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Topic # 143344 11-Apr-2014 12:39
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Now that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is out how long do you think it will be until the price of the S4 drops....I'm waiting impatiently!



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  Reply # 1023416 11-Apr-2014 12:53
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I wouldn't necessarily expect any further immediate price reduction because the phone has already dropped significantly recently.

The phone has dropped down to the mid $600's a few times recently which is ~$400 cheaper than the S5 They're only $647 at Harvey Norman at present. This sort of price isn't significantly more than parallel imported stock, which tends to give a good indication.






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  Reply # 1023438 11-Apr-2014 13:54
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Hmm ok that's disappointing.  I want it to drop to about $500 ha ha - dreaming!



 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1023455 11-Apr-2014 14:33
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I know, I'm hoping the price of the HTC One will drop significantly now that the "New" One is coming out ... guess i shouldn't hold my breath!

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  Reply # 1023465 11-Apr-2014 14:39
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genegirlnz: Hmm ok that's disappointing.  I want it to drop to about $500 ha ha - dreaming!




Give it 6 months or so and it's probably a realistic price. That's about where the S3 is now.





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  Reply # 1023486 11-Apr-2014 15:29
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Maybe I should just get an S3?? Any good. I've heard it has problems.

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  Reply # 1023490 11-Apr-2014 15:45
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genegirlnz: Maybe I should just get an S3?? Any good. I've heard it has problems.


The S3 doesn't have any problems - but it is now a 2yr old handset.



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The S3 had major problems with the Flash Chip used on it.  Look up "Sudden Death Syndrome".

However, if you get a S3 with LTE (it'll cost you more, but then you can use 4G!) you won't get a crappy Flash Chip.  Later versions of the Firmware work around the Flash Chip program, but at the expensive of some performance it seems.

Otherwise, S3 is a great handset and will do everything you need and more.

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  Reply # 1023493 11-Apr-2014 15:56
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S3 with 4G is i9305

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  Reply # 1023501 11-Apr-2014 16:05
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I've used the S3 and S4. S4 is nicer styling, slightly faster, but much the same. I wouldn't buy the S3 now just because it's an older handset.




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  Reply # 1023505 11-Apr-2014 16:13

The i9305 also has 2GB of RAM vs. the i9300's 1GB. Still a reasonable buy IMO.

If you're looking for a bargain S4, do make sure it is the 4G i9505 model, as the i9500 model is 3G-only with a different chipset and has other issues (Thermal throttling, performance, battery life, et cetera - just ask NZtechfreak).




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  Reply # 1023520 11-Apr-2014 16:24
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genegirlnz: Hmm ok that's disappointing.  I want it to drop to about $500 ha ha - dreaming!




Sure are.  The SGS3 is still higher than that..




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  Reply # 1028812 21-Apr-2014 22:36
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Virgil: I know, I'm hoping the price of the HTC One will drop significantly now that the "New" One is coming out ... guess i shouldn't hold my breath!


Harvey Norman had HTC One (M7) for $493 but sale ends today

If you go for the S3, as others have stated, go for the i9305 which is the best S3 Version as it took all the best bits from the other models (it has quad core, 2GB RAM & LTE)

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  Reply # 1028988 22-Apr-2014 09:42
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muppet: The S3 had major problems with the Flash Chip used on it.  Look up "Sudden Death Syndrome".

However, if you get a S3 with LTE (it'll cost you more, but then you can use 4G!) you won't get a crappy Flash Chip.  Later versions of the Firmware work around the Flash Chip program, but at the expensive of some performance it seems.

Otherwise, S3 is a great handset and will do everything you need and more.



"HAD" being the operative word which was fixed albeit with software but I'm guessing that the nand flash was replaced in subsequent models so it is irrelevant to the topic.




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  Reply # 1028990 22-Apr-2014 09:43
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Be a long time waiting for $500 unless some sale comes up, as previously stated the S3 is still up at that price and no point in buying it as its old now in terms of phone technology.






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genegirlnz: Hmm ok that's disappointing.  I want it to drop to about $500 ha ha - dreaming!




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