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# 206193 13-Dec-2016 17:16
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My current phone, an Asus Zenfone 2 LTE edition has been a good little phone for the money, it's done me a couple of good years of service but it has started dying a slow death I think. About 3 or 4 months ago it disconnected randomly from the cell network a couple of times and would only reconnect on a reboot. In the last 2 months or has started again more frequently, sometimes once a day, some days not at all, and I've had a couple of days where I've had to restart it 10 plus times. It often happens when I go to use the phone which is frustrating, as you don't know that it's happened until you go to use it. 

 

Anyways, my budget is on the low end of the scale. I'm all about bang for buck here really. I guess i have a few features I'm after, and will have to find something fits most of those in the budget. 

 

-5.5 inch plus, I think preferably 6 inch. I find I'm using my phone a lot to consume content, on buses etc, and it's handy to have a bigger screen around home. 

 

-A decentish camera, I'm realistic here.

 

-LTE including band 28 (700). There's a strong possibility I'll be moving to the rural fringes in the next year or 2, and it seems like a sensible thing to have. My current phone has support for band 28 and I've found coverage on skinny pretty good. 

 

-preferably will last 2 plus years so regular updates would be good

 

-support for micro sd storage

 

-NFC might be nice

 

-3GB plus RAM

 

 

 

I'm looking around the $300 - $400 mark but I might be able to stretch a bit further, I have a birthday soon after Christmas which should give me a bump in cash for the budget. I'm not particularly adverse to importing a phone if the risks are worth it for the quality of the phone, in fact my last phone was from Expansys, but a local warranty is pretty attractive. I have young kids and am pretty time poor currently, so mucking about with roms etc, whilst is something I quite enjoy, I don't have a lot of time for at the moment, so to some extent it needs to work pretty well out of the box without much help from me. So far I've narrowed it down to this selection to a few models. 

 

The Meizu M3 note - https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/MPHMZU3101/MEIZU-M3-note-Grey-4G-LTE-55-FHD-Display-3GB-Ram-3

 

from PB Tech, looks like some nice features for the price, and a good local warranty too. The fingerprint scanner is a nice addition. The Meizu M3 note owners thread has me a little concerned with updates breaking the google play store etc. Seems like quite a few folk are having issues getting things sorted there, the kinda trouble I'd like to avoid. No LTE band 28 support here.

 

The Xiaomi note 3 pro global edition from banggood or similar. From what i can tell this is the variant with LTE band 28 support which is good, and at a very sharp price. It seems to tick most of my boxes. Having to flash the rom etc is slightly worrying and exciting at the same time haha. Seems pretty well regarded.

 

The Elephone p9000. I haven't done too much research on this one yet, but it seems like excellent value. I'm a little sketch on some of the details, some say it has NFC, some say it doesn't. No band 28 support. 4GB of RAM

 

The Huawei Mate 7. Pretty cheap on sale at the warehouse. Getting pretty old in phones years now though, only 2GB of RAM. Local warranty.

 

The Huawei Mate 8. Probably my front runner at the moment, although it would need to drop in price a fair bit. It was on sale at PB Tech and Noel's for around $440/450 which seems like good buying. Ticks all my boxes as far as I can tell. It looked massive in store, but the screen looked lovely, I think I'd soon get used to the size. Local warranty etc. The mate 9 release is imminent so I expect it'll be on sale at some point over the following months, hopefully back as low as it got previously. 

 

I'm not currently in a desperate hurry as I my current phone works most of the time for now, but I'd love people's feedback and experiences with any of these models or if there's some more I should be looking at. Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  # 1687232 13-Dec-2016 17:43
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oneplus 3t





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  # 1687236 13-Dec-2016 18:02
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lg g3 if you dont mind 2nd hand. 259 on trademe from mobilecity. They can take Android 6 too


 
 
 
 




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  # 1687376 13-Dec-2016 21:33
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sdavisnz:

 

oneplus 3t

 

 

 

 

Looks nice, a bit out of the achievable price range from what I could find.




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  # 1687380 13-Dec-2016 21:37
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lg g3 if you dont mind 2nd hand. 259 on trademe from mobilecity. They can take Android 6 too

 

 

Thanks for the suggestion, the g4 might be worth a look too if I can find it at a good price.


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  # 1687521 14-Dec-2016 09:08
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If you're not adverse to moving away from Android, I've had a really good run with Windows 10 mobile - I have a 640 LTE, there is also the 640XL (with dual sim, if that's important) which is almost 6" in size.  ($349 for the XL from parallel imported)

 

You don't get the myriad of apps that are found on iOS or Android - I'm not really an app person, so tend to use the browser for most things.

 

Both phones are only 1GB Ram (8G on phone storage) but have microsd slots for expansion.

 

Something to ponder.

 

Cheers!




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  # 1687523 14-Dec-2016 09:15
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wazzageek:

 

If you're not adverse to moving away from Android, I've had a really good run with Windows 10 mobile - I have a 640 LTE, there is also the 640XL (with dual sim, if that's important) which is almost 6" in size.  ($349 for the XL from parallel imported)

 

You don't get the myriad of apps that are found on iOS or Android - I'm not really an app person, so tend to use the browser for most things.

 

Both phones are only 1GB Ram (8G on phone storage) but have microsd slots for expansion.

 

Something to ponder.

 

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

Thanks for that, I'll have a look. I'm reasonably entrenched in android. I'll have a look at key apps they have. I have a feeling that the biggest pain point there for me would be google music. 


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  # 1687665 14-Dec-2016 12:30
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CutCutCut:

 

sdavisnz:

 

oneplus 3t

 

 

 Looks nice, a bit out of the achievable price range from what I could find.

 

 

Plus I'm pretty sure the OnePlus 3T doesn't have band 28;  I recall when I was looking for a new phone the OnePlus 3 doesn't have support for band 28 either. This requirement (which I also had) rules out a bunch of other good options such as the Nexus 5X.

 

Note there are well-documented problems with the G4, which I too had contemplated (given I was coming from a G3, which I have generally loved).

 

Your suggestion re Mate 8 - yeah, I'd imagine it'll come down soon again to run-out price at Noel Leeming's, which is what they did with the P8 soon after the launch of the P9. I bought a Mate 8 a few weeks ago when NL's had an online special - $448 I think. I doubt there are many other options where you get (literally) more phone for your buck, so if you can hold out for a bit...

 

Edit: it may also be worth pointing out that Huawei have announced plans to release Nougat for a bunch of their phones in Q1 2017, with the Mate 8 and P9 being first cab off the ranks.

 

 


 
 
 
 




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  # 1687692 14-Dec-2016 13:28
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CutCutCut:

 

 

 

sdavisnz:

 

 

 

oneplus 3t

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Looks nice, a bit out of the achievable price range from what I could find.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plus I'm pretty sure the OnePlus 3T doesn't have band 28;  I recall when I was looking for a new phone the OnePlus 3 doesn't have support for band 28 either. This requirement (which I also had) rules out a bunch of other good options such as the Nexus 5X.

 

 

 

Note there are well-documented problems with the G4, which I too had contemplated (given I was coming from a G3, which I have generally loved).

 

 

 

Your suggestion re Mate 8 - yeah, I'd imagine it'll come down soon again to run-out price at Noel Leeming's, which is what they did with the P8 soon after the launch of the P9. I bought a Mate 8 a few weeks ago when NL's had an online special - $448 I think. I doubt there are many other options where you get (literally) more phone for your buck, so if you can hold out for a bit...

 

 

 

Edit: it may also be worth pointing out that Huawei have announced plans to release Nougat for a bunch of their phones in Q1 2017, with the Mate 8 and P9 being first cab off the ranks.

 

 

 

 

 



The sheer value of $250 NZD or so for the Xiaomi note 3 is pretty appealing, but yeah I think the mate 8 is my front runner. If i can get it for around that $450 mark as you did I'll be pretty happy. How do you find the extra size of it? I imagine it doesn't take too long to get used to. Do you use a case at all? Hopefuly my phone hangs on long enough for the price to drop.

 

 

 

EDIT: typo, plus added a sentence.


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  # 1687706 14-Dec-2016 13:47
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Surely, the hottest phone in the next three months must be the next Samsung...


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  # 1687734 14-Dec-2016 14:35
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CutCutCut:

 

The sheer value of $250 NZD or so for the Xiaomi note 3 is pretty appealing, but yeah I think the mate 8 is my front runner. If i can get it for around that $450 mark as you did I'll be pretty happy. How do you find the extra size of it? I imagine it doesn't take too long to get used to. Do you use a case at all? Hopefuly my phone hangs on long enough for the price to drop.

 

EDIT: typo, plus added a sentence.

 

 

TBH, I haven't even opened the box!

 

I'm a stickler for protecting my phones with cases and screen protectors, and I'm still waiting for the screen protectors to turn up from an eBay purchase. I had no problems finding a number of cases  for the 8, though - I've ordered and received four different ones (overkill indeed), ranging from a Nillkin gel one to two with a full cover, all off eBay.

 

I'm not expecting to have any issue with the size of the phone - I've already got a 5.5" and cope ok with that; one nice feature of the Huaweis is one of the swipe actions (few of which I understand are actually useful), where the screen real estate in use is shrunk by simply swiping across the three bottom 'buttons', making it far easier to use one-handed.

 

You mentioned the Xiaomi Note 3: agree the value is great, but personally I'd not go there, especially if purchasing directly from o/s. I bought my wife a Note 2 at the start of the year, and had significant problems updating the firmware. It also then developed an intermittent fault where the user couldn't hear the caller. That experience has led me to stick to best-value mainstream models from NZ retailers (eg, I replaced my wife's Note 3 with a P8 when NL's had them on run-out for a bit over $300, and she loves it). Of course, others here will totally disagree with my logic...




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  # 1693990 22-Dec-2016 19:12
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Looks like Noel Leeming are the only retailer (non parallel importer) to still be selling the mate 8. All fingers crossed that they have a big price drop post Christmas.


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  # 1694026 22-Dec-2016 21:10
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rogercruse:

 

Surely, the hottest phone in the next three months must be the next Samsung...

 

 

...I hope you don't mean that literally!  wink




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  # 1694743 24-Dec-2016 22:50
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CutCutCut:

Looks like Noel Leeming are the only retailer (non parallel importer) to still be selling the mate 8. All fingers crossed that they have a big price drop post Christmas.



Looks like I'm out of luck there -https://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/phones-and-gps/mobile-phones/android/open-network-phones/huawei-mate8grey-mate-8-space-grey/prod145327.html
Not back down around that $450 mark I needed it to go. Oh well. Back to the drawing board, our hope my phone lasts a bit longer.

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