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Topic # 119677 10-Jun-2013 11:34
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I've been considering an Android phone for a while, but I like my old Nokia and it does all I need most of the time. I'm getting a bit tired of carrying my phone, my tablet, and my iPod to work though, a single device would be handy. I'm going to the UK for a couple of weeks then Singapore for a few days, it might be a good opportunity to try one out. Having maps, GPS, email, etc would be very handy.

Cheeky request - if anyone has an Android phone they don't use lying around I'd give you a few bucks/some beer/whatever if I can borrow it for a month or so. If I break it, lose it, or damage it, I pay for it. Mauricio knows where I live, a few blocks from him, so I'm relatively trusted. Nothing too old or too tiny, Android 4 or better, so I can get a taste for the current OS and whether I want to buy one myself.

Alternately, can anyone recommend a cheap Android phone, preferably in stock and available from Amazon.co.uk, that I can use as a "taster" device? I don't need huge storage, best performance, just a solid device that will work without being too sucky.  I go next week so no time to order from ebay. Either way I'll probably sell it when I get back to NZ, either giving it up or upgrading to a top of the line model.

New S3 is only about NZ$220 - does it require a contract though? Doesn't look like it.

This one's only about NZ$110. Rayyan 4".




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  Reply # 833471 10-Jun-2013 11:52
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Yikes - £105.99 !
They are still going for $600 or so here!

Ahh - I see they are knock-off S3s.....

I suppose at $200 its worth buying to see what they are like.

Check the reviews pretty hard before buying though - that second one doesnt get good reviews.




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  Reply # 833472 10-Jun-2013 11:55
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Don't go for one of those knock-off's, it's not worth it. The Telecom Y300 at $199 is a good deal, runs quite quick also: [Clicky]




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  Reply # 833479 10-Jun-2013 12:07
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The top option only seems to support WCDMA 2100MHz, and the second option is 2G only. Waste of time and money.




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  Reply # 833480 10-Jun-2013 12:09
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Good spotting guys. On that basis I might be as well off with one of these? Would they work in NZ on 2deg?

Vodafone UK branded phone.

Xperia Micro (quite small screen, maybe bit slower).

Galaxy Y.




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As posted in the OP, yes I know where he lives and if I had a spare Android device around now I'd send to Tim...





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  Reply # 833508 10-Jun-2013 13:19
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My S3 has been sitting on the shelf since I got the S4 and I have no rush to sell right now if you'd like to try it.

I know it's not a 'cheap' Android phone but if you're interested then get in touch.



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  Reply # 833510 10-Jun-2013 13:19
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S3 would be awesome to try... will PM :)




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A big thanks to Disrespective for the extended loan of his phone. It was so super handy on holiday. We used it as a GPS to help nagivate and estimate driving times, to find things to do, personal and business email. Our flight to Wellington was cancelled due to bad weather, it made it much easier to book a hotel for the night and rebook our flights. Google maps navigation was helpful, but I think I'd want a better app for that if I got an Android phone.

Overall I like the Android phone experience. It's very flexible and configurable, though it's really not that easy to use for some things. Non technical people could struggle to do anything complex. The big advantage of the iPhone is it's just about idiot proof - everything Just Works. The S3 battery life was ok - heavy use it lasted a day, light use 2-3 days. I got used to charging it any time I could, which was quite annoying.

We played with a windows phone overseas. My fiancée really liked it, said it was really easy to use. My only concern is lack of apps, though for someone doing basic stuff that might not be a problem for her.

I considered trying a windows phone and blackberry, but given what I do with a phone I think the lack of apps would be a problem. I use all sorts of things at times, wifi analysers, GPS stuff, etc.

I think I'll get an Android phone this year, but I want a phone with better battery life and NFC built in, decent drop resistance, and more square edges rather than rounded.




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