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  Reply # 626904 17-May-2012 16:02
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Just went thru this exercise myself... (replacing a Desire)
And whilst I can recommend a plethora of devices (pretty similar to your list really), what it came down to in the end was what felt good (size wise) in her hand. And it was not just about size but also weight. Folks at work had Sensations' and S-IIs', and even a OneX.

S-II got the $$$ across the counter top, I may have picked something else ;-)

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  Reply # 626939 17-May-2012 16:30
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HTC Sensation is ~$500 if you look on Pricespy.co.nz




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  Reply # 626946 17-May-2012 16:38
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I'm selling my S2 with a few accessories for $1 on trademe. I could do you $570 if you can stretch that far. It is only 2 months old.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=476506821

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  Reply # 626958 17-May-2012 17:04
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I would go for a secondhand S2 at your price point. If you are interested in custom roms then the S2 is your best option as it is very well supported.

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  Reply # 626967 17-May-2012 17:33
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I would say you can't go wrong with the Defy+, hell the Defy is under $400 these days and is basically the same phone with a slightly smaller battery. 

It works well, the build quality is is great, and it isn't too big. 

I've had a Defy for 18 months now and I'm still struggling to justify an upgrade.

It's a phone, it works. 




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  Reply # 627120 17-May-2012 22:44
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crackrdbycracku: I would say you can't go wrong with the Defy+, hell the Defy is under $400 these days and is basically the same phone with a slightly smaller battery. 

It works well, the build quality is is great, and it isn't too big. 
I've had a Defy for 18 months now and I'm still struggling to justify an upgrade.
It's a phone, it works. 

Amen to that.
I've a new S-II sitting unopened in it's box. Everytime I have the Defy in my hand, or it falls out of my shirt pocket, I wonder if the S-II would be as comfortable or if it could take that fall.
I come home and have a play with her S-II, it's light and thin and has a great screen, and I am tempted to break the seal.... if only I could get through a day without dropping the Defy I'd open the S-II box.... Haven't had any luck with that for the last 6 days. 

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  Reply # 627360 18-May-2012 14:49
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lokhor: HTC Sensation is ~$500 if you look on Pricespy.co.nz


+1 for this.  A very good phone, shes not going to be a power user I'm guessing and the sensation really is adequate apps feel fast etc.. ram usage is low and some of the custom rom's will see the phone supported for ages.  But even the stock rom is very good.

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  Reply # 627389 18-May-2012 15:46
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I like my Galaxy Ace =D




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  Reply # 627767 19-May-2012 18:56
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Can get the HTC Sensation on Trademe for about $500. Good, reliable phone. Sense is the best stock UI you can get.

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  Reply # 627800 19-May-2012 21:11
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray, ST18a available from DSE $529 for Skinny, but also usable on XT. Good screen 854x480 and good user-available system/internal memory (~300MB) to install apps. Good audio on calls. Very convenient small size/weight. See also http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=97&topicid=96066&page_no=2#571269

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  Reply # 627903 20-May-2012 11:34
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lapimate: Sony Xperia Ray, available from DSE $529 for Skinny, but also usable on XT. Good screen 854x480 and good user-available system/internal memory (~300MB)  to install apps. Good audio on calls. Very convenient small size/weight. See also http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=97&topicid=96066&page_no=1


The Xperia Ray is much cheaper if you parallel import: http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=923215




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