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Topic # 116621 4-May-2013 21:18
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A friend is looking to spend up to $300 on a new phone, and if anyone has recommendations on an ICS or JB phone in that range, I'd be very grateful. At the moment I'm thinking it's between the Desire X (ICS)  and the Galaxy Duos (JB) . Any major red flags for  either one, or should she also consider the Experias in that price range?
 

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  Reply # 811371 4-May-2013 21:52
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Does it have to be Android?

The new Nokia Lumia 520 is a very good little phone for $299.

Otherwise there is the Telecom Y300 for $199.



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  Reply # 811375 4-May-2013 21:55
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She's very keen on a large range of apps available, and most of her friends have Android, so I don't know how keen she would be to have a Windows phone. I will present it as an option to consider though, thanks!

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  Reply # 811377 4-May-2013 21:57
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Don't be scared off by the so called lack of apps for Windows Phone. All the major apps you'll ever use are available.

Unfortunately there seems to be a lack of decent sub $400 Android devices around at the moment.

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  Reply # 811380 4-May-2013 22:02
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I am also looking for a similar range phone , and i remember there was a thread on low level range chinese handset , but cant remember the brand name.

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  Reply # 811445 5-May-2013 08:36
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The Chinese brand you mentioned, do you mean Huawei?

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  Reply # 811462 5-May-2013 09:07
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I have a galaxy s2 jelly bean ... Wil sell for 300 ... Does everything your friend wants ... But it's not new

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  Reply # 811467 5-May-2013 09:28
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I have an Xperia Go. Waterproof was my main buying point as I work outside. It does have a smaller and lower resolution screen than a lot of the newer phones but is 1 Ghz Dual core.   OTA upgrade from GB 2.3 to ICS 4.0.4  HSDPA download speed 14.4 Mbits/s

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=1271187

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  Reply # 811470 5-May-2013 09:38
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a little better than xperia go in screen size is the xperia sola, but then dont know if its got the IP rating!

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  Reply # 811473 5-May-2013 09:53
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I'd take a second hand S2 over most new phones for $300.

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  Reply # 811475 5-May-2013 10:00
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I agree the S2 is a great phone




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  Reply # 811477 5-May-2013 10:04
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Thanks for the replies - I hadn't even thought of a 2nd hand S2, definitely something I'll encourage her to consider

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  Reply # 811483 5-May-2013 10:18
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comes with extra brandless extended battery (not sure the lifespan some say abt 1 year)

can flash latest carrier branded software or leave as generic rooted jb

2 used cases

about 5 unused screen protector

courier at buyer cost

Ps jelleybean s2 has panorama camera out of the box (i was most amused by it :p)

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  Reply # 811484 5-May-2013 10:20
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joker97: comes with brandless extended battery (not sure how long it will last)

can flash latest carrier branded software or leave as generic jb

2 used cases

about 5 unused screen protector

courier at buyer cost



how much warranty is left on the phone? thanks

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  Reply # 811485 5-May-2013 10:26
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No warranty (unless it arrives unbroken and not working)

No probs that i know of but you never know with 2nd hand stuff ... Hence i said it's not new

No more risk than trademe

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  Reply # 811736 5-May-2013 20:13
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If you're willing to stretch to just over $400 then I'd recommend looking at Samsung galaxy s2 plus. Around $410 on pricespy. I just recommended these to a friend and they are in the process of getting currently. They wanted the good camera of the s2.

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