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Topic # 139001 24-Jan-2014 15:29 Send private message

I might actually be getting a new phone of my own at long last (not work owned) and am deciding between Android or Windows......

Ive used Android for quite some time and like the fact its quite "open", not tied down like iOS.  But never used Windows Phone before, but thought why not.... I'm open to give it a try as long as its not tied down too much. 

So, any reasons why not to look at a Windows Phone ?

Budget is around $200-250ish (So a Lumia 520 fits in nicely).

Also, anyone know if/when the Lumia 525 is being certed by NZ telcos ?

I dont do a lot with a phone, email, phone, txt, Twitter, FB,  take pictures and have a few games for the kids. 




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  Reply # 973650 24-Jan-2014 16:05 Send private message

Only real reason why not is the Moto G, which for slightly more money is a lot more phone.




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  Reply # 973652 24-Jan-2014 16:07 Send private message

I have the HTC 8S WP8 phone, and my useage sounds similar to yours.

I'd recommend the Lumia, its a good phone for the price. I've found that while the top-end Androids compare well with similar priced i and Win devices, the low end Androids are often crappy and there are so many to choose from, that finding the non-crappy ones is tricky.

I only have one complaint with my HTC 8S, and that's the lack of onboard RAM, and the Lumia 520 doesn't have that problem.

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  Reply # 973654 24-Jan-2014 16:11 Send private message

Maybe hold out another month or so for MWC, im sure the companies will show off some phones that you may like.

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  Reply # 973657 24-Jan-2014 16:18 Send private message

BlueShift: I have the HTC 8S WP8 phone, and my useage sounds similar to yours.

I'd recommend the Lumia, its a good phone for the price. I've found that while the top-end Androids compare well with similar priced i and Win devices, the low end Androids are often crappy and there are so many to choose from, that finding the non-crappy ones is tricky.

I only have one complaint with my HTC 8S, and that's the lack of onboard RAM, and the Lumia 520 doesn't have that problem.


See my comment re: Moto G. There are not lots of low cost Androids to choose from, there is only the Moto G, which is a far (far) better phone than the 520.




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  Reply # 973662 24-Jan-2014 16:26 Send private message

I picked up a Lumina 625 for $250.

Love it, does all those things very well.

Wife has HTC Windows phone, and we have a surface RT and Xbox, so we do like our windows products :-)

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  Reply # 973666 24-Jan-2014 16:33 Send private message

Honestly, only you can answer this. I am OS agnostic, I have an Android (Galaxy S3) and a Windows phone 8 ( HTC 8s), I am also a post user of Blackberry and iPhone. I use them both the S3 and the 8s  on and off depending on my needs. 
Which one do I prefer? at this time probably the Windows Phone 8, Android is just getting too messy for me and the clean ease of use the Win Phone offers is closer to my preference. My next phone will be a higher spec'd Windows phone probably
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  Reply # 973667 24-Jan-2014 16:34 Send private message

If you don't mind purchasing from parallel importers then take a look at expansys.co.nz

They have both Lumia 525 and Lumia 625 along with other high end Lumia range devices. Prices are much cheaper compared to local dealers.




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  Reply # 973701 24-Jan-2014 17:29 Send private message

Personally id pay the little extra and get a 625 instead of 520. Bigger screen and front facing camera is worth it IMHO. 520 is either Voda/2D or Telecom whereas 625 is both. Both have 512Mb RAM whereas 525 has 1Gb

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  Reply # 973706 24-Jan-2014 17:36 Send private message

get what best suits you as only you know what you want, all you will mostly get on here is what others prefer.

The argument of which is better OS just causes issues and sounds like you have made your choice.




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  Reply # 973829 24-Jan-2014 21:47 Send private message

Get the Motorola Moto G. It is hands-down the best smartphone in that price range. 




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  Reply # 973831 24-Jan-2014 21:53 Send private message

Moto G is slightly ugly IMHO, but very functional, quick, good battery life, and fantastic value. I played with a windows phone, and was given a guided tour of it, it was weird. If you go for WP get a demo first.




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