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Topic # 115578 31-Mar-2013 01:08
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I myself own a Nexus 4. 4.7" at this size is about the most that i'd find practical, and the screen real estate is great.

But this doesn't suit everyone, and i found it increasingly frustrating this weekend trying to find phones to recommend to people that weren't huge and their spec wasn't rubbish, or the phone (and therefore software) wasnt old. And i'm not talking people wanting high spec for dirt cheap. I'm talking decent specs in a smaller phone for a reasonable price.

I found a few 4.3" phones which would fit the bill, just, but a lot of these are even a tad too large when you look at their actual physical dimension - only a couple of mm thinner than a 4.7" device in some cases. On top of that, not all are available in NZ.

All the smaller phones are low end rubbish, it seems very difficult to find a 4" device with a decent resolution, as well as decent spec in other areas. NZ has a lot of old models in its market, but i'm seeing even newer devices with the old MSM7227 single cores in them. It's terrible.

I feel like HTC almost got it right with the One range last year, a range of decent devices, The V, S and X - but unfortunately the V is let down by its spec and gets very laggy after any reasonable amount of use - mainly due to the lesser RAM and internal memory quickly filling up (leaving little space for the dalvik cache, an annoying flaw of android)

I also feel like devices like samsung galaxy ace 2 are a step in the right direction - if only samsung's software was better (and they kept it updated more) and they didn't churn out an endless supply of rubbish models in between.

Anyone else feel like there is an unfufilled market segment here or this just me? A company needs to create a range of quality android devices, at 3-4 sizes, with a decent spec but otherwise similar feature set.

Pretty much what HTC and Nokia are doing with windows phone.


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  Reply # 792100 3-Apr-2013 09:29
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Im looking to replace my wifes utter rubbish Galaxy Gio with something a little better.

Was thinking of S3 mini but not sure after reading mixed reviews.

She wants decent specs especially a fast camera but not a massive screen.

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  Reply # 792227 3-Apr-2013 11:56
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Samsung Galaxy S2 or the Samsung Galaxy Nexus? Both have good specs, still run well and a very productive developer community still. Solid cameras, good screens. Importantly both can be had for under $300 pretty easy now.


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  Reply # 792622 3-Apr-2013 19:22
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Life is short so I just went online to Mobicity and bought the Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus for $389.
That will do her fine.

Samsung i9105 Galaxy S II Plus is a brand new variant of one of Samsung's best-selling smartphones I9100 Galaxy S II. The phone maintains the original rectangular bar form factor of the Galaxy S II and models a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The screen supports multitouch and offers the latest version 5.0 of Samsung's TouchWiz UI.

The handset is powered by Android OS v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) and works on a Dual-core 1.2GHz processor on board a Broadcom chipset with 1GB RAM. It also consists of a built-in Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU for great graphics acceleration especially for movie playback. 8GB of internal memory is provided with the option to expand memory up to 64GB via microSD memory card.

Samsung i9105 Galaxy S II Plus features an 8.0 Megapixel rear autofocus camera with built-in LED flash. It is capable of recording 1080p Full HD videos and allows geo-tagging, touch focus, image stabilization, and face & smile detection. A front-facing 2MP camera is also available for video conferencing.

Other specs of the smartphone include 3G & Dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth v3.0, microUSB v2.0 support, GPS, HTML & Adobe Flash browser, stereo FM Radio with RDS, SNS & Google integration and a 1650mAh Li-Ion battery.

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  Reply # 792649 3-Apr-2013 20:23
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Can't go wrong with that.

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