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# 106754 31-Jul-2012 10:53
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She has a ideos x5 which is getting a bit clunky now. Budget $400. Too many to choose from can I have some real user suggestions? we like Samsung, LG but unsure which model is best value. I read androidnz review on the G300 but a bit unsure on huawei after the ideos.

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  # 664444 31-Jul-2012 11:15
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OK, I've only played with Windows Phones lately, but here's my NZ$0.02 (excl GST)

I bought my wife the Nokia 800, and she's glued to it. Not in your stated price range though.

I've just given the Nokia 610 a 2 week test-drive, and for $449 with no plan, its a very decent phone - worth it just for the Nokia Drive app. The Samsung Omnia W is $500, but is worth a look - has front facing video cam which works a treat with Skype.


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  # 664468 31-Jul-2012 11:41
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yeah lumia 800 for $500 or Meizu MX DC around $280-$320 USD depending on source.




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  # 664470 31-Jul-2012 11:43
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Nokia Lumia 710 is well within your budget. Telecom NZ sells them officially here or if you need the Vodafone/2degrees version then you can buy it from parallel imported.




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  # 664474 31-Jul-2012 11:56
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Never thought about using a windows phones, shes pretty comfortable and happy with an android though. Thanks for the suggestions will look into those.

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  # 664475 31-Jul-2012 11:57
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Hmmm, Android forum. Three replies, all recommending WP7s. That probably means something.

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  # 664476 31-Jul-2012 12:01
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gingeralenz: Never thought about using a windows phones, shes pretty comfortable and happy with an android though. Thanks for the suggestions will look into those.

Its worth getting one in her hand for a while - they really are very intuitive to use. We use them as our standard work smartphone, and even high level management can pick one up and just use it without constantly calling for help - I have to sneak up on the CEO every now & then and steal his to run updates, otherwise I never hear from him about it.

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  # 664478 31-Jul-2012 12:02
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Perhaps something like the Sony Xperia Sola or Sony Xperia U, both under $400 with dual core processors, fairly nice looking phones with good spec's and planned upgrade to android 4.0, the Sola is an import and has a few extra features over the U, which can be bought from any old phone shop.

 
 
 
 


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  # 664581 31-Jul-2012 13:41
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Well, here are some options under $400:

But if you want something to last, well supported and great reviews, you will need to increase your limit a bit.


I will vote for the Nexus but it's a bit higher than your price limit @ $534.00 from the fair buy website


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  # 664591 31-Jul-2012 13:51
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BlueShift: OK, I've only played with Windows Phones lately, but here's my NZ$0.02 (excl GST)

I bought my wife the Nokia 800, and she's glued to it. Not in your stated price range though.

I've just given the Nokia 610 a 2 week test-drive, and for $449 with no plan, its a very decent phone - worth it just for the Nokia Drive app. The Samsung Omnia W is $500, but is worth a look - has front facing video cam which works a treat with Skype.



This. My wife has just got one for work (610 or maybe 710) and thinks it is good. I think there are some sales on this at the mo as well.

Yes it is dead-ended but she doesn't care, it does her camera, email, calendar, maps and a browser.

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  # 664844 31-Jul-2012 19:05
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Have a look at the SonyEricsson Xperia ray, it's small light bits little bit feminine

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  # 664887 31-Jul-2012 19:49
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Get a second hand Galaxy Nexus, shouldnt pay more than $400 and alot of people are moving from the Galaxy S3 to it lol.




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  # 665039 31-Jul-2012 23:09
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CdTDroiD: Get a second hand Galaxy Nexus, shouldnt pay more than $400 and alot of people are moving from the Galaxy S3 to it lol.


I totally agree about going for getting the latest (make sure you get the right one!) Google Nexus.

New they're a bit more than your budget, but from trademe you should be able to get it within budget.

Alternative for within your budget a cheapie is LG 2X, here is both listed together:

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?j=795644,1008524

 

Also the other ones mentioned before are good too, the Sony phones and the HTC ONE V (I've personally got the HTC ONE X, an epic awesome phone!).




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  # 665120 1-Aug-2012 08:04
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The key lesson I learned was to think about how she will use the device and what would appeal to her, and not buying a device I want.

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# 665319 1-Aug-2012 12:35
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CdTDroiD: Get a second hand Galaxy Nexus, shouldnt pay more than $400 and alot of people are moving from the Galaxy S3 to it lol.


LOL yeah of course we are, not. Tongue Out




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  # 665616 1-Aug-2012 17:59
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lyonrouge: The key lesson I learned was to think about how she will use the device and what would appeal to her, and not buying a device I want.

I can't agree with this enough.

I've been trying to get my wife onto a smartphone for years but she wont have it. She wont even use my nexus for Skyping her mother overseas.

Her t610 died and she just took my old k800 from a drawer and used that.

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