the camera (though it is good) is significantly worse than that of the Samsung s3 and HTC one x. The phone does not have 4g but does have fast 3g.

    As a mobile game developer I have found that our game will run at slightly faster fps on the s3 and one x compared to the nexus4, however it is not a significant difference. Overall I have been very impressed with my nexus 4 and have no desire to replace it any time soon.

    You could also research the Samsung s4 if you're happy spending a bit more. I have not used the Samsung s4 but going by the quality of the s3 I imagine the s4 would be very good and so is definitely worth looking in to, especially with an official Google version available.
  • DrStrangelove 19 Aug 2013 22:39:04 3,907 posts
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    Hate to say this because I have a soft spot for Sony, but I wouldn't buy an XPeria phone again. I have the XPeria S, which I was largely satisfied with despite its niggles (has a decent camera for sure), except for Sony's software update "policy". I could live with the hugely belated OS upgrades because I bought it when ICS just came to it and it did its job.

    Some 12 weeks ago, they finally brought Jelly Bean, and since it is a buggy mess. There have been several bugfix upgrades since, unfortunately not in Germany, which still has that hugely flawed original JB version. I think I'll have to root the phone and re-install ICS. So no Sony again for me.

    From the current range of phones, I'd probably choose the Galaxy S3 Mini (not before checking reviews carefully though). Nexus seems the way to go, but I dislike the hugeness of the current one. Wish I had bought the Galaxy Nexus.
  • Bremenacht 19 Aug 2013 23:02:36 18,174 posts
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    Is there an equivalent to this software for Android?

    I'm looking for a new smartphone too, with good GPS (+Galileo?) reception.
  • Futaba 20 Nov 2013 01:04:16 3,510 posts
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    After using my Sony Erisson K800i for around 8 years now, I'm finally looking at upgrading (to Galaxy S4) and getting a new contract while I'm at it.

    Anyone know the best phone shops to haggle with, if not for contracts then for extras like cases and stuff?

    Edited by Futaba at 01:11:57 20-11-2013

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  • Bloobat 20 Nov 2013 01:48:44 197 posts
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    @Futaba would just like to recommend the Xperia Z1 over the S4 if your not dead set on that phone, I love mine and really think it has a much better premium feel and UI than the S4 amongst the obvious different features ;)

    Regards shops I use mobilephonesdirect as with their cashback system contracts work out very good value, their sim free prices aren't bad either!
  • DodgyPast 20 Nov 2013 03:02:08 8,465 posts
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    Bloobat wrote:
    @Futaba would just like to recommend the Xperia Z1 over the S4 if your not dead set on that phone, I love mine and really think it has a much better premium feel and UI than the S4 amongst the obvious different features ;)

    Regards shops I use mobilephonesdirect as with their cashback system contracts work out very good value, their sim free prices aren't bad either!
    I think it depends a bit on how long you intend to hang on to the phone.

    The S4 is definitely an excellent bit of kit with a great camera. I'm expecting to keep mine running long after the manufacturer is supporting it... There'll be better support for an S4 than the Z1 from the community.
  • Futaba 20 Nov 2013 15:21:42 3,510 posts
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    Bloobat wrote:
    @Futaba would just like to recommend the Xperia Z1 over the S4 if your not dead set on that phone, I love mine and really think it has a much better premium feel and UI than the S4 amongst the obvious different features ;)

    Regards shops I use mobilephonesdirect as with their cashback system contracts work out very good value, their sim free prices aren't bad either!
    Is the camera as good? That's one of the main reasons I'm pining for a S4 (was considering LG G2 too though). I'll check out some reviews of it anyway, thanks.

    As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a ninja.

  • Flying_Pig 20 Nov 2013 15:24:59 10,973 posts
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    @Futaba - check out the HTC One too. It's my first android phone and I love it.
  • andyc1980 20 Nov 2013 16:06:52 1,111 posts
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    Flying_Pig wrote:
    @Futaba - check out the HTC One too. It's my first android phone and I love it.
    +1
  • Daniel_Spencer 20 Nov 2013 17:29:36 84 posts
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    I'd say nexus 5 if you can afford/import it. Other than that either Xperia Z or a galaxy s4 mini.
  • Futaba 20 Nov 2013 23:02:51 3,510 posts
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    Thanks for the tips guys, guess I'll go have a hands-on test of those to see which one suits me best.

    As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a ninja.

  • Syrette 3 Jan 2014 18:58:53 43,429 posts
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    Anyone else interested in the Xperia Z1 Mini/Z1f?

    Still waiting for Sony to announce its international release. Were meant to announce it for the Chinese market today but instead they've put out a teaser image about something happening on the 14th of this month. Other talk is that it'll get shown off at CES next week.

    My HTC's battery is a joke nowadays and the earphone port has stopped working in the past week, and I'm my upgrade date is actually next week (superb timing). Am very tempted by the standard Z1 but I'm not sure about the size of the thing - it really is big and I'm very used to my 4.3 inch HTC. For those with bigger phones - do you eventually get used to it?

    Might demo the Z1 in an EE store at the weekend but the Z1 Mini sounds spot on (same specs, just a smaller body/screen and a lower resolution) and if it's only weeks away from release I think I might.





    Edited by Syrette at 19:16:10 03-01-2014

  • rtk79 3 Jan 2014 19:10:50 493 posts
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    Regarding the bigger size, don't worry, you'll get used to it immediately. I went from a Desire S to a nexus 4 with absolutely no feeling of awkwardness. On the contrary, the new phone feels a lot better in my hands.
  • OptimusPube 3 Jan 2014 19:13:53 3,007 posts
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    It's practically a tablet lol.

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  • cheeky_prawnking 3 Jan 2014 19:15:22 4,545 posts
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    I have found the Z1 looks big in shops but no so dramatic away and in the hand. Having said that I came from a S3 so wasn't much of a difference.

    From my old HTC 4 inch to the 4.8 of the S3 I quickly got used to the difference.

    I wouldn't go smaller than 5 inch now.
  • cheeky_prawnking 3 Jan 2014 19:16:11 4,545 posts
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    Unless you are referring to the z1 ultra then that's ridiculous.
  • TFM_Excalibur 3 Jan 2014 19:19:16 1,049 posts
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    Z ultra
    Beast of a phone, however the camera is utterly shite.
  • Syrette 3 Jan 2014 19:25:36 43,429 posts
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    rtk79 wrote:
    Regarding the bigger size, don't worry, you'll get used to it immediately. I went from a Desire S to a nexus 4 with absolutely no feeling of awkwardness. On the contrary, the new phone feels a lot better in my hands.
    Cool. I'll give it a go. No point waiting for an unreleased handset if there's one I like already out on my network.

    My other option (I need a phone with microSD support) is the S4 but I'm really quite sold on the Z1, even if it'll be replaced by another flagship later on in the year.

  • PhoenixFlames 3 Jan 2014 20:21:45 8,996 posts
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    iPhone

    /thread

    PSN - phoenix1flames

  • gunark 3 Jan 2014 20:35:51 710 posts
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    Moto g, quad core, Android KitKat 4.4, 4.5" 720p screen for as little as £99.

    That's /thread for sure.
  • DrStrangelove 3 Jan 2014 20:48:08 3,907 posts
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    Haven't had one in my hands so far, but by stats per price the Moto G is a no-brainer.
  • Moot_Point 3 Jan 2014 21:07:42 4,041 posts
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    PhoenixFlames wrote:
    iPhone

    /thread
    This is a thread for paupers who cannot afford greatness.

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  • Dougs 3 Jan 2014 21:44:56 67,577 posts
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    Blimey, Moto G looks great at that price point.
  • BinaryBob101 4 Jan 2014 01:26:56 22,887 posts
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    I got a Moto G a few days back. Tis indeed a cracking phone and I highly recommend it. No Kit Kat yet, though it should come soon what with Google now owning Motorola. For the price it's unbeatable.

    The Grumpy Vaper

  • PenguinJim 4 Jan 2014 05:14:37 5,853 posts
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    My partner's contract is up in a couple of months and the Moto G ticks every box... except the camera. :( Dammit!
  • darrenb 4 Jan 2014 08:26:43 678 posts
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    I have just replaced my dying S2 with a moto G, 15 a month on tesco (500mins/5000txt/1gb data).. I can say if you want a phone that is fairly quick, not too big and want good battery its fantastic.

    As to buying flashy phones there is no point for me as I generally have my vita when I go anywhere wanting a gaming capable device although the usual mobile games seem to run no problem on them.

    16gb isn't an issua as I don't use a phone as a music player as I go everywhere in the car. I was looking at the nexus 5 but it just seemed too big.

    Edited by darrenb at 08:30:56 04-01-2014
  • Huggybear 4 Jan 2014 09:31:13 735 posts
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    Currently, Moto G and the Nexus 5 are the no-brainers if you're looking for an Android phone. They're basically equal to phones twice their price.

    If you get the Nexus 5 though, be sure to get the black one: the white one is a different, slippery plastic (both back and sides), while the black is very pleasent and grippy in the hand.

    PS. and if you read N5 reviews that complain about the camera, check the date of publication. It's been patched and is a lot more responsive now.
  • Huggybear 4 Jan 2014 09:33:58 735 posts
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    @darrenb

    N5 is a little wider and taller than the Moto G, but it's also thinner and lighter. It's not a huge phone at all (by modern standards...)
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