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#197927 18-Jun-2016 16:30
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Hi all

 

Having just dropped my last phone (samsung J5) down the toilet, and got rid of the previous (s4 mini) one because of the appalling battery life, i've decided the replacement should be a samsung S5. They are not pretty, but are water resistant and battery isn't integrated.

 

I was thinking of buying on eBay as these phones are still $600 from any reputable seller in NZ, whereas from $315 on ebay, from a seller who has sold 5000 items with 98.5% positive feedback.

 

The phone is listed as unlocked.

 

Does anyone have any experience buying on Ebay? I've bought other items on there, usually $20 or less and even received refunds when they have arrived broken etc. But a bit unsure for a more expensive item.

 

cheers

 

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  #1576255 18-Jun-2016 17:03
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I wouldn't recommend buying from ebay - especially a device like this. You're best to buy locally only since buying from ebay essentially means no warranty locally in NZ.

 

Have a look at the OnePlus X: http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=MPHOPL0116I&qr=ec_

 

 





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  #1576257 18-Jun-2016 17:17
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No warranty, and no guarantee it will actually work in NZ.  Danger Will Robinson, danger!   





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  #1576261 18-Jun-2016 17:30
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surfercdhick:

Hi all


Having just dropped my last phone (samsung J5) down the toilet, and got rid of the previous (s4 mini) one because of the appalling battery life, i've decided the replacement should be a samsung S5. They are not pretty, but are water resistant and battery isn't integrated.


I was thinking of buying on eBay as these phones are still $600 from any reputable seller in NZ, whereas from $315 on ebay, from a seller who has sold 5000 items with 98.5% positive feedback.


The phone is listed as unlocked. http://www.ebay.com/itm/252348154690?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT.


Does anyone have any experience buying on Ebay? I've bought other items on there, usually $20 or less and even received refunds when they have arrived broken etc. But a bit unsure for a more expensive item.


cheers


L


 


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Head over to www.1-day.co.nz , they have refurbished units for $399 today and I have seen this before .Seems reasonably close to what you were wanting to pay and at least you will have a warranty. I can't comment on these as I have never actually brought one from them. Either way will have a warranty.

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  #1576310 18-Jun-2016 19:14
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A word: NEVER EVER buy a smartphone on eBay or Trade Me. Too risky - that's where stolen handsets end up. That's where fakes end up. That's where handsets that have water damage end up. That's where you will get something that will cause you grief.





 

 

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  #1576332 18-Jun-2016 20:29
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michaelmurfy:

 

I wouldn't recommend buying from ebay - especially a device like this. You're best to buy locally only since buying from ebay essentially means no warranty locally in NZ.

 

Have a look at the OnePlus X:

 

 

Thanks Michael

 

Have you used the OnePlux X?

 

The pro reviews of this phone are really good, but the user reviews are awful: http://www.gsmarena.com/oneplus_x-reviews-7630p3.php 

 

Its also got a glass back (will be broken in a week) and doesn't have a removable battery, which means when the battery has had it, the phone has too. Usually that's about a year for me. I'd not heard of the brand before but sure looks like it will be one to watch once they have ironed out the heating and other issues.

 

 

 

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  #1576338 18-Jun-2016 20:31
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Shoes2468: 

 

I did see those on 1-day but have a friend that bought a refurbished one from them a few months ago and said they were a nightmare to deal with when it didn't work. Anyone had any experience with re-furbed phones?

 

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  #1576607 19-Jun-2016 16:32
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Or look at something different like the 3rd gen Moto G. It is not as grunty as the S5 and is not 1080p, but it has great battery life and is waterproof as well. They are generally about $400 brand new, you don't have to get it from PB, that is just for example. They will probably also be getting cheaper as well as the 4th gen Moto G is coming.





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  #1576609 19-Jun-2016 16:37
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surfercdhick:

 

Shoes2468: 

 

I did see those on 1-day but have a friend that bought a refurbished one from them a few months ago and said they were a nightmare to deal with when it didn't work. Anyone had any experience with re-furbed phones?

 

L

 

 

 

 

There isn't much info on how they are refurbished. If they are refurbished by the manufacturer, they essentially should come with new battery and casing. But I suspect many are refurbed by third parties. I wouldn't buy one unless it was guaranteed to be refurbed by the manufacturer, and also has a new battery. My experience is that the battery only lasts 18 months, before it loses a lot of it's capacity. Otheriwise just wait for a good special price on a phone.

 

 

 

Also you said you dropped the phone down the toilet. Did you try to save it, as I dropped an expensive phone down the toilet one, and did manage to save it by following tips online? Although probably makes a difference if the water is clean or dirty, which affects the acidity the components are subjected to.. 


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